The Last Child in the Woods

Till 14 January

Framed: Cartoonist Raghava K.K. with one of his works.

11am-7pm. Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). For details, log on to or



25 December

Shivaya, a dance production conceptualized and choreographed by Los Angeles-based Malathi Iyengar, will premiere in Bangalore. The production is a tribute to five sacred syllables (Om Namah Shivaya), five elements and nature. Iyengar has studied choreography and performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as improvisation under dancer Marion Scott. Her Rangoli Dance Company presents classical Indian dance with a contemporary Western presentation aesthetic; Iyengar’s interest is to combine Bharatanatyam with other styles to extend the boundaries of its expression.

6pm. JSS Auditorium, 1st Main, 8th Block, Kanakapura Road, Jayanagar (9901490110).

Male dance festival

30 December

Striking a pose: A dozen male dancers will perform at a festival organized by dance historian Ashish Mohan Khokar in Bangalore.

6pm onwards. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345).


Outta Nowhere Night #73

30 December

MC Jassim Ali hosts the 73rd instalment of Pebble’s Outta Nowhere nights. The music at these nights is typically eclectic, including genres such as reggae, dancehall, dub step, break beats and bhangramuffin.

6pm onwards. Pebble, 3, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road (23614109). Charges, Rs500. For details, call 9916695200.


The 39 Steps

25-26 December

Four actors slip in and out of 140 roles in something shy of 90 minutes, recreating trains, cars, moors and more along the way, with nothing more than four trunks, a window frame and busy imaginations. The play, a Broadway and West End success, recreates Hitchcock’s loosely adapted version of John Buchan’s 1915 adventure novel, following Richard Hannay, who is on the run because he has stumbled on a terrible secret that has international ramifications. Racing to prevent an imminent catastrophe (albeit with pauses involving pretty women, now so intrinsic to the genre), and hounded by both the police and the villains, Hannay must get to the bottom of things and clear his name. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.30pm (25 December) and 6.30pm (26 December). Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs200, Rs400 and Rs750, available at


25 December

One of writer and director Girish Karnad’s finest moments as a playwright combines with B.V. Karanth’s musical imagination in this complex play with a dual plot structure. On one level, the play unfolds as a surreal quest for love by a young woman with her erudite husband’s attractive best friend. When their heads are switched, the central question of the play becomes whether the man who is her real husband is the one with his head, or the one with his body. The sub-plot involves a man born with a horse’s head, on a life-long quest for wholeness. With their interrelated concerns, the layers in Hayavadana converge into a moving quest for human identity and acceptance. 2 hours.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs70, available at

Around town

Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan

26 December

Zac O’Yeah, a Swedish author based in Bangalore, reads from his recent novel ‘Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan’. The book is set in a hypothetical future when the European Union has collapsed, leading to the ruin of most European countries. Sweden, now just slummy badlands, votes to join the Asian Union as Sweden Pradesh, though some disgruntled natives resist the change. In this bizarre universe, Inspector Herman Barsk attempts to get to the bottom of a series of gruesome deaths at the Tandoori Moose restaurant, which might involve foul play and cannibalism.

11am. Suchitra Film Society, No. 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari II Stage (26711785)



Touch IV

Till 1 January

Navjot Altaf’s Touch IV is a 22-screen video installation that explores the many implications of “touch". Each screen is equipped with headphones through which viewers hear the voices of 22 sex workers interviewed by the artist. Altaf first met them at Prithvi Theatre, where they were performing a play called My Mother, the Gharwali, Her Maalak, His Wife, which aimed to work towards a space in society where they could address their own truths, reimagining their own realities, their relationships and self-respect. The women invited Altaf to meet other members from the community at Sangli, which resulted in the interviews that are featured in Touch IV.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). The Guild, 2/32, Kamal Mansion, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).

Venus Retrograde

Till 29 January

Animal art: Vinod Balak uses animals as tools of social and political commentary.

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

Around town

Workshop on growing vegetables

28 December

Does your own little garden in the city sound unreal? Learn the basics of growing plants and vegetables on the terrace or in your house from Adrienne Thadani (co-owner of Fresh ’n’ Local, a company that teaches kitchen gardening). She will teach you which plants and soils to use and what will grow in the coming season.

5-7pm. The Hub, Fourth Floor, Candelar Building, 26, St John The Baptist Road. For details, email or call 32220475. Charges, Rs150.

Bylanes of Bandra walk

Till 9 January

If you have ever wondered about the original name of the Bandra Fort or why there are so many crosses in every Bandra square, you may want to take Beyond Bombay’s new walk through the neighbourhood on weekends. ‘Bylanes of Bandra’, led by Shriti Tyagi, is the tourism firm’s second festival walk this year. They first took visitors around Lalbaug Ganeshotsav; this one is timed to see Bandra’s old churches and Christian-dominated villages at their best—during the Christmas season. The 2-hour walk will cover Bandra’s oldest churches, roads and a village. Stops?at?bakeries?are?a?part?of the?tour.

4.30-6.30pm. For details, call 9867764409 or email



Kathakali and contemporary

26 December

Sadhya is celebrating the sapthathi (70th birthday) of guru Kalamandalam Padmanabhan. Padmanabhan will perform Kathakali cholliyattam (a lecture demonstration), demonstrating the ancient dance-drama, but the performance will be sans costume and make-up. It will be about explaining the relationship and coordination between facial expressions and hand mudras.

6pm. Karthiayani auditorium, near Uttara Guruvayur Temple, Mayur Vihar, Phase I (9999710401).


Drift Jazz Fusion

24 December

Jazzed up: A bebop combo at TLR.

9pm. TLR Cafe and Kitchen, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).


The Skin Remembers

Till 6 January

For her solo exhibition, Anjum Singh shows desiccated trees, eggs and vines made of disparate material such as fibreglass, iron and magnets. By using such objects to represent organic life, Singh creates a critique of the industrialized city. For years, she has focused on the urban metropolis, issues of garbage, recycling and artificial intervention in nature and food, and Delhi has been her muse.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034).

Selected works of Ram Kumar

Till 10 January

Vibrant: Ram Kumar’s exhibition will showcase 60 years of his art.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony (24615368).

Around town

The Australian Dance Marathon

24 December

The Marathon will feature artistes from the roster of Zenon Records, the Aussie label that was founded in 2003 and is now one of the most respected minimal/progressive labels on the scene. Label founder Tim Larner (aka Sensient) is one of the Zenon artistes who’ll be playing, and whose sets run the gamut from minimal tech house and intelligent progressive all the way up to full-on psytrance. Musician and producer Peter Hayes, who you’re likely to know as Tetrameth, will also play his distinctive progressive psytrance, as will New Zealand native Oscar (aka Grouch), whose deep, experimental basslines and genre-encompassing production styles make for very dance-floor-friendly sets.

9pm onwards. The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place (44447777).



A Million SITA-s

30 December

Dancing shoes: Anita Ratnam has transitioned from classical to contemporary.

6pm onwards. Karthik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Hall, East Mada Street, Mylapore (24640811). Tickets, Rs100, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue.

Around town

Seafood festival

24 December

Mainland China’s seafood festival is a must-try for its amazing spread of Asian delicacies. Starters include steamed lobster, mushroom dumplings and steamed prawn, while you can choose from sautéed lobster with schezwan pepper chilli sauce, vodka braised prawns with chilli ginger sauce, crispy soft shell crab with garlic flakes and many other main course options.

12.30-11pm. Mainland China, Sri Nivas Tower, Ground floor, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet (45000236). Charges, Rs750 onwards for two (taxes extra).

Christmas lunch

25 December

Asiana presents an elaborate Christmas lunch buffet with a spread of traditional dishes, such as roast with accompaniments, as well as contemporary favourites. Enjoy your meal with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Noon onwards. Asiana, 1/238, Semmencherry, Old Mahabalipuram Road (67411000). Charges, Rs1,199 per person (taxes extra).

Santa Funta

27-30 December

Forum Art Gallery presents a fun crafts workshop for children aged 5 and above. Children will be taught to make, among other things, gift pouches and piggy banks besides a sculpture of Santa.

10.30am-1pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, Padmanabha Nagar, 5th Street, Adyar (42115596). Charges, Rs1,500, inclusive of material.


Coloured Perspective

Till 31 December

Mumbai-based Vijayraaj Bodhankar’s paintings reflect a mix of abstract and figurative thoughts. Touching upon different aspects of Hinduism, the paintings on show are colourful and engaging.

11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Royapettah (9841076654).


Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha

25 December

As part of the biggest annual music festival, on till 10 January, the famous violinist duo Ganesh and Kumaresh will present some of their favourite songs. The duo, one of the highlights of the festival, is sure to enthral audiences with their amazing compositions and on-stage chemistry.

6.30pm. Vani Mahal, 103, GN Chetty Road, T Nagar (28152166). For the full schedule, log on to




Exhibition by upcoming artists

Till 31 December

The Ahuja Museum for Arts will present an exhibition of paintings by upcoming and amateur artists and students, such as Arnab Das, Atish Mukherjee, Bappa Haldar, Mamta Sahai, Manas Bhattacharjee, Sayyad Shaiek, Subhendu Ghosh, Sudhir D. Ahuja, Suhas Hore, Susmita Maity, Swagata Bose, Swapan Kumar Ghosh and Bankim Banerjee.

Noon–7pm (Sunday closed). Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road (22894745).

DROPS—an exhibition of contemporary Iranian art

Till 30 December

Following the revolution of 1979, Iran eschewed all Western influence and turned to its Islamic heritage in an attempt to forge a new national identity. As the years passed, however, some of that fervour waned and government strictures too were relaxed. Iranian artists expanded into new media such as video and experimented with photography, painting and movies. The current exhibition consists of works by Sona Abdolazimzade, Yaghoob Ammamepich, Sude Agheshluie, Shahriyar Burand, Nasim Davari, Saeid Aranpur, Dariush Farhadi, Ali Gasemi, Miri, Naser Maleki, Ebrahim Mohammadian, Hayede Naghizade, Allahyar Najafi, Hamid Namdar, Fariba Talebhaghigat, Javed Nobahar, Iliad Sabchi, Rahele Talebi, M. Fasunaky and Babak Amjad. There is a wide range of media, including collage on canvas, ink on canvas, paper, oil on paper, plywood, board, acrylic on paper and canvas, digital photograph, mixed media on board and so on.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (2465 3212). For details, log on


Mangalik theatre festival

25 December–1 January

Beleghata Astha, a social organization, celebrates 42 years of Mangalik with a theatre festival. Mangalik is one of the oldest theatre groups based in Kolkata. The fourth edition of this festival will feature productions such as Birpurush by Swapnasandhani, Ja Nei Bharate by Sundaram, Tagore’s Chirakumar Sabha by Chetna, Patol Babu Film Star by Purba Paschim, Gnan Briksher Fall by Sayak and Becharam Babur Godown by the host group Mangalik.

6pm. Sukanta Mancha, Phool Bagan, Beleghata. Tickets, Rs40 and Rs50 for a show, and for the season, Rs250 and Rs400. For details and advance booking, call 9433100025.

Around town


Till 26 December

Super savories: Christmas delicacies at the ITC Sonar.

11am-9pm. The Gourmet Shop, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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