Hoppes Bombay 1929 and Santiniketan

22 December-28 February

Keeping still:One of the photographs from Hoppé’s collection.

10am-6pm (Mondays closed). Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22844519).


Love on the Brink

17 December

Lillete Dubey’s theatre group Prime Time celebrates its 20th anniversary with a retrospective of one of its plays at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The festival includes a restaging of Love on the Brink, which is adapted from Murray Schisgal’s 1964 Broadway hit Luv, an existential comedy about neurotic, angst-ridden Jews that mocked Freudian psychoanalysis and the commoditized, watered-down version of love that’s often mistaken for the real thing. In Lillete Dubey’s Indian adaptation, Sudipto “Bandy" Bandopadhyay is about to end his life when he is stopped by old college pal Pankaj Chopra. Bandy is prone to self-indulgent breakdowns, and Pankaj cajoles him into believing in the meaning of life. 1 hour, 55 minutes.

7.30pm. NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets,Rs250, available on


Belle Du Jour

20 December

One of Spanish provocateur Luis Buñuel’s greatest popular successes, Belle de Jour is a mischievously deadpan and classically cool 1967 adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s fictionalized tale of a Parisian doctor’s wife who secretly volunteers for the 2-5 shift at an upmarket brothel. As Buñuel and his scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière make clear, this is a mere fantasy in the head of their masochistic heroine. Nevertheless, it was received as a confrontational liberationist shock at the time, though a barrage of sexually explicit imagery may have numbed the film’s effect in contemporary times. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).

Around town

Seminar on architecture

18 December

A seminar on housing will take a new look at the way dense cities are planning living spaces—both for the construction of family units and apartments for collective living. The Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture collaborates with the Netherlands Architecture Institute to bring literary, visual and performing artistes to give a new spin on the debates on housing. Poet Arundhati Subramaniam, film-maker Avijit Mukul Kishore and dancer Sanjukta Wagh are among the speakers. Architect Dick van Gameran will give the keynote address.

9am. Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Vidyanidhi Marg, Juhu Vile Parle Development, Juhu (26700918).

The Local Heroes

22 December

Indian comics who’ve made the cut for The Comedy Store’s auditions held this year now get their own show called The Local Heroes. The seven comedians, who started performing 5-minute open spots during the international acts five months back, finally have 20 minutes each on stage. The Local Heroes will feature four Indian comics twice a month. The show begins with Tanmay Bhatt.

8.30pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs300, available at the venue. For online booking, log on to



19 December-30 January

Max Streicher began creating inflatable sculptures in 1989. Since then, the Canadian artist has breathed life into large white inflatables that have taken the form of clouds, clowns and babies. Ashwamedh, Streicher’s new solo show at Gallery Maskara, features two giant white stallions which almost reach up to the 46ft-high ceiling of the gallery. In spite of their monumental size, the horses appear fragile because of Streicher’s choice of material. Made out of strips of white nylon, the sculptures are part of an ongoing series of equestrian “anti-monuments" that have been displayed on top of a building and suspended from the ceiling of a station in Canada. In Gallery Maskara, the horses that quietly bob up and down are meant to allude to Ashwamedha, the Vedic ritual in which kings sent out a white stallion to mark their territory.

11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Gallery Maskara, Warehouse, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).


Katatonia and Indus Creed

21 December

Stockholm death metal pioneers Katatonia come to town to rock IIT Bombay’s annual fest Mood Indigo. During their two-decade career, the band’s sound has evolved from hard-core doom metal to a progressive mix between metal and rock. Katatonia will bring to life tracks from their latest album ‘Night Is the New Day’ as well as doom metal fan-favourite 2001 album ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’. Their act will be preceded by a performance by the winner of Mood Indigo’s Livewire competition and the recently resurrected Indus Creed.

6pm. Open Air Theatre, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai (25722545). Tickets, Rs399, available at




17 December

Striking a pose: Mukherjee is inspired by Tagore’s ideas.

7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).


Delhi-Nama: A Few Vignettes of the City

Till 30 December

Delhi-Nama is a long-term photographic project on the city, conceptualized and initiated by Sundeep Bali in 2004. A visual extravaganza, this exhibition is a tribute to Delhi and its evolution through the ages. Bali started to use photography as a documentation tool during his master’s in archaeology and heritage management in 2000 and believes his photographic aesthetic is distinguished by a strong sense of historical-cultural contexts and their myriad visual manifestations.

11am-7pm. India Habitat Centre. For details, log on to or call 9811213162.

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Heritage walks

18-19 December

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) will organize a heritage walk through the Mehrauli Archaeological Park (18 December) and Lodhi Gardens (19 December). The highlights of the Mehrauli walk include a visit to Balban’s tomb, the Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb, Metcalfe’s bridge, Boathouse, Quli Khan’s tomb, Metcalfe’s guesthouse, the Rajon ki Baoli mosque and tomb, Serai, Maulana Majduddin’s tomb and Khan Shahid’s tomb. The Lodhi Gardens contain some exquisite examples of medieval architecture, including Syed and Lodi tombs, mosques and a Mughal garden.

8-10am. Charges, Rs50 per person. For details, email walks@ or call 24362267


Public Enemy Number 1

18 December- 23 January

Curated by Shaheen Marleen, the exhibition of paintings and photos is inspired by the gangster culture popularized by the Hollywood movie ‘Public Enemy’, starring James Cagney. This 1931 movie established the archetype of the nattily dressed gangster. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Gordon Cheung, Radhika Khimji, Prasad Raghavan, Iona Rozeal Brown and Mithu Sen. The show highlights the role violence plays in the lives of today’s youth.

10.30am-6.30pm. Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarai (46130637).



The Chair

Till 30 December

This exhibition of works by Alison Byrnes, Dayanita Singh, Farhan Mujib, Kumar Kanti Sen, Kumar Ranjan, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Malavika Prakash, Mithu Sen, Puneet Kaushik and Ramya Reddy features interpretations of the theme chair—from seats of power to the heads of dining tables— apart from reflecting different design influences, from art deco to modernist, and Bauhaus to contemporary styles.

11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Apparao Gallery, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, email or log on to


Nritya Neerajana II

19 December

The Ananya Geological and Metallurgical Laboratories (GML) Cultural Academy will present Nritya Neerajana, a festival that brings together music and dance. The day-long event will encompass discussions, lecture demonstrations, paper presentations and behind-the-scenes views of big productions and performances by visiting artistes. Among the performances are pieces by Bangalore-based Kathak duo Nandini K. Mehta and Murali Mohan, choreographed to two songs from the CD Nritya Sangeetha Volume 3— Kathak, which will be released at the festival as part of the project to develop songs in Kannada for different classical dance forms.

10am onwards. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303).


Pete Maatu

Till 19 December

The National Gallery of Modern Art, in association with the Bangalore Film Society and online publication Just Femme, is hosting a festival of short films on women in urban spaces, called Pete Maatu. The theme is “City conversations: In her own words". The festival will include an exhibition of photography, and a panel discussion titled Making Bengaluru Women-friendly (in partnership with the interactive news magazine Citizen Matters), led by journalist C.K. Meena and theatre person Prakash Belawadi, on Saturday at 4pm. The films to be screened include The Women’s Kingdom by Chinese film-maker Xiaoli Zhou, Remembrances of Things Present by Chandra Siddan, Q2P by Paromita Vohra and animated short film Printed Rainbow by Gitanjali Rao.

11am-7pm. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Tickets, Rs10 for Indians, Rs150 for foreigners, and Rs1 for children and students. For details, email or log on to

Around town

Talk by Hito Steyerl

17 December

The Berlin-based film-maker and author will host a talk as part of the ongoing CoLab-Goethe Lecture Series on practices in contemporary art and architecture, co-hosted by the Goethe-Institut. Steyerl, a professor of new media and film theory at the University of Arts, Berlin, is interested in the particular aspect of low-quality images—the kind you find readily on the Internet. As documentary films and video works begin moving to alternative screening avenues such as art galleries, Steyerl has been studying the aesthetic related to such “poor images".

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, Chinmaya Mission Hospital (CMH) Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).


Samara’s Song

Till 19 December

Commentary: Samara’s Song

7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara,36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase. Tickets, Rs150, available



Classic Collection

Till 20 December

Blooming art: Srividya’s latest collection is inspired by floral beauty.

11am-6pm. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (24982515).



17 December

Zinx, a city-based contemporary fusion music band, will showcase their ability to adapt and play various genres. Influenced by jazz, blues, funk, classical and even folk, this band’s versatility was recognized by musical maestro A.R. Rahman, who has also cut an album with them.

6pm. Alliance Française de Madras auditorium, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).

Around town

The Zebra Poetry Film Festival

18 December

As part of its ongoing Poetry Festival (till 30 December), Prakriti Foundation, in association with Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai), will screen films, following this up with a discussion with noted German author and poet Christiane Lange.

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai), 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street (28331314).

Festival of Orissa

18-26 December

DakshinaChitra’s nine-day Festival of Orissa will focus on the arts and craft, films, theatre and classical dance of the region. Stalls will be put up by craftspeople to sell tribal jewellery, patta chitra, stone craft, silver filigree, dhokra products, textiles, etc. Prahalad Nataka will put up shows from 18-20 December, Gotipua dance from Raghurajpur will be showcased from 21-23 December and there will be Odissi dance recitals by Aruna Mohanty and her troupe on the last three days.

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (27472603).


Margazhi beats

23 December

If you want to get a feel of the Margazhi dance season, then catch noted dancer Lavanya Ananth in performance. She will be followed by the versatile and graceful Srinidhi Chidambaram.

6pm onwards. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan main hall, East Mada Street, Mylapore (24640811). Tickets, Rs100, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue.


Rip Van Wrinkle

17-21 December

Little Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime is back, with many twists. The story (a spoof on Rip Van Winkle) revolves around the lazy, lovable Rip Van Wrinkle and his dog, Wolf, who magically travel through time from the Catskill Mountains in a Dutch village on the outskirts of New York a hundred years ago, to the present-day city. Wolf goes missing and that’s where the adventure begins. Throw in a dame who falls hopelessly in love with the bad guys and some song, dance and over-the-top slapstick comedy, and you have a laugh riot.

6.30pm (17, 20, 21 December); 3.30 and 7.30pm (18, 19 December). Museum Theatre, Egmore (9677125738). Tickets, Rs100, available at Landmark, Oxford Bookstore, Pro Musicals and Gatsby Village.

By Karuna Amarnath



Graphic workshop

Till 18 December

The Birla Academy of Art and Culture is presenting an exhibition of graphic art during the last leg of a workshop conducted by Atin Basak. The participating artists include Dipali Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Haloi, Jaya Ganguly, Ashoke Mullick, Jogen Chowdhury, Kazi Nasir, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Leena Ghosh, Paula Sengupta, Samir Aich and Subrata Gangopadhyay.

Workshop, 11am-7pm; exhibition, 3-7pm. 108, Southern Avenue (24662843). For details, log on

Rhetorical Realms

Till 31 December

Colourful stories: The exhibition has artworks in many media.

10.30am-6.30pm . Open all days except Sundays, when you can visit by appointment. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road, near St Lawrence School (65508418). For details, log on

Projection of Disjointed Times

Till 31 December

Aakriti presents an exhibition of 29 works by sculptor Akhil Chandra Das. The high point of the exhibition is humour, sarcasm and stylistic devices.

Noon-7pm (Sundays closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi, Hungerford Street (22893027). For details, log on to



18 December

Emperor’s dance: Priyanka Dasgupta tells Ashoka’s story

6-8pm. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).

Around town

Kolkata Polo Season 2010

Till 25 December

This winter, catch the non-stop polo action at the Kolkata Polo Season 2010, organized by the Fort William Riding and Polo Club, one of India’s most prestigious riding academies. The event will include a fashion show by Azura that captures the adventurous beauty of the sport.

2-3pm and 3-4pm. Pat Williamson Polo Grounds, Centre of Race Course Maidan. For details, call 9800949541.


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