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Rajasthani miniature paintings

23-24 July

Workshop: Learn Rajasthani miniature painting at DakshinaChitra

11am-7pm. DakshinaChitra. East Coast Road, Muttukadu. Refreshments and conveyance from Madras Craft Foundation (G-3, Madhuram Apartments, 6, Ulur Olcott Road, Besant Nagar) to DakshinaChitra will be provided. Fees,Rs1,200. For registration and details, call 9841777779.


Magic of Musicals

24 July

Mellow Circle, a society which cares for children affected by HIV, is hosting a musical extravaganza to raise funds for its Prathyasha Home of Hope. The concert is a medley of songs from some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best works, including The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita. These will be performed by the Madras Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Bernard Wacheux, with music direction by Augustine Paul. The legendary Roxygen band will play a few select numbers. 2 hours, 30 minutes.

6.30pm. Music Academy, TTK Road.The show is only for audiences above 15 years. Tickets, Rs300, Rs600, Rs1,000, Rs1,500 and Rs2,000, available For details, call 28112231.

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Orient Satays

Till 31 July

Hip Asia at Vivanta by Taj Connemara is serving up a special selection of satay from various countries. You can enjoy delightful creations from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, put together by the hotel’s chefs.

7.30-11pm. The unlimited satay spread is priced at Rs1,000, plus taxes, per person. For reservations, call 66000000.

By Nandini Reddy


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Puppetry workshop

23 July

A puppetry workshop will be organized by Ratnamala Nori for children aged 6 and above. The workshop will teach participants how to create a puppet and learn to make it talk, walk and dance.

4-5.30pm. Saptaparni,Plot No. 21, Road No. 8,Banjara Hills. For details,call 66667707. Entry, 300 per session.

Burger festival

Till 31 July

Gorge on a wide variety of burgers at the burger festival organized by News Café. There are both traditional and gourmet burgers, served with French fries, onion rings, sauce, pickle and drinks.

Noon-11.30 pm. News Café, Inorbit mall, Hitech City, Madhapur. For details, call 40101234. Charges,Rs200, plus taxes.


Burning the Future: Coal in America

23 July

Directed by David Novack, ‘Burning the Future: Coal in America’ examines the conflict between the coal industry and the residents of West Virginia, US. In the film, local activists protest the contamination of groundwater and the degradation of the environment. They launch a campaign to protect their mountains, save their families, and preserve their way of life. The screening is organized by Goethe-Zentrum, in association with the Documentary Circle of Hyderabad and Alliance Française de Hyderabad. 1 hour, 29 minutes.

5.30 pm. Goethe-Zentrum, 203, Hermitage office complex (HUDA), Hill Fort Road, Nampally. For details, call 65526443.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli



French film festival

23-24 July

Stories of courage: Panchkanya is centred on five female characters from the Ramayan and Mahabharat

On 24 July, watch Courbet, Les Origines de Son Monde (Courbet—The Origins of His World). Gustave Courbet played a significant role in turning the art world’s gaze on subjects of sensuality. Works like Le Sommeil— featuring two naked women entwined in bed—and L’Origine du monde—a close-up of the genitals of a woman—appalled the art world initially, but stand even today as celebrations of the carnal. 52 minutes.

23 July, 3pm; 24 July, 11.30am. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Palace Road. For details,call 2221027. All films have English subtitles.


Slow Down Clown and Mad Orange Fireworks

23 July

Slow Down Clown from Mumbai are a folk, alternative and punk rock band featuring Vitek Goyel on vocals and guitar, Anurag Shanker on guitar, Pashang P. on bass, and Arfaaz K. on drums. They will be followed by Mad Orange Fireworks, who describe their music as “Orange Rock". It features Michael Dias on guitar and vocals, Kaushik Kumar on bass and Shravan Bendapudi on drums.

8pm. CounterCulture restaurant, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, near Xylem Building, Whitefield Road. For details, call 41400793. Entry, Rs200.

Ananda Shake

23 July

Israeli psychedelic trance duo Ananda Shake, comprising Lior Edri and Osher Swissa, began making music together in 2001, though they adopted their nom de guerre much later. Their first album Emotion in Motion was released in 2005 to critical acclaim. They were also featured in the leading online EDM portal, the Denver-based Beatport. EDM fans can look forward to a gig by one half of the duo—Edri, who will also travel to Pune and Delhi.

2pm. E-Zone club, Mahadevpura Outer Ring Road, near Marathahalli Bridge, Marathahalli. Tickets, Rs500 (for the first 100 tickets), Rs700 and Rs1,000. For details, call 9986593169 or visit

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Steak and Pudding Festival

Till 28 July

Olive Beach, the Mediterranean restaurant, expects diners to come with an extra large appetite for its Steak and Pudding Festival. Starters on the special menu include the Angus beef carpaccio with mushrooms and asparagus grilled in truffle oil served with Manchego cheese sauce, poached egg and black pepper. For the main course, you can choose from a variety of imported prime cuts of meat, including Black Angus rib-eye steak and Aberdeen Black Angus eye fillet. Flambéed puddings such as Baked Alaska, made with vanilla bean, hazelnut and wild berry gelatos with meringue, will also be on offer.

16, Wood Street,Ashok Nagar. For details, call 41128400. Charges, approx. Rs1,500 per person.

Lord Nelson of Stafford Lecture

22 July

Rodrigo Arboleda, head of the One Laptop per Child Association, will discuss the digital technology divide and its impact on education at the Lord Nelson of Stafford Lecture 2011—“Children as a Mission, not as a Market". Nearly 40 years ago, Seymour Papert, a mathematician, computer scientist and educator, and a protégé of Jean Piaget, who in turn is often called the father of cognitive development theory, suggested that computers provide children with a flexible platform for learning that allows them to create and share ideas and express themselves. Since then, the idea that computers can be a useful learning tool for children has been tested and proven repeatedly.

5pm. Indian Institute of Management, Bannerghatta Road. For details, visit, call 40892223, or email



28 July

Singapore-based Gayatri Sriram has worked with her teacher Minal Prabhu to create a dance production that extols the courage of five women from the Ramayan and Mahabharat epics—Ahalya, Sita, Tara, Mandodari and Draupadi. The production is an attempt by Prabhu, who choreographed it, and Sriram, who performs it, to tell women-oriented stories that usually remain buried in the epics. Having sifted through the epics for clues to these five women, Sriram textured the performance with her own perspectives of their actions and reactions. This recital will be hosted by the Ananya GML Cultural Academy.

6.30pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram. For details, call 23347830.

Mysore School of Bharatanatyam

23-24 July

During the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in Mysore, a distinct style of Bharatanatyam began to emerge. Known today as the Mysore School of Bharatanatyam, this style continued to receive patronage under the reign of Chamarajendra Wodeyar. This fortnight, the Karnataka Bharatagama Prathisthana will present items from the four different schools of the style: Jatti Thayamma, Kolar Kittappa, Muguru Jeejama and Nanjangud Rajamma.

6pm; also 10.30am on 24 July. Nayana Sabhangana, Kannada Bhavan, JC Road. For details, call 22241325.


The Tadpole Repertory

22-24 July

Delhi-based Tadpole Repertory will bring to the city three plays, written and directed by Neel Chaudhuri. The idea for ‘Taramandal’, which won the Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award in 2009, occurred to Chaudhuri when he came across a Satyajit Ray short story called ‘Patol Babu, Filmstar’ while doing his master’s thesis on the director. ‘Godspeed’ unfurls as a reflective soliloquy of a girl who is cleaning up a room that belonged to a boy who died suddenly. In ‘Good Hands’, a young man inverts the popular superhero narrative as he recounts the adventures and virtues of everyday exemplars—people he knows, and who live lives we can all readily identify with. ‘Taramandal’, 1 hour, 50 minutes; ‘Good Hands’/‘Godspeed’, 1 hour, 30 minutes. The plays are strictly for those above 15 years.

‘Good Hands’ and ‘Godspeed’, 22-23 July, 7.30pm. ‘Taramandal’, 24 July, 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets Rs100, available at For details, call 26592777 or 9873134028.



The Window Seat

26 July

The first time Mumbai heard this city-bred band was in April, when their act followed that of Delhi’s retro-psychedelic carnivalesque band Peter Cat Recording Co. This time, The Window Seat will play with alternative rock quintet Spook—comprising vocalist Akshay Deodhar, drummer Zain Calcuttawala, violin player Clavell Santiago, keyboardist Anis Gandhi and bassist Sonam Lama. The Window Seat, comprising drummer Lindsay D’Mello, saxophonist Tala Faral and bassist Sonu Sangameswaran, play tunes that feature a hybrid of Afrobeat, funk and jazz.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. For details, call 61586158. Entry fee, Rs300.


Open Sunday

24 July

Need another reason to trek down to south Mumbai? Starting this Sunday, prominent art galleries in Colaba, such as Chatterjee and Lal, Chemould Prescott Road, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Gallery Beyond, Gallery Maskara, The Guild, Lakeeren, Project 88 and Sakshi Gallery, will remain open on every fourth Sunday. The establishments will also extend their closing time to 9.30pm every second Thursday from 11 August. They promise an art gallery map, special exhibitions and tie-ups with restaurants in the coming weeks.

10am-9.30pm. For details, call Chatterjee and Lal, 22023787; Chemould Prescott Road, 22000212; Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 22023030; The Guild, 22880116; Gallery Beyond, 22837345; Gallery Maskara, 22023056; Lakeeren, 65224179; Project 88, 22810066; and Sakshi Gallery, 66103424.


Documentary screening

25 July

Religion and its extreme manifestation are on display in the two documentaries that will be screened by the Vikalp Film Archive at Prithvi House on Monday. Pakistan’s Taliban Generation, directed by Dan Edge and narrated by Pakistani journalist and film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, investigates the Talibanization of Pakistan’s tribal areas. The same evening, Merajur Rahman Baruah’s film Bit of Both will be screened. It is about Rajasthan’s Kathat community, which claims to be Muslim but follows several Hindu practices. Since the 1980s, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Islamic religious groups have been trying to force the Kathats to decide which side they are on.

7pm. Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle. For details, call 26149546. Entry is on first-come, first-served basis.


Somersault in Muddy Waters

23 July

Mumbai artist Atul Dodiya has captivated viewers over the last two decades with his ability to cull from the painting traditions of the East and West. The figurative painter is known for creating hybrid imagery that makes place for popular cinema as easily as it does for Pablo Picasso. This Saturday, Dodiya will discuss some of his most iconic paintings in a talk titled “Somersault in Muddy Waters". At the lecture, Dodiya will show images of his paintings while discussing their narrative, style, imagery and titles. The artist will also delve into the autobiographical content of some of his works.

6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, near Cathedral School, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort. For details, call 22072974.


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Book introduction

22 July

The launch of Does He Know a Mother’s Heart: How Suffering Refutes Religions, by author and former editor Arun Shourie. The book, published HarperCollins, interweaves Shourie’s personal experiences of suffering and pain with his fierce critique of scripture, and explains the ultimate appeal of Buddhist thinking about suffering.

7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. For details, call 24682222.



24 July

TaiJiQuan is a Chinese martial art discipline that is believed to conduct energy in the body through the meridians, nadis and chakras. Swiss performer Vanessa Vidal will present the core 127 postures, derived from the Yang Family. The show has been organized by the Gati Dance Academy and the World Dance Alliance.

7pm. Siddhartha Hall, Göethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg . For details, call 23329506.

Parampara Pravah

27-28 July

A two-day Kathak festival organized by Sufi Kathak dancer Rani Khanam. There will be presentations and performances by artistes, academics and critics on the aesthetic aspects of the classical dance form. On the first day, dancer Maya Rao will make a presentation on “Sangeet, the Soul of Kathak", followed by critic Leela Venkataraman on “Past, Present and Future Development of Kathak Compositions". On Day 2, dancer Saswati Sen will present a paper on “The Glory of Bhav Batana and its Importance in Kathak", followed by Ravindra Mishra, who will speak on “Presentation of Kathak in the Mehfil vis-à-vis Present-Day Auditoria".

10.30am. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333);and India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg Lodhi Estate (24619431). Call the venues for details


El Verdugo

24 July

Regularly voted by Spanish critics as the best film to come out of the country, Luis Berlanga’s brilliantly dark comedy on the peculiar horror of the garrotte has not lost its power over the years. Nino Manfredi plays an undertaker’s hapless assistant who marries the executioner’s daughter, and then discovers they can keep their precious apartment only if he agrees to become his father-in-law’s successor. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

4.30pm. Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place. For details, call 43681900.


The Blue Mug

25-26 July

The show is a loose ramble through the memories of the cast—Ranvir Shorey, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sheeba Chaddha and Munish Bhardwaj.

7.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Tickets,Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue, and online at


La República

22 July

One of Colombia’s biggest salsa groups comes to Delhi to celebrate Colombia’s 201st year of independence. The band comprises some of the country’s finest Latin and jazz musicians, and their repertoire goes beyond salsa—merengue, wild drum solos, Caribbean music, rock and hip hop.

6.30pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg. Collect your passes from the embassy of Colombia, 85, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar. For details, call 26493370, 43202100, 9811998040.


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Ilish aur Chingdi Jugalbandi

Till 31 July

Young India: Mixed-media works are on show at the Ahuja Museum

7-11pm. Kalash, Lobby level, HHI, 235/1 A JC Bose Road. A la carte charges for a meal for two, Rs1,445, plus taxes. For details, call 40018000.


A Farewell to Arms

29 July

The American Center will screen A Farewell to Arms, directed by Charles Vidor. Starring Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones and Vittorio De Sica, the movie is about a passionate but star-crossed romance between an American soldier and a Red Cross nurse during World War I. 2 hours, 33 minutes.

3.15pm. Lincoln Room, The American Center, 38A, JL Nehru Road. For details, call 39846300.


Young Emerging Artists

Till 31 August

The Ahuja Museum for Arts is presenting Young Emerging Artists—an exhibition of paintings in acrylic, oil and mixed media, and bronze sculptures from the museum’s collection. The artists whose works are on show are Asit Sarkar, Benitha Perciyal K., Datta Bansode, Dhananjoy Ghosh, Dilip Chaudhury, Jiten Hazarika, J.M.S. Mani, Kanchanmala Ghosh, Kingshuk Sarkar, Laxman Aelay, Nitin Utge, Partha Shaw, Prasenjit Debnath, Sanatan Saha, Sasanka Ghosh, S.K. Jamirul Rahman and Suchita Agarwal.

10.30am-7pm. Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road. For details, visit or call 22894745, 40034974


Calcutta Chamber Orchestra, with Pheroze Mistri

23 July

ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 22822895/3431.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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