Delhi

Art

Glitch Frame Lollipop

Till 17 September

Towards the end of July, Prayas Abhinav started a Facebook group called “Glitch" to spark off a discussion on the idea of the glitch—by definition, a fault in the system. Abhinav has been working on introducing an “out of place" element in art as a long-term project. One way of doing this was to invite his friends, artists Amitabh Kumar and Siddhartha Kararwal, to contribute to the Glitch Frame Lollipop exhibition. Each of the three interpreted the “glitch" through varied interests and perspectives—“Glitch" is arriving at art through an error of understanding, “Frame" is something only the “glitcher" (artist) knows and “Lollipop" is the reward. Abhinav is a writer and teacher, Kararwal is a sculptor and interior designer, and researcher-curator-artist Kumar is an initiating member of the Pao Collective, a Delhi-based group of comic book artists, among other things. The exhibition includes installations, prints and videos, even a comic book.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Latitude 28, Ground floor, F-208, Lado Sarai (46791111).

Film

Travelling Film South Asia 2012

29 August-1 September

This is a festival of documentary films from South Asia. Some of the films that will be screened are Kerosene, the 2011, 16-minute documentary by Kannan Arunasalam about the civil war in Jaffna, Sri Lanka; the 2010, 80-minute film Dharavi, Slum for Sale, by Lutz Konerman on architect and developer Mukesh Mehta’s drive to transform India’s largest slum into a posh neighbourhood; the 2011 Pakistani documentary, The Search for Justice, by Tehmina Ahmed about the lack of labour rights in Pakistan; the 15-minute film Tres Triste Tigres by David Munoz about three Bangladeshi migrant labourers who get duped; and the 72-minute film I Was Worth 50 Sheep, on how women are seen as property in Afghanistan.

6pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Mixed bag: Bite into the choicest sizzlers at BluO

Monsoon Sizzlers@BluO

Till 30 September

BluO, the bowling bar in Vasant Kunj’s Ambience Mall, is offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian sizzler plates. Some of the options on offer include Hunan chilli paneer, herb-grilled vegetables with Tahini dip, crispy konjee lamb wih sesame seeds, Anuhai sizzled chicken, chicken Katsu and Amritsari machhi.

Noon-1am. BluO, Ambience Mall, First floor, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj (40870161). Prices, 229, plus taxes, for a vegetarian plate and 249, plus taxes, for a non-vegetarian plate.

Champagne at sunset@The Atrium

Till 31 August

The Atrium, the tea lounge at The Imperial, is serving champagne from Billecart-Salmon (the champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Ay, France) in the evenings, with a cheese platter and fruit membrillos.

6-8pm. The Atrium, The Imperial, Janpath (23341234). Prices, 3,000 onwards, for champagne and appetizers for two.

Theatre

The Green Room

26 August

Playwright Aditya Sudarshan’s The Green Room could just as easily be titled “The Loneliness of the English-speaking Indian Artist". The play, which won the prestigious Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest playwright award last year, is a layered, shifting narrative full of thwarted hope and stifled ambition. A young actress sits amid the debris of another forgettable, though successful, performance. Her manager and boyfriend cannot understand her dissatisfaction. A stranger from the audience claims he can because he loves her.

A love triangle set in the world of theatre, the play explores the issue of identity—and the lack of it—experienced by the English-educated upper classes and artistes: not an easy theme to wrestle with, especially for someone who admits to belonging to that very section of society. It explores the predicament of artistes, their struggle to discover their cultural legitimacy and reconcile their dreams with their circumstances. The Green Room asks the question: What does it take to be true to yourself as an artiste when society wants you to stick to being grateful? 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, 100, 250 and 350, available at the IHC programme desk.

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Sarai Reader 09

Till 16 April

In this nine-month exhibition, the group Raqs Media Collective has invited people from various disciplines—scholars, artists, performers, film-makers, curators, critics, architects, poets, journalists, archivists, photographers, scientists, etc.—to create and present a series of timed proposals, projects and artworks on “spatial interventions", using these structures as a bare framework to be developed upon. “Our idea was an exhibition in motion, with a series of possibilities where you bring different kinds of practices together," says Jeebesh Bagchi, co-founder of the Raqs Media Collective, in the concept note. He adds that the public’s interaction with the space is also a component of the show. Two books launched at the show which opened on 18 August are also being displayed at the exhibition. ‘P.T.O.’ , edited by Shveta Sarda, is a selection from the research done by independent Sarai fellows, and is being displayed as a visual “spine" in the exhibition. ‘Cybermohalla Hub’, edited by Nikolaus Hirsch and Sarda, is a collection of essays on a community centre and cultural laboratory that German architects Hirsch and Michel Muller designed for the resettlement colony at Savda Gehvra, in New Delhi.

11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Devi Art Foundation, 39, Sirpur House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (44888177). For details, visit www.deviartfoundation.org/page.asp?PageID=60.

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Mumbai

Music

Stella By Starlight + Under The Influence

30 August

Rocking the house: Stella By Starlight will jam at blueFROG on Thursday.

10-11.30pm. blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, 300.

Art

Canary in a Coal Mine

Till 31 August

Had it not been for his passion for drawing and sketching, Prabhakar Pachpute would have resigned himself to life in a coal mine. From the coal-rich district of Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Pachpute has grown up watching his hometown’s workforce get absorbed in the mining industry. In his drawings, he portrays the hazards that come with this labour—from being crushed in pits that have caved in and asphyxiated by poisonous gases, to accidents caused by machine malfunctions and the slow, but sure, degradation of workers’ lungs.

11am-7pm. Clark House, Ground floor, 8, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba (9820213816).

Cut Ups: Film Montage Works

24 August-5 October

Don’t miss these film montage works by Christian Marclay, Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. Created by stitching together clips, Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay’s film Telephones (1995) spins a new story out of conversations in various movies, and Australian artists Moffatt and Hillberg explore the depiction of violence in the 10-minute video in Doomed (2007).

11am-7pm (Sundays and Mondays closed). Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, near Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba (9769950136).

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Photography

Magnum Ke Tasveer

Till 28 August

With India as the theme, this is a group show of Magnum photographers, including Olivia Arthur, Werner Bischof, Bruno Barbey, Raghu Rai, Steve McCurry and Marilyn Silverstone. Their work documents everything from festivals, street scenes and religious rituals to political figures like Indira Gandhi.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Tasveer, ICIA House, 22/26, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22048138).

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Bangalore

Art

450 Miles of Thriving Silence

26 August-15 September

Gallery Sumukha will host a solo show by Rajarshi Sengupta from Kolkata. His current work focuses on “the relationship between the idea of private and public", says a curatorial note from the gallery. Sengupta has based these works on a journey he undertook from Bangalore to Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. “The actual journey, which embodied several layers of underlined journeys, accommodates the perceptual voyages about trades in the medieval era, shift and migration of motifs, and changing identity with relation to region," says Sengupta in the note.

10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).

Music

Gokulashtami Celebrations

Till 26 August

Utsav, the annual music festival hosted by the Sri Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj (SGBS) Trust, will continue its Gokulashtami celebrations with Carnatic concerts and a series of sessions of devotional music and bhajans.

6pm. Unnati Center, 1, Ganesha Temple Road, Sadananda Nagar, NGEF East, Indiranagar (25384443/4642).

Dance

Ananya Nrithyollasa-3

26 August

The evening, organized by the cultural centre Ananya Sabhangana, will feature a Bharatanatyam recital by Prakruthi L.S., a Mohiniattam performance by Rekha Raju and an Odissi recital by Vandana Supriya.

6pm. Seva Sadan, C-107, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).

Edible fungi: Pick your favourite mushroom dish at Bene

Mushroom Fever@Bene

Till 24 August

The chefs at Bene, the Italian restaurant at Sheraton Bangalore, have planned a menu in tribute to edible fungi. Patrons can choose from chanterelle, porcini, shiitake, button, morel and oyster mushrooms, in preparations such as butter sautéed mushrooms with coffee soil, black grapes and extra virgin oil; open face lobster ravioli with mushrooms a la crème and green asparagus; grilled tenderloin with truffle jus, seared foie gras, mushrooms and fondant potatoes, poached egg rested on mushroom risotto and black truffles.

Noon-3.30pm/6.30-11.30pm. Bene, Sheraton Bangalore, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram, Rajajinagar (42521000). Price, approximately 2,000, plus taxes, per person.

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Music

Hindustani Vocal Recital

24 August

Priya Purushothaman, a disciple of Dinkar Kaikini and Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, will present ‘khayal’ renditions that provide a glimpse of the Hindustani classical ‘sangeet’ style. The vocalist will be accompanied by Vyasmurthy Katti on the harmonium and Gurumurthy Vaidya on tabla.

6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (25359680).

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Chennai

Art

The Interpreter of Dreams

Till 27 August

This exhibition of paintings and drawings by Lalu Prasad Shaw showcases stylized portraits of Bengali men and women. Influenced by the pre-independence Company School of art, and marked by simplicity and grace, Shaw’s themes are executed either in pen and ink or in tempera on board. The works are priced between 50,000 and 5 lakh.

11am-7pm. Artworld, 1/12, Ganeshpuram, 3rd Street, off Cenotaph Road (24338691).

Music

Moments with Pankaj Udhas

24 August

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will perform his popular numbers as well as new compositions at this concert.

6.30pm. Music Academy, Cathedral Road. Tickets, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000, available onin.bookmyshow.com.

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The Park’s New Festival

29 August-2 September

Clarinettist: Shankar Tucker

7pm. Venues and prices vary. Tickets available on www.indianstage.in. For details and the schedule, visitwww.facebook.com/prakritifound/posts/506099849417133?comment_id=114625884&offset=0&total_comments=2

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Indo-German Urban Mela

24 August–2 September

The ‘mela’ is a unique blend of technology, science, culture and entertainment. The YMCA College of Physical Education will host 14 specially designed pavilions at this 10-day festival that will come to life with interactive presentations exploring how we can improve life in our cities. This urban extravaganza is part of the “Germany + India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities" celebrations that are commemorating 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic ties. Visitors can feast on German delicacies at the Café Mela, and participate in a host of other activities. The opening event at 7.30pm will see German artistes Christoph Haberer (percussionist and jazz drummer) and Michael Heupel (jazz flautist) perform with Indian percussionist A. Sivamani.

10am–10pm. YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam, No. 333, Anna Salai (28331314). For details and the schedule, visit www.germany-and-india.com.

Nandini Reddy

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Kolkata

Music

Live In India:Revival—Calcutta Drum Orchestra

25 August

Tabla maestro Shankar Ghosh has collaborated with American saxophonist John Handy and the American rock band Grateful Dead, among others. This time, Ghosh will present an ensemble concert with a recital of percussion instruments—tabla, pakhawaj, khol, mridangam, dhol, congo, bongo and drums—and performances by 11 musicians from the group Calcutta Drum Orchestra.

7-8.30pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Tickets, 100 and 200, available at the venue from 9.30am-5.30pm. For details and bookings, call 9903205059 or visitwww.liveinindia.in.

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Art

Art students’ annual show

Till 31 August

Every year, the SD Ahuja Foundation organizes an exhibition for final-year art students, giving them an opportunity to showcase their works. This year, 18 students were selected from Kala Bhavana—Visva Bharati, The Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, and the Government College of Art and Craft, both in Kolkata. Nearly 40 of their works are on display.

Noon-7pm. Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road, (22894745/40034974).

Indranil Bhoumik

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Hyderabad

Film

Die Blindgänger

24 August

The 2004 film Die Blindgänger (Blindflyers) is the story of two blind girls, Marie and Inga, who audition for a school band. The musicians gape as Marie unpacks her guitar and Inga gets out her saxophone, and are wowed by the girls’ talent. But two blind girls will not give the band the glamorous image it is aiming for. Marie and Inga don’t let the experience dampen their spirits. An unexpected meeting with a young immigrant from Kazakhstan, Herbert, changes their lives. He needs money to return home, so he joins Marie and Inga’s band Blindflyers. It’s a resounding hit, and it helps him return home.

6pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills (23350473/23350040).

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Art

Image And Imagination

Till 27 August

On display are the works of Anand Panchal, H.R. Das, Jagannath Paul, Shyamal Mukherjee and Subrata Das. If Panchal takes the village as a narrative, Das portrays dominant bulls. Paul experiments with the premise of love while Das’ work is a representation of the divine love between Radha and Krishna. The influence of Bengali art is evident in Mukherjee’s work

11am-7 pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills (66564466).

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

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