Jim Morrison tribute

5 December

A concert commemorating the late lead singer of The Doors. Five vocalists will be singing on the occasion. The event is being organized by the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine.

9pm. Elevate, Centre Stage Mall, fifth floor, Sector 18, Noida?(95120-4364611).


International Week of Justice Festival

5-10 December

This festival by Amnesty International India?has?around?80?films,?including noted Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s latest film ‘Katyn’. It has tied up with international human rights film festivals such as Amnesty International Netherlands’ Movies That Matter, the Why Democracy series from Steps International, Centre for Media and Alternative Communication in India, Netpac International, Alliance Française, Reel Afghanistan, Arts Engine, Inform Action, Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan and the Delhi International Arts Festival.

Starts at 11am. Amnesty International India, C-1/22, Safdarjung Development Area, first floor (41642501).


Octavio Paz—From Word to Gaze

Until 9 December

A display of portfolios and books by Octavio Paz in collaboration with leading contemporary artists, and eight collages by Marie-José Paz. The show is jointly hosted by the embassy of Mexico and Lalit Kala Akademi.

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

Money Money Money

Until 10 December

Exploring consumerism: A painting by Nirakar Choudhury.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Reflection Art Gallery and Studios, 40A, Shahpur Jat (26495080).

Street Seen


A selection of photographs by Ketaki Sheth that capture slices of life on the streets of various cities including Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. The images from Mumbai are noteworthy, which include the multitude of ethnicities that make up the city’s culture—Parsis praying by the seaside, a group of Jains walking up Walkeshwar road and a girl held aloft at the Ganapati immersions. They also brim with life and joy. One in particular shows a group of street children playing around the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

11am-7pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).


Ek Jaam Auntiyon Ke Naam

6-7 December

Directed by Ravi Raj Sagar. Written by Joseph Kesselring. Adapted by Ranjit Kapur. Cast: Renu Chopra, Meghna, Sanjeev Chopra, Rakesh Chopra and Sourav.

A Hindi adaptation of Joseph Kesselring’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, which was originally intended to be an ominous little tale involving cold-blooded murders, psychotic behaviour and much mystery and suspense. Worried producers forced Kesselring to turn the play into a comedy where two sweet old ladies happily bump off elderly single men with a poison-laced drink.

6.45pm. Tickets, Rs100-500, available at the venue. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).

The Quest For Clues

8-9 December

Directed by Bubbles Sabharwal and Lushin Dubey. Written by Anjali Raghubeer. Krrish and Maya travel back in time to unearth clues that will save their grandfather from an evil sorcerer.

6.30pm. Tickets, Rs150-500, available at the venue. Sanskriti Auditorium, S Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri (26883335).


Around town

IMS Vikrant trip

5-10 December

The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Week by opening its floating museum to the public. The ‘IMS Vikrant’ is filled with aircrafts, helicopters and missiles. Only for Indian nationals.

9am-5pm. Entry through Tiger Gate, near Ballard Pier, Fort (22150811). Tickets, Rs40 (adults), Rs20 (children).

Upper Crust Show

5-7 December

82 exhibitors will display and sell food and wine products and services in what has become Mumbai’s biggest food show. Friday features workshops on Japanese cuisine, gelato-making, Israeli food and fusing food and dance with spirituality. Saturday’s events cover Macrobiotics, Baluchi cuisine, Italian food, hotel management, Maharashtrian Pathare Prabhu foods and making liqueur. Sunday’s round-up covers talks on pistachios and workshops on Indian cuisine, the food of Kashmiri Pandits, chocolate-making and wine-crushing.

10am-7pm. World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade (66387272).


RK Das + Manish Pingle

7 December

Hindustani classical guitarist Manish Pingle’s talent was first noticed in his hometown Indore, where he drew attention as a child artist playing renditions of popular Hindi film songs on the guitar. He began training in classical music with local veteran Vishnu Valiwadekar after he turned 13. When he heard the music of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at a concert in 1988, he was consumed by the desire to play the guitar like the Grammy winner. He studied with Bhatt in Jaipur for a year in 1992 and then, in the mid-1990s, trained under eminent sitar player Shahid Pervez in Pune, where he had moved to join the Film and Television Institute of India.

He will play ‘ragas’ Shayam Kalyan and Gavati. He will be accompanied by Amit Kavathekar on the tabla.

5.30pm. Savarkar Kendra Hall, MG Road, Swatantraveer Savarkar Garden, opposite Sun City Talkies, Vile Parle (E) (26115712).


Indian Life and Landscapes

From 8 December

The South Asia collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is generally regarded as the finest in the Western world. Preserved with loving care, the 60,000 pieces in the collection include calligraphy, jewellery and priceless sculptures. It has treasures such as a jade cup belonging to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and the golden throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. While the most precious of its colonial loot remains safely ensconced in London, V&A will soon share some of its treasures.?

This?fortnight,?the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya will spruce itself to host an exhibition of paintings in collaboration with V&A. ‘Indian Life and Landscapes’ brings to Mumbai an un-controversial set of watercolours and prints depicting the subcontinent bet-ween the 17th and early 20th centuries.

Daily, 10.30am-6pm. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22844484). Museum entry rates.


Russian Ark

11 December

Despite the almost inevitable longueurs, not to mention mumbling melancholic off-screen comments that sometimes verge on the self-parodic, this is certainly a superior Alexander Sokurov feature, and not only for its extraordinarily virtuoso ‘mise-en-scène’. Digitally shot in a single continuous take, it wanders around St Petersburg’s Hermitage, taking in the building, its furnishings and objets d’art, and a host of characters, historical and contemporary, both named (Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas, Alexandra, Anastasia) and anonymous, while pondering the Russian soul and its ambivalent relationship with Europe. As the unseen film-maker and a 19th century French diplomat guide us on our journey through space and time, it’s hard not to be distracted by thoughts of how it was all choreographed, but a magnificent ball scene and the final poignant departure manage to work their magic.

6 pm. Little Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737).



Moon Arra

5 December

Guitarist Jagadeesh M.R. will lead the jazz fusion group in the jazz segment of the Bengaluru Habba 2008 celebrations. He will be accompanied by Prakash Sontakke on Hindustani slide guitar, Madhuri M.R. on vocals and Karthik Mani on percussion.

7.30pm. Alliance Francaise, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).


Neo Goa: Coast to canvas

Until 12 December

Gallery G, working with Ruchika Art Gallery, which is based in Goa (Miramar, Panjim), presents a show of new works by Francis D’Souza, Jayant Jadhav, Sandeep Kulkarni, Manish Mistry, Chaitali Morajkar, Hitesh Pankar, Vitesh Naik, Prafulli Shevade and Suhas Shilker. A note about the show refers to the term ‘rurbanism’ which, it explained, refers to the culture of places, such as the West Indies that combines elements of rural and urban lifestyles—a lot like the culture of Goa.

The show is expected to shift to the new Gallery G space in Whitefield, at the hotel Taj Premium.

Dhananjaya G

8-15 December

In his attempt to explore issues such as consumerism and environmental depletion in his mixed media works, Dhananjaya presents pieces that combine vivid images of urban folk, animals and gods created with metal recycled from deodorant bottles, ‘paan’ masala boxes and beer cans, nailed on to hardboard. In his form of “reinterpretive pop art", you’ll find names of products and advertising tag lines running alongside representations of Krishna and Ganesh, depictions of everyday scenes of humans interacting with each other and with animals—parrots in vibrant green and monkeys with complex, winding tails—all apparent stories about man living with nature, sometimes in harmony and sometimes in discord. All the works are on sale, priced between Rs8,000 and Rs30,000.

10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road (40926202).

10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery G, 38, Maini Sadan, 7th Cross, Lavelle Road (22219275).


Singaaravva Mattu Aramane

5 December

Directed by Sowmya Varma. Written by Chandrashekara Kambara (adapted by Laxmi Chandrashekar). Cast: Laxmi Chandrashekar. 1 hour 25 mins.

Adapted from a novel by the versatile Kannada writer Kambara, ‘Singaaravva Mattu Aramane’ depicts the oppression perpetrated by a feudal system on women. The play explores the theme in a solo narrative using a variety of acting styles, techniques, colourful costumes, props and music.

Set in a village in north Karnataka, the play is the tale of a beautiful woman whose life is repeatedly commodified as she is mistreated by her greedy father, an impotent husband and an obsessive lover. Her desire to be a wife and mother is never fulfilled, while she faces public humiliation for her supposed barrenness. A lifetime of disappointments and frustrations make Singaaravva a bitter woman who finds her own way of exacting revenge on her abusers.

The tale is narrated by Singaaravva’s childhood companion and servant, Sheeningavva, who slips into the skin of different characters. The play premiered at the National Women’s Theatre Festival in Mysore in November 2001 and has since seen at least 60 shows in Kannada and English across India, the UK and US.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs50.


6 December

Directed by C.G. Krishnaswamy. Written by Devanooru Mahadeva. Cast: Umashree, Mico Chandru, Ramakrishna Meshtru, Kalla Ramachandra; 2 hours.

‘Odalala’ is set in a village beset by caste prejudices and deep economic inequalities. Sakavva, an elderly Dalit woman, has had to endure a lifelong struggle under this oppressive architecture of injustice. Embattled on the one hand by a heartless zamindar who is constantly trying to dispossess her of her modest belongings, and on the other, dissolute sons and their scheming wives, her only emotional respite comes from the affection of her grandson Shivu and her two pet cockatoos. Just how vulnerable the lives of such a society’s underdogs are becomes apparent when the police arrive unannounced and mistakenly pin a theft on them.

The unsubtle irony of ‘Odalala’ is that a woman doubled over by age and abuse still stands tall and is full of fight for individual dignity and her family, while the young are cowed into submission.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs50.




Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

6 December

The sarod legend will perform as part of Spic Macay’s popular ‘Music in the Park’ series of concerts that showcase the cream of Indian classical music talent.

6pm. Nehru Park Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg.



Time Out 360

1-6 December and 8-13 December

There is little of the city that our photographers haven’t seen over the course of the past four years. Twenty images from the best of their collections will be on display and will cover the arts, monuments, culture, cityscapes and attractions. For details, call TimeOut Mumbai on 66601111.

11am onwards, 1-6 December. Mahapalika Marg, near Azad Maidan.

Daily, 11am-3pm, 7-11pm, 8-15 December. Pali Hills Hotel, 14, Union Park, Pali Hill off Carter Road, Khar (67305690).



Bengaluru Habba—Classical Dance Festival

5-7 December

Every December, the Artistes’ Foundation for Arts, a non-governmental organization committed to development and culture, organizes the Bengaluru Habba in an attempt to bring Bangalore together through the arts. The Bengaluru Habba, in its sixth year, showcases various dancers from Chennai and Bangalore.

At 7.30pm on 5 December, a troupe from Nrityagram performs ‘Pratima—A Reflection’, a ballet that pays respects to their teacher and nrityagram’s founder, Protima Gauri. This is followed by a one-woman ballet by Padma Subramanyam titled ‘Krishnaya Tubhyam Namah’, which borrows from Sanskrit texts and Tamil texts, weaving them together to tell the story of Krishna from birth to the time he became a charioteer to Arjun.

6 December’s performances begin at 6pm and include Bharatanatyam by Priyadarsini Govind and Tripti Bhupen. At 6.30pm on 7 December, Malavika Sarukkai performs ‘Homage to the Divine’, which uses the vocabulary of classical Bharatanatyam, but is performed outside the tenets of traditional ‘margam’. This is followed by a Kathak performance by Mridula Anand.

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810).

Schedules are subject to change.




In the shadow of Delhi’s Qutab Minar lies the ‘dargah’ (tomb) of Shaikh Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki, a spiritual ancestor of Nizamuddin Auliya. Here, in Mehrauli, Idris and Ilyas, two brothers from a long line of shahi qawwals, perform every Thursday. They sing under the shade of an old peepal tree. The men sit in the shade of the tree and women behind a latticed wall. The walk through the alleys to the site is almost suburban in its inertia, bereft of the cacophony of the petal and chador vendors in Nizamuddin. The crowds are smaller than in Nizamuddin, the atmosphere uplifting and the music just as divine.

Mehrauli Archaeological Complex.?Call?Idris and Ilyas at?26523534.


If you are looking for a more contemporary art fix than what you get at the National Gallery of Modern Art, head to The Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon. Anupam Poddar’s baby opened in August and aims to introduce and showcase contemporary art practices. The collection includes elaborate video installations, photography, sculpture and (increasingly popular) mixed media works, all displayed within a sprawling brick and steel industrial-style structure.

11am-7pm,?Tuesday-Sunday, Devi Art Foundation, Sirpur House, Sector 44, Plot No. 39, Near Epicentre (41667474).


Can’t afford a personal trainer? Uday Deshpande’s Dadar gym in Mumbai coaches TV actors, stunt doubles and national champions in basketball, volleyball, judo, artificial rock climbing, karate, kho-kho and weight training at Rs50 per month. The gym’s USP is its training in malkhamb, a mother discipline for most gymnastics, which involves speedily performing yoga positions suspended from a rope or atop a thick pole.

5.30-10.30am and 4.30-10.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir, Keluskar Marg (South), Shivaji Park, Dadar (24457870), Rs50 per month.


In 2004, when Ranjan Chacko of the People for Animals (PFA) group realized “there was a crying need" for some kind of community service to bury pets, he decided to put aside 6 acres of land in Kangeri for this. Bangalore’s Karuna Kunj, the pet cemetery, is now a burial ground for at least 40 dogs and cats. PFA offers a ‘Bon Adieu’ ambulance service and also assists owners who opt to euthanize terminally ill pets. Owners have the option of conducting a ceremony, erecting a memorial for their pets and planting a tree at the site.

67, Uttarhalli road, Kangeri. Call 9845209623 for details. Rs3,500 for burial, Rs12,500 for engraved granite headstone.