Umang—Rama Margam

17 December

Watch a performance by the talented dancer Sreelakshmy Govardhanan, who will present five pieces as part of the presentation Rama Margam, comprising traditional items as well as new choreographies based on the epic Ramayan. The pieces highlight Govardhanan’s strengths in both pure, technique-driven dance as well as abhinaya.

After the traditional invocatory item, she will present Mandodari Shabdam, the story of how Mandodari and Ravan came together. She follows it up with a Tyagaraja composition, Balakanakamayachela, and a devotional item titled Pibarare Ramarasam, both of which are centred on the god Ram. Govardhanan concludes it with a piece on two characters rarely taken up by dancers: Sita and Lakshman.The performance is part of the Umang series of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and is supported by the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation.

7pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Admission on first-come, first-served basis.


Alexandra Stan

16 December

Songstress: Alexandra Stan.

9pm-1.30am. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry, 1,000, including a cover charge of 500.

Felix da Housecat

16 December

Chicago DJ Felix da Housecat, a Grammy Award winner, is one of the biggest names in Electro-House and House music. Clubbers from all over the world travel to Ibiza specially to see him play there. He thrives on big synths and spins catchy dance music.

10.30pm-1.30am. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge, 1,000.


19-21 December

The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s annual chamber music festival spans three days and features performances by international artistes from the UK, US, France, Spain, Japan, China and Korea. The violinists in the line-up are Gabrielle Lester, Jennifer Gilbert, Catherine Manson, Cho-Liang Lin and Harvey de Souza. The viola players are Carla-Maria Rodrigues, Manabu Suzuki, Garfield Jackson and Jean-Pascal Oswald. On the cello will be Eric Kim, Nicolas Hartmann and William Schofield.

7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, 300 and 500, available at the venue.

Pig and Dan

18 December

Pig (Igor Tchkotoua) and Dan (Dan Duncan) form a talented electronic music pairing. The duo has released albums on the renowned alternative label Cocoon Recordings, and will be performing at Aurus as part of the bar’s “Sunday Sundown" sessions, in association with Time Out. Clubbers can expect a set filled with intelligent, deep techno tracks. Sundown curator Tarun Shahani will perform a warm-up tech-heavy set for the crowd.

10.30pm. Aurus, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, near Reid and Taylor showroom, Juhu (67106667). Entry charge, 1,500, including drinks.

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Exhibition of Maritime Heritage

18 December-30 January

India’s maritime history is packed into this exhibition, being organized in collaboration with the Western Naval Command. It will have installations and panels on traditional shipbuilding, ancient Indian ports and voyages, naval weaponry and aircraft such as the Sea Hawk, Sea King and Chetak.

10.15am-6pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844519).

Cultural Identity and Identity Politics

21-22 December

This two-part lecture series will deal with the concept of identity in the cultural and political domain. On the first day, Akeel Bilgrami, a professor from Columbia University, US, will discuss the meaning of identity and why it poses a threat to secularism in politics. On the second day, Alok Rai, a former Delhi University professor, will discuss the challenges posed by identity in literature and the tensions created by an author asserting a Dalit or feminist identity.

6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral Middle School, behind Khadi Bhandar, Fort (22072974). For details, visit

Fun and frolic: Enjoy the Rambo Circus with your family.

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Rambo Circus

Till 18 December

The circus is in town with the usual staple of jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats. You can look forward to an African dance troupe that will do the Limbo under a burning rod and watch an elephant play cricket.

1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Bandra Reclamation, Reclamation Grounds, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W). Tickets, 100, 200, 400 and 600, available at the venue. For details, call 8286339243.


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Christmas Gourmet Bazaar

Till 20 December

Christmas spirit: Take home holiday goodies.

Noon-4pm. Olive Beach. 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400). Prices,Rs 60 onwards, plus taxes.


Chinese Photography Now

Till 4 January

Tasveer art gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by six Chinese photographers: Chu Chu, Liu Yue, Luo Yongjin, Ma Kang, Yang Yongliang and Yan Xinfa. The relationship between rapid economic expansion, technological progression and a deep cultural value system are some of the common threads running through their works—for instance, a series on tools, or one on old and new residences in China; some photographs using the dated gelatin silver process, while others use digital techniques. The exhibition has been organized in association with the Ofoto Gallery, China.

10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, visit


Sky Rabbit

17 December

Mumbai-based progressive rockers Medusa have switched genres to electro-rock and now go by the name Sky Rabbit. The quartet, including Raxit Tewari on vocals, Rahul Nadkarni on guitar, Siddharth Shah on bass and Harsh Karangale on drums, will release their debut album at Saturday’s gig.

8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indiranagar (25278361/42414000). Tickets,Rs 200, available at the venue.

D’bi Young and Lal

17 December

D’bi Young is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist and educator. She will be followed by her compatriots, the Canadian experimental live electronic act—the trio Lal comprising singer Rosina Kazi, DJ Murr and bassist Ian de Souza.

Kazi was born in Canada, where her parents emigrated from Bangladesh. She grew up listening to traditional and semi-classical folk music with her parents. Murray is from Barbados, West Indies, and De Souza was born in Uganda to Goan parents. A lot of their work combines their experiences of a different heritage.

8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793). Entry charge,Rs 300.

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Bangalore International Film Festival 2011

Till 22 December

Film fest: Watch new films and auteur retrospectives.

Timings and venues vary. For the list of films and the screening schedule, visit Register on the website for passes, 100 for students, 200 for Suchitra Film Society members and 500 for the public.



House of Love

Till 29 January

Picture perfect: An image from House of Love.

Singh used black-and-white and colour photographs together for the first time, a decision she says “immediately broke the rules of the photo book". Most of the colour prints are intensely saturated, having been taken at night with daylight film, a technique she explored in her previous book Dream Villa.

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


Music and dance festival

19-20 December

The students of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will present a two-day festival of music and dance. The Kendra’s repertory company is well-known for its annual ballets such as Karna, Krishna and Ramayana. At this festival, the students will be performing Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chhau and Odissi recitals.

6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Entry by invitation; invites available at the venue and at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. For details, call 23386428/29.


Tapan Mullick

16 December

Originally a Western classical cellist, Tapan Mullick performs a wide range of music. He was the Delhi Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist for 15 years and has also performed for films such as Black Friday and Tashan. At this concert he will perform a mix of Bollywood tunes, jazz, Indian folk, and maybe even some Rabindrasangeet on the cello.

8-11.30pm. TLR Café, 31 Hauz Khas Village (46080533). For details, visit www.tlrcafe.comor call 40404160.


Oscar Wilde—The Comedy and The Tragedy

16 December

A performance by Scotsman Neil Titley’s one-man show, Oscar Wilde: The Comedy and The Tragedy. Titley first performed in Delhi in 2006; this time, he will be performing at Epicentre in Gurgaon. The act, which has remained much the same over 30 years and performances across 80 countries, consists of Titley reading Oscar Wilde—as Oscar Wilde. The objective: to highlight Wilde’s caustic wit. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, opposite Power Grid Residential Complex, Gurgaon (2715000). Tickets, 150-350, available at the venue and on

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Yellow Line Project

17-18 December

Six dance films created at public spaces in Delhi will be screened during the Gati Dance Forum’s Yellow Line Project. The film by choreographer Rajyashree Ramamurthi and photographer and film-maker Desmond Roberts, for instance, has the bustling quadrangles of Nehru Place as a background.

7pm. 17 December, Devi Art Foundation, 39, Sirpur House, Sector 44, behind Epicentre, Gurgaon (44888177); 18 December, KHOJ Studio, S-17, Khirkee Extension, near Sai Baba Temple (65655874). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.



Alice in iLand

16-20 December

The Little Theatre is back with its yearly pantomime, this time with technology lending a bit of a twist. Alice in iLand is the story of Alice, a French maid who enters the exciting world of iLand through a wish granted by her fairy godmother. The ever-exciting characters of the Red Queen and White Rabbit are around to make Alice’s journey interesting in this play directed by Krishna Kumar Balasubramanian. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7pm (16-19 December), 3pm and 7pm (17-18 December) and 6.30pm (20 December). Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets, 100, available on

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Wonders of Hand

Till 30 December

Star-studded: Saris on sale at Aavaranaa.

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

Pottery and clay modelling

17 December

A workshop on pottery and clay modelling is being organized for children with the aim of creating innovative designs, ­sculptures and functional ware on the potter’s wheel.

10am-4pm, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Registration fee,Rs 500.

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Universe of Sound

17-19 December

This three-day festival will feature some celebrated names in the music and dance fraternity, such as Shubha Mudgal and Vyjayanthimala Bali. The focus will be on aspects of melody, harmony and rhythm, and genres such as Hindustani classical, Western classical and Contemporary. Every concert will be followed by a discussion.

9am-noon. Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, MCTM Chidambaram Chettiar Memorial School, 179, Luz Church Road, Mylapore. For details, call 9840567913

By Nandini Reddy


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Christmas party

16 December

Party time: Cookies and carols.

6.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum, Hermitage Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally. Registration, 100 for members and students,Rs 170 for others. For details, call 23240133 or email


Via Presence

Till 25 December

Via Presence is a multimedia interactive exhibition by B2Fays (Beatrice de Fays), organized in association with Alliance Française de Hyderabad. The visitor becomes the work of art, his presence (figure, movements, position) will be captured by a camera and projected on a screen.

11am-8pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery. 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills (66564466). For details, visit or email

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Samahaara Hyderabad Theatre and Rock Music Festival 2011

16-21 December

Plays will be followed by rock concerts during this festival. The plays scheduled include ‘Walimiyan Shaikhpeer ki Macbeth’, ‘Ek Akeli Aurat’, ‘Business is War’ and Harold Pinter’s ‘Caretaker’. Shock Therapy, Phoenix, Mehraj and Alter Egoz will stage concerts.

7.30pm. Venues vary. Donor passes, 100, 250 and 500, available on and in.bookmy For details, call 9885288982 or 9985873716.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli



Vodafone Odeon theatre festival 2011

17-21 December

On stage: The Great New Life by Blank Verse

7pm onwards. GD Birla Sabhaghar, Ballygunge (17, 18 and 21 December); Kala Mandir Auditorium, Shakespeare Sarani (19-20 December. Tickets, 60 and 200, available at Vodafone stores and the venues. For details, call 30252665.



Till 18 December

CalClickers, a new group of photography enthusiasts, is presenting its first exhibition of works by members. Many of them seek to portray the inner, often hidden, spirit of the “City of Joy"—be it the narrow lanes of Burrabazar, the botanical garden, Howrah bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Kumartuli, Victoria Memorial or morning joggers. There are also images of wildlife, street portraits, landscapes, food, and more.

3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Southern Avenue. For details, call 9830048366.

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The Winter Barbecue

Till 1 January

ITC Sonar presents a barbecue festival at the Eden Pavilion Lawns. The dishes include khao suey, ginger and soya mirin tofu ceviche, squid and chilli ceviche, chicken and paneer shawarma served with hummus, basil and citrus-marinated bhetki, Harissa spiced barbeque sausages, medallion of tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, grilled red snapper and beef.

7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion Lawns, ITC Sonar (23454545). Meal, 2,000, plus taxes, per person, including a complimentary drink.

Lego Ninjago Building Event

17-18 December

Funskool India Ltd, in association with book-store Starmark, will present a Lego Ninjago Building Event, billed as one of the biggest building events ever conducted for children in Kolkata. This is a chance to build 7ft-tall Lego Ninjago figures using 20,800 Lego bricks. The participants can battle it out to become the master of Spinjitzu and win exciting prizes. A bonus: They can also learn the tricks of building large Lego sets.

Noon. Starmark, Mani’s Square. For participation details and registration, visit the venue or call 9433544394.

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Dialogue 5

16-18 December

Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata presents ‘Dialogue 5’—the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and video festival. The fifth edition celebrates writers, directors, actors and their work on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes and issues. The festival is organized by the NGOs Sappho for Equality and Pratyay Gender Trust.

Timings vary. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, contact Sappho for Equality (email or call 9830127146) or Pratyay Gender Trust (98310 31674).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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