Around town

IESL DOTA August League

3-5 August

India e-Sports League (IESL), a professional and amateur video gamers’ league, and Xtreme Gaming, a New Delhi-based gaming marketing and e-sports management company, are bringing together the country’s best gamers (across games and platforms) to compete in a series of monthly online league events, apart from the India Tour and a pro circuit segment. Popular game titles such as Defense of the Ancients (Dota) and Fifa 12 will be organized over three days from Friday. Counter Strike 1.6 will be held from 17-19 August and Tekken (fighting games) on 25-26 August. There will be cash prizes.

To participate or watch matches live online, visit


Crustacean @ Szechwan Court

From the seas: Crab with dried chilli and celery.

Crustaceans take centre stage at the Szechwan Court this fortnight as chef Liang Cheng offers patrons the chance to sample delicacies such as stir-fried lobster with ginger zest, scampi in Chongqing sauce, and crab with dried chilli and celery.

7-11.30pm. Szechwan Court, The Oberoi, 37-39, MG Road (25585858). Prices, 975-1,700 per person, taxes included.

Book launch

4 August

Arthi Anand Navaneeth will share thoughts on her book Have You Seen This? at this launch event. Published by Tulika Books, the children’s book is available in different language combinations such as Malayalam-English and English-Kannada for 85 each, and has wacky illustrations by Roomani Kulkarni. It depicts a mixed-up world where crows cook, chairs jump, doors run, flowers talk and trees fly.

4.30pm. Atta Galatta book store, 75, 2nd Main, Koramangala 1st Block (30181626). The book can be purchased on

Kitsch Mandi

5 August

At the next edition of Kitsch Mandi, the hub for indie designers and all things kitschy, look out for T-shirts from Bang My Head, handmade soaps from Malai, graphic print clutches from Pink Jalebi, and footwear inspired by trucks and autos from Color Tree. This time around, the flea market will host a Garden Goodies special: There will be painted pots from IndoGreens, colourful watering cans from Green Essence, and kitchen garden herbs, seeds and saplings for sale. Local bands and The Riddler Project will play a live electronic set. Illustrator, animator and visual artiste Shilo Shiv Suleman will conduct a workshop, “Book By Its Cover", on journalling and bookmaking in Bangalore.

1-11.30pm. Pebble, Princess Riding Academy, Palace Grounds, opposite Hero showroom. Registration fee for the workshop, 1,200 per person. To register email at For details, visit, email at or call 9845026141.


Sharik Hasan Organ Trio

3 August

All that jazz: Sharik Hasan of the Sharik Hasan Organ Trio.

8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Feet Road, Indiranagar, 2nd Stage (42414000/25278361). Entry, 300.

A Tribute to Indian Media—80s’ Cinema, Ad Films, Short Films, Serials and Music by Nucleya

4 August

A month-long celebration of music, art and culture, dubbed the “Time Capsule" by CounterCulture, will begin with music by Nucleya ((Udyan Sagar), a co-founder of the band Bandish Projekt, on Saturday. Nucleya’s music has often frequented the playlists of BBC Radio 1. Having worked on high-profile remixes, including a track for Zoya Akhtar’s film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and a remix of the Scottish bhangra group Tigerstyle’s next release, Nucleya will play his signature style drum ’n bass, dub and glitch.

8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield (41400793). Entry, 600.



4 August

Dance academy Srinivasa Kala Nilaya will host an annual day performance in which over 30 students from the 18-year-old academy will present performances in Bharatanatyam as well as folk dances. The programme will also feature a show in which the parents of students will perform folk dances from Kerala.

6pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road, opposite Ravindra Kalakshetra (22219388).


Star Spangled Girl

5 August

Written by Neil Simon and directed by Syed Inamullah, the play is a love triangle between Andy, Norman and Sophie. Andy and Norman are radicals working hard to make a living at their anti-establishment magazine Fallout, while Sophie is a former Olympian swimmer who moves into an apartment next to theirs. Norman falls in love with her, but his feelings go unreciprocated. Meanwhile, Sophie is hired by Andy to keep Norman happy (and the magazine going). Soon enough, she falls in love with Andy, despite their opposing political views. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

4pm/7pm. Alliance Française, 108, Millers Tank Bund Road, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (41231345). Tickets,Rs 200, available and


5 August

Treadmill explores the personal journeys of people from small towns, and the awkwardness they face while living in a city—through the metaphor of a treadmill. The comedy speaks of the various instances in people’s lives where they seem to be running constantly without getting anywhere. The play dwells on relationships—between a husband and wife, a mother and child, travellers in a train, and several others. This production will also feature as an official selection at the first Festival of Contemporary Theatre in Paris next year. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

3.30pm/7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Children aged 8 and above can watch the play. Tickets, 150, available

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Adiperukku & Ayyanar Festival

Till 10 August

Adiperukku, on the 18th day of the Tamil month Adi (July-August), celebrates the onset of the monsoon, with terracotta figurines and offerings being taken in a procession to an Ayyanar shrine. The festival also features Silambattam folk performances (till 5 August) and an exhibition of Pata scroll painting by Radha Chitrakar (till 10 August).

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muthukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).


Ranganathan Trio

4 August

The Ranganathan trio, comprising brothers Ajay on violin, Ravi on German cello and Theo on piano, had their initial classical music training at the Conservatory of Tours in France under Xavier Richard and, more recently, under Vincent Lecoq of Trio Wanderer. At this concert, they will present pieces from Western classical music.

7pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).



Shobana’s Krishna

9 August

Krishna: By Shobana.

6.30pm. Narada Gana Sabha, Mowbrays Road, Alwarpet. Tickets, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 (couple), available on

By Nandini Reddy

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Act and Accomplish

5-11 August

This event featuring installations, performances, discussions and lectures is the culmination of a two-week international residency by six participating artists and curators—artists Abhishek Hazra and Aditya Pande, German artists Julia Prezewowsky and Kym Ward and curators Rattanamol Singh Johal and Barbara J. Scheuermann. The aim was to research the idea of performance as staging and as accomplishment, and how the culture of the art market might have an effect on the artist’s persona and the reception of the work.

10am-6pm, live performances from 3-5pm. Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).

Hiroshima Exhibition: Genbaku no zu

6-19 August

An exhibition of paintings made by the Japanese couple Iri Maruki and Toshi will mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.The 15 paintings, known as Genbaku no zu, were made between 1950 and 1982. The animated film On a Paper Crane (Hiroshima Ki Kahani) will be screened too.

11am-7pm. Japan Foundation, 5A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV (26442967). For details, visit


Kino Is the Name of a Forest

4-28 August

Apparatus: By Paribartana Mohanty.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony (46103550).


SBKK Ballet Festival:Krishna

6-11 August

Ballet: At the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra Festival.

Kendra (SBKK) will organize the annual performance of its ballet Krishna. The first half of the dance-drama is dedicated to episodes depicting Krishna as a folk hero; in the latter half, we see him as the war strategist. The ballet is directed by SBKK director Shobha Deepak Singh.

6.30pm. KamaniAuditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Tickets, 300 and 500, available at the venue.


Adil & Vasundhara + Manzil Mystics

3 August

“Impromptu—Wired for Sound", the 10th annual celebrations of The YP Foundation (previously the Youth Parliament), feature performances by Adil & Vasundhara and Manzil Mystics. Guitarist Adil Manuel and vocalist Vasundhara Vidalur usually perform R&B, jazz and French songs. Manzil Mystics has been founded by three former students of Manzil, a Delhi-based NGO working for youth empowerment.

7.30pm. Amaltas hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Limited passes available at the programme desk.

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Iftar buffet

Till 20 August

Arena, the all-day dining restaurant at Taj Deccan, is offering an Iftar buffet during Ramzan. Guests can break their fast with honey-dipped dates and watermelon, followed by traditional Hyderabadi dishes such as haleem (both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties), paya shorba, biryani and the dessert qubani ka meetha.

7-11pm. Arena, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills (30512844). Buffet price, 650 per person, plus taxes.


Sri Venkatadri Vaibhavam

4 August

Chennai group Abinaya Natyalaya’s latest production, Sri Venkatadri Vaibhavam, is a multilingual, multimedia dance ballet feature on Lord Venkateswara. The ballet is a blend of religion, music, dance and visuals chronicling the greatness of the Tirumala hills in Tirupati.

7pm. Hari Hara Kala Bhavan, SD Road, Secunderabad. For passes, contact 66335533.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

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Revisit: The Bards of Bengal

4 August

Singer Monomoy Bhattacharya and sarod player Debojyoti Bose will come together in this musical collaboration to present their rendering of Rabindrasangeet and Nazrulgeeti. They will be accompanied by Pintu Ghatak on guitar, Rishi Chatterjee on tabla and Rohon Bose on percussion.

7.30-9pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Tickets, 100 and 200, available at the venue.



Kolkata Utsav

On stage: Kolkata Utsav.

The group Natadha is presenting the 38th edition of this annual festival. On 5 August, there will be a seminar by actor Koushik Sen and the staging of plays ‘Bhitorer Mukh’ and ‘Ebong Socrates’. On 8 August, the book ‘Ghor Bahir’, a compilation of Tagore’s plays staged in India and abroad, will be released. A discussion with theatre personalities Bibhas Chakraborty and Suman Mukhopadhyay will follow. The finale: the play ‘Ceasar o Cleopatra’.

Timings and venues vary. Tickets, 20, 40 and 60, available at the venues. For details, call 9433767806.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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Potions and Poisons: Chai and Why

5 August

Venom is not just a killer of prey, it might also be a painkiller. K.S. Krishnan, a professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, will give a presentation on the different kinds of venom and, specifically, on how cone snail venom contains bioactive compounds that could help manage pain.

11am-1pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu (26149546).

Bay Beat Collective

3 August

DJs Kris Correya, Sohail Arora and Raffael Kably return with an incredibly fun dance set that will feature everything from drum ’n bass, glitch hop and dubstep to funk and minimal sounds.

10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, 500.


Flora and Fauna

Till 13 August

Flora and Fauna: Lithographs on display.

10am-7pm. Till 4 August at Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844484). From 6-13 August at Gallery Art and Soul, 1, Shiv Sagar Estate, Madhuli, opposite Nehru Tarangan, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24965798).


The Price (Everything Must Go)

7-8 August

The play, based on Arthur Miller’s The Price, is about two brothers who have been estranged for more than 15 years and meet for the first time in order to sell off common property—a loft full of old furniture in a Bandra house where they grew up. The two men have had contrasting careers—Walter is a highly successful surgeon, Victor a poorly paid policeman with the Brihanmumbai police department. There is a great deal of resentment between the brothers because of the choices they have made in the past. 2 hours.

9pm (on Tuesday) and 6pm/9pm (on Wednesday). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle—West (26149546). Tickets, 125, available at the box office (26149546) and on



Hipnotribe + Shkabang

4 August

It’s all about electro, pop, rock and disco with alternative rock band Hipnotribe. The band, formed in January 2008 by brothers Naresh and Paresh Kamath, comprises Kurt Peters, Abhijit Nalani, Sankarshan Kini, Sanket Athale and Tejasvi Rao. At this gig, Hipnotribe will team up with Bollywood singer and former Viva girl Anushka Manchanda and her band Shkabang.

10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs500.

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