Sander van Doorn

16 September

Trance DJs seem to sprout faster than tulips in the Netherlands. Ferry Corsten, Tiësto and Armin van Buuren together built trance into the commercial behemoth it is today. But in baby-faced Sander van Doorn, they have a fourth countryman in on the act.

Last fortnight, van Doorn was leading the Dutch charge as a headliner at Sensation, the biggest Electronic Dance Music bash of a London summer. Close to 10,000 trance fans booked tickets weeks in advance to party with van Doorn at the dance music spectacular. Indian dance music lovers also showed their love for van Doorn on his last visit, when 20,000-plus fans danced to his set at the 2009 Sunburn festival in Goa. Now it’s Delhi’s turn.

10pm. Jynxxx, Hotel Intercontinental Eros, Nehru Place (9910050233). Passes,Rs 4,000 per couple, available at the venue.


Making of Liverpool:Portraits of a City

20 September-31 October

Living in Liverpool: Amrit and Rabindra Kaur’s artistic take on their city.

11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).

Around town

Restaurant Week

19-25 September

For a week, you can live your dream of dining at one of those expensive restaurants you always wanted to but stayed away from, fearing a big, fat hole in your pocket. Restaurant Week Delhi returns, opening doors to the city’s most exclusive fine dining. Thirteen eateries will lay out prix-fixe menus for 1,000, plus taxes, per person. It all began in New York in 1992, when restaurateur Joe Baum (of Four Seasons) and Tim Zagat (of the Zagat guides) convinced top restaurants to offer set meals at reduced prices. In the years since, the concept has travelled to cities across the globe, including Mumbai last year, and Delhi this February.

This fortnight’s Restaurant Week has a roster that draws a fuller culinary act. Instead of seven restaurants, there are now 13. Varq, the Tapas Lounge at the Aman, Sakura, Olive Beach, Smoke House Grill and Indian Accent return for a second go, but House of Ming, Chutney, Bar + Tandoor at The Metropolitan Hotel, Zanotta and Diya at the Leela Kempinski in Gurgaon, Circa 1193, ai, and Jade at The Claridges will also participate. Each restaurant will serve three courses at both lunch and dinner. You can make reservations and view menus online.

Charges 1,000, plus taxes, per person. For reservations, log on


Mani Kaul retrospective

16-22 September

The Habitat Film Club presents a retrospective of Mani Kaul’s challenging, mainstream-shunning work.


16 September, 7pm

After his wife’s death, a husband recalls their first meeting and the events that led up to the marriage. This 1990 film starred Shekhar Kapur and Surekha Sikri. 2 hours, 4 minutes.

Ashad Ka Ek Din

17 September, 4pm

Based on Mohan Rakesh’s three-act play, this 1971 film is about Kalidas, the legendary Sanskrit poet, and his love for a woman named Mallika. 1 hour, 54 minutes.


17 September, 7pm

The Delhi duo of Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar, credited with being responsible for the survival and popularization of dhrupad, are the subject of Kaul’s documentary. 2 hours, 4 minutes.


18 September, 11.30am

A ghost falls in love with a young bride and soon starts impersonating her husband. This 1975 film, based on a popular Rajasthani folk tale, was remade by Amol Palekar as Paheli. 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Uski Roti

18 September, 1pm

Kaul came into his own in 1969 with the story of a woman who waits daily with her trucker husband’s food. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

Stein Auditorium. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).

Around town

The ‘Urs’ of Amir Khusrau

Till 19 September

The ‘Urs’, or death anniversary, of Hazrat Amir Khusrau, the 13th century poet and disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, will be commemorated at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. In Delhi, the city Khusrau loved almost as much as he loved Nizamuddin Auliya, Khusrau’s ‘Urs’ is observed 15 days after Eid, and lasts four-five days. This year, the Nizami family of ‘qawwals’ will offer special prayers and organize ‘mehfils’ (assemblies) where the ‘qawwals’ will recite Khusrau’s poetry, couplets and ‘pahelis’ (riddles). Day-long events will be organized at three main venues—the courtyard at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, near Amir Khusrau’s grave in Nizamuddin, and at Urf Mahal near Mirza Ghalib’s grave. Though ‘qawwalis’ will be sung through the day, the sessions held after sunset are recommended.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Nizamuddin West.



Nizamuddin Khan Memorial Concert

18 September

Memorial: Ustad Nizamuddin Khan

Khan, born in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, had a vast treasure of gats, which he reeled off with effortless ease. He accompanied legendary musicians such as Patiala gharana vocalist Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Jaipur-Atrauli gharana stalwart Mallikarjun Mansur and thumri singer Shobha Gurtu. Khan died in 2000.

10am. Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga (W) (24377022).

DJ Paul Thomas

16 September

Join British House-cum-Progressive DJ Paul Thomas at Blue Frog for happy House. In November, DJ Thomas will compete with 19 DJs, including John O’ Callaghan, Sophie Sugar and Paul Webster, at the first-ever Clash of The Gods being organized by Godskitchen in Birmingham, UK. DJ Thomas specializes in House and techno. 3 hours.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (61586158). Entry, 500.

Uttar Dakshin

22 September

A day-long presentation at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, will present a commingling of India’s two main traditions of classical music—Hindustani and Carnatic. The Hindustani camp, led by senior sitarist Arvind Parikh, comprises vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty, violinist N. Rajam and tabla player Suresh Talwalkar. The Carnatic camp, led by vocalist K. Ganesh Kumar, comprises singer Aruna Sairam, violinist T.N. Krishnan and mridangam player Mannargudi Easwaran. Admission on first-come, first-served basis.

10.30am-5.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737, 66223746).


Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety

21 September

Radhika Vaz will bring her witty, ribald and autobiographical rant to the NCPA stage. Unladylike is directed by stand-up comedian Brock Savage and inspired by idea coach Marina Romashko, who helped Vaz “organize my life so I could actually write and produce this show". The Mumbai-born artist, who stumbled upon improvisational comedy while working at an advertising agency in New York in 2002, now practises, teaches and produces comedy.

7.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, 500 and 600, available atwww.bookmyshow.comand the venue. Children below 18 not allowed.



17 September

Kaikottikali is a harvest festival group dance from Kerala performed only by women. Also known as Thiruvathirakali, it is said to clear the way for prosperity and is performed after the Onam feast, Sadhya. The event is being organized by The Fine Arts Society.

6.30pm. Sivaswamy Auditorium, The Fine Arts Society, Chembur (25222988). Tickets,Rs 200, available at the venue.




16 September

As part of the Every Friday Cultural Programme hosted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Anil V. Iyer, a student of Bharatanatyam exponent Poornima Gururaja, will perform a traditional recital. He will begin with a Pushpanjali, an invocatory item, and end with a tillana, a pure-dance sequence. The varnam, the central emotive item, will be a Muthuswami Dikshitar composition titled Roopamu Joochi.

6.30pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, near Reserve Bank of India building, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).

Around town

Musical Objects workshop

18 September

Learn how to convert just about anything into a musical instrument—bring along an object you think makes a pleasant sound when you hit it and a resonator, something that has a thin base, such as a bucket or a tin box. Understand the physics behind sound. Later in the day, participate in the We are Music workshop, on creating music collectively and spontaneously. Participants should bring an instrument they’re comfortable playing.

11am-1pm (Musical Objects workshop) and 3-5pm (We are Music). Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (40808181). For details and registration, call Sahil at 9886638298, 40904631.


Quality Street

18 September

Theatre person and dancer Maya Krishna Rao will present Quality Street, an English play based on a short story by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story is about a girl who returns to Lagos after studying at an American university. The play is a monologue from the perspective of the girl’s mother. 2 hours.

3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 200, available at or at 42064969.


Focus: Hungary

17-19 September