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Halloween Crawl 2011

30 October

Halloween hysteria: Celebrate the festivities in style at Hauz Khas Village.

9.30pm-1am. Out Of The Box, 9-A, Hauz Khas Village (9953180815).

Art

Circle of Making-2

Till 30 October

This being the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification, Italian centres around the world are celebrating the Venice Biennale with artists who have a local connection. In India, we get to see the work of Tarshito (the Sanskrit name of Nicolo Strippoli), who is exhibiting at two galleries in the city. The Italy-based artist has worked with Indian craftsmen to create paintings, carpets and terracotta models infused with the theme of meditation and transcendental love. The exhibition at Triveni, called Circle of Making-2, has been curated by theatre director Amal Allana and the prices range between 33,000 and 7 lakh. A retrospective of Tarshito’s works, Circle of Making-1, is being showcased at the Italian Cultural Institute till 27 November.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23719470). Italian Cultural Centre, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri (26871901). For details, visit www.artheritagegallery.com. For entry, you will need a government-recognized identity card.

Riding on Rocinante: A multi-media exhibition by Tushar Joag

Till 5 November

Joag’s exhibits are rich with literary and mythological allusions, and pregnant with meaning too. Trying to stay dry while the lotus eaters have a feast draws attention to the state’s inertia about helping those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Here, a partially submerged Ashoka pillar half-eaten by locusts sways dangerously as dispossessed villagers look on. The powerful image plays off on bodies: the ailing body politic, and the human bodies that suffer because of it. In Yamdrok Tso, the instrument of oppression is the Chinese state. His painting recalls the reclining Buddha statues found across the world, resting among swirling clouds, a recurring motif in Chinese art.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony (24622545).

Music

Reflections of Kabir in Gandhian Philosophy & African Ubuntu

28 October

A musical programme, titled Reflections of Kabir in Gandhian Philosophy & African Ubuntu, will bring together South African gospel music by Robin Hogarth and his troupe, and Kabir’s compositions by Hindustani vocalist Sumitra Guha and her group. Hogarth and Guha will also attempt a fusion of their distinctive vocal styles.

7pm. Habitat World, Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

Raag Rang

31 October

This edition of Raag Rang features a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Ojesh Pratap Singh. He is a disciple of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. The event is organized in collaboration with Spandan Communications.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

Rhythm Road with Paul Beaudry & Pathways

1 November

The American Center, New Delhi, as part of 2011 Delhi International Arts Festival, presents an evening of jazz and blues with the New York-based Paul Beaudry and Pathways. In their first international tour, the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, the upright bassist Beaudry leading the four-piece combo or quartet Pathways will be performing. Expect some jazz, Latin tunes and originals. The event is being organized in association with the US State Department.

7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (43503351). Free passes available at the American Center library (24198819).

César López

1 November

Colombian musician César López plays the instrument called the escopetarra (literally meaning shotgun guitar in Spanish), which is an electric guitar fashioned out of an AK-47 rifle. López got the idea of the guitar when he saw a soldier holding his gun like a guitar. López, his friends and followers visit and play their songs of peace at such sites in Colombia that have experienced violence. This event is being organized in association with the embassy of Colombia.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

Theatre

Jisne Lahore Nai Dekhya O Jamiyai Nai

30 October

Asghar Wajahat’s play gets nostalgic about Lahore and laments the emotional cruelty of Partition. When the Mirzas move into their haveli in the newly formed Pakistan, they discover Ratan’s mother, an old Hindu lady who lost her son in the Hindu-Muslim riots. She refuses to leave her beloved city and eventually endears herself to the family.

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

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Phoolwalon ki Sair

Till 5 November

The week-long festival officially turns 50 this year. The eight-day festival that literally stands to refer “Procession of Flowers" is a great festival for all flower enthusiasts. Hindu and Muslim devotees offer fans and drapes made of flowers at the Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki shrine and the Yogmaya temple in Mehrauli. The event will also include a shehnai procession and culminate with aqawwalisession.

The shehnai procession on 1 November will be from Gauri Shankar temple to the Town Hall in Chandni Chowk; ‘chaadar’ offering will be made at Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki on 3 November; and at Yogmaya temple on 4 November. The final programme will be held at Jahaj Mahal, also in Mehrauli, on 5 November. For timings and further details, contact Usha Kumar (23381201/9810122604).

Mumbai

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Halloween bash

28 October

Get in character at one of the hottest Halloween parties around town. Promoters Noosphere have some wicked plans. City bands Ox7gen and Mental Martians will be playing drum and bass—at least you’ll have the best Headless Horseman costume in town. Halloween theme parties are in vogue, and places like Cool Chef are going all out to ensure patrons have a memorable time.

10am-10pm. Cool Chef, Thadani House, 329/A, next to Indian Coast Guard Headquarters, Worli Village (32231199/24301127).

Theatre

The Vagina Monologues

29-30 October

Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is a witty, poignant and over-the-top look at feminine identity and this localized production does it ample justice. The monologues are mottled with razor-sharp irony—there’s a bittersweet incongruity between the serious content and light delivery. Directed by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Kaizaad Kotwal. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

6pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, 500, available at the venue. To book online, visit in.bookmyshow.com or call 39895050.

Art

Tetanus Midas

Till 18 November

Delhi artist Priyanka Choudhary carries forward the theme of her debut held at Gallery Maskara last year—the violent impact of anxiety and paranoia on the human mind—in her second solo show. While in the first, Choudhary put to use twigs and thorns that were roughly pushed through canvases, rusted nails that disfigured wooden surfaces and bamboo scaffolding that took on a monstrous shape, in the second iteration of the theme titled Tetanus Midas, the artist employs pieces of glass that puncture concrete walls, acid that has eroded metal plates and needles threading their way through a large piece of sponge.

11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Gallery Maskara, Warehouse, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).

Bilmat Zeramicz

Till 31 December

As the gallery prepares to shut down in December, owner Zareen Mistry has put up her collection of pottery tools and rare books on the craft for sale. Mistry says she realized it was time to shut shop when a fire broke out in an adjacent shop and destroyed part of her husband’s showroom. Rare pottery books and magazines, tools, clays, glazes, potters’ wheels and display racks are on sale at her workshop until the end of December.

10.30am-1pm, 3.30-5pm (Monday-Friday); 10.30am-1pm (Saturday). 73, Nagindas Master Road, near United Bank of India, Fort (22652091, 22187343).

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Cycle tours

6 November

Pedal power: Tour the city on a cycle.

7am. For registrations, book online at www.odati.com (9769679802, 9820079802); call Woodside Inn at 22875752. Registration fees, 1,650 (Woodside Inn), and 1,950 (Odati Adventures).

Bangalore

Music

Vladivar Rock in India

30 October

The festival will be headlined by Metallica, featuring James Hetfield on guitar and vocals, Lars Ulrich on drums, Kirk Hammett on guitar and Robert Trujillo on bass. They will be supported by Biffy Clyro, a Scottish rock band including Simon Neil on guitar and vocals, James Johnston on bass and vocals and Ben Johnston on drums and vocals.

4pm. Palace Grounds, Jayamahal Road (65960362). Tickets, 2,750 and 10,000 (lounge tickets), available at Ticketgenie India Pvt. Ltd, 215, Bellary Road, Palace Orchards (42579802, 42579803).

Theatre

Leela Nandlal Ki

2-6 November

This tragicomedy revolves around the life of Nandlal, a character much like R.K. Laxman’s Common Man. The protagonist loses his scooter and is blamed for the theft by his family. Thus begins his journey through the corrupt corridors of government as he tries to recover the scooter. Based on a short story by Bhisham Sahni. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

7.30pm (2-3 November), Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 100, available at www.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.com and at the venue.

8pm (5 November); and 3pm and 6.30pm (6 November), Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, 250, available at www.bookmyshow.com

Kyun Kyun Ladki

4-5 November

Based on Mahasweta Devi’s The Why-Why Girl, the play tells the story of Moyna and many other children who constantly have questions about their world, performed through dance and movement. Shaili Sathyu began with the source tale and expanded it to include stories from the lives of her workshop participants and actors. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

7pm (4 November). Jagriti Theatre. Tickets, 250. 3.30pm and 7.30pm (5 November). Ranga Shankara. Tickets, 100, available atwww.bookmyshow.com

Dance

Inhabited Geometry

2 November

Homing in: Choreographer-dancer Mandeep Raikhy (right).

7.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, Jayachamaraja Road, Kalasipalam (22219388). Tickets, 150, 200 and 300, available atwww.indianstage.in

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Film

The 1st Autumn Human Rights Film Festival

1-5 November

A selection of films by Afghan filmmakers, which were shown recently at the first edition of the Autumn Human Rights Film Festival in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. Among the films being screened are ‘An Apple From Paradise’ by Homayun Morowat, about a father’s frantic search for his son who has been sent out on a suicide bombing mission; and ‘Check point’ by Hamed Alizadeh, about 15 policemen who are assigned to inspect all vehicles passing through the heart of Dehbori district.

7pm. Jaaga, 68, KH Road (9986004950). All screenings are free, with English subtitles. For details, visitwww.jaaga.in/events.

Chennai

Art

Retrospective of P Perumal

Till 31 January

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by P. Perumal, an award-winning artist from the Madras School of Art, are on display at the Ambur Art Gallery. The works date back to the 1970s and the collection has primarily been contributed by Apparao Art Gallery.

10am-4pm. Ambur House Art Gallery. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435/24918943).

Food

Indyaki

Till 30 November

If you are curious about how chefs work and make your favourite dishes then head to the Indyaki festival at Radisson Blu’s Live Kitchen. You can interact with the chefs there to create your meal from a selection of vegetables, meats and spices.

7-11 pm (Monday-Thursday). Garden Café, Radisson Blu, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22310101). Meal for two costs 2,000, plus taxes.

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Printing for Children

29-30 October

Classic cuts: By Julie Kagti.

9am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435/24918943) Registration fee per child is 500, all inclusive. For registrations, call 9841777779.

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Sutra by Julie Kagti

Till 30 October

Bangalore-based designer Julie Kagti’s stylish and versatile clothes are handcrafted and handwoven to suit the sensibilities of women who love classics but want to be trendy at the same time. Her designs are available at the Amethyst boutique. Prices range between 7,000 and 20,000.

11am–8pm. Amethyst, Whites Road, (28541917).

By Nandini Reddy

Hyderabad

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Chocofest

Till 3 November

Cool delights: A treat for chocolate lovers at Baskin Robbins.

Baskin Robbins stores across city. Prices 333 (for regular flavours) and 361 (for premium flavours), excluding taxes.

Art

Group show

Till 31 October

The small-format group show has on display the works of artists such as Laxma Gaud, Shuvaprasanna, Akbar, Anand Panchal, Gita, P.J. Stalin, Fawad Tamkanath, Sayeeda Ali, Shipra Bhattacharya and Maruthi Paila, among others. The works on display are 12x12-inches and 15x15-inches paper and canvas paintings and are priced between 10,000 and 5 lakh.

11am-7pm. Gallery Space, Plot No. 1177, MLA Colony, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills (9849161384, 65541836).

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Kolkata

Theatre

Helmet

28 October

Helmet: The play satirizes the skewed side of humanitarianism.

6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, Utpal Dutta Sarani. Tickets, 30, 40 and 60. For details, call 9830042004.

Shrinwantu Comrades

29 October

Kolkata-based theatre group Nandipat presents its latest production Shrinwantu Comrades. The story is based on Mikhail Shatrov’s Blue Horses on Red Grass, and has been translated by Somnath Mukhopadhyay, with poems by Sukanta Bhattacharya and lyrics translated by Subhas Mukhopadhyay. The play is based on a day in Lenin’s life in the early years of the Soviet state, just after the Bolshevik party came to power —showing the conflict between “true" and “fake" Communists. The play has been edited and directed by Bibhas Chakraborty. 2 hours 10 minutes.

6.30pm. Rabindra Sadan, 1, AJC Bose Road. Tickets, 20, 40 and 60. For details, call 9830254562.

Dance

International Dance Festival, 2011

29 October

Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, presents Kathak and Bharatanatyam jugalbandi by artistes from Bangladesh and South Africa, including Shibli Mohammad, Shamim Ara Nipa, and a Kathak recital by Manesh Maharaj.

6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22822895/3431).

Art

Kalighat paintings

Till 11 December

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, and The Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH), Kolkata, jointly present an exhibition of the finest Kalighat paintings from their collections. It is the first time the two museums are working together. The event is part of V&A’s International Strategy: India Programme, supported by the Bonita Trust, a philanthropic organization, and the ministry of culture. There are around 100 paintings on display, including 15 contemporary works created by artists currently working in rural Bengal, acquired by V&A specifically for the exhibition.

10am-5pm (Mondays closed). VMH (22231890). For details, visitwww.victoriamemorial-cal.org

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Theatre

ACT Fest 2011-Kolkata Chapter

28-30 October

Lok, a city-based cultural group run by students, are the Kolkata partners of the Delhi-based Atelier’s Campus Theatre (ACT) festival. At the inaugural, ‘This Room Is Not My Room’ by Parnab Mukherjee (English) will be shown. On 29 October, ‘Janyiker Mrittu’ by Rabindra Nagar Natyaayudh, ‘The Chairs’ by The Travelling Players & Hypokrites, and ‘Mrityu Shongkraamito’ by Arka Mukhopadhyay/Subhadeep Guha will be performed at Gyan Manch. On the last day, ‘Hapi-D’ by 4th Bell Theatres and ‘Khoj’ by Lok will be shown.

Various timings and venues. For details, visit ateliertheatre. wordpress.com (9836731777 and 9836375494).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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