Simon Webbe

3 July

Best known for his association with British boy band Blue, Simon Webbe performs live in this concert.

After Blue broke up, Webbe had a number of solo hits, beginning with Lay your Hands, which rose to No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart when it was released in 2005. His next single No Worries also did well. His solo album Sanctuary debuted poorly, but eventually went double platinum.

8pm. Pebble, Princess, 3 Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road (9916695200). Tickets, 300.


Kynkyny Art—Basuki 2011

Til 2 July

Contrasting colours: A mixed media mural by Basuki Dasgupta.

11am-7pm. 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). For details, visit



1-5 July

Travel photography group Nature Lounge, in association with the India Social Fund, is hosting a nature and wildlife photography exhibition by Bangalore-based Sarthak Singhal and Vishakha Vaidya. The photographs beautifully combine the different hues of nature.

Nature Lounge has also undertaken an initiative to interact with groups of underprivileged children to teach them basic photography techniques, which is expected to culminate in a charity auction.

10.30am-7.30pm (Monday-Saturday) and 10.30am-noon (Sunday). Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). For details, visit www. and or call 9880944665.


Chinna Kala Nadam

5-7 July

After hosting the dance festival Kala Nadam for a decade, the artistic directors of the Nadam Dance Company, Murli Mohan and Nandini K. Mehta, started a children’s dance festival—Chinna Kala Nadam. This festival provides a non-competitive platform for children to perform, thereby encouraging their interest in the art form. This third edition of the festival will feature diverse styles of dance and martial arts.

6pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).

Sai Nrityotsav 26

1 July

This monthly dance festival hosted by cultural events organizer Sai Arts International has completed 25 months of hosting over 125 dance groups and 442 classical dancers from India and abroad, performing the classical dances of India. As part of the 26th edition, there will be five Bharatanatyam recitals by Rekha Dinesh, Shyamjith Kiran, Rajashree Ranganath, Navia Natarajan and Anuradha Prabhashankar.

5.30pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).



1 July

The tale revolves around Gowda, a self-important and bullying zamindar who does everything in his power to keep others in the village subjugated, taking advantage of their illiteracy and superstition. He’s a man with a tireless eye for the ladies, but it is no secret that he is impotent. His wife Gowdti, who wants a child, must eventually find sexual release in a dalliance with a poor tiller, Basannya. 2 hours.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 50, available at

The Blue Mug

2-3 July

‘The Blue Mug’ interweaves personal stories of the actors’ lives with the story of a middle-aged man who suffers from memory loss, and his interactions with his psychiatrist. The actors recount childhood memories, fights, first loves and travels, as well as more recent incidents from their lives. The blend of verbal and physical improvisation works well with its deft use of light and a set-less stage, to frame the fluid mental landscape it wants to plough. The play is directed by Atul Kumar, and the cast includes Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak and Shipra Singh. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.30pm, and 3.30pm (on 3 July). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets 200, available at

Around town

Talk on section 377

1 July

To mark the second anniversary of the Delhi high court order, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Southern Indiana, Niharika Banerjea, will deliver a talk titled “Critical Ethnographic Collaboration and Lived Experiences in the Wake of Reading Down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code". This will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

6pm. Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road, opposite Infantry Wedding Hall (22868757).

Science Festival 2011

1-31 July

The 34th Annual Science Festival organized by the Bangalore Science Forum begins with a talk by P. Balaram, director of the Indian Institute of Science, on the “Richness of Chemistry". Talks and science film screenings are scheduled for the entire month on topics related to chemistry. The aim of the Bangalore Science Forum is to “popularize science, create a scientific outlook, organize lectures and seminars on science education and technology, and keep those interested in science informed of the latest advances in its different branches".

6pm. Dr HN Multimedia Conference Hall, The National College Campus, Basavanagudi (26674441).



Dynamic Feet Dynamic Rhythm—Chitresh Das

2 July

On his annual tour of India, US-based dancer Chitresh Das presents Dynamic Feet Dynamic Rhythm. He will be accompanied by leading artistes in Hindustani and Carnatic music, such as Yogesh Samsi on the tabla, Bhawani Shankar on pakhawaj, Jayanta Banerjee on sitar, Debashis Sarkar on vocal, Himanshu Nanda on flute, N. Ramakrishnan on mridangam and Venkatasubramaniam on ghatam. Presented by Chhandam Nritya Bharati, the event will showcase Das’ distinctive technique of Kathak yoga.

7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, 400, 600 and 800, available at the venue.



5-8 July

The Jyotiba festival: Ramesh Desai’s photograph.

Noon-8pm (Monday-Saturday). Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).


A Journey in the World of Signs

4 July

French calligrapher Michelle Roy’s artworks are a mix of calligraphy, drawings and craft. Though most of her works have Chinese calligraphy, some of her new pieces incorporate Devanagari calligraphy and Indian themes.

6-9pm. The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, First floor, above Patel Store, Mehboob Studios, Bandra-West (9167852146).

I Found Myself Alone

Till 22 July

Swedish art: A video work by Nathalie Djurberg.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, opposite Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba (9769950136).


Bandish: Festival of Legendary Composers

7-9 July

The second edition of NCPA’s annual three-day festival will begin with performances by Hindustani classical vocalists Ghulam Husnain Khan (aka Raja Miyan) and Rashid Khan, who will pay tribute to Ustad Faiyaz Khan of the Agra gharana and Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan of the legendary Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.

7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA (66223737). Tickets,Rs 120, 300, 500 and 760, available at the venue.



The Last Salute

3 July

On 14 December 2008, Muntadhar al-Zaidi flung his black, size 10, polyurethane-soled shoe at George W. Bush. In the days that followed, the US media made light of the incident, while al-Zaidi, a reporter for Al-Baghdadia, was arrested. It turned out to be the act that would launch a hundred flying shoes across the world. Al-Zaidi wrote a book about it called The Last Salute, which has now been adapted into a play.

7pm. Shri Ram Centre auditorium, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets 50, 100 and 200, available at the venue.

Rang—A Festival of Indian Arts

Till 7 July

Catch the first annual festival organized by The Films and Theatre Society. Here are some plays to look out for:

Koobar aur Kaaki (2 July, 3pm)

Kaaki, old and nearly infirm, still nurtures a craving for good food, while the humpbacked Gulaki has been thrown out of her home by her husband for bearing a dead child. These stories form the basis of Koobar aur Kaaki, which takes its inspiration from Munshi Prem Chand’s Budhi Kaaki and Dharamveer Bharati’s Gulaki Banno.

Arjun ka Beta (2 July, 7pm)

This play is inspired by a passage from the Mahabharat, in which Yudhishthir tells Bheeshma about the bravado of his son, the valiant Abhimanyu.

Temporary Matter (3 July, 3pm)

This is a story of a married couple and their expectations, their insecurities and vulnerabilities. Based on a short story by Jhumpa Lahiri, the play also explores the effect of the mother-child relationship on the husband-wife dynamic.

Jamuna (3 July, 7pm)

Jamuna is the story of a mother of three striving to keep her family intact even as the country struggles for freedom. The play has been written in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.

ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).


Yale Whiffenpoofs Vocal

1 July

The Whiffenpoofs of Yale: Listen to a cappella.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, 200.


Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons

Till 6 August

Group show: Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons at Vadehra gallery.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase I, Okhla (65474005).


Yogendra Kalavalapalli


Waterscapes—celebrating our rivers and lakes

2-10 July

Classic: A photograph by the late Raja Deen Dayal.

10.30am-6.30pm. Muse Art Gallery, Second floor, Marriott Hotel, Tank Bund Road, Secunderabad (27522999).


Hindustani classical recital by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

2 July

The creator of the Mohan veena, Indian slide guitar player and Grammy winner, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, will play in concert on Saturday. A disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhatt is known for incorporating the gayaki ang in his compositions.

6.30pm. Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad. For details, call 23233672.

Around town

Spring Sessions 2011

2-3 July

Non-profit outfit Acoustic Traditional works to encourage mainstream communities and youth to take an active interest in the art of storytelling, especially tribal folklore, myths and legends, by organizing storytelling sessions. Starting with Chennai, the NGO is organizing a national tour to build awareness about the different ethnic groups and their storytelling legacy, and trying to highlight their relevance in urban India.

5.30pm (2 July) and 7pm (3 July). Lamakaan, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. For details, call 8374526362/9886027733 or visit


Karuna Amarnath


Figure Speak

Till 6 July

Vivid: Chikmath’s work.

10am-7pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Royapettah (9841076654/9841037810).

Group show

1 -10 July

Three Puducherry-based artists will be exhibiting their recent work at the DakshinaChitra Art Gallery. T. Murugesh, B. Venkatesh and T. Irudhayanathan, who studied fine arts in Puducherry, have taken part in many shows in the country and abroad.

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, East Coast Road, Muttukadu


Little Festiva

1-9 July

The Little Theatre presents three world class musicals in English as part of its Little Festival. The festival opens with Atita! by The Little Theatre from 1–3 July (6pm), followed by Theatre Seoul’s musical adventure Heungbu Noibu on 7-8 July. The festival will conclude with Theaterwerkstatt’s musical Troi on 9 July, with foot-stomping music and fun targeted at children in the 3-6 age group.

Timings vary. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (28211115). Charges, 200. For tickets and details, contact Landmark, Nungambakkam, or visit


Indranil Bhoumik


Third Eye Photography Festival

Till 3 July

Framed: At the 13th Third Eye Photography Festival.

4-8pm, and a slide show will be held at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, beside Lake Kalibari. Fore details, call 9830170166.



Till 10 July

Parampara: Folk art on display.

1-9pm (Thursdays closed). Gallery Gold, 11, Abdul Rasul Avenue Road, opposite Rabindra Sarobar, near Menoka Cinema. For details, call 9903223344.

Nostalgia with Prakash Da

Till 3 July

The Chemould Art Gallery presents a show of old works (done in the 1970s and 1980s) by Kolkata-based artist Prakash Karmakar. Karmakar began his professional life in the Indian Army, and even worked as a graphic design manager for a medical firm. Karmakar, who received a French fellowship to study in Paris, has held various exhibitions. His works are influenced by Picasso and the classic impressionists.

2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street, Queens Mansion, For details, call 9830846999

Around town

Elo Barsha

Till 31 July

Barsha (the monsoon) is always a special time in West Bengal. A bulk of Bengali literature, rituals and music have eulogized man’s emotional response to the rains. ITC Sonar pays tribute to this season with Bengali specialities such as ilish maach, spinach

and other green leafy vegetables, khichuri, served with tomato chutney, aloo bhaja, papad and salad.

12.30-2.45pm. Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545). Charges, 995 (vegetarian fare) and 1,600 (non-vegetarian fare), excluding taxes.


Nava Nritya—Horizon Series

6 July

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, presents Nava Nritya, a contemporary dance performance by Chirantan Bhaduri and troupe, part of its Horizon Series. Nava Nritya is an alternative approach to Indian traditional dance. It incorporates elements of classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Manipuri, folk dances, martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau of Odisha, Kandyan of Sri Lanka and Thang Ta of Manipur, and yogic postures to create a unique dance style. Nava Nritya draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary art, literature, paintings and sculptures. This style requires a high degree of physical fitness and mental alertness.

6pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For passes and details, call 22822895

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