‘Big B’, a play about two brothers, the zealously studious Kamta Prasad and the carefree and irresponsible Samta Prasad, is a light-hearted and humorous critique of our education system. Directed by M. Sayeed Alam.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (43500200). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue.
Without You I’m Nothing
Until 20 June
Paper works, acrylics and digital prints by Australia-based artist David Sequeira.
Colour theme: David Sequeira’s work at the Seven Art gallery.
11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Seven Art Ltd, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (40592613).
The Canvas in the Mirror: Portrayal of Psychiatric Disorder in the Arts
As part of The Canvas Askew —a series of talks on mental health—a panel of writers and film-makers will come together to discuss the portrayal of psychiatric disorders in different art forms. The discussion will be moderated by psychiatrist Anirudh Kala.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
A multimedia presentation on India’s struggle for freedom through dance, drama and film. The Rising has been directed and choreographed by Yog Sunder, a well-known promoter of folk dance, and his daughter Papiha Desai. The performance is presented by Sunder’s dance ensemble, Indian Revival Group.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663090).
A violin recital by Himanshu Vishwaroop, a disciple of Bimalendu Mukherjee and Ustad Abdul Latif Khan. This event is part of the HCL Concert Series.
3pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
The sonata form
The second and final part of a lecture by Jayati Ghosh, the sonata form is considered to be the most important musical form that developed during the classical period. Its evolution continued well into the 20th century. It is usually best exemplified in the first movements of multi-movement works.
Jayati Ghosh is a professor of economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU, New Delhi.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, first floor, Connaught Place (23746050).
The India International Centre presents two films on wildlife and environment in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature—India.
‘Tarantula—Australia’s King of Spiders’ (58 min; English) is a hair-raising journey to discover the secret lives of these ancient crawlers who have been roaming our planet for at least 350 million years and survived to become the giants of the spider kingdom. From myth and phobia to the naked truth, the film sheds new light on the tales of these extraordinary creatures. Directed by Gisela Kaufmann.
‘Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?’ (7 min; English) looks at road mortality as a major factor in the decline of turtle populations throughout north-east US. In the hope of informing future development, researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are radio-tracking wood turtles to better quantify their movement patterns and habitat needs.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
This monologue revolves around the partition of India in 1947. The story is told by an 85-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. Directed by M. Sayeed Alam.
Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (43500200). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue. Call for information on timing.
From 23 June
When it comes to the floods of 26 July 2005, almost every Mumbaikar has a story to tell. Everyone, it seems, had to wade through mucky water for hours or spend the night in a stranger’s house or sit at home without electricity.
This fortnight, ‘Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary’, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, will try to make visitors understand that the monsoon showers shouldn’t be a source of fear but should be recognized instead as a natural phenomenon that should be harnessed for the city’s benefit.
11am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, MG Road, Fort (22881971). Until 23 August.
The Brothers Bloom
Sibling act: A scene from the film The Brothers Bloom
Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody are Stephen and Bloom, orphaned brothers who have spent their lives moving from foster home to foster home, ripping off the locals with elaborately plotted stings. Now in his 30s, Bloom is weary of playing characters in his older brother’s theatre of deception and longs for “an unwritten life”. But before he retires, Stephen persuades him to take part in one last scam.
This involves Bloom seducing lonely, eccentric millionaire Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz, a revelation as a comic actor) into accompanying the brothers on a wild goose chase across eastern Europe, allowing them to relieve her of her money along the way.
The Day I Met the Prince
20 and 21 June
Although Jaimini Pathak’s modern adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s classic novel The Little Prince gets a bit difficult to follow at times, it is nevertheless entertaining. A prince from outer space visits earth to prevent his goat from eating up the only rose left on the planet. Along with an earthling, the prince travels to different planets, meets many people and learns quite a few things along the way.
There’s a strong message about nature conservation. But there is also room for magic: Roses emerge out of thin air, black scarves change colour and a teacher spews colourful string from her mouth.
11am. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Fee, Rs150.
Sridhar and Thayil
Lyrical pop duo Suman Sridhar and Jeet Thayil mixes up jazz, the spoken word, blues guitar and electronic backbeats. Thayil, a performance poet, songwriter and author, sets the spoken word to rhythm. Singer, actor and songwriter Sridhar adds her soprano voice to the mix.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs300.
For those wanting to see the funny side of Mumbai, Australian stand-up comedian Jonathan Atherton will be in the city with his show Around the World in 80 Minutes. Atherton, who founded and runs the Comedy Club Asia in Singapore, draws from his adventures as a backpacker, actor, photographer, safari guide, teacher and toad collector, to bring an eclectic, cross-cultural bunch of characters to life on stage.
25 and 26 June, St Andrews auditorium, Bandra. 27 June, Sophia Bhabha Hall, Breach Candy. Tickets, Rs300, Rs400, Rs500, Rs750 and Rs1,000. For bookings and timings, call 9769912265.
‘Multitudes’ will begin on Friday at 6.30pm. It is an effort to “encourage younger artists and writers to approach their work with a more nuanced understanding of society in general”, says Divakar Venkataraman, who is curating the group show.
9am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
Agony Uncle is a play in two acts that hinges on a reversal of stereotypes. So if you thought only women wrote to agony aunts for advice on problems ranging from acne to hot flushes and guys would seem weak if they needed to, you’ve got another think coming. Agony Uncle promises to take a hard look at men and their often hilarious problems with dating and relationships, among others, with a performance piece that straddles a reality show and stand-up comedy. Directed by Ajit Saldahna.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, third floor, HAL 2nd stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Call the venue for prices.
Writer-director Phyllis Bose painted her copies of famed works such as Matisse’s Woman with a Hat and Picasso’s Portrait of Gertrude Stein especially for the sets of ‘Gertrude’, her one-woman dramatized reading on the expatriate American writer and art patron. The performance travelled around India for the United States Information Service in the 1980s. ‘Gertrude’ weaves snippets and anecdotes of and around the avant-garde American writer, art collector, eccentric and self-styled genius, whose Paris home and salon became the locus of the stirring modern revolution in visual art and literature in early 20th century Europe.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
Fête de la Musique
Groovy grunge: Lounge Piranha is the closing act at Fête de la Musique.
Until 21 June
Geetha Navale takes centre stage as part of the ongoing festival of music, playing a mix of Indian classical, jazz and rock music on her veena (Friday, 8pm). Navale will be followed by Voice Of Peace, a band of musicians from the Ivory Coast, playing their gospel-inspired brand of music (9pm).
The two bands expected to play on the following day are Bangalore act Maye, who claim to adapt the rhythmic metre of the ancient poets of India (Saturday, 5.15pm) and the band Today’s Special, mixing classic and hard rock with funk (9pm).
The fete’s last day is set to begin with one of Bangalore’s first blues bands, The Chronic Blues Band, formed in 1990 and now called the Circus, paying tribute to some of the blues masters— John Mayall, Paul Butterfield and The Climax Blues Band (Sunday, 5pm). The band Plunge follows, with all of eight original tracks and their experimental vision of “Introspective Rock” (6pm), while Lounge Piranha wrap things up with music from their debut album Going Nowhere and more of their trademark grungy unrelenting sound (7pm).
All concerts are free and open to the public.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
19 and 21 June
Shoonya fuses Western music with indigenous and folk traditions, with a mix of sounds from the didgeridoo and Hawaiian guitar, to a violin, saxophone, a djembe and other drums.
7.30pm, Friday. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530). 7pm, Sunday. Christ College, Hosur Road (40129100).
KG Subramanyan, recent works
20 June-19 July
A new collection of artist K.G. Subramanyan will be exhibited at Aakriti Art Gallery, Akar Prakar and The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre.
11am-7pm. Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, first floor, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street) (22893027/5041); 2-7pm, Akar Prakar. P-238, Hindustan Park (24642617); 2pm-8pm. The Seagull Arts and Media Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Till 31 July
Open compositions, uniting impressionistic brushstrokes and elements of candid naturalism, converge in an exhibition of contemporary visual art. The participating artists—including Subrata Gangopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Shyamal Mukherjee, Samir Paul, Bratin Khan, Sanatan Dinda, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Atin Basak and others—masterfully exploit unusual visual angles, provocative portraiture and light in its changing qualities to reveal beauty, be it in mundane objects or beloved landscapes.
10.30am-7pm. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road. For more information, call 9831005003/ 65508418. You can also mail email@example.com or go to www.idiyasgallery.com
Satyajit Ray—from Script to Screen
Photographic journey: A still from Nemai Ghosh’s exhibition.
Till 28 June
It is a rare treat to be taken on a photographic journey into the life of Renaissance personality Satyajit Ray. Nemai Ghosh’s exhibition titled Satyajit Ray—from Script to Screen is a joint collaboration between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. With rare passion, Ghosh has captured creative moments through the camera lens which reveal a great master at work.
11am-7pm. Nandalal Bose Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 22823431.
Anandadhara II Amritadhara, Cycle-2
In the history of Indian classical music, ‘Tappa’ has a stronghold in north India. It is supposed that Tappa was originally the folk song of camel-drivers of the Punjab-Sindh region. This traditional folk form is said to have reached the Bay of Bengal over the years and was adopted and nurtured by legendary musician and founder of the ‘Bangla Tappa’, Ramnidhi Gupta alias Nidhubabu. ‘Tappa gayaki’ took new shape and over decades became ‘puratani’, a semi-classical form of Bengali songs.
The recital will take the audience through the ‘puratani Tappa’ of Bengal in the voice of singer Gopal Chattopadhyay and will be followed by Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Tappa-aang’ sung by noted Rabindra Sangeet exponent Rahul Mitra.
6pm. Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark. For details, call Arvind Giri at 9051688860. Passes available at the venue, Melody (Gariahat) and G-55 (Dakhinapan).
Dadu Chay Nati Chay
Madhusudan Chattopadhyay, a retired schoolteacher of English, is an octogenarian. His grandson Arko, too, teaches the same subject. Their interaction brings to the surface the true picture of the clichéd expression “generation gap”.
Drama by Surajit Bandopadhyay, music and direction by Swapan Sengupta. Performed by Natyaranga.
6-30pm. Girish Mancha, 76, Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs20-60. Advance booking: five days before the show (1pm-7pm) and 10am onwards on the day of the show. Call 25554895/8465/9330809913.
Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
Read | HarperCollins to launch a book on Mrinal Sen
HarperCollins Publishers India will launch a book on eminent film director Mrinal Sen in Kolkata on 20 June. Titled ‘Mrinal Sen: Sixty Years in Search of Cinema’ and written by Dipankar Mukhopadhyay, the book will be released by West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi in the presence of Sen himself. The book release function will be followed by a brief screening of an audio- visual on Sen receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street, Kolkata. Call 22297662 for details.
Wear | Graffiti-inspired sneakers by Converse
Most folks we know have an old and much abused yet dearly cherished pair of Converse sneakers. This particular collection—the print range—brings on the funk. Each graffiti-inspired, colourful pair is both electric and subtle. We particularly like the black pair with shocking green and orange montages screen-printed on. It’s part of the always popular Chuck Taylor All Star collection (also known as Chucks).
At all Planet Sport retail outlets. Visit www.converse.com/Help/RetailLocator.aspx for a complete list of locations. Rs2,499 onwards
DO | Les Mills Group Fitness System
Body Combat is one of a series of group workouts devised by the Les Mills Group Fitness System. We were told that various programmes devised by this group—started by Les Mills, a former athlete from Australia—are now taught in almost 12,000 clubs across the world. A typical 1-hour session of the workout begins with a simple warm-up, followed by sessions of high-energy kicking and punching (while staying well clear of your neighbour) and ending with a light jog around the floor and some killer abdominal crunches and stretches.
Visit www.fitnessfirst.net.in/in/clubinfo/main.asp to find a club and class near you.
— Radhika Arora
Buy | Kathakali: The Art of the Non-Worldly
The reissue of ‘Kathakali: The Art of the Non-Worldly’, a title first released by Marg in 1993, may be just what viewers need. Edited by experts D. Appukuttan Nair and K. Ayyappa Paniker, the book gathers Kathakali’s most renowned practitioners, gurus and scholars to present evidence to prove a point: Kathakali is other-worldly. The book will appeal not only to classical dance students but also to laypersons, who will be able to study the photographs of movements and close-ups of facial expressions to gain a more nuanced understanding of the dance.
‘The Art of the Non-Worldly’, Marg, Rs2,750.
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