Harikatha artistes weave together music, histrionics, poetry and philosophy to recount the life of a Hindu saint or a story from any of the epics, in effect transmitting religious tenets to the public. Often these narrations, which are interspersed with Carnatic ‘kritis’ (compositions), wander into sub-plots and anecdotes, and hence the popular colloquialism, “tell a harikatha” (tell a long-winded story). This harikatha performance will feature Vishaka Hari, accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam on violin, H.S. Sudhindra on mridangam and Sukanya Ramgopal on ghatam.
6pm. Bangalore Gayana Samaja, KR Road (26506049).
Earlier this month, as part of the Bengaluru International Arts Festival, P. Unnikrishnan participated in a jugalbandhi with pianist Anil Srinivasan, where he demonstrated his proclivity for experimentation. For his concert in the city, however, Unnikrishnan will return to a more traditional katcheri, accompanied by H.K. Venkatram on violin and Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma on mridangam.
6pm. Bangalore Gayana Samaja KR Road, Basavanagudi, (26506049).
Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro on vocals, Marco Coti Zelati on bass, Cristiano Migliore and Marco “Maus” Biazzi on guitars and Cristiano “CriZ” Mozzati on drums are Lacuna Coil, an Italian rock, metal and gothic band. It will close the three-day music festival Octoberfest on 24 October.
8.30pm. Palace Grounds, Bellary Road (65960362). Tickets, Rs400, available at the venue and on www.ticketverve.com
In his new collection of sculptures, Chennai-based artist Elanchezhiyan P. experiments with traditional subjects, particularly those involving feminine forms. As part of Breaking Barriers, the 29-year-old artist offers impressions of women as practitioners of the martial art form of kalari, and engaging in jallikattu, a sport that resembles bullfighting.
Feminine form: One of the works from Elanchezhiyan P.’s Breaking Barriers
11am-7pm (except Sunday). Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, First floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar (23616971). For details, log on to www.mahuagallery.com
Ranga Shankara festival
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The festival this year showcases folk and traditional performance forms from across the country. It includes Ram Vijaya by the Sattriya monks from Assam, Lokmahabharat Arthaat Jambhul Akhyan by the Lokshahir Vithal Umap Theatre, Mumbai, and Draupadi Cheerharan by Teejan Bai and group, Madhya Pradesh.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). For details, log on to www.rangashankara.org
CoLab-Goethe Lecture Series
The ongoing series of talks on practices in contemporary art and architecture continues with a presentation by artist N.S. Harsha. The talk will be divided into three sections: studio-based practice, site-specific works and the community projects that the Mysore-based artist has been working on for the last 15 years.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308). For details on other lectures in the same series, log on tohttp://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag
Tangkhul Naga Food Festival
While Naga cuisine varies from tribe to tribe, the Tangkhul style is characterized by high spice levels, and the use of smoked, dried and fermented meat. Speciality dishes such as shayung (smoked pork cooked with extremely potent raja chillies), fermented soyabean, steamed vegetables served with meat and korbula (snail) can be sampled from the buffet.
7-10pm. The Ants Store and Café, 2023/B, 1st Cross, 14th A Main, Indira Nagar. Charges, Rs350 per person. For details, call 8123481721.
William Kentridge: Anything is Possible
An ongoing festival of documentaries, co-hosted by the New York-based group Art21, will include a special screening of the film based on the acclaimed South African artist (who was included in the Time 2009 list of the 100 most influential people in the world) and his work across various media, including charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance pieces and operas.
The film is based on exclusive interviews with Kentridge, in which he discusses his studio practice and his experiments with animation and music, and reflects on his artistic philosophy.
3pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027).
Janaki—Daughter of Earth
This Malayalam film on children’s rights by M.G. Sasi will have its very first preview screening in the city. The film won the 2010 Lola Kenya Award for best children’s rights film. The film has English subtitles. The film-maker will be present during the screening.
2pm. Subex Auditorium, behind Intel, Outer Ring Road, Bellandur. Tickets, Rs150. For details, call 9880115618 or log on to www.buzzintown.co
Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes)
Actor-turned-director Icíar Bollaín’s second feature, which swept the board at Spain’s Goya Awards this year, tells the story of Pilar (Laia Marull) sheltering in her sister’s house to evade her
violent husband Antonio (Luis Tosar). 1 hour, 46 minutes.
11am. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785).
6pm. Bangalore Gayana Samaja, KR Road (26506049).
French act Digital Talk plays psychedelic trance (or psytrance), an experimental form of electronica that originated in Goa about two decades ago, long before commercial trance arrived. Even though Digital Talk members Luc Achintre and Julien are unaware of their legacy, their music is characterized by the psytrance style that washes over you in hypnotic waves. This week, Digital Talk present signature tracks that mix aggressive beats with spiritual sounds and eerie melodies.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs800.
El Bola, a performance by noted flamenco guitar player Agustin Carbonell, and dancers Tamar Gonzalez and Karen Lugo. In the first half, viewers can chant Olé! as Spanish artistes showcase their talent. In the second half, you can go Wah! as four Rajasthani musicians and a kalbeliya dancer join the show to suggest that flamenco has elements tracing their origin to the nomadic traditions of Rajasthan.
7.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (22029483). Limited passes available at the consulate of Spain. For details, call 61382708.
Sixty-three years later, Partition is still a sore topic for those who crossed borders to make new homes in India. Listen to the
stories of survivors as high school students attempt to discuss a past that is crucial but restricted to history textbooks for them. Journalist M.J. Akbar will give the keynote address and moderate the discussion.
9am-5pm. Indian Merchants’ Chamber, IMC Marg, Churchgate (22046633).
The Mekaal Hasan Band
The Mekaal Hasan Band returns to Mumbai with a new lead singer, 19-year-old Asad Abbas. Listeners will get a taste of the signature jazz-rock Sufi poetry-infused music of the band.
9.30-11.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Mamtaz Bhai Patang Waale
Director-playwright Manav Kaul explores a relationship that returns to haunt a man who thought he’d made a clean break from the past. Bikki, the protagonist of the play, is completely obsessed with kite flying. His mentor is Mamtaz Bhai, the man who owns the village kite shop. The play dwells on the experience of meeting one’s childhood superman when you turn 30. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
6pm, 9pm every day. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (West) (26149546). Tickets, Rs200, available daily from1-9pm. Latecomers not allowed.
This flamboyant, over-the-top musical set in Mumbai in the 1970s and 1980s pays unabashed homage to Bollywood. ‘Mahim Junction’ embraces all the stereotypes it can in this piece, with heroes and heroines, vamps and villains galore. Expect lots of nostalgia for the movies of that era. Director and writer: Sohaila Kapur.
7pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Tickets ,Rs100-500, available at the venue.
Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dark Place
“This play could have very well been called six characters in search of a marriage,” says Feisal Alkazi, referring to his latest creation. Alkazi, who has written the play, has set the action in Delhi, where he follows the lives of three couples in troubled relationships.
7.30pm (23 October). Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs150, Rs250 and Rs350, available at the venue.
7pm (24 October), India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Lodhi Estate. Tickets,Rs50, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the programme desk.
Till 27 October
As part of the IIC Experience: A Festival of the Arts, cinema
classics, documentaries and animation, all connected with forests, are being screened. Some of the movies are Rashomon, Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Pan’s Labyrinth.
For information on the schedule, contact the India International Centre auditorium, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431). Passes are issued 30 minutes before each screening.
A solo exhibition by Maneesha Doshi, whose works talk about cities and migrations, both physical and mental. These canvases are extensions of the artist’s self and imagination and revolve around memories of cities she has visited in India and Europe.
11am-8pm. Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Talk on butterflies
Sanjay Sondhi, a founder trustee of the Titli Trust, a nature conservation non-profit organization based in Dehradun, will talk about butterflies and moths from the North-East.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Penguin Annual Lecture
Historian Ramchandra Guha will deliver the Penguin Annual Lecture on the traditions of Indian politics. Guha’s lecture will be based on his new book Makers of Modern India, which profiles 119 Indians whose ideas had a defining impact on the formation and evolution of the Indian republic and contains rare and compelling excerpts from their writings and speeches.
7pm. India Habitat Centre. Entry by invitation only. Contact Varun Chaudhury (46131412) at Penguin Books India for passes.
This tale from the Mahabharat centres around Madhabi, daughter of Yayati, and Galab, a disciple of sage Vishwamitra. As gurudakshina (a token of gratitude), Vishwamitra demands 800 royal horses from Galab, who turns to Yayati, famous for his generosity, for help. But Yayati has abdicated his throne and has no horses. So he offers Galab his daughter Madhabi, endowed with the boon of eternal virginity and the gift of begetting sons destined to be kings.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street (9830892751). Tickets, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60, available at the venue.
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents Bitter Sweetheart (Linas Kvällsbok), a 90-minute children’s film by Danish director Hella Joof. It follows the life of Lina Berglund, a 15-year-old girl. The movie, released in 2007, features Mylaine Hedreul, Rickard Roxvall, Lovisa Onnermark, Alice Kastrup Möller, Viktor Axelsson and Adam Lundgren.
6-7.30pm. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145). Entry, Rs200.
Three on a Swing
Littlei presents Three on a Swing as a part of Monday Blues—a musical programme supported by Congo Square, the hosts of the Congo Square Jazz Festival, as well as the French cultural division of Alliance Française. Three on a Swing has Sumith Ramachandran on guitars, Jivraj Singh on drums and Pradyumna Manot on keys.
8-10pm. The Big Ben, Kenilworth Kolkata, 1 & 2, Little Russel Street. For details, call 9830296942/9830046963.
Starmark and HarperCollins Publishers India will host the launch of Fakir—the English version of Sunil Gangopadhyay’s fictionalized biography of Lalan Fakir. Fakir was a 19th century poet-philosopher from Bengal whose songs have became part of folklore.
6.30pm. Starmark, Mani Square, Second floor, 164/1, Maniktala Road. For details, contact 9903985097.
Solo exhibition by Sujit Karmakar
Till 15 November
Ahuja Museum for Arts presents a solo art show by Sujit Karmakar. This artist’s works display stark realism. Karmakar favours large canvases, and his works portray the struggle of the common man. He often chooses children as his subject, detailing larger bromide prints with his acrylic-on-canvas work.
Noon-7pm (except Sundays). Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road (40034974,/22894745).
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Bead jewellery-making workshop
Learn to make jewellery with beads—a popular craft activity among the Banjaras of Rajasthan. Make your own jewellery at this workshop using mini beads and colourful threads.
10.30am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Charges, Rs700. Pick-up at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar.
To celebrate its 90th year in the publishing industry, Scholastic has organized a fun evening of storytelling with writer Anushka Ravishankar. There will also be an interactive session with theatre groups Funtertainers and ASAP Productions. Who says adults are not allowed?
6pm. Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, 6, Kilpauk Garden Road, Kilpauk (9840883691).
Black Mor’s Island
Alliance Française de Madras, as part of Just for Children Saturdays, is screening Black Mor’s Island, which revolves around Kid, a 15-year-old teenager. Kid steals a map that reveals the location of treasures amassed by notorious pirate Black Mor. Together with his companions—MacGregor, Beanpole, Taka and Jim the monkey—Kid sets sail on an adventure at sea.
5pm. AFM Library, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Till 30 October
Artist Satya Dheer Singh is showcasing his latest collection of work. This series, in different mediums, is colourful, bold and extremely expressive in nature.
10am-7pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road (42158062).
Western Classical Music Festival
Be part of a unique weekend of Western classical music where two amazing performances will be showcased. Watch pianist Neecia Majolly and the Fernandes String Quartet perform their favourite tunes on Saturday. The next day will see a performance by the Madras Chamber Orchestra.
7pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet (9841422879). Passes, Rs750, Rs1,000 and Rs1,250 (valid for two days), available at the venue and on www.indianstage.in
By Karuna Amarnath
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