Bangalore

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I Love Music-Kitsch Mandi

26 June

Street art: Kitsch Mandi, an arts and accessories fair at Pebble, will feature new indie designer brands.

2-11.30pm. Pebble, Princess, 3, Ramana Maharishi Road, Palace Grounds. No credits cards accepted. Entry 49. (9819762985).

Talk by Amar Kanwar

29 June

The artist and film-maker from New Delhi will present a lecture as part of the CoLab-Goethe Lecture Series on practices in contemporary art and architecture, hosted by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, in collaboration with the group CoLab Art and Architecture and Venkatappa Art Gallery. Amar Kanwar’s works include a series of documentaries and short films on ecological subjects such as Marubhumi on water conservation in Rajasthan, and The Many Faces of Madness on policies related to the environment

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage (25205308).

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AskQance

24-26 June

Day 1 of the Karnataka Quiz Association’s 28th anniversary quiz festival begins with the History of Ideas Quiz (4pm). This will be followed by the Travel Quiz, with quizmasters Mitesh Agarwal, Dibyendu Das and Cheriyan Alexander. The events are open to all. Each team must have two members.

The second day will feature the science quiz (9.30am), with quizmasters Vivek Karthikeyan and Rajagopal P.S. in the morning, followed by a film quiz titled Son of Lumiere in the afternoon, with quizmasters Arun Hiregange and Anustup Datta. Both events are open to all. Teams of four may participate in the science quiz and teams of two in the film quiz.

The final day of the quiz festival will begin with the sports and leisure quiz called Kibitz Simple (9.30am), with quizmasters Thejaswi Udupa and Venkatesh Srinivasan. This will be followed by the open quiz Sesame, with quizmaster Arul Mani.

Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queens Road. For details, visit www.kqaquizzes.org

Art

10th Anniversary Exhibition of the Indian Institute of Cartoonists

Till 24 June

The institute is hosting a grand exhibition to mark its 10th year, with a show of works by more than 60 artists and cartoonists such as Vivek Thakkar, Shyamal Das and Margaret Samte.

10am-6pm. Indian Institute of Cartoonists, 1, Midford House, MG Road (41758540). For details, call VG Narendra at 9980091428 or visit www.cartoonistsindia.com

A Balasubramaniam

Till 26 June

This show of early works by the artist from Bangalore makes clear the underlying concerns of his art—of a fallible, evanescent existence. A. Balasubramaniam’s works include sculptures based on himself, created using body casts. Among these are a series of moulds of his palms, whitewashed, which seem almost to blend into the gallery space.

12.30-7pm. Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Marks Road (41329163). For details, call 968612075 or visit www.apparaogalleries.com

Dance

Odissi performance

25 June

Rhythm divine: Odissi dancer Sharmila Mukherjee.

6pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303).

Music

Silent Noise

24 June

The Goan headphone party hits Bangalore for the first time. Partygoers will be given headphones to listen to the music on offer. The idea was conceived to circumvent noise pollution laws, but evolved into an attraction in its own right. Typically three DJs play sets simultaneously on colour-coded channels, allowing attendees to switch between them.

6pm. Pebble (23614109). For entry charges, visit www.pluggfashion.com

Theatre

Lucky Lobster

25 June

Swar Thounaojam’s new play takes inspiration from the Ema Keithel, or Mother’s Market, a marketplace in Manipur comprising stalls that are managed by women. The women of the Ema Keithel are typically seen as an empowered group, but in the course of her research Thounaojam uncovered some of the political pressures they face, and the violence they are subjected to. Part of the project will be an installation work on stage which audiences can walk through before taking their seats. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100, available at www.indianstage.com

Fake Palindromes

26 June

Swar Thounaojam’s play loosely strings together seven dramatic pieces of inspiration as diverse as reading a news report of a freak accident, watching TV dating shows, being ignored at a posh London fine diner, or travelling across Germany to catch a travelling American musician at a small club in Cologne. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara (26592777). Tickets, Rs100, available at www.indiastage.in

Film

Nueve Reinas

25 June

This thriller is pure entertainment—equal parts brilliant and ridiculous. Juan (Gastón Pauls) and Marcos (Ricardo Darín) are a “student and master" con artist couple, paired for a day when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in their laps: the chance to flog a forged sheet of rare stamps (the Nine Queens) to a rich tycoon collector who’s about to be deported. But can they trust each other or anyone else?

6.45 pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785). Non-members of the Suchitra Film Society are required to register. For details, email anand.varadaraj@gmail.com or call him at 9845055034.

Chennai

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Weaving and basketry

30 June

DakshinaChitra is organizing a workshop and exhibition of traditional weaves and baskets from various parts of south India. The display will include purses, fans, umbrellas, jewel boxes, household articles such as rice strainers, and more.

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs500, inclusive of refreshments and conveyance to and from DakshinaChitra.

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Writing Gender, Talking Ideas

1-2 July

NGOs Prajnya and InKo Centre will present a scriptwriting workshop as part of the Fourth Samsung Women’s International Film Festival. Registration is open till 25 June at the InKo Centre.

The focus will be on how to write scripts with gender sensitivity and an understanding of gender issues. Sessions will range from those on understanding cinema, gender issues and perspectives to ones on writing gender-sensitive scripts that will be vetted by experts.

9am-6pm. InKo Centre, 6th Main Road, RA Puram, Chennai. Charges, Rs1,500, including workshop costs. For queries, email prajnyatrust@gmail.com or call 9790765916.

Dance

Around the Wandering Shadow

25 June

The Alliance Française de Madras (AFM) presents dancer/actor Niranjani Iyer’s unique performance that explores displacement, movement, nostalgia and a longing for home. Partly inspired by the book Why the Child was Cooked in Polenta by Aglaja Veteranyi, the recital looks at the outsider, the foreigner, the performer. How does one feel among strangers?

6.15pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, AFM, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).

Theatre

Bhopa

24-26 June

Against the backdrop of the 1984 gas tragedy, the play tells the story of how complex forces struggled to bury the truth, expose it, or shape it to the needs of self-interest.

7.15pm. Museum Theatre, Egmore (9381911977). Tickets, Rs150, Rs250 and Rs400, available at www.indianstage.in

Karuna Amarnath

Delhi

Film

The Kids Are All Right

29 June

Lisa Cholodenko’s mainstream drama is about lesbian mothers Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), and what happens when their children invite the anonymous sperm donor who is their biological father (Mark Ruffalo) into their comfortable lives. The Kids Are All Right is often very funny, but it also takes a serious view of its characters’ lives, providing a convincing portrait of modern American family life. Ruffalo gives only one of a string of excellent tragi-comic performances. Moore combines physical comedy with an interior brittleness, while Bening smiles brilliantly through gritted teeth until she can do so no longer, and offers some of the film’s most moving scenes. 1 hour, 46 minutes.

6.30pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).

Theatre

Mote Ram ka Satyagraha

25 June

Prem Chand’s original story Satyagraha was adapted for the stage several years ago by Habib Tanvir and Safdar Hashmi. The British magistrate’s meetings with officers to plan a grand welcome for the viceroy in Benares, his wooing of the Brahmin Mote Ram, and Mote Ram’s agreeing to go on a hunger strike to prevent the city’s disenchanted residents from protesting the viceroy’s visit, make up the core of the play. The play deals with larger issues of the relationship between religion and politics, issues that are as relevant today as they were then.

7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs50, available at the venue.

Dance

Chhau

27 June

Enjoy a Mayurbhanj Chhau recital by Rakesh Saibabu, disciple of Janmejoy Saibabu. Mayurbhanj Chhau is a combination of martial art and dance movements; performers need the physical prowess of an athlete and the rhythmic instincts of a dancer. Saibabu is a fifth-generation Chhau dancer, and after 10 years of rigorous training, has begun to adapt the martial art technique in his exploration of contemporary dance. At the India Habitat Centre, he will perform both traditional Mayurbhanj Chhau and his contemporary adaptation.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (24682222).

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Candlelight vigil for Irom Sharmila

25 June

Before Delhi became a stage for media-blockbuster fasting, this was what a person on hunger strike looked like: a small Manipuri woman, wrapped tight in the folds of her blue blanket, waiting quietly at Jantar Mantar with a handful of her supporters. On 9 October 2006, this was Irom Chanu Sharmila’s protest in the Capital to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Manipur. That’s the most you may recall—but 36-year-old Faisal Khan, an activist with the National Alliance for People’s Movements, wants to remind us of more and fight to save Sharmila.

On Saturday, a coalition of NGOs and citizens will hold a candlelight vigil at Rajghat, supporting her demand that AFSPA be repealed.

6-8pm. Rajghat, Ring Road. For details, call Faisal Khan at 9313106745 or email cpchindia@yahoo.com

Hyderabad

Film

Changement d’adrese

28 June

In this French romcom by Emmanuel Mouret, French-horn player David befriends Anne in Paris, where he comes looking for work. He is also attracted to Julia, the beautiful, taciturn daughter of a rich woman, while Anne is dreaming about another person. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet. For details, call 27700734/36.

Music

Pankaj Udhas Live

25 June

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will enthral the Hyderabad audience after almost four years. The proceeds of the concert will go to the Pranava school, on the outskirts of the city, which largely serves rural children.

6.30p.m. N-Convention, 2-92/1, lane opposite Shilparamam, Hitech City, Madhapur (9985115522). Tickets, Rs800, Rs1,600, Rs2,400 and Rs4,000, available at www.bookmyshow.com

Performance by Phoenix Band

30 June

The Hyderabad-based band comprises drummer Badri Sarangapani, lead guitarist Keith D’Rozario, bass guitarist Lokhi Pai, rhythm guitarist Pranati and vocalists Arun Ruben and Ankita. Phoenix will bring to life classic rock and reggae with a song list that features well-known recording artistes.

9pm. Hard Rock Cafe, GVK One, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. For details, call 44767900. Entry charges, Rs250.

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Film

Garbage Warrior

25 June

Shot over three years in the US, India and Mexico, ‘Garbage Warrior’ is a feature-length documentary telling the story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living.

5.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Hermitage Office Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally. For details, call 65526443 or email hydeutsch1@yahoo.com

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Mumbai

Music

Nayan Ghosh + Ishaan Ghosh

25 June

About a year ago, Nayan Ghosh was scheduled to give a sitar recital at Karnataka Sangha. His tabla accompanist Praful Athalye met with an accident. When the curtain rose, the audience saw Ghosh seated on the dais with his little son, Ishaan, on the tabla. People assumed it was perhaps the sheer indulgence of a doting father, but all such doubts were laid to rest when the boy started playing. This Saturday, audiences will be treated to a jugalbandi concert by the father-son duo.

6.30pm. Hall of Culture, Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli. Free for members, Rs100 donor passes for non-members, available at the Udayan office (23510809/24261) and at the venue.

Nikhil D’Souza

28 June

A skilled guitarist with a voice reminiscent of Damien Rice, Nikhil D’Souza is a 28-year-old singer-songwriter who plays original acoustic pop songs. In this performance, he will entertain audiences with some of his newest and most popular pieces.

10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs300.

Around town

Fight Nights

29 June

If the sight of blood puts you off then you might consider skipping Busaba in Lower Parel on Wednesday evenings. But if martial arts and boxing get your adrenalin pumping then visit on Fight Nights. Fight fans can drink three Kingfisher Ultras for Rs500 and watch 2-hour screenings of M-1Global, a mixed martial arts competition and TV series in which teams of fighters represent their countries. The fighters represent some of the most promising talent in a sport that is arguably the most brutal and fastest-growing in the world.

5pm. Busaba, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel (67478971).

Dance

Vision of Forever by Ramli Ibrahim

30 June

Malaysia’s Ramli Ibrahim brings his talented troupe, Sutra Dance Theatre, to Mumbai. Ibrahim and his students will present the production,Vision of Forever, which highlights the style of Ibrahim’s late guru, Deba Prasad Das. The proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to raise funds for the education and empowerment of less-privileged children. The show is being organized by the National Centre for the Performing Arts in collaboration with VIDYA, an NGO.

7.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs400, Rs600, Rs800 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.

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Theatre

Master Phoolmani

26 June

Manoj Shah’s ‘Master Phoolmani’ pays tribute to the almost extinct form of Gujarati theatre, ‘bhangwadi’. The play revolves around Manilal, who refers to himself by his stage name Phoolmani. Manilal is a ‘bhangwadi’ performer who loses his bearings as the tradition fades into obscurity. But he is jolted back to reality by his despotic employer Vallabhbhai Bhatia, for whom he sells incense and flowers. ‘Master Phoolmani’ deftly knits together worlds that unfold against backdrops painted by the late artist Bhupen Khakhar.

4pm and 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu. Tickets, Rs200.

Kolkata

Art

Varanasi

24-28 June

Varanasi-inspired: Debdeep Ghosh’s works are based on the city.

2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street, Queens Mansions (22298641).

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Summer Fling @ The Bridge

Till 3 July

The Bridge restaurant is hosting Summer Fling, a food festival which offers classic Mediterranean cuisine with some select contemporary favourites. The menu features fish, chicken and prawn entrées that will please any meat or fish lover and has an array of vegetarian dishes as well. The a la carte menu comprises grilled halloumi and avocado salad with leeks and lime, broken spaghetti and peppered crab claw soup, flaked salmon and soba noodles salad with basmati brittle, herb steamed baby prawns and crispy fried white bait with asparagus and leaves, and vanilla and crushed pepper panacotta with muddled Alphonso.

12.30pm-midnight. The Bridge, The Park, Park Street (22499000). Charges, Rs1,000 (taxes extra) per person.

Film

The Fighter

24 June

The fighter is the life story of a boxer, “Irish" Mickey Ward, and his trainer brother Dick Eklund. The film chronicles the brothers’ early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, and details Eklund’s battle with drugs and Ward’s eventual world championship win in London. 1 hour, 56 minutes.

4.30pm. Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A, JL Nehru Road (39846328).

Music

Classical vocal concert

29 June

Soizic, a Kolkata-based cultural organization for classical arts, will present an Indian classical vocal evening with Pandit Shyam Sundar Goswami, who will be accompanied by Sanjoy Mukherjee on tabla, Roshan Ali on sarangi, and Samir Karmokar on flute and harmonium. Goswami, an acclaimed vocalist, will present a couple of ragas, followed by thumri and bhajan.

6.30pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 9830497142.

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Dance

ISHTARA—The Genesis

24 June

ISHTARA—The Genesis is an evening which brings together three classical dance forms— Mohiniattam, Kathak and Mayurbhanj Chhau—with ethnic electronic fusion music by the group Blendz Adhikalp, the finalists in the first season of the show ‘India’s Got Talent’. The group will blend musical strains from Sufi, Western classical, Spanish and Indian classical forms for the background score.

Mohiniattam dancer Mom Ganguly and her Kaishiaki Dance Troupe have been experimenting with innovations in Mohiniattam for several years. She has attempted to blend the traditional form with contemporary sound that will appeal to a younger and more global audience.

6.30pm. GD Birla Sabhaghar, 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue,Ballygunge. Passes are available at Sourav’s The Food Pavilion. For details, call 8697932055.

Indranil Bhoumik

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