Pete Lockett

27 February

Blazing battle: An exhibit from Agni, Fire

7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). For tickets, log on to, or call Kyra.

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+91 Residences Exhibition

Till 6 March

After Transform, an exhibition on non-residential architecture in the city last year, InCITE now offers an exhibition of photographs, drawings and models of independent dwellings from across the country. “Last year, we thought houses were too personal and too subjective and required a much larger scale... But this year we decided to scale up and make an attempt," says Nithya Srinivasan, one of the founders of InCITE, an organization that documents contemporary architecture. Besides, there’s a great deal of interest in houses outside the architectural community, she says.

9am-6.30pm (Monday-Thursday), 9am-8pm (Friday-Sunday). Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar (25205305).


27-28 February

Mohiniattam Festival

Sreedevi Unni, an exponent of Mohiniattam, started Nrityavedi (now known as Monisha Arts) in 1979 as a means to promote the art form from Kerala. This festival will showcase developments in the movement vocabulary and presentation of Mohiniattam.

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


Agni, Fire and Life

27 February

Bangalore-based photographer Arjun Swaminathan’s show is part of his ongoing project to capture the folk rituals and cultural practices of Bhoota Kunitha, Kambala, Kola, Nagamandala, Thootadare and Yakshagana from the coastal regions of north and south Kanara, Karnataka. In this series, he captures rituals celebrating goddess Durga, and follows a 12-day jatre (community festival), which ends with a battle between two groups of men with blazing torches. “This is a celebration of the elements that sustains life," says art critic and curator Suresh Jayaram in a note on Agni.

10.30am-7pm. Basava Ambara, 93, Kanakapura Road, Basavanagudi (26561940).


Theen Tamasha: Theen Taal

Till 10 March

Artists Kim Kyoungae, Malavika Rajnarayan and Sonatina Mendes from Vadodara are showing for the first time in Bangalore. Their painting styles are quite distinct, but they “share a certain resonance" in the realities they portray, and similarities in preoccupation and concern, states a note from the gallery about the show, which is being hosted in collaboration with city-based art historian Lina Vincent. The note, which included a combined statement from the three artists, spoke of “a grid of interpolating energies" that many friendships lead to.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117).


Actor’s Nightmare

28 February and 2 March

Having casually wandered on stage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in a road accident and must be replaced. No one is sure which play is being performed but George (dressed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another, the actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner’s axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion, denying him a well-earned curtain call.

11.30am. Kyra, 2001, Third floor, HAL, 2nd Stage, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs500.


Around town

De Bono

26 February

Sepia sisters: A photograph fromThe Artful Pose collection.

10am-3pm. ITC Maratha Hotel, Sahar, near Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Andheri-East (28303030). Tickets, Rs21,940 (available at

The Detective and the Criminal Mind

2 March

The British Council’s Lit Sutra series of events has novelist China Mieville in discussion with Scottish crime writer Denise Mina, comic-book writer Andy Diggle and novelist Mark Billingham.

6pm. Venue yet to be decided. For details, call 67484775.


Goa Gil

28 February

Gilbert Levey, aka Goa Gil, grew up in San Francisco but left it to learn yoga in the Himalayas before settling down in Goa, where he’s lived since 1985. He is the original hippy and father of the psychedelic trance scene in India.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs700.


The Artful Pose

Till 21 March

The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum present a collection of rare 19th century photographs in The Artful Pose: Early Studio Photography in Mumbai (circa 1855-1930). The photographs depict the evolution of studio photography, highlighting the role of studios such as the Indian Art Studio and Hamilton.

9am-6.30pm (Monday-Thursday); 9am-8pm (Friday-Sunday). Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Byculla Zoo, Ambedkar Road, Byculla East (65560394, 32499155). Tickets for the same day available until 5pm every day. Entry free for children from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation schools and NGOs, physically challenged children, and children under 5. School groups, Rs2 per head; 5-18 years, Rs5, and adults, Rs10. Foreigners—5-18 years, Rs50, and adults, Rs100.


Sigmar Polke

Till 27 March

Celebrated contemporary artist Sigmar Polke’s Music from an Unknown Source, 40 gouaches made in 1996, explores the relationship between art and daily life, depictions of reality and everyday routine. It is brought to India by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), Stuttgart, and Max Mueller Bhavan.

10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, Colaba (22023030).


Around town

Holi Mahotsav

28 February

Celebrate Holi with Jaikishan Maharaj, who gives a Kathak and contemporary dance recital in celebration of spring. This will be followed by a traditional Holi lunch and other performances related to the festival of colours.

Noon onwards. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).


Indian Classical

Music and Dance Festival

26-28 February

Celebrate the 67th birth anniversary of the quiet Beatle, George Harrison. On 26 February, watch Bharatanatyam dancer Divya Sivasundar, disciple of V.P. and Shanta Dhananjayan. Odissi dancer Shalini Patnaik, who was selected by Madonna to perform at the 1998 MTV music awards, performs on Saturday. Kathak dancer Saswati Sen, a disciple of Birju Maharaj, known for mixing Kathak with contemporary techniques, will perform on Sunday.

6pm. The Ravi Shankar Centre, Plot 7, Chanakyapuri (23414666).



Till 28 February

The once annual festival of Sufi poetry, dance and music returns after almost three years. It was initiated by film-maker and designer Muzaffar Ali in 2001 to popularize Sufi philosophy and culture. This, the eighth edition, has performances by vocalist Abida Parveen, US-based Turkish flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and musician Rabbi Shergill, who blends Sufi poetry with a contemporary sound.

6.30pm (the timing may change for some performances). Arab ki Sarai, Humayun’s tomb monuments. For tickets, call 39895050 or log on to For schedules, log on to


The Medicine Show

28 February

The fifth edition of ‘The Medicine Show’ includes theatrical sketches, Broadway musical excerpts and stand-up comedy. It will have about a dozen acts, with a total cast and crew of 40. The core organizers are the Stiff Kittens, a union of Stefan Kaye’s psychedelic disco band Emperor Minge, and the Tadpole Repertory theatre group.

8pm onwards. Ai, MGF Metropolitan mall, District Centre, Saket (40654567). Call the venue for details.


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Ugadi Utsav

27 February-7 March

The Madras Craft Foundation celebrates the run-up to the Telugu New Year, Ugadi (16 March), with Garagalu (a folk dance of Andhra Pradesh) performances and craftsmen demonstrating the making of Cheriyal dolls, masks and paintings. Andhra textiles such as Mangalgiri, Kalamkari and Ikat will be showcased. Traditional Andhra delicacies will be served at Kanali, the restaurant at DakshinaChitra.

10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841423149).


Witness for the Prosecution

26-28 February

The Madras Players stages this play to mark the 120th birth

anniversary of author Agatha Christie. Set in a courtroom, it has all the elements that make for perfect drama—murder, mystery, cross-examination and ample twists and turns, all ending in a new corpse and the promise of a fresh case before the court.

6.45pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9381911977). Tickets, Rs300, Rs200 and Rs100 (available at the venue).


Santosh Andadre

Till 27 February

Artist Santosh Andadre’s latest collection draws inspiration from different facets of poverty, the labourers and workers in rural areas, and the women and holy men who bring light into their lives.

11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).

Japanese arts

Till 3 March

The exhibition Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan focuses on contemporary art in Japan through the work of 11 young artists. The show features paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos that document and represent the country’s art forms and cultural

aspects, while also reflecting the artists’ own personal realities. Parallel, and ongoing, are demonstrations of other forms of Japanese art—playing the koto, a stringed musical instrument; the martial art judo; the paper-folding craft of origami; the Japanese art of calligraphy called Shodo; and plant-based arts such as ikebana and bonsai.

11am-7pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, 4/170, Greams Road (28290804).

Around town

Seeing the Divine, Living the Miracle

26-27 February

Spiritual teacher and clairvoyant Michael J. Tamura, a pioneer of healing and psychic development, will conduct a two-day seminar on being able to see life more clearly and healing yourself. He offers simple yet powerful psychic tools to awaken the mind, free it from illusions and fears, and heal the mind and heart.

10am-5pm. The Savera, 146, Dr Radhakrishnan Road (28114700). Fees, Rs7,500 (includes lunch and refreshments).

Kebab and Biryani Fest

Till 28 February

Get Grilled, the Deccan Plaza’s speciality vegetarian kebab restaurant, has come up with a hearty menu of welcome drinks, soup, six varieties of salad, eight kinds of kebabs, six biryanis and five desserts, not to mention Indian breads, rice dishes and sides.

Noon-3.30pm and 7-11pm. Hotel Deccan Plaza, 36, Royapettah High Road (66773333). Charges, Rs350 (inclusive of taxes), per person

By Karuna Amarnath


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Rajasthani Food Promotion

Till 1 March

Marwar chef Kailash Chand Meena serves up a range of dishes such as gatte ke sabzi, ker-sangri, laal and safed maas, charcoal-grilled sula, maas makkai ka soyta and more. Desserts from the desert state include Pushkar malpuas, laddoo from Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Dil Jani from Udaipur, mishri mawa and ghewar from Jaipur and sohan halwa from Ajmer.

7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545). Meal for one, Rs1,300 (plus taxes).

Through a Peephole

2 March

“How to approach contemporary Indian art as a European curator" is the theme of a lecture by Barbara J. Scheuermann. Scheuermann, who was a curator at the Tate Modern in London, is now a freelance curator and author.

6.30pm. CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue (24748717).


Affordable Artwork

Till 8 March

This is the Tejas Gallery’s year-end sale. The collection includes small- to medium-sized instances of acrylic on canvas, Kalighat patachitras done with natural colours on handmade paper, charcoal and pastel on paper, mixed media on board, and watercolours from artists such as Bhaskar Chitrakar, Viraag Desai, Nitai Saha, Sajal Mukherjee, Debasish Sen Gupta and Ashok Ganguly.

12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Tejas Art Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825). Prices, Rs500-15,000.


Walls and waves

26 February

Artist Bettina Wenzel is no ordinary vocalist—she uses her voice as another musician might an instrument, pushing the limits of human speech and vocal chords. She also puts together compositions of vocal pieces with video, a play juxtaposing reality and illusion. So in fresi.son, walls start to move and turn into waves; a virtual dialogue between light and voice is the subject of neon.son. The choir on tape is an illusion, produced by a single voice.

6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road, Pramathesh Barua Sarani (24866398/6424/6602).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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