CHENNAI

Art

Of Flames and Flowers

Until 10 November

Splash of colour: Painting by Paresh Hazra

11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226, 28330726).

Artistic Idiom

Until 14 November

Gallery Sumukha exhibits paintings by artist/sculptor Paresh Hazra, who won the Birla Academy Award for his terracotta sculptures.

Best known for his work with old egg tempera on canvas board, in a figurative style with brilliant colours and strong textures, Hazra’s latest collection ranges from contemporary topics to iconic renditions of family, mother, child and deities.

10am-6pm, daily. Gallery Sumukha, Old No. 121, New No. 187, St Mary’s Road, Alwarpet (42112545).

Photography

Vertical Horizons

Until 7 November

“How strange could this world have been? What is the one single thing that every living creature takes for granted?" These thoughts inspired photographer Pallon Daruwala’s latest series of 36 black and white images, also inspired by the eminent theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking. With an interesting play on lines, shadows, reflections, shapes and forms, Vertical Horizons is a visual treat you should not miss.

10am-6pm. Prakrit Art Gallery, No. 9/4, Dhandayudhapani Nagar, 2nd Street, Kotturpuram (42188989).

Theatre

Aladin et La Lampe Tragique

6-8 November

If you know a little bit of French, you’ll love this play. The Alliance Française de Madras presents the comic sequel to the classic Arabian Nights, which revolves around a lovable bunch of oddballs—Aladin, the fallen hero who is obsessed with his lamp (no pun intended!), the princess who is obsessed with men, and the genie with great strengths and a weakness for women. Aladin goes around the world looking for the love of his life, only to trip into fairyland and fall in love with the blonde Cinderella. A laugh riot, to say the least.

6.30 pm. Alliance Française de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28271477).

Around town

Shop-A-Thon!

Until 8 November

The Handloom And Handicrafts Today (Hast) Karigar Society is making its annual appearance in the city with a collection of products from 16 states. The highlight of this exhibition is the wide range of artwork, such as madhubani, pattachitra, miniature paintings, etc.

11am-7pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, 4/170, Greams Road (28291692).

Craft Matters

12 November

Author Soumhya Venkatesan delves into the work and lives of the Muslim fine mat weavers of Pattamadai in Tamil Nadu.

7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, off RK Salai, Royapettah (45038391).

By Karuna Amarnath

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BANGALORE

Theatre

The Ranga Shankara Comedy Festival

Until 15 November

On the face of it, the Ranga Shankara Comedy Festival appears to have been conceived along the simple and honourable goal of giving this recession-hit and problem-choked city some of laughter’s catharsis. But somewhere beneath the shimmer of what many will see as a happy stage party is a valuable opportunity for both audiences and practitioners to stimulate a deeper understanding of comedy as distinct dramatic genre and to question its possibilities for Indian theatre within our unique times.

The festival’s selection draws from the productions of great comedy masters and introduces indigenous writers in a range of Indian languages. The festival includes plays in English, Hindi, Hindustani, Kannada, Marathi and Tulu.

5pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). For schedules and ticket prices, contact the venue.

Around town

Bangalore Book Fair

Until 15 November

Browse the latest titles and get the best bargains on books in Kannada, English and Hindi.

11am-8pm. Gayathri Vihar, Palace Grounds, Mekhri Circle, Ramanamaharshi Road. Tickets, Rs10. For details, call 9342829220.

Art

Sun Was a Myth

7-30 November

Nandesh Shanthi Prakash is presenting a collection of his new sculptures. Prakash studied fine art at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, has a diploma in animation from the Heart Animation Academy, Hyderabad, and then studied printmaking at Bangalore University. He became the coordinator of the Bangalore Artists Centre residency programme in 2006. In this show, Prakash seeks to engage viewers in discussion on “the relationship between technology and our changing concept of nature and the self".

10.30am-6pm. 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). Click here for details

Homage to Francis Bacon

Until 14 November

It’s the teeth that grab you in the paintings of Francis Bacon—mangled, morbid and repugnant, most often agape in frozen shrieks of torment that echo long after you’ve seen them. A century after his birth in Dublin in 1909 (he died in 1992), four artists—B. Devaraj, C.F. John, Prakash Babu and Yusuf Arakkal—pay homage, in a show curated by Giridhar Kasnis, to the macabre world that was Bacon’s.

10am-6pm. Galerie Sara Arakkal, 156, 4th Main Road, BEML Layout, ITPL Road (41162622). Click here for details.

Going solo: Rasika Kiran will be performing on Sunday

Kalaripayattu

6 November

The Kalari Academy of Performing Arts will showcase the dance group Theekshna, which will present Kalaripayattu in its traditional format. The troupe will begin with freehand movements, animal postures and wooden weapons, and go on to use deadlier arms such as the urmi, a flexible sword. The second item, which will seek to infuse romance into the movements of Kalaripayattu, is choreographed by Veena Basavarajaiah.

6.30pm, Yavanika, YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).

Nrithya Chilume IV

8 November

The Ananya GML Cultural Academy is hosting the fourth edition of Nrithya Chilume, a solo performance festival for dancers above the age of 15. There will be Bharatanatyam recitals by Anusha K. Raju (a student of Satyanarayana Raju), Meghana R. (a student of Jyothi Patthabhiraman) and Rasika Kiran (a student of Sandhya Kiran and Kiran Subramanyam), and a Kathak recital by Adithi Ashok, (a student of Nirupama Rajendra and Rajendra T.D.).

6pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).

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MUMBAI

Theatre

I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls

12 November

Eve Ensler’s latest work is a collection of monologues and ensemble pieces that “chronicle the struggle of girls everywhere to overcome the obstacles, threats and pressures that rob them of their originality and power". Three dance segments, choreographed by Longinus Fernandez of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame, are interspersed among the pieces.

8pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Call the venue for ticket prices.

Music

World Guitar Night

8 November

The Frog shines the spotlight on the fretwork of four acoustic guitarists from across the globe, Don Ross from Canada, Konarak Reddy from India, Masa Sumide from Japan, and Sandor Szabo from Hungary.

9pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.

Theatre

Charandas Chor

7-8 November

This signature production from Habib Tanvir’s Naya Theatre tells the story of Charandas, a lovable thief who takes five vows, including one to never lie. He stands by his pledge, becoming the region’s greatest thief and prankster. Staged as part of the Prithvi Theatre Festival which runs from 7-20 November.

7 November: 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (West) (26149546). Tickets, Rs200. 8 November: 11am. Horniman Circle Gardens, Fort. Tickets, Rs150.

Elephantine tale: From Sahyande Makan.

8, 10-11 November

Theatre Roots and Wings’ latest play is based on the Malayalam poem written by Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon. It opens at a temple festival in Kerala, with the largest elephant standing at the centre of noisy drums, burning torches and a rushing crowd, carrying an idol of the deity. Lost in nostalgia about his childhood in the Sahyadri mountains, the elephant runs amok and is shot to death. His cry is heard by the Sahyadri, sad at losing one more child.

8 November: 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (West) (26149546). Tickets, Rs150. 10-11 November: 8pm. Horniman Circle Gardens, Fort. Tickets, Rs150.

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DELHI

Music

Robert Douglas & the Dutch Jazz Quartet

6 November

Well-known jazz vocalist Robert Douglas and his group will perform selections from the ‘Great American Songbook’. This event is part of the Blues & Jazz for the Soul Festival that is being organized at Haze.

9pm. Haze Blues & Jazz Bar, 8, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (41669008). Call the venue for entry charges.

Let the music begin: Gaurav Malakar formed Qilla Records with Jalebee Cartel’s Madhav Shorey.

Qilla Records

7 November

If you’re on to the electronic scene in Delhi, 24-year-old Gaurav Malakar and 23-year-old Madhav Shorey will ring an instant bell. Malakar is the aural half of the audio-visual unit BLOT, while Shorey, aka DJ Kohra, used to be a member of dance music act Jalebee Cartel. When the two decided to join forces after Shorey’s return from a two-year stint in Australia (where he studied graphic art and communication design), the result was Qilla Records.

Aman New Delhi, Lodhi Road (43633333). Call the venue for entry charges and timings.

Theatre

Le Malade Imaginaire

6-7 November

Alliance Dilli, the theatre group of the Alliance Française, is back with yet another play by 17th century French playwright Molière. Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), about a hypochondriac and the hypocrisy of doctors, has been translated into Hindi by Aftab Hussain. The play will borrow many elements from the Italian theatrical tradition of the Commedia dell’arte, which incorporates a lot of body movement, dancing and masks.

6.30pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).

Dastangoi from the Tilism-e Hoshruba and elsewhere

8 November

The last known Dastango, Mir Baqr Ali, died in 1929, apparently taking the ancient art of storytelling in Urdu with him. That was until, about four years ago, Mahmood Farooqui, director of the play, began his efforts to revive the Dastangoi tradition.

He and his group approximate what they imagine to be the manner of the Dastangos: storytellers, mimics, narrators and actors all rolled into one.

The pieces are in Urdu, and so Farooqui often finds his audiences a little perplexed at first. It’s been a productive four years, for he has managed to stage 120 shows so far. Most often, Farooqui performs pieces from the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza, particularly the sub-tale Tilism-e-Hoshruba (literally, enchantment that steals away the senses).

6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place, Parliament Street (23746050).

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KOLKATA

Art

Color Immersion

Until 28 November

10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays by appointment only). Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road (9831005003, 65508418).

Theatre

Sanjhbela

11 November

Based on a story by Bimal Kar, the play is about Shrimoyee, who lives in the hills with her two children after having walked out on her husband several years ago. Even mention of his name is taboo in the house. Shrimoyee’s life is turned upside down when she meets Alokesh, a man with whom she had a relationship in her adolescence.

6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830503108). Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60.

Jalchhabi

8 November

Performed by Rang Roop, this play is directed by Seema Mukhopadhyay. Jalchhabi is adapted from The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. The protagonist is Mrinmoyee, a faded beauty of 40-plus who was once known as the “Nafisa Ali of Narapur", but has since metamorphosed into a mad woman, murderess and, finally, the image of her own hapless mother.

3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9433774545). Tickets, Rs20, Rs40, Rs50 and Rs60.

Around town

Workshop on graphic novelists

11 November

This workshop for aspiring graphic novelists, organized by the Starmark bookstore in association with the British Council, Kolkata, follows a presentation by graphic novelist Tony Lee, creator of Batman Returns.

6pm. Starmark, South City Mall, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road. For registration, call 9903985097.

Dance

Poorva Dhara

9-11 November

A three-day festival of established and evolving classical dances from the eastern and north-eastern parts of India has been organized by the Odissi Vision and Movement Centre. Chaturanga, a four-part Odissi performance, will be staged on 9 November. Vadya Sanchar, on 10 November, will demonstrate Manipuri pung and a variety of percussion instruments, which have always been associated with the traditional musical and dance forms of Assam, Bengal and Orissa.

On the last day, there will be an interactive session with the participating artistes on four dance forms — Manipur, Odissi, Sattriya and Gaudiya — at Padatik Buildwell Theatre.

5pm. Venues vary. For details, call 9339751248.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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