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First Published: Thu, Mar 17 2011. 10 49 PM IST

Two Hours Traffic: A band that performs 3-minute songs with a sound somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles.
Two Hours Traffic: A band that performs 3-minute songs with a sound somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles.
Updated: Thu, Mar 17 2011. 10 49 PM IST
Bangalore
Art
Desh ki Awaaz
22 March-31 March
Slice of life: An exhibit at Desh ki Awaaz
A graphic art project on contemporary social realities in India, co-hosted by the People Tree Arts Trust and supported by the Ford Foundation, the show is curated by architect Gautam Bhatia and graphic illustrator Orijit Sen. It features the work of a number of miniature artists, students and writers from around the country.
12.30-7pm (Monday closed). The Presidency, 82, St Marks Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, email gallery@apparaoart.com or log on to www.apparaogalleries.com
Dance
Naatya Nivedanam
19 March
For the event, Chennai-based dancer Manjula Amaresh will begin her recital with Ganesha vandana, composed by V.P. Dhananjayan. This will be followed by shabdam, an item that introduces abhinaya, or histrionics, to the recital. The third performance will be a varna composed by the late Mysore Vasudevacharya, titled Ninne Nammi Naanuraa Krishna, wherein a devotee asks for Krishna’s protection.
6.45pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Film
Metropolis
24 March
Set in a future city where a sliver of gilded society lives atop a mountain of subterranean labour, Metropolis sends the city leader’s son on an odyssey in pursuit of workers’ advocate Maria. Meanwhile, her evil robot doppelgänger is set loose on a mission to corrupt and destroy the city. Brigitte Helm’s amazing, freaky double performance is a major asset. Building on earlier science fiction and influential on later works, Lang’s film is a mammoth marvel, fusing modernism and expressionism, Art Deco and Biblical spectacle. 2 hours, 33 minutes.
6.45pm. 36, 9th Main, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785).
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Film
Remembering Pina Bausch with Anne Linsel
Ode to a star: Celebrating Pina Bausch.
The following screenings are being hosted with the Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts, and will include a discussion between dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch and art historian Anne Linsel. All screenings are free.
21 March, 6pm
Tanzträume’: Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann’s documentary on the rehearsals that went into the production of Bausch’s dance piece ‘Kontakthof’, which premiered in November 2008. 1 hour, 29 minutes.
21 March, 7.30pm
Anne Linsel speaks with the dancer about her work. 40 minutes.
22 March, 6pm
‘Ladies and Gentlemen’: A film on rank amateur dancers preparing for Bausch’s dance piece ‘Kontakthof’. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
22 March, 7.15pm
‘In Search of Dance—Pina Bausch’s Other Theatre’: The story of the Wuppertal Dance Theatre group and of Bausch at its helm as director of ballet. 29 minutes.
Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205305)
Chennai
Art
Madras Contemporary
20 March–23 April
Contemporary colours: An exhibition of works in multiple media.
The Ashvita fine art gallery will present a first-of-its-kind show featuring the works of C. Douglas, Benita Perciyal, C. Krishnaswamy, Raghava K.K., S. Yuvaraj, R. Magesh, Abraham George and Yuvaraj Vivek. The artworks feature a range of mediums—paintings, photographs, installations and performances.
11am-6pm. Ashvita, 11, 2nd Street, RK Salai, Mylapore (28476063).
Music
Danyèl Waro
22 March
Alliance Française de Madras (AFM), in association with the French embassy, will present ethnic music by Danyèl Waro of Reunion Island. With a mix of blues and contemporary sound, Waro’s music has love, poetry, joy and woe.
7.30pm. Atrium, AFM, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28251165).
Around town
Lac handicrafts workshop
19-20 March
DakshinaChitra will organize a workshop in which Zeenat Jahan from Jaipur will teach lac craft. She will explain the steps involved in making bangles, earrings, jewellery boxes and other handicrafts.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs 1,000, inclusive of material and transport to and from the venue (pick-up at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).
Summer camps
Till 31 August
Hansel & Gretel, a children’s activity centre, will hold summer camps for children aged 3-7 (junior campers) and 8 and above (senior campers). Juniors can take part in storytelling, singalong, drama, puzzles, drawing and painting, craft and games, while seniors can have fun with creative writing, drama, chess, art and craft, puzzles, games and music. Children can join the two-week camps on any Monday, till 31 August.
10am-1pm. Hansel & Gretel, 11, Jagadambal Street, T Nagar (28152549). Charges, Rs 3,000.
Parsi food festival
19 March-3 April
Samudra will present a food festival that includes Parsi specialities such as dhansak, sali murgh, gravy cutlets. Enjoy the meal with an array of cold drinks and spirits.
Noon-11pm. Samudra, Hotel Trident, 1/24, GST Road (22344747). Charges, Rs 750 for two, drinks and taxes extra.
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Art
Art Chennai
20-26 March
Touted as one of the biggest art events in the city, ‘Art Chennai’ will bring you the best in modern and contemporary art, with over 22 galleries showcasing over 2,500 pieces of artworks. One of the main venues, Lalit Kala Akademi, will host some of the best works through the duration of the festival, while Hotel Taj Coromandel will open its venue to visitors on 25 March. There, they can view live painting and interactive activities. The event will conclude with an auction of the paintings on 26 March.
10am-6pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, Thousand Lights, Gream’s Road (28291692). For details, log on to www.artchennai.com
By Karuna Amarnath
Delhi
Art
Treasures of Ancient China
Till 29 March
The Archaeological Survey of India and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Art Exhibition, China, are presenting this exhibition featuring 95 artefacts. They represent the Chinese culture from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. The chief attractions of the exhibition are bronzes, jade objects, sculptures, porcelain, gold objects, terracotta warriors and tricoloured pottery.
10am-5pm (Mondays closed). National Museum, Janpath (23019272). Entry, Rs10 (Indians) and Rs300 (foreigners).
Feminnale 2011
Till 20 March
The exhibition celebrates the feminine and features artworks by women of all ages and backgrounds. The artists include Alka Raghuvanshi, Anupam Sud, Dipali Bhattacharya, Jayashree Chakravarty, Kanchan Chander, Kavita Jaiswal, Kavita Nayyar, Mekhala Bahl, Mona Rai, Nupur Kundu, Seema Kohli, Shobha Broota and Yuriko Lochan. The show is organized in association with Gallery Art Sastra.
Noon-8pm. F Grill & Lounge, Third floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket (46152500).
Dance
Ekatatva
22 March
Dancing trio: (from left) Vaibhav Arekar, Daksha Mashruwala and Uma Dogra present Ekatatva.
In 2008, dancers Daksha Mashruwala (Odissi) and Uma Dogra (Kathak) addressed the concepts of change and evolution in their production Ekatatva. Three years later, they return to the piece, and are joined by Bharatanatyam dancer Vaibhav Arekar, to present a modified version of Ekatatva. It begins with the Vedic period, moves to the Bhakti era and concludes with a piece inspired by Sufism. The theme is earthly desire.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Film
The Girl from Monaco
18 March
Bertrand Beauvois, a well-known attorney, is in Monte Carlo to defend a businessman’s mother. The businessman provides a bodyguard, Christophe, to Beauvois. The middle-aged attorney is drawn to a young and free-spirited local TV weather girl, Audrey, who once dated Christophe. Although Christophe warns Beauvois to stay away from Audrey, he’s hooked. What’s her angle? Is she a plant who’ll ruin the case, a gold-digger, or is she genuine? Has Christophe failed to protect Beauvois? French; 1 hour, 35 minutes.
5.30 and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Music
Two Hours Traffic
24 March
Two Hours Traffic: A band that performs 3-minute songs with a sound somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles.
The band takes its name from a line in the prologue of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Most of their music consists of no-frills, 3-minute songs that hark back to an earlier era. Critics have compared them to legendary power-pop band Big Star, but the band cites Teenage Fanclub and Nick Lowe as primary influences, along with local bands English Words and Boxer the Horse. A lot of power pop descends from the Beatles, so you may also catch a bit of the Liverpudlians in their music.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110 Multiplex Building, First floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Call for cover charges.
Spic Macay: Music in the Park
23 March
This edition of Music in the Park features Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He will be joined by his sons, Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali Khan, who are also sarod players. They will be accompanied by Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa (tabla) and Fateh Singh Gangani (pakhawaj).
7pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. For details, call 32594087.
Around town
Holi Dance Marathon
18 March
Audio Ashram has a massive trance line-up to usher in the Holi weekend. Kiwi brothers Barton and Hayden Strom (you might know them as Antix) headline, playing a progressive trance-based set that’ll feature darker, driving tech and funky tribal grooves. Swedish psy trance duo Tegma also feature in the line-up, as do progressive trance acts Sun Control Species and Duca. Rounding off the big bill are Electrypnose, whose sets tend to include psy trance, chillout, electro and minimal sounds.
9pm. Alfresco, The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place (44447777). Charges, Rs 1,000, for entry and a cocktail.
Kolkata
Art
World Art—With a Focus on France
Till 31 March
Francophile frames: An exhibition of works from around the world
Ahuja Museum for Arts is presenting an exhibition of paintings by artists from all over the world. The exhibition has on display works by Gustavo Ortiz and María Ana Furman from Argentina; Romero Britto from Brazil; Melain N’zindou from Congo; Alain Vilaceque, Anne-Catherine Casteres and others from France; Monica Zani and Renato Manese from Italy; Huub Ragas and Jan-hein Arens from the Netherlands, Heather Sarin from New Zealand; Alfred Vagsvold from Norway; and Farah Jabeen and Ayesha Jatoi from Pakistan. The paintings range in size from 15x15cm to 114x188cm and span various techniques and styles.
10.30am-7pm (Sundays closed). Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road (40034974, 22894745).
Music
Lokogaan
21 March
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will present Loko- gaan (folk songs) of Bengal by Swapan Mukherjee. A product of extensive research, the repertoire of folk songs by Mukherjee will include Tusu, Bhadu, Jhumur, Alkaap, Bolan and Bhawaiya. Mukherjee knows all about the traditions associated with the occasions on which these songs are sung, the folk music instruments of Bengal and the oral traditions of Medinipur, Bankura and Birbhum districts. His renditions maintain the authenticity of the folk tradition.
6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22823431/2895).
Rhythm Divine
22 March
Sanskriti Sagar, in association with Taj Bengal and mjunction, will present Rhythm Divine, a performance by Pungcholam drummers from Manipur. The performance has been choreographed by Astad Deboo, a Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padma Shri awardee who has been working with these drummers for the last 15 years. These drummers make a living by performing in temples during weddings, births and deaths.
7pm. GD Birla Sabhaghar, Ballygunge. Tickets, Rs 60, available at the Seagull (24556942/43) and at the venue.
Workshop on folk songs
21-24 March
The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) will hold a workshop on folk songs. Renowned Bengali folk singer Amar Pal will conduct this workshop. Only those with at least five years’ experience in folk singing will be eligible.
Noon-4pm. Naatghar, EZCC, IB 201, Sector III, Salt Lake (23356797). Charges, Rs 100.
Theatre
Tasher Desh
20 March
Saptayan, a Kolkata-based organization, will present a production of Tasher Desh, one of Tagore’s most famous dance dramas. This is the story of a prince who is tired of life in the palace and goes in search of adventure with a merchant. The music direction is by Rabin Nandi and choreography by Swaminathan Pillai.
10am. Abanmahal, Dhakura Bridge. For details, call 9432241404.
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Music
Ahimsa: World Music Quartet
19 March
Sounds of peace: The quartet.
Ahimsa is a four-piece world music ensemble that weaves together the sounds of the guitar, double violin, and north and south Indian percussion. Their music is captivating fusion, masterfully blending traditional Indian Carnatic music with elements of Western classical music and jazz.
The group grew out of a chance meeting in 1999 between Munich-based guitarist Matthias Muller and Indian violinist S. Radhakrishna. The other two group members of the group are percussionists Udai and Yoga. Their two albums to date, ‘Seven Steps to Liberty’ and ‘What is the Nature of Spirit?’, have been critically acclaimed. The event will be hosted by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and produced by Littlei.
6.30pm. 27, Ballygunge Park. Passes available at The Calcutta School of Music, 6B, Sunny Park. For details, call 9748195596 (Littlei) and 22426439/6440/6441 (Calcutta Classical Guitar Society).
By Indranil Bhoumik
Mumbai
Theatre
Jaswandi
20 March
Until a year ago, it seemed like veteran actor-director Sai Paranjpye, known for films such as Katha and Sparsh and for her Marathi plays of the 1970s and 1980s, had given up theatre direction. Then last year, the 73-year-old restaged her acclaimed play Sakkhe Shejari. This month, she revived her 1975 play, Jaswandi, to the delight of her loyal fans.
The play presents the story of a lonely married woman bonding with a younger man. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
4.30pm. Vishnudas Bhave Natyagraha, opposite Vashi Bus Depot, Vashi (27669100). For tickets, contact the venue.
Miss Beautiful
22-24 March
Mak, a playwright, is working on an autobiographical script. The last wish of his ailing parents is to see their son happily married. A guilt-stricken Mak decides to cast a girl in his play, on the condition that she come to his house to play the role of his wife as well. Directed and written by Makrand Deshpande, the play stars him, Nagesh Bhonsle, Divya Jagdale, Ahlam Khan and Sanjay Dadhich. 2 hours.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Latecomers not allowed. Tickets Rs 80.
Music
Fauzia Maria Beg
24 March
Fauzia Maria Beg began her career singing at The Oberoi hotel’s Supper Club in the 1980s. After moving to Germany in 1989, she was last seen performing at Soul Fry Casa in Bandra six years ago. She returns to the Mumbai stage this time to perform popular Brazilian and Cuban tunes at Blue Frog. She’ll be singing forró, a kind of north-eastern Brazilian music, and some hits by popular singers such as Tania Maria and Ana Carolina.
10pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs300.
Dorian Concept
18 March
Oliver Johnson aka Dorian Concept employs his skills as a classically trained pianist to craft unique jazz-, hip hop- and techno-inspired electronic music. The young Austrian first attracted attention after he posted a simple bedroom video of himself fooling around on a microkorg synthesizer on YouTube. Join the Dorian Concept as he conjures everything from infectious dance floor anthems to atmospheric electronic soundscapes.
10pm. Blue Frog (40332300). Charges, Rs500.
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Photography
Vertical Horizon
Framed: Pallon Daruwala’s work.
22-26 March
Inspired by Stephen Hawking’s comments about looking at the world from space, photographer Pallon Daruwala places his objects at a 90-degree angle from the ground or any flat surface to turn the horizontal vertical. What would things look like if the world was not flat? Would all objects look like they were hanging? Find out for yourself at his exhibition of black and white images.
10am-6pm. Pundole Art Gallery, 369, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, next to American Dry Fruits, Flora Fountain (22841837
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