Eye of the Needle

From 9 October

Tanmoy Samanta’s paintings appear, at first glance, to celebrate mundane, somewhat archaic things. He paints an old-fashioned sewing machine, for example, or a large iron key, a wooden kitchen table and cleaver, and sail boats. Apart from motifs associated with the sea, the colours he uses are mainly soft washes of blue, green and aquamarine. Underneath all this prettiness, however, lurks something rather more ominous. When you take a second look at the old-fashioned key, for example, you’ll find that the tip is made up of white jagged bone.

11am-7pm, Mon-Sat. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).

The Soul Has its Reason

9-14 October

Faceless forms: Yasmin Sawhney, a visually-impaired artist and poet, is holding her fourth solo exhibition.

11am-7.30pm, daily. Arpana Caur Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Khel Gaon Marg (26496289).


Claire’s Knee (Le Genou de Claire)

13 October

The fifth and most accessible of Eric Rohmer’s six “moral tales", Claire’s Knee is the story of a diplomat (Jean-Claude Brialy) battling temptation while on holiday. The film was received rapturously as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release.

11am. India International Centre auditorium, 40, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (24619431).



14 October

Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj and his disciples present Chalo Mann Ganga Jamuna Tir, a composition that interweaves poetry with dance to highlight the essentially secular nature of the Doab region in north India. Recitation and narration by Saeed Naqvi. This recital is part of the annual India International Centre festival.

6.30pm. Fountain Lawns, India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (24619431).


Dharma Bums

9 October

Taking its name from the Jack Kerouac novel, The Dharma Bums, this band, fronted by Philip Hemley, aka Phil Void, has been around for more than three decades. It has 108 members, past and present, worldwide. Dubbing their music “psychedelic raga reggae rock", these old-time hippies perform songs on the Tibetan liberation movement and Tibetan Buddhism.

8pm. The Living Room Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533). Free, though you will have to buy a drink or some food.


Around town

All-night concert

10 October

Spic Macay stages an all-night concert, featuring some of the country’s most well-known musicians, vocalists Satyasheel Deshpande and M. Venkatesh Kumar, flautist Ronu Majumdar and surbahar player Pushparaj Koshti.

8pm. Rachana Sansad, behind Ravindra Natya Mandir, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Prabhadevi.

Naval Dockyard Walk

11 October

As the Naval Dockyard marks 275 years of dockyard operations, the Bombay Heritage Walks group organizes a walking tour of the historic site. The high boundary walls of the Naval Dockyard hide some of the oldest bits of Mumbai. You can have a peek inside and take a look at the city’s only toilet that has made it to the heritage list. Prior registration is necessary. Only for Indian nationals.

9am. Lion’s Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Kala Ghoda. To register, email, with Naval Dockyard Walk in the subject line. Include name, age, address and telephone number in the email.


12 October

Utsav is an hour-long spectacle designed as a quick introduction to Maharashtra. Around 20 actors and dancers, and an equal number of crew members backstage, speedily run through eight Maharashtrian festivals, the state’s popular folk dances and a Maharashtrian-style wedding. Each show of Utsav begins with a Ganesh Vandana, a piece in which the production’s choreographer Kavita Koli and Bharatanatyam dancers revere the Hindu god Ganesh. Thereafter, the show follows the Maharashtrian calendar, starting off with Gudi Padwa, or the Maharashtrian New Year, and winding up with Holi, the last festival of the year. A narrator introduces each festival in English, offering stories about its origin.

7pm. PL Deshpande Kala Academy, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi. Call 24312956 for tickets and other information.


Gregory Crewdson show

Unnerving stills: From Gregory Crewdson’s recent series, Beneath the Roses.

Acclaimed American photographer Gregory Crewdson makes his India debut with a selection of photographs from his recent series Beneath the Roses. Theatrical, poetic and very unnerving, Crewdson’s works are a must-see.

11am-7pm, daily. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).


The B*rat Pack

15 October

Bangalore’s Stanley Pinto, Venkat Subramaniyam and Carlton Braganza bring 1960s Las Vegas to present-day Mumbai as they take on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.


The Comedy Store Tour

9 and 11 October

There’s one more night of laughs before the much-anticipated Mumbai branch of London’s Comedy Store opens this December. Flying out from the UK are three very fine acts, all worth the price of admission alone.

9 October, 9pm. St Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra. Tickets, Rs600, Rs750, Rs1,000, Rs1,250. 11 October, 6pm. Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Colaba. Tickets, Rs1,250, Rs2,000 (including high tea). Call 39895050 for tele-booking. Log on to www.bookmyshow.comto buy tickets online.



Inaugural show


The Bengaluru School of Arts and Photography, which opened on 1 October, is hosting an inaugural group show curated by Akumal Ramachander. Six of the featuring artists—Arunava Mondal, Dhiren Sasmal, Pradip Das, Rajib Bhattacharjee, Saikat Maity and Swapan Saha—are from West Bengal, and have studied at institutes such as the Visva Bharti University in Santiniketan, the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, the Rabindra Bharati University, and the Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata. Another participating artist P. Suresh specializes in landscapes and made his debut in Bangalore with a solo show in 2004.

11am-7pm, daily. The Gallery, No. 6, 2nd Cross, Vasanthnagar (9740563088). For details email

Provocative? Artist Syed Ali Arif mixes themes of rituals, literature and even elements of discreet political commentary in his work.

12 October-7 November

A group show by Syed Ali Arif, Shankar Kendale, Beena Pradhan and M.G. Doddamani. Arif promises to be the most provocative, with figures that tend to wear seemingly tattooed Arabic calligraphy. A sense of apprehension, and fear appears writ on the figures created by Arif. In his work, he depicts various aspects of his religion, mixing themes of rituals, literature and even elements of discreet political commentary.

10am-7pm, Mon-Sat. 104, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). For details, log on to


Mr Big

10 October

A decade after their self-titled debut album hit stores and seven years after they swore to never come together again, Mr Big has done just that. In February, the pop-metal group announced a reunion in Japan and an ambitious world tour afterwards. Their trademark leather pants and big hair may be missing when they come to Bangalore this fortnight, but lesser hair is not always such a bad thing.

8.30pm. Palace Grounds, Gayatri Vihar entrance, Palace Cross Road (39895050). Entry, Rs2,500, Rs1,300 and Rs800. For tickets, log on to www.bookmyshow.comor call 39895050.


Afsaneh—Bai se Biscope tak

10 October

Baithak artist Beni Bai and nautanki performer Gulab Bai, two stage artists of yesteryear who never actually met in real life, share the stage in this entertaining play.

Playwright Purva Naresh’s tribute to her grandmother Beni Bai, Afsaneh is a laudable attempt to re-create a long-forgotten era. The protagonists recount their lives and their passion for their art. The exchange traces the ups and downs in their journeys.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.


The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat

11 October

Various Productions adapts The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat, a Five Find-Outers and Dog mystery by Enid Blyton. Fatty (Kashin Shetty), Larry (Himanshu Sitlani), Daisy (Dilshad Edibam), Pip (Aman Uppal), Bets (Preetika Chawla) and Buster the dog (Hussain Dalal) encounter a mystery during their school holiday. A theatre company’s safe is robbed and all the clues point to Boysie (Pawan Uttam), who plays the pantomime cat. The race is on to solve the mystery before the policeman Mr Goon apprehends an innocent man.

11.30am. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.


Papa CJ and Friends, featuring Paul Zerdin

13-14 October

Virtuoso ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, who performs in the city this week as part of an India tour organized by comic Papa CJ, is candid about letting his puppets do all the talking. Zerdin’s artistry in portraying a trio of co-stars, who are as contrary and unmanageable as they can possibly get, is amazing.

13 October, 7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Third Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). 14 October, 7pm. St John’s Auditorium, 1, St John’s Hospital Campus, Koramangala (22065070). Contact the venues for ticket details.



Gorur Garir Headlight by Natasena

10 October

Written and directed by the late Saroj Roy, the play revolves around Swabalambi Ghosh, a successful businessman who forms a theatre group after the death of his wife. He invites actors and actresses for the group through an ad in the newspaper. In response, those who come to call on him are a stammering goofer, a partially-deaf retired military man, a philanderer, a village folk-theatre actor and two unemployed louts. But Ghosh is not able to find a suitable heroine. In the end, he has to settle for his sister-in-law, who is a researcher on “predilection, love and its emotional psyche in modern man and woman".

6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria (9433395325). Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40, Rs60.


Forms and colours: A painting by Rabin Roy.

Till 24 October

A solo show by Rabin Roy, presented by Akar Prakar.

2-7pm, Mon-Sat. Akar Prakar, P-238, Hindustan Park (24642617).

Black and White Paintings by Saibal Ghosh

Till 30 October

An exhibition of works by Saibal Ghosh.

11am-7pm, daily. Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35, Lansdowne Terrace (24651444).


Vocal recital

11 October

A vocal recital by Shruti Sadolikar, accompanied by Mangesh Mulye on the tabla, presented by Sangeet Ashram.

10.30am. GD Birla Sabhaghar, 29, Asutosh Chowdhary Avenue, Ballygunge (24615449).

By Indranil Bhoumik



Cuban Film Festival

In the line of duty: A scene from Cuban film Kangamba.

The embassy of the Republic of Cuba, New Delhi, and the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation are organizing a Cuban Film Festival to mark the National Culture Day of the Latin American nation. Pages from Mauricio’s Diary (directed by Manuel Pérez), Madrigal (directed by Fernando Pérez), Kangamba (directed by Rogelio Paris), City in Red (directed by Rebeca Chavez) and Dancing, Cha, Cha, Cha (directed by Manuel Herrera) will be screened.

Timings vary. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606, Anna Salai. Call 65163866 for details.

Festival of Festivals

12-22 October

The Alliance Francaise de Madras will screen La Traversée (The Passage) by Elizabeth Leuvrey, La Fille Du Juge (The Daughter of the Judge) by William Karel, Pour Un Seul De Mes Deux Yeux (For One of My Two Eyes) by Avi Mograbi and Voyage En Sol Majeur (Voyage of a Sole Major) by Georgi Lazarevski will be shown.

6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).


Migration: Crisis of Conflict?


Gallery Sri Parvati has organized an exhibition of paintings by Bibek Santra, C. Douglas, Harshavardhan, Rm Palaniappan, V. Ramesh and Sam Adaikalasamy. With global warming as the recurring theme in their paintings, the artists have tried to address how migration is affecting people. They have tried to capture the plight of people caught between the past and present—and how they are trying to adapt.

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

Exhibition of Paintings

10-17 October

Apparao Galleries is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Sujata Singh and Pramod Apet. Singh’s inspirations are Italian frescoes, the murals of Ajanta, Ellora and Bagh, the relief sculptures of Bharhut, Amaravati and Sanchi and the illustrations of ancient Jain palm leaf manuscripts.

11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226)

By Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan


Radha Yevide

10 October

Friends of DakshinaChitra, the support group of DakshinaChitra Heritage Centre, is presenting Kalaimamani Gopika Varma’s dance production titled Radha Yevide (Where is Radha, in Malayalam). M. Jeyachandran is the music director, Sugathakumari has given poetic interpretation to the production.

Varma is an award-winning professional performer; Radha Yevide is the latest dance production featuring her students and her.

7pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9840215413), Donor passes, with dinner included, for Rs500 per head.

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