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DELHI

Music

Yuri Honing Trio

17 October

The well-known Dutch jazz trio comprising Yuri Honing (saxophone), Tony Overwater (double bass) and Joost Lijbaart (drums) comes back to the Capital. Honing has performed with modern jazz greats such as Pat Metheny, Paul Bley and Charlie Haden.

9pm. Haze Blues and Jazz Bar, 8, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (41669008).

Them Clones + Cyanide + Half Step Down + Sadhika Menon

18 October

The grand finale of this year’s edition of Rocktoberfest, organized by the music magazine ‘Rock Street Journal’. The gigs promise something out of the ordinary as all the bands, who are top draws on the Delhi music scene, will present unplugged sets.

8pm. Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Road (24655054).

Parno Graszt Band

19 October

The Hungarian gypsy music band will play its own compositions and Romany songs from the villages of northern Hungary and Romania.

6.30pm. Fountain Lawns, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Bombay Jayashri

21 October

A Carnatic vocal recital by the renowned singer Bombay Jayashri, who will be accompanied by R.K. Sriramkumar (violin), K. Arun Prakash (‘mridangam’) and S. Karthick (‘ghatam’).

6.30pm. Fountain Lawns, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Theatre

High drama: A scene from Nothing But the Truth

20 October

Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon’ is said to have been inspired in part by a Japanese short story, ‘In the Grove’, in which a man is murdered and the reader is left with seven different accounts of his death. This fortnight, Anant Dayal will present a reworking of that story, made contemporary and set at a dinner party. His version is a dramatized reading that seeks to explore the idea of truth.

7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

Dance

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

21 October

One of the best folk ensembles from Hungary will perform at the IIC festival. But it must be added that a lot of traditions do not fall within the political boundaries of Hungary as it is today. The dances will cover traditions from medieval Hungary that included a large part of the Carpathian basin and, hence, the traditions of Slovakia, Romania and Serbia too.

6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

MUMBAI

Art

Heresies: Pedro Meyer photography exhibition

Country music: The Hungarian gypsy music band.

Over the course of a celebrated 40-year career, Pedro Meyer has gone from being a documentary photographer to something of a heretic for gleefully accepting digital manipulation in photography. In the mid-1990s, when most art photographers were lamenting the decline of the silver gelatine print, Meyer packed up all the equipment in his dark room and put it in storage. This fortnight, Meyer shows the mutable reality that he has created with his photographs with Heresies, an elaborate retrospective of his work.

11am-7pm. ICIA House, 22/26, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22048140).

Film

Close-Up

17 October

Abbas Kiarostami’s masterpiece is a rich, multilayered but beautifully forthright film in which Sabzian (playing himself—a movie fanatic—in a story based on fact) pretends to a middle-class family, likewise interested in cinema, that he is film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (who also appears as himself). The film alternates between scenes of Sabzian’s trial for fraud and reconstructions of his encounters with the family and of a journalist’s attempts to discover the truth. This enormously intelligent stuff ends with one of the sharpest, funniest deconstructions of film form ever shot.

7pm. Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Munshi Nagar Dadabhai Road, Andheri (W) (30938017).

Theatre

Noises Off

19 October

Nadir Khan wrings military-tight performances from actors who show enough energy to drive a jet engine. The play opens with a cast of hams dim enough to try an ascetic’s patience, rehearsing the bedroom comedy ‘Nothing On’. The leading dunces of the pack are Sohrab (Sohrab Ardeshir), a doltish alcoholic who reacts to bottles of whisky like Pavlov’s dog, the pompous Zafar (Zafar Karachiwala), who is incapable of completing a sentence, and Darius (Darius Shroff), a director and Don Juan who has to both instruct his actors and keep his two lovers from scratching their eyes out. Banging doors and misplacing plates of sardines on cue is hard enough and matters are greatly complicated by inflated egos and backstage intrigues as asinine as the play being mounted. ‘Noises Off’ reaches its apogee in Act 2, when the stage is flipped. The audience is now privy to the backstage goings on of ‘Nothing On’ while the comedy is in progress. Adding to the hilarity is the fact that the act is almost entirely mimed.

6.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Building, NCPA Marg, opposite New Oberoi Hotel, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs200, Rs240, Rs320, Rs400, Rs500 (22824567).

Books

Performance Poetry

20 October

This fortnight, Jeet Thayil and Daljit Nagra are looking to blend poetry and conversation. Thayil, a musician, songwriter and author of poetry collections ‘These Errors Are Correct’, ‘English’ and ‘Apocalypso’, was born in Kerala, educated in Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York, and currently lives in Bangalore. Nagra, the author of ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’ and winner of the 2007 Forward Poetry Prize, was born and raised in West London and Sheffield, and lives in Willesden, where he works in a secondary school. Daljit Nagra and Jeet Thayil take poetry out of the book and on to the stage.

7pm. Prithvi House, first floor, opposite Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star (26149546). For passes, call the British Council (22790101).

Music

Lounge Piranha

21 October

Mutable reality: Don’t miss the exhibition of Pedro Meyer’s photographs.

9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, opposite Kamala City Mills, Worli. Tickets, Rs100 (24382888/24216222).

Seydu

23 October

World Music fans know the infectious guitar-driven pop music of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone as “palm wine music" because toddy was the libation of choice at the gatherings at which it was first performed. But fans in Sierra Leone know the genre as “maringa", a word that means “from god to man". Seydu—the multi-instrumentalist who will introduce Mumbai to the joyous sounds of the genre this fortnight—is among the more prominent musicians in Sierra Leone. His album ‘Freetown’ is recommended by the Rough Guide to World Music as essential listening for anyone interested in West African pop.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300.

BANGALORE

Film

Un air de Famille

17 October

This is the second annual Indian film festival on dispute and resolution in cinema. Thursday, 16 October, was Conflict Resolution day, called for by the Association for Conflict Resolution and a network of organizations working for peace and dealing with issues of conflict resolution and mediation. This year, the association Meta-Culture Dialogics is marking Conflict Resolution week from 13-19 October. Directed by Cédric Klapisch, ‘Un air de famille’ is centred around a birthday dinner of a dysfunctional French middle-class family.

Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).

4.45pm. Meta-Culture, 12, 2nd floor, Lazar Road, First Main, Frazer Town. Call Rafael Tyszblat of Meta-Culture at 9945207719.

L’Enfant

23 October

Since radically changing tack—in terms of both working methods and narrative style—with their 1996 film ‘La Promesse’, former documentarists the Dardenne Brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc) have undoubtedly taken their place among the world’s leading film-makers. It’s not just a question of having won two Cannes Palmes d’Ors in six years—first for ‘Rosetta’ in 1999, then last year for this movie. It’s also a matter of sheer consistency of quality, material, style, attitude and vision—which is to say not only that the new film’s a logical follow-up to its three magnificent predecessors, but that it’s clear, from the typically immediate opening to the likewise characteristically moving conclusion, that no one else could have made it.

6pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).

Around town

Kerala mural art workshop

17-18 October

Learn to tell stories with primary colours using an art form that dates back to 16th century Kerala royalty. The art form has gained popularity since it became the subject of a five-year course at the Guruvayur temple in Kerala. Sudhir Chakkalakal introduces non-artists to this craft in a two-day course.

9.30am-4.30pm. Kathalaya, 88, BHBCS Layout, 3rd Main, 2nd Cross, Bannerghatta Road. Fee, Rs1,500 (26689856).

Kids

Collage making

18 October

Children can work out their creative muscles with this art activity. Kashish Chugh will teach kids to make different kinds of collages, using wax paper, water, sand, and glue. Ages, 2-12.

4-6pm. Go Banana’s, 9, first floor Sai Sadan, St John’s Road. Fee, Rs200. Call 9880002200 for details.

Music

Sakethraman S.

19 October

This student of the revered violinist Lalgudi Jayaraman has been blazing a trail on concert circuits across the country. He performs, in his own words, “just a pure classical vocal kutcheri" accompanied by well-known instrumentalists Charulatha Ramanujam on violin and Arjun Kumar on ‘mridangam’.

9am. Indian Institute of World Culture, 6, BP Wadia Road, Basavangudi (26678581).

Art

Vernissage

From 20 October

Kynkyny Art, the gallery that’s been at 33/200, NS Iyengar Street, off Railway Parallel Road in Nehru Nagar, Kumara Park, for the last four years, is moving to a new location in Embassy Square on Infantry Road. Kynkyny is the brainchild of Namrata Kini Radhakrishnan, who over the phone said, “I’m the youngest art gallery owner in the city." Radhakrishnan, who has a background in economics and business administration, moved to India in 2003, trading in a career in corporate America—she spent about 10 years working in Los Angeles and New York—to follow her entrepreneurial instinct and passion for art. The opening show at the new space titled Vernissage (or “varnishing" from French, refers to a preview or opening of an art exhibition) will present the works of 23 artists, from veterans such as Jatin Das, Somenath Maity, Milind Nayak and S.G. Vasudev to newcomers such as Sobhan Dutta and Rajesh Salgaonkar.

The show will include mixed media pieces by Sultana Hassan and G. Subramanian, abstracts by Prafulla Dahanukar, Basuki Dasgupta and Amit Slathia, apart from works by Laxman Aelay, H.R. Das and Basukinath Dasgupta, among others.

Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road (40926202).

Dance

STEM Dance Kampni

21 October

STEM Dance Kampni will be presenting nine pieces from their repertoire. The performances deal with themes such as love, growth and sustenance. There will also be a new piece, choreographed by Janardhan Raj Urs and Soorya Narayan Rao, which will feature only the men from the Kampni.

7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810).

Theatre

Choon-Hyang (true love)

22 October

Korea’s largest English theatre outfit for children—Theatre Seoul—brings its stage adaptation of a popular Korean folk tale ‘Choon-Hyang’ (true love) to Bangalore. ‘Choon-Hyang’ is the daughter of a poor widow who falls in love with Lee Mong-Ryong, the son of a noble family. Their romance is interrupted when he has to leave after his father gets transferred to another city. Choon-Hyang’s town gets a new governor, who attempts to make her his concubine. But Choon-Hyang, still in love with Lee Mong-Ryong, stubbornly denies him. But just when Choon-Hyang seems destined to a tragic end, love comes to her rescue. All costumes in the play are made of a special Korean paper called Hanji derived from the mulberry tree and renowned for its elasticity, strength and luminous quality.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs200 (26592777).

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DELHI

Theatre

The Magic of Broadway

18-19 October

Blending genres:DJ Astrix music has solid, driving basslines and ascending melodies.

7.30pm (18 October); 3pm and 7pm (19 October). Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House. Tickets, Rs300 and Rs500 (23388084).

MUMBAI

Nightlife

DJ Astrix

18 October

Astrix started his career as a DJ in 1995, spinning out alternative and 1980s music. His induction to trance came at a party in 1997. He hasn’t looked back since. Many self-produced albums and numerous gigs later, Astrix credited the Internet with dissolving geographical borders and helping spread the fame of his brand of music.

His sound has evolved from nitzhonot, a genre that blends pulsating bass with melodies from the east (particularly Goa) to full on, a sub-genre of trance that relies heavily on melody.

Characterized by its solid, driving basslines and ascending melodies, his music is generally played at sunrise and in the morning at outdoor trance parties. Astrix said his success as an international DJ and producer is the “crowning accomplishment" of his relatively young life. It appears this claim is not a tall one after all—he is on the DJ list of almost every major party across the world.

9pm. InterContinental The Grand, Sahar Airport Road. Tickets, Rs1,000, VIP tickets Rs2,500 (66992222).

BANGALORE

Comedy

Russell Peters

18 October

Russell Peters has been in a room with your NRI cousin. In fact, if you have relatives in New Jersey, Toronto or even Sydney, they’ve probably let the 37-year-old Canadian get comfy on their laptop, desktop or even paid money to see him perform in the flesh. But don’t reach for the international speed dial just yet, Peters isn’t putting the moves on your unsuspecting family members—he’s making them laugh. With numerous sold-out appearances, smash-hit comedy specials and DVD and CD releases, the Toronto-born standup comedian has become an international sensation. Now Bangalore audiences will get to size up Peters’ prowess.

This is Peters’ second visit to India in two years. “I figured I’ve been doing standup for 17 years now, I make enough jokes about being Indian," he said. “It’s time to go to India and see what happens."

Touted as “the first comic to generate global demand via 21st century technology", Peters may be motivated more by strategy than philosophy in his international sojourn, which includes stops in Mumbai and Delhi.

6pm and 8.30pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval. Tickets, Rs1,250 and Rs2,000 (23443956).

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CONNECT

Eat

Pork pickle, 500g, Rs110. The New Bangalore Ham Shop, 17E Cross, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bangalore (22528055). Open from 9am-10pm. Karuna John

Gift

The fifth floor of this building in Breach Candy, Mumbai, smelt of warm chocolate. We followed the heady aroma to the door of Natalia’s Kitchen. At 40, Natasha Alpaiwalla has had 23 years of practice. “I baked my first batch of cookies at 17 for my school fair," she said. She went on to do a cookery course at Sophia’s College. Today, Alpaiwalla has a large menu: brownies, cakes, cookies, lemon kisses, meringue with lemon cream, quiches (with a choice of fillings), feta and spinach triangles, dips such as roast red pepper with mint.

Call, 9821026983. Snacks from Rs140 per dozen, dips from Rs50 for 500g, quiche, Rs450, cakes from Rs700 per kilo. Neha Sumitran

Shop

Anyone who has shopped at Shrujan in Mumbai knows that the NGO shop started as famine relief in 1969. Ahir women from Dhaneti village in Kutch were asked to embroider saris using traditional motifs but in styles and colours that would appeal to the urban women. Shrujan’s pouches are made with silk and cotton covered with 16 types of Kutchi embroidery, including mirror work, chain stitch, closed herringbone and buttonhole “wheels". All the money you spend on these products is rolled back into the project.

Shrujan, Sagar Villa, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai (23521693). Also at Sanket, 39, Hatkesh Society, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai. Open, Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Rs400. Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi

Buy

Where do you find speciality utensils and serving ware around Delhi? We found complete fondue sets at fcml: one from Boduni Italy made from sturdy steel (Rs10,995) and a lovely old-school clay version (Rs25, 370). Shyam di Hatti also has a dual oil and vinegar server—a glass bubble within a glass bubble with two spouts on either side (Rs325). Good Earth also does a set (Rs6,000 for the carafe, Rs9,000 for six glasses).

Fcml, Fcmlindia.com; Shyam di Hatti, 1A, Khan Market, New Delhi (24618520); Good Earth, Goodearthindia.com

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