The TimeOut Mint Planner, 28 December 2012

From music and movies to dance and drama, there’s plenty to do or experience over the coming week
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First Published: Thu, Dec 27 2012. 08 35 PM IST
Mozart of Madras: A.R. Rahman.
Mozart of Madras: A.R. Rahman.
Updated: Sun, Jan 13 2013. 05 45 PM IST
Delhi
Photography
Painting Redux
Till 15 January
This exhibition of digitally reworked photographs by Allan deSouza reflects the multimedia artist’s engagement with Western art history, canonical Western artists and colonialism. For instance, in the “Redactions” series, paintings by French Post-Impressionist artists Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin have been redacted and reworked, where the colour is extracted from the furthest point of the painting—usually the horizon—and is brought forth to envelope the surface, obscuring the original image. Hovering between figuration and abstraction, subjectivity and neutrality, the real and the fictional, deSouza’s works excavate historical, cultural, and ideological constructs, examining the relationship between narratives of collective identity, individual experience and art history.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Talwar Gallery, C-84, Neeti Bagh (46050307).
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A photograph from Blasko’s exhibition Dance of the Weave
Dance of the Weave
Till 16 January
American photographer Briana Blasko captures the movements of dance and the texture of textiles in this exhibition. Herself a yoga practitioner, Blasko was drawn to movement and began photographing contemporary dance—which she has been doing for the past decade or so now. Eventually, it was the deep relationship between Indian dancers and their costumes, specifically the drapes, that attracted her, which is being showcased in this exhibition
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony (46103550).
Art
A Phrase, Not A Word
Till 12 January
This is an exhibition of videos, prints, a typographic sculpture and a sound installation by Raqs Media Collective, a Delhi-based collective of artists. Through the works in this exhibition, Raqs observes the contest between phrases and words, playfully glossing a lively debate within the Sanskrit philosophical canon about how the making of meaning hinges on an explosion (the sphota) that marks the relationship between the formation of a thought, the naming of an object and the launch of an utterance.
10m-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1 Neeti Bagh (41740215).
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This is a group exhibition of five Indian and five South Korean artists
Whose History? Which Stories?
Till 28 December
Curated by Oindrilla Maity Surai, this group exhibition brings five Indian and five South Korean artists together to dwell on the similarities between the two countries, especially the myths. It includes photographs, videos and installations by Gigi Scaria, Atul Bhalla, Prajakta Pallav, Praneet Soi, Tushar Joag, ChangWon Lee, Gim Gwang Cheol, Sang Hwa Park, Siyon Jin and Young Tae Kim.
11am-7pm. The Stainless gallery, C-O, ground floor, The Mira Corporate Suites, 1 & 2, Old Ishwar Nagar, Mathura Road (42603167).
Queering Making-II
Till 12 January
The group show is in two parts—the first was held at Gallery Engendered Space at Shahpur Jat. The exhibition looks at queer identity through memory and lived-experiences and is an attempt to create a “queer museum”—where the objects on display capture various moments of queer history. For instance, there’s a dwarf-sized peepal tree which has people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community come and tie threads around it for wish-fulfilment, or a baby doll that was gifted by one queer partner to the other and was preserved for a child that they were going to adopt.
The exhibition includes photographs, paintings and installations by Manmeet Devgun, Baaraan Ijlal, Raghava K.K., Shivani Aggarwal, Sumit Baudh, T. Venkanna and others.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Abadi Art Space, F-213A, first floor, Lado Sarai (41078186).
Theatre
Be-Libaas
29 December
Directed by Aziz Quraishi and as part of Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA)’s socially-conscious theatre, this play revolves around the notion of free choice and the complexity of human relationships, while at the same time, mirrors society that accomodates both victims and victimizers, and raises pertinent questions. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), 87-88 Lodhi Road, Lodhi Estate (43535353). Tickets, Rs.100-300, available at IHC programme desk.
Around town
Reggae Rajahs with Shire Roots and Dubtron
3 January
The Reggae Rajahs are joined at their first “Simmer Down” session of the New Year by reggae, digital dub and hip-hop artistes Shire Roots and Dubtron.
9pm. TLR Café, 31 Hauz Khas Village (46080533)
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Art
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Faiza Butt’s solo show
Aalmi
Till 16 January
‘Aalmi’, the title of Faiza Butt’s first solo exhibition in India, is the Urdu word for universal—a realm beyond borders, physically and conceptually. An apt theme for the artist—from Lahore, Pakistan, and now living in London—whose work combines traditional techniques with new media. The exhibition includes light-box paintings, which juxtapose varied visual cultures from different time periods, explore the gender and cultural politics of her home country and capture the beauty and contradictions of the Islamic tradition. Her paintings are crafted using the technique of tiny dots—reminiscent of the ‘par dokht’ style in miniature painting that involves covering the painted surface with individual dots.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony (46103550).
Mumbai
Music
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Shaukat Hussain Khan
Shaukat Hussain Khan
30 December
A musical evening by Hindustani classical music exponent Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan of the Agra-Atrauli gharana. Khan’s introduction to the music scene happened at the age of 5 when he began singing different bandishes (compositions) after listening to his father Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan.
5.30pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College,
opposite Mumbai Glasswork, Matunga, (24304150).
National Streets for Performing Arts
2 January
The National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) is an initiative to take art to the people by reclaiming public spaces for street performances. NSPA is an initiative in collaboration with the Western Railways, Mumbai Division, to stage performances at three stations across the Mumbai rail network—Churchgate, Bandra and Borivali. At this concert, Pratyul Joshi and his acoustic guitar will take first place, performing some folk rock. His act will be followed by Neeraj Arya, who will belt out fusion, Kabir and folk rock. After sunset, Rahul Pais will play alternative rock, and he will be followed by a lively set by blues, folk and classical rock band, Three’s Company.
9am-7.30pm. Borivali Station. For details, visit www.nspa.in/events.php
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New Year’s Eve
31 December
Usher in the New Year with parties across the city.
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Usher in the New Year with music and dance
Retro Special With Wanted Yesterday
The band Wanted Yesterday—comprising Rajeev Raja, Prabhakar Mundkur and Subhash Kamath—play good old music from the 1960s and 1970s. They’re known for their covers of Bob Dylan, Beatles and the Rolling Stones songs. Add to this a heady mix of great alcohol, a tapas bar and all-night desert buffet.
10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). For entry charges, reservations and details, call 61586158.
Rooftop DJ night
Bandra’s rooftop bar will play host to the resident DJs, Pradeep Maharana and Addy, who plan to keep the party going into the early hours of 2013.
8pm-4am. Bonobo, second floor, Kenilworth Mall, off Linking Road, Bandra—west. Entry is Rs.4,000 for couples, and Rs.2,500 per person, and includes unlimited alcohol, starters and main course. For details and advance booking, call 26055050.
New Year’s @ China House
The Silk Route—the famous trade route that connected the East and the West—is the theme for China House’s New Year’s party. Enter the “Forbidden City” of China and experience the rites of culinary passage from the Far East as you indulge in lip-smacking lobster chicken and oyster mushroom dumplings; wok-tossed lobster in spicy Sichuan sauce; smoked fish salad; traditional duck soup; and other delicacies.
8pm-1.30am. China House, Grand Hyatt, off Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz—east (66761149). Entry, Rs.5,650 per person, including select alcoholic beverages.
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Art
Room, Interrupted in Passage
Till 10 January
Abir Karmakar moves away from photographic renditions in oils and acrylics. This time, 30 of his paintings on show—that appear as photographs—capture the interiors of hotel rooms and bathrooms in various angles, harping on the themes of nudity and voyeurism in some of the works.
11am-7pm (Monday and Sunday closed). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2 Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Bangalore
Theatre
Mahabharathathil Mangatha
30 December
Written and directed by S. Ve. Shekher, this Tamil production is a comic take on the great Indian epic, Mahabharat. The plot will take its characters back in time and its audience through chapters of Indian history. The characters will return to the present day when Superman lends them a rocket.
4pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleshwaram. Tickets, Rs.300-1,500, available on www.indianstage.in
Around town
Writing Workshop
29-30 December
At this workshop, participants can learn the basics of writing for publishing from authors Vasudev Murthy and Vikrant Dutta.
9am-3pm. Atta Galatta, 75, 2nd Main Road, Koramangala 1st Block, Ejipura. Fee, Rs.1,200. For details, call 8197111600, or mail at contact@fablery.com
Art
Tales of Infinity
Till 11 January
The show features mixed media works by Sachin Jaltare, an award-winning artist from the Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya in Nagpur. He’s currently based in Hyderabad and his latest show combines the figurative with the abstract.
11am-7pm. Kynkyny Art gallery, 104, Embassy Square, 148, above Ganjam Jewellers, Infantry Road (40926202/06).
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Works by D. Sunita and B. Kumaraswamy
The Rhythm of Colour
1-31 January
A collection of recent works by D. Sunita and B. Kumaraswamy.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays by appointment). Gallery Third Eye, F-2, Epsilon Villas, Yemlur Main Road (41640471). For details, visit www.thirdeye-art.com, or call 9845585235.
Music
Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival
30-31 December
Violin maestro L. Subramaniam, the founder and director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival and the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, Bangalore, is presenting a travelling global musical performance. After Chennai, it comes to Bangalore and Mysore and then will travel to Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. The concert will feature Subramaniam, his wife and vocalist Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, pianist, composer and arranger Chris Rhyne, Norwegian soprano saxophonist and composer Frøy Aagre, and Subramaniam’s daughter Bindu (vocalist) and son Ambi (violinist).
Timings vary. On Sunday at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium (Bangalore); and on Monday at Nada Mantapa, Avadhoota Peetham (Mysore). For details, visit www.lgmf.org
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Music
Bellaroush and FuZzyLogic
29 December
To celebrate its two years in Bangalore, CounterCulture features a double act. Bellaroush, a Swedish reggae and soul act (expect pop influences), comprises Annelie Johansson on drums, David Frid Alerås on keyboards and vocals, Johan Karlberg on bass guitar, Magnus Hagström on vocals and guitars, Maja Fredriksson on trombone and vocals, Moa Jonsson Länne on vocals and keyboards, and Oskar Falk on guitars and vocals. They will be followed by FuZzyLogic or Arfaaz K., who has previously played for rock, funk and electronic outfits such as Galeej Gurus, Zebediah Plush and Tempo Tantrick. He currently performs with his alternative rock band Slow Down Clown and his collaborative electronic project FuZzyLogic.
8pm. CounterCulture. 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793).
Chennai
Art
Paintings by Uma Shankar Pathak
Till 9 January
In these paintings on display, Uma Shankar Pathak uses the metaphor of zebra as a bridge between rural and urban life; between stability and instability. He uses rural elements in urban settings, such as a cow in a city. His works are about the yin and yang of existence.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden, third street, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226/0726).
Around town
Banarasi Splendour
Till 15 January
An exclusive range of handwoven Banarasi saris, Kotas, vibrant silks, organzas, nets, cottons and tissues with floral and geometric designs are on display-cum-sale. The collection has both contemporary and traditional designs. The saris are priced at Rs.4,000 onwards.
10am-7.30pm. Aavaranaa, 15, Asoka Street Alwarpet (24988292).
Adieu 2012
31 December
Bid farewell to 2012 at Paprika with dishes like seared duck with flamed pears and port wine; rosemary mashed potatoes and yams with garlic and Parmesan; baked Indian salmon with a pecan crust; green peanuts with golden crust; banana fritters with cream custard; Baileys panna cotta; and basil mascarpone cake.
7pm-midnight. Paprika, Courtyard by Marriott, Anna Salai, Teynampet (66764000). Price, Rs.1,499, plus taxes, per person.
Music
AR Rahman—Live In Concert
29 December
A.R. Rahman, the “Mozart of Madras”, is known for integrating classical music with electronic sounds, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. At this concert, he will perform a selection of his best compositions.
5.30pm. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Raja Muthiah Road, Periyamet. Tickets are priced at Rs.500-25,000, available on www.indianstage.in. For details, visit www.arrahmanlive.com
By Nandini Reddy
Hyderabad
Around town
New Year Eve celebration
31 December
Welcome 2013 in style at the Taj Falaknuma Palace. The evening will feature traditional Sufi qawwali, soul-stirring jazz and foot-tapping music by DJs Rohit and Kelly Johnson, followed by fireworks. Guests can enjoy an elaborate multicuisine buffet with live counters. There will be barbeque stations, vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryani, Nizami Handi and lamb and chicken preparations. The bar will serve house specialty cocktails.
8pm onwards. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Engine Bowli, Falaknuma (66298585). Price, Rs.10,000, plus taxes, per person, including unlimited alcohol, excluding wine.
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Sahana’s painting
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Art
I Return
Till 4 January
This is an exhibition of recent paintings by Sisir Sahana from West Bengal. Sahana studied at the Kala Bhavan in Shantiniketan and has participated in art camps and group shows in India and abroad. In his paintings, Sahana recreates the ‘nayika’ as somewhat analogous to the ‘gopika’ in a miniature painting, the one who tries to caress the shadow of the kite, envisioning it to be her beloved Krishna. These works are done in glass paint.
11 am-7 pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills ( 66564466).
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Kolkata
Music
Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival
28 December-3 January
The festival, in its third year, will have concerts, masterclasses and lunch concerts. The international competition is named after Bosnian-American guitarist Denis Azabagic. Expect to see performances by Grammy award winner David Russell, guitar maestros Pavel Steidl and Azabagic, among others. Slide guitar player Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya will perform at the inaugural ceremony today (10am).
6/8pm (for the concerts). Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available at in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.com. For details and the complete schedule, visit www.calguitarfest.in
Around town
Lobster Festival
Till 31 December
Fish Fish, a new gourmet restaurant, is presenting a food festival of lobster delicacies from around the globe. The menu includes English-style lobster with creamy garlic sauce; brown butter risotto with lobster; lobster thermidor; Singaporean lobster; and stir-fried lobster with Chinese greens.
Noon-4pm and 7-11pm. Fish Fish, 13/5, Swinhoe Street, Ballygunge (40605500). Price, Rs.1,500-2,000, for a group of three to four, plus taxes.
Barbecue Under The Stars
Till 6 January
ITC Sonar’s Eden Pavilion is celebrating the New Year with “Barbecue Under The Stars” by the Lily Pond. The dinner buffet menu has Indian, Asian and Continental cuisines and kebabs, grilled seafood, meats and vegetables, and for dessert there is mud pie and ice cream.
7.30-11.45pm. ITC Sonar lawns by the Lily Pond. Buffet meal price, Rs.2,100, plus taxes, per person; on 31 December, price, Rs.3,000, plus taxes, per person. For details and reservations, call ITC Sonar at 23454545.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
31 December and 1 January
Hyatt Regency celebrates New Year Eve with an Italian five-course set menu at La Cucina; international cuisine at Waterside Cafe; West Asian buffet at Regency Lawn; a midnight buffet (1-3am); and a buffet and games for children (4-12 years) at the Topaz and Sapphire banquets (7.30pm-1am) on Monday.
7pm-1am on Monday, and noon-4pm on Tuesday. Hyatt Regency, JA-1, Sector III, Salt Lake City. Price, Rs.3,999, all inclusive, on Monday; Rs.1,250, for midnight buffet; Rs.2,000, plus taxes, on Tuesday; Rs.1,000, all inclusive, for children’s buffet. For reservations, call 25171516.
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Aapno Gaaon 2012
Till 31 December
Salt Lake Lok Sanskriti is celebrating New Year with a Rajasthani ‘mela’, “Aapno Gaaon 2012”. Conceptualized in 2004, the ‘mela’ recreates a Rajasthani village with performances by folk artistes. The festival features magic and puppet shows, rural crafts and craftsmen, ‘mehndi’ artistes, camel, horse and bullock-cart rides and Rajasthani delicacies like ‘dal-bati-churma’, and ‘baajre ki roti’.
6pm onwards. Nicco Park (Big Lawns), Plaza III and IV, Salt Lake.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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