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Thread count: Take your pick of textiles at the Kala Madhyam Mela.
Thread count: Take your pick of textiles at the Kala Madhyam Mela.
Updated: Thu, May 12 2011. 09 24 PM IST
Bangalore
Theatre
The Interview
13-15 May
Meandering but amusing, The Interview’s quick-fire dialogues hide a tale darker than a charcoal etching. A young candidate (we never learn his name) turns up for a corporate job interview, only to be faced with the unexpected. The questions are too personal and the requests too ridiculous, and that’s even before the lie detector is strapped on. The jokes fly thick and fast even as the interview quickly turns into an inquisition from hell and sinks into even more sinister territory from there. Will the hapless candidate really do anything to further his career 1 hour, 15 minutes.
7.30pm, also 3.30pm on 15 May. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 200, available at www.indianstage.in
Around town
Talk by Yamini Krishnamurthy
14 May
Poornima Ashok of Nrityanjali and Poornima Gururaja of Kalasindu will host a dance workshop by the legendary Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy. The programme will focus on the compositions of the Tanjore Quartet. Krishnamurthy’s lecture will draw on instances and anecdotes from her experiences as a performer and guru.
4.30pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22342338).
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Kala Madhyam Mela
13-22 May
Thread count: Take your pick of textiles at the Kala Madhyam Mela.
It’s the annual craft jamboree, with the works of around 250 artisans from across the country on sale. There’s a range of textiles on show— from khadi, Maheshwari and Banarasi to Dhakai and Assam cotton—and a feast of ethnic jewellery, from the kind worn by the ‘banjaras’ and the chunky pieces preferred by Naga tribes to the delicate ‘minakari’ and silver filigree. Folk paintings and household knick-knacks are also available. Get your hair braided with colourful strings or try your hand at the potter’s wheel. Food stalls will supply traditional food from north Karnataka, as well as the Davangere ‘dosa’.
10am-8pm. Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road. For details, call Kala Madhyam at 22340063 or visit www.kalamadhyam.org/mela.htm
Book launch: Does the Elephant Dance?
19 May
Attend the launch of the book Does the Elephant Dance? by David M. Malone, a former Canadian high commissioner to India and head of the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The book attempts to examine contemporary India’s foreign policy in the context of domestic politics, internal and external security challenges and domestic and international economic conditions. Malone attempts to look closely at international relations, including those with countries in the South Asian neighbourhood, China, the US, Russia, the West Asian nations, Latin America and the Caribbean. The launch will be followed by a discussion on the book.
6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (9886599675).
Chennai
Art
Sculptor Show
Till 15 May
Abstract: A work by Gopinath.
DakshinaChitra is presenting an exhibition of the latest ceramic sculptures and wall murals by city-based artist and scupltor E. Gopinath, who is known for his abstract rendition of human figures in typical metal forms often resembling solidifying mercury.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Around town
Arabian Aromas
Till 14 May
The Caramel restaurant at Asiana Hotel is hosting a lunch festival of Arabian delicacies. The menu includes a variety of authentic dishes—starters such as shish taouk, moussaka and chicken shawarma; main course options such as Nifa-style lamb chops, dolma (stuffed vegetables with rice), warak enab mahshee (stuffed vine leaves); and for dessert, the delightful baklava, among others.
12.30-3.30pm. Caramel, Asiana Hotel, 1/238, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Semmencherry (6741000). Charges, around Rs 750 per person (plus taxes).
Kinderfest
15-21 May
Children in the 7-12 age group can learn German in a fun way at a seven-day summer camp that is being organized by Vanilla, a children’s activity organizer, and Linguaskool, a German language institute. During the camp, qualified instructors will teach children about the country, and the language, through songs, stories, games, creative exercises, arts and crafts.
10.30am-noon. Vanilla, 89, Bishop Garden, Greenways Road, RA Puram (42066660). Charges, Rs 4,059.
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Theatre
Maedai Nataka Vizha
Till 15 May
Don’t miss the last three days of the fortnight-long Maedai Nataka Vizha, a theatre festival organized by the cultural group Bharat Kalachar with the Nataka Academy and YGeeM 50. Watch ‘Swasam’, ‘Yathumahi Nindrair’ and ‘Pavithra’ on 13, 14 and 15 May, respectively.
7pm. Sri YGP Auditorium, 7, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar. For details, call 28341164.
By Karuna Amarnath
Delhi
Art
Tiger! Tiger!
Till 31 May
Last year saw 58 life-size, fibreglass forms prowling around the city, painted by artists such as Mithu Sen and Anjolie Ela Menon. These were part of the public art project Artiger, products of a rare marriage between art and overt activism, to create awareness about the declining number of tigers in the wild. In February, the World Wildlife Foundation organized another day-long show, Save the Tiger, with paintings by artists such as Satish Gujral and Brinda Miller.
This time around, the Polka Art Gallery joins in by hosting Tiger! Tiger!, featuring artists such as Gujral and Menon. It’s clear that the art world’s concern for the national animal is far from endangered.
11am-6.30pm (Sundays closed). Polka Art Gallery, E-5, Defence Colony (41010999).
Film
Private Fears in Public Places
13 May
Consisting of about 50 brief scenes, French film-maker Alain Resnais’ Private Fears in Public Places focuses on six Parisians. Everyone here is afflicted, in one way or another, by loneliness. Not that the movie is remotely depressing; much of it is gently funny, while the superbly sustained aura of delicate artifice lends the characters’ repeated attempts to break free of their boxed-in lives the magic of a fairy tale. French; 2 hours, 6 minutes.
5.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Survive Style 5+
13 May
Five linked plot lines collide in this edge-of-sanity Japanese film. A man makes several unsuccessful attempts to kill his wife, another starts to believe he’s a bird, a group of bored youngsters pass time by conducting break-ins, a psychotic ad executive dreams up commercials, and a thuggish hitman and his translator tie the whole thing together. 2 hours.
7.30pm. The Banyan Grill, O Palacio, E-12/70, Hauz Rani, opposite DLF Place mall, District Centre, Saket (26671270). For details, call 8860414908.
Around town
Making of the Metropolises
19 May
Attend a panel discussion on the making of Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai with former Union urban development and culture minister Jagmohan. In a panel discussion with editors Vinod Mehta and M.J. Akbar, Jagmohan will talk about the Delhi he raised and the one he razed.
He will also talk about how Delhi continues to face an identity crisis. Mehta will speak on the changes in Mumbai, while Akbar will highlight the journey of Kolkata.
6pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
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Art
Tolstoy Farm—Archive of Utopia
Tolstoy Farm: Artists address the idea of utopia.
Till 19 May
Tolstoy Farm, outside Johannesburg, South Africa, was the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s first invocation of ‘satyagraha’, around a hundred years ago. During Gandhi’s 21-year stay in South Africa, Tolstoy Farm became a centre for his cultural and educational experiments, anticipating in the process the founding principles of Sabarmati Ashram.
The group exhibition by artists such as Bharti Kher and Jagannath Panda explores the artist’s reflections on the philosophies of Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Nelson Mandela, as world thinkers who changed the way the world perceived incarceration and freedom, caste and apartheid, capital and labour, independence and post colonialism, while addressing the idea of utopia as personal and private.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road.
Hyderabad
Theatre
The Post Office
14 May
Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Dak Ghar, the play is about a terminally ill boy, Amal, who is imaginative, observant and curious. In the confines of his room, he dreams of becoming a squirrel, a workman, a curd-seller, the king’s postman, and so on. The play is about how he comes to terms with the idea of life and death.
7.30pm. Lamakaan, lane adjacent to C-Bay, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. Tickets,?Rs 100, available at the venue. For details, call 9642731329.
Around town
Maha Utsav Mela 2011
Till 31 May
This handloom, handicraft and consumer exhibition houses stalls featuring ethnic wares from different parts of the country—Agra, Chennai, Kashmir, Lucknow and Jaipur. Visitors can take their pick of ceramic pots, jewellery, footwear and jute products.
4-10pm. People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Tank Bund. Tickets, Rs 70. For details, call 23400682.
Sunday Trunch
Till 30 June
Sunday is the day to take it slow and easy. Taj Banjara is back with its popular extended Sunday dining concept, the Sunday Trunch, consisting of traditional and global cuisine, with unlimited beverages from the bar.
12.30-4pm. Waterside Café, Taj Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Charges, Rs 949 (plus taxes). For details, call 66669999.
Art
Tiger! Tiger!
Till 20 May
The Kalakriti Indian Art Gallery is presenting Tiger! Tiger!, an exhibition of 28 watercolours, all featuring the national animal, by Ahmedabad-based artist Nabibaksh Mansoori.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills.
By Yogesh Kalavalapalli
Kolkata
Photography
Thereafter…
Framed: Srikanth Kothari exhibits his photographs.
13-23 May
Thereafter..., presented by Tasveer, a photography organization, is a combination of three photography series—Jharia, Kashmir and The Tsunami Coast—by Thrissur-based Srikanth Kolari. The collection is inspired by stories narrated by those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and victims of poverty, exploitation and rape. He has worked for many months on each of these projects. For instance, he spent five months in Srinagar for the Kashmir project. He has also worked on projects based on a wide range of social, political and economic issues, such as the struggles of seasonal migrant workers, children and sex workers.
10am-6pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36-C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Art
My World
Till 23 May
Tejas Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of watercolours by young city-based artist Saikat Maity, who graduated in painting from the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Kolkata, in 2007. Since then he has been painting in the medium of his choice: watercolours on woven paper. He finds the transparency and luminosity of this medium, its light-reflecting quality, most appropriate for his style of work. The young artist draws his inspiration from his surroundings—a city road on a rainy day, scattered steel utensils around a tubewell, a train entering a railway station, and an unusual perspective of the ghats.
12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed), Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825).
Music
An Evening of Classical Music
19 May
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture will present an Evening of Classical Music. Sitar player Subhranil Sarkar and vocalist Nabhodeep Chakraborty will perform with Pradipto Lahiri on tabla and Kamalaksha Mukherjee on harmonium.
6pm. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303/24661235).
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Drama
Manbhanjan
15 May
Manbhanjan: Tagore’s play
Kolkata-based group theatre Shohan’s ‘Manbhanjan’ is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. Directed by Anish Ghosh, the plot revolves around a young bride, Giribala. Her husband Gopinath is the archetypal ‘babu’ who spends his time with cronies. His passion is visiting the theatre and lusting after Labanga, the heroine. He pays little heed to his lonely and dejected wife. But the tables turn when Gopinath fritters away his wealth.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs 40 and Rs60, available at the venue from 1-7pm. For details, call 9830042004.
By Indranil Bhoumik
Mumbai
Dance
The Four Walls of Parel
19 May
Dancing divas: The Four Walls of Parel.
In January, city-based contemporary dancer and choreographer Hrishikesh Pawar, artistic director of the Centre of Contemporary Dance, Pune, visited his actor- friend Nakul Vaid’s apartment in an 80-year-old building in Parel; it is slated to be demolished this June and redeveloped into a high-rise. The building was inspiration for his latest production, The Four Walls of Parel.
The production, which will premiere at the Alliance Française de Bombay auditorium, features four female dancers who will share tales of their own houses, set to music by Italian-Argentinian composer Adios Nonino. Visuals from a documentary on a house made by Pawar’s friend and film-maker Sandeep Chatterjee will be projected on the backdrop.
6.45pm. Alliance Française auditorium, near Nirmala Niketan, 40, New Marine Lines, (22036187).
Art
Excrescence
Till 28 May
Beijing- and Delhi-based critic and curator Maya Kóvskaya is presenting the works of Indian and Chinese artists Ashutosh Bhardwaj (painting), Sheba Chhachhi (interactive video installation), Han Bing (photography), Tushar Joag (drawing and installation), Prajakta Potnis (photography and site-specific installation) and Wu Gaozhong (photography). The curator explores the “out-of-control processes of growth and change that pervade our contemporary world”.
10am-6.30pm (Sundays closed). The Guild, Kamal Mansion, 02/32 Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).
Place Unconsidered, Trilogy
9 May-11 June
An unsteady camera wanders through the passageways of an old house in Kolkata. The lens stops to examine the minutiae: the light pouring in from a metal grill and the unopened letters on a windowsill. The video fragments, which present a portrait of the house once occupied by visual artist Priya Sen’s grandparents, will be showcased in her second solo exhibition Place Unconsidered, Trilogy at art gallery Project 88. Through two video installations and accompanying photographs, Sen grapples with how we construct memories and, through the exploration of changing cityscapes, how we struggle to capture the present.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Project 88, BMP Building, near the Colaba fire station, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba (22810066).
Music
Pip of The Fourth Mother
15 May
In their debut Mumbai gig, the Shillong-based trio Pip of The Fourth Mother will be playing alongside Mumbai’s own punk rockers The Riot Peddlers and Blek. The event, Punk Rock Night(mare), is being organized by ennui.BOMB Records.
9pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300).
Vivek Sonar
17 May
Vivek Sonar, the 34-year-old flautist from Thane, has already made a name for himself as a musician with innovative ideas. Recently, he organized and participated in a show where more than 50 flautists shared a stage. For this concert, Sonar is likely to play Raga Bhopali. He will be accompanied on the tabla by Anutosh Degharia. Ramakrishna Das, vocalist and musicologist, will also perform.
5.30pm. Shivaji Park Nagrik Sangha Shivaji Park, opposite Vanita Samaj, Veer Savarkar Road Dadar-West.
Around town
Welfare of Stray Dogs garage sale
13-15 May
Looking to get some new clothes, accessories, electronics, crockery, cutlery and more? Or perhaps you’re trying to get rid of some of that stuff ? Drop into the Welfare of Stray Dogs office and donate the goods to its garage sale, a three-day treasure hunt starting 13 May, or simply visit the Surya Darshan Building to pick up some knick-knacks. Proceedings from the sale will be used to help and/or vaccinate stray dogs.
10am-7pm. Garage, Surya Darshan Building, 40/50, Walkeshwar Road. To donate, call 23733433.
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Music
Markus Schulz
13 May
Electronic superstar: DJ Markus Schulz will perform at Blue Frog.
Markus Schulz will headline the first edition of the city’s quarterly Electronic Dance and Music Festival (EDM), organized by the MTV VJ Nikhil Chinapa-led Submerge. Schulz, a US-based DJ, who also produces under the alias Dakota, is known for rocking dance floors with melodious big-club tracks. He was recently voted to the No. 8 slot in ‘DJ Mag’s’ Top 100 DJs fan poll for the third consecutive year.
Clubbers can expect to hear new music from his two soon-to-be-released albums: his new Dakota side project and his remixed release of last year’s album ‘Do You Dream?’.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs 1,000.
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First Published: Thu, May 12 2011. 09 24 PM IST