Around town

Ugadi Utsav

Till 27 March

DakshinaChitra is celebrating Ugadi in the traditional way, over nine days. It is showcasing the culture of Andhra Pradesh through the traditional folk dance Kommu Koya with vibrant costumes, drums and rhythmic performance. The craft shop has an array of textiles, block-printed saris, Kalamkari and Ikat fabric and toys and artefacts from the state. In addition, its restaurant is serving traditional Andhra delicacies.

10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435)

Maharashtrian food festival

Till 27 March

Accord Metropolitan is hosting a Maharashtrian food festival. Besides delicious seafood, you will also find batata vada, bhakri (millet bread), aamtis (curries), varan bhaath (dal-rice) and puran poli (sweet roti made with refined flour and yellow gram dal) on the menu.

7pm onwards. Hotel Accord Metropolitan, 35, 36, 37, GN Chetty Road, Thyagaraya Nagar (28161000). Charges, Rs750 onwards for a meal for two (taxes and drinks extra).


The Red Balloon

26-27 March

Perch, a city-based theatre collective, will present the puppet show, The Red Balloon, by String Theatre Marionettes of London. This 40-minute performance tracks the adventures of a little boy and his red balloon.

5pm and 7pm. Spaces, 1, Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar (9840568206).


Summer in Berlin

25 March

Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will present the last film in the Berlin series in association with the Madras Film Society. Summer in Berlin, a tragic-comic movie, focuses on two women and their daily struggle for survival. Katrin, a jobless single mother, and Nike, a nurse, live in the same house and are best friends. Always dating the wrong men, they don’t lose their sense of humour and spend many nights on the balcony, drinking and chatting.

6.30pm. MM Preview Theatre, 137, Kodambakkam High Road, Chennai (28291507)


Room With a View

Till 30 March

Apparao Galleries and Art Chennai are showcasing the latest paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures by Laxman Goud. The exhibition gives a peek into the artist’s mind, where fantasy is the key element. Goud explores various mediums in his inimitable style.

10.30am-6.30pm. Apparao Infinity, Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).



Special Art Show— Celebrating KCS Paniker Centenary Year

Till 28 March

The Cholamandal Artists’ Village continues its centenary year celebrations in memory of K.C.S. Paniker with paintings, sculptures and drawings by various artists. Paniker was known as one of the best metaphysical and abstract painters in the country.

10am-6.30pm. Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art, Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Injambakkam, East Coast Road (24490092).

by Karuna Amarnath



Stations of a Pause

Till 10 May

Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat is obsessed with the city. He’s painted its homeless children in comic-book style (their tangled hair a squiggly recreation of the city’s tumultuous traffic and higgledy-piggledy architecture), lovingly photographed its grimy buildings, monuments and the automobiles roaming its streets—hybrid sculptures that are one part vehicle, another part monster. The Chemould exhibition, poetically called Stations of a Pause, features photographs, videos, paintings and lenticular prints that revisit the autobiographical mode of his earliest paintings, ruminating on the life of his late father.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, near Cathedral School, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).

Around town

Final Cut

31 March-12 April

German artist Tobias Megerle will make his curatorial debut with a show that features carved wooden skateboards. Megerle, who came to India in 2009, was immediately drawn to the craft practised by immigrants from Saharanpur who sell their wares in Mahim.

He decided to commission local craftsmen to create carved skateboards in an attempt to bring together traditional woodwork and contemporary art. Though the filigree carving renders the skateboards useless, Megerle hopes that the project will encourage the carvers to explore the artistic potential of their craft.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). The Loft, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (30400166).


Karunaa Saagaram

26 March

Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind will share the stage with renowned Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri in the production Karunaa Saagaram. The performance will feature five pieces that demonstrate different rasas, including Surdas’ poem Main Nahin Makhan Khayo, and Jambupathe, a song by renowned composer Muthuswami Dikshitar, based on Shiva.

7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs160, Rs320, Rs400 and Rs600, available at the venue.


Divorce Iranian Style

28 March

Kim Longinotto’s documentaries are outstanding examples of observational film-making. Longinotto’s skill is in full flow in Divorce Iranian Style, which she co-directed with Ziba Mir-Hosseini. The documentary, made in 1998, is about a family court in Tehran that provides rulings in marital disputes and divorce cases. Run by Judge Deldar, an expert in Islamic law, the court deals with hundreds of petitions for divorce and child custody. Since the court frowns upon divorce, both parties have to come up with reasonable grounds for an annulment of marriage. Not surprisingly, Iranian women are expected to stay with their husbands, so some of them go to extraordinary lengths to liberate themselves.

7pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).


Two Hours Traffic

29 March

Living on a small island off the Canadian mainland is probably not the ideal situation for a rock band. Seclusion, however, hasn’t stopped Two Hours Traffic from quietly becoming one of Canada’s better-known indie outfits. Their second album Little Jabs was shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize,

songs have been featured on TV serials such as Gossip Girl, The OC, One Tree Hill and Castle. At their gig, expect brash rock ‘n’ roll and power pop with tight arrangements and beautiful harmonies. The band, comprising guitarists Liam Corcoran and Alec O’Hanley, bassist Andrew MacDonald and drummer Derek Ellis, was formed in 2003. Their early repertoire is stacked with boy-meets-girl love songs and now includes darker material about failed relationships and alcohol abuse (though still filtered through their sunny sound).

10pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Charges, Rs300.



The Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Zubin Mehta

30-31 March

Zubin Mehta will lead the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, playing not only the works of popular composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giacomo Puccini but also the lesser-heard Gustav Mahler and Béla Bartók. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher will also perform solo at the event, which has been organized by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation

7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs3,000, Rs4,000 and Rs5,000.




25 March

On stage: Srinivas will showcase the work of the women’s wing of the troupe.

In 1986, as a 22-year-old, Srinivas moved to Bangalore with her husband Srinivas Sasthan, a Yakshagana performer and founder and artistic director of the Yakshagana performing troupe. In this show, she will showcase the work of the women’s wing of the Karnataka Kala Darshini, guided and trained by Sasthan.

6pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).


The Circus

27 March

This Bangalore-based blues band formed in 1990 was formerly known as the Chronic Blues Circus. Their current line-up includes Owen Bosen on bass, guitar and vocals, Peter Isaac

on vocals, guitar, saxophone and harp, Miriam on vocals, harp, guitar and percussion, and Abilash on drums and percussion.

8.30pm. Second and third floors, 2001 Katti-ma Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indiranagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs200.


Roots from Bengal

25 March-15 April

A note from curator Archana Roy states that the idea of the show is “to stress on issues of identity formation of an artist, her/his pedagogic inclinations, and also how migration becomes important". Not all the artists participating in the show are Bengali, although all of them, including Debashish Dutta, Niren Sengupta and Pappu Bardhan, have at some point studied at one of the four most prominent art institutions in the state: the Government College of Art and Craft, the Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship, Kalabhavan Santiniketan, and the department of visual arts at Rabindra Bharati University. The show will be inaugurated by artist S.G. Vasudev and art patron H.K. Kejriwal.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, First floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar (23616971). For details, log on to


Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai

25 March

Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai is a stand-up comedy version of actor Anupam Kher’s life. The one-man play, written by Feroz

Abbas Khan and Ashok Patole and directed by Khan, is packed with well-told anecdotes. The episodes of his first crush and break-up have been described. The second part of the play is based more on his film career. 2 hours, 30 minutes.

7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs1,000 and Rs2,000.



How Long Does it Take to Complete a Circle?

Till 16 April

Veteran artist Susanta Mandal has returned to the city with a new show, based on the idea of tracing and visualizing the movement of electricity and liquids through urban construction. Mandal is known for his experiments with structural frameworks, often in a combination of wood and canvas. At this show, the artist presents a structure created out of steel and glass, built on a wall, where certain portions appear to have been grafted from a completely different building. The subject remains the transmission of energy.

11am-7pm (Tuesdays closed, Sundays by appointment). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, log on to



In Remembrance

26 March-2 April

It has been almost 10 years since Anil Karanjai died, leaving behind an enormous body of work that has rarely been in public view. The exhibition will present a selection of his drawings, portraits in dry pastel and charcoal, paintings in transparent and opaque watercolours, oils, conté and crayons. The exhibition will be organized by Asha’s Salon d’Art and Juliet Reynolds, art critic and wife of the late artist.

10am-8pm. Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662009).

Working Consciously and Working Reflectively

27 March-12 April

Jackfruit Research and Design, an arts consultancy based in Bangalore, is curating the second edition of an exhibition of works by artists who are often categorized as makers of folk, tribal and traditional art. This exhibition has been designed by art historian Annapurna Garimella.

11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Devi Art Foundation, 39, Sirpur House, Sector 44, behind Epicentre, Gurgaon (0124-4888177).


The Dance Legacy of the Thanjavur Temple

31 March

It is a sort of lecture demonstration by Bharatanatyam dancer Lakshmi Viswanathan, who trained under guru Kanjivaram Ellappa, a specialist in the Thanjavur style of music and dance. Viswanathan will dance eight varnams of the composers known as the Tanjore Quartet. This is her artistic tribute to the 1,000-year-old Thanjavur Brihadeeswara temple.

6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).

Around town

National Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance

30-31 March

This festival features some of the best names in Hindustani classical and an upcoming artiste. For details, call Indo Occidental Symbiosis (09051055593). The performers include Rajendra Prasanna, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

6.30 pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084).


Memories of Matsuko

25 March

Applying the pop-cultural aesthetics of Japanese TV to the overblown narratives of Depression-era Hollywood sounds like a dreadful idea on paper. Which only serves to make Memories of Matsuko all the more astounding. The central device is simple:

Slacker student Shou is asked to clear out his recently deceased aunt Matsuko’s apartment and in the process travels back through five decades of her wild and tragic life. 1 hour, 33 minutes.

8pm. The Banyan Grill, O Palacio, E-12/70, Hauz Rani, opposite DLF Place Mall, District Centre, Saket (26671270). For details, call 8860414908.



Francophonie 2011 Mela

26 March

French speakers and Francophiles from around the world unite to celebrate the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures. The artistes include:

Cabaret de Campagne, a French folk country quartet. 1.30pm

Les Boukakes, with musicians from Algeria, Tunisia and France. They are legendary for mixing rock dynamics with impassioned lyrics, and for their innovative use of Algerian Raï music. 2.30pm.

Claude Tremblay will play French Canadian music Musique Québecoise from the 1970s and 1980s. 4.15pm Danyèl Waro, Maloya singer from La Réunion. The event is organized by Alliance Française. 8pm.

Open Stage, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200). For details, contact the venue.



Shurer Murchhana

29 March

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, will present Shurer Murchhana by Chandrabali Rudra Dutta. A talented young singer, Dutta has a strong foundation in classical music as well as a wide repertoire of Bengali songs. In this programme, she will perform Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti, Puratani and Bangla Adhunik Gaan.

6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22823431/2895).


Unwrapping India

Till 4 April

The Ganges Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Anne Vilsboll. The Danish artist and author, who originally came to Udaipur to collaborate with miniature painters on a project for a Danish museum, has lived in India for 10 years. She is well known as a pioneer in the revival of handmade paper as an artistic means of expression. Her current exhibition feature figurative works on handmade paper, paper pulp and acrylic works on large canvases, different fabrics on small canvases and small Kangra miniatures. Her works express the trials and tribulations of life, especially the tussles in the man-woman relationship.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (24653212). For details, log on to

My Expression

Till 30 March

Oli Mishra is a Visva Bharati scholar and recipient of the national scholarship from the Union ministry of culture. The works by Mishra, who is deaf-mute since birth, are a collage of warmth, vibrancy and colour. Her current exhibition is a collection of 42 watercolours, oils and acrylics, mostly featuring nature and portraits of women.

3-7pm. Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata. For details, call 9433459161.


5th National Mime Festival

Till 30 March

The Indian Mime Theatre, in association with the ministry of culture and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, is presenting the fifth edition of the National Mime Festival. Seventeen groups from 16 states are participating. These include the Deafway Foundation (Bhopal), Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory (Imphal) and Hauns Theatre Training Centre Ponda (Goa).

7pm. Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Salt Lake. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, call 9433327657/ 9432050642.


27 March

Raja: The King of the Dark Chamber is the story of a king who lives in darkness and shies away from light. This is a story of love or, rather, realization of true love—a famous play written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1910. The students and staff at Sangit Bhavana, Visva Bharati will perform the drama.

6pm. Purbashree, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (23353093).




Till 31 March

Noon-7pm (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041). For details, log on to

by Indranil Bhoumik

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