Bangalore

Theatre

One on One

16 October

Ten pieces set in contemporary India, starting with a witty narrative of a government officer’s life in Anuvab Pal’s The Bureaucrat, directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur. In Purva Naresh’s Aabodana, directed by Akarsh Khurana, Tiwari and Preetika Chawla deftly move between wit and heartbreak as they play small-town immigrants who come together and fall apart in Mumbai. Shernaz Patel puts in a sensitive performance as a widow rediscovering her sexuality in Creado, Constancedirected by Arghya Lahiri. But One on One does have its weak spots, such as Maia Katrak’s White On White and Rahul da Cunha’s Hello, Check. 2 hours.

7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, 300, 500, 750 and 1,000 available at www.indianstage.in

Art

The Sartorial World—Marking the Visuality of Adornment

14 October-10 November

Sartorial World: At Apparao Galleries.

12.30-7pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, or visitwww.apparaogalleries.com

Ayisha Abraham

16-17 October

An installation of two new films by Bangalore-based artist Ayisha Abraham. I Saw a God Dance is a 20-minute short film on the dancer Ram Gopal. It delves into disparate archival material, film, photographs, and interviews, and ageing 8mm footage that Abraham came upon in the neighbourhood where Gopal’s family lived, compiled in a single-channel video that offers a brief account of the classical dancer (who died in 2003). En Route, a 20-minute collage of images of post-colonial India that was produced and shown at Centre Pompidou, Paris, earlier this year, features a selection of largely amateur footage, layered with microscopic imaging of fungus.

11am-7pm. ArtSlant, BAR 1, 69/3, Third floor, Mission Road, above the Cars ‘r’ Us showroom, next to Chennamma Memorial School (9880282402). To make an appointment, call 9483161858.

Around town

Pause: in times of conflict—The creative face of Kabul

16 October

Researcher Francesca Recchia’s current talk “The creative face of Kabul", has emerged despite, and often as a result of, the political upheaval and physical destruction in Afghanistan. Get introduced to the artistic practices of Rahim Walizada (known for fusing traditional carpet craft design with both the conceptuality and aesthetics of contemporary art) and Aman Mojadidi, and the activities of the Turquoise Mountain, an organization that seeks to revive and promote traditional folk craft and art, as well as historic areas, in Afghanistan. This is the third meeting of this forum, organized by Maraa, which looks at creative practices in countries in conflict.

5-7.30pm. PageTurners, Penguin Bookstore, 89, Kannan Building, MG Road. For details, call 25297843 or email at info@maraa.in

Music

Indalousies—Akim El Sikameya

16 October

Counter tenor and violinist Akim El Sikameya will present a selection of folk and fusion music from his third album Un Chouia d’Amour. He will be accompanied by Salim Allal on mandolin and vocals, Philippe Parant on guitar, Jérôme Soulas on accordion and Thomas Huet on percussion. This tour is also an opportunity for the artist to draw from the many Indo-European inspirations for his next album, Indalousies.

7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar. (41231340).

A Night Of The Opera

18 October

As part of the “Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2011", tenor Mats Carlsson and pianist Michael Engström will present a selection of arias, Swedish and Scandinavian classical music and songs from musicals like Phantom Of The Opera and West Side Story. Carlsson trained at the Royal College of Music and the University College of Opera in Stockholm, and made his stage debut in 2005 with Hippolyte et Aricie. Carlsson has also performed roles in modern operatic works, which extensively use newer musical ideas like chromaticism and dissonance.

7.30pm. Tickets, 150-200, available at the venue. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar. (41231340).

Film

Swiss Film Festival

14-15 October

Hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore, these screenings include English subtitles and are open to the public. On the first day, the Swiss-German film Vitus will be screened, while on 15 October, the French film Mon Frère se Marie will be screened.

7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore,108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For further details, call Shilpa at 41130905.

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Theatre

Ranga Shankara Theatre Fest ’11

15-23 October

This year, the Ranga Shankara Theatre Fest, built around the theme of “Political Theatre", brings together six plays from across the country in Kannada, Hindi and English. Curated by theatre person Prakash Belawadi, the festival will also feature film screenings and a week-long exhibition of political cartoons by V.G. Narendra. The festival will also include seminars, street plays by college students, foyer performances and theatrical presentations. Among the plays being performed are ‘Comrade Kumbhakarna’, written by Ramu Ramanathan and directed by Mohit Takalkar; ‘Iran (is not the problem)’ directed by Aaron Newman; ‘Tango’, written by Slawomir Mrozek and directed by Anmol Vellani; and ‘Nammoora Benkibaakaru’, directed by S. Surendranath. And in a tribute to Badal Sircar, the festival features his famous ‘Teesveen Shatabdi’, a play based on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

6.30pm onwards for the plays and street plays. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. (26592777). Free admission to the seminar, cartoon exhibition and film shows. Tickets for the plays, 100. Tickets will be on sale from 12 October at Ranga Shankara, and from 8 October onwww.indianstage.inand www.bookmyshow.com

Mumbai

Around town

Reviewing the Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland, Assam

15-16 October

A two-day event organized by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) will focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women in Nagaland and Assam—two states that have been soaked in insurgency for decades. The event at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) will launch a study report titled Bearing Witness: The Impact of Conflict on Women in Nagaland and Assam. There will also be a photo exhibition and a film screening. Sanjoy Hazarika, the managing trustee of C-NES and the project director, hopes to focus attention on the North-East conflict through this project.

6pm. Little Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).

Music

Beets Brothers+Harsha Makalande and Khrome+Louis Hayes

16 October

JazzMatazz: Louis Hayes will play.

5.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, 200 (for students), 600, 800, 1,000, and 1,500,available at the venue and atin.bookmyshow.com

Jump4joy

19 October

Get ready to boogie the night away with this jazz band. With rolling piano lines and frenetic horn solos, their music harks back to New Orleans legend Professor Longhair, Dr John-style swamp rock and coruscating rock ‘n’ roll in the style of Little Richard. It’s hard to keep your feet still when you catch a blast of Jump4Joy’s infectious beat. The line-up will be completed by drummer Kenneth Björnlund, bassist Martin Tronsson and saxophonist Ingalill Högman. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

10pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg (entrance from Tulsi Pipe Road), Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, 300.

Sushila Rani Patel

20 October

The music circle Swar Aalap will honour the nonagenarian vocalist, Sushila Rani Patel, with a lifetime achievement award. Patel has already won 34 awards, including a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award. She will also perform.

8.30pm. Mysore Association Auditorium, 393, Bhau Daji Road, near Maheshwari Udayan, Matunga (East) (24024647). For passes, call Dinesh Ghate (9920065336) or Kushal Gopalka (9321027196).

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Around town

Black Taxi’s Window Shop at Mia Cucina

14 October

In an ongoing effort to provide a platform to young indie designers, design company Black Taxi Creative Concepts will host its first-ever pop-up store at Mia Cucina. They have 10 new fashion, lifestyle and accessories labels on board, including “Shor Sharaba" by Trsha Ganeriwal Jhaver and Rasshi Ganeriwal who will showcase their line of pop art- inspired cushion covers, coasters and table mats, and jewellery by Meera Mittal. Design company Wear Your Opinion will launch its range of cotton T-shirts featuring “social messages". There will also be technicoloured ‘kurtis’ by Punya S.

11am-6pm. Mia Cucina, Jewel Shopping Centre, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W) (42414000).

Delhi

Art

154 Neshvilla Road and Other Stories

Till 12 November

Kapil Das’ images evoke a visceral response. 154 Neshvilla Road—the photographer’s first solo exhibition—takes from his address in Dehradun. He constructs a visual tapestry of quiet family life through quotidian objects such as embroidered sofa covers and plastic tablecloths. But it is the “Other Stories" in the title that reveal a wicked sense of humour. In one of the series, Das photographed a desi travelling freak show where some of the exhibits included deformed babies preserved in formaldehyde. Prints of photographs available for purchase on request.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). PhotoInk, MGF Hyundai Building, Ground floor, 1, Jhandewalan, Faiz Road (28755940/42).

Portraits of FN Souza 1957–1961

Till 15 October

Ida Kar (1908-1974) was a Russian photographer of Armenian descent and is well-known for her portraits of artists such as Henry Moore, Georges Braque and Gino Severini, as well as writers Iris Murdoch, Jean-Paul Sartre, T.S. Eliot and Doris Lessing. Kar’s connection with the subcontinent was artist F.N. Souza, and her portraits of the Goan artist will go on display for the first time in India.

10am-6.30pm. Monday-Saturday. British Council, The Queen’s Gallery, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (42199000).

Music

TM Krishna

16 October

Family drama: August: Osage County is directed by Lillete Dubey (centre).

6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Theatre

August: Osage County

16-17 October

August: Osage County, based on Tracy Letts’ much lauded script, is directed by Lillete Dubey. The play was first performed by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in June 2007. According to Dubey, the play can be described as “Virginia Woolf-meets-Chekhov family drama with all stops pulled out".

5.30pm and 8pm, 16 October. Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex, Khelgaon Marg (26493370). Tickets,Rs 500-1,500, available at Bookmyshow.com. 7.30pm, 17 October. Epicentre, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, 700-1,500, available at www.bookmyshow.com

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Photography

Delhi Photo Festival:Opening Week

15-23 October

The India Habitat Centre (IHC) and Nazar Foundation are organizing an international photo festival in the Capital, with exhibitions, portfolio reviews for both professionals and amateurs, film screenings, workshops, seminars and lectures. Photo practitioners’ ‘addas’ will also be organized every day.

Habitat World, IHC, Lodhi Road (24682222). For details, visit www.delhiphotofestival.com

Hyderabad

Around town

Tea festival

Till 31 October

A hot cuppa: Savour teas from across the world at Hotel Ista.

11.30am-11.30pm.Rs 225-400 plus taxes per person. Hotel Ista, Gachibowli. (44508888). Make reservations for big groups.

Vietnamese food fest

Till October 20

The Taj Deccan has launched a new menu at its restaurant, Syn Asian Bar and Grill. To promote this, it is holding a Vietnamese food festival. The menu includes crispy fried soft shell crab in butter-garlic, chicken satay, stir-fried soft shell crab with basil and black bean sauce, Pho soup, vegetarian items like classic Hanoi corn cakes, crispy lotus stems in butter-garlic sauce, wok-tossed shredded potato with basil and dry chilli and wok-tossed soft noodles. Guests can also choose from Japanese and Thai dishes.

12.30-2.45pm and 7.30pm to midnight. Meal for two priced at 1,600 plus taxes. Syn Asian Bar and Grill, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. (66663939, 23393939, 66523939). For prior reservations, call 9295006969.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Chennai

Around town

Festive Lunch

Till 31 October

The Great Kabab Factory is offering special lunches with a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs that you can enjoy with a complimentary glass of draught beer.

Noon to 3pm. (Tuesday-Friday). 999, per person, inclusive of taxes. Radisson Blu, 531, GST Road, St Thomas Mount. For details and reservations, call 22310101.

Art

Heroic Past and Contemporary Present

15-30 October

An exhibition-cum-sale of around 60 paintings by some of the most renowned artists of India, including K.K. Hebbar, M.F. Husain, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Bose Krishnamachari and Akbar Padamsee.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore. For details, call 24982515, or visitwww.vinnyasapremierartgallery.com

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Art

Crafting History— On Pulicat

Till 30 October

Cultural heritage: Exhibition on the Pulicat region at DakshinaChitra.

10am-5pm (Tuesdays closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road. Entry, 75 (on regular days) and 90 (on festival days). For details, call 24462435 or 24918943.

By Nandini Reddy

Kolkata

Photography

Pink is the Navy Blue of India

15-25 October

Framed: Fashion photographer Norman Parkinson’s take on India.

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

Music

Shefali Alvares and Jazz Project

15 October

Percussionist Bickram Ghosh and music organizer Siddha present Shefali Alvares and the Jazz Project Live In Concert. The Jazz Project has Adrian D’Souza on drums, Sheldon D’Silva on bass and Jarvis Menezes on keys. The event will see three talented musicians coming together to deliver a superb performance.

7.30pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9 A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Passes can be collected from the venue (22822895/3431).

Art

Dialectica

Till 20 October

Artist Joydip Sengupta, with an MFA degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Scotland, has held exhibitions in India as well as abroad, including Denmark, Germany, Singapore, and the UK. His works at the current exhibition are mostly figurative on mediums like oil on canvas, gouache on paper, water colour on paper and also a bronze sculpture. His works are on sale at the exhibition and the prices range between 35,000 and 5.75 lakh.

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

Theatre

Bilasibala

14 October

Gobardanga Naksha, a prominent Kolkata-based theatre group brings a folk play—Bilasibala—based on Astak and Ram Jatra, a folk form of North 24 Parganas and Nadia. The play has been inspired by the lives of folk artists and has been conceptualized, researched and directed by Ashis Das and written by Debabrata Das. 1 hour 15 minutes.

6pm. Purbashree, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. IB-201, Salt Lake City. (23356796/97, 23353093).

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Theatre

Chandalika

20 October

Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) presents Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Chandalika’ in its Horizon Series. In this first Hindi version of ‘Chandalika’, Usha Ganguly contrasts the mother as a “coarse" woman as opposed to her sensitive daughter Prakriti. The play shows the stark realities of society and also talks about the universal search for love and happiness, making this 1933 play relevant even today.

6.30pm. Passes available at ICCR reception. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, RTC, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani. (22822895/3431)

By Indranil Bhoumik

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