DELHI

Music

Ustad Sultan Khan + Begum Parveen Sultana

21 November

Organized by Spic Macay, this edition of the Music in the Park series of concerts features Ustad Sultan Khan, one of the finest sarangi players today, and Begum Parveen Sultana. From the Patiala ‘gharana’, she is one of the finest Hindustani classical vocalists today.

6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri (23414666).

Jazz Utsav 2009

21-22 November

The Utsav, which has been organized by Capital Jazz off and on since 1984, has become a much-looked-forward-to event in Delhi’s cultural calendar. This year, be prepared for the likes of a jazz supergroup comprising guitarist Wayne Krantz, bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Cliff Almond and saxophonist David Binney; and Beatlejazz, which is the brainchild of drummer Brian Melvin and, as the name implies, performs jazz versions of The Beatles classics.

6.30pm. Ficci Auditorium, Foundation House, Mandi House (23738760). Tickets, Rs500. Click herefor details. Tickets available at Steakhouse (Jor Bagh), Full Circle (N-Block Greater Kailash-I, Khan Market, Nizamuddin East), the Rock Street Journal office (Shahpur Jat) and, on the days of the shows, at the venue. Gates open at 6pm.

Dance

Yet Another Dawn

Positive thoughts: Nikolina Nikoleski in the solo dance drama Yet Another Dawn.

20 November

Nikolina Nikoleski, a dancer-choreographer trained in ballet, contemporary and Bharatanatyam, presents Yet Another Dawn, which symbolizes both a quest and final destination. The performance promises to combine diverse influences, and the different experiences of the artist herself. Her 30-minute presentation is based on a solo piece that she performed in Germany earlier

this year.

6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building (23746050).

Film

Bilal

24 November

Sourav Sarangi spent 14 months shooting the hardscrabble lives of Bilal, a three-year-old boy, and his blind parents. Then the Kolkata-based film-maker spent nearly two years shaping 160 hours of footage into an 88-minute narrative. The film reveals Bilal’s innocence in the face of grinding poverty and comes up with heart-tugging scenes of joy, frustration, anger and despair. The film won awards at several international and national festivals.

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

MUMBAI

Music

All jazzed up: Saskia Laroo.

Jazz Utsav

21-22 November

Jazz greats by the sea. The first day’s line-up includes Wayne Krantz, Anthony Jackson, Cliff Almond and David Binney; the Andrea Marcelli Trio and Saskia Laroo. The next day covers Beatlejazz, Eric Vloeimans Quartet, Nils Olav Johansen Quartet and Thaerichens Tentet.

Priyadarshini Park, Napean Sea Road, foot of Vikram Sarabhai Bridge (23637186). Tickets, Rs500 and Rs750. Available at Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (43222727), Silkworks, Thadani House, Worli (24301127), Blue Frog, Lower Parel (40332300), Bhargava’s Musik, Bandra (26411842). Click here for details

Terra Naomi

26 November

In 2007, American singer-songwriter Terra Naomi was hailed as pop’s next-big-thing, and with good reason. Her home-made videos had made her YouTube’s fifth most subscribed musician of all time, her end-of-the-world-themed tune, Say it’s possible, had led Al Gore to invite her to perform at the London Live Earth concert (she played somewhere between Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica). She plays in Mumbai this fortnight.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.

Around town

Japanese Food Festival

Until 22 November

Maidoindia has organized Washoku 3, a Japanese food festival. You can taste sushi, sashimi, wasabi, dark soy and other Japanese delights over dinner.

Institute of Hotel Management, Veer Savarkar Marg, Dadar (West). Dinner, Rs1,000 per person. Call 9833451897 or 9769672728 or click here for dinner passes and details.

Bandra Food Festival

24-25 November

Restaurateurs who started out in, and grew from, Bandra will give back to their community by setting up stalls offering food that will be specialities for the festival as well as representative of their outlets.

7pm onwards. Bandra Gymkhana grounds, 42, St Andrew’s Road (26423521).

Theatre

Rhinoceros

20 November

Adishakti performs the famous Eugene Ionesco play in which a small-town everyman, criticized throughout for his drinking and tardiness, watches the other inhabitants of a town turn into rhinos.

6pm and 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs200.

Film

Words Are Burning Us

23 November

Pascal Tessaud’s documentary is on slam poets in France. The screening will be followed by a slam poetry evening open to professionals and amateurs. Aniruddha Barde will also perform a French rap and a French slam.

9.30pm. Café Goa, Agnelo Building, Khadeshwari Mandir Marg, off St John the Baptist Road, near Mount Mary’s Steps, Bandra-West (9820919199).

Photography

Blue Book

Ongoing

In this new series of photographs, Dayanita Singh capitalizes on the propensity of daylight colour film to enhance blue tones in certain conditions. In the age of digital imaging, one may look at the 40 photographs in Blue Book and think Singh has finally succumbed to the temptations of Photoshop. However, despite the unnatural blue in some of them, none of these images have been tweaked with either filters or computer software. They are traditional prints taken using daylight colour film, selected from a contact sheet and printed from negatives.

From electric- to an almost-white blue, the different shades in the photographs are as real as they are illusory: These sights don’t exist as Singh shows them, except in her photographs.

10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba (22023030).

BANGALORE

Dance

Kathak

22 November

Every November, SurSagar, a Bangalore-based NGO that seeks to promote music though concerts, holds its annual festival, Varshikotsav. This year it features Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj. He will perform pieces that he has choreographed himself and that have now become de rigueur fare in Kathak.

10am-6pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). For free passes, contact Ganjam, 148, Embassy Square, Infantry Road, opposite the police commissioner’s office (22261826).

Around town

Citizen 2.0

23 November

Join media scholar Minna Aslama in a discussion on how online social networks and other modern communication media can be used to facilitate democracy and citizen partnership.

4.30-5.30pm. Centre for Internet and Society, D2, Third Floor, Sheriff Chambers, 14, Cunningham Road (40926283). For details, email radha@cis-india.org

Art

Colours of Goa ’09

Ongoing

In November 2008, Gallery-G hosted the exhibition Neo Goa: Coast to Canvas. That show, held in collaboration with Ruchika Art Gallery in Goa (Miramar, Panaji), presented the work of Chaitali Morajkar, Francis D’Souza, Hitesh Pankar, Jayant Jadhav, Manish Mistry, Prafulli Shevade, Sandeep Kulkarni, Suhas Shilker and Vitesh Naik. The gallery space is following up on that success with a second show centred on artists from Goa. The artists involved include Aadhi Vishal, Nirupa Naik, N. Kanhaiya and Viraj Naik.

6pm. Gallery-G, Vivanta, Taj Premium hotel, ITPL Whitefield (65325093).

Theatre

Art

23 November

Art, Yesmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning script is the tale of three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan, and how their 15-year friendship is plunged into dire straits after Serge buys an abstract painting for 200,000 francs. Marc thinks the white canvas with three white lines is a “piece of white shit", while the somewhat less sophisticated Yvan vacillates on whom to take sides with. Written by Reza, the duration of the play is 1 hour 30 minutes.

7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Third Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Call the venue for ticket prices.

Confessions of an Assassin

22 November

The WeMove Foundation for Performing Arts’ latest production was conceived as a part-fiction, part-fact exploration of a famous assassination through the eyes of the perpetrator. The play probes the layers of motivation, the reasoned choices, the compunctions and moral landscape that propel the assassin towards his defining moment. It’s directed by Bharath Kashyap. Cast: Trupthi Manjari, Pushpa Murthy, Navya Akkam, Krithika Narayana and Anoop Shenoy.

7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, III Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Call the venue for ticket prices.

CHENNAI

— By Karuna Amarnath

Theatre

Two Basheer plays

21-22 November

Perch, a performance collective, in association with Nalamdana and Aseema Trust, presents two plays by acclaimed Malayalam writer Vaikkim Mohammad Basheer—‘Moonshine & Skytoffee’ and ‘Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you heard!)’—as part of their “fun fund-raiser", Kutti Karanam. These plays will take you through a gamut of emotions, in true Basheer style.

7.15pm. Koothambalam Auditorium, Kalakshetra, Besant Nagar (9841496723, 9841009927). Tickets, Rs500, Rs300, Rs200 and Rs100; available at Landmark (Nungambakkam), Odyssey (Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur), Eden Restaurant (Besant Nagar) and at the venue on the days of the shows.

Art

My Neighbours and Me

Until 26 November

Taking inspiration from the people and objects she photographs, artist Melissa Enderle has created a whole new series of artwork titled My Neighbours and Me. The simple dignity of people’s lives, community, hard work, honesty and respect keep the artist in her fired up, and the choice of colour pencils over bolder oil pastels has helped her enhance this imagery with fine detail. This selection of art is worth a look for its harmonious blend of attention to detail and spontaneity.

11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226/0726).

Kerala Murals

20-22 November

The mural tradition of Kerala evolved to complement the unique architectural style, characterized by linear accuracy, adherence to colour symbolism, elaborate ornamentation and sensitive portrayal of emotions. Priced at Rs1,800 (inclusive of material, transportation and refreshments), DakshinaChitra is organizing a three-day workshop for adults who want to study the technique of this age-old art. Conveyance, to and from DakshinaChitra, will be provided from the Madras Craft Foundation office in Besant Nagar.

10am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779).

Dance

Mudivil Oru Aarambam

21 November

Kamaal, Guru and Uttaman meet on the first day of college, and as they immerse themselves in their art, they bring diametrically opposite attitudes to it. Choreographed by Shyamjith Kiran and Troupe, this dance recital, though classical, addresses and questions issues that are contemporary, exploring the aspirations of young dancers, their dreams and confrontation with reality.

6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras auditorium, No. 40/24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28271477).

KOLKATA

— By Indranil Bhoumik

Art

Time’s Whirlwind

Until 5 December

The recent works of Satish Gujral—20 paintings, eight drawings, 21 bronze sculptures and four of his trademark brunt wood pieces—constitute his first showing in Kolkata after a decade, on a playful theme. A book and monograph on Gujral will also be released on the occasion.

Noon-7pm (Sunday closed). Aakriti, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041).

Art

Windmills of the Mind

21 November-2 December

Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents the nature-based paintings of Ketakee Roy Choudhury. Her motifs include the elements of earth, fire, air, water and space, but the natural world takes primacy in her works in its own right, rather than becoming a vehicle for ideological discourse, as is so often the case.

10am-7pm (Sunday closed). Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).

Around town

November Days

Until 24 December

This unusual event—a collage of live TV coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall—is part of a series marking the 20th anniversary of that historic date. This installation revisits original broadcasts from German, French, British and American television, with commentary by the original presenters 20 years later. The installation was originally part of an exhibition presented by the Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum für Film und Fernsehen Berlin.

9am-9pm. Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398).

Theatre

Dorjiparar Morjinara

21 November

Contemporary playwright Bratya Basu’s play Dorjiparar Morjinara moves through the narrow lanes of Sonagachi, one of the biggest red-light areas of Asia. Here, unlicensed, unorganized industry provides a livelihood to thousands. Swapnasandhan’s version of the play recalls the history of Sonagachi through interactions among those plying their trade here and the customers who come from various social strata.

7pm. Sujata Sadan, No. 7, Hazra Road (9903185680). Tickets, Rs30 and Rs50.

Ballavpurer Rupkatha

21 November

In Nandipat’s performance of this Badal Sarkar play, Bhupati Roy of Ballavpur is a king only in name: He lives in a dilapidated mansion and is trapped in debt. Together with his manservant Manohar and friend Sanjib, he hits upon a ruse to hold off his creditors. But the plot thickens with the arrival of a ghost called Raghupati.

6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, 37-AB, Sadananda Road, Kalighat (9830254562). Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60.

Music

Songs of Okinawa Island

26 November

In this musical evening presented by ICCR in collaboration with the consulate general of Japan, folk artistes Oshima Yasukatsu, Hatoma Kanako and Nakasome Satoshi will present the music of their homeland.

6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Harrington Street (24211970).

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