Mane (The Dwelling)

16 February

Unlike Ghatashraddha, Tabarana Kathe, Thaayi Saheba and Dweepa, his four most feted Kannada films, Girish Kasaravalli’s 1989 film Mane is a charming and intimate film which almost completely veers away from the moody drama for which Kasaravalli is known. Rajashekar (Naseeruddin Shah) and Geeta (Deepti Naval) are newly-weds in search of that most elusive of material possessions: the perfect urban dwelling.

6.45pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785). Contact the venue for registration details.


A Small, Small World

12-13 February

On stage: A Small, Small World is the story of an illegal immigrant.

6.30pm (12 February) and 3.30pm (13 February). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 100.


The Synchronic Fire

Till 27 February

It is a solo show of works in bronze by conceptual artist Kumari Nahappan from Singapore. Nahappan’s award-winning work over the last two decades has resulted in a number of shows of paintings, sculptures and installations, while her series of bronze chilli peppers has travelled across Europe, South-East Asia and the US. Nahappan is also known for signature public artworks that can be seen at the National Museum of Singapore.

12.30-7pm. Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Marks Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, or email or log on to

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Dream In conclave

16-19 February

Join leaders of business, policymakers, financial experts, designers and entrepreneurs for a four-day workshop to make sense of the thousands of dreams and aspirations of people across India, documented as part of the Dream In project. During the course of the workshop, participants will convert ideas into workable, transformative scenarios and set up networks to make these ideas work, either as businesses or social enterprises. Entrepreneurs interested in finding new business directions are invited to attend.

10am-5pm. Dream In Centre, Idiom, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage, 1st Cross (40844715). For details, log on to



Natak Jari Hain

12 February

This screening, with English subtitles, is part of an ongoing festival of films made with grants from the Indian Foundation for the Arts. In ‘Natak Jari Hain’, film-maker Lalit Vachani explores some of the personal conflicts of members of Jana Natya Manch, the street theatre group founded by the late Safdar Hashmi. The film also shows some CPM campaigns. As senior members of the troupe explain, their main motivation is essentially to create spaces of dissent. 1 hour, 24 minutes. The screening is open to all.

3pm. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). For details, log on to



Hamara Shakespeare

11-13 February

Prakriti Foundation, in association with Kalakshetra, presents its annual theatre festival of Shakespearean plays in Indian languages. This year’s festival comprises two plays—Macbeth in Malayalam, a traditional Koodiyattam theatre performance, and Crossings, both of which weave together the elements of Indian classical dance forms with text-based drama to explore the various aspects of Lady Macbeth.

7pm. Kalakshetra Foundation, Besant Nagar (24520836). ickets, 100, 300 and 500, available at Amethyst, Chamiers, Landmark and at the venue. For details, log on to


Urban Visualties: Sites and Sights of Street Art

Till 28 February

At the conclusion of DakshinaChitra’s seminar and workshop, which was held in the last week of January, artwork, photographs and prints by the participating artists and photographers are being exhibited at the gallery. The showcase includes works by Sundeep Bali, Ranjan De, Vishal Rawlley, Yousuf Saeed, Joyston Vaz, Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya, Roos Gerritsen, Kiran Keswani, Joanna Kirkpatrick and Kathryn Myers.

10am-6pm (Tuesdays closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).

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Valentine’s by the Sea

14 February

Vivanta by Taj—Fisherman’s Cove will present a special menu, including a lavish barbeque, for Valentine’s Day. Sample aphrodisiacs such as strawberries, chocolates and lobsters along with some in-house champagne.

7.30pm onwards. Vivanta by Taj—Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong Beach, East Coast Road (67413333). Charges, 9,000 per couple, taxes extra.

Stupid Cupid

14 February

The Valentine’s Day dinner at the Atrium has an amazing spread of world cuisine. Enjoy this sumptuous meal with a complimentary bottle of in-house wine and live music.

7pm onwards. Atrium, Asiana, 1/238, OMR, Semmencherry (67411000). Charges, 3,999 per couple, taxes extra.

Urban Space: photography competition

Till 25 February

Cityscapes: Artist Sundeep Bali’s interpretation of city streets.

social space. The contestants are expected to explore the relationship between urban space and social constructions, illustrating how

urban space inflects, affects or shapes the understanding and expression of the social world. The last date for

entries is 21 February; prizes will be announced on

25 February.

To register, contact Ranee Maria Vedamuthu at the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University (22359300).




11-13 February

Theatre Y presents GardYsh, a play in IndianYsh (today’s spoken English). Directed by Yog Japee, the play is an amalgamation of fun, entertaining stories by Harishankar Parsai, presented by an ensemble cast.

4pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Madras auditorium, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam. Tickets, 200, available at the venue and at For details, call 9884070796.

Karuna Amarnath



Foreigner and Niladri Kumar

11 February

Back to you: Popular icon Bryan Adams is back in India to perform some of his all-time superhit songs.

7pm. Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Talkatora Gardens, Willingdon Crescent Road. Tickets,Rs 2,000 and 3,000, available at


Shreyasi—International Dance Festival 2011

15-20 February

For the first time in its decade-old existence, the annual Parampara series will have an international flavour. This year, dancers from Natya Tarangini, the Raja Radha Reddy Institute of Kuchipudi Dance, will share the stage with flamenco dancer Jose Porcel, dervishes from Turkey and artistes from the Moscow Classical Ballet company. The festival, organized by Radha, Raja and Kaushalya Reddy, is open to all. This, they say, is in line with Natya Tarangini’s motto of making culture accessible to everyone. Raja and Radha Reddy will also perform on the final day, along with their students.

7pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg.

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Franz Harary—Megamagic

Till 31 March

Illusionist Franz Harary, who has made a National Aeronautics and Space Administration space shuttle, a Sphinx and an SR 71 Black Bird disappear, is on his first extended stint in India, performing at the Kingdom of Dreams six nights a week for the next three months.

In the past, he has also displaced the Taj Mahal and Rio de Janeiro’s Cristo Redentor. For someone who does illusions on such a large scale, Harary establishes an excitable, friendly connection with his audience. Harary alternates locations (backdrops range from a busy street in Japan to Caesar’s Palace), old tricks (rabbit in a box) and new ones (slicing a woman into eight pieces), while keeping up a steady stream of stage patter.

5pm. Nautanki Mahal, Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon (0124-4528000).Tickets, 700-2,000, available at the venue, or book online at

Indipex 2011

12-18 February

India Post is organizing a world philatelic exhibition that brings together stamp collectors, dealers and designers from across the world. Initiated in 1954 to commemorate 100 years of the postage stamp in India, Indipex 2011’s attractions include seminars and the release of special covers marking the centenary of the first official airmail flight in India (from Allahabad to Naini in Uttar Pradesh, on 18 February 1911).

11am-6pm. ITPO Exhibition Halls, Pragati Maidan (23371540). For details, contact the Indipex 2011 Secretariat, Room 523-B, Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg (23096160).


Present Continuous

Till 2 April

Ranjani Shettar’s use of traditional and modern crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials accentuates the tenuous relationship between industry and nature. She resolves this by uncovering the beauty within their coexistence and in the collaboration between man and nature.

In creating environments with sculpture and installation, the artist fuses the two realms together with dynamic yet graceful forms and textures, revealing the spectacle and magnanimity of natural phenomena.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Talwar Gallery, C-84, Neeti Bagh (46050307).



Bryan Adams

The ‘Summer of 69’ vocalist is back in India. Starting his career in Vancouver in the early 1980s, Adams quickly worked his way around the globe, spawning power ballad after soft-rock anthem. He’s known for sky-high guitar riffs and fist-bumping rhythms. With songs such as ‘Everything I Do, I Do it For You’ and ‘Cuts Like a Knife’, he has officially burrowed his way into our brains; but with the release of his latest album, ‘Bare Bones’, he seems to be straying from his power-ballad roots into the guy-with-a-guitar acoustic territory. As part of a special philanthropic initiative, a percentage of corporate and VVIP ticket sales will be donated to Mana and Suniel Shetty’s NGO, Save the Children India, which works for the welfare of underprivileged children.

5pm. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Grounds, Outer Ring Road, Okhla Industrial Area Phase III, Okhla Industrial Estate. Tickets, 2,000 and 4,000, available at Landmark stores, Bharat Petroleum petrol pumps (In &Out stores) and Furtado’s Music Store. You can also book tickets online at For ticket-related enquiries, call KyaZoonga (44881000). For details, call 09820080425 or email



Chitrangada and Bharat Tirtha

14-15 February

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will present two evenings of dance as part of its Horizon series, which promotes talented artistes. On the first day, Odissi dancer Debamitra Sengupta and her troupe will present Tagore’s dance-drama Chitrangada. On Day 2, Bharat Tirtha (Pilgrimage of India), a Manipuri dance recital by Sruti Bandopadhay and troupe, is scheduled. Passes available on a first-come, first-served basis.

6.30pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Satyajit Ray auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22823431/2895).


College of Visual Arts

Till 12 February

An exhibition of paintings by eight final-year students from the College of Visual Arts will present their impressions of the cityscape, city life and loneliness. The group, which comprises Subrata Dhal, Mrinmoy Shee, Gautam Karmakar, Chandan Kumar Hatua, Debasis Das, Arindam Das, Sourav Mojumdar and Sandip Banerjee, has worked in varied mediums such as oil, acrylic and watercolour.

11am-8pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street. For details, call 9679107638.

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Valentine’s Day

14 February

The Hyatt Regency will present a special Valentine’s Day food promotion at its restaurants. Authentic Italian flavours will be available at La Cucina. At Poolside, you can celebrate the evening with an exclusive, candlelit table decorated with exotic flowers and get pampered by personalized service. At Waterside Café, there will be a special buffet featuring tapas, fresh salads, roast jerk spring chicken, chilli pepper prawns, tenderloin roulade, and a live pizza and pasta counter. North Indian delicacies such as Murg Nishapuri Tikka, Adraki Boti, Curry Patta Jheenga, Kesaria Chandni Korma, Moti Pulao and Litchi Malai Kulfi will be available at Guchhi.

8-11pm. Hyatt Regency, JA-1, Sector III, Salt Lake City. Charges, 2,000 onwards, taxes extra. For reservations, call 23351234, or log on to



Comedy carnival

Till 17 February

In memoriam: A comedy theatre festival pays tribute to Rama Prasad Banik.

6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, beside Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, 2, Gariahat Road (South) Dhakuria. Tickets, 30, 40 and 60. For details, call 9830154703.

Indranil Bhoumik


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Adam Dow

12 February

Improv Comedy, an improvisational theatre group, will present comedy games, monologues and scenes much like the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? Headed by Adam Dow, the troupe consists of actors Mukul Chadda, Naveen Kaushik and Neil Bhoopalam. Nothing, it is claimed, is scripted—and the audience will be given a chance to participate.

7.30pm. Artists’ Centre, Ador House, First floor, 6K, Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22845939).


The Psychic Plumber and Other Lies

Till 27 February

In his new solo show, The Psychic Plumber and Other Lies, Sarnath Banerjee flirts with the India of the 1970s and 1980s through satirical stories that treat consumer products and pop culture icons as relics of the time. The show features narrative graphic panels as well as stand-alone artworks that don’t treat the era with nostalgia. Banerjee’s quirky critique is apparent in such works as Complan Boy, which juxtaposes the promise of height with the generation of small, mean-spirited men who grew up about the same time.

11am-midnight (Mondays closed). Blue Frog Soundlabs, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300)


Afzal Hussain

16 February

The principal form of Hindustani art music, the dhrupad, was also the most dominant between the 13th and 17th centuries. The endless possibilities of note and pattern combinations give the style a spiritual dimension—this is what attracted 37-year-old

Afzal Hussain, who comes from Datia in Madhya Pradesh and belongs to a family of khayal singers and sarangi players. Hussain took his first lessons in khayal music from his grandfather, Mehmood Khan, who was a sarangi player. The programme will also feature a violin recital by Saket Sahu, a student at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

5.30 pm. Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangha Hall (24462334).

Radhika Umdekar Budhkar

17 February

Gwalior gharana vocalist Shashwati Mandal Paul’s recital will be followed by Radhika Umdekar Budhkar’s vichitra veena performance. This stringed instrument is known for its soulful sound, yet few musicians play it, which is reason enough to attend this performance. Budhkar began learning the vichitra veena at the age of 8 from her father, renowned sitar player Shriram Umdekar.

6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Trident Hotel, Nariman Point (66223737).



The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project

11 February

Indie work: The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project is playing at the NCPA.

The story, if one can call it that, is about Kartik Krishnan, a movie-mad software company employee who starts collaborating with a director named Srinivas on a project. Meanwhile, Kartik is developing feelings for a colleague, Swara. A corrupt cop holds up the shoot. Srinivas starts having doubts about the story. Did we mention the robot that pops out of nowhere? This screening is the latest in the Fresh Pix series, which showcases new and offbeat cinema. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Trident Hotel, Nariman Point (66223737). For details, log on to

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