UNK: The Radha Thomas Ensemble
I Only Have Eyes for You is the much-awaited album of the Bangalore-based band UNK: The Radha Thomas Ensemble. The album features a host of musicians from all over the world, including Matt Littlewood (saxophone) and Mishko M’ba (bass) jamming with the band’s line-up of Radha Thomas (vocals), Aman Mahajan (piano), Ramjee Chandran (guitar) and Suresh Bascara (drums). The new album features a mix of jazz, hip hop, Blues and even Latin themes melded with Indian classical overtones, with a lot of the material composed by Thomas and Mahajan, in a collaborative effort that took around a year to take shape. The album includes Luiz Antonio’s Brazilian bossa nova classic Meniña Moça covered by Thomas, with new lyrics by her.
8pm. Amphitheatre, Zorba, 166, MG Road, Sultanpur (26801251/9654614161). To register, visit www.zorba.in.
Thermal And A Quarter
While many younger bands have fallen by the wayside, Thermal And A Quarter (Taaq) carry on resolutely. The Bangalore band, which was formed in 1996, is releasing its fifth album 3 Wheels 9 Lives this fortnight. The band’s music, which they term “Bangalore rock”, is inspired by the jazz rock of Steely Dan, the barbed humour of Frank Zappa and jam bands like Phish and the Dave Matthews Band.
8pm. Hard Rock Café, DLF Place, First floor, District Centre, Saket (47158888). For entry charges, call the venue.
Rhythm Method, an experimental-fusion collective of musicians, is the brainchild of DJ-cum-producer Laiq Qureshi. At this concert, it will feature khayal singer Zeeshan Khan, son of Ustad Maqbool Husain Khan.
9pm. The Living Room (TLR) Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
Cinephilia And Beyond
The second edition of the festival, being organized by Cine Darbaar in association with the Iran Culture House and Instituto Cervantes, will screen films from Spain, Iran, Cuba and France. The theme of the festival is “family”.
There will also be a storytelling session by renowned Polish storyteller and folklorist Michał Malinowski, known for his contribution to the revival of a storytelling movement in Poland. Another highlight will be a discourse on “Television” by media professional Avhiroop Mazzumdar.
A Boyfriend for Yasmina
Spanish director Irene Cardona’s Spanish comedy, with English subtitles, is the story of an illegal immigrant living in Spain and hoping to gain citizenship through legal channels like marriage.
Here Without Me
Directed by Baharam Tavokkoli, this Iranian film in Persian, with English subtitles, was inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie. The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to to save her family, but small events throw her plans into disarray.
Andrzej Wajda’s Polish film shows the life and death of Janusz Korczak, the Polish-Jewish doctor who defied the Nazis and tended to the children in the Warsaw ghetto. The film is an account of the last days of the life of the legendary Polish pedagogue and his heroic dedication in protecting Jewish orphans during the war.
You, Me And Tomorrow
Hernan Jimenez’s film is the story of Gabo and Maga; theirs is one of those marriages where the two cannot live without each other.
Timings vary. Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (43681900). For the complete schedule, visit cityevent.in/events/338556542905085. Entry by registration, on first-come, first-served basis. For registration, visit cinephiliaandbeyond2.eventbrite.com/.
In 2003, photographer Gauri Gill, who is well-known for her work in Rajasthan, was invited to set up a makeshift studio in Lunkaransar, at a Balika Mela held by local NGO Urmul Setu Sansthan. The pictures she took at this fair for girls led to a project that culminated in a book, ‘Balika Mela’, to be launched at the exhibition this fortnight. Gill held a workshop with some of the girls, then a 2003 exhibition of the images, and another studio shoot. Revisiting the town, Gill went from shooting black and white images to colour portraits in 2010, then returned to monochrome photos. These images are on show.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
DJ Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas of the UK produces and spins beat-led House tracks with subtle but highly infectious grooves. His tracks often lead with bare but groovy techno beats with progressive elements; sometimes, even soaring disco highs sweep in and out.
9pm. F Lounge Diner Bar, One Indiabulls Centre, Third floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (66505820/ 5827). Cover charge, Rs.3,000.
Till 19 September
Organized by Satguru’s Arts and Crafts Pvt. Ltd, this exhibition-cum-sale has on display statues of the elephant god—flying a kite, dancing, reading a book, playing cricket, even posing as a doctor. The idols have been made with seashells, gold, silver, brass, wood and clay. They are priced upwards of Rs.250.
10am-8pm. Satguru’s Arts, 353, Satguru House, Linking Road, Khar—West (66949999/ 9833365798).
Symphony Orchestra of India: An Indo-German Celebration
The 13th season will be featuring some great German works, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the German Chamber of Commerce. The concerts will have music from legendary composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.
7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737/ 66588997). Tickets, Rs.800, Rs.1,200, Rs.1,600 and Rs.2,000, available at the venue. For details, visit www.ncpamumbai.com.
Mister Happy Maker
A play in three acts, Mister Happy Maker is about an advertising executive who’s gone mad trying to sell “the good life” to the world. Triggered by a public protest against one of his ad campaigns for a luxury district, he quits his job to start his own set-up. He becomes his own advertiser, choosing not to advertise at the behest of clients, basing his ads on his own life—wealthy, cultured, English-speaking, atheist, et al. In this endeavour, aimed at leading the whole country on the path to happiness, he is aided by his wife and a pair of young employees. Meanwhile, his son Alok, struggling to find the deeper meaning to life, sinks into depression. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs.200 and Rs.300, available at the venue.
Voicing a Presence: Women Artists in the Jehangir Nicholson
Till 30 October
The title of this show is as straightforward as its approach: ‘Voicing a Presence’ focuses on 50 works by 25 women artists that Nicholson purchased since 1968. The show features some of the most important artists of the country, such as Zarina Hashmi, Nasreen Mohammedi, Arpita Singh, Nilima Sheikh and Nalini Malani. There are lesser-known names too—Tina Bopiah, Jayashree Chakravarty, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sunita Shrestha and Vasudha Thozhur.
10.30am-6pm (Mondays closed). Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation gallery, East Wing, Second floor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22029713/ 22844484). Tickets, Rs.30 for Indians and Rs.300 for foreigners.
A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius! By the Mishko M’ba Band
Mishko M’ba, the bassist for a number of French bands, including the Paris ensemble Elixir (with Raoul de Souza) and the Indo-Western fusion rock band Emergence, will play in the city. The evening will feature a tribute to the American jazz bassist and composer Jaco Pastorius by M’ba on electric bass, Matt Littlewood on saxophone, Karan Jospeh on keys and Suresh Bascara on drums.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100 Feet Road, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar (41739250/25278361).
Chandni Chowk to China @Burgundy
Till 22 September
The multi-cuisine restaurant, Burgundy, is offering Indian and Chinese fare—soups, salads, appetisers, main courses and desserts, paired with a complimentary glass of wine or beer. The highlights of the spread include gosht dum biryani, paneer khurchan and sliced chicken in Schezwan sauce.
8-10.30pm (Thursdays-Saturdays). Burgundy, Royal Orchid Suites, Vaswani Pinnacle Annexe, Main Road, Whitefield (42512345/9019162901). Prices, Rs.499, plus taxes, per person.
Till 22 September
A solo show by Bangalore-based photographer Anup Mathew Thomas. Thomas “works with photography to engage with narratives that are inherent within the context of his site of work”, says a curatorial note from the gallery. “The stories, though instinctively local, often reverberate within a more inclusive context,” it says, adding that much of Thomas’ recent work draws from the cultural history of Kerala.
11am-7pm (Tuesday closed). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, visit www.galleryske.com.
Kingfisher Comedy Nights presents B Company
Mumbai boys Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi and Karunesh Talwar are in the city this fortnight, armed with sketches, kabbadi songs and stand-up comedy. Bhat is a humour writer, podcaster, improviser, and enjoys speaking in the third person. Joshi writes for television and film. Talwar is a writer and comic and is also one of the writers for Jay Hind!, the online stand-up comedy show.
8pm on Friday. Alila, 100/6, HAL Varthur Main Road, Whitefield, (28544444) . 7.30pm on Saturday. The Park, 14/7, MG Road, Ulsoor (25594666). Entry at both the venues, Rs.1,200 per person, inclusive of food and beverages.
World Bamboo Day
The Centre for Green Building Material and Technology is hosting World Bamboo Day celebrations on Tuesday, also its annual day. The first batch of students from the centre’s bamboo application technology courses will be getting certificates. There will be an exhibition of students’ works and a workshop on “Introducing Bamboo...”.
10am-2pm. Centre For Green Building Material and Technology, 7, Aditi Greenscapes, 20, Venkateshpura Sampigehalli Road (22792658). Entry, Rs.50. For details, visit www.cgbmt.net/uploads/cgbmt/IntroducingBamboo.pdf
Sound of Peace
The American Center and State Alumni (the alumni of US government exchange programmes), in association with The Times of India, will present a music-for-peace concert. The concert will feature Raeth from Pakistan, LRB from Bangladesh and Suraj Jagan from India; they will spread the common message of peace through the universal language of music. Kolkata-based band Lakkhichhara will open the concert, which marks the finale of an year-long project titled “Teach Peace to Reach Peace” that the State Alumni team worked on in partnership with the American Center.
4.30pm. Nazrul Mancha, Southern Avenue. Passes available at the venue and at the American Center. For details and passes, call 39846300.
Till 19 September
The Mirage Art Gallery has organized an exhibition on the Hindu god Ganesh that features 85 works by 32 artists. A wide range of mediums have been used—acrylic on canvas, tempera on board, pen and ink on paper, natural dye and pigments and oil on canvas with gold and semi-precious stones. The works also display folk styles like Madhubani from Bihar and Patachitra from Orissa.
Noon-7pm (except Monday). Mirage Art Gallery, 701, Block P, First floor, New Alipore (24000147). For details, visit www.mirageartgallery.in.
Nazakat at ITC Sonar
The Eden Pavilion at ITC Sonar presents “Nazakat” with Kunwar Rani Kulsum Begum, niece of Salar Jung III and wife of the Kunwar Raja of Mehmoodabad. The masterchef takes you through the royal kitchens of the erstwhile Hyderabad royals. The dishes will include Hyderabadi murgh salan, dahi murgh, murgh zafrani korma, gosht ki chutney, tala gosht, lagan ki boti with rogani roti and dalcha.
7-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar. Buffet dinner price, Rs.1,800, plus taxes,
per person. For details or reservations, call 23454545/9830015734.
per person. For details or reservations, call 23454545/9830015734.
Dialogue With Silence
Delhi-based artist Vinod Sharma will showcase his latest works, which are allegorical representation of landscapes. He has been trained as a printmaker, and the engagement with line and texture dominates his canvases.
11am–7pm (Sundays closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, CIT Colony, Mylapore (32533655).
A Steamy Weekend Affair
Till 30 September
Savour different varieties of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dimsums, with unlimited Heineken beer, at the weekend dimsum brunch at the Golden Dragon. Also on offer are 14 varieties of aromatic teas like Green Silk, Aromatic White and High Grown Floral Oolong.
11am-3pm (Saturdays and Sundays). Golden Dragon, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam (66002827). Prices, Rs.1,500, plus taxes, per person. For reservations, call 66002827.
Kaveri Bharath will hold a workshop, open only to adults, on the art of making terracotta jewellery. She is a ceramicist with 17 years’ experience in clay work and the teaching of art and craft. Terracotta jewellery is popular because of its ethnic style, bright colours and variety of designs. Earthen clay is moulded into different shapes, with rough or glazed finishes, and then painted or embossed with patterns.
10am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Fee, Rs.2,000.
14 September– 14 October
To celebrate its 10th year, theatre group Evam is presenting a festival of six of its popular plays, across 22 shows, and the event Best of Evam Standup Tamasha. The plays are ‘ART by Evam’, ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘Five Point Someone’, ‘The Long Way Home’ and ‘Chasing My Mamet Duck’.
7.30pm. Sivagami Pethachi (Mylapore), Music Academy (Cathedral Road) and Museum Theatre (Pantheon Road). Tickets, Rs.150 and Rs.250, available on www.indianstage. in and in.bookmyshow.com. For the schedule and details, visit www.evam.co.in/omnibus.
Swiss Film Festival—Stationspiraten
The ongoing Swiss Film Festival ends on Friday with Michael Schaerer’s film Stationspiraten about a group of teenagers who share a peculiar space: the cancer ward in a hospital. Through their joy of living they confront the often-fatal illness head on and succeed both in making their lives worth living and in facing their uncertain future.
6.30pm. Alliance Française, Plot 4, Aurora Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills ( 23554485/86).
Till 22 September
Mumbai-based artist Jehangir Jani explores myths and their influence on today’s world in the works displayed at this exhibition. His paintings are a mix of watercolours and charcoal drawing on Arches paper.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills (66564466).
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