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A seminar with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

8 February

Noted post-colonial theorist, literary critic, and author of the seminal essay on post-colonial studies “Can the Subaltern Speak?", Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will take a seminar at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS). The focus is on two of her writings: “Moving Devi" and “Righting Wrongs".

10am-1pm. CSCS, 827, 29th Main Road, Poornaprajna HBCS Layout, Uttarahalli (26423266). For details and the invite, email

The Flying Bulls at

Aero India 2011

9-13 February

10am-5pm. Air Force Station, Yelahanka. Tickets, Rs400 on weekdays, and Rs500 on the weekend. No entry fee for children under 4. For details and registration, contact 7760996394. Make sure to carry the photo ID you used to register for the event.


Hamlet: The Clown Prince

8-13 February

A company of clowns runs amok with the script in Rajat Kapoor’s irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The clowns decide to present the famous tragedy with a comic twist. There’s no room for suspense as they reveal right at the beginning the fate of the main characters: “Hamlet dies, Ophelia dies, Gertrude dies, Claudius dies."

8pm (also 3.30pm on 13 February). Jagriti theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, Rs250, available at the venue from 7 February and at


Frozen in Time—Photographs of Dance

Till 6 February

Fleeting moments: An exhibition of photographs that captures dancers in motion is on at Max Mueller Bhavan.

9.30am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205305).


The Soundsystem

5 February

A new four-member collective, The Soundsystem, is descending on the city to unleash the gypsies’ carefree spirit in a flurry of violin strokes and knob-turning on the DJ console. Featuring Loran Bozic on violin and Nicolas Baby strumming bass, Eric Schirmacher on the DJ decks and TomaZ SubVersion as VJ, the group’s sound will draw on Balkan and other ethnic influences from around the world, such as Indian sounds, Afrobeat, Kuduro from Angola, and Cumbia, originally from the slave populations of Colombia’s Caribbean coast—all overlaid with electronica beats and twists.

7pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main Road, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravarthy Layout (23442580). Entry, Rs510 (inclusive of Rs400 cover charge).

Bevar Sea

6 February

This stoner-doom metal band has Ganesh on vocals, Srikanth and Chacko on guitars, Deepak Raghu on drums and JP on bass. The name of the band is phonetically the Kannada word for bastard. The name is also a jab and a tribute to the many great doom metal band named after seas and oceans, such as Graves at Sea, Buried at Sea and Ocean.

The band, along with three others, is opening for Orphaned Land from Israel.

6pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs400.


Sonic Oddities

5 February

The Experimenta Film Society is hosting a screening of this video work, curated by Stephen Parr. A montage of obscure clips, Sonic Oddities includes samples from the black and white claymation short Gumby Concerto (1963), American airline ad spots, a religious propaganda short named Eucharist, clips from the percussion-based short Fantasy of Feet, and a Bell Labs “science-of-sound" video named Two Heads are Better than One (1961). The show will be accompanied by the Bangalore-based experimental act The Indian Sonic Research Organisation, with a performance of what they describe as “home-made sonic instruments, using archaic/esoteric technologies". 2 hours.

6.30pm. Jaaga, Creative Common Ground, Rhenius Street, Richmond Town (9880289621).



Veena Basavarajaiah

7 February

Dancing diva: Veena Basavarajah in a contemporary dance recital.

8.20pm. Horniman Circle Garden, Horniman Circle, Fort (23633561).

Stree Katha

10 February

Over the last five years, Mythili Prakash has made a name for herself in Chennai’s competitive Bharatanatyam scene. Prakash’s well-rounded style, which have earned her rave reviews, will be amply displayed when she presents her production Stree Katha. It highlights the significant role and contribution of women in the Ramayana and focuses on the stories of Kaikeyi, Surpanakha and Sita.

7pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs50 and Rs100, available at the venue.

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Blind Man’s Car Rally

6 February

For this 65km drive, your only directions will come from a visually impaired navigator in the passenger seat reading directions in Braille. But this competion is not for the impatient, since it’s a time-speed-distance test in which teams lose more points for reaching a stop early than arriving there late.

Car rally: Driving change

8am. Those interested can report next to Blue Sea Hotel, Worli-Seaface at 7am. Registration, Rs1,200, or drive free by sponsoring a visually impaired child’s education for one year for Rs5,000. To register, call 9821116543, or log on to Registration closes 7pm on 4 February.

Jeffrey Sachs lecture

4 February

Jeffrey Sachs (director, The Earth Institute, and Quetelet professor of sustainable development, and professor of health policy and management, Columbia University) is often described as the world’s best-known economist writing on developmental issues today. He will present an interactive session on “India in the Global Economy: Issues, Challenges and Prospects".

Sachs, author of best-sellers such as ‘Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet’ and ‘The End of Poverty’, has advised governments across the world on how to salvage their economies. The lecture has been organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), the Aditya Birla Group CSR Centre for Excellence, in partnership with Columbia University’s Global Centers.

5.30pm. The Rooftop, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point (66324343). For details, email



Put It On, Again!

Till 26 February

Play it safe: An exhibition by Thukral & Tagra to raise AIDS awareness.

Similar to other ad campaigns, this one prescribed four rules of thumb: abstain, be faithful, use condoms, and delay your sexual debut. The problem with these rules was that the denial of pleasure was considered more important than making good sex safe. So Thukral & Tagra took up the challenge of addressing the contemporary urban reality of sex with multiple partners.

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

Applied Fiction

Till 2 March

The paths of Aparna Rao (from India) and Søren Pors ( from Denmark) crossed in 2002, during a two-year research scholarship study at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy. In 2004, the two began to work collaboratively. The phrase “applied fiction" seems both congruous and oxymoronic depending on how fiction itself is defined, and it is this aspect that induces irony and wit that pervades their artwork. In another sense, it could also refer to the fictional power of technology—the capacity for technology to penetrate all aspects of everyday life and become a part of our daily imaginations.

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

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Tamás Vásáry and Henriett Tunyogi—Western classical

8 February

This is a unique combination of a piano recital by concert pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry and ballet by Henriett Tunyogi. This talented husband-wife duo’s choice of music includes Beethoven, romantic music by Chopin and Liszt, impressionistic pieces by Debussy and contemporary classics by the likes of Bartók. The event is in collaboration with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre.

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


Persistence Resistance

8-10 February

Avante-garde:Watch over 80 documentary films.

10am-6pm. Auditorium, Conference Room I, Fountain Lawns and Gandhi King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431). For details and schedule, call the venue.



Masks and Metaphors

Till 12 February

In Masks and Metaphors, artist Jaya Ganguly has attemped to portray ugliness that abounds in life by using images of mask-like faces and physically distorted figures. Ganguly has employed a wide range of her lineal, textural and chromatic resources to make each portrait a unique image of metaphorical import.

12-8pm (Sunday closed). Gallery Sanskriti, 5C, Alipore Park Road (24484925/97931).

William Kentridge—etchings, prints and films

Till 28 February

On the occasion of artist William Kentridge’s first visit to India, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts is presenting an exhibition of his etchings, prints and films. Kentridge is one of the world’s most revered contemporary artists. Based in South Africa, his works track a personal route across the fraught legacy of apartheid and colonialism through an innovative use of charcoal drawings, prints, collages, stop motion animation, films and theatre.

2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942).


4-18 February

The Italian ministry of foreign affairs is showcasing pop-art style works by 27 Italian artists. It’s a contemporary style and draws upon the legacy left by Marcel Duchamp, the father of pop art. The Dadumpop exhibition originates from a desire to understand what the Duchampian and Dadaistic legacies are that can be found in Italian neo-pop and also to find a definition to this artistic reality.

11am-7pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680/22822895).


Caesar O Cleopatra

4 and 6 February

The Natadha theatre group of Kolkata presents Caesar O Cleopatra, a Bengali play inspired from Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. The script is by Arna and Rudrarup Mukhopadhyay, and the play has been directed by Arna Mukhopadhyay. The objective of the play is to portray the “imperialism" of the present day.

6pm (4 February). Sarat Sadan, 5, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Howrah. Tickets, Rs30.

3pm (6 February). Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9836419579.


Sufi Sutra

4-6 February

Sufi Sutra: The Syrian group will perform at the festival.

Each day, the first half will feature interactions and workshops with musicians, and in the second half, there will be four 90-minute musical performances by teams from the participating countries.

11am-3pm (first session) and 6-11pm (second session). Nicco Park, Plaza III and IV. For details and passes, call 24178516 or log on to

Indranil Bhoumik



Lost in the Jungle

5-6 February

Directed by Amit Singh of Chennai-based Asap Productions, this play chronicles the travails of an eclectic mix of characters from Tinkle and The Jungle Book. Throw in some music, dance, slapstick comedy, a desi twist and laugh-out-loud moments and you have your very own Indian pantomime.

3pm and 7pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9894538413). Tickets, Rs150, Rs250, Rs350 and Rs500, available at the venue and at

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Pizza and Pasta Fest

Till 5 February

Six-O-One dedicates this week to pizzas and pastas. Feast on pizzas with home-made spicy salami, caramelized fennel, mozzarella and arugula, or sample pastas such as linguini with clams, garlic, white wine and parsley, and the potato and rocket agnolotti with braised beef. All items are available à la carte for lunch and dinner.

11.30am-11.30pm. Six-O-One, The Park, 601, Nungambakkam High Road (42676000). Prices, Rs350 onwards.

Basant Panchami celebrations

6-8 February

Prakrit Arts will celebrate Basant Panchami over two days. On 6 February, there will be workshops on making garlands and shell flowers. There will be a puja on 8 February. Dress code: shades of yellow.

11am-7pm. Prakrit Arts Gallery, 102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989). Registration fees, Rs500.



4 February

The story is based on a boy who yearns for education but becomes a criminal. The crux of the story is how he is rescued by Buddha and attains enlightenment. The vocalists will be accompanied by Amritha Murali on the violin, J.B. Sruti Sagar on the flute and M.T. Aditya Srinivasan on percussion.

7.30pm. Le Royal Meridien, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22314343). Donor passes, Rs5,000 per couple.

Karuna Amarnath

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