CHENNAI

Art

Brown & Black

Till 9 December

In this new series of drawings, A.C. Rajasekaran pays tribute to his mentor K.M. Adimoolam. With great attention to detail and strong lines, this collection of artwork using ink, charcoal and pastels has everything from still life (a favourite with the artist) to portraits.

11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (9884075453, 24353341).

Art

Colours of Rainbow

Ongoing

Colours of Rainbow is special in the sense that it will be featuring a whole range of artwork by young artists from across the country. The artists include Anil Gaikwad, Basukidas Gupta and Devidas Dharmadhikari. The exhibition is a must-visit for all art lovers.

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

Colour conscious: A painting by P. Suresh Kumar.

Till 5 December

This exhibition of paintings by P. Suresh Kumar is mesmerizing. The use of bold colours and solid strokes makes these works appealing, and allows you to give free rein to your imagination.

10.30am-7.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596, 42115597).

Around town

Gulal ’09

Till 5 December

Two textile design houses, Rehwa and Bailou, come together to showcase their winter collection of saris and dress material at this exhibition. A must-visit for lovers of all things ethnic and traditional.

10am-7pm. Artsphere Contemporary, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226, 28330726, 9941012385).

Empowerment, Equity & Freedom from Violence

10 December

Join city-based NGO Prajnya as it marks World Human Rights Day with a public lecture that is the culmination of its 16-day campaign against gender violence. Jaya Arunachalam, president and founder of the Working Women’s Forum, will deliver this year’s address, drawing attention to the symbiotic relationship between economic empowerment, human rights and gender violence.

6.30pm. Bala Mandir German Hall, Prakasam Street, T Nagar (9790765916).

By Karuna Amarnath

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BANGALORE

Theatre

Thus Spake Shoorpanaka, So Said Shakuni

7 December

Poile Sengupta’s ‘Thus Spake Shoorpanaka, So Said Shakuni’ begins with a dramatic premise that many will easily identify with. It’s about two strangers waiting for their flight, which is delayed, in a crowded airport lounge. Initially frazzled and self-absorbed, they start talking, complaining about their airline. The wait continues, and they start talking about their personal lives. And that turns out to be more complex and intertwined than either initially suspected. ‘Thus Spake Shoorpanaka, So Said Shakuni’ uses this contemporary setting as a theatrical séance of sorts to call up two of Indian mythology’s central reprobates. Shoorpanaka and Shakuni, both traditionally cast as villains and primary agitators of the great wars in the Ramayan and the Mahabharat, are given the opportunity to cross over from their respective texts into a meeting tinged with interpretative possibilities along both feminist and subaltern lines.

7pm. Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Tickets, 150.

Art

Edge of Faith

10 December-2 January

Prabuddha Dasgupta’s exhibition of photographs, Edge of Faith, is part of the The Indian Art Trail series of the Bengaluru Habba. The show’s opening will also mark the release of the book Edge of Faith (Seagull Books), featuring Dasgupta’s photographs, and written by William Dalrymple. Both Dalrymple and Dasgupta will be present at the opening.

10am-6pm. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).

Photography

French open: French photographer Bernard Faucon’s retrospective. His works have been exhibited at around 300 places across the world.

6-17 December

A retrospective of the French photographer, the exhibition will feature a package titled True Fiction, a selection from the first five series of Faucon’s work, Les Grandes Vacances (Summer holidays), Évolution probable du Temps (The probable evolution of time), Les Chambres d’amour (The chambers of love), Les Chambre d’or (The golden chambers), and Les Idoles et Les Sacrifices (Idols and sacrifices).

10am-5pm. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Entry, Rs10 for Indians, Rs150 for non-Indians.

Dance

Opus à Kath

5 December

Isabelle Anna, choreographer and director of Compagnie Kaléïdans’ Scop, along with Quincy Charles, Aurélie Oudiette and Bénédicte Parvaz Ahmad, will present a classical performance in four parts: I Speak Kathak, Toros, My Bolero and Trilogy.

7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).

India Hip Hop and Latino

Festival

4-6 December

Latin Dance India will conduct a three-day festival of hip hop and Latino dances. The three-day festival features 30 workshops and performances.

Visit www.ihlf.co.in for details on registration and fees.

Music

Deccan Rock

5 December

Viking death metal band Amon Amarth from Sweden and Textures from the Netherlands will open this year’s Deccan Rock Music festival, followed by Indian metal acts Demonic Resurrection, Bhayanak Maut, Inner Sanctum and Synaps.

2pm. Palace Grounds, Gayatri Vihar entrance, near Mekhri Circle, Bellary Road (9900577885).

Magnificat 2009

5 December

Christ University will present a selection of choirs from all over the city as part of its Christmas programme. The final act will be by the renowned choir Merry Ann Singers from Colombo.

5pm. Christ University Auditorium, Hosur Road (40129100). For passes, call 9986925121.

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MUMBAI

Around town

The Mill Culture Crawl

4-6 December

Senapati Bapat Marg, on which Mathuradas Mills stands, has witnessed the disappearance of the mills that dominated it till as recently as five years ago—it is now packed with shops, media offices, design studios and resto-bars. The mill occupants are coming together for the Mill Culture Crawl, a three-day visual arts festival to “celebrate life around the neighbourhood". The festival will include music shows by Blue Frog, movie screenings by Highlight Films, a food fiesta and community art walks.

Music

Heartbeats Fusion Concert

4 December

Five of the country’s most loved and respected musicians—tabla player Zakir Hussain, percussionist Sivamani, kanjira player Selvaganesh, mandolin player U. Srinivas, and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan—team up for the third edition of their annual fusion concert.

7pm. Gateway of India, Colaba. Tickets at Landmark, Andheri (26396010), the Maharashtra Watch Co. (66625661), Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (43222727), and Symphony Musical, Thane (25386978). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs1,500 and Rs2,000.

Around town

Comedy hypnotist Alan Bates

5 December

British comedy hypnotist Alan Bates is known to have briefly induced volunteers to forget the number 7, to think they are married to a goat or that they are feeding fairies.

Bates is in Mumbai as part of an India tour by British comedian Quill Potter’s company, International Stand-Up Comedy.

7.30pm. Sophia Bhabha Hall, Sophia College Campus, B. Desai Road, Breach Candy (23538550). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs750, Rs1,000. Call 39895050 for bookings or log on to www.bookmyshow.com

Dance

Kathak aur Thumri ke Rang

7 December

Bireshwar Gautam shows his versatility as a dancer and a semi-classical vocalist in Kathak aur Thumri ke Rang. The performance is part of Purush, a three-part series organized by the National Centre for the Performing Arts which showcases the work of male practitioners of Indian classical dance.

6.30pm. Dance Theatre Godrej, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs20 (available at the venue).

Art

Water world: From Atul Bhalla’s exhibition, In Another Sweat

Till 26 December

Since 1998, Atul Bhalla has had one theme running through much of his work: water. This has involved, among other things, making pieces out of Bisleri bottles and fabricating piaos (public water taps).

For the New Delhi-based artist, water is a subject that allows him to tackle a range of issues without becoming didactic. It lends itself to beautiful images, is versatile, an integral part of human existence and extremely precious in places such as the Capital.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 2-7pm (Monday). Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).

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DELHI

Around town

German Christmas Market

5-6 December

Catch the spirit of the season with this fun event that attracted around 10,000 visitors last year. In its 12th year, the attractions include a rooftop restaurant, German beer, traditional German Christmas cake and sausages.

11am-8pm. The German House, 2 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri (9811904440).

Art

Lost in an Urban Maze

Till 7 December

This month’s group exhibition at Palette Art Gallery grapples with an issue that seems to permeate the Delhi art world these days: urbanization. Although some of the works display a somewhat facile understanding of the very real problems of urbanization, and the dehumanization and alienation that ride with it, the more nuanced pieces make Lost in an Urban Maze well worth a visit.

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

Theatre

Ibsen Theatre Festival

Till 13 December

World language: Performances at the Ibsen festival include works from all over the world.

All shows begin at 7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg (23388084); Little Theatre Group (LTG) Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, (23389713); Meghdoot Exhibition Hall, Copernicus Marg. To book passes in advance, call 9810166643 or 9958111319.

Music

Tattvabodh

4 December

Swedish singer Ida Anderson, who used to be a church musician, arrived in Delhi early this year and started performing with The Roots Revival Society. Her group Tattvabodh, which includes members of this society, fuses Western, Indian and other world music elements.

8pm. The Living Room Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533). Free, but you have to buy food or drinks.

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KOLKATA

Art

Trompe-l’oeil

7-9 December

An unusual exhibition of anamorphic art by Sajidul Islam, who distorts figures into circular abstracts that become startlingly clear with the help of a cylindrical mirror placed perpendicular to the surface.

2-8pm. Gaganendra Silpa Pradarshansala, 1/1 AJC Bose Road (9304819040).

Photography

Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature

8-20 December

The Hard Rain project by British photographer, author and environmental campaigner Mark Edwards comes to India as a photographic exhibition, interpreting Bob Dylan’s prophetic song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. It showcases pictures taken or compiled around the world by Edwards, depicting the causal relationships behind an assortment of global problems, highlighting poverty, loss of habitat and human rights issues—all linked by the latest threat, climate change. Inaugurated in 2006 at the Eden Project, an environmental awareness and education centre in Cornwall, UK, this is the third year Hard Rain is travelling across continents, to public and critical acclaim.

10am-5pm. Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, 19A Gurusaday Road. For details, call 40074315.

Art

Weaving a style: Accessories from Eina Ahluwalia’s collection.

7-11 December

Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and Breathing Space Art Ornaments, artist Eina Ahluwalia’s contemporary jewellery brand, present an exhibition of Ahluwalia’s new collection of textile-based accessories. The collection employs textures as diverse as brocade, felt and sheer silks, used in contrast with silver. Each piece of fabric used for this collection was especially commissioned by Ahluwalia at Weavers Studio. There are bib-style neck pieces in felt and sheer silks are paired with semi-precious stones and shells that can be worn as pendants.

10am-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).

November Days: Live TV Coverage

Till 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. It 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).

Around town

Stolen Kisses: Cinema and Painting in Dialogue

10 December

To celebrate the golden jubilee of the Kolkata-based Society of Contemporary Artists, the Birla Academy is organizing a talk by Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay, head of the department of film studies, Jadavpur University. The programme will include the screening of excerpts from Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams and Alain Resnais’ Guernica (1950), based on the Picasso painting.

6-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (24662843).

Theatre

Sayak drama festival

Till 6 December

Theatre group Sayak is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a festival which will showcase all its stage performances till date.

6.30pm onwards. For details, call 9830503108.

By INDRANIL BHOUMIK

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