Tribute to Ustad Vilayat Khan
100 Pipers Pure Music presents this tribute to the sitar maestro who died in 2004. Six of India’s renowned artists, including Ustad Shujaat Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, will perform. Passes available at Teksons Bookshop outlets (www.teksonsbooks.com).
6pm. Ficci auditorium, Foundation House, Mandi House (23738760).
Eblén and Kabalan Macari
The embassy of Mexico presents the father and son duo of Eblén and Kabalan Macari, whose fusion concert will be a mix of electronic and West Asian music. Eblén plays guitar and jarana (a local guitar from Mexico), while his son Kabalan will handle percussion and electronics.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (2715000).
Grave for Nothing
Till 23 September
The exhibition is a collaborative painting project between Delhi-based Sanjeev Sinha and Amsterdam-based Dianne Hagen. The exhibition space has also been given a makeover—something the gallery does with every show. Walk through the chiffon-curtained doorway to a startling view of walls covered in silver foil.
The large-scale acrylic works are an explosion of pop art gone deliberately wrong. The first painting, XIII, for instance, shows two human heads facing away from each other but joined at the shoulder—perhaps a statement by the artists on the nature of their collaborative project. Grave for Nothing has been curated by Johny M.L. and Elizabeth Rogers.
10am-11pm, daily. Arts.i (Religare), 7, Atmaram Mansion, Level 1, Scindia House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (43727000).
Till 28 September
The title refers to the 9x12- inch canvas formats the 45 artists were required to work on. There are at least 175 artworks on display. For the complete list of artists, visit www.artalivegallery.com
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
For the past 53 years, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) has been staging the ballet Ram annually to coincide with Dussehra. This massive production, which has witnessed almost 2,000 nights on stage so far, involves 45 dancers. These dancers are trained for three months. They then perform for 30 consecutive nights. Close to 200 musicians have worked on the score and it took nearly 2,000 studio hours to record the music. In addition, several thousand man-hours were consumed in setting up the stage, lighting, sound, script and administration.
6.30pm. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Copernicus Marg, next to Kamani auditorium. For tickets (Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500) and queries, call SBKK (43503333, 23386428).
The well-known pianist from Switzerland, Vonsattel will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Honegger and Ravel. The event is in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, New Delhi and the Delhi Music Society.
6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
19 and 20 September
Directed and scripted by Feisal Alkazi, Burnt Memories is the story of two friends Balbir and Manmohan, whose relationship is changed irrevocably by Partition.
7pm. Alliance Française auditorium, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs100.
Additional show on 20 September, 4pm. Tickets, Rs50.
The newest addition to the south Mumbai art circuit is an initiative funded largely by the Birlas and spearheaded by artist, curator and collector Bose Krishnamachari. Making good use of the international network he has developed over the past years, Krishnamachari brings a host of well-known international names to the gallery.
Shaheen Merali has curated the inaugural exhibition of Krishnamachari’s show. Well-known artists from five continents, including Jon Kessler, Wang Qingsong and Jake and Dinos Chapman, will show their works.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Yantra Annexe, Queens Mansion, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22000061).
Sankalp Dandiya night
From 19 September
Sankalp Dandiya continues to be the biggest dhamaka (event) of all Navratri celebrations in the city. A large part of its popularity is due to the musical line-up, led by Falguni Pathak and her band Ta Thaiya.
Since Sankalp Dandiya started in 1993, the saccharine-voiced Pathak has been promoted on hoardings and television. Over the course of 10 days, Pathak will sing about 350 songs, mainly Gujarati devotional and folk tunes.
7.30pm onwards. Goregaon Sports Club, Goregaon (W). Season passes, Rs2,500; weekend passes, Rs500; and daily passes, Rs300; available at Sankalp’s head office in Vile Parle (E). For details, call 26161212/3838.
Human rights films
A package of films about human rights seems guaranteed to induce yawns and sneers. But the short documentaries and fiction films that will be screened at the Max Mueller Bhavan this fortnight under the umbrella All Human Beings Are Born Free and Equal prove otherwise. The title refers to the opening sentence of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The films are all winners of the second International Short Film Competition organized recently by the Goethe Institut and the Remembrance Responsibility and Future Foundation.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22022085).
An evening of ghazals by the man who was once a Colonial Cousin. Organized by Ace Publication and Promotions.
7pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Road, Prabhadevi (24312956). Tickets, available at Rhythm House (22842835), Maharashtra Watch Co. (66625661), and the venue.
18 and 19 September
German DJ Krick began his career with hip hop and R&B, until electronica claimed him for its own. DJ Krick (real name Fabian Brunsing) has been spinning a mix of minimal tech tunes ever since he moved to Berlin in 2003.
10pm. Zenzi Mills, Todi Estate, Senapati Bapat Road, opposite Blue Frog, Lower Parel (43455455).
White Lily Ani Night Rider
White Lily Ani Night Rider revolves around a middle-aged man and woman who decide to see whether their thriving email friendship will stand the test of a real-life meeting.
They arrange to rendezvous in Pune for a day and have sex, no strings attached. The seeming salaciousness is the vehicle for an important debate on the effects of the electronic revolution on relationships.
3.30pm. Shivaji Mandir, opposite Plaza Cinema, NC Kelkar Road, Dadar (W) (24389387). For ticket prices, call the venue (8.30-11am, 5-8pm, daily).
Stand-up comic Dan Nainan has a Japanese mother, an Indian father and a US passport.
His show promises to send the laugh-meter soaring without using profanity, vulgarity or picking on members of the audience.
10pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300, 65251716/18). Tickets available at the venue. Click here for prices or call 39895050 for tele-booking.
IMC Ladies Wing exhibition
23 and 24 September
The IMC Ladies Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary with a bigger annual exhibition than usual. Their pre-Diwali extravaganza, Women Entrepreneurs, showcases works by 51 women, who don’t usually sell in retail outlets, and four NGOs.
On offer are traditional and trendy products ranging from designer wear, fashion accessories and jewellery to stationery, silverware, home accessories and gift items. Participating NGOs include Ahmedabad’s Gramshree, which promotes self-reliance, growth and sustainable living by guiding women and artisans. Every piece of cloth sold at their stall is handmade, decorated with ethnic embroidery and unique. Also displaying its wares is R.M. Cultural Foundation, which creates kottans (Chettinad’s traditional palm leaf baskets); Kadam, which sells tableware and cane products; and the Cancer Patients Aid Association, which will sell handpainted diyas (lamps) and bags for the festive season. The proceeds of the sale go directly to the NGOs.
11am-7pm. Taj President, Cuffe Parade, near World Trade Centre (66650808).
Love + Death = Happiness
18 and 19 September
This film by Jerusalem Art School figures as one among the more amusing pieces in a festival that includes separate segments on the theme of neighbours, and of walls. The festival, curated by Robin Mallick, promises new short films from Germany and other parts of the world.
6.30pm, 18 September; and 4pm, 19 September. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308). Click here for details, or call the venue.
Marco Polo Diaries
Till 26 September
A curatorial note said this group show was based on the travels of Marco Polo and the 14 participating artists were asked to “play with the adventures and inspirations” of the 13th century explorer. As a result, Benitha Perciyal, who works with natural dyes, presents a piece made of scraps of paper in her ode to nature, while Debesh Goswami’s photographs are of flower sculptures that he created.
Farhan Mujib, a physicist and former professor from Aligarh, draws elements from Mughal aesthetics, while George K. sculpted a group from a caravanserai. Jenny Bhatt’s watercolours are of fields of flowers, whereas Nilofer Seth Siddharth’s work comprise dyed-silk designs that look to figuratively convey the reign of Kublai Khan.
The artist/designer couple of Rahul and Gunjan say they sought inspiration from the Silk Route to create a series of silk paintings. Ramachandran N. will show his mixed-media installations of box collages, which use photographs of monks, and according to the artist, aim to address urban issues.
Noon-7pm, daily. Taj Art Corridor, Taj West End, 23, Race Course Road (66605660).
Is Michel Casanova French? After all, he was born in Perpignan in the south of France. Or is he Swiss? He’s spent most of his life in that country. Or is he Indian? The dancer has divided his time between India and his home country for the past four years. Is he a ballet dancer, a modern dancer or a contemporary dancer? He’s studied all three forms. Casanova is all this and more—a fact he will explore in a performance this fortnight, a recital that will explore the issue of multiple identities.
7.30pm. RV Dental College auditorium, 1st Stage, JP Nagar (9844746077).
Sri Lankan rock pioneers Paranoid Earthling make the long haul from Kandy to Kyra, bringing some of the trademark hard-hitting riffs (and political convictions) that made them the island nation’s foremost rock act. The band was born when four friends in a school in Kandy discovered they all had a common passion for heavy rock music. Skipping classes, they spent days head-banging to Nirvana, Marilyn Manson and Pantera.
“That is when the four of us thought of starting a band,” says Dhanushka Samarasinghe, the band’s guitarist. “Back in 1999, we were the first ever rock band to emerge from Kandy.”
7.30pm. Kyra, Katti-Ma Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (43419999). Entry, Rs249.
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