Mumbai

Art

Untitled (Salt)

Till 3 November

Australian artist Jonathan Jones attempts to draw connections between the Indian independence movement and the political struggle of the aboriginal community, to which he belongs, through minimal drawings and installations that use tubelights and tarpaulin. Jones presents site-specific installations and sculptures that explore his ancestry and attempt to connect the exploitation of the aboriginal community with India’s colonial history.

The highlight of the show is Revolution, a series of drawings and tubelight sculptures, some of which were exhibited in his hometown Sydney last year. The drawings feature geometric designs based on the structure of salt crystals collected from Dandi and Dhrangadhra in Gujarat and the banks of the Murray river in Australia. Jones uses salt, which Gandhi described as one of the greatest necessities of life, to look at history while drawing attention to contemporary concerns.

10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani+ Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).

Film

Cherry Blossoms

11 October

A remake of the 1953 arthouse classic Tokyo Story, Cherry Blossoms fortunately sidesteps rank mimicry in favour of wry homage and something more. Director-screenwriter Doris Dörrie applies Yasujiro Ozu’s pet themes (encroaching mortality) and symbols (trains abound) to her own concerns, notably a rumination on the confounding estrangement from self and spouse. The film is about a middle-aged, unspectacular Bavarian couple Rudi (Wepper) and Trudi (Elsner), who hit the road after Trudi learns of her husband’s terminal illness (regimented, change-resistant Rudi is kept in the dark). Their destination is Japan, but they stop off in Berlin to visit their children and then move on to the Baltic for a seaside idyll. The story takes a sad and unexpected turn there—Rudi completes the trip alone. 2 hours.

6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda.

Dance

Antologia Flamenca

12 October

Ever since Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Spain is the ‘it’ destination for Indian travellers. The consulate general of Spain, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will be capitalizing on this surge in interest by celebrating Fiesta Nacional de España, the country’s national day on 12 October, in style.

The consulate will present three flamenco dancers (Lucero Cardenas, Elena Martin Martinez and David Romero) and two musicians (Aniol Miro and Roger Llorenc) as well as singer Beatriz Garcia for the piece, Antologia Flamenca. It’s a historical guide to flamenco, from the early origins in southern Spain, where it was the dance of the marginalized gypsies, to its slow progress to the theatrical stage.

7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Dorabjee Tata Road, Nariman Point (22833838).

Around town

Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge

9-22 October

Vintage collection: Memorabilia from Shammi Kapoor’s films will be on show. By Hindustan Times

10.15am-6pm. Curator’s Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844519).

Steak festival at Fratelli Fresh

Till 10 October

Fratelli Fresh will celebrate all things grilled with a steak and wine festival. The menu will feature options like gamberi al vino bianco, funghi al granchio and agnello scottadito. Diners can also pick their meat and the dressing from a list that includes Bourbon jus, creamy horseradish, beef gravy, Béarnaise and black peppercorn, red wine and mushroom sauce. Round off your meal with their torta gianduia, a hazelnut chocolate cake served with warm brandy sauce. The steaks have been imported from the US for this festival. The steak spread— dalla griglia—includes black Angus rib-eye (Rs 2,250 per person, plus taxes), black angus filet (Rs 2,350 per person, plus taxes), and black Angus T-bone (Rs 2,650 per person,plus taxes).

7-11.45pm. Renaissance Hotel, 2/3 B, Larsen & Toubro Gate, Powai (66927540/66928888).

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Art

The Art of Tarot: New Work by the Singh Twins

Till 8 October

In their Mumbai debut, the UK’s Singh Twins, as Amrit and Rabindra Kaur like to be known, are presenting 22 paintings which illustrate Roopa Patel’s book ‘Experiencing Tarot: A Book of True Stories and Healing’. The duo says the artworks reflect ‘Past Modern’—the eclectic style for which they are known, while drawing on the tradition of Indian miniatures. Although they reinterpret a Western representation of tarot, Amrit and Rabindra wanted to create something unique, incorporating new symbols into the flowers and gems generally found in tarot images.

10.30am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).

Bangalore

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Kumara Sambhav

8 October

Experts from Putthali Kalaranga, a troupe that specializes in string and rod puppetry, will perform the story of Kumara Sambhav. Directed by the renowned puppeteer from Karnataka, Dattatreya Aralikatte, the performance will feature traditionally decorated wooden puppets that weigh 8-10kg each and are 3-3 1/2 ft in height. This will be the 500th performance of the show. The event is organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

6pm. Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267421). Passes available at the venue.

Urban Café

12 October

This is part of the Urban Café series of discussions organized by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in collaboration with Café Coffee Day, where students discuss the issues facing cities, and possible solutions, over coffee. The initiative stems from a nationwide student challenge, “San-Kranti", from the IIHS, aimed at encouraging students to come up with innovative ideas for urban transformation.

The topic for this session is “Water Supply Issues in your Neighbourhood". The discussion will feature eight to10 participants.

5.15-6.45pm. Café Coffee Day, Richmond Road. For details, visit www.transformurbanindia.org

The Photography Race—Bangalore

9 October

Team up with a friend to participate in this competitive race. Teams progress from pit stop to pit stop on foot, tackling photography challenges and fitness drills, covering 6-8km and tackling four-five themes. Camera phones or digital cameras may be used. The race will feature a series of puzzles—you’re supposed to solve the puzzle and identify the theme hidden in it before reaching the next pit stop. At the end, you give in a photograph that you feel defines the theme best. This is the second edition of what started as The Bangalore Photography event last year . The first 50 who register can participate. 2-3 hours.

7.30am. Registration fee, 500 per team. For details, visit www.thephotographyrace.in, email carlitos.entertainment @gmail.com, or call Taushik (9620212750)/ Yasin (9986809990).

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Around town

Food for Soul week

Till 8 October

Joy of giving: Enabling the underprivileged.

The Lovedale Foundation helps underprivileged children from granite quarries around Bangalore with education, healthcare and vocational training. The not-for-profit organization has collaborated with restaurants across the city to set up a “Food for Soul" table for lunch and dinner through the week: Patrons pay for their meal, and the amount will be used to raise funds for a school bus and an emergency van for children . Book a table at any of the participating restaurants to contribute.

12.30-3.30pm, 7-11.30pm. There are “Food for Soul" tables at Fava (UB City, 22117444), Mocha outlets (Lavelle Road, 42110094/95 and Koramangala, 41570437), Opus (23442580), Mast Kalandar (all 25 outlets), The Biere Club (42124383/84/86) and The Gateway Hotel (66604545). For details, visit www.lovedalefoundation.org and http://joyofgivingweek.ning.com

Delhi

Film

Open Air Film Night

8 October

City spaces: Goethe-Institut’s Open Air Film Night will see a mix of films.

5.30pm onwards. Max Mueller Bhawan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.

Art

City, Kaavad and Other Works

12 October-12 November

Gujarat-based artist and writer Gulammohammed Sheikh’s first solo show in a decade has maps everywhere. There is Sheikh’s version of the 13th century Ebstorf mappa mundi, a European world map that was lost around the time of World War II. There are aerial cityscapes, based on Google Maps. A fold-out “Book of Journeys" catalogues Sheikh’s travels over the last decade. And there are mandala-like paintings that could be considered mental or psychological maps. These maps are marked with recurring motifs. An additional collection of smaller works of the artist will be exhibited at the Vadehra Art Gallery in Defence Colony.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Feroze Shah Road, Mandi House (23387241).

Theatre

Sons of Babur

9 October

The protaginist—modern-day college history student Rudranshu Sengupta—is having trouble finding takers for his play on emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. In the role

of the last Mughal, Tom Alter is headliner, crowd-puller and ultimately, the best thing the play—penned by Union minister Salman Khurshid and directed by M. Sayeed Alam—has going for it.

7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (23714307). Tickets, 100-500, available at the venue. For bookings, call 9810255291 or email pierrotstroupe@yahoo.com

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Music

Delhi Classical Music Festival

8-12 October

In this festival organized by the Punjabi Academy, the first day will feature a ‘jugalbandi’ by vocalist and Delhi ‘gharana’ ‘khalifa’ Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan and shehnai player Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, followed by a vocal recital by Parveen Sultana. The other performances will include a flute and santoor duet by Pandit Ajay Prasanna and Abhay Rustam Sopori, and vocal recitals by Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Laxman Krishnarao Pandit and Pandit Jasraj.

7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (43503351). Passes available between 10am-6pm at Punjabi Academy, Sadar Thana Road, Motia Khan, Paharganj (23616243/23528532).

Chennai

Theatre

A Play about Death

8 October

Masquerade Youth Theatre Ensemble presents an original play written by Thomas Manuel and Visvak Reddy. The plot follows the protagonist Peter as he tries to find answers to the many age-old existential questions about life and death. He starts out performing a play but then breaks away from the mediocre script to forge his own story. In the process, the plot emerges as an irreverent exploration of theatre as a narrative medium and a metaphor for life. Director: Harish Aditya. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

3.30pm and 7.30pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).Tickets, 150, available onwww.indianstage.in

Around town

Taj Khazana’s Trunk Show

12-13 October

Taj’s in-house lifestyle store is presenting a special collection of Varanasi Weaves featuring handwoven saris and dress materials.

10am-8pm, Clive Dupleix, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road.

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Fusion art: An A. Rajendran painting.

Works by A Rajendran

Till 10 October

A new series of paintings by A. Rajendran, themed on the rural and folk culture of Tamil Nadu— on canvas, and in acrylic—are on display at DakshinaChitra. His works have been exhibited in the past at St David Hall, Cardiff, Wales, and Covent Garden, London. The works are priced upwards of 15,000.

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).

By Nandini Reddy

Hyderabad

Photography

The City: Becoming and Decaying

11-23 October

Photo op: Pictures on urban life.

10am-5pm. Salar Jung Museum, Darulshifa (23241791).

Film

Doc Splash

11-13 October

Documentaries of the renowned German Director-producer-screenwriter-actor Werner Herzog will be screened as part of Doc Splash. The films that will be screened are How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck, Last Words, The Dark Glow of the Mountains (11 October), Wheel of Time (12 October) and The Wild Blue Yonder (13 October).

7pm. LaMakaan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills (27700734).

Around town

Traditional games workshop

7-8 October

A workshop on playing traditional games such as Aalu Puli Aatam, Ashtaa Chemmaa and gilli danda will be conducted by Madhumati from Kreeda, Chennai, for children over 6 years. Kreeda researches traditional games and tries to create awareness about them, organizing inter-school competitions and workshops for children.

10.30am-12.30pm. Saptaparni, Plot No. 21, Road No. 8, Banjara Hills. (66667707, 66821789). Registration, 600 per child.

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Art

M Narayan

13-30 October

Taj Deccan will host the works of Sumitra Narayan, better known as M. Narayan. His painting themes range from the sport of polo to market and village life. The works are priced between 50,000 and 2lakh.

10am-10pm. Lobby Gallery, Taj Deccan, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66663939, 23393939).

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Kolkata

Art

Lyrical Journeys

Till 29 October

Group show: Three artists are presenting works in watercolour.

11am-7.30pm (closed on Sundays and holidays). Mon Art Gallerie, Third floor, Regency, 6, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street), at the crossing of Albert Road (22895438). For details, visit www.monartgallerie.com

Theatre

Caesar O Cleopatra

10 October/14 October

Theatre group Natadha presents Caesar O Cleopatra, a play in Bengali inspired by the work of legendary British playwright Bernard Shaw. It’s scripted by Arna and Rudrarup Mukhopadhyay and directed by Arna Mukhopadhyay. The story, set in Egypt at the time of Caesar and Cleopatra, has been given a contemporary twist.

6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (10 October) and Rabindra Sadan (14 October). Tickets, 30, 40, 50 and 60. For details and bookings, call 9836419579.

Pinki Buli

7 October

Theatre group Sayak presents Pinki Buli, a Bengali drama directed and enacted by theatre veteran Meghnad Bhattacharya. The story revolves around two girls, Pinki and Buli. Buli hails from a remote village and works as a domestic help at Pinki’s house. The play explores the growth of their relationship from master-servant to friends. This is a story about two different lives—their wishes, dreams, pain, conflict and trials.

6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts. Tickets, 20, 40 and 60. For bookings and details, call 9836067788.

Around town

Musica Fiorita and Il Ballarino

8 October

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in association with the embassy of Switzerland and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New Delhi, will jointly present Musica Fiorita, a baroque music ensemble from Switzerland, and Il Ballarino, a baroque dance ensemble from Italy, along with Bharatnatyam dancers from India. This is on the occasion of the “XIth Edition of the Italian Language Week in the World".

6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani. (22822895/3431). For details, visitwww.tagorecentreiccr.org

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Art

DEBI

Till 15 October

Nalhati-based artist Narayan Sinha’s childhood memories are filled with the sounds of the conch-shell and Goddess Durga. ‘DEBI’ is a tribute to the goddess. Narayan’s installations of the goddess in bronze and metal attempt to recreate the grandeur of this annual ritual that Bengal celebrates. The installations are available for purchase.

Noon-7pm (closed on Sundays). The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Harrington Mansions, Suite 5 and 25B, Second floor,8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22829220/21). For details, visitwww.hstreetartscentre.com

By Indranil Bhoumik

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