Bangalore

Around town

Des Murs Entre Les Hommes (Walls between People)

9-17 September

Dying professions: A photograph by Clare Arni

9am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345). For details, visitbangalore.afindia.org or call Monica at 8105675350.

Dance

Mahishasuramardini

11 September

On its 11th anniversary, yakshagana troupe Rangasthala Yakshamitra Kootha will present a programme, beginning with a performance by the children of the Yaksha Sambhrama troupe—they will present Veera Abhimanyu. This piece extols the bravery of Abhimanyu, who died attempting to break the battle formation known as chakravyuha. The event will conclude with the troupe’s performance of Mahishasuramardini, which depicts the killing of the demon Mahishasura by the goddess Durga. Yakshagana is a folk art form from Karnataka which usually draws its inspiration from the Puranas and epics such as the Mahabharat and Ramayan.

2.30-9pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).

Music

Chronic Blues Circus

10 September

The city’s oldest blues band commemorates 20 years of existence with a concert featuring Peter Isaac on vocals, Owen Bose on bass, Miriam John on guitar and harp and Abhilash on drums. At least 20 former band members will also join in the performance. Isaac will also showcase a collection of vintage instruments and equipment.

8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41158746). Cover charge, 250.

Film

A Tryst with K.K. Hebbar

14 September

This documentary by Mani M. Mani tries to determine the manner in which K.K. Hebbar’s paintings were shaped by European masters. The film suggest hints of Gauguin’s Brittany in Hebbar’s impressions of the rustic life of Kerala. During his 30-year career (he died in 1996), Hebbar was as much an individualist as he was rooted in the Indian identity. The simplicity in much of Hebbar’s work was true to his memories of his childhood days, when he would draw on the mud walls of his home with pieces of charcoal. The screening is part of An Artist’s Quest—K.K. Hebbar: A Retrospective exhibition, on till 20 October. 30 minutes.

3pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Entry, 10 for Indians and 150 for non-Indians.

Theatre

The Bald Soprano

Till 11 September

Little Jasmine Productions presents Franco-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco’s first play, La Cantatrice Chauve(The Bald Soprano). The play attempts to explore the travails of learning the English language. But the legendary playwright was quick to point out in his interviews and writings that the play’s setting in bourgeois English life is only incidental—its imagination is universal. The result is a one-act play that pretends to have three acts, eschews all traditional narrative devices of motivation, conflict and resolution, and features characters locked in a world of non sequiturs and failed understanding. Guitarist Konarak Reddy will give live sound design on stage. 1 hour.

7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar, Phase II (26592777). Tickets, 150, available at in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in

Robi’s Garden

9-13/15-18 September

The Association for the Mentally Challenged, in association with Bangalore Little Theatre (BLT), presents Robi’s Garden—a sample of Rabindranath Tagore’s writing for children. The six stories included have been adapted for the stage by BLT. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

6.30pm (9 September). Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road.7.30pm (10-13 September). Guru Nanak Bhavan, Vasanth Nagar. 7.30pm (15-18 September). MLR Convention Centre, Brigade Millennium Campus, 7th Phase, JP Nagar (40182222). Tickets, 150, available at in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.com

Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety

15 September

Written and performed by Radhika Vaz, Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety is a smart piece of comic writing that takes on stereotypes of what “proper" women should be like, and detonates them sans sympathy or regret. Director: Brock Savage.

8.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore (41231343). Tickets, 1,200 for single entry and 2,000 for couples, atin.bookmyshow. com (complimentary snacks and cocktails will be served at 8pm). Children below 18 not allowed.

Photography

Disappearing Professions in Urban India

14-23 September

This solo show of around 40 photographs by Clare Arni is part of her ongoing project, documenting professions and trades that are being marginalized, and increasingly run the risk of vanishing in an urban landscape in the face of new technologies and changing markets. This show covers Mumbai, Goa and Jaipur.

10am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). For details,visit www.sumukha.com

Mumbai

Theatre

The Real Inspector Hound

13-14 September

A pioneer: Astad Deboo (in black).

9pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (West) (26149546). Tickets, 80, available at in.bookmyshow.com

Art

Looking is not Seeing

Till 3 October

For this show, artist Balaji Ponna has made paintings about bureaucracy, graft and the plight of the underprivileged. This is Ponna’s first solo show in Mumbai. Looking is not Seeing features sculptures and oil-on-canvas paintings, and is showing at The Guild art gallery. The exhibition is based on Ponna’s reactions to what he observes in his day-to-day life—his disillusionment with the government is evident.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). The Guild, Kamal Mansion, 02/32, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).

Murder mystery: The Real Inspector Hound

Made in India

15 September

Winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Florida Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Made in India, directed by Vaishali Sinha and Rebecca Haimowitz, explores the issue of surrogacy through the case study of an American couple and their Mumbai-based baby carrier. It shines a light on the medical tourism industry, and the sub-business in surrogacy that is reportedly worth $450 million (around 2,079 crore).

7pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, 40, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).

Around town

Astad Deboo: The Man, The Dance

9 September

One of the pioneers of the country’s contemporary dance scene, Astad Deboo is an exemplary dancer and choreographer. In this talk organized by Jnanapravaha, Deboo will be in conversation with theatre director and film-maker Sunil Shanbag, who will take the audience through Deboo’s life using video clips. The talk will cover Deboo’s “journey from a simple background in Jamshedpur to the high art world of contemporary dance" and “his experiments with form, space and style". Joining them will be architect and designer Ratan Batliboi, whom Deboo has collaborated with for “challenging and unique designs" for his choreography.

6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974 / 22072975).

Delhi

Theatre

Big Apple: The American Center hosts The Spirit of New York.

10-11 September

Atelier Theatre brings you theatrical adaptations of works by Rabindranath Tagore.

10 September

The Hungry Stones

A dramatized reading of Tagore’s 1916 short story The Hungry Stones, about a collector who takes up residence in an old house and starts getting supernatural visitations. Director: Sohaila Kapur. Cast: Sunit Tandon and Sanjeev Desai.

7pm. Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road (24682001).

11 September

Char Rang

A take on Tagore’s novella Chaturanga, by the Jana Natya Manch. Director: Sudhanva Deshpande. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, IHC. For passes, call Pragati Bhalla at 9899854583.

Around town

The Spirit of New York

Till 30 September

A film festival and a 3D recreation of New York City, with pictures and mock-ups of attractions around the city, including the Thanksgiving Parade, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.

A decade after 9/11, New Yorkers have moved on with their lives, and they feel the world should too. That’s why, instead of solemnly commemorating the anniversary of the attacks, the American Center has chosen to celebrate the vibrancy of New York City.

The Hollywood films that will be screened are My Man Godfrey (1 hour, 34 minutes), at 6pm on Friday; Annie Hall (1 hour, 33 minutes), at 6pm on Saturday; and The Apartment (2 hours, 5 minutes), at 3pm on Saturday.

8.30am-6pm (Monday-Friday) and 11am-6pm (Saturday-Sunday). The American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472290).

Music

DJ Dave Seaman

Morning Show: An exhibition of posters.

Two influential forces in modern dance music unite in Delhi this fortnight: DJ Dave Seaman and Global Underground, the UK music label that launched DJs such as Paul Oakenfold and John Digweed. Seaman was in the thick of the early Global Underground action, spinning his first set (and CD release) for the label in Buenos Aires in 1999, and recording another four City Series releases since. The veteran DJ and former editor of Mixmag magazine has been on the scene since the early 1980s.

10pm. F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok, Chanakyapuri (26111066). Cover charge, 3,000 per couple. No entry for singles.

Art

Morning Show

Till 17 September

If you’ve long believed that ‘Qatil Jawani’ was only an urban legend and not a movie title, you’re in for a surprise. Makers of movies such as ‘Tera Tota, Meri Maina’,‘Reshma ki Jawani’, ‘Doosra Pati’,‘Har Nights’ and ‘Sarfira Aashiq’ have finally found their moment in the mainstream sunshine at an exhibition of posters titled ‘Morning Show’. It isn’t all lowbrow, though.

11am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). W+K Exp, B-10, Triveni Complex, Sheikh Sarai Phase I (46009595).

Chennai

Art

Art show: Eknath Giram

12-20 September

Eknath Giram will display 14 figurative acrylic-on-canvas paintings, representations of nature and people. These will be priced at around 7,000 per sq. ft.

11am-7pm. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (24982515).

Music

Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna

10 September

Carnatic vocalist Kunnakudi Balamuralikrishna, who has trained with Padma Bhushan awardee P.S. Narayanaswami, will give a recital, accompanied by V. Sanjeev (violin), Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma (mridangam) and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (ghatam).

6.15pm. Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Maharajapuram Santhanam Road, T Nagar (28140806). Tickets, 100, 200, 300, 500 and 1,000, available at the venue from 5-8.15pm.

Around town

Go Goan

9-19 September

Taj Club House presents a festival of the unique flavours of Goa, created by master chef Urbano de Rego. The a la carte menu includes all-time favourites such as Pomfret Recheado, Mushroom Mardol and Bebinca.

12.30-3.30pm and 7-11pm. Club House, Taj Club House, Club House Road. Meal for two, approx. 1,500, plus taxes. For reservations, call 66313131.

Theatre

Land of the Free

10 September

The Madras Players and JustUs Repertory will present an English play inspired from the Tamil novel Suntantira Bhumi by Indira Parthasarathy. It tracks the rise of a young economics graduate, Mukundan, from a mere cook to the position of the country’s home minister. Writer-director: Gowri Ramnarayan. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

7.15pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets, 150, 250 and 400, available at www.indianstage.in

Music

Kailasa concert

11 September

Popular singer Kailash Kher is known for his unconventional voice. After performing at several concerts across the country with his band, Kailasa, he is now in Chennai to enthrall audiences with his rock and Sufi music.

7pm. Sir Mutha Venkata-subba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets, 500 and 1,000, available at www.indianstage.in

- Nandini Reddy

Hyderabad

Film

Victoire Terminus

13 September

Alliance Française de Hyderabad, in association with the Docu Circle of Hyderabad and LaMakaan, is organizing a screening of the 2008 film, Victoire Terminus. Set in Kinshasa, Congo, the film follows the lives of four outspoken female boxers from the city’s ghetto. While the fight for the presidency of Congo rages, the women use the ring to vent their frustrations with corrupt presidential candidates. Directors: Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

7pm. LaMakaan, lane adjacent to C-Bay, Road No.1, Banjara Hills (27700734/36).

Art

Aadi: The Beginning

Till 15 September

The Taj Krishna presents an exhibition of paintings by P. Bala Bhakta Raju. The artist has expressed the many moods of the Hindu god Ganesh.

10am-9pm. Art Café, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills (66662323).

Around town

Grandparents Day brunch

11 September

Ista Hyderabad is hosting a lunch buffet on the occasion of National Grandparents Day. A greeting card competition will be held for grandchildren. The buffet spread includes roasted pumpkin, ravioli, prawn balchao and braised leg of lamb.

Noon-3.30pm. Collage, Ista Hotel, Gachibowli. Price per person, approx. 1,450, plus taxes. For reservations, call 44508888.

Music

Phoenix

15 September

The recently formed reggae and classic rock band Phoenix will perform at the Hard Rock Café. The band features vocalist Arun Ruben, Badri on drums, Keith de’Rozaria on guitar, Rachel Ankita on keyboard and Lokhipai on bass, among others.

9pm. Hard Rock Café, GVK 1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (44767900). Entry, 250.

- Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Kolkata

Tradition and mythology: Subir Dey.

Nostalgia: A Collection of Watercolours

Till 16 September

The Calcutta Arts Club, which aims to promote young talent, is holding an exhibition of watercolours by Subir Dey. Dey, a product of the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, is passionate about traditional, mythological paintings such as Kalighat Patachitra, Madhubani and cave paintings.

11am-7pm, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22822895/3431). For details, visit http://calcuttaartsclub.com

Mahmud Husain Laskar: Recent Works

Till 18 September

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts is presenting a solo art show of recent works by upcoming artist Mahmud Husain Laskar. The works are in acrylic.

11am-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).

Music

Bandage

10 September

Virgose, the lounge café at Hotel Hindusthan International, will present city-based band Bandage. The group will perform popular covers from rock to raga, jazz to pop, and ghazals to Indipop. The act will also include stand-up comedy by Mir.

8pm. Virgose, Hotel Hindusthan International, 235/1, AJC Bose Road (28830505).

Rocking: Bandage at Hotel Hindusthan.

Bhoot Puran

9 September

Based on a sketch by Bengali novelist Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, the play is centred around Partition and deals with “human ghosts"— people uprooted from their own land. Theatre group Gobardanga Shilpayan has given the story a contemporary twist to reflect concerns of loss of land, with a focus on tribal issues, politics and attendant problems. Director: Ashis Chattopadhyay. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

6.30pm. Minerva Theatre. Beadon Street. Tickets, 30, 40 and 60. For details, call 9434365574.

Art

Motley

Till 1 October

Gallery Kolkata presents an exhibition of around 60 drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and other art forms by modern and contemporary Indian artists. These include K.G Subramanyan, Jogen Chowdhury , Thota Vaikuntam , Prakash Karmakar, Laxma K. Goud, Surojit Das, Kartick Chandra Pyne, Paritosh Sen, Tushar Kanti Das Roy, Kamal Mitra, Pradip Mandal, Murli Cheeroth, Kazi Nasir, Pampa Panwar, Shuvaprasanna, Somenath Maity and Debarata De.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Closed on public holidays. Gallery Kolkata, Second floor, Duckback House, 41, Shakespeare Sarani (22873377/88).

- Indranil Bhoumik

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