A Garden of Fruit Trees: Nusra Latif Qureshi
Till March 3
Pakistani artist Nusrat Latif Qureshi, who has studied the miniature style of painting, draws on the tradition for this exhibition. Blending bold colours with delicate drawing, Qureshi conjures up a world of symbols and allusions, mixing the mythological with the mundane. Anatomical drawings are overlaid on the limbs of trees and flower tendrils, creating works that suggest the inextricable link between nature and man.
Anant Art Gallery F 213-B, Lado Sarai (4155-4775). Tue-Sun 11am-7pm.
Out & About
World Press Cartoon 2006
Feb 24–March 3
The best editorial cartoons, gag cartoons and caricatures from press across the world will be on show at the World Press Cartoon 2006. Unmissable for those who like their humour mixed with political comment, or even just those who like funny faces.
India International Centre Annexe, 40 Max Mueller Marg (2461-9431). 11am-7pm.
Ravi Shankar Festival
Started last year as an alternative to its monthly baithaks, the Ravi Shankar Centre’s annual festival featured Pandit Chhannulal Mishra and Shubha Mudgal among others in its first edition.
This year’s edition is being organized to coincide with George Harrison’s 64th birth anniversary. (The late Beatle was a close friend of Pandit Ravi Shankar.)
The artists include vocalist Madhup Mudgal, mohanveena maestro Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya. The five-day event also features an Odissi recital by Shibani Patnaik.
Ravi Shankar Centre, Plot no. 7 Chanakyapuri, behind Jesus and Mary College (2687-7241). Invites available at the venue. Fri-Tue, 6.30pm.
The Great Indian Rock
The 11th Great Indian Rock (GIR) returns to its regular venue with a two-day event featuring 10 hand-picked acts from Delhi, Mumbai and Aizawl. While GIR has grown over the years to become a fest dominated by metal and prog rock acts, this year also has Delhi’s bluesy boys Half-Step Down and Mumbai-based alternative electronica outfit Medusa.
For the most part though, it’s a headbanger’s ball, with the likes of Bhayanak Maut, Demonic Resurrection and Joint Family pumping up the decibels.
Hamsadhwani Pragati Maidan. Tickets Rs 150, available at select Timex and TVS dealerships.
For details go to www.rsjonline.com. Sat-Sun, 5pm.
Matt Rowan at Ministry of Sound
The newest addition to Delhi clubland, Ministry of Sound boasts a line-up of top-notch international DJ’s who will have you hopping down the road to their glass pyramid. Aussie DJ Matt Rowan’s career spans two decades and he’s bringing his mix of bass-driven house to Delhi. His sets integrate strong rhythm and tech-driven sounds while remaining upbeat and light. Matt’s a staple at Sydney’s nightclubs and dance events, and he’s making his New Delhi debut at the Ministry.
The Pyramid, LSC Sector C, Pocket 6 & 7, Vasant Kunj (98738-00060). Fri, 10pm.
Well-known comedian Rakesh Bedi adapts Vijay Tendulkar’s Marathi original into a two-act monologue. The play tells the story of Happy Kumar, who comes to Mumbai with dreams of making it big as a hero in Bollywood. But he soon leaves the industry to become a gym instructor, after which things really start to happen. Bedi plays twenty-four different characters in two hours, moving from spoofing a Punjabi film producer to South Indian actress and Bihari politician. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4122-0000). Tickets Rs300, Rs200, Rs100 and Rs50, available at the IHC Programme desk. Thur, 7pm.
Drink from the fount of literature for three days. Literary heavyweights from India and abroad gather to read from their works and discuss a host of issues. Catch Deborah Moggach, who scripted the 2005 Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice in conversation with Farrukh Dhondy and Sooni Taraporewala on adapting books to screen. Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie will participate in a discussion on women’s fashion, current favourite Kiran Nagarkar will read from his novels, and writer Amit Chaudhuri and his band will perform tracks from their album This is not Fusion. Chaudhari will also talk about the album with Time Out Mumbai editor Naresh Fernandes.
For a complete list of events, visit www.kitabfest.org. Fri-Sun.
The Elephanta Festival returns after a yearlong hiatus with accomplished New Delhi-based dancers Alarmel Valli and Madhavi Mudgal, and musicians Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande. Compared to the amorous sculptures of Khajuraho, which also play host to a dance festival, the dilapidated sculptures of the Elephanta caves seem to lack grandeur. Instead, the Elephanta festival is most like the one at Konark, where the Sun Temple looms far away—neither festival actually has the stone monument after which they’re named as the actual backdrop for the performances. But for Mumbai, the festival is a much-anticipated event for classical art aficionados.
Elephanta Caves. Tickets cost Rs300 per day and are available at Gateway of India (Ferry counter) and Rhythm House (2284-2835) and Archies Gallery, Churchgate. Launches leave Gateway of India from Fri-Sat at 4.30pm. Call 2202-4522/2202-5420 for further details.
No Direction Home
Long time Bob Dylan fan, Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half hour long documentary zooms in on Dylan’s early years as a musician in his native state of Minnesota and his rise to stardom after moving to New York in 1961. The film features lengthy interviews with Dylan, rivals Dave Van Ronk and John Cohen and ex-girlfriend Joan Baez. It also includes previously unseen footage from Dylan’s historic 1966 UK tour with an early version of The Band.
Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (2614-9546). Mon, 7pm.
Constantly in Motion: Trends in Experimental Film and Video in Germany 1994-2004
Feb 26-28 and Mar 1
The Goethe Institut presents a stimulating package of a decade of German experimental film and video works. The package is divided into four segments that explore the themes, “Images of the World”, “Dislocations”, “Emotional Rollercoaster” and “Structure and Symbol”.
The films explore a bewildering range of styles and concerns, and while it may be difficult to watch over five diverse films at a stretch, the overall package provides ample fodder for the brain.
The “Emotional Rollercoaster” package is particularly vivid. For a complete list of screenings, visit www.goethe.de.
Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (2202-7710). Mon-Wed and Thur, 6.30pm.
Out & About
This is your chance to do what you’ve fantasized about ever since you watched A Walk in the Clouds: get into a wooden tub and crush mountains of grapes with your bare feet. The Mocha Backpacker’s Club is organizing a two-day wine tour through the Sula vineyard in Nasik. Backpackers will stay in tents, roam vineyards, pick grapes and if they’re fast enough, win a bottle of Sula Brut. The participation fee is Rs2,500 plus travel.
Call Yogesh Shah at 98200-27727. Sat-Sun.
Zaade: Mateechya Manateel Kavita
An ensemble of poetry recitation and physical theatre that hopes to make environmental activists out of you. Director Aanand Chabukswar strings together 51 poems about trees that have been written between 1904 and 2004.
The poems talk about love, the destruction of nature by human avarice, death and decay and finally the ability of trees to overcome suffering and regenerate.
The performance will be interspersed with some dance and “body sculptures”, in which actors freeze in tableaux that express a particular poem.
Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (2614-9546). Tue, 9pm.