Chitra Santhe—Art For All
The annual day-long event will include a three-part series of performance and installation works by city-based artist Bharathesh Yadav. In the first part, Yadav will stage an interactive demonstration of the ancient barter system, where garbage bags and assorted items from viewers will be accepted in return for saplings and plants. The second part will revisit styles and techniques of rangoli, while the third segment will feature a multimedia presentation of recent works by the artist, based on photographs of the city from the 1950s to the present.
9am-7pm. Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). For details, log on to www.chitrasanthe.com
This entertaining biopic of “The Genius” Ray Charles (who died in June 2004, about a year before this film was made) covers the early period of the blind Georgia-born innovator’s 60-year career. Fans may complain that the director never lets the music truly breathe, but the fine cinematography (Pawel Edelman), evocative production design and a gallery of superb performances (topped by Jamie Foxx as the man) more than compensate. 2 hours, 32 minutes.
6pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785).
Watch a nearly forgotten witness’ account of Gandhi’s assassination. Krishan Dev Madan, then a programme officer with All India Radio, was preparing to record Gandhi’s speech on the day he was shot in 1948. Madan’s recollections of the day were recorded on 10 November and will be screened at this nationwide event titled Gandhi—5:17 (5.17pm was the time of Gandhi’s death), promoted by the Gandhi Peace Foundation to mark the day. Also watch a rare documentary on Gandhi, made by A.K. Chettiar in 1940 after extensive research and travel across four continents. Organizers say that all versions of this 81-minute film were thought to be lost after the British banned it, until a version was discovered recently.
Arghyam, 599, 12th Main, 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar. Passes can be collected from the venue. For details and timings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 41698941.
The Attakkalari India Biennial 2011
28 January-6 February
Held once in two years since 2000, the festival is a unique platform in South Asia for fresh voices in contemporary dance, digital arts and research. The festival will include a number of performances, screenings, installations, workshops and seminars. Classes for dancers will also be held by visiting artistes.
Drama of dance: The Attakkalari India Biennial showcases contemporary works in dance, research and digital arts.
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Facing the Blank Page
Omar Rajeh, dancer and director of the Maqamat Dance Theatre, Lebanon, will present a dance performance, ‘Facing the Blank Page’. Through this work, Rajeh tries to question the meaning of the body and associations of identity, culture, religion and politics when it comes to the tangible form. He hopes to generate meaning out of the absence of these constructs, battling stereotypical associations.
4pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340). Tickets, Rs200.
S’poart, a French dance company, views hip hop as a philosophy not specific to geography. It takes inspiration from circus and theatre artistes as well as modern dance practitioners and musicians. ‘In Vivo’ is a result of the company’s continuing work on materials, architecture and the body.
7.30pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs500
Young Choreographers’ Platform
The Iran-based Kargah Theatre will present three works. ‘Kariznew’— inspired by wudu, the practice of cleansing oneself before worship, as dictated by Islam—seeks to draw parallels between dance and worship. The second, ‘Punchi’, is the retelling of a fairy tale about a fisherman and the angel of the sea. The third, ‘Champion’, is a battle between good and evil.
4pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22201027)
Dance on Camera
There will be screenings of films based on dance practices, apart from installations involving sound and videos.
‘The Sword and The Spear’, a documentary, is a visual diary of Astad Deboo’s tour of Taiwan with the troupe of Thang Ta Manipuri dancers that’s he’s been performing with in recent years. Deboo met the dancers in 1995, and since then he’s been working on creating a common meeting ground between his hybrid contemporary style and their combination of martial arts and dance. The documentary follows tour diary conventions, in that there is footage of Deboo and his dancers practising, hanging out, horsing around and, finally, performing.
6pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26493982).
This work of digital art is the result of a collaboration between Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and South Korean dance theatre Ccaddoo. The work seeks to borrow from Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and their idea and treatment of time as continuous and ever-present. It uses memories and visions while moving freely between the past, present and future.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara (26493982). Tickets,Rs200.
Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability
Publishing house Navayana has released a biography of B.R. Ambedkar titled Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability and will be organizing a discussion on it. The participants will include Marathi writer Urmila Pawar, poet and curator Ranjit Hoskote, and critic and connoisseur of graphic books Jerry Pinto. Graphic novel artworks by Pardhan-Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Suresh Vyam will be displayed.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22072974/75).
Gandhi is Alive
In Gandhi is Alive, Sumeet Nagdev, the artistic director of the Expressions Modern Dance Company, wonders what the Mahatma would do if he were alive today. Nagdev’s first dance theatre production features pieces named after significant events in Gandhi’s life. So there is The Salty Act (after the Dandi March of 1930), and The New Co-op Movement (after the Non-Cooperation Movement).
12.30pm and 5pm. Mini Theatre, Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi. Passes, Rs200, available at the academy’s headquarters in Dadar (24366 771/6), Rhythm House (43222701) and at the venue.
When Swiss choreographer and video artiste Nicole Seiler comes to Mumbai with her work Ningyo, the stage will become a swimming pool for a dance-video spectacle that is likely to bowl over audiences with its imagery. In Japanese folklore, “ningyo” refers to a mythical marine creature and Seiler’s piece is centred on a mermaid, played by Japanese dancer Chiharu Mamiya. Seiler will cover almost half the stage with a 4x6m tank for the show.
A mythical creature: Ningyo is inspired by Japanese folklore.
7.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue.
Lakshmi and Me
Most of us don’t need to look outside our apartments to be sensitive to the problems of the working class. For her new documentary Lakshmi and Me, Nishtha Jain, the director of City of Photos and co-director of Six Yards to Democracy, examines her relationship with her maid. 59 minutes.
7pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).
The Soundsystem meld gypsy and other world ethnic music with electronica. Featuring Serbian Loran Bozic on the violin and Frenchmen Nicolas Baby on bass, Eric Schirmacher on the DJ decks and Tomaz SubVersion as VJ, the collective is inspired by upbeat folk sounds. These include Indian influences, Afrobeat, Kuduro from Angola and Cumbia, originally from Colombia—all overlaid with electronica beats and twists. The tunes will be accompanied by visuals on a projector.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs800
Bridging the World with Music
The duo Viola da Cunha (mezzo soprano) and Justin McCarthy (piano) will present an evening of Lieder, English and Spanish songs. The event will be held in collaboration with the Delhi Music Society. Cunha, born in India, studied singing with Hyacinth Brown in Bombay and went on to the Trinity College of Music. Born and raised in Michigan, McCarthy studied piano with Ruth Kuipers and Heather Halsted.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
The Splendor of Masters
Banyan Tree presents ‘The Splendor of Masters’, which brings together two diverse musical traditions represented by Hindustani classical flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Netherlands-based Gwyneth Wentink on the harp. They will be joined by jazz fusion saxophonist George Brooks.
6pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Tickets, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the Full Circle book stores in Greater Kailash-I and Khan Market.
Till 19 February
Recently nominated for the Turner Prize, the Otolith Group consists of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. The group, which also functions internationally as a public platform for curatorial practice and discussion on contemporary artistic production, explores the moving image, sound and text through its work. Some of their best movies and photographs will be showcased in the event.
Discussions on art: The Otolith Group explores the moving image.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (64640884).
Back to School: Baroda (1979-89)
Till 5 February
The group show curated by Ranjit Hoskote and Veer Munshi includes works by Surendran Nair and Pushpamala N. It is the first in a trilogy of shows that Foundation B&G, a charity group, and the Palette Art Gallery will present in Delhi. The series covers key periods of India’s three premier art schools—the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda; Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art, Bombay; and the Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. An important era in the history of Baroda pedagogy and practice is defined by the decade 1979-1989, which saw the emergence of a considerable number of artists.
Lessons on art: A group exhibition.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Palette Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034).
Edge of Darkness
Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have condensed the original BBC miniseries into a conventional, 2-hour package. Craven (Mel Gibson), a widowed police officer whose engineer daughter is gunned down on a home visit, is now one of Boston police department’s finest. Ray Winstone, as a high-level fixer, does offer good value in what is otherwise a surprisingly low-wattage and anonymously directed thriller.
6pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341). Carry photo IDs.
The Flag: From Narrative Images to Political Vision
29 January-11 February
Tara Books and the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will present a photography exhibition and book launch, discussing the tricolour. Tara’s new book and exhibition features works by 30 press photographers from all over the country.
Tricolour tales: A photography show that celebrates the national flag
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street (28331314).
Urban Visualities: Sites and Sights of Street Art in India
DakshinaChitra presents a three-day interdisciplinary international seminar that brings together (art) historians, anthropologists, artists and curators who collectively address issues of visuality and urbanity.
Timings vary. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs350 per day, including lunch, and Rs90 without lunch. For the complete schedule, email email@example.com
Peace and I
The Aseema Trust presents the Youth for Peace festival. There will be an artistic installation at Presidency College, prayers for peace, and a peace procession (4pm on 30 January) from Gandhi Statue on the Marina. Photographs on the theme, taken by children, will also be displayed.
To volunteer or for details, log on to www.aseematrust.org
Till 31 January
Pune-based Suresh Gulage’s latest collection explores space and architectural designs. Keeping a monotone with definitive lines, it is unique in its presentation, showcasing architecture and building styles from different eras. Gulage, who studied at the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune, first exhibited his work in 2003.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Mount Road (9841076654).
Till 10 February
Curator Shalini Biswajit brings Woman 2011, which celebrates female synergy and showcases the varied manifestations of a woman. The works transport the viewer to the realm of the mundane and divine to create a mood of contemplation and revelation. The artists include A. V. Ilango, C. Douglas, C. Dakshinamoorthy, M. Senathipathi, Sisir Sahana and Thejo Menon.
10.30am-6.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
A Million Sitas
Pushing creative boundaries, dancer Anita Ratnam presents a contemporary rendition of the life of Sita—a story that is as close to the urban Indian woman as it is to the great epics. Whether it is Sabari’s devotion to Ram or the characterization of Manthara, Ratnam’s presentation with live music is worth a watch.
7pm. Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah (45991630).
By Karuna Amarnath
Shohan, a city-based theatre group, presents a seminar at the Jibanananda Sabhaghar. Internationally acclaimed painter Hiran Mitra will give a talk on “The Body Language of Pictorial Sketch in Dance-Theatre-Film” on 28 January. On 29 January, eminent playwright and Sangeet Natak Akademi award-winner Debashis Mazumder and playwright Soumitra Bose will speak on “Society and Politics in Tagore Plays”. On the last day, theatre persons Murari Mukherjee, Ashis Das and Ranjan Roy will discuss the “Impact of Globalization in District Theatre Activities”.
By the water: The Essence of Life by Tanima Bhattacharya
6.30pm. Jibanananda Sabhaghar (Bangla Akademi), behind Nandan campus. For details, call Anish Ghosh on 9830042004.
Kolkata Book Fair
Till 6 February
The 35th edition of the Kolkata Book Fair is bigger and better than before, with a myriad selection of books to choose from. A host of countries are taking part, including Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Italy and Latin American nations, but this year’s focus is the US. A series of lectures on authors and new publications has also been organized.
Noon-8pm. Milan Mela Prangan, near Science City (23604588, 23544417). For details, log on to www.kolkatabookfaironline.com
Till 2 February
Tanima Bhattacharya is one of Kolkata’s upcoming artists. Her cityscapes capture the different moods of the ghats in Kolkata. The life and moods of the Ganga river are portrayed exquisitely in watercolour on paper.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, New South Gallery (A), 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9433666518.
The Pageant of life
Till 30 January
Idiyas Gallery is presenting The Pageant of Life, showcasing the works of renowned artists, including Suhas Roy, Prokash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Bratin Khan, Sukanta Das and Atin Basak. The artists have attempted to capture motion in their art, the idea being to compare motion with life itself.
Captured: A gazelle in Kenya, photographed by Utpaal Sorkkar.
10.30am-6.30pm. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road, near Saint Lawrence School. For details, log on to www.idiyasgallery.com or call 9831005003/65508418.
Wandering the Wild
28 January–2 February
Utpaal Sorkkar presents an exhibition, Wandering the Wild, from his latest project Save the Untamed, with 45 pictures of the wildlife in Africa. Sorkkar, who is passionate about wildlife, is a sports photojournalist.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9831488888.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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