Madurai Mani Iyer Centenary Concert—TV Sankaranarayanan

15 July

Organized by the Nadasurabhi Cultural Association as part of their Madurai Mani Iyer Centenary Concert, this Carnatic recital will feature Sri T.V. Sankaranarayanan, with Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan on supporting vocals, C.N. Chandrashekar on violin, Arjun Kumar on mridangam and Giridhar Udupa on ghatam.

4.15pm. The Indian Heritage Academy Hall, 870, 17E Main, 6th Block, Koramangala (25530121). For details, call 25539368.


Monsoon Sale—2012

Till 31 July

This annual monsoon exhibition-cum-sale of paintings features 30 young artists such as Anand Panchal, Bhumika Dange, Dilip Chaudhury, Dilip Kumar Kale, H.R. Das, Nishant Dange, Pramod Apet, Ramesh Hari Pachpande, Shantkumar Hattarki, Somnath Sen, Vijay Achrekar and Yasala Balaiah. The paintings are priced under 30,000. Buy one and get a discount of up to 50% on your second purchase.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Crimson—The Art Resource, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road (65379223). For details, visit crimsonartgallery. com or email



13-14 July

Directed by Harish Sheshadri, this play is an adaptation of legendary Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s Silence! The Court Is in Session. The play is about a simple schoolteacher who is faced with a mock trial for her relationship with a colleague, and a case of alleged infanticide.

1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th cross, 2nd phase, JP Nagar, (26493982/26592777/9986863615). Tickets, 100.


Travelling photography workshops—Ladakh Day Tripper and Ladakh Immersion Tour

19 July

Fabulous frames: Learn how to capture picturesque Ladakh on photography trips being organized by the group Travelling Lens next month.

Registration closes on 19 July. The Ladakh Day Tripper trip, from 6-13 August, costs 59,528 per person and the Ladakh Immersion Tour, from 5-18 August, costs 91,200. Both prices are inclusive of all meals, accommodation, taxes and transaction costs. For details, visit or call 09790770679.

Around town

Second to None

15 July

The “Second to None" day-long flea market was founded by former IT-firm employee Anupama Gummaraju last year. This edition of the bazaar, being held in collaboration with the Bangalore-based group Citizen Matters, will present a selection of recycled and upcycled products as well as home kitchen/organic food outlets, second-hand furniture, household accessories, home décor, books, CDs and electronic items. The market will support 40 sellers. Products are priced upwards of 20 (cards are not accepted).

11am-5pm. Aicobo Grounds, next to Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Tavarakere Main Road, BTM Layout, 1st Stage. For details, contact Anu Gummaraju on 9854259307.

Salmon Specials@Polo Club

16-29 July

The Oberoi’s executive chef, Amit Wadhawan, has crafted a selection of salmon dishes that will be showcased at the Polo Club this fortnight. Signature creations include Norwegian salmon ceviche with cilantro and the zest of red chilli, onion and mango; potted salmon with capers, red onions and horseradish cream; and soya-and-mirin-glazed salmon with scallions and pickled ginger.

Noon-3.30pm/7-11.30pm. The Oberoi, 37-39, MG Road (25585858). Price, 750-1,200 per person, inclusive of taxes.

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Broken Images

19 July

The Bangalore-based not-for-profit organization India Foundation for the Arts will present the Alyque Padamsee-directed ‘Broken Images’, a psychological thriller. The sole actor in the play, written by Girish Karnad, is Shabana Azmi, who essays the role of Manjula Sharma, a mediocre Hindi writer who achieves global success by writing in English, only to suddenly find herself doubting everything she has known. The protagonist, who’s barely making it as a Hindi short story writer, suddenly lands an international best-seller with an English book she has authored. Through soliloquy and monologues, she wonders if she has betrayed her own language and identity and her own image decides to play confessor, psychologist and inquisitor. 2 hours.

7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, 300, 500, 750, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000, available on For details, contact Joyce on 23414681 (10am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or mail


Around town

BNHS Monsoon Trail at the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

15 July

This sanctuary is sandwiched between the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spot butterflies like the psyche and chocolate pansy and birds like the puff-throated babbler, rufous treepie, yellow-eyed babbler and crested serpent eagle. Carry your own breakfast, lunch and water.

The bus leaves from Dadar TT (near Chandu Halwai) at 6.30am, Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 6.50am, Thane (Cadbury junction) at 7.10am, and the Patlipada bus stand (Hiranandani Junction on Ghodbunder Road) at 7.20am. Registration, 700 for members and 750 for non-members. For registration and details, contact Hornbill House at 22871202/ 22821811 or email


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

14 July

On the 60th anniversary of the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha, nadaswaram player Vyasarpadi G. Kothandaraman will perform at this venue for the first time, accompanied by 30 nadaswaram players and 30 thavil players. The occasion will also mark the completion of 50 years of the auditorium building.

6.30pm. Shanmukhananda Hall, Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha, Plot No. 292, Comrade Harbans Lal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, King Circle, Sion—East (24078888/ 9833207425).



Till 3 August

The gallery is hosting works by Bhuvanesh Gowda and Ritesh Meshram, who are primarily sculptors. In New Works, Meshram shows sculptural assemblages, while in Pursuit of the Ridiculous, Gowda shows sculptures and photographs.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, near The Cathedral & John Connon School, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).


Open Mumbai

Till 31 July

An exhibition of photographs, organized by the Mumbai Waterfront Centre and P.K. Das and Associates, shows how the city can transform its neglected creek and riverfronts with boardwalks and promenades. Das, an architect, was responsible for the beautification of the Carter Road promenade and the clean-up of Juhu beach. The show will look at 15 areas of transformation—some accomplished, some planned—from beaches and forts to nullahs and wetlands.

10.30am-5.30pm (Mondays closed). Discovery of India Building, First floor, Nehru Centre, Nehru Planetarium, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676). For details, visit

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On stage: A Walk in the Woods.

A Walk in the Woods

19-22 July

Directed by Ratna Pathak Shah, the play originally written by Lee Blessing and adapted by Faisal Rashid and Randeep Hooda will star Naseeruddin Shah and Rajit Kapoor as two diplomats (an Indian and a Pakistani) taking a private walk in the woods and talking, trying to achieve a breakthrough in the muddled negotiations between the two countries. Will they succeed where official channels have failed? What role do individuals play in the larger games that governments set in motion? 2 hours.

6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, 300 and 500, available



797112 Portraits of Dimapur

19-26 July

New Nagaland: A photography exhibition, 797112 Portraits of Dimapur.

11am-7pm. Art Gallery, India International Centre—Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431/24622404).


Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan

13 July

At 104, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan is the oldest performing Hindustani musician. Khan is an exponent of the Gwalior gharana, one of the oldest gharanas of khayal. His lineage can be traced to Ustad Behram Khan, who is credited as one of the founding fathers of the dagarvani style of dhrupad. Khan’s versatility as a vocalist is rare, since he’s equally adept at singing khayal, dhrupad, dhamar, and light classical forms like thumri and dadra. Khan is also a prolific composer. The programme is being organized in collaboration with Jnana-Pravaha and the NaadSaagar Archives and Documentation Society for South Asian Music.

6.30pm. CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre (24619431).

Barkha Ritu—A Musical Celebration

14 July

The seventh edition of Barkha Ritu, organized by Banyan Tree Events, will feature a sitar recital by Shujaat Husain Khan, son and disciple of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, with Rahul Sharma—son and disciple of santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma—on the santoor.

6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Passes may be collected from the venue, or the Full Circle book stores in Greater Kailash-I and Khan Market.


Student Showcase 2012

15 July

The Big Dance Centre is hosting its annual student showcase, where each of the 15 students who have been training for the last three months will present classical, semi-classical, jazz, Broadway and contemporary performances.

7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg (43503351/52). Tickets 200, 300 and 500, available at the venue. For details, visit

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August: Osage


16 July

Directed by Lillete Dubey, the play explores the themes of family, mother-daughter relationships and sibling and spouse conflicts. Married to a drunkard poet, Leon, and mother of three, Violet attempts to cope with her husband’s suicide. The story is about how the dysfunctional family comes together to help Violet. Adults only. 2 hours, 15 minutes.

7.30pm. Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon (2715000). Tickets, 500, 700 and 1,000, available at the venue.



Abstract Expressions

Till 20 July

This group exhibition is designed as a tribute to abstract forms, colours and compositions. Abstracts enrich the visual experience and express myriad experiences of form and colour. While some paintings are a meditative endeavour or a burst of vitality, others are landscapes reduced to minimalistic representations or just a riot of colour. The exhibition features the works of R.B. Murari, Achuthan Kudallur, Tapan Mitra and Manish Pushkale, to name a few of the artists.

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

Around town

Tantalizing Blacks and Whites

Till 23 July

Aavaranaa is presenting its latest collection of craft saris that combine embroidery, block prints, Ikat and other exclusive weaves into chiffon, crepe, organza and georgette with edgy, contrasting borders. Prices start from 4,250.

10am-7.30pm. Aavaranaa, 15, Asoka Street, Alwarpet (24988292).


Short + Sweet

Till 22 July

Short + Sweet Theatre is the biggest festival of 10-minute theatre in the world. It started in Australia in 2002 and is now held annually in 30 cities across seven countries. The plays in this festival, which began on 11 July, are written by playwrights across the country and the world, and are presented by local actors and directors. Thirty-two plays shortlisted from 100 entries are being performed and 10 of these will be shown at the gala on 22 July. The event is being judged by the audience and a panel of experts.

7pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Allliance Française de Madras, Nungambakkam (668448403). Tickets, 110, available on and For the full schedule, visit

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On show: By Nirmala Sharma.

A Duet

Till 21 July

‘Land of Serenity’, a collection of abstract paintings by Deepak Madhukar Sonar, is on display alongside Nirmala Sharma’s collection, ‘Amazing Sculptures’. Sonar studies tribal art and is also a recipient of the Camlin Art Foundation Euro Tour 2006 award, apart from state- and national-level awards. Sharma has worked with ceramics for over two decades.

11am–7pm (Sundays clo-sed). Prakrit Arts, 102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989).

By Nandini Reddy



En folkefiende

(An Enemy of the People)

13 July

The 2005 film is a modern version of Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same title. Nutritionist and television celebrity Tomas Stockman moves to his village with his son and wife to produce the world’s purest bottled water in partnership with his brother Peter. The water revitalizes the village but tests soon reveal traces of a banned pesticide. Tomas learns that years earlier, his father-in-law had buried drums of toxic chemical somewhere on the farm.

1 hour, 30 minutes.

6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet. For details, call 9391020243.

Around town

BWSAP: Talk on Peak Oil and Wildlife

19 July

Organized by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad and the Bird Watchers’ Society of Andhra Pradesh (BWSAP), the talk will be delivered by environmentalists T. Vijayendra and Shashank, who uses only one name. Peak oil is described as the point in time when petroleum extraction reaches its maximum rate, after which the rate of production is expected to enter “terminal decline". This may endanger the basis of industrial societies while creating an opening to save wildlife, but everything will depend on how societies respond.

6pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No.3, Banjara Hills. For details, call 23350443/23350473/ 23350040.

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Being Eunuch

13 July

If a boy becomes a eunuch, will society accept it? Presented by the theatre group Nishumbita, the Hindi play highlights the plight and agony of being a eunuch and tries to answer some questions about the transgender community.

1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.30pm. Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad (23231245). Tickets, 150 and 300, available on

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli



Captured moments: Raghu Rai’s exhibition opens today.

13-24 July

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, in association with Vacheron Constantin and Tasveer, presents an exhibition by Raghu Rai. Rai took up photography in 1965 at age 23 and worked as a photojournalist with The Statesman, Sunday and India Today.

6pm (opening on 13 July); 2-8pm (Sundays closed). The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).

Around town

Highway 39: Journeys Through a Fractured Land

14 July

Oxford Book Store and HarperCollins Publishers will jointly present an inaugural session of Highway 39: Journeys Through a Fractured Land, a book by Sudeep Chakravarti that unravels the socio-political complexities of the North-East. It unravels the brutal history of Nagaland and Manipur, their violent and restive present, and their uncertain future. It also provides an extraordinary understanding of the intricacies and difficulties of the people and the region.

6.30pm. Oxford Book Store, 17, Park Street. For details, call 9038735705.


Till 22 July

ITC Sonar is presenting Kebabeer, a food festival, at its Peshawari restaurant. The festival is inspired by the essence and flavours of the North-West Frontier Province, with food cooked in clay ovens or tandoors in the traditional style. This style of cooking requires great expertise, since the meat is not accompanied with any sauce or gravy. Enjoy unlimited servings of kebabs and beer.

12.30-2.45pm (only on weekdays). Peshawari, ITC Sonar, Kolkata. Prices, 1,200 per person, plus taxes. For details, call ITC Sonar at 23454545.


14 July

Designer Ritu Kumar is presenting Panchavastra, a unique and emotive depiction inspired by ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship. The show is a collection conceptually inspired by the attire of five women from the Mahabharat, displaying handcrafted and hand-woven dresses in black, indigo, white, red and earth colours, a palette symbolizing purity, seduction, exile, darkness, etc. The show is a blend of art and passion, with cane installations draped in lehengas and saris—mostly bridal wear, exclusively represented with installations by artist Paula Sengupta. Kumar, originally from the city, will launch her new store with this one-day exhibition. The prices of dresses range between 15,000 and 5 lakh.

11am-8pm. Ritu Kumar Store, Ritika Pvt. Ltd, 4, Woodburn Court Road (22837447/7310). For details, contact Daya Das on 9836986806.

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LIVE IN INDIA—Legends and Friends

14 July

Two maestros, tabla player Shankar Ghosh and sitar player Manilal Nag, will come together on stage to create music. ‘LIVE IN INDIA’ is a series of live music concerts promoted and hosted by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Festival, a non-profit music promotion and education organization. Nag is from Bengal’s Vishnupur ‘gharana’ and has been closely associated with musical giants like Ustad Allauddin Khan, Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur and Pandit Vinayak Rao Patwardhan. Ghosh is a noted Indian tabla player from the Farrukhabad ‘gharana’ of Hindustani classical music.

7.30-9pm. ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 9903205059.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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