Around town

The Bookwallah Travelling Writers Festival—Part 1

9 November

The Bookwallah Travelling Writers Festival is meant to be a harbinger of the Bangalore International Festival in December. Author Chandrahas Choudhury will begin the evening with a lecture on novels. He will be followed by poet Sudeep Sen, who will discuss the new collection he has edited, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry.

6pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage. For details, call 9886599675.

The Landmark Quiz

11 November

Veteran quiz master Navin Jayakumar will host the quiz, with special buzzer and speed rounds, for teams of three. Special prizes will be handed out in the “best school", “best college" and “best corporate team" categories; there will be prizes for the audience as well.

3pm. Sathya Sai Samskruta Sadanam, No. 20, Hosur Road, next to Forum Mall. For details, visit www.landmarkonthenet.com

Puppet-Making Workshop

10-11 November

Craft Canvas, which links artisans and urban customers, will introduce children aged 6-12 to the art of making leather puppets through a charmakari workshop. This workshop on the dying leather-puppetry tradition of Andhra Pradesh will begin with a short talk about charmakari and a presentation to introduce the artistes and themes. At the end of the workshop, children may take with them lamps that they’ve made; they will also be given certificates.

9am-1pm/2-6pm. On Saturday, at Craft Canvas, Tharangini, opposite Sadashivanagar police station. On Sunday, at the Club House, Purva Fountain Square, Marathalli. Charges, 500. For details, call Nisha Vikram at 8306066600.

Photography

Sebastian Cortes—Pondicherry

Pondicherry: Photographer Sebastian Cortes’ work.

Photographer Sebastian Cortes’ show in Bangalore is an extended photo essay, in which the main focus is his “journey into the metaphorical and anthropological folds of Puducherry". For this show, Cortes sought the participation of several noted French and Indian writers, who offered their views on Puducherry.

10am-6pm (Sundays closed). First floor, above Cinnamon, 11 Walton Road, off Lavelle Road. For details, call 9986284251 or visit www.tasveerarts.com

Art

The Colour And Texture Show

Pondicherry: Photographer Sebastian Cortes’ work.

The Colour And Texture Show features interpretations of colour and texture by artists such as Amitava Sengupta, Thota Tharani and Naina Kanodia.

11am-6pm. 1, Kumara Park, next to ITC Windsor, opposite Corporation Bank. For details, call 9845172881.

Music

Aurora Jane and Picture The Ocean

10 November

Aurora Jane, the Australian guitar queen, and Canadian alternative jazz-pop-folk band Picture the Ocean will perform as part of The Fully Fantastic Amit Saigal Tribute Tour, which has been organized in honour of the music promoter and founder of the music magazine, Rock Street Journal.

9pm. Opus, No. 4, 1st Main, Chakravarthy Layout, Palace Cross Road. For tickets and details, call 9844030198. or visit www.myopus.in

Ishq Sufiyana

11 November

The Rotary Bangalore Southwest will host Ishq Sufiyana, an evening of Sufi and ghazal songs from Hindi cinema. The singers will include Indore-based Mohammed Vakil, Mumbai-based Sagar Sawarkar and Bangalore-based crooners Ritisha Padmanabh and Adithya Srinivasan.

6pm. Nimhans Convention Centre, Hosur Road. Passes, 750-1,000(including food and beverages), available on www.buzzintown.com

Theatre

An Evening With Anton Chekhov

Theatrical: Anmol Vellani stages an Indian take on Anton Chekhov’s plays.

This play, directed by Anmol Vellani, will combine the performances of Swan Song, A Reluctant Tragic Hero, The Harmfulness of Tobacco and A Man With a Violent Temper. It’s about self-deception and conceit, and the inability to come to terms with the bitter truth within. In short, typical Chekhov. Children aged 8 and above allowed. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase JP Nagar. Tickets, 150, available on www.indianstage.in and in.bookmyshow.com

Chapter 2 by Neil Simon—An Indian Adaptation

13-14 November

Theatre group Jugaad Co. will bring its reading of Neil Simon’s work to Ranga Shankara. Aditya Kumar loses his wife to cancer, and goes into depression. When he meets Raga Ramdas, he is caught between his feelings for her and memories of his late wife. This dramatic comedy is directed by Anna Thomas. Children aged 8 and above allowed. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara.Tickets, 200 and 150 for students, available on www.indianstage.in and in.bookmyshow.com

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Art

Metaphor

10-14 November

The studio-gallery will present a solo show by Ravikumar Samethanahalli. The artist, who has a bachelor’s degree from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and a master’s in visual arts (painting) from the same institute, explores his interaction with strangers, material things and everyday life, constructing images by blending his observations with politics and humour.

11am-8pm. Bengaluru Artist Residency One, 10, Abhijit Apartments, 7th Cross, Venkatesh Layout, Sanjaynagar. For details, call Suresh Kumar at 9880282402

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Chennai

Around town

Diwali Elegance

Till 13 November

Celebrate the festival of lights with Aavaranaa’s latest collection of saris and dress materials in geometric and floral prints in Tussar silk, chiffon, Kota and georgette, as well as Kanjeevaram saris with real zari borders and intricate thread weaves in bright pink, red, orange, yellow and crimson. The price range is 3,400-40,000.

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

Heritage Walk

10 November

DakshinaChitra is organizing a heritage walk (Mamallapuram) for children during which participants will be taken to the historic seaport of the Pallava dynasty. In this walk, for children aged 10-15, art historian Chitra Madhavan will explain the heritage and culture, the iconography and the details of the sculptures at this heritage site. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Conveyance to and from DakshinaChitra will be provided from the city office at Madras Craft Foundation, G-3, Madhuram Flats, #6, Urur Olcott Road, Besant Nagar. To avail of the transport facility, reach the city office before 9.15am.

10.30am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435/24918943). Fee, 800.

Art

Art Potpourri From Mumbai

Till 20 November

This collection of works of 21 artists from Mumbai includes canvases from Apet Pramod Mahadev, Nitin Utge, Om Swami, Sanjay N. Raut and Vijay Balgave. It spans themes ranging from religion to landscapes.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, No. 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT colony, Mylapore (32533655). For details, visit www.vinnyasapremierartgalery.com

Gravity-defying: A Philippe Ramette work.
Gravity-defying: A Philippe Ramette work.
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