Bangalore

Theatre

Haridasa Sahitya and puppet show

11 June

The Foundation for Artists and Craftsmen Empowerment will perform a puppet show, Haridasaru Kanda Krishna. Stories from Krishna’s childhood will be narrated through the kirtanas of poet-saint Haridas and enacted through accompanying puppetry. The show is being organized by Rafiki and Vibgyor Entertainment.

5pm. Rafiki Workspace, Sri Chamundeshwari Studios, Millers Tank Bund Road. For details, call Anil Ramachandra on 9845602265.

Dance

Dance DIScourse by Nritarutya

11 June

Modern movement : Nritarutya will perform a contemporary dance item

6pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).

Around town

Chettinad Food Festival

Till 19 July

Bon South restaurant is hosting a Chettinad Food Festival, where you can sample the spicy and aromatic cuisine. Chef Suresh Pandian has put together a menu to showcase traditional Chettinad delicacies, including viraal meen kuzhambu (catfish in tangy curry), kari varutha curry (lamb with coconut, garlic, shallots and spices) and kai kari perattal (vegetables with poppy seeds and coconut).

12.30-3.30pm and 7-11pm. Bon South, Third floor, Mantri Square, 1, Sampige Road, Malleswaram (22667377). Charges, Rs330 (lunch buffet) and Rs350 (dinner buffet) per person.

Film

Westend

16 June

German directors Markus Mischkowski and Kai Maria Steinkühler share the major roles in their feature film debut Westend, an independently produced black and white comedy, filmed in a suburb of Cologne. The film is about two unemployed friends and their unsuccessful attempts to set foot in the modern working world. Mike and Alfred try to kill their days drinking beer at kiosks, as Rasto, their drinking partner, offers them a job: They need to make the old kiosk-ruin into a booking business. But Rasto seems to be a dubious entrepreneur.

6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan , 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar, 1st Stage (25205308).

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Art

Negotiated Positions

Till 25 June

A group show of paintings and sculptures by Babu Eshwar Prasad, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Farhad Hussain, Gurusiddappa G.E., Murali Cheeroth, Prasanta Sahu, Rajib Lochan Pani, Suchender P., Sunoj D. and V.G. Venugopal. Among the notable works are ‘The First Rain after a Long Time’ (acrylic on canvas), by Gurusiddappa, which presents a glorious depiction of a hibiscus bud bursting into flower, rising from a scene of canines mating over the arched bodies of a human couple. Another work, by Suchender, is a silver, soft stone, wood and gold sculpture centrepiece titled ‘Remains’, conceived as a replica of the Lion Capital of Ashoka that’s reduced to skeletons.

11am-7pm. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (22115718).

Chennai

Photography

Rainmakers

Till 15 June

Chennai-based NGO Prajnya is inviting contributions to Rainmakers, a photo exhibition planned to commemorate the centenary year of International Women’s Day. The theme is “Resourceful women". Thirty of the best entries will be exhibited in July in Chennai, and will be included in the Prajnya Archives. Entries should be submitted by 15 June.

For details, visit www.prajnya.in or call 9840070455.

Film

Son of the Bride

10 June

Alliance Française is screening Son of the Bride, an Argentine film directed by Juan José Campanella, about a man going through mid-life crisis, and how he comes out of it a better man.

6.30pm. Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (9940162773).

Theatre

Alauddin and 100 Watts Bulb

12 June

The play is a rip-roaring comedy, directed by renowned

director and scriptwriter Crazy Mohan. With an all-star cast and a zippy storyline, this one is a must-watch.

7pm. Rani Seethai Hall, 603, Anna Salai (28294863).

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Art

Landscapes

Till 19 June

DakshinaChitra is presenting an exhibition of landscapes by G. Manohar Raja. An alumnus of the Government College of Arts, Chennai, Raja presents a mix of themes ranging from water lilies, boats and trees to Ganeshas, all in oil.

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

Karuna Amarnath

Delhi

Film

Sita Sings the Blues

11 June

This animated feature harnesses an unlikely but wholly

beguiling combination of the Ramayan, literary analysis, jazz-era music, autobiography and home movie-making. Comic-strip artist Nina Paley uses the story of Ram and Sita as a counterpoint to her experiences of separating from her husband after he gets a job in India.

5.30pm. Devi Art Foundation , Sirpur House, Plot. No 39, Sector 44, behind Epicentre, Gurgaon.

Nanook of the North

15 June

Robert Flaherty’s pioneering ethnographic documentary is structured as a year in the life of an Inuit hunter (Nanook) and his family in the tundra east of Hudson Bay. In terms of authenticity, much was staged, contrived and traditionalized, but these characters are plainly “playing" themselves, and scenes such as the igloo-building manifest a sage grace and skill. 1 hour, 19 minutes (the screening is for Film Club members only. Membership fee is Rs750 a month).

7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).

Dance

All Warmed Up

15-16 June

Contemporary dance: By Gati.

7pm (15 June) and 9pm (16 June). Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).

Music

Goan music by Ekvat Group

11 June

Goan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Western traditions. According to Jose Pereira and Micael Martins’ book Song of Goa: Mandos of Yearning, the Portuguese encouraged newly converted Christians to learn Western music as a way of protecting them from Indian cultural influences.

Catch glimpses of their unique style in the song and dance routine of mando, which will be performed this week by the Ekvat Group from Casa de Goa, Lisbon. The performers, dressed in traditional costumes, will play instruments such as the violin, bongo and mandolin.

6.30pm. Azad Bhavan Auditorium, Azad Bhavan, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indraprastha Estate (23379309).

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Around town

Grassroots Comics: A Tool for Democracy

11-17 june

An exhibition of wall poster comics from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa on development-related issues. Political cartoonist and former journalist Sharad Sharma specializes in condensing issues to no more than 15 sentences, making a story out of them, and then making a poster comic out of it. This is the premise on which he founded World Comics India (WCI) in 1995. Sharma felt a need to “make media available, and turn it into a tool for the common man".

The results of WCI’s 15-year-long efforts will be on show at the exhibition.

11am-7pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Hyderabad

Around town

Chocolate-making workshop

10 June

A 3-hour chocolate-making workshop is being organized by children’s activity group TreasureHouse for children over 10. The children will be taught how to make goodies such as almond bites, chocolate marbles, chocolate crunch and chocolate biscotti. And the best part: They get to take home what they make.

11am-2pm. TreasureHouse, Road No. 63, adjacent to ICICI Bank, Road No.36, Jubilee Hills. (23550118). Charges, Rs500 (for members) and Rs600 (for non-members).

Kathiyawadi Food Festival

Till 12 June

Rajdhani, a premium vegetarian thali restaurant, is hosting a Kathiyawadi Food Festival. Relish specialities such as ringna no hollo, undhiyu, kathiyawadi masala khichdi, bajri rotla, turiya sambhariya, khichiyu, chokha ni kheer and other delicacies.

11.30am-3.30pm and 6-11pm. Rajdhani restaurant, Level-4, Big Bazar Super Centre, Ameerpet (64593998/99). Charges, Rs209 (weekdays) and Rs249 (weekends) per thali.

Film

Mauvaise Foi

14 June

The Hyderabad Film Club, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad, is screening Mauvaise Foi (Bad Faith), a 2006 French film about a couple in a live-in relationship. The couple’s carefree romance turns complicated when Clara discovers she is pregnant and her Jewish parents are not ready to accept Ishmael, her Muslim partner. Ishmael’s parents, too, are unwilling to accept his girlfriend.

6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet (27700734/36). For details, email francehyderabad@afindia.org

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Music

Fete de la Musique

15 June

Fete de la Musique, an annual music festival that originated in France in 1981, is celebrated all across the world on the same day. This year, the festival will celebrate music of all genres, from Western classical, pop/rock to jazz and Carnatic. Members of Betty Argo, The Banjara Hillbillies and Ujjal’s Jazz Trio will perform their compositions.

6.30pm. Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66663939).

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Kolkata

Photography

Metamorphosis

Till 18 June

Gallery Kolkata presents Metamorphosis, a solo show by Mohan L. Mazumder, a graduate in graphic design from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. The 63 photographs on display capture different moods—playfulness, joy, serenity and tranquillity.

11am-7pm. Gallery Kolkata, 41, Shakespeare Sarani Duckback House (22873377/88).

Face of Bengal

11-24 June

Photography has always been a passion for US consul general Beth A. Payne. While working in Iraq, she used to photograph ordinary people in marketplaces. During her tenure in Kolkata, she has captured moments, places and people. These images will be on show at this solo exhibition titled Face of Bengal.

Noon-7pm (closed on Sundays). The Harrington Street Arts Center, 8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Suite No. 5 and 25B, Second floor (22829220/21).

Theatre

Tasher Desh

11 June

Cultural organization Saptayan presents Rabindranath Tagore’s famous dance drama Tasher Desh, with music direction by Rabin Nandi and choreography by Swaminathan Pillai. Tasher Desh, or The Land of Cards, is about a prince who tires of life in the palace and runs away with a merchant in search of adventure. They get shipwrecked in the Land of Cards, where the inhabitants are devoid of emotion. The prince starts to effect change and gradually, their human qualities begin to emerge 6.30pm. Sisir Mancha,1-B, AJC Bose Road (9432241404).

Film

Black Swan

10 June

Black Swan (2010) is an American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis. A ballet dancer wins the lead in the ballet Swan Lake. She is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, Princess Odette, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan. The American Center will screen the movie as a part of Oscar Fridays. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

4.30pm. Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (39846335).

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Music

Darbeshi Gaan Workshop

14-16 June

The Eastern Zone Cultural Centre will present a special workshop on Darbeshi ‘gaan’ conducted by Bengali Sufi singer Kalachand Darbesh, as well as a musical evening by him and Kolkata-based Sahajia, a Bengali folk song group and music foundation. Darbeshi is a style of Bengali folk music that has descended from the Sufi dervishes. Bengal’s Darbeshis are unique because of the influence of Vajrayana Buddhist principles and the Sahajiya principles. The Darbeshi ideology encourages followers to talk about both Allah and idols. Kalachand Darbesh is the last of the known Darbeshi singers. The workshop will be followed by a performance by Kalachand Darbesh on 16 June.

11am-5pm (14-16 June); the performance by Kalachand Darbesh will be at 6.30pm on 16 June. Natgarh, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, IB-201 (23356796/97). Charges, Rs100.

Indranil Bhoumik

Mumbai

Dance

Devi

16 June

Nine lives: Catch Kristin Schrot, model by day and DJ by night, at Blue Frog.

6pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Sir Dorabji Tata Road, near Hilton Towers Hotel, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100 and 200, available at the venue and at www.bookmyshow.com

Around town

The Safety Aspects of India’s Nuclear Power Plants

13 June

Is nuclear power a safe solution to our energy needs? If this question has been on your mind in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, you just might want to attend this panel discussion on “The Safety Aspects of India’s Nuclear Power Plants". The speakers include Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and P. Balaram from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

5pm. Nehru Centre, Hall of Culture, Ground floor, Discovery of India Building, Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676).

Music

Tribute to Elvis by Gary Lawyer

11 June

7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA (66223737). Tickets, Rs550, Rs750 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.

Sitar and flute recitals

12 June

This musical evening, organized by the Sangeet Sabha of Bandra-East, will feature a performance by renowned sitarist Chandrashekhar Phanse. The city-based artiste has a deep understanding of the structure of ragas and rhythms, a knowledge and talent he has honed by accompanying vocalists such as the late Dinkar Kaikini and the nonagenarian V.R. Athavale. Phanse also teaches at the School of Indian Music at Opera House, Mumbai. The sitar solo will be followed by a recital by Hindustani flautist Rajendra Kulkarni, who is the disciple and son of Pandit Balasaheb Kulkarni.

6pm. MIG Cricket Club Hall, Second floor, MIG Colony, Bandra-East.

Milind Chittal

15 June

Listen to the mellifluous voice of Kirana gharana vocalist Milind Chittal. Dubai-based Chittal is among the first students of Mumbai University’s music department and was a disciple of the late Pandit Firoz Dastur. In music critic Mohan Nadkarni’s biography of Bhimsen Joshi, Chittal finds mention as one of the worthy heirs to Joshi’s musical legacy. He has also trained under the veterans Yashwantbuwa Joshi and Dinkar Kaikini.

5.30pm. Shivaji Park Nagrik Sangh, Shivaji Park, opposite Vanita Samaj, Veer Savarkar Road, Dadar-West.

Theatre

Butter and Mashed Banana

14-15 June

Butter and Mashed Banana begins with the hilariously sexy premise of a Marx-doting firebrand feminist and a painfully punctilious right-wing culture vulture getting frisky in a moment of ill-conceived (and unprotected) passion. The result: a confused infant whose teething troubles are accompanied by unfairly momentous decisions such as whether his first step must be taken with his right foot or his left. Torn between his parents’ rabidly polar aspirations for him, he jumps forward with both feet—into the warm lap (or hot seat?) of Article 19. But the boy quickly learns individual authenticity doesn’t come cheap. His constitutionally guaranteed right to free gab also comes with a gratuitous supply of the offended and their gob-muzzling antics. 1 hour.

9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs80, available at the box office daily from 1-9pm.

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Music

Miss Nine

10 June

Kristin Schrot aka Miss Nine is the most glamorous of electronic music’s most beautiful girls, strutting her stuff as a fashion model and the face of Levi’s jeans by day and DJing by night. The German DJ first began experimenting at home on her boyfriend’s deck in 2003. Now, her progressive, soulful and vocal-led DJ sound is in demand around the world, propelling her on to stages alongside the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and David Guetta. Expect her progressive and House sets to warm clubbers’ hearts with soulful, gentle and uplifting grooves.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge, Rs500.

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