Old World Theatre Festival 2010

3-12 December

Oedipus Rex: The play will be staged at the Old World Theatre Festival 2010.

Timings vary. 3-12 December, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222), and 4-12 December, Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000)

Everything’s Personal

6-7 December

This play revolves around a radio reality show where listeners call in under assumed identities and reveal truths about their lives. It explores how a call made by one person has a devastating effect on his wife.

7.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Ibsen Festival 2010

Till 10 December

The only dedicated Ibsen festival in the country returns for the fourth time. The focus this year is on rituals, folklore and traditions. The performers include troupes from India and abroad. The idea, according to festival director Nissar Allana, is that it helps them define their own point of contact with Ibsen at a “roots" level. They have to see him not as a stranger in their midst, but to bring him into our own environment and minds, in a manner that he becomes familiar and endearing. Some of the plays being staged are The Mountain Bird, Marecheeka and Peer Gynt. The productions will be followed by a seminar (7-8 December) and an actor’s workshop (9-10 December).

Timings vary. Kamani Auditorium, No. 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Tickets, Rs50-120, available at the venue. For details and telebooking, call 8826384405/8826286191.


Raja Deen Dayal

Till 28 February

A collection of photographs shot by Raja Deen Dayal in the 19th century. Two hundred of Dayal’s photographs will be on display. The collection ranges from portraits of Indian royalty to grand shots of monuments.

10am-5.30pm (Mondays closed). Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 11, Mansingh Road (23388341).



Till 15 December

A solo show by Arpita Singh. Her watercolours are mythologies of our times reflected in the gnarled bodies on her canvas, which are worn out by the decadent world. The concurrently candid and suggestive, colourful yet melancholic quintessence of Singh’s artwork compels the viewer to stand before them and wander through a complex maze of ideas, imaginations and conclusions.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Gallery, D-178, Phase-1, Okhla (65474005).

Oil on canvas

9 December-23 January

An exhibition of sculptures by Subodh Gupta, who is known for making installations of daily suburban objects such as cowpats, steel tumblers and vehicles.

10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).


Jazz Utsav 2010

3- 5 Decembe

The festival, which has been organized by Capital Jazz on and off since 1984, has become a much-looked-forward-to event in Delhi’s cultural calendar. This time, the main attractions are Swiss trumpet player Erik Truffaz, Hispanic electronica artist Murcof, and American guitarist Larry Carlton.

6pm. Ficci auditorium, Tansen Marg. Tickets, Rs600 and Rs900 for the first two days, and Rs1,000 and Rs1,500 for the third day, available at Rock Street Journal, 86/1, third building, Ground floor, Shahpur Jat (26497944) and at For details, log on to


Films on International Artists

4-9 December

The Habitat Film Club presents biopics of famous artists in collaboration with the Delhi International Arts Festival, the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac). Some of the movies to be screened are Goya in Bordeaux (directed by Carlos Saura), Rang Rasiya (directed by Ketan Mehta) and Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio.

Timings vary. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). These are exclusive film club screenings, membership fee, Rs750 per year.

Children’s Film Festival

4-5 December

The Delhi International Arts Festival and the American Center present two days of children’s films. Some of the movies to be screened include Fly Away Home, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

Timings vary. American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).


Around town

French pastry festival

Till 5 December

Le Cordon Bleu’s Christian Faure has teamed up with The Oberoi’s chef Anurag for this sumptuous festival. They are showcasing different techniques involved in creating decorative sugar pieces and techniques of decorative chocolate work, ranging from simple garnishes for desserts to intricate sculptures.

Noon-3pm and 7-11pm. Le Jardin, The Oberoi, 37-39, MG Road (25585858). Charges,Rs450-600 per person (taxes extra).



9-10 December

Two strangers are stranded on the wrong side of an indefinite boat strike along the river Shannon. With much time and little choice, the effervescent Marion draws the circumspect Dr Conroy into an elaborate series of games which involves re-enacting a marriage on the rocks.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs150.


Farhan Mujib

Till 9 December

Woodcut: One of the artworks at the Commentaries in Print

12.30-7pm (Monday closed). The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, email, or log on to

Commentaries in Print

Till 5 December

This is an exhibition of woodcuts, co-hosted by the Trellis Artists’ Circle, and features the work of Deepti Sharma, Harisha V., Lina Vincent Sunish, Prasad K.J., Sachin D. Naik, Satish Shivarudraiah, Urmila V.G., Vaidehi Raja, Venugopal V.G. and Vijayasarathy.

11am-6pm. Gallerie Serendip, 211, First floor, Sobha Main Road, Green Glen Layout, Bellandur (25740750).


One on One

5 December

This is a collection of 10 short pieces set in contemporary India. Anuvab Pal’s ‘The Bureaucrat’, directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur, is a witty narrative of a government official’s life viewed in 1968, 1983 and 2010. Anand Tiwari and Preetika Chawla play small-town immigrants in Purva Naresh’s ‘Aabodana’. In ‘Load-shedding’, directed by Nadir Khan, the diminutive, gifted Tiwari sits on a ladder to depict a speaking lamp post. The production is a part of the Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

7.15pm. Jnana Jyothi Convention Centre, Central College Campus, Palace Road, Gandhi Nagar (41698941). Tickets, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500, available at and



Jazz Utsav: Larry Carlton

3 December

Jazz Utsav, Mumbai’s only jazz festival, returns this week. The highlight of day two’s line-up is American guitarist Larry Carlton, who was one of the most in-demand studio guitarists in the US in the 1970s, appearing on almost 500 albums every year through that decade, including ones by Joni Mitchell and Michael Jackson. The event is a part of the ongoing three-city festival.

6pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Charges, Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs1,500.

Jaume Vilaseca Trio+Ravi Chari

7 December

The band from Barcelona, which was here in November last year, is back with its eclectic brand of jazz that takes in influences as varied as “the pop music of the 1970s, Brazilian popular music, Spanish flamenco, Latin jazz, African and Arabian music". This time around the band is joined by sitar player Ravi Chari.

10pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs300.

Around town

Tagore festival

3-5 December

The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club is organizing a three-day Tagore festival. On the second day, former vice-chancellor of Vishwa Bharati, Santiniketan, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, will deliver a lecture Tagore and Nehru: An Intellectual Companionship. The festival also features screening of Satyajit Ray’s documentary on Tagore and a lecture, Tagore: Pioneer of Modern Indian Performance, by Ananda Lal from Jadavpur University.

6pm. Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676). To register and for details, email or call 9920781009.

Rare Finds

Till 6 December

In the sixth edition of Rare Finds, antiques dealer Dilnavaz Mehta is displaying her newest acquisitions—old books, maps and prints that reveal Mumbai’s and India’s colonial past—and has put them up for sale. Among the prints of colonial Mumbai are rarely seen lithographs from 1852.

10.30am-6.30pm. Cymroza Art Gallery, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy (23671755).



8 December

Expect to be shaken and stirred at Flashpoint, a three-day festival of documentaries about human rights that has been organized by Solaris Pictures (production house for films on social issues), Magic Lantern Foundation (a non-profit group working for human rights) and Movies That Matter (an initiative by Amnesty International). The line-up includes director Julie Bridgham’s Sari Soldiers, and Alberto Bouglex’s Song for Amine.

10am. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).


Notes from the Desert

8 December- 15 January

Deserted: Gauri Gill explores rural Rajasthan through her images.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Matthieu Foss Gallery, Hansraj Damodar Building, Ground floor, Goa Street, Ballard Estate (67477261).



Sangeetha Raga Mahothsavam

2-12 December

To coincide with the Margazhi music season, the ninth edition of Naadhabrahmam music festival will begin with a function felicitating various artistes. The festival will kick off with a recital by renowned saxophone maestro, Kadri Gopalnath.

Timings vary. Dakshinamoorthy Auditorium, PS High School, Mylapore (24956021/24640656). For details, log on to



Sangeetha Raga Mahothsavam

2-12 December

To coincide with the Margazhi music season, the ninth edition of Naadhabrahmam music festival will begin with a function felicitating various artistes. The festival will kick off with a recital by renowned saxophone maestro, Kadri Gopalnath.

Timings vary. Dakshinamoorthy Auditorium, PS High School, Mylapore (24956021/24640656). For details, log on to


Ismat Apa Ke Naam

3 December

Directed by actor Naseeruddin Shah, the play is based on three short stories—Chui Mui, Gharwali and Mughal Bacha—written by noted Urdu writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai. The first story is narrated by the director’s daughter Heeba Shah and the second by his wife Ratna Pathak Shah. The actor will narrate the third story himself. The stories deal with survival of women in a male-dominated society.

7.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 7, Shenstone Park, 13/1, Harrington Road, Chetpet (28363921). Tickets,Rs300, Rs600,Rs1,000 and Rs2,000, available at the venue and at


Bonded Labour: Slaves without Chains?

Till 10 December

Alliance Française de Madras (AFM) in association with the International Justice Mission (IJM) presents an exhibition of 32 photographs taken over a decade of IJM’s work on bonded labour. Through a combination of photos and sound effects, the exhibition hopes to spread awareness about modern-day “slavery" at rock quarries, brick kilns and rice mills.

11am-6pm. AFM gallery, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).

Around town

Bengali food festival

Till 5 December

The festival brings the flavours of West Bengal in the form of delicacies such as kosha mangsho, murghi jhol, mangshor keema kofta, narkel shorshe chingri and murghi doi. The seafood fare includes machher tele jhal and machher kaliya. For vegetarians, there is chachchari, cholar dal, shukto and aloo bhaja, besides a host of mouth-watering desserts.

7pm. Rainbow, The Raintree hotel, St Mary’s Road (42252525). Charges,Rs750 for an adult, and Rs550 for children below 12 years (taxes extra).

Patta chitra on palm leaf workshop

4-5 December

Palm painting: A patta chitra.

10am-5pm. Madras Craft Foundation, G-3, Madhuram Flats, No. 6, Urur Olcott Road, Besant Nagar (9841777779). Charges, Rs800, inclusive of material, refreshments and transport to and from the Madras Craft Foundation.

Workshop: Baby Leaders

4 December-4 February

The Baby Leaders programme, in partnership with city-based School of Success and Vanilla Children Place, will hold this children’s workshop, teaching them the importance of self-image and communications skills. The workshop will employ tools such as theatre, acting and puppetry.

8/57, 1st Street, Luz Avenue, Mylapore. Age group: 3-6 years. Classes every Tuesday and Saturday. Charges, Rs6,000 for 24 sessions. For details, call 9789906146 or 42066660.


Mahadevan Maha Sainam Bhaje

5 December

Perfoming at the 36th annual art festival is ace Bharatnatyam dancer Anitha Guha and her troupe. They will enthral audiences with their elaborate classical ‘bhakti’ recital.

6.45pm. Narada Gana Sabha Main Hall, Mowbrays Road, Teynampet (24993201).

BY Karuna Amarnath & Varuni Khosla



Solo show

Till 5 December

Upcoming artist Tonmoy Roy is exhibiting his latest collection of paintings. Roy has a master of fine arts degree in painting from Rabindra Bharati University and his works convey the message that differing cultures can co-exist simultaneously and harmoniously.

11am-11pm. Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore (22233939).

Around town

History of Political Plays in Britain and Bengal

3 December

A discussion, History of Political Plays in Britain and Bengal, by noted British playwright David Edgar and Kolkata-based actor-director Kaushik Sen. Edgar founded Britain’s first graduate playwriting course at the University of Birmingham and was appointed professor of playwriting studies in 1995. Sen runs the noted theatre group Swapnasandhani in Kolkata.

7pm. British Council, L&T Chambers, First floor, 16, Camac Street (40074315).

Christmas Bazaar

4-11 December

Kamala outlets run by the Crafts Council of India will recreate the festive spirit of the 1950s and 1960s in the city. Items on sale include puppets, board games, wooden toys, traditional lac and mirror globes, patchwork bedcovers and hand- embroidered towels, nuts and chocolates in handwoven baskets and much more.

11am-7pm. Kamala, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22820763/63). Prices, Rs200 onwards.

Open Mic: Voices Against Communalism

6 December

As a part of the International Fortnight against Violence, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Swayam (a city-based NGO) is using the concept of spoken word art (communicating directly with the audience) on the issue of “women and communalism". The interactive programme will focus on violence against women in general, with special reference to communalism as a trigger for violence.

5pm. Hazra crossing. For details, call 24556942/43.


The Dewarists

3 December

This musical evening stars Benjamin Stanford, more commonly known as Dub FX, who started beat boxing in Melbourne, and Ustad Sabri Khan, one of India’s leading sarangi maestros. The one-of-a-kind musical event aims to bring together unique collaborations between some of the most exciting artistes from India and abroad.

9-11pm. Someplace Else, The Park (9831761927/9831077259). Club rules apply.


Women Changing India

4-16 December

Women Changing India: Actor Katrina Kaif

11am-7pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR (40035850).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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