Delhi

Art

Indian Landscapes: The Changing Horizon

Till 29 September

This group exhibition traces landscape art in India from the late 18th century, with nearly 400 paintings and prints by 100 artists. Landscape art arrived in India through travelling European artists who brought the aesthetic of painting mountains, rivers and trees against the sky and a distant horizon—nature as a subject in itself—to Indian art, where it had traditionally only formed a backdrop in narrative-driven, figural paintings. Some of the featured artists include F.N. Souza, Gopal Ghose, Nandalal Bose, Robert M. Grindlay, J.P. Gangooly,

Ravi Varma, Ramkinkar Baij, Benode Bihari Mukherjee, Archibald Herman Muller, Akbar Padamsee, Laxman Pai and Abanindranath Tagore.

For culture aficionados: An exhibition on landscape art is on at the Delhi Art Gallery

The Secret Life of Plants

Till 30 September

This exhibition curated by art critic, curator and writer Maya Kovskaya is inspired by a Pablo Neruda poem on the metaphors associated with plants. This exhibition of photographs, paintings, performances, sculptures, videos and mixed media by 13 artists from India, China and Iran includes the works of Ravi Agarwal, Han Bing, Neha Choksi, Anita Dube and Neda Razavipour. For instance, a photo-collage from Bing’s Walking the Cabbage Project shows the artist walking a Chinese cabbage on a leash in public places across the world, where the vegetable signifies sustenance for the poor.

10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays closed). Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarai (46130637).

Music

Naviin Gandharv

31 August

There will be a belabaharr recital by Naviin Gandharv. The instrument, created by his father Babulal Gandharv, is a combination of the violin and sarangi. But, of course, it’s more complex than that. Babulal Gandharv retained the basic structure (and, therefore, the playing technique) of the violin, but conceived of a hollow drum covered by hide and added strings to attain the tonal richness of the sarangi.

6.30pm. Lecture Room-II (Annexe), India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

Ska! Ska! Ska!

31 August

The month-end gig, Ska! Ska! Ska!, will feature Rodríguez from South America, who has formed his own Latin band with a ska twist in Delhi called Pez Rodriguez y su Orquestra featuring artistes like The Ska Vengers’ Nikhil Vasudevan, Congolese guitarist Jehu Nulobo, trumpeter Stephen Cogo, bassist Hemant Chona and others; rumba by the Congolese band Rio Des Djikas that will play Afrobeat; hip hop by DJ He Ra; hip hop and world music by Wazulu the Ill Dravidian; and a DJ set by Flexi K., who will spin 1960s jazz and Ethiopian grooves and more.

Ska! Ska! Ska! will be held on Friday at blueFROG

Mumbai

Music

TL Mazumdar featuring Jivraj Singh

31 August

Keyboardist and singer-songwriter Tapobrata Lahiri Mazumdar, who lives in Mannheim, Germany, and is better known as T.L. Mazumdar, is among a handful of Indian musicians who are trying to break the Western stereotype that Indian musicians only play the sitar or tabla, or sing Bollywood and bhangra numbers. It isn’t easy to categorize Mazumdar’s music. A multi-instrumentalist, his songs have elements of rock, jazz, funk, and a healthy dose of electronic sounds.

8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield (41400793).

Shankar Tucker & Troupe

3 September

The American clarinettist, who gained popularity for his online music series The ShrutiBox, will perform in the city this fortnight as part of The Park’s New Festival. He, along with his troupe of musicians, will present a blend of Indian music with jazz.

7pm. Aqua, The Park,14/7, MG Road (25594666).

Dance

Contemporary Dance

3 September

Contemporary Dance: Astad Deboo

7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval (23445810).

Art

Wasser-Werke/Water-Works

Till 10 September

This multimedia art exhibition, by Munich-based installation artist Markus Heinsdorff, coincides with the seventh edition of the Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival. The festival is a Bangalore Film Society initiative to create awareness and sensitization about issues pertaining to water.

10am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar, 1st Stage (25205305).

Mumbai

Music

Ash Roy Live

31 August

Ash Roy is a founding member, vocalist and percussionist of the electronic band Jalebee Cartel. Roy has also played with Kasey Taylor, DJ Sasha and the band Ambivalent. He will spin a set of funky tech-House, techno and progressive House music.

10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, 500.

Lucky Ali

6 September

Singer-songwriter Lucky Ali is playing at all Hard Rock Café outlets in the country. On Thursday, Ali will jam with band members Mishko M’ba (bass guitar), Butto (flute), Muthu Kumar (percussion), Manoj George (violin) and Subash Pradhan (guitars and vocals).

8.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Wadia International Centre, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Tickets, 3,000, available at the venue.

Film

Kshitij | Castle in the Sky

1 September

The WorldKids Film Club will screen the 1986 Hayao Miyazaki-directed animation film Castle in the Sky—the story of a young boy who stumbles into a mysterious girl, Sheeta, who floats down from the sky. The girl is escaping pirates, the army and secret agents. Thus begins the quest to find Sheeta’s identity and save her life.

2-6pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). For details, email worldkids.filmclub@gmail.com or call 9821016744.

Art

Made in Italy

Till 8 September

The exhibition, which features the artists Antonella Aprile, Azelio Corni and Giovanni Frangi, focuses on the idea that images are universal and can therefore be exported and translated across the world without much difficulty.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).

Around town

DJ Kash

5 September

It’s “Ladies’ Night" at IBar with retro, pop, alternative rock and electro Bollywood remixes by DJ Kash, Beer Pong games and a “Buy One Get One Free" offer on alcoholic drinks.

9pm onwards. IBar, 7/8, Geliki, ONGC Building No. 2, near Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra—West (26400288).

Hyderabad

Around town

Kebab and Biryani Festival

Till 2 September

A festival is on at Gardenia, Green Park hotel’s restaurant. The buffet offers five vegetarian and five non-vegetarian varieties of kebabs, plus four non-vegetarian and two vegetarian types of biryanis .

7.30-10.30pm. Gardenia, Green Park hotel, Begumpet (66515151). Price,Rs 500, plus taxes, per person, with unlimited beer.

Art

Pieta

2-14 September

Pieta will feature the private collection of Praveen Chowdhary Jagarlamudi, a doctor by profession. Among the 50 works on show are those by artists Thota Vaikuntam, Lakshma Goud, Laxman Aelay, Trotsky Marudu, Anjaneyulu G. and Praneet Soi.

11am-7pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott & Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999/27522203).

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Chennai

Art

James Chedburn solo show

3Dart: By James Chedburn

British artist James Chedburn draws in three-dimension, reducing form to its basic anatomy. He captures the follies of man and the animal world in his sculptures; his sketchbooks are the starting point for his enquiry into form.

11am–7pm. Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226/28330726).

Lafeteria

2–24 September

This exhibition of audio installations themed around “laughter without language" has been conceptualized by the music composer-director duo Aravind Murali and Jai Shankar Iyer.

11am-9pm. Ashvita, 11, 2nd Street, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore (42109990).

Around town

Weekend BBQ

1-30 September

Unwind at Bay View with their Friday and Saturday BBQ dinners on the beach—Indian cuisine on Fridays and Oriental and Continental on Saturdays. On offer are live grills of the choicest seafood and unlimited Spanish sparkling wine.

7.30-11pm (every Friday and Saturday). Bay View, Vivanta by Taj—Fisherman’s Cove, Kovalam, East Coast Road (67413333). Meal price, 3,000, plus taxes, per person.

Nandini Reddy

Kolkata

Theatre

Chotoder Sayak

31 August

Theatre troupe Sayak’s junior group Chotoder Sayak will stage two children’s plays—Kabial Tuni, directed by Anjan Dev, and Manikchand, directed by Meghnad Bhattacharya.

6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, Beadon Street. Tickets, 40 and 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9836067788.

Dance

Live in India: Ghungroo—An Autobiography

1 September

The dance drama by Kathak maestro Ashimbandhu Bhattacharjee will trace the origin and use of ghungroo (ankle bells) over the years—for entertainment in royal courts, as part of an offering by temple dancers, or an adornment for nautch girls.

7pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 9903205059.

Photography

Evening Ragas

Till 5 September

The show has 60 limited edition prints of British photographer Derry Moore’s work, taken during a series of his India visits, starting 1976. The photographs combine portraits, interiors and landscapes.

2-8pm (Sunday closed). Seagull Foundation for the Arts, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).

Indranil Bhoumik

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