An exhibition of paintings by Nayanaa Kanodia. Kanodia incorporates an established artist’s work into each of her canvases. Her work is a subtle comment on the work of her colleagues and the Indian art scene. 11am-7pm. Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000). Free.
House of the Rising Sun
A collaborative project by Toronto-based artist Shelly Bahl and New Yorker Nitin Mukul, the show includes one two-channel video projection and four paintings by Mukul. The video juxtaposes two locations—a colonial Civil Lines bungalow built by Lutyens and a “post-Independence modernist” Charles Correa house in Sarvodaya Enclave—and teases meaning out of their architecture by placing a Bharatanatyam-trained modern dancer, Anusha Lall, in them. 10am-8pm. Experimental Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
Basque Ball, Skin Against Stone
The government of José Maria Aznar denounced this mosaic of the political and cultural conflicts shaking the Basque country as pro-terrorist, spurring a controversy that inevitably ensured the film became the highest-grossing Spanish documentary in history. As it turns out, Julio Medem’s densely packed primer is simply pro-debate. The Madrid-based Basque director of ‘Lovers of the Arctic Circle’ and ‘Sex and Lucía’ set out to create a polyphonic film, using 100-odd interviews with activists, politicians, clergymen and victims of violent acts committed by both sides. Organized by the Embassy of Spain. Directed by Julio Medem (language: Spanish). 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour 48 minutes). India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24624044).
The National School of Drama takes on Molière as part of its Golden Jubilee celebration. In the original, the main character is a religious hypocrite who tries to scam a friend and his wife and children. In the NSD version, the focus has shifted away from just hypocrisy to what we might call godmen and the contradictions that come with them in Indian society. 6.30pm. National School of Drama, Sammukh, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwandas Road (23384531). Tickets: Rs50 available at the venue.
Rumi Unveil the Sun
Red Rose Society presents this play on the great Persian sufi poet Maulana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. Rumi’s works were written after he met and was inspired by his close friend and companion Shams. Rumi’s bereavement at Shams’ untimely death, allegedly at the hands of Rumi’s own son, found expression in an outpouring of poems. Interestingly, Rumi’s love for Shams was so intense that he attributed his own work to Shams, calling it ‘Diwan-e Shams-e Tabriz-i’. This is the story of a remarkable relationship that produced words which continue to inspire and influence readers all over the world. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Gobar Times Green Schools Award and Festival
Centre for Science and Environment acknowledges the best green schools in the country at the ‘Gobar Times Green Schools Award and Festival’. Schoolchildren involved in the environmental audit put up stalls showcasing the audit process through charts, models etc. Added attractions are the green schools photo gallery, street plays, dance performances and films. Krishna Kumar, the director of the NCERT will be the chief guest at the awards ceremony. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Festival and films: 2-4pm; award ceremony: 4-5.30pm.
The annual crafts and environmental mela by crafts organization Dastkar begins. The Bazaar is now in its 14th year. This year is even more special because Dastkar is celebrating 25 years of existence and also 60 years of India’s independence. The theme for the 2007 edition will be ‘Elephant’ and there will be a special pavilion exhibiting products based on the theme. Around 200 other crafts groups are expected to be part of the Bazaar. 11am-10pm. Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg. Contact Dastkar (24695920) for details. Entry: Rs15.
Scorpions have pushed more than 75 million copies of their brand of melodic hard rock around the world and we’re sure that at least a couple of million of those records can be found in homes in India. Few will admit it but almost everyone who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s can instantly recognize the riff of ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ and instinctively whistle the intro to ‘Wind Of Change’. They will congregate this fortnight when the 35-year-old German band performs its first concert in the city. 7pm. MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E). Tickets: Rs1,500, Rs1,000.
This year, Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s annual chamber music festival will feature such acclaimed musicians as violinists Ellen dePasquale, Harvey de Souza, Jennifer Gilbert, Malavika Gopal, Tamiko Kobayashi and Anthony Marwood, viola players Catherine Bradshaw, Ralph de Souza, Melissa Reardon and Silvia Simionescu, cellists Xenia Jankovic, Howard Penny, Raman Ramakrishnan and Christoph Richter and pianists Sheila Arnold and Paul Stewart. The first day will feature works by Haydn, Beethoven and Schulhoff. 7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets: Rs200, Rs100.
Pillar to Post
From 14 December
On his website, Valsan Koorma Kolleri has a picture of himself looking like a guerrilla soldier. In grungy clothes, stolid boots and a waist pouch, he seems more prepared to plan a skirmish than sculpt. In some ways, though, militancy and sculpture aren’t entirely disconnected in Kolleri’s world. When he is sculpting, Kolleri is attempting to strike against all those who create works that he deems “unnatural” and, of course, against those critics who don’t understand the philosophy behind his works. Valsan’s show is at the new space from Bodhi Art, located in a part of town that very little public transport reaches. But make the trek for sculptor Kolleri’s inaugural show. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Bodhi Space, Ground Floor, Plot No. 14, Elphinstone Estate, Malet Bundar Road, near Orange Gate, Vadi Banda .
Swiss artists Helmut Kohli and Christopher Ogi describe the unpronounceable title (it means “mountain light” in a dialect of Swiss German) of their show as an “adventure and art with mountains and light”. They light up a chosen mountain for 45 seconds and then take photographs of it in that time. Some of the results are stunning. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Gallery Beyond, 130/132, Great Western Building (first floor), opposite Lions Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (22837345).
Antique box exhibition
The 150-odd boxes that will make their way to ‘Boxes of Riches’, an exhibition at Coomaraswamy Hall this fortnight, are exquisite. From little cases, with room for no more than a pen, a few nibs and an inkwell, to multi-shelved clothing chests the size of a dining table, Doshi’s boxes are more than containers. There are hand-carved necklace cases depicting scenes from the ‘Ramayana’; complicated jewellery holders with compartments popping open in every direction and table-top designs that unfold into full-sized letter bureaus. Metal boxes open to reveal a pestle and mortar for travelling ‘vaids’. Brightly painted tiffin carriers disassemble into separate dabbas and hard-bound lookalikes hide keyholes beneath their wooden spines. 10am-6pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22151009).
The Making of Aap Ka Surroor
There are several hilarious moments in ‘The Making of Aap Ka Suroor’, and not one of them has to do with Himesh Reshammiya. Never in her documentary about the German location shoot of Reshammiya’s acting launch pad does director Gabriele Ammermann sneer at the nasal-voiced capped singer. Ammermann is more interested in what happens when German precision collides head-on with Indian improvisation on a film shoot. While Reshammiya baiters will turn up their noses at her findings, anybody who’s been within a 100m of a Hindi film shoot will instantly feel at home. The film-maker will take questions after the screening. 6.30pm (duration: 30 minutes). Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture,Vidyanidhi Marg, JVPD, Vile Parle (W) (26700918).
In process: During the shoot of Himesh Reshammiya’s film Aap Ka Suroor.
Max Mueller Bhavan and the Katha Centre for Film Studies present a festival of films by renowned German New Wave film-maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Katzelmacher, Fassbinder’s second feature, based on his own play, won immediate acclaim. It still seems remarkable, mainly for Fassbinder’s distinctive, highly stylised dialogue and minimalist mise-en-scène that transfigures a cinema of poverty into bleakly triumphant rites of despair. Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22027710). The show timings could vary. Call 22022085 to confirm timings.
Known to hip hop lovers around the world as Nina Sky, the twins from New York last rode the radio waves in 2004 with their hit single ‘Move Ya Body’, an easy mix of R&B and Caribbean rhythms. Natalie and Nicole Albino wrote their first song at the age of seven and started working at a career in music when barely into their teens. In the years since their eponymous debut album, they have collaborated on various reggaeton records and are currently working on a follow-up record titled ‘The Musical’. 10pm. Elevate, Centre Stage Mall (fifth floor), Noida (951202513904).
Even before the first note has been sounded at any concert of music from the cluster of North Atlantic islands, Sara Tavares and her compatriots have to deal with the majestic presence of Cesaria Evora, whose enormous commercial success over the past decade has conditioned listeners to associate Cape Verde firmly with the bluesy morna form the barefoot diva has made her trademark. But, as is clear from Tavares’s music, the former Portuguese colony—situated geographically and culturally between Lisbon, West Africa and Brazil—is the cradle of several other styles, including the accordion-based funana and the satirical bataque. 9.30pm. Blue Frog,Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Visit www.bluefrog.co.in for gig updates.