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First Published: Mon, Mar 31 2008. 02 10 AM IST

On top of the world: The Himalayan Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
On top of the world: The Himalayan Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
Updated: Mon, Mar 31 2008. 02 10 AM IST
DELHI
Around town
On top of the world: The Himalayan Club is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The Himalayan Club 80th anniversary celebrations
14 March
The event will bring together some of the world’s best-known mountaineers, including Sir Chris Bonington and Harish Kapadia, authors and mountain enthusiasts such as Bill Aitken. Bonington, the author of several books on mountaineering, has been on four Everest expeditions, reaching the summit in 1985, and has climbed Annapurna twice. Harish Kapadia, who has been mountaineering for around 45 years, has led many international expeditions to various Himalayan peaks. He will speak about Nanda Devi, especially about environmental concerns and the placing of a nuclear device on its peak. 5pm. World Wildlife Fund auditorium, 172B, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Contact Maninder Kohli of Himalayan Club on 9810009564.
Music
The East India Company
15 March
Expect to hear strains of Indian classical music, Vaishnavite songs, folk tunes from Assam, rock and electronica. 7.30pm. Epicentre Apparel Centre, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Ananda Shankar Jayant
16 March
Shankarananda Kalakshetra presents ‘Darshanam: An Ode to the Eye’, choreographed by Ananda Shankar Jayant. 7pm. Part of the National Festival of New Choreography. Habitat World,?India?Habitat?Centre (43663333).
Ghulam Abbas Khan + Prateek Chaudhuri
18 March
The Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan Memorial Society presents a vocal recital by Ghulam Abbas Khan, son and disciple of Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan. This will be followed by a sitar recital by Prateek Chaudhuri, son and disciple of Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Capital City Minstrels and Remscheider Vokalensemble
19 March
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, and the Capital City Minstrels jointly present the annual Easter concert performing hymns and songs by various composers. Remscheider Vokalensemble from Germany will also take part in a performance titled ‘Viva la Musica—Songs Beyond Borders’. 7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Theatre
Chal Bhaag Chalen
14 March
Saurang, 25, runs away to the hills with her boyfriend Sunny, because her parents arrange her marriage with a 40-year-old man. After they reach Delhi, Saurang is separated from Sunny and faces trouble with several men who all fall in love with her. These characters include a milkman, a thief, a politician, a professor and an inspector. The men all get involved in a high-stakes brawl for Saurang and the audience is left to wondering whether Sunny will ever come back save the damsel in distress. 7pm. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra Auditorium, Laxmi Nagar District Centre, Vikas Marg (42446060).
MUMBAI
Theatre
Shakespeare and She
Till 16 March
Shylock is living in Masjid Bunder, Cleopatra dresses as a Koli woman and Othello smokes a cigarette wearing the half-bewildered, half-afraid look of smack addicts on a Mumbai street. They aren’t the hallucinations of pot-addled imaginations, but real people who seem to fit the bill of Shakespearean character, captured on camera by the students of IIT Powai’s Industrial Design Centre and the Kamala Raheja Institute for Architecture.
Acting on the orders of Ramu Ramanathan, whose theatre workshop they attended last year, the students turned the city inside out looking for their quarries. Taking his cue from these pictures, the playwright dashed off ‘Shakespeare and She’ in time for Hamara Shakespeare, a three-day festival in Chennai. It plays in Mumbai this fortnight at the Max Mueller Bhavan. 1 hour 10 min. 7pm. Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan.
Film
Juno
17 March
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, teenager Juno (Ellen Page) reacts with the droll sangfroid you’d expect of that smart but underachieving high-schooler who sits in the back of the class and looks bored, but has read Sartre, possibly in the original. For many people, the cleverness of the dialogue (and Diablo Cody’s Oscar-winning screenplay is undeniably clever as hell) is the reason to see this movie. Frankly, we came precariously close to tiring of Juno. But just when we were ready to write off this character—and this movie—as witty but a bit heartless, Page, Cody and director Jason Reitman won us back with a delicately handled turn to sincerity. As Juno navigates the brave new world of pregnancy and a tentative romance with the baby’s father (Michael Cera), she becomes a teen we’d actually like to know. And that says a lot. In major theatres.
Around town
Red Square Photography Exhibition
18 March
When Christopher Taylor decided in 2003 to start a new project in Kolkata and Mumbai, he bought himself a large format camera that uses 10x13cm cut-sheet film. Considering his subject, the camera was fittingly old fashioned and the photographs in Red Square, taken over four trips, prove Taylor made the right choice.
As this project was self-funded, Taylor flew in to Mumbai and went to Kolkata by train. This was his introduction to Mumbai. With its famed dynamism, the city had less nostalgic appeal than Kolkata but, soon enough, Taylor was setting up his camera in south Mumbai. These photographs make up Red Square, which opens at Piramal Gallery this fortnight. 11am-7pm. Centre for Photography as an Art-Form, Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737).
Music
X Makeena
19 March
As you’d expect, the French drum ‘n’ bass and hip-hop band X Makeena features a vocalist, a beatboxer and a guy who handles all the music machines. But the group’s personnel also include a gent named Karlton aka Karl Edouard Bentho, whose sole task is to be in charge of “creatures”. To get an idea of what exactly Karlton does, see X Makeena’s track ‘Marche Mouteuse’ on YouTube. You’ll see Karlton dressed up as a military pilot, cavorting around the stage and gazing at the audience in search of someone. As you will discover when X Makeena performs at the French Touch Festival this fortnight, members of the group are likely to march on to the stage, dressed as mutants as they are to appear as mechanics. 9.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).
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DELHI
Around town
Francophonie Mela
15 March
More than 10 embassies, governments and associations will present their respective cultures and shed light on the rich traditions and culinary specialities of the French-speaking world. The mela is a part of the Francophonie Weeks ’08 celebrations. 11am. Alliance Francaise de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
MUMBAI
Dance
Rhythm Divine
16 March
Astad Deboo’s forthcoming project ‘Rhythm Divine’ involves eight Manipuri pung cholom drummers. It has entailed long hours of work in an Imphal rehearsal space plagued by power failures. It’s involved a fraught communication process, since the performers’ ineptitude in Hindi is surpassed by Deboo’s in Manipuri. It has involved the invariable problem of funding. When asked why he didn’t choose something less fatiguing, Deboo replied tersely: “I don’t design soothing dance pieces. I like art with a raw, earthy quality. That’s why I chose this form to work with.” 6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue.
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