Bangalore

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Shrishti at Raintree

2-3 November

Designer Latha Puttanna will exhibit “Weaves", the festive collection from her label Shrishti, at Raintree. The range will include silk saris woven to combine textures of tissue, satin and georgette, embellished with intricate hand embroidery, along with blouses, ghagras, lehengas, churidars and salwar-kameezes.

10am-7pm. Raintree, 4, Sankey Road, High Grounds, opposite ITC Windsor Sheraton. For details, contact Shrishti at 26567349.

Stott Pilates workshop

2-3 November

The Zone: Mind and Body Studio will be conducting a Stott Pilates workshop for Pilates instructors, fitness professionals, group exercise instructors and fitness enthusiasts. Stott Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. There will be three sessions: for total body toning, for total body sculpting, and Pilates with props. The exercises will focus on increasing strength through joint movements, mat-based routines, full body workouts, and more.

Timings vary. The Zone Studio. Session price, 4,000 and 4,500 (for the session with props). For details, call 9845391006 or visit www.thezonestudio.com

Music

Jazz it up: The Tarun Balani Collective will perform at Opus.
Jazz it up: The Tarun Balani Collective will perform at Opus.

2 November

To draw from diverse influences and create a modern jazz idiom, composer and drummer Tarun Balani of the New Delhi jazz outfit will bring together musicians like trumpeter Billy Buss, guitarist Aditya Balani, bassist Noam Wiesemberg and pianist Julian Shore.

9pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main, Chakravarthy Layout, Palace Cross Road, Vasanthnagar (23442580/ 9844030198). For details, visit www.myopus.in

Film

O Friend, This Waiting!

7 November

This short film by Sandhya Kumar and dancer and musician Justin McCarthy is the story of a wandering poet-musician, Kshetrayya, who writes musical narratives, padams, dedicated to the devadasis, or dancing courtesans, in the courts of the 17th century Nayaka rulers. Devadasis lived twin lives—of servants of God, and courtesans. With the promulgation of The Tamil Nadu Devadasis (Prevention of Dedication) Act of 1947, the practice was criminalized. O Friend, This Waiting! examines the political, artistic and feminist aspects of padams, devadasis, and the performance spaces of temples and courts of the Nayaka period.

6.30pm. Auditorium, Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (25359680).

Theatre

Valley Song

Till 4 November

Directed by Arundhati Raja, this play is set in post-apartheid South Africa and is the tale of ordinary people. When Veronica, a young, ambitious girl, wants to leave her farm in the valley and travel to the city, her grandfather, Ol’ Buks, has difficulty coming to terms with her dream. Added to that is the threat of losing his home. Ol’ Buks must negotiate the changes and Veronica, her hope of becoming a singer. 80 minutes.

8pm. Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, 300, available at in.bookmyshow.com

Art

Have space. Will Grow: Urmila V.G.’s solo exhibition deals with environmental issues in the urban context.
Have space. Will Grow: Urmila V.G.’s solo exhibition deals with environmental issues in the urban context.

3-20 November

This solo exhibition of recent woodcuts and some photographs by Urmila V.G reflects her concerns about urban living and the environment. The artist has focused on the coexistence of nature and human beings. As art historian Lina Vincent Sunish says “...the imagery makes unlikely partners of discarded household gadgets and plant matter. Leaves, shoots and flowers sprout from crevices and openings in an iron, a telephone, a light bulb and other objects, seemingly using whatever space they can to survive."

11am-6.30pm. Five Forty Five, 545, 6th Main, 4th Cross, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar (9886050563). For details, call 9886117375 or visit www.fivefortyfive.in

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Contemporary Art in Public Spaces: 2 Cities | 2 Perspectives

4 November

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and the Alliance Française de Bangalore are organizing two lectures: “Public Space And Art in the City of Toulouse", by Guy Claverie, director of communication for public transport, Toulouse, France; and “Art And the City of Bangalore", by Archana Prasad, co-founder and director of Jaaga, on the Malleswaram Accessibility Project.

5.30pm. NGMA auditorium, 49, Palace Road (22342338).

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Workshop: Pottery for children.
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