India Music Week

Till 20 November

This musical extravaganza presented by Seagram’s 100 Pipers, organized and curated by Amit Saigal, editor of the music magazine Rock Street Journal, features rock, pop, blues, jazz, electronic, ska and more. It also has a two-day music conference that started Thursday, as well as panel discussions, presentations, interviews and workshops, at the Eros Hotel.

18 November


Mumbai-based composer, producer and guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar will present a modern jazz set. He has performed and collaborated with Richard Bona, Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Trilok Gurtu and Louiz Banks, to name a few.

7pm. Lodi—The Garden Restaurant, Lodhi Road (24655054).

Cassini’s Division

A rare appearance in the Capital by this Kolkata-based alternative rock band, whose music has a unique sound that is described as emotionally charged, perverse, dark yet danceable.

10pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).

The Commons + The Pulp Society

Rock, pop and psychedelic music by a Delhi-based group, The Commons, and Mumbai-based band, The Pulp Society.

9.30pm. Turquoise Cottage, 47 , Basant Lok, Priya Complex, Vasant Vihar (47686868).

Menwhopause + Thermal and A Quarter + Motherjane

Hear the three Indian indie heavyweights. Kochi band Motherjane’s latest album, Maktub, mixes Indian musical styles, progressive rock structures and lyrical content that speaks of an inner reflection, contemplation and hope. Bangalore-based Thermal and A Quarter (popularly called TAAQ) have for their influence The Beach Boys, Ringo Starr,

Sarah Brightman and The Indigo Girls. One of the first bands to distribute their music on the Web for free, Delhi band Menwhopause will be playing original compositions.

9pm. Florian, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Third floor, Saket (9999986575).

Hari and Sukhmani

Lyrical content: Hear Kochi band Motherjane at India Music Week.

10pm. 1, Boulevard, G11-14, Salcon mall, behind Select Citywalk mall, Saket (41070001).

19 November

Stephanie Thazar + The Ska Vengers

Thazar, from the French-speaking Reunion Islands, brings a blend of French, African, Indian and Chinese influences in her music. She will be followed by the Delhi-based band, The Ska Vengers, who blend ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and reggae to create their own unique sound.

7pm. Lodi—The Garden Restaurant (24655054).

Mrigya + Amit Heri Group featuring George Brooks

The 500th gig by local fusion band Mrigya, followed by more fusion by Bangalore guitarist Amit Heri’s group, and a special jazz fusion performance by US saxophonist George Brooks.

9pm. Florian, MGF Metropolitan mall (9999986575).

20 November

K.K. + Parikrama

The festival closes with Bollywood singer K.K. teaming up with rock behemoths Parikrama.

10pm. Hard Rock Cafe, M-110, multiplex building, First floor, DLF Place, district centre, Saket (47158888).

For invitations, contact the Rock Street Journal office (26497944, For gig details, visit


Nigah QueerFest 2011: Body Politics

18-24 November

A visual arts exhibition is being organized as part of the fifth edition of the “Nigah QueerFest 2011" by the Nigah Media Collective. The fest has transformed from a fringe fiesta into a mainstream event.

The festival, themed around “Body Politics", has invited selections from amateur as well as professional artists. The exhibition is curated by photographer Sunil Gupta, and includes displays like Monaz Diary by National Institute of Design student Anirban Ghosh. Ghosh’s comic-book-panel narrative of a transgender person in Ahmedabad shares space with Sonal Agarwal’s documentary photographs of Manu Massi and Her Family and Young Monk’s pictures of a lacerated back, titled Pleasure =Pain.

10am-7pm (Mondays-Saturdays). Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506). For details, visit

Around town

Walk around Kingsway Camp

20 November

Coronation Durbar: In 1911, the transfer of the capital to Delhi was announced here.

9am. To register for the walk, call the India Habitat Centre (43663080). Registration fee, 300 per person, on first-come, first-served basis. For details, email

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22-24/26 November

The world’s “largest 10-minute theatre festival" is back for its second Delhi edition. ‘Short+Sweet’ will feature crisp slices of theatre by local actors and directors.

7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, 100, 200 and 300, available at the programme desk and online at



Commemorating the centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham

Till 23 November

See photographs and maps of Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca site in Latin America that was “discovered" by Hiram Bingham, then the US senator from Connecticut. Some of these pictures were taken when the site had just been discovered. The exhibition has been organized by the embassy of Peru and the Concern India Foundation.

Noon-8pm (Sundays closed). Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).


Places of Rebirth

Till 22 November

Places of Rebirth: The exhibition draws on the artist’s experiences in India, Thailand and Japan.

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


Boi Akih and Izaline Calister

23 November

The Boi Akih trio includes Indonesian vocalist Monica Akihary, Dutch guitarist Niels Brouwer and Indian percussionist Sandip Bhattacharya. Izaline Calister blends Afro-Caribbean rhythms into the folk music of her native island of Curaçao.

9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry,Rs 300 per person.

Imogen Heap

24 November

Imogen Heap’s musical prowess has earned her Grammy nominations, including one win—for her 2009 album Ellipse—in the category of best engineered album, non-classical. Those who will miss her at the NH7 Weekender, on till 20 November in Pune, can catch her performance at the Blue Frog.

10pm. Blue Frog. Tickets, 2,000, available at the venue.

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Centrestage 2011

18-27 November

The second edition of the annual theatre festival of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) showcases a host of plays, including a street theatre competition from 21-26 November, and a workshop on theatre direction from 19-27 November. Shikha Mittal, founder of Delhi-based art education consultancy Be Artsy, says the company has invited groups from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kurukshetra to present pieces on the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as corruption.

Timings and venues vary. NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737, 66588997). Tickets, available at the box office daily, 9am-7pm. Credit cards are accepted. For tickets and the detailed schedule, visit



Man on Wire

18 November

Man on Wire: The documentary will be screened at Smriti-Nandan. By Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris

6.30pm. Smriti-Nandan, Nanda-Deep, 15/3, Palace Road, opposite the National Gallery of Modern Art (22258091). Non-members of Smriti-Nandan can make a donation of 49 (or more), though it isn’t mandatory. For details, call 65979732.



18 November

Mohiniattam dancer Gopika Varma will present three choreographed works. She will begin with Bhama Garva Bhangam, the first rendition of Sathyabama in the Mohiniattam form. This will be followed by a varnam, a central emotive item, on the story of Ayyappan. The performance will conclude with an exploration of the character of Ahalya, as depicted by Rabindranath Tagore in his poem Ahalyar Prati. The performance is part of Kala Nadam, the annual music and dance festival of the Narthana Academy of Dance and Music.

6.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).


Baaki Ithihaas—The Other Side of History

18-19 November

Baaki Ithihaas (1965) is playwright Badal Sircar’s ruthless look at the 1960s, of the dreary middle class and its obsessions with owning a home, making a career, accompanied by numbing apathy towards transformational global events. The play has been directed by Prakash Belawadi. Children under 12 years not allowed. 2 hours.

7.30pm (also 3.30pm on 19 November). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 100 on 18 November and 150 on 19 November, available at details, call 9986863615.


Recollections Reconnections

Till 3 December

An exhibition of copper relief pieces by S.G. Vasudev. Vasudev’s art predominantly remains influenced by folk tales and literature, with a strong presence of female faces. His works are priced between 1 lakh and 17.5 lakh.

10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202, 40926206). For details,

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Two Nations—A Single Screen

18-24 November

The fifth edition of the Indo-German Film Festival, co-hosted by the Goethe-Institut, the Bavarian state government, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and the Suchitra Film Society, will bring together a host of films from Germany (with English subtitles) and across India, and organize interactions with film-makers, producers and cinematographers, in addition to workshops.

6pm (inauguration on 18 November. Lavanya Theatre, 14, St John’s Road (25362134). Entry for delegates only. Delegate passes available at Goethe-Institut, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308). For details, visit



Scenes from a Market

Till 25 November

This exhibition of paintings by K.N. Ramachandran embodies the essence of a marketplace. The acrylic-on-canvas paintings have been created from typical bazaar and market scenes in Bangalore, bringing to life some of the most loved, or even forgotten old-style bazaars. 11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No. 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (32533655, 24982515).

Around town

Silambattam and Oyilattam

19 November

DakshinaChitra is organizing a workshop at its Heritage Museum on the traditional arts of Tamil Nadu, including martial arts and the folk forms Oyilattam and Silambattam, that represent the rich cultural past of the state. The workshop is designed for children in the 10-15 age group. Registration for the event is compulsory.

10am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24918943). Registration fee, 500 per person. For details, visit


Swing and Blues Meet at the Crossroads

19 November

Musee Musicals brings the first jazz and blues festival to Chennai featuring Incarcerated, The Blues Band with Melvin M. Ranjan, Mang Kipgen, Tony Bastien and Prasanna. The evening will feature a repertoire of classical blues and a few renditions of the best from legends such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson. The musical extravaganza is programmed and presented by Madhav Chari, a renowned Indian jazz musician, who will also perform solo jazz piano numbers.

6.45-10pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. For passes and details, contact Musee Musical (28522780, 42310326) or email

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Angkor Wat

21-29 November

Angkor Wat: At Prakrit Arts.

11am-7pm. Prakrit Arts gallery, 102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989).

By Nandini Reddy



Polska Love Serenade

18 November

Watch: Polska Love Serenade.

6pm. LaMakaan, lane adjacent to C-Bay, opposite GVK One, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills.

Around town

Goan food festival

Till 20 November

From the all-time favourite vindaloo to chicken peri peri, fish recheado, pork sorpotel, cabbage foogath, bebinca and other delicacies, savour authentic Goan cuisine. The menu also features Goa’s special sweet, dodol.

Noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Mindspace IT Park, Madhapur (67676767, 67676888, 8008302160 and 8008302201). Prices, 1,050, plus taxes (lunch), 1,150, plus taxes (dinner), 1,750, plus taxes (Sunday brunch), and 600, plus taxes (children).

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Uttarayan Bengali Theatre Festival

19-20 November

Uttarayan will present a two-day festival featuring plays by Kolkata’s Sayak theatre. The plays are ‘Pinki Buli’ (Saturday) and ‘Gnan Brikhsher Fol’ (Sunday).

7pm. Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad (23231245). Tickets for the two days, 150 and 300, available at the venue.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli



Rhetorical Realms

Till 30 November

The Idiyas gallery presents Rhetorical Realms, featuring paintings by artists such as Prakash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Bratin Khan, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Basudeb Pal Majumdar, Sambhu Saha, Ram Ratan Das, Subrata Das and Samir Paul. The collection demonstrates creativity and vibrant colours, dealing with a diverse range of forms and mediums. The mediums include oil, acrylic on canvas, watercolour and mixed media on paper.

10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays by appointment). 15, Dover Road (65508418). For details, visit


Helmet and Manbhanjan

20 November

At play: Shohan presents Helmet.

social welfare. The second play, Manbhanjan (A Woman’s Secret), is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. The play, directed by Anish Ghosh, revolves around a young bride, Giribala, who is ignored by her husband Gopinath, whose only passion is visiting the theatre to watch plays featuring the actor Labanga. The play deals with the aspirations of a woman in male-dominated, 19th century Bengali society.

Helmet, 3pm, and Manbhanjan, 6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (22234302). Tickets, 30, 40 and 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830042004.


Being and Nothingness

22-30 November

The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Tasveer will present an exhibition of photographs by artist Swapan Nayak. Born in 1965, Nayak began working professionally in 1995. The journey of his life is a story of migration—from a sleepy village to an unrelenting city. He lost his possessions —the unfettered view of the sky, the congregation of birds, acres of green and innocence. The title of the exhibition is taken from Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1943 treatise of the same name.

2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).


Minguet Quartet

19 November

As part of “Germany+India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities", the Cologne-based Minguet Quartet, established in 1988, comprises Ulrich Isfort (violin I), Annette Reisinger (violin II), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello). The ensemble performs classical, romantic and modern music, promoting the latter by premiering numerous 21st century compositions.

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398, 24866424).

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Around town

Kashmiri feast

18-27 November

The Eden Pavilion, ITC, presents the cuisine of Kashmiri Pandits. The traditional dishes that will be featured include delicacies like ‘rogan josh’, ‘kabargah’, and ‘gaad monje’. For the vegetarians, the options include ‘haak’, ‘chamman kaliya’, and ‘dum aIoo’.

7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue. Meal price, 2,200, plus taxes, per person (buffet). For details, call 23454545.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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