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Turbulent times: One of Nilima Sheikh’s watercolours.
Turbulent times: One of Nilima Sheikh’s watercolours.
Updated: Tue, Jun 09 2009. 10 53 PM IST
32 Degrees
To celebrate Earth Day, the American Centre has organized film screenings, as well as an excellent exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer Andre Fanthome. These images were taken on his trips to Alaska and capture breath-taking snow-shrouded landscapes as well as glaciers.
8.30am-6pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-6pm, Saturday. The American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). Please carry proof of identity.
Drawing Trails
Turbulent times: One of Nilima Sheikh’s watercolours.
Most of Nilima Sheikh’s watercolour works and book illustrations have been inspired by poems and texts that deal with turbulent histories.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
Made in China
Attempting to explore the representation of global culture through cross-cultural art practices, this show displays multimedia works by international artists who lived and worked in China. It also aims to examine the international art scene and its interaction with emerging Chinese practitioners through paintings, calligraphy, photography, documentary and video-art practices, and music. The participating artists are Bruce Gremo, Diana Valarezo, Drew Hanratty, Haruki Takashi, Jose Abad, M. Sovan Kumar, Tjyying Liu, Vidura Jang B., Vineet Kumar, Floris-Jan van Luyn, Isolda Morillo, Joana Vasquez Arong.
Noon-6pm, daily. Abadi Art Gallery, 42, Paschimi Marg, Vasant Vihar (46016737). By appointment only.
Shake and Twist
23 May
The little ones get to shake a leg with dance steps they create themselves. The session is aimed at helping children use their mind and body more creatively. Ages 3-5.
10.30am-12.30pm. British Council Library, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. For details, call Anu Bhardwaj on 41497123. Fee, Rs250.
23 May
Simi Srivastava shows children how to use their breath and blow at paints to print patterns on paper. Ages 6-9.
2-4pm. British Council Library, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. For details, call Anu Bhardwaj on 41497123. Fee, Rs300.
Angels in Tiger Land
23 May
Angels in Tiger Land is a film on the first-ever footage of the life cycle of the Travancore Evening Brown, a very elusive butterfly endemic to the Western Ghats and for decades thought to be extinct. The film is directed by Suresh Elamon.
6.30 pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Russian ballet
24 May
The India Fernando Ballet Company, or IFBC, presents Sleeping Beauty, a performance choreographed by Fernando Aguilera.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Tickets, Rs250-1,000, available online at Bookmyshow.com or with IFBC (9810032969).
Unbound beats of India
25-26 May
Ranjana Gauhar, Odissi exponent and director of Utsav, presents a two-day international dance festival. Artists from Japan, Sri Lanka and Russia will perform.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663090).
Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz
27 May
A part of Shalom Rewind Sessions, Karsh Kale and Midival Punditz are going to perform their best work.
9pm. Shalom, N-18, Greater Kailash-I, N-Block Market (41632280).
Around town
My Journey from Music to Calligraphy
28 May
Calligraphy artist Qamar Dagar will exhibit her work, and talk about it. The exhibition will be on from 11am-6.30pm.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal building, first floor (23746050).
Marc Riboud’s show
Till 30 May
A comprehensive retrospective of the work of Marc Riboud takes us through the 86-year-old French photojournalist’s travels across the globe. Between 1955 and 1986, by chance and by contrivance, many nations visited by Riboud were either in turmoil or on the brink of it. Lensman Navroze Contractor also displays his jazz pictures.
11am-7pm. Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, ICIA Building, Kala Ghoda (22048138).
Don’t hold it in, breathe out
Till 6 June
Neha Choksi’s shows generally revolve around complex themes and her artistic practices can seem baffling. In the past, she’s used symbols instead of words, asked audiences to hand over personal possessions upon entering the exhibition and invited people to watch her being anaesthetized. This time, instead of performance art, Choksi presents a video work, sculptures, paintings and prints. The works in the exhibition show Choksi’s continued interest in mortality and signs of life. The result is a show that is accessible and intriguing.
11am-7pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 2-7pm, Monday. Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba (22810066).
Around town
22-24 May
Make high scores out of awkward consonants and commonplace letters at the Bayer National Scrabble Championship. To register, call 9892471327 or email mumbaiscrabbleclub@hotmail.com. Fee, Rs1,110.
9am-6pm. Juhu Gymkhana, Plot No. U/13, JVPD Scheme, 13th Road, Opposite Juhu bus depot, Juhu (26205937).
Split style: In Gotipua, which evolved around the 17th century, boys aged between three and 14 dress up as girls.
24 May
In Gotipua, which evolved around the 17th century at the peak of the Vaishnavite movement in Orissa, boys aged between three and 14 dress up as girls to perform a a style reminiscent of Odissi. Students of Bijay Kumar Sahoo’s Nakshyatra Gurukul will perform pure dance as well as the acrobatic ‘bandha nritya’ section of the dance in which they stretch their legs, arch their backs and perform splits.
7pm. Carter Road Amphitheatre, Carter Road Promenade, Bandra (W).
28 May
Soul band Abri was one of the first groups in Dubai to draw large audiences, sign a record deal and get a video on MTV. “In Dubai, you have these hotels and clubs that bring bands from abroad and use local bands and tell them, ‘this is what you need to play because you need to be pleasing the audience and they need to listen to something familiar’—we weren’t accepting that,” says vocalist and frontman Hamdan Al Abri. The quartet, which comprises Abri, keyboardist Julian Symes, bassist Rami Lakkis and drummer Andre Atherley, will perform tracks from their second album, Blank Notes. The record contains rearranged versions of five songs that appeared in their debut Sunchild, as well as five new tracks.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry fee, Rs300.
Roopantar—Adapting theatre for cinema
28 May
Mumbai-based author, curator and film-maker Amrit Gangar uses six films to explore how stage plays become screenplays in this lecture. He will discuss Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe, Satyadev Dubey’s landmark 1971 film adapted from Vijay Tendulkar’s Marathi play of the same name.
6.30pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).
Short Sharp Shock
26 May
Duration: 1 hour 40 min.
While on the face of it, ‘Short Sharp Shock’ is a crime drama, it is actually a tract on the struggle for identity, the conflicts imposed on people straddling two very different cultures and the violent expression of these conflicts.
8.45pm. Pebble Tuesday Talkies, Princess 3, Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Ground, Sadashiva Nagar (9886747640).
The moral fibre: Mumbai-based artist Aabid Shaikh’s oil on canvas.
Local Spine
22 May-6 June
There’s little left unsuggested about the courage and strength of the moral fibre in Mumbai’s citizens, charging on in the face of apocalyptic contingencies as personified in everyday scenes of the city’s local train service. In his series of works of oil on canvas titled ‘Local Spine’, Mumbai-based artist Aabid Shaikh appears to be crooning the same song. On the face of it, Shaikh demonstrates the powdered impression of a staggering exercise in fêting Mumbai’s untiring social dynamics. “It was the train journey that always attracted me. Especially the peak hours of the Mumbai local,” he says.
10.30am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
Them Clones Unplugged
22 May
Delhi-based alternative rock act, Them Clones, will perform an acoustic set in support of their latest single My Life from their debut album, which is due for an August release. Winners of the Channel V Launchpad India 2005 contest, the band will be in Bangalore as part of an eight-city tour.
7.30pm. Kyra, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Entry, Rs299.
Trichur Brothers
23 May
In this concert organized by the Indira Nagar Sangeetha Sabha, Trichur Brothers Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan will lead a vocal Carnatic duet, accompanied by L. Ramakrishnan on the violin, Trichur R. Mohan on mridangam and Anirudh Athreya on kanjira.
6pm. Purandara Bhavan, 8th Main Road, HAL II Stage, behind Indira Nagar Club (25215525).
Dial M for Macbeth
23 May
Director: Abhijit; writer: Shakespeare (but only just); cast: various sundry theatre people. Duration: 1 hour 10 min.
‘Dial M for Macbeth’ reads into Lady Macbeth’s character and uncovers multiple personalities by splitting and refracting them in a narrative that moves freely between the past, present and future.
7.30pm. Kyra, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). For tickets, contact Kyra at 9632203333 or mailpromos@kyra.in.
Around town
Mahaquizzer 2009
24 May
Karnataka Quiz Association’s annual multi-city quiz competition takes place this weekend. So if you get an adrenalin rush from working out answers to questions ranging from palaeontology to current affairs, you may just want to turn up at the Mahaquizzer 2009. With prizes in categories such as those for school students, college students and ladies, as well as an overall prize, the competition is open to everybody. The quiz features 150 questions over 90 minutes.
9.30am. New Block, Cathedral Composite Junior College and High School, Richmond Road. For details, call 9731214519.
HarperCollins India and the Indian Detective Agency are organizing The Paris Enigma contest. It requires you to write an application to detective Craig, outlining three things: Why you’d make a good employee, which case you liked best from that book, and why. The winner will be trained for a week by the Indian Detective Agency.
Email applications to contest@harpercollins- india.com by 31 May.
Restaurateur Sachin Jawale’s Rude Lounge is trying to offer service with a snarl. “We thought people would love to see waiters who are supposed to say, ‘yes, ma’am, no ma’am, thank you sir’, talk rudely or dump the order on the table,” he says. “But we didn’t think Navi Mumbai would be able to digest it. So we restrained the rudeness to the décor. But we’re planning for our waiters to be rude once a week.” They’re actually quite nice though, dropping tipsy customers home as part of their “you drink, we drive” service.
Arenja Complex, Plot 52, Sector 15, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai (65141234).
For retired laboratory equipment manufacturer Vasant Kalbag, kindness is a lot like fashion. All it takes for it to catch on is a little push or a celebrity endorsement and it will spread through the world (he lists a grieving widow from Bangalore, an honest but socially boycotted Cuttack executive, a Mumbai cardiologist and a suicidal jilted fiancée from Delhi as people who’ve been helped). His NGO, Unlimited Kindness, which started in 2002, urges people to measure self-interest against collective interest. So you don’t have to be a pushover: Give up your taxi to someone older, but ignore a selfish person trying to break a queue.
This is a ‘jamun’ lover’s dream in a box: Intense flavours, no seeds, portable, no stains and available all year. Jamun Chips are strips of sun-dried ‘jamun’ pulp. No colour, flavour, sugar or salt is added. They’re available at Meghsons in Mumbai, the happy side effect of a production accident. Meghsons used to sell bottled ‘jamun’ juice. Four years ago, some of it spilled into a vessel and dried. “We tasted it and found that it was quite nice, so we started selling it,” says Neel Sangoi, the product manager at Meghsons.
Rs135 for 80-100g. Meghsons, Junction of SV Road and Marve Road, Malad (W), Mumbai (28822291, www.meghsons.com).
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First Published: Fri, May 22 2009. 02 02 AM IST