Around town

Rajasthani Miniature Painting Workshop

21-25 May

DakshinaChitra is organizing a workshop for adults in which participants will be taught the art of Rajasthani miniature painting.? Madan Bai from Jaipur will conduct the workshop, and teach the nuances of this style of painting, using minerals, semi-precious stones, indigo, conch shells— all highlighted with bold outlines.

10am-5pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, 3,000, inclusive of material and transport to and from the venue (pick-up and drop at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).

Puppetry workshop

20 May

Theatre Tejaswi and the British Council are organizing a 4-hour puppet workshop for college students and adults. The workshop, which will be conducted by Tejaswi founder Yamuna N.S., and facilitated by Preetha S., Sarah Koshy and Vinodh Philip, will provide an introduction to puppeteering. Registration will be from?4-5pm at the?venue.

5-9pm. British Council, 737, Rangoon Street, Mount Road (42050600). For details, call 24491784. Charges, 300.


Two solo acts

21-24 May

Theatre group Koothu-p-pattarai will present two solo plays by actors Babu Ganapathy Hariharan and Anand Sami to celebrate group founder and playwright N. Muthusamy’s 75th birthday. The plays are based on renowned Tamil writer Sundara Ramasamy’s short stories. Hariharan will enact a monologue of Akkarai Seemayil. The second act comprises two short stories, Jannal and Seethai Mark Seeyakai Thool, and has been directed by Muthusamy. There will also be a children’s play after the first act, and a theatre workshop will run parallel to the shows.

7.30pm. Koothu-p-pattarai, 16/58, 3rd Main Road, Sree Ayyappa Nagar, Virugumbakkam (65373633).



Lord Buddha

Till 21 May

Bangalore-based artist Ganesh Doddamani is showcasing his latest collection of paintings, inspired by Buddha. The artist’s works, oil on canvas, are mesmerizing, with a soothing colour palette that brings Gautam Buddha to life.

10am-7pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Royapettah (9841076654).

By Karuna Amarmath




21-29 May

Presented by photographer Arvind Chenji and curated by Kaali Sudheer, Confluence will feature the works of Microsoft employees and photography enthusiasts Amarpreet Singh, Kulo Rajasekaran, Praveen Maloo, Shashank Mhasawade, Shivesh Ranjan and Sonali Mangal. Proceeds from the sale of exhibits will go to Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization.

11am-9pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999).

Around town

Marwar food festival

Till 29 May

Taj Krishna is hosting a Marwar Food Festival at Firdaus, its signature Indian restaurant. A host of delicacies from the region are on offer—among them, khara seena, tandoori ramgharh ki machhli, murgh ka mokul, dal panch mela and malai ghevar.

12.30-2.45pm (lunch) and 7.30-11.45pm (dinner). Firdaus, Taj Krishna, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66292323). Charges, 2,500 (plus taxes) for two without alcohol.


Les Soeurs Fachees

24 May

The Hyderabad Film Club, with Alliance Française de Hyderabad, will present Les Soeurs Fachees, a film about two sisters. The film is a charming comedy about sibling rivalry and family bonds.

6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Amarpeet.


Around town

Paris La Metisse

21-31 May

Alliance Française de Hyderabad will present ‘Paris La Metisse', an exhibition of photos taken in Paris by photographers Florence Batariere and Morgan Hael Jypsian. The preview on 21 May will be followed by the screening of French film ‘Sous les Toits de Paris’. Several documentary films on Paris will also be screened at the venue from 22-29 May.

11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For details, call 27700734/36.




Kashish—queer film festival

25-29 May

Chronicles of the human spirit: Not from Your Tribe by Owen Maseko.

All day.For the schedule and registration form, visit


Claudia Cazacu

20 May

Till 2006, London-based Claudia Cazacu had no experience in deejaying. Currently, she is the only woman to have broken into the latest DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs—arguably the world’s most popular global fan poll. Cazacu’s popularity has been widely credited to her talent for timing—feeling the audience pulse before dropping the big commercial trance anthems on them. Within 18 months of her debut, she had left her nine-to-five job in finance and begun touring the world. This will be Cazacu’s first gig in Mumbai.

9pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, 500.


Kyun Kyun Ladki

22 May

Why, what, when, where, how—these words are most often heard either from journalists or from children. While reporters use these words as professional tools, for children asking questions is a way of exploring the world around them. Moyna, the protagonist of Mahasweta Devi’s book The Why-Why Girl, is an inquisitive tribal girl brimming with questions such as “Why do I have to walk miles to the river for water?" and “Why shouldn’t I study too?" This summer, Moyna’s story will be adapted for the stage in a children’s play called Kyun Kyun Ladki. Director Shaili Sathyu says the play is an attempt to capture the basic human curiosity about the world.

4pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, R150 and 250, available at NCPA and


Freedom to Create

Till 2 June

This exhibition showcases the work of artists who highlight social issues in democracies and in societies where creative freedom is suppressed, through various mediums. It includes works such as Famine and Poverty, a painting by Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani from Togo, Halaal Art photographs by Hasan and Husain Essop from South Africa, Sum & Parts, a sculpture by Keisha Luce of the US, photographs by Lynsey Addario from Sierra Leone and Domestication, an installation by Mariana Castro de Ali from Mexico.

10am-6.30pm (weekdays) and 11am-4pm (Saturdays). Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, Colaba.



All about Women

24 May

Despite the title and the all-female cast, the five interwoven stories in ‘All about Women’ only capture their bitchy side. A young woman struggles with her domineering flatmate, a mother tries to reconcile two sisters driven apart by their love for the same man, three catty businesswomen vie for a promotion, two schoolgirls pick on the third about her mother, who spends more time at work than with her, and three old ladies at a senior citizens’ home fight for the attentions of a handsome new male resident. Adults only.

8.30pm. The Comedy Store, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, 400, available at the venue and at

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A Balasubramaniam

Till 31 May

A solo show of sculptures, installations and works on paper by the artist from Bangalore. Among his previous works is a bust of him fashioned out of an air freshener compound. Another series features moulds of his arms, hands limp or clasped, coloured stark white, and installed in the gallery walls to suggest impressions of trapped or vanishing selves.

12.30-7pm (Mondays closed). The Presidency, Apparao Gallery, 82, St Marks Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, email or visit


Contemporary dance

26 May

City-based dancer and choreographer Archana Kumar has been working with students over the past six months at the Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies. During this workshop, she encouraged participants to discover movement through “fantastical characters in literature". As a culmination of the workshop, Kumar has woven these explorations into a performance that will be presented on 26 May. This group work will be followed by an excerpt from Untitled, a solo choreographed by Kumar, where she explores “the bounds of social conditioning and the impact of subscribing to these values without questioning them".

8pm. Bacchus, F&B Restaurant, St Marks Road, 8, Papanna Street (40333888). Cover charges, 300, redeemable against food and beverages.



21 May

The international DJ competition comes to town, featuring eight city DJs competing for top honours. Each participant, hand-picked by the organizers Red Bull, will be allotted 15 minutes to spin tracks from as many genres as possible. A panel of judges will appraise the DJs on parameters such as technical skill and creativity. The India winner will get to play at the worldwide finals in Canada later this year. There will be a special performance by Arun Vagale of Jalabee Cartel.

8pm. Toit, 298, next to Namma Metro Pillar, 62, 100 Foot Road, Indiranagar (25201460). For details, visit Cover charges, 1,000 for stag or couple entry.



21 May

This play is all about cricket. Weaving in moments of humour, satire and pathos, Doosra explores the evolution of the gentleman’s sport into a powerful commercial empire. Along the way, it introduces us to a range of differently motivated characters whose lives are tied one way or another to the game. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

3.30pm and 7pm. Alliançe Française de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Tickets, 150.



Begum Jaan

20 May

A celebrated classical singer in her prime, Begum Jaan (played and directed by Nadira Babbar) reminisces about her heyday, reading bundles of letters sent to her from Jawaharlal Nehru and the scholarly freedom fighter Maulana Azad. Having lost her livelihood during Partition, she is now an obscure figure and broke— everything in the apartment, from a vintage hookah to an old gramophone, is rented. The play focuses on the tenuous relationship between Begum Jaan, her granddaughter Zarina (Juhi Babbar) and journalist Sanjay Pande (Anup Soni). 2 hours, 10 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 200, available



Two positions

Till 11 June

A show by Chennai-based painter Ganesh Selvaraj and Vadodara-based sculptor Shinobu Mikami.

Mikami’s works are centred around the specificity of materials such

as wood, fabric, language and drawings that she uses, and the experiential memory embedded into these materials and forms. Her works resonate with her personal interpretation of the world. Selvaraj’s paintings are much larger and more imposing than Mikami’s works, and speak about perception and personal experience.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (40592613).


Hum Kadam 2011—Kathak

20 May

Students of dancer Rachana Yadav’s Kathak Studio perform their annual presentation Hum Kadam 2011. This year, Hum Kadam will follow a different format: Instead of a series of choreographed pieces, the students will dance the traditional format of khula nritya (improvised dance). This aims to re-establish the fact that Kathak didn’t comprise only choreographed items. The performances will follow the traditional pattern of starting with a vandana, followed by vilambit laya, madhya laya and dhrut laya (slow, moderate and fast tempo), interspersed with bhava (emotive) pieces.

7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (01242715000).


NSD Summer Theatre Festival 2011

Till 16 June

This year’s National School of Drama (NSD) festival brings two interesting plays this week:

Banabhatta ki Atmakatha

20-22 May

Adapated from Hazari Prasad Dwivedi’s novel, and directed by M.K. Raina, the play is a fictional account of a few months in the life of Banabhatta, court poet to King Harshavardhana, who rose to power in north India after the decline of the Gupta empire.

3.30pm and 7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Tickets, 10, 20, 30 and 100, available at the venue.

Ram Naam Satya Hai

23-26 May

Chetan Dattar has adapted into Hindi the Marathi play by Chandrashekhar Phansalkar, in which all the characters are terminally ill. The play focuses not on the morbid side of things, but on the joys of life and togetherness.

7pm. Sammukh auditorium, NSD, 1, Bhagwan Dass Road (23384531). Tickets, 30, available at the venue.



Dirty Vegas

21 May

IN 2001, UK House trio Dirty Vegas released their debut single, ‘Days Go By’. Two years later, they won a Grammy for best dance recording. Now, six years on, Ben Harris, Paul Harris and Steve Smith are in Delhi to promote their third album, ‘Electric Love’, at Hard Rock Café. They are taking it back to the dancier roots of their first album, with the song-based sensibilities of the second. Although it would be easy for them to slide into the more easily accessible indie rock scene, they’re going to stick it out in their particular brand of House music.

9pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, First floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Cover charges, 500.


Around town

Mango Tango

Till 5 June

Cool off with some delicious mango-based food at Flurys— the tea room and Swiss confectionery. On offer are a selection of fresh delicacies, such as fresh mango whoo pie, mango and chocolate tarts. For lunch and dinner, indulge in mango and melon gazpacho, grilled mango habanera chicken, and more.

7.30am-10pm (for the confectionery), 12.30-3.30pm and 7.30-10pm (for lunch and dinner at the Park Street outlet). All Flurys outlets. Charges, 160-360 per dish.



26 May

Theatre group Nandikar will present Ajnatobaas, which revolves around a couple and the sudden appearance of an elderly lady, who has lost her memory, at their house. The play explores the plight of the elderly who are often disowned by their families.

6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, 30, 40 and 60. For details, call 9830892751/25554946.


Rabindranather Hasir Gan and Seshr Fasol

24-25 May

6.30pm. Purbashree, IB-201, Sector III, Salt Lake City (23356797).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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