Troikala: Bickram Ghosh collaborates with artists Rachel Sermanni and Papon.

British Council will be hosting Troikala, a jugalbandi (musical collaboration) between Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, Assamese folk/electronic singer Papon, and tabla player and percussionist Bickram Ghosh, the son and disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh.

7pm. British Council, British high commission, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Limited passes available at the British Council reception. For details, call 23711401.


The Embodied Image: Krishna Reddy

Till 21 January

An ongoing retrospective of acclaimed sculptor and printmaker Krishna Reddy, curated by Roobina Karode, chronologically charts the significant changes in Reddy’s career as a printmaker and sculptor, from the natural to the metaphorical to the figurative. Reddy, now 86, is best known in international art circles for his discovery, in the early 1950s, of the technique of viscosity printing, through which several colours could be printed simultaneously on a metal plate. The exhibition also offers glimpses of a real printing press and of the actual processes of printmaking through photographs of Reddy at work. A series of bronze and copper plates placed next to some of the etchings provide connections between the creative, technical and visual aspects of the medium.

10am-5.30pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Twin Art Gallery, I, CV Mess, Janpath (23388155).


Till 5 January

Magical images: Ranbir Kaleka is exhibiting five recent works with elements of the fantastical in a solo show in the Capital.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday) and 11am-4pm (Sundays). Saffronart Gallery, The Oberoi Hotel, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg (24304458). For details, email

Out Here and Now

Till 5 January

A solo exhibition of recent paintings by Balbir Krishan, whose journey to his second solo show has been an onerous one. The 37-year-old artist has an awe-inspiring story to tell, full of dramatic ups and downs, but also love and hope. The present series emerged out of Krishan’s interest in the human form. Krishan used to paint male and female nudes till, one day, he came across a magazine with paintings by Bhupen Khakhar. “I had no idea of his existence until then, but his work changed my life," he says. He spent several sleepless nights questioning why he did not paint the homoerotic male bodies he really wanted to paint. “Bhupen Khakhar made his body of work decades ago. Why must I succumb to social pressure now?" he wondered. So, for his current series, Krishan painted male bodies over prints of homoerotic scenes on large canvases.

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

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Heritage walk

1 January

A guided walk through Lodhi Garden. The gardens were laid out in 1936 and encompass monuments from the Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties—15th and 16th century tombs and a mosque. A distance of around1.5km will be covered during the 2-hour walk. Take along drinking water.

3.30pm. Participants are to meet at Gate No. 1, Lodhi Garden, Lodhi Road, opposite Mausam Bhawan. Registration, 250 per person, on a first-come, first-served, basis. For details, visit www.delhiheritagewalks.comor call Kanika Singh (9212534868).



1 January

Directed by M. Sayeed Alam, this tongue-in-cheek comedy about the trials and tribulations of staging a play returns this fortnight. J.K. (Harish Chhabra), a harassed and hot-tempered director, is trying very hard to get his bunch of actors to, well, act. A week ahead of the performance, the play seems doomed—everything that could go wrong, does. Problems keep popping up during rehearsals, mishaps and mix-ups take place backstage, there is tension between the director and the writer—setting the scene for some genuine laughs.

7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets,Rs 100-500, available at the venue and on

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Dastkari Haat Samiti’s Crafts Bazaar

1-15 January

When Dastkar marks its silver jubilee at the annual crafts bazaar, the artisans will return with a little more than just the craft stalls and song and dance that make up the usual festivities. Artisans participating in the two-week fair will put on live demonstrations for visitors to watch and learn. The highlights: ‘ringal’ bamboo baskets, ‘aipan’ painting, looms from Uttarakhand, camel belt -weaving demonstrations from Ahmedabad, fine ‘ari’ work from Gujarat and ‘gabba’, a floor-covering craft from Kashmir.

11am-9pm. Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market (24678817).


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Hard Rock Café

30 December

Enjoy the final day of the Christmas cheer menu and rock-themed X’mas carols at the Hard Rock Café and taste the three-course meal. Dig into grilled turkey with roast pumpkin, Cajun-spiced potato wedges, gravy and cranberry jelly; ratatouille with mashed potatoes, pilaf and tomato sauce; chocolate pumpkin mousse tart and orange-infused rice pudding.

7pm-1am. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Compound, near Shiro, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). The three-course meal is priced at 950, plus taxes (vegetarian), and 1,174, plus taxes (non-vegetarian).


31 December

DJ Shy-O has been knocking about in the underground scene since 1996 and has played at some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Goa’s Sunburn. In fact, Shy-O spends a lot of time in Goa catering to locals with his progressive House and techno tracks. On this occasion, he’ll ensure an upbeat mix to keep New Year revellers boogieing all the way into 2012.

10.30pm. Novotel Hotel, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu Beach, Juhu (66934444). Entry charge, 10,000 for a couple and 6,000 for stags, inclusive of alcohol, appetizers and dinner buffet. Prices may change. For details, call 9920883013.


Swarankur concert

30 December

Joydeep Ghosh began experimenting with the rarely played instrument, sursringar, to perfect his strumming of the sarod. Khairagarh (Chhattisgarh)-based Ghosh, who originally hails from Kolkata, has a diverse background in classical music—vocal training from veteran singers Amaresh Choudhury and Dabir Khan, sarod training under Anil Roy Chowdhury for 13 years and then with Radhika Mohan Maitra in West Bengal, followed by 26 years’ training under Bimalendu Mukherjee. Ghosh has learnt all four gharanas of the sarod: Maihar, Shahjahanpur, Imdadkhani and Gwalior.

At the Swarankur concert, Ghosh will be playing Raga Shyam Kalyan and Raga Shudh Kalyan, and will be accompanied by tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur.

7pm. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga —West (24377022).

Sky Rabbit

Sky Rabbit: The band will be launching their new album at blueFROG.

The dreamy electro-rock quartet Sky Rabbit, formerly known as Medusa, will be performing at blueFROG. Fans finally have the chance to take a nine-track CD featuring the band’s popular hits Anti-Coke Ganpati, and versions of Hilltop and I Become I. This is the band’s first full-length release since their first progressive-metal album Survival Off the Fittest in 2005.

10-11.30pm. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, 300 per person.

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30 December

The Ragamala Dance ensemble from Minneapolis, US, will present Sthree, a production inspired by the ancient Tamil epic ‘Silappathikaram’. Accompanied by English narration and set to a score composed by L. Subramaniam, ‘Sthree’ is “a contemporary adaptation that explores the underlying tension between the principles of karma and dharma" and is set in the Sangam period. Artistic directors Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, who have learnt from Alarmel Valli, will be joined by a group of five female dancers.

7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue an hour before the performance.



Creature Comfort

30 December-6 January

A solo show of drawings of whimsical fictional beings by Malavika P.C. The Puducherry-based illustrator, designer and theatre actor is known for the cover art of The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction editions, which she conceptualized and designed (though the covers were illustrated by the artist Shyam Shankar). The tentacled beasts in Creature Comfort are impressions the artist has had of people around her.

Noon-8pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). For details,

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Ramayana Carnival

Fiesta: Begin the new year with a carnival themed around the Ramayana.

Begin the new year with this Ramayan-themed carnival. This colourful fiesta on the pan-Asian epic includes a display of dolls and masks, dance and music performances. Find out about movies and books on the Ramayan, see a Ramayan puppet show, take part in art activities, quizzes and storytelling sessions.

10.30am-6.30pm. National College grounds, Basavanagudi. For details, call 65683396 or email


Teddy Boy Kill

31 December

The Delhi-based live electronica duo, which came together in 2008, has Toymob (Ashar Farooqui) on vocals and guitar and AudioPervert (Samrat Bharadwaj) on synth, beats and programming. They will be joined in this performance by Rahul Giri of Sulk Station and Nikhil Narendra of The Bicycle Days.

7.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793). Entry, 2,500. Reservations mandatory. Contact the venue for reservations.


Nritya Sinchana

30 December

At the “Nritya Sinchana" series hosted by the Ananya GML Cultural Academy, danseuse Vidhya Subramanian will present Mudrika, a work that plays with the concepts of singularity and duality. Through her career, Subramanian has experimented with what she describes as the “open, accommodating space" of the traditional Bharatanatyam performance format, or margam. This recital includes His Curls, a piece based on a story by Jaya Padmanabhan, in which Subramanian introduces the element of vachikam, or speech, into the dance performance.

7pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).

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Lateral Insertions

Till 20 January

A show of recent works by a group of 19 artists. They are Arunanshu Chowdhury, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Babu Xavier, Debraj Goswami, Dileep Sharma, Heeral Trivedi, M. Pravat, Poushali Das, Rahul Mukherjee, Rajan Krishnan, Sachin Karne, Sajal Sarkar, Sanjeev Sonpimpare, Shruti Nelson, Sudhanshu Sutar, Suneel Mamadapur, Uday Mondal and Vasudha Thozur.

11am-7pm. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (22115718, 65469627).



Different Perceptions

Different Perceptions: By J. M. S. Mani and S. Rajesh.

A new series created by the father-son duo, J. M. S. Mani and S. Rajesh, is on display. Mani is popular for his Badami paintings of rural folk. Rajesh is known for abstract landscapes.

11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (24353341, 9884075453). For details, email

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Magic of the Wok

31 December

Welcome the new year with master chef William Ho’s special menu of Oriental delights, accompanied by a special selection from the bar. Among the dishes on offer are spring rolls (prawn, chicken and vegetables), spicy lamb dumplings, Chicken and Black Mushroom Suimai, stir-fried chicken with crushed pepper and peanuts, Mapo Tofu, and Hoffan noodles (with steak and seafood). For dessert, there will be Honey Caramelized Pudding with Chinese Five Nuts, pancake with ice cream, Fresh Fruits and Almond Roar.

7pm onwards. Golden Dragon, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road (66002827). Price, 4,250 per person, inclusive of taxes and unlimited liquor.

Margazhi Festival

Till 30 January

This village heritage festival brings alive the flavours of folk dances from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. There are the tribal dances of the Kurumba community of the Nilgiris, a workshop on Tholu Bommalu, or leather puppetry, Yakshagana by the Yakshagana Kendra Udupi, Karnataka, and Velakali, a ritual dance performed in the temples of Kerala. The festival celebrates the month of Margazhi and Pongal (harvest), celebrated in mid-January.

10am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road . For details, call 24918943, 24462435 or 9551166889.

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K J Jesudas

30 December

Gana Gandharva (celestial singer) K.J. Jesudas, who has lent his voice to both devotional and popular music, will be performing in a concert, revisiting his most popular songs as well as Carnatic songs. In a five-decade career, he has sung over 50,000 songs in different languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English.

6pm. Kamaraj Memorial Hall, Teynampet. Tickets, 200, 300, 500, 750, 1,000 and 1,500, available on

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New Year’s Eve bash

31 December

Ring in 2012 in style at the Hyderabad Marriott. Groove to DJ beats and savour unlimited liquor with a variety of food packages at Marriott’s eateries. The packages vary in price. So, it’s 3,000, plus taxes, per person, including unlimited liquor and finger food, at Altitude; 2,500, plus taxes, per person for a buffet and unlimited liquor at Okra; and 1,550, plus taxes, for a four-course meal and unlimited liquor at Bidri.

6.30pm-midnight. Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999).

New Year Brunch

1 January

The Collage restaurant at Ista will play host to guests looking to have a lively yet relaxing afternoon with family and friends amid groovy music, delicious food and refreshing drinks. The buffet revolves around the concept of a thriving marketplace, with eating stations and counters serving 50 varieties of salads, cold meats, sushi, cheese and pickle, pizzas, teppanyaki, Indian and international cuisine.There will also be a mini dessert buffet.

Noon-3pm. Hotel Ista, Gachibowli (44508888). Meal, 2,000 onwards, plus taxes, per person.


It’s a Wonderful Life

See: It’s a Wonderful Life.

This 1946 film directed by Frank Capra is an American Christmas bittersweet comedy drama . The James Stewart and Donna Reed starrer is the story of George Bailey, a good samaritan and a businessman who is about to commit suicide. An angel named Clarence is sent down to help him. To earn his wings, Clarence must show George just how many lives he has touched. 2 hours, 10 minutes.

6.30pm. Prasad Labs preview theatre, Banjara Hills. For details, call 9391020243.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli


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Duck and Turkey Food Festival

Till 6 January

Zhilann and Kaafila, two Salt Lake-based restaurants, will celebrate New Year’s eve with the Duck and Turkey Food Festival. Kaafila, famous for cuisine from Punjab, Pakistan and Afghanistan, will serve a wide range of food. Among the items on offer: Turkey ke Gunchhe—a dish cooked in the tandoor with hot spices and yogurt; Jujhe Tandoori Batak, with mint chutney and salad; Sahi Champ ke Turkey; and Mussalam-e-Turkey Ka. Zhilann, a multi-cuisine restaurant, will offer Roasted Duck with Chengdu pickle style, Sambal Sauce, Chilli Szechuan Pepper and Duck Curry with Flavour of Ginger and Onion and Turkey in Phiang Style. The Italian wine Soro Toscana will be served as a complimentary drink in both restaurants.

12.30pm-3.30pm and 7.30-11.30pm. Kaafila (40063210/11) and Zhilann (66342994, 23580994), 1, City Centre, Salt Lake. À la carte meal price for two starts at 1,000, plus taxes, at Kaafila, and 630, plus taxes, at Zhilann.


Notir Pujo

1 January

Kolkata theatre group Swapna Sandhani will stage Notir Pujo—an interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem Pujarini. Directed by Koushik Sen, the play is the story of a marginalized woman’s fight against the establishment. Srimati, the protagonist and noti (dancer), is commanded to dance at Buddha Chaitya instead of worshipping, at a time when dancing was looked down upon as a lowly act.

10.30am. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, 20, 30, 40 and 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830242809.


Alice in Wonderland

On show: A work by Mrinal Dey.

Mrinal Dey, a young, award-winning artist, completed his master’s in fine arts from Indira Kala Sangeet Viswavidyalaya, Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh. His figures are garrulously loud, out-of-shape and exaggerated beyond proportion, symbolizing an acute sense of loneliness, a feeling of being lost in a maze of self-inflicted consumerism. His current exhibition consists of sculptures and paintings with flamboyant use of pencil on acid-free paper, acrylic on canvas and mixed media, as well as fibreglass and bronze. The works, on sale, range in price from 35,000 to 1 lakh.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (24653212).

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Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival 2011

Till 4 January

The festival is presented by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society in association with Bickram Ghosh and the Siddha Group. It is featuring 13 concerts, 30 private master classes and three seminars, covering almost all genres, such as Western classical, Indian classical, rock, jazz, pop, Blues, experimental with artistes from Bosnia, Croatia, Japan, Spain, the US and India. The festival will feature Adam del Monte, Andreas Kapsalis, Subrata Bhattacharya, Rachel Sermanni, Amyt Datta, Amit Heri and Papon, among others.

6-9pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Harrington Street. Passes available at the venue. For details, call 9831463226 or visit

By Indranil Bhoumik

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