Words: A User’s Manual

Till 24 December

A first of its kind in the country, this exhibition attempts to elevate “text" from its role of being just adjunct captions or annotations in a show to being the artwork itself. This show curated by Himali Singh Soin has works from the Raqs Media Collective, Sachin George Sebastian, Hanif Kureshi, Sarnath Banerjee, Zuleikha Chaudhari and Sarnath Banerjee. While Sebastian displays newspaper buildings in Multi-Story, the show’s headliner is Soin and Banerjee’s Found Text, a compilation, for which Soin wrote to 25 friends, seeking a description of a memory associated with a lost object. The stories they received are on display, accompanied by illustrations by Banerjee.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarai (46130637).

An Artist’s Quest: K.K. Hebbar —A Retrospective

Till 22 December

Against a fiery orange backdrop, a child stands covering his face with his hands in a gesture of absolute despair; an unseen adult’s hand holds his wrist in a gesture of support. Though Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar painted Birth of Bangladesh with reference to the 1971 war, it could be the image of any conflict. And while Hebbar painted this particular canvas in 1993, towards the end of his career, its style and subject matter are representative of the pursuit of many artists of his generation: to find a visual language both modernist and Indian.

An Artist’s Quest traces this five-decade artistic search through glimpses of Hebbar’s wide-ranging oeuvre.

10am-5pm (Tuesday-Sunday). National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate (23386111). Entry, 10 for Indians and 150 for foreign nationalities.


Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)

9 December

Languid, sorrowful and strange, French film-maker Céline Sciamma’s debut as a feature writer-director is a sensitive and daring portrait of female adolescence. The Parisian suburbs and the guys and gals of a local synchronized-swimming club offer Sciamma a distinct canvas on which to paint Marie, Anne and Floriane, three 15-year-olds at once different and the same. 1 hour, 25 minutes.

5.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).

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International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts

11-13 December

This 11th edition of the annual festival is organized by the Ryan Foundation in association with the National Bal Bhavan and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The festival’s theme this year is “The World Is My Playground"—30 countries will be represented.

11 December

The Zelta Sietins group from Latvia will present a folk dance recital.

7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Memorial Marg, Mandi House (23714307).

Przygoda from Poland will present traditional folk recitals.

6.30pm. LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg (23389713).

Young ballerinas: A group from Romania will perform at the LTG Auditorium on Monday.

The Happy Childhood group from Russia will present a folk dance recital.

6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts.

The ballet school Studio M, along with the Opera Nationala Bucuresti from Romania, will present a ballet.

6.30pm LTG Auditorium.

13 December

There will be a display of contemporary dance and hip hop by the FreeMovers Group from Switzerland.

7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

For details, visit Be seated 30 minutes before the show. Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

Muzaffar Jang Walk

11 December

The Muzaffar Jang walk will be led by historian Swapna Liddle, who will focus on the Shahjahanabad of the Muzaffar Jang book series by Madhulika Liddle, about a 17th century Mughal detective.

8.30am. To register for the walk, call the India Habitat Centre (43663080). Registration fee,Rs 50, on first-come, first-served basis


DJ Uri, Hype + Dunloop

9 December

German duo: DJ Marc Hype (left) and pianist Jim Dunloop.

9pm. Zook, 3, Community Centre, PVR Anupam Complex, Saket (41057482, 9999400001).

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Jazz Utsav 2011

9-11 December

Jazz artistes from across the world are set to entertain Delhiites.

9 December

Michaela Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik + Arild Andersen Trio

Michaela Rabitsch, an Austrian singer and trumpeter, collaborates with guitarist Robert Pawlik, and Norwegian bassist Andersen. The others in the group: tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia.

10 December

Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Band + The Louiz Banks and Braz Gonsalves Jazz Combo

Watch the Polish jazz pianist jam with the “Godfather of Indian jazz" Louiz Banks and the Goan saxophonist Braz Gonsalves.

11 December

Jan Lundgren Trio + Eastern Flowers + Gautam Ghosh Collective

Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren leads the singers, who are accompanied by a double bassist and a drummer.

6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (43503351). Tickets, 300 and 500, available at the venue.



Saiyuki Trio

14 December

Saiyuki Trio: Fusion at Blue Frog.

10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge,Rs 300.


Thespo 13

13-18 December

Watch four teams compete at the 13th edition of the youth theatre festival Thespo. The festival will close with an awards function at the Dance Godrej Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), after the show on 18 December. The four plays will be staged at Prithvi Theatre from 13-16 December, and at the NCPA from 17-18 December. Watch live bands perform at Prithvi Café from 13-16 December. There will also be free workshops at Prithvi House.

Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546).NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets,Rs 120; 50% discount for students with ID cards. For details, call 9867562859/9769952050 or visit To register, email

Around town

Koshish workshop

10 December

Trinayani, a non-profit working towards mass awareness of disability, is organizing a workshop to mark Human Rights Day. The workshop, aimed at helping youngsters with physical disabilities find jobs, will have interactive sessions with potential employers. Among those who will participate are institutions working in the disability sector. There will be speakers from Standard Chartered Bank, ITC Grand Central and the Centre for Disability Studies at Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad, among others. Participants will have the opportunity to learn stress management techniques and get information on the basic skills required to land a job.

11am-5pm. Executive Enclave, Ambedkar Road, Pali Hills, Bandra (W). For details, email, call 9820147390/9323196610, or visit

UpperCrust Food and Wine Show

9-11 December

This year the UpperCrust Food and Wine Show will be held at the World Trade Centre. The line-up of stalls features organic food distributers, wine brands, chocolatiers, local restaurants, crockery labels, artisanal cheese, olive oil and coffee makers, all accompanied by cookery demonstrations and competitions.

11am-8pm. World Trade Centre, First floor, Cuffe Parade (66387376).

Head-turner: Anant Joshi’s headgear collection

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Exhibition of Headdresses

15-22 December

Anant Joshi’s private collection of traditional headgear from different parts of the country will be on display. The exhibition will have a section on war helmets, wedding headdresses, religious caps and international hats.

10.15am-6pm (Monday closed). Curators’ Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844519).



Bruno Sauerwein

14-15 December

An exhibition of street photographs shot in Tamil Nadu by the Frenchman Bruno Sauerwein. Hosted by the agency, And Let There Be Lights Photography, the show’s proceeds will be donated to a non-profit group in Puducherry. Sauerwein’s past shows include India on the Move in Puducherry—it consisted of street shots of the town, most taken during the early hours of the day and at twilight.

10.30am-6.30pm. British Library, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross (22489220). For details, visit

Around town

Dance and theatre

10 December

On stage: A dance and theatre festival at the Alliance Française .

6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, opposite the UNI building (41231345).

Srishti toy lab’s exhibition

9-10 December

This laboratory for research and development of imaginative games, toys and books for children presents its latest work,

including books, wearable characters, modular shapes and games. Test them, experience them, let your imagination take flight. Among the lab’s successes so far has been student Shilo Shiv Suleman’s interactive fantasy novel Khoya, which took her to the WIRED 2011 conference in London in October.

6.30pm on Friday-9.30pm on Saturday. Jaaga, 68, KH Road. For details, call Anders Sandell on 40447000.


Lucy Swann and Droolian

10 December

Lucy Swann used to be part of a pop-rock band called The Fountainheads, and now performs solo. Swann has been compared with singers such as Beyonce, British singers Bat for Lashes and Kate Bush. At this gig Swann will use a loop machine and keyboard to build blocks of beats and will be joined by beatboxer Droolian.

9pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main, Vasanth Nagar (23442580). Entry, 220; cover charge,Rs 400. For reservations, call 9844030198.

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The Strand

Book Festival

Till 14 December

For many bookworms, a trip to this annual book fiesta is a tradition. There’s nothing like revelling in the company of thousands of pages. Find fiction, self-help and science books. Also on sale are a wide selection of books on art, design, architecture, interiors, fashion, management, cookery, spirituality and popular science. Children’s books are also available.

10am-8.30pm. Wesley Tamil Church Hall, next to Garuda Mall, Commissariat Road. Free parking available at the church grounds. For details, call 25582222.



The Warmth of Colours

Till 31 December

Winter warmth: A group show.

10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays by appointment). Idiyas gallery, 15, Dover Road (65508418).

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10-17 December

Kamala, the retail outlet of the Crafts Council of India, presents its Christmas Bazaar featuring a wide range of jewellery, toys, stationery and textiles. Hand-painted Kalamkari purses, bags and jewellery boxes, pashmina, traditional toys, board games, woollen stoles from Himachal Pradesh. Prices, 50-8,000.

10am-7pm, Kamala, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations. 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680, 22822895, 22823431).


Ostkreuz, The city: Becoming and Decaying

Till 13 December

Part of the “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunites" initiative, this exhibition by 18 photographers from the agency Ostkreuz explores the essence of present-day urban reality. Together with C/O Berlin, the photographers have conceptualized it as a long-term project documenting urban growth and decay in 22 cities around the world.

11am-7pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680, 22822895, 22823431).

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Shyam Kanu Borthakur

Till 11 December

Assam-born Shyam Kanu Borthakur’s drawings, paintings and sculptures inspired by animal forms, particularly bulls, wild boar and horses, have become his signature style. This show features 49 works.

3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Fourth floor, 108, Southern Avenue. For details, visit or call 24662843/6802.

By Indranil Bhoumik



IMAGINE: An HIV/AIDS-Free Generation concert

9 December

Singing for a cause: Indian Ocean.

7pm. Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Public Gardens, Nampally. For details, call 40338300.


Steam of Life

13 December

The 2010 film Steam of Life is a reflective film which argues that men are most likely to expose their innermost thoughts not when they are drunk, but when they are naked in a sauna. In the near-dreamlike environment of a sauna, Finnish men make uncensored and unguarded revelations about love, death, heartbreak and life in the hope that the steam and conversations will cleanse their souls. 1 hour, 21 minutes.

7pm. La Makaan, off Road No.1, Banjara Hills (23241791).

French Cancan

9 December

Set in 1890s Paris, this 1954 Jean Renoir film tells the story of Henri Danglard, proprietor of the fashionable yet bankrupt café Le Paravent Chinois, who tries to revive old-fashioned Cancan dance by turning a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge. The screening is being organized by Alliance Française and the Hyderabad Film Club.

6.30pm. Prasad Film Labs, preview theatre, Banjara Hills. For details, call 27700734/36 or email

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli


Around town

Celebrate International Tea Day

15 December

Tea Day: Try some unique blends. By Kanko/Wikimedia Commons

7-11 pm. Tea Bar, Golden Dragon restaurant, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road (66002827). Price, a mimimum of 250 per teapot, plus taxes.


9th Chennai International Film Festival

14-22 December

Cinema lovers in Chennai are in for a nine-day treat of the best of world cinema—154 films from 45 countries will be showcased during the featival. The categories include World Cinema, Retrospective and Indian Panorama. The country focus: Turkey, Hungary and Poland. In the competitive section, a total of 12 Tamil films will be judged by a panel of eminent film personalities. India’s official entry this year to the Oscars, the Malayalam movie Adaminte Makan Abu, will be the highlight of the festival.

Max Mueller Bhavan will also present a package of German films as a part of this festival.

For the schedule, visit Passes, 500 (for the general public) and 300 (for film personalities and students), available on

By Nandini Reddy

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