Constructing the Memory of a Room


Gargi Raina shows work from an exhibition displayed earlier this year in Mumbai. That show was Raina’s first public showing in seven years. She has since added a few works to the detailed but minimal pieces. Her paintings attempt to capture a memory of space through fragments and muted colours. Organized by Bodhi Art Gallery. 11am-7pm. Travancore Palace, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (41326119).

Visions of Kerala

Until 30 December

Abstract landscape paintings by George Oommen. Oommen was trained as an architect at Harvard, but his paintings seem to depart from this background thoroughly. Lush trees drip green over fluid waterways and red sunsets spill over palm trees. Several of these works are quite pleasant—if nostalgic. 9am-7pm. Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area (26496289).



28 December

Dancers rehearse for a Kathakali performance


Barna Maitra+Rasaraja Nidanbandhu Bandopadhyay

28 December

Bandopadhyay belongs to the Rampur/Betia gharana. Maitra is a student of Bandopadhyay. She has also trained under the legendary musicians Sangeetacharya Satyakinkar Bandopadhyay and Ustad Aminuddin Dagar. These recitals are part of the HCL Concert Series. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).

Songs of Connectivity

3 January

The first in a new series of talks, ‘Dialogues of Faith’ has Madan Gopal Singh, composer, actor, screenwriter lyricist and editor, talking about the imagined histories of the sacred word. He will also sing the Sufi music which connects all of Punjab into one cultural community, particularly the legendary love story ‘Heer Ranjha’. Singh was a presenter-performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2002 and performed at the Second Sufi Soul World Music Festival. He teaches English literature at Satyawati College in Delhi. In collaboration with The Attic. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). 6.30pm.


As the Sun Sets

29 December

The play juxtaposes the strength of a hate-filled relationship between a mother and daughter with a poignant, loving one between stepfather and stepdaughter. This dysfunctional family finds some common ground only when faced with the imminent death of a family member. Common experiences of loss and bereavement lead to the beginning of a tentative connection between an estranged mother and daughter. 7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets: Rs50-250 available at venue.


Book reading

3 January

Writer and publisher David Davidar will read from his new book ‘The Solitude of Emperors’. The Bookshop, 13/7, Jorbagh Market (24697102). 7.15pm.


Around town

Planter’s Chair Exhibition


With NRIs visiting, tourists hunting for souvenirs and a city suddenly flush with disposable income, it seems to be boom time for the city’s antique dealers. Phillips Antiques’ furniture division, the Planter’s Chair, lays out its wares at its roomy display area near Horniman Circle. On show are scores of items from owner Farrooq Issa’s warehouse, from 7ft Naga door posts to lacquer-coated boxes no bigger than one’s palm. Art deco panels run down wooden cupboards, tea tables feature fine chinar work and colonial recliners stretch out inviting one to stretch out. 10am-6pm (Mon-Sat). Botawala Building, Ground Floor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Horniman Circle (22020564). Prices: Rs5,000 onward.


Indian Electronica Festival

28 December

So what if you can’t make it to Sunburn in Goa? Get dizzy at the two-day Indian Electronica Festival. VJs Abdul Smooth and deCoy, beatboxer Shamik, Maneesh the Twister, Tablatronic Violence, Mili Bhagat and Ambrish form the line-up on day one. Visit for gig updates. 6.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).

Bacalao Men

31 December

Sway to the sounds of the Latin nu-jazz jam band from Venezuela. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).


Mark Him (First Half)

3 January

Riyas Komu loves football and not only because he used to be an enthusiastic player of the sport. It fits into Komu’s leftist leanings quite neatly. The sport is not burdened by “feudal hierarchy", Komu points out when talking about why he picked football as the subject of his new show. This exhibition is Komu revolting against the tendency to value cricket, which is all about individual glory and a colonial hangover. Instead he backs football, a sport that relies heavily on teamwork and is traditionally associated with the salt of the earth. 10am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). 28B, Pipewala Building, 58-70, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (22875839).


30 December

Though many children his age play-act at being Krrish, nine-year-old Govind S. Pillai would rather colour his face green and emulate his own superhero, Kathakali dancer C. Gopalakrishnan. Pillai explains why he chose kathakali over cricket: “There are many stories in this dance." When Pillai grows up, he hopes to become the first Indian army officer who is also a practitioner of Kerala’s ancient, colourful dance drama tradition. This dream drives him to spend a part of every weekend at Kalakshethram, a performing arts institute in Dombivali. This fortnight, the institute will celebrate its annual day with Kathakali, Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam performances. 6.30pm. Model English School, Pandurangwadi, Dombivali (E).



Around Town

Safdar Hashmi Memorial

1 January

A play in progress



Destination Asia: Flying over Stereotypes

1-5 January

Curated by Sharmila Samant, Quddus Mirza and Valeria Ibraeva, the artists in the show are from the newly-independent republics of Central Asia. Most of the works are video art and all of them are decidedly bizarre and promise to make for exciting viewing. The video artists include Dastan Kazakhmetov and Natalya Dyu whose work is titled ‘Stop Borat Now’. 11am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).