Delhi

Around town

Cypherholic

4 December

A day-long graffiti art, music and dance event is being held as part of the Indo-German Hip Hop and Urban Art Project, with German artists such as Loomit, Wok and Zebster and a graffiti sketch corner. When Max Mueller Bhavan hosted the Cypherholic—Delhi Jam—last year, 280 dancers turned up to break, pop and lock. This year too, the lawns are open to B-boys (and B-girls) who can register on the spot. The jammers will be judged by B-boys Bunny, Hera and Zeb.Roc.Ski. Casual onlookers are welcome too: Graffiti artists Wok, David and Zebster “will do their thing" and DJ Uri will play a set.

Noon-6pm. Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506). For details, call 23471132 or email programm@delhi.goethe.org.

Festival of music and dance

5-6 December

The students of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will present a two-day festival of music and dance. The Kendra is well known for its annual ballets such as Karna, Krishna and the recently concluded Ramayana.

6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Entry by invitation; these are available at the Kendra and Kamani Auditorium. Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

Festival of Jammu and Kashmir

2-4 December

Worth watching: A three-day festival celebrating the culture of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.

Ladakhi masked dances, among others (5.30pm).

11am-7pm. India International Centre. 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Black Light Theatre—WOW

Till 31 December

Prague’s Black Light Theatre brings the show Wow, replete with dancing, music and creepy spiders. Black light theatre, the art of illuminated objects moving in darkened spaces, is said to have originated in China. But Prague has been a centre for this form since 1958, when scenographer and puppeteer František Tvrdek conducted the first modern luminescent theatre performances there. The concept is simple. The entire theatre is kept in complete darkness. The performers are dressed in black and their outlines painted in fluorescent colours. These become visible in ultraviolet light.

6pm, 7pm and 8.30pm (Tuesdays-Fridays); also 3.30pm and 5pm (Saturdays-Sundays). Showshaa Theatre, Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon (0124-4528000). Tickets,Rs 250 (weekdays) and 350 (weekends), available at the venue or atwww.kingdomofdreams.in

Art

Dented Painted

6 December-28 February

An exhibition of works made with sheet metal and high-gloss paint by steel artist Alex Davis, inspired by the craft of denting and painting automotives. The medium used is sheet metal, with high-gloss paint finishes as in car paints. The works touch upon nostalgic references to roadside workshops, truck art, autorickshaws, etc. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Apparao Gallery.

Noon-midnight. Aman New Delhi, Lodhi Road (26495817, 41553037).

Music

Pandit Rajesh Mishra

4 December

A Hindustani classical evening of ragas along with semi-classical film songs by Rajesh Mishra , disciple of Pandit Mahesh Prasad Mishra, the late Pandit Mahesh Prasad Mishra and Ustad Shafi Ahmed Khan.

7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. For details, call 124-2715000/5100.

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Permutation

Till 10 December

Bio muse: Rohini Devasher is inspired by biology.

In ‘Permutation’, Devasher plays with biomorphic or naturally occurring forms through videos, installations and mixed media works. The beauty of her vivid organic creations—the result of a coupling of technology and nature—ensure that it’s not just science geeks who will be interested in her first solo show in the city. Devasher draws the viewer into her imagined world with a two-channel video projection ‘Doppelganger’, screened over adjacent walls, that recreates the flapping movement of a dragonfly’s wings.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).

Mumbai

Around town

Times literary carnival—Mumbai Fully Booked

2-4 December

The Times of India (TOI) literary carnival “Mumbai Fully Booked" features a host of interesting talks, workshops and panel discussions, bringing together writers, film-makers, lyricists, chefs and stand-up comedians. Curated by TOI columnist Bachi Karkaria and author Namita Devidayal, the festival will be held at Bandra’s Mehboob Studios. The writers expected include Madhur Jaffrey, William Dalrymple, Mohsin Hamid, Anuja Chauhan, Vikram Chandra, Suhel Seth, Shobhaa De, Mohammed Hanif, Arun Shourie and Abhinav Bindra.

10.30am onwards. Mehboob Studios, adjacent to DCB Bank, Hill Road, Bandra (W). For the schedule and registration, visit www.timesliterarycarnival.com. Carry a printout of the entry pass that will be emailed to you. For details, call 9167614638 between 10am-6pm.

Quiksilver’s Tony Hawk and Friends—India Show

3 December

Skateboarding demo: Tony Hawk.

4.30pm (graffiti event) and 6pm (Tony Hawk show). School grounds, behind the Dhirubhai Ambani School, Bandra Kurla Complex. For registrations, visit www. facebook.com/quiksilverindia.com#!/ quiksilverindia

Music

Hobo + Cyrus

4 December

Canadian Joel Boychuk aka Hobo has toured with techno DJ Richie Hawtin and will spin minimal techno at Aurus’ Sunday Sundown sessions, being held in association with Time Out. Also, Aurus’ artiste programmer and local DJ Cyrus of Urban Distortion will be spinning a set of deep techno.

10.30pm. Aurus Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, near Reid and Taylor showroom, Juhu (67106667). Entry charge,Rs 1,500, including drinks.

Dance

Latino Nights

8 December

As part of their regular Thursday nights, Vineet Bangera and Sahiba Sawhney of the city-based Latin dance institute, The Dance Factory, will have a salsa night at Canvas Lounge in Palladium. The aim is to promote styles such as bachata, merengue and zouk. The Dance Factory is hosting contests that allow you to win free lessons at the studio and discounts on institute merchandise, which includes stylish dancing shoes.

9pm-1.30am (every Thursday). Canvas Lounge, Palladium mall, Lower Parel. Entry free, but there’s a 500 cover charge for stags after 9pm. For details, call 9820097833 or visitwww.thedancefactory.co.in

Art

Twilight

Till 4 January

Pakistani artist Huma Mulji’s show borrows its title from the time of day that she describes as “a slow approaching of the end of time and the suspension of all optimism", in an attempt to explore “urban ennui and dystopia". Mulji, who also teaches

art at the School of Visual Arts, National University, Lahore, captures the absurdities of urban life: Her sculptures and photographs are imbued with the themes of moral policing, middle-class aspirations, and the “Arabisation" of Pakistani society.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday) and 2-7pm (Monday). Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).

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This is Now

Till 8 December

In this show, curated by Allan Binns, artists Charmi Gada Shah, Shreyas Karle,

Emma Gamble, Sam Etchell, Paul Milhouse-Smith, Anna Schwanz and Alice Thickett display site-responsive paintings and installations. This is part of ‘Project India’, the current leg of the ‘Banality & Big Questions’ tour—a collaborative venture between the 1%-ers Art Collective and Asia Art Projects that tries to examine new ways for artists to work.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Studio-X, Fourth floor, Kitab Mahal, 192 Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort (22071771).

Bangalore

Art

Strange Paradise: Memories of Empire, the Gods and Mulligatawny Soup

Till 15 December

This solo show of Anurendra Jegadeva is co-hosted by the Wei-Ling Gallery, the contemporary art gallery in Kuala Lumpur. After having been based in Melbourne for seven years, pursuing his master’s degree and curating the Monash University gallery, Jegadeva moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2006 to curate the Petronas Gallery—it was here, in 2009, that he decided to devote his time to art. He is known for his oil works, usually political and social commentaries, though he insists his paintings are not “overtly political".

10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). For details, visit www.sumukha.com

Depths of Field

Till 31 December

Depths of Field: Glass sculptures by Anjali Srinivasan.

12.30-7pm (Sundays closed). Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075 or visit www.apparaogalleries.com

Theatre

The Afterlife of Birds

2-4 December

The play is a collection of multiple narratives about former militants and suicide bombers, and tracks their lives across different geographical locations. Writer Abhishek Majumdar found his stories for the play, developed under the Robert Bosch Art Grant 2010, in the lives of former militants from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Batla House encounter in Delhi in 2008. He was also inspired by people he met on his travels—Czechs in London, Belgians in Prague—all of whom seemed to have grappled with the idea that home is a distant place. The play stars actors such as Arundhati Nag, Revathy and Chanakya Vyas. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs 100, available at the venue and on www.indianstage.in

Lysistrata

2-18 December

Lysistrata, a play written by Aristophanes, was first produced in Greece in 411 BC. Lysistrata is a young woman who is tired of seeing the young men of her village die in “useless wars all the time". She gathers all the women of her village and holds them to an oath—as long as the men keep on warring, as long as women keep losing lovers and husbands and sons, no woman in Greece will willingly have sex. In this play, director Jeff Teare attempts a hilarious retelling of an age-old story— the war between the sexes. The play is the opening production of Jagriti’s six-month theatre season ending in June. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

8pm (Tuesday-Saturday); also 3pm and 6.30pm (Sunday). Jagriti, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield. Tickets,Rs 300, available at the venue and on Bookmyshow. com. For details, visit www. jagrititheatre.com

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Theatre

The Rented Christmas

3 December

‘The Rented Christmas’ is accompanied by a 40-voice choir and interspersed with solos, duets and choral harmony. It’s the story of a John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and businessman who has a challenging task for Anne Weston, who runs a local rent shop. He hopes to rent a Christmas from her, with trees, carols, wife and family. Based on a story by J. L. Vandervere, the musical has been adapted by Norman and Yvonne Ahern. 2 hours.

7pm. Good Shepherd Auditorium, 25, Museum Road, opposite St Joseph’s High School (22210534). Tickets , 350, 700 and 1,250, available on www.indianstage.in

Chennai

Art

Kaleidoscope of Nature

Till 10 December

Milind Nayak from Bangalore is showcasing work from his Kaleidoscope of Nature series. Nayak’s works are part of private collections in India, England, Germany, Poland, Malaysia and the US.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No. 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (32533655, 24982515).

Theatre

The Looter’s Looty

4 December

A riveting comedy about a man who is passionate about theft and the situations he gets himself into. The music is by Muthukumar Anil and the play has been directed by Vatsan Natarajan. Children under 5 are not allowed. 1 hour.

6pm. TN Rajarathinam Auditorium, RA Puram. Tickets, 200, 300 and 500, available on www.indianstage.in

Around town

Take to the Streets

Till 24 December

Street food from around the world is on offer, and can be enjoyed with a selection of Indian beers.

7-11pm. Seagull, Vivanta by Taj—Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong beach, East Coast Road (67413353, 67413333). A complete meal, 1,250, plus taxes.

Music

Stuttgart Orchestra

4 December

The oldest professional chamber orchestra in the world, conducted by Michael Hofstetter, will present a selection of baroque and classical music, including a set of fresh compositions.

6.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chetpet. Tickets, 600, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000, available on Bookmyshow.com

By Nandini Reddy

Hyderabad

Photography

Walls between People

2-11 December

Walls between People: A photo exhibition.

11am-7pm. Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Art, Road No.1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur (23113308, 32914057).

Theatre

Court of Loo

4 December

A judge, a lawyer and a lady reporter are stuck in the men’s room of a courthouse with an escaped convict. They have not yet overcome the absurdity of the presence of a woman there when they have to solve a murder case that has already been decided. The play looks at whether the law is bound by the walls of a courtroom, or whether it can be upheld even in a loo.

7pm. Campus auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Madhapur (23114537, 23110842). Tickets,Rs 200, available on in.bookmyshow.comand www.indianstage.in

Music

Kwak

7 December

Formed in 2002, the French band Kwak has played in France, Belgium, Switzerland, India and Nepal, staging more than 500 concerts and bringing out three albums. Their music is a unique mix of rock and the French folk tradition of “chanson".

7.30pm. Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Izzat Nagar, Madhapur (66134422). Passes available at the venue.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Kolkata

Theatre

Sayak’s 38th celebration

2-4 December

Theatre fest: By Sayak.

Venues and timings vary. For details, call 9836067788.

Dance

Vajrayana Buddhist mask dance

4 December

The Padtshelling Monastery in Bumthang Bhutan, was established by the first Padtshelling Tulku Drupthop Namgyal Lhendub in 1769. Every year the monastery commemorates the death anniversary of its founder through a nine-day festival, during which various masked dances are performed by monks. The Rabindranath Tagore Centre (RTC) of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) presents an evening featuring Bhutan’s Vajrayana Buddhist Mask Dances, including the Chung Zam Chham, Dorling Nagi Chham, Naging Chhan and Sangay Lingpa Nga Chham dance, which will be performed by monks from the monastery.

6.30pm, Satyajit Ray Auditorium, RTC, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680, 22822895/3431).

Shades of Shakti

3-7 December

An exhibition of charcoal work on paper by city-based artist Samita Basu, who specializes in figurative work and portraiture, will be on display at Chemould gallery. Her works have been selected for “International Contemporary Masters Volume III" published by World Wide Art Books, US, which presents important representative works of contemporary artists from all over the world. She has had solo and group shows in Hyderabad, Mumbai and other cities.

2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street (22298641). For details, visit www.samitabasu.comor call 9836788554.

Around town

Japanese food festival

Till 20 December

Hotel Hindusthan International is presenting a Japanese food festival at its coffee shop, Mythh. The starters include sushi, sashimi and miso soup. There will be different types of tempura made from vegetables, seafood and chicken. Some of the main course items are yaki ebi (chargrilled prawns skewered with leeks and green pimentos with soya), ebi chawanmushi (prawn mousse, served hot or cold) and shioyaki sakana (grilled basa with lemon, radish and soya).

Noon-3pm and 7-11pm. Mythh, Hotel Hindusthan International, 235/1, A J C Bose Road (22830505). For reservations, call 40018080. Meal for two,Rs 1,800, plus taxes.

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Art

Dream and Destination

Till 3 December

Mon Art Gallerie is presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by Bipul Roy, an art student at the Government College of Art and Craft. Roy, who is from Siliguri, works with watercolours and acrylic. The exhibition features mostly conceptual works of the artist, though he has used figurative imagery, patterns, colour and partial detailing very strongly. The excellent use of paper, light and shadow and luminous colour are indicative of his confidence and maturity.

11am-7.30pm, Mon Art Gallerie, 6, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street), Regency, Third floor (22895438). For details, visit www.monartgallerie.net

By Indranil Bhoumik

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