Listening Camera

31 October

A fabulous collection of photographs taken by Navroze Contractor that focus on jazz singers and musicians. The images include ones of Gil Evans performing in New York (1979), Braz Gonzalvez in Mumbai (1965), Rahsan Roland Kirk playing in London (1969), Sonny Rollins on stage with his saxophone, also in London (1974).

11am-7pm. The Stainless Gallery, Property No. 1 and 2, Ishwar Nagar, MIRA Complex, Okhla Crossing, Mathura Road (42603167).

Jayadeva Utsav: The event will include an Odissi vocal recital and a performance by the group Srujan.


31 October

The band that is led by Manoj Pant (a professor of economics at JNU) plays a mix of free-form jazz and Indian classical music. Special guest Babush Santana will be on the violin.

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

Great Indian Rock Festival

1-2 November

On the heels of Rocktoberfest comes another big event that is also organized by ‘Rock Street Journal’. Headbangers should rejoice as the two-day event will feature Indian metal and hard rock acts apart from three bands from Scandinavia.

The first day will feature Delhi regulars Cyanide and Frequency apart from the Bangalore metal outfit Kryptos. But the keenly awaited acts will definitely be the Norwegian four-piece metal band Sahg and the Swedish metal/hard rockers Freak Kitchen, featuring the well known guitarist Mattias Eklundh. The concluding day will have two metal bands—Scribe (from Mumbai) and local outfit Undying Inc. Level 9 and Them Clones are slated to be there and the closer will be Norwegian black metal meisters Satyricon.

5pm. Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. Tickets, Rs250 for each day.


Pencil Se Brush Tak

1 November

Based on M.F. Husain’s memoir ‘M.F. Husain Ki Kahani Apni Zubani’, Nadira Zaheer Babbar presents a sincere biographical account of the famous and often controversial artist.

8pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs250-500, available at the venue and Habitat World, India Habitat Centre. Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue.


2 November

Having made fun of the average Dilliwala’s lack of information and knowledge about the poet in his earlier play, director M. Sayeed Alam felt “duty-bound to reintroduce him". Thus, ‘Ghalib’ took shape.

7.30pm. The Ashok Amphitheatre, The Hotel Ashok. Tickets, Rs250, available at the venue (26110101).


Jayadeva Utsav

3-4 November

The events that will be featured include an Odissi vocal recital by Raghunath Panigrahi, husband of the late Sanjukta Panigrahi, one of the dancers credited with the revival of Odissi in the 20th century. Gopika Varma will present a Mohiniattam performance and in a fitting tribute to the poet and his homeland, an Odissi performance by Ratikant Mohapatra and his group Srujan.

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



Pakistani Art


The new FSCA gallery opens with a strong show of works by Chitra Ganesh, Prajakta Palav Aher and young Pakistani artists Mehreen Murtaza, Faiza Butt, Sajjad Ahmed and Imran Ahmed Khan. Imran Ahmed Khan’s installation of surgical instruments and parts of a gun is particularly intriguing.

Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-6.30pm. FSCA Gallery, 6/18, Grants Building, second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22850423).


Rock On for Humanity

31 October

Director, producer and actor Farhan Akhtar, his business partner Ritesh Sidhwani and actor Arjun Rampal, in association with the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust, will host ‘Rock On for Humanity’, a fund-raising concert being held in aid of victims of the floods that struck Bihar in August.

5pm. MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex. Tickets, Rs250 and 500.


Jake’s Women

1-2 November

In Neil Simon’s ‘Jake’s Women’, Jake, a successful writer, has too many women on his plate. There’s his wife Maggie, who can hardly compete with his revered first wife who died in a car crash, his daughter, his bossy sister and his opinionated psychoanalyst. When Maggie demands a six-month separation, Jake invokes all these women as he attempts to exorcize old ghosts. But the writer in him is muddled between their real selves and their existence as characters inside his head. This fortnight, you won’t meet Maggie but her Indianized counterpart, Meera, in what will be 24-year-old Mrunmay Lagoo’s directorial debut.

Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. 1 November, 7pm and 2 November, 6.30pm. Tickets, Rs200 (6622-3737).

Thunderous mania: Infected Mushroom will perform in Mumbai.

Infected Mushroom

4 November

They pack the power of punk, the thunder of heavy metal and the charisma of a rock ‘n’ roll band. For at least a decade, Israeli duo Amit Duvdevani and Erez Aizen, better known as Infected Mushroom, have pushed the boundaries of psychedelic trance, consistently reinventing themselves with oddball collaborations and adding more muscle (a drummer and guitarist) to their live shows. They do at least 120 shows a year, drew in audiences of at least 100,000 at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada this year, and have performed alongside legends such as The Police, Roger Krieger from The Doors and rapper Snoop Dog.

This fortnight, Mumbai audiences will understand exactly why a cure has yet to be found for Infected Mushroom’s combination of ferocious psychedelic trance beats and thunderous metal mania as they play in the city.

At the time of going to press, the venue and date were still to be confirmed. Check the website: or the event notification on Facebook.



6 November

The St Petersburg government will bring down the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet, popularly known as the Kirov, as part of a two-day festival devoted to the city. Instead of staging full versions of the classics, the programme schedule is a round-up of emphatic moments such as the ‘pas de deux’ from ‘Don Quixote’. Also worth a dekko is the ‘Adagio’ from Spartacus, Anton Korsakov’s Gopak variation on the ballet, Taras Bulba and rising ballerina Alina Samavo’s solo ‘Dying Swan’. Passes can be collected from the venue.

6.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near The Trident, Nariman Point (66223737).



Kurosawa Festival

31 October-2 November

Five films will be screened as part of a three-day festival of films by Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s masterpiece, ‘Seven Samurai’, testifying to his admiration for John Ford and translated effortlessly back into the form of a Western as ‘The Magnificent Seven’, is scheduled for Friday, 31 October. On Saturday, film goers can watch ‘Throne of Blood’, Kurosawa’s adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ and the thriller, ‘High and Low’. Sunday’s offerings are ‘Yojimbo’, about a mercenary samurai selling his services to two rival factions in a small town and ‘Red Beard’, a monumental hospital soap opera.

Friday: ‘Seven Samurai’, 5pm. Saturday: ‘Throne of Blood’, 5pm; ‘High and Low’, 7pm; Sunday: ‘Yojimbo’, 5pm; ‘Red Beard’, 7pm. To confirm details, contact Anand Varadaraja on 9845055034. Nani Cinematheque, Sona Towers, 71, Miller’s Road.

Around town

Talk on ‘An Aesthetics of Erasure’

31 October

Journalist, art critic and teacher of cultural journalism, Sadanand Menon, talks about “art attacks" and the growing cultural intolerance in the country. Instead of focusing on what pleases in art, the new aesthetes focus on what offends, according to Menon. “We are squarely into the era of an aesthetics of erasures, where it is not creativity that will evoke pleasure, but destruction," he says. Menon’s talk is part of the Airtel Manthan Arts and Culture Series.

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

Clown workshop

First week of November

Therapeutic clowning, made famous by the Robin Williams movie ‘Patch Adams’, is catching on in India thanks to the Alliance Française. Clown, magician and mother, Severine Blanchet helps participants find their inner clowns at this 10-day workshop scheduled to begin in the first week of November. “It’s all about establishing a human connection," says Blanchet, who has in the past been a fire woman and photographer. If you join the course and are disappointed, Blanchet guarantees your money back, but only after you complete it.

For details and timings of the course, call Nazu Tonse on 9880070079. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (4123-1340). Rs1,500.


Allessio Nebiolo

1 November

The Italian classical guitarist, who currently teaches at the Geneva Music Conservatory in Switzerland, is a student of reputed Brazilian guitarist Dagoberto Linhares. He has won several awards across the globe and travelled extensively since his debut in 1995 at the Palazzo Ottolenghi in Asti, Italy, including a tour of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka last year. 7pm. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345). Rs150.



2 November

The Yakshakala Ranjini headed by Eshwarbhat Mittur is hosting ‘Akhila Karnataka Yakshagana Sameelana’. This is a 12-hour session of yakshagana that will include a few luminaries of the dance form and their troupes. The lead performers are Krishnaya Yaji Balkur, Chittani Ramachandra Hegde, Padhanaya Ganapathy Bhat, Dinesh Ammanaya, Kollagi Keshav Hegde and Puttur Sridhara Bandari. They will be performing in both the ‘tenkutittu’ and ‘badagutittu’ styles of the dance form.

10am. Ravindra Kalakshetra, J.C. Road (22221271).

Therapeutic clowning: If you’re disappointed, you get your money back!

Intensive Mat Plus course

3 November

Ole Eugenio conducts a 40-hour, five-day Stott certification course teaching essential Pilates mat work.

9am-6pm. The Zone Mind and Body Studio, 384, 1st Cross, 4th Block, Koramangala (25529366). Rs60,000, taxes extra.



4-18 November

Here’s a show on reinvented designs. The TransForm project aims at initiating artistic conversation and creative interactions between designers from different fields. This fortnight, a selection of pieces fashioned as a result of such collaborations, and by infusing existing designer wear with fresh ideas, will be on display.

The process begins with unsold garments, accessories and products thrown into a common pool and randomly redistributed for reinvention. Designers are urged to transform the products to belie their original identity, and be “green" and eco-friendly.

“The project’s outcome is as much a set of garments or objects as a dialogue between designers and a commitment to a greener environment," says a note from designer Sonali Sattar who, along with co-designer Himanshu Dimri, owns Hidden Harmony and runs Grasshopper, the restaurant and boutique. The two designers will join Anshu and Jason of A Small Shop, Atul Johri, Joe Ikareth, Kris and Savio Jon.

11am-6pm; Tuesday-Sunday. 45, Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road (98454-52646).




Brazilian Festival

5-11 November

Part of the Capital’s Brazilian Festival, this show comprises three excellent exhibitions. The first is ‘Inter_Motions’, which showcases a collection of photographs by Brazilian duo Lena Tosta and Olivier Boële, who specialize in anthropological photography. The show seeks to highlight common elements between Brazil and India and uses “emotions" as its starting point. ‘Brazil Uncovered’ displays photographs by mountaineer and photographer João Paulo Barboso that capture various slices of Brazilian life and some of the country’s key landmarks and cities. The show also explores his experiences of being a photographer in 21st century Brazil. ‘Cocoon’ comprises paintings and an installation piece by Delhi-based Brazilian artist Mira Bischoff. Her focus is on India’s favourite fabric—silk.

10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).

Artistic strokes: Dialogue,one of the works by Shankar S.

Around town

Girangaon Festival

1-2 November

Research organization Pukar holds a two-day festival celebrating the mill lands of Mumbai, which are fast disappearing.

Day 1 features ‘Dashawatar’ (a folk-art form depicting the 10 incarnations of Vishnu), ‘bharud’ (a retelling of the lives of Maharashtrian saints), ‘jakadi’ (a folk performance about the life of a Maharashtrian ascetic) and an evening of ‘shahiri’ (short poems).

Day 2 features ‘bhajans’ (devotional folk songs), ‘lok kala’ (a local performance art), ‘namman’ (devotional performances) and ‘lawani’ (the feisty dance form).

6pm-10pm. Nare Park, near Parel Workshop, and ITC Grand Central Hotel, Dr Ambedkar Road, Parel. For details, visit



Different Strokes

31 October-1 November

This next show of contemporary sculptor and artists at Olive Beach features Sanjib Saha, the Delhi-based artist who showed his works last fortnight along with Kolkata-based artist Shankar S. and Delhi-based photographer Anshika Varma. Saha presents selections of the old Delhi paintings from his last show along with a few of his recent works that haven’t been shown in Bangalore yet, including a series titled ‘Lotus Pond’. Shankar—a Tamilian, born and raised in Kolkata where he now works—employs technology and imaging software in his art. He spent a few years as a museum photographer at the Birla Academy in Kolkata in the late 1990s before moving to Hyderabad to pursue animation.

He is now in Kolkata as studio head of Metaphor Studios.

Shankar said the emphasis of his work was on experimenting with mediums. In his videos (you can watch them on his website or YouTube), Shankar makes films of still photographs. One of these films is a series of photographs taken from a balcony above a south Kolkata street pavement.

The third artist, Varma, is a full-blooded photographer on the streets of Delhi and a vocal participant in forums such as Blank Noise against street sexual harassment. Born in the Capital in 1985, Varma studied English literature at Delhi University and social communications media at Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. Her series at the show is titled ‘Men at Work’.

A note from curator Shailin Smith described her works as ones that “showcase the shifting paradigm of the relevance versus the irrelevance of the common man in the social strata".

Noon-11.30pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400).

Schedules are subject to change




“All traffic problems," says Tom Vanderbilt in ‘Traffic’, “are as old as traffic itself".

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Shenoy Stores, Jayanagar 3rd Block, Bangalore (26650276); 10am-10pm Jaideep VG


Gujarati Market, as it is popularly known, is a treasure house of fun and cheap clothing. This lane off Janpath is dominated by Gujarati traders selling traditional patterned saris, skirts, ‘lehenga-cholis’, bags and even home linen. Buy a bright Kutchi skirt (around Rs1,000) and ‘cholis’ with mirror work (from Rs400; backless ones from Rs150). Ask for cut pieces for ‘cholis’ (Rs250-300) if you want to get them tailored. Make sure you have a good look at the anklets and neck pieces (from Rs200) before buying them. Sundays are best for bargains.

11am-8pm Anshika Varma


Sms txt sux. It makes you look like you flunked English in school.

But text talk also lends itself to gems such as the ones we found in Suchita Ghai’s ‘Managing Text Messaging’, a guide to SMS and chat lingo. It helpfully shrinks “Oh!" to “O!", “Lock, stock and barrel" to “L, S & B" and should you ever need it, “Unidentified Eating Object" to “UEO". But how many of these excerpts can you read? “Full words and sentences take awy the joy frm d sms," said Delhi-based Ghai in an email interview. If you’re stuck, just remember what Hannibal said: “Ithr find a wA or mAk 1."

New Dawn Press, Rs99