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South Delhi Cup

Until 16 November

The Haryana Polo Club presents the South Delhi Cup. The event began on 14 November. Catch the final day’s action at the Kalaan Farms. 2pm. Haryana Polo Club, Village Garhi-Harsaru, Gurgaon Pataudi Road (26192407). Free.


U. Srinivas

17 November

The popular ‘Music in the Park’ series restarts with a recital by mandolin player U. Srinivas. Padma Shri and Sangeet Ratna awardee Srinivas is one of the country’s biggest exports to the international music scene. There are few performers who can match the line-up of who’s who Srinivas has performed with—from John McLaughlin to Zakir Hussain. 6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. Free. Contact: Spic Macay (32594087).

Gayathri Fine Arts

18 November

New Delhi-based organization Gayathri Fine Arts has been furthering the cause of the Carnatic tradition in the Capital for many years. It is holding a concert featuring performances by young artistes, including vocal recitals by P. Sreenivas, G. Sowmya, Vasundhara Srinivas and Swati Bhatt; veena recital by V. Veena, and flute recital by V. Janani. The musicians will be accompanied by R. Saravanan and N. Arvind on the violin; V. Shankar Raman, T.S. Shriram, K. Srikant, N.C. Sudarshan and B. Manohar on the ‘mridangam’ and N. Harinarayanan on the ‘ghatam’. 10am. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Rajendra Prasanna

19 November

Banaras exponent Prasanna is equally well-versed with the flute and the ‘shehnai’. The event is part of Spic Macay’s Virasat 2007. Dedicated to the memory of Ustad Bismillah Khan, this edition of the annual festival will continue till December. 10am. Vishwa Bharti Public School, Sector 28, Arjun Vihar, Noida. Free.

Saskia Rao-de Haas

19 November

A classically trained cellist, Rao-de Haas adapted her instrument to create the ‘sitar-cello’. This former student of Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia has since moved from Amsterdam to India and often performs with husband, sitarist Shubhendra Rao. This event is part of Virasat 2007. 10am. Navyug Sr School, Lodhi Road (24626165). Free.

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

20 November

According to Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Chakrabarty is one of the few classical musicians who will make a mark on the 21st century. Need we say more about the young hope for vocal music in India. This event is part of Spic Macay’s Virasat 2007. 10am. Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, C-5, Vasant Kunj (26891868). Free.

Venkatesh Kumar

20 November

Vocalist Kumar hails from Dharwar, a region that that has produced such masters as Kumar Gandharva and Mallikarjun Mansur. He is an unassuming vocalist with oodles of brilliance. This event is part of Virasat 2007. 10am—Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, B-Block, Sushant Lok Phase-I, Gurgaon (951244041221); 4.30pm—Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar IV (26434459). Free.


EU Cultural Weeks 2007

21 November

As part of the European Union-India Summit, a ‘European Union Cultural Week’ has been planned. There are a total of 35 cultural activities—all free—spread across multiple venues. The art exhibitions are on at the following venues:

British Council

21-28 November

The machine and the hand: An exhibition from the UK. 17, KG Marg (23710555). 10am-6pm (daily).

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

From 21 November

• Beautiful Bulgaria: A photo exhibition about Bulgaria.

• Cyprus: An exhibition of modern Cypriot art.

• Czech Republic: An exhibition of contemporary Czech architecture and theatre.

• Estonia: Watercolours by Estonian artists.

• Poland:An exhibition on Joseph Conrad.

• Mapping the roots: An exhibition showcasing Portuguese roots in India through the works of Goan artists such as Apurva Kulkarni, Ajay Kothawale, Chanvankar Satguru, Hanuman Kambli and Harshada Kerkar.

• Sweden: An exhibition of fine art prints.

• EC delegation:An exhibition on maritime history.

9.30am-5pm (Mon-Fri). 3, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road (23386345).

Lalit Kala Akademi

From 30 November

• Architecture exhibition: An exhibition on Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Mandi Circle (23387241).


From 21 November

• Archetypes: An exhibition from Romania. 10am-5pm (Tues-Sun). Jaipur House, India Gate (23386111). Entry: Rs10 (Indians).

Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

23-29 November

• Phonescoping: An exhibition from Finland. Central Park, Connaught Place.

School of Planning and Architecture

28 November

• Talk: Carlos Castanheira holds forth on Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. 3.30pm. 4, Block B, Indraprashta Estate (2370382).


Super 30

19 November

Each year, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics in Patna selects 30 young students and prepares them for entry to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Most are from low-caste backgrounds; all have a talent for mathematics. Director Christopher Mitchell followed this year’s ‘Super 30’ from their initial selection in September 2006 to the moment they got their IIT results in May. In English. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour 10 minutes). IIC Auditorium, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24624044). Free.

Dead Poets Society

24 November

With Tom Schulman’s script scrutinizing educational conformity, the casting of Robin Williams as English teacher John Keating is inspired. In this Peter Weir-directed film, Keating’s eccentric teaching methods promote spontaneity and idealism. But in the prestigious Welton Academy circa 1959, these male offspring are put on the same career paths as their fathers, and face stern opposition from the educational establishment when they choose to indulge their imaginations. 3.30pm. American Centre, 24, KG Marg (23316841). Free. Carry photo identity card.



Sudhir Patwardhan

From 16 November

Sudhir Patwardhan’s works are a collection of images showing the everyday lives in Mumbai’s streets. In his new show opening at Sakshi this fortnight, the gritty side of Mumbai that is least touched by rhetoric such as “India Shining" comes back into the limelight. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).


Sangeet Saubhadra

17 November

Annasaheb Kirloskar’s marathon musical makes a case for love marriage.

Catch it at the inauguration of

Dombivili’s newest theatre. 5pm.

(duration: 6 hours). Savitribai Phule Rangmandir. Free.

Ho Sakta Hai Do Aadmi Do Kursiyan

20-21 November

What’s the purpose of life? Two men offer an explanation by telling seemingly unconnected stories about love and loss. 9pm (duration: 1 hour 15 minutes). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star (26149546). Tickets: Rs50.



Lesbian collective Cinelabia screens two films at Majlis. The screenings are only for women.

Mirch Masala

17 November

Mehta’s sublime ode to female empowerment, set in pre-independent India, is shot in the colours of Indian spices. A lecherous collector (Naseeruddin Shah) starts making the moves on Sonbai (Smita Patil), a married peasant woman whose husband has migrated to the city for work. When she slaps him publicly, he starts hunting her down like an animal and she rushes into a spice factory to take shelter. This was Ketan Mehta’s last brilliant film, an art house venture that’s as entertaining as any mainstream film. The cinematography and pacing are gripping and the performances are brilliant—Shah’s malicious buffoon act is second only to Patil’s strong and sensuous Sonbai. 6.30pm (duration: 2 hours 8 minutes).

Yeh Aes Akh Padshah Bai

24 November

A documentary about peace efforts by women in Kashmir. This is the first screening of the film in Mumbai. 6pm. (duration: 1 hour 45 minutes).

Cristina Apartments, First Floor, Lane opposite SL Electronics, near Police Chowky, Kalina, Santa Cruz (E) (65017723). Free.


23 November

A discussion on the cult 1970s “bold movie". B.R. Ishara’s 1970 film is more notorious than famous for its exploration of sex. Anil Dhawan plays a young man who gets more than he bargained for when he marries a prostitute (Rehana Sultan). 7.30pm. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (32938017). Free.

Tendulkar and Violence

27 November

The NCPA’s Mohile Parikh Center for the Contemporary organizes a screening of Atul Pethe’s well-travelled documentary on the role of violence in Vijay Tendulkar’s plays. Tendulkar’s fascination with violence is directly proportionate to the audience’s fascination with the Marathi playwright. The plays that Tendulkar wrote in the 1970s and 1980s, among them ‘Gidhade’ (Vultures), ‘Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe’, ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ and ‘Sakharam Binder’, dragged violence out of the home and on to the stage, and stuck Tendulkar with an enfant terrible reputation that shadows attempts to critically view his work. This documentary, written and directed by Makarand Sathe and directed by Pethe, corrects the balance and is a measured, serious attempt to discuss Tendulkar’s engagement with violence. 6pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Free.


When The Saints Go Marching

17 November

Four choral groups—the Salvation Singers (conducted by Dylan D’Souza), the Victory Chorus Line (conducted by Karen Vaswani), the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble (conducted by Alfred D’Souza) and the Chennai-based Harmonics—come together along with a host of popular singers such as Ella and Shahariyar Atai, Asif Ali Baig, Kim Cardoz, Marianne D’Cruz and Marie Paul, to perform a mix of religious, gospel and popular music at a concert organized to raise funds for the preservation of the All Saints Church in Malabar Hill. 7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets: Rs400, Rs200, Rs100.

Around Town

Celebrate Bandra

Held every alternate year since 2003, ‘Celebrate Bandra’, is now one of the hottest events in Mumbai’s festival calendar. This year’s film, music, dance, stage, charity, literary and sports events celebrate Bandra’s heritage. Here are some of our picks:

Bheja Fry

19 November

Record label-owner Ranjeet and his equally wealthy friends have a cruel way of entertaining themselves. They invite for dinner an “idiot", or an enthusiastic simpleton with a peculiar talent, and have the person perform for their amusement. Ranjeet thinks he’s met the perfect idiot when he hears of Bharat Bhushan, a Hindi movie song-spouting employee of the Income Tax department. Ranjeet has actually met his match, since Bhushan is a pro at irritating people even though he doesn’t know it. 7pm onwards. Bandstand amphitheatre. Free.

Felix Flor and friends

20 November

Musician and Bandra boy Felix Flor does what he does best. Bandstand amphitheatre. Free.

Nalini Jones

22 November

American author Nalini Jones reads from her debut collection of short stories, ‘What You Call Winter’, set in the imaginary neighbourhood of Santa Clara. If you think that Santa Clara seems a lot like Bandra, you wouldn’t be wrong. That’s where Jones’ grandparents live and where she spent some of her vacations. She will read from her writing at ‘Celebrate Bandra’. 6.30 pm onwards. Pioneer Hall, St John the Baptist Road.

Call event organizers Fountainhead on 26004640 for timings.





17-21 November

A selection of art films from the Cologne KunstFilmBiennale 2005 international programme will be screened in rotation. Additionally, the 2007 award-winning ‘Asylum’ will be screened as an installation on several screens simultaneously. Heinz Peter Schwerfel, the KunstFilmBiennale festival director, will present the films on 17 November. 6-9pm (daily). Apeejay Media Gallery, Apeejay TechnoPark, B-II, 40, 41, 42, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road (29893764). Free.



50 Cent

18 November

The platinum-pushing rapper shoots out hit after hit. 8.30pm. MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (E). Tickets: Rs1,000, Rs600; available at Rhythm House (22842835) and Planet M. Gates open: 6pm.