Old World Theatre Festival

12-21 October

Some of the year’s best plays come to town for the Old World Festival. Along with the well-known ones, plays from Delhi University colleges too will be performed daily at the Amphitheatre.

Where Did I Leave My Purdah

12 October, 6.30/8.30pm

Where Did I leave my Purdah will be staged during the Old World Theatre Festival at IHC

The Bureaucrat

13 October, 6/8.15pm

Anuvab Pal’s play, directed by Rahul da Cunha, looks at what being a bureaucrat meant in the 1950s—and what it means today—as an ageing bureaucrat is called upon to foil a bizarre political protest launched by his own son.

Chinese Coffee

14-15 October, 7pm

The Danish Hussain-directed play is about two friends and failed artists. Harry Levine, a washed-up novelist, arrives at his friend Jake Manheim’s house in the hope of retrieving some money he’d lent him a few years ago. As the evening progresses and details of their tattered lives come to light, the conversation becomes more barbed.

Dafa 292

16-17 October, 7pm

This Anoop Trivedi-directed play is about the late writer Saadat Hasan Manto, whose works were repeatedly attacked for obscenity under Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code.

Nothing Like Lear

18 October, 6.30/8.30pm

Ever wondered what a clown does when he is depressed? Director Rajat Kapoor’s play—a devised performance based on William Shakespeare’s play King Lear—employs clown theatre, featuring Atul Kumar and Vinay Pathak in solo shows.

Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, 100, 300 and 400, and 100 for collegiate plays, available at the IHC programme desk and on For the complete schedule, visit


The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Ramlila is into its 56th edition this year

15 October-11 November

The 56th edition of the Ramlila will begin at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK). The Ramayan is about devotion, loyalty, family relationships and respect for elders. SBKK’s presentation of the Ramlila tries to educate audiences through entertainment, presenting mythology in a contemporary avatar.

6.30-9.15pm. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Kendra lawn, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503333/ 23386428). Tickets, 100, 200, 300 and 500, available at the venue.


Bacardi NH7 Weekender

13-14 October

The biggest open air music festival in Delhi since Eastwind in 2008 will have more than 60 acts across six stages. The Bacardi Black Rock Arena will host rock and metal bands like Zero, Indus Creed, Pentagram, Parikrama, Scribe, Bhayanak Maut and Megadeth. The Dewarists Stage will feature folk and fusion bands like Advaita, The Raghu Dixit Project, Karsh Kale Collective, Anoushka Shankar, Papon & The East India Co., Shafqat Amanat Ali and Indian Ocean. The Other Stage will showcase singer-songwriters like Parvati & Mawkin, Barefaced Liar, and the community band Music Basti Project. The Fully Fantastic Stage will have popular favourites like Them Clones, Shaa’ir+Func, menwhopause and Bombay Bassment. The Eristoff Wolves Den will feature live electronica acts like BLOT!, Nucleya and Dualist Inquiry, and the Pepsi Dub Station will offer dubstep, drum ’n bass and reggae acts like Swaggamuffin and Moniker.

3pm onwards. Ground D, Buddh International Circuit, Jaypee Sports City, Sector 25, YEIDA, along Yamuna Expressway, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Greater Noida (0120-4429498). Tickets, 1,499 (under 21) and 3,000 (general) for both days; 1,500 for Day 1 and 2,000 for Day 2. For the complete schedule, visit

Oz Fest

16 October

The biggest Australian cultural festival ever staged in India kicks off this fortnight in Delhi and will go on till February, presenting over 100 events across 18 cities. Oz Fest will showcase Australia through major events across India focusing on Australian music, art, food, films, literature, dance, sport, ideas and much more. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the Australian Aboriginal singer, will perform on Tuesday along with didgeridoo player Mark Atkins and sitarist Anoushka Shankar.

7.15pm. Purana Qila. For details and passes, pre-register at or on

Shankar Tucker

18 October

As a clarinettist, Shankar Tucker has shared the stage with Indian classical maestros such as Zakir Hussain and Hariprasad Chaurasia, and also recorded for Bollywood music director Pritam Chakraborty. Tucker blends Hindustani and Carnatic music with jazz and Western popular music, and directs Internet music videos for the ongoing series ShrutiBox.

9.30-11pm. blueFROG, 4-A, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). Entry, 300.

Around town

Nature Walk

14 October

The DelhiByFoot collective is organizing a walk in the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, situated near Tughlaqabad Fort and behind the Surajkund Mela area. You’ll be able to spot migratory birds, butterflies and flowers, stroll by the lake, and get tips on wildlife photography.

7am. The meeting point is the parking space opposite Manav Rachna International School. Fee, 450, includes refreshments. For details, visit the DelhiByFoot page on Facebook; for registration, call 9871181775/9818278665.



Room for Erasures

Till 24 October

In the 10 large paper works on display at Chemould, Anju Dodiya has choreographed what she calls “studio-dramas" as extreme gestures of anxiety. The physical energy of the artiste figures takes its inspiration from Japanese printmakers’ 19th century Samurai. Their obsessive lunacy is borrowed from the world of sport, and its desperate moments of winning and losing. Watercolours, apart from charcoal and soft pastels, play an important part in the calibrations.

11am-7pm. (Sundays closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000211/2).


Le Complexe de Thénardier

17 October

Part of the “From Theatre to Film" series, Jean-Michel Ribes’ 2002 film Le Complexe de Thénardier (The Thénardier Complex) will be screened in partnership with Alliance Française and Prithvi Theatre. The film takes a look at the intense relationship between two women: the lady of the house and her servant. Two women, two generations. At first glance, mother and daughter. But one is a maidservant, an “adopted" daughter saved from genocide.

7pm. Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).

Nakshatra will feature Kumudini Lakhia and troupe

Nakshatra 2012

Till 14 October

In its fourth consecutive year, Nakshatra 2012 will showcase an array of Indian classical dance forms by many of India’s prominent dancing stars.

Atah Kim

12 October

Kathak artiste Kumudini Lakhia and her troupe from Kadamb, Ahmedabad, will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ (NCPA’s) annual classical dance festival. Lakhia has taken Kathak to new levels with group pieces which give the dance form a contemporary twist while staying true to the original form. The company is known for popularizing concepts such as skilful formations, synchronized movements and rhythmic prowess.


13 October

Delhi-based Odissi dancer-choreographer Madhavi Mudgal will present a sequence divided into two segme­nts. The first is a solo presentation featuring traditional pieces choreographed and presented by Mudgal; and the second will feature a group work in which Mudgal demonstrates accomplished use of space and music.

7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, 200 and 300, available at the venue and on

Western classical: At the NCPA

Joy of Music Festival

16-18 October

The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation presents a three-day Western classical festival in collaboration with The Chopin Society of Hong Kong at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Day 1 will feature Ilya Rashkovskiy on the piano, Day 2 will see Alvaro Pierri play the guitar and on Day 3, Giuseppe Andaloro will give a piano recital.

7pm. NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, 400 for members and 600 for the public, available at the venue.


Around town

Anti-clocks: October Jam 2012

14-28 October

Maraa, a media and arts collective, has been working with different mediums and creates platforms to promote interaction. It works to string together lived experiences and perceptions in the city and open up facets that have yet to be explored. It will present its fourth October Jam, a festival of creative practices that will feature events in public spaces, creatively exploring the concept of time. The activities will include a graffiti workshop, storytelling and poetry sessions, film screenings, with a tribute to French author and film-maker Chris Marker, and a photo exhibition titled City As Dark Room.

Timings and venues vary. Fee, 4,000 for the photography workshop on 13-14/20-21 October; carry your film camera. For details, call 9880755875 or visit

Connecting the Dots

18-19 October

Jordan Rudess will be co-conducting a music workshop

Two-day workshop fee, 10,000, inclusive of accommodation and food. For details, write to or call 0950018462. To register, visit

Book Reading

13 October

Atta Galatta will host two book-related events. Writer Geeta Ramanujam will read two stories from Our Myths, a series by Tulika Publishers. The first is from Hanuman’s Ramayan, written by Devdutt Pattanaik, and the second from the latest in the collection, It’s All the Same, retold by Nina Sabnani. This will be followed by a reading of Rashmi Bansal’s Poor Little Rich Slum, presented by audiobooks company booksTALK.

4pm. Atta Galatta, 75, 2nd Main, 1st Block, Koramangala (30181626).


Laudamus Te

12 October

The award-winning Harmony children’s choir and the faculty of the Harmony music school, conducted by Sandra Oberoi, will perform a selection of classical pieces from different periods
in history, along with original contemporary arrangements and compositions. The event will be presented by The Harmony International Music Foundation, a non-profit organization.

6.30pm. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar. For details and donor passes, call 9343628255.


Hues of The Soil

Till 13 October

This group show featuring the works of emerging and senior
artists from Karnataka has been organized in association with the Bangalore Art Foundation. It is displaying works by artists such as M.G. Doddamani, Prakash Nayak and O. Venkatesh.

11am-7pm. Abstract Art Gallery, 8, Cunningham Road (41235444).


Evening Ragas

15 October-2 November

An exhibition of 60 photographs by Derry Moore will be on display. The photographs—taken over several visits to India since 1976—are a combination of portraits, interiors and landscapes that document a pre-modernization India.

10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer art gallery. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (9986284251).


Dhiren Samal’s work
Dhiren Samal’s work

Dhiren Sasmal’s works

Till 14 October

Kolkata-based Dhiren Sasmal has been working as an artist, designer and illustrator for 35 years. In this collection, the artist explores the inner world of the child and the adolescent in vibrant hues, using acrylic on canvas and mixed media. Sasmal has used his own unique method of layering, where the colours emerge from within and below each layer, with a final “wash" and intricate pen and ink detailing.

10am-11pm. The Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore. For details, call 9830049825.


Offbeat Vol II—Blues, ballads, jazz

12 October

Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts will present an evening of Blues, ballads and jazz with Anjum Katyal on vocals, Rohit on bass, Bodhi (Bodhisattwa Ghosh) and Nishad Pandey on guitar and Premjit on drums. Katyal’s work is inspired by women singers like Joan Armatrading and Cassandra Wilson. Ghosh and Pandey will present diverse guitar sounds, and Rohit and Premjit, a multi-textured rhythm section.

7pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Entry, 100 and 200, available on and at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145/9830574658).

Live in Cinema: The Journey of My Music Through Film—With Debojyoti Mishra

13 October

Bickram Ghosh, Siddha Group and the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society will jointly present Live in Cinema, part of the concert series Live in India. The evening will feature the musical journey of film music composer Debojyoti Mishra. Singers Samantak Sinha, Arijit Chakraborty, Subhadeep Banerjee, Sukanya Ghosh and Chandreyee Majumder, among others, will render some of his songs from films like Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa, Raincoat and Antarmahal.

7-8.30pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For passes, visit or call 9903205059.


Moner Majhe Mohit

13-16 October

The Rangapat theatre group presents a theatre festival as a tribute to Bengali playwright, screenwriter, dramatist and poet Mohit Chattopadhyay. The group will stage productions like Tathagata, Tusher Agun and Aurangzeb. Theatre group Sangstab will stage Musthijog. Seema Mukhopadhyay’s Mayer Moto will be staged too.

Timings vary. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9830556080/9433847978. Tickets, 40 and 60, and 60, 100 and 150 for Tathagata, available at the venue.

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