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City of Pieces

22-30 October

The media collective Maraa is hosting City of Pieces, described as “an urban festival of creative practices", as part of its annual October Jam series of events. The nine-day festival will also mark the third anniversary of Theatre Jam, the monthly forum on art and media in the public space, hosted by the collective. The events will include City Writes, a workshop conducted by writer and poet Rheaa Mukherjee on 22 October at PageTurners (2-5pm); Nukkad Natak, a performance by the theatre group Mashaal on 23 October opposite St Mary’s Church (5.30pm); a poetry event City of Words on 25 October at Alternative Law Forum, Infantry Road (5.30-7.30pm); and a show of wall paintings, Paint a Wall, on 26 October, apart from Urban Tales film screenings on 24 October at Rococo Gallery (6-9pm).

Timings and venues, several. Registrations required for certain events. For details, visit, email at, or call 9880755875/8105675350.


Nartakarinda Nartakarigagi

26 October

Nartakarinda Nartakarigagi is a performance platform created by Bangalore-based Bharatnatyam dancer Parshwanath Upadhye; it is sustained by contributions from members of Bangalore and Chennai’s classical dance communities. This edition will feature a performance of select items from the traditional repertoire by four male dancers—Bangalore-based Anil Iyer and Parshwanath Upadhye, and Chennai-based Bhavjan Kumar and Sai Santhosh Radhakrishna. The four dancers will each perform solo renditions of Vishnu’s 10 manifestations in a production titled Dasavatar. The event is a fundraiser and the organizer invites donations towards his dance school, Upadhye School of Dance.

6.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388). Donor passes are available for 250,Rs 500, 750, 1,000, 2,500 and 5,000 and can be availed by emailing Entry is free.


Bid & Hammer’s auction

22 October

The auction will include a collection of rare posters of Pakistani and old Indian films and signed print art books, among 244 lots, that the auctioneers have described as “visual impressions" from India, dated between the 18th and the early-20th century. These include gilded limited edition books, lithographs, engravings, hand-coloured aquatints and etchings, maps, and assorted memorabilia (all estimated at between 5,000 and 6 lakh). Highlights include James Forbes’ Oriental Memoirs from 1813 and A.J. Johnson’s “Map of Asia" from the mid-19th century, a coloured lithograph of the Imperial Delhi Durbar dated 1911.

11am-5pm (preview by appointment only), 7pm (auction). ITC Windsor, 25, Windsor Square, Golf Course Road, Sankey Road (22269898). For enquiries, registrations and catalogue (Rs 2,000) requests, email, or visit

I Have Seen The Tiger

20-31 October

Solo show: Religious motifs feature prominently in Joe Demetro’s work

10.30am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). For details,

Joe Demetro

24-31 October

A solo show of paintings and sculptures by Joe Demetro, an artist of American origin. He completed his studies in sculpture at Purchase College, State University of New York, and in painting at the American University, Washington DC. Demetro has been living in Mussourie, Uttarakhand, for the last few years, While religious motifs feature prominently in his works, Demetro’s interest lies more in religious architecture than in religion itself.

10am-8pm (Monday-Saturday). Alliance Française de Bangalore,108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, visit


The Real Inspector Hound

27-30 October

Writer Tom Stoppard’s 1968 satire delightfully lampoons objects of his infamous ire, from theatre hacks to Agatha Christie-style whodunits. The production is directed by Prashant Prakash and Nayantara Kotian. The cast of the play are from the Mumbai-based Quaff Theatre. 1 hour 15 minutes.

7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 200, available at and


A Backward Glance on a Travel Road

22 October

CounterCulture in association with Alliance Française de Bangalore brings to the city the French band A Backward Glance on a Travel Road. The alternative and progressive band features Emmanuel Jessua on guitar, piano and vocals; Thibault Lamy on drums, percussion and sampling; Gredin on bass and vocals; and Jonathan Maurois on guitar.

8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793, 9902541200). Passes, 300 per person, available at the venue.

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Forms in Motion

21-22 October

As a curtain-raiser to the fift Indo-German Film Festival Bangalore , Goethe-Institut will host a series of screenings of animation films, curated, and introduced with a talk by film-maker Balachander M. Gandhekar.

The screenings include ‘A Kosovo Fairytale’, the true story of the Neziris, who were forced to leave behind their two-year-old baby boy, as they undertook a fraught escape from Kosovo to Finland. ‘BigBangBigBoom’ by the Argentine artist who goes by the name Blu, and ‘Sinna Mann’, Anita Killi’s heart-wrenching tale of a little boy trying to come to terms with his father’s schizophrenic and abusive ways.

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


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Be a Scientist for a Day

22-23 October

Birdwatching: With BNHS.

Bird, day insects, amphibian and plant surveys: 7-11am; 250 each (participants need to be above 14). Moth and nocturnal insect surveys: 6.30pm-6.30am; 500 (18 and above).

BNHS Conservation Education Centre, near Film City, Goregaon (E). For registration forms, call 9594929107, 9594953425, 9594929107 or email Registration closes on 21 October.


“They Said It Was Love..."

22 October-31 December

In a show titled “They Said It Was Love..." at Lakeeren gallery this fortnight, curator Arshiya Lokhandwala presents paintings by Lahore-based artists Imran Qureshi and Atif Khan that attempt at grappling with the unrelenting violence around them. Both the artists, in their paintings, explore the connection between love and violence and the traditional techniques of miniature paintings by drawing on nature as a motif.

11am-7pm. Sundays closed. Lakeeren, 6/18 Second floor, Grants Building, Opposite Basilico Restaurant, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65224179).

Sammlung Ludwig’s Art of the Sixties and Hans Haacke’s The Chocolate Master

Till 5 November

In this exhibition, which was shown in New York in March, curator David Platzker disassembles pages from Sammlung Ludwig: Art of the Sixties, a coveted catalogue designed by artist Wolf Vostell and published between 1969-1971 to document the art collection of German chocolate manufacturer Peter Ludwig and his wife Irene. This book is juxtaposed with Hans Haacke’s The Chocolate Master/Der Pralinenmeister that was published in 1982 and in which Haacke “deconstructs" Ludwig’s chocolate empire, his use of low-wage immigrant labour, and interest-free loans to expand his businesses.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, near Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba (9769950136).

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21-29 October

An exhibition of photographs of maharajas at Tasveer gallery in the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA) provides a historical record of a bygone era but also a glimpse into the transition from the age of painting to the age of photography. The 28 photographs in the ‘Maharajas’ exhibition were collected by Tasveer over five years from auction houses and photography dealers. Spanning from the late 19th to the early 20th century, the portraits include Maharaja Yashwant Rao Holkar of Indore, Maharaja Brijraj Singh of Kota, Maharaja Laxman Singh of Dungarpur and Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Navanagar. Many of them have been taken by well-known photographers such as Jehangir Sorabji and K.L. Syed and some have been shot in studios abroad. The photographs are all original prints and would make great collector’s items.

11am-7pm. Monday-Saturday. ICIA House, 22/26 K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22048140).



Hey Ananta Punya

21 October

Shadhona—Centre for Advancement of Southasian Culture, Bangladesh, presents Hey Ananta Punya. The dance drama, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Natir Puja, has been choreographed by Warda Rihab. The music is by Suman Sarkar. The show is part of the annual IIC Experience: A Festival of the Arts, organized by the India International Centre (IIC).

6.30pm. IIC, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).


Swedish opera with Mats Carlsson and Michael Engström

21 October

Swedish opera: Pianist Michael Engström (left) and tenor Mats Carlsson

7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

SaMaPa Sangeet Vibhuti Festival

22-23 October

The Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts (SaMaPa), run by santoor maestro and composer Pandit Bhajan Sopori and his son Abhay Rustum, will present its second edition of the biennial Vibhuti Festival.

22 October

Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain +

Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan +

Pandit Falguni Mitra

Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan of Allahabad is one of the foremost shehnai players. Hussain’s grandfather Ustad Wazir Ali Khan was the first to demonstrate Hindustani classical music on the shehnai at Buckingham Palace, London. His father Ustad Ali Jan Khan and uncles Ustad Nazir Hussain Khan and Ustad Imdad Hussain Khan of Varanasi were also renowned shehnai exponents. The other performances of the evening will include a tabla performance by Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan and a dhrupad recital by vocalist Pandit Falguni Mitra.

23 October

Suhasini Koratkar +

Pandit Kartick Kumar +

Pandit Baldev Raj Verma

A renowned vocalist of the Bhendi Bazar gharana, Suhasini Koratkar received her training from the late Pandit T.D. Janorikar. Apart from hardcore Hindustani classical recitals, Koratkar also excels in thumri, dadra, bhajans and ghazals. Sitarist Pandit Kartick Kumar is one of the most well-known disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankar. The other artist for the evening, Pandit Baldev Raj Verma, is a leading vocalist from the Indore gharana. He received training from Pratap Chand Arora.

6.30pm. India Islamic Cultural Centre, 87-88, Lodhi Road (43535353). Entry by passes only. Passes available at the venue. For details, call 9868321021.

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D-Nox & Beckers

21 October

D-Nox may have played in India before, but throw cohort Frank Beckers into the mix and it’s a whole different sound. The most common complaint we hear about electronica is that it’s monotonous music. To this—and every other gripe about the genre—we say: D-Nox & Beckers. The German duo is EDM’s style-bending trump card. From techno to progressive house, it’s impossible to tell when one genre segues into the next.

10.30pm. LAP, Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri (24103762). Entry charge, 2,000 per couple.




22 October

Emergence is a band from Solitude Farm, a community started by Krishna McKenzie in Auroville near Puducherry. The band will present Indo-acoustic pop music inspired by McKenzie’s travels through the country. The concert will be interspersed with inspiring anecdotes from McKenzie’s journeys and his views on how to explore experimentation in music.

7pm. Eduoard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).



Till 30 October

Experience the freshness of the sea with a mouth-watering selection of seafood at Verandah restaurant at Vivanta by Taj.

7-11pm. 1,500 onwards per person plus taxes. Verandah, Vivanta by Taj—Connemara, Mount Road (66000000).

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Paint your canvas

22 October

Monisha Gupta is conducting a painting workshop for children aged between 4 and 6. The children will be taught how to draw and paint. The fee is 400 per child. Participants need to bring their own drawing materials.

11am-1pm. British Council, Rangoon Street, Mount Road. For registration, call 42050600.


Till 24 October

Festive look: At Amethyst

11am-7pm. Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah (45991600).

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Rang Abhang

23 October

Padmashri Aruna Sairam’s name is synonymous with ‘abhangs’ in the world of Carnatic music. The vocalist will give power-packed renditions of Bhakti songs at ‘Rang Abhang’. The event will also bring together 10 musicians from north and south India. 2 hours.

6.30 pm. Music Academy, Cathedral Road. Tickets, 300, 500, 700, 1,000, available at

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Bangladeshi Film Festival

24, 28, 29 October

Film: On the Wings of Dreams

Sri Sarathi Studios Pvt. Ltd, 8-3-321, Ameerpet. For more details email at, or contact Hyderabad Film Club at 9391020243, 9390017282.


Femin Dissilience

23 October-5 November

Femin Dissilience presents 26 women artists from Hyderabad. Curated by artist Kaali Sudheer, the exhibition will include artists such as Kavitha Devaskar, Saraswati L., Anjani Reddy, Rohini Reddy, Pushpa and Shanti Swaroopini. The artworks will be on sale and the prices range between 15,000 and 4 lakh.

11am-7pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999, 27522203). For details, call Kaali Sudheer at 9396444424 or email at

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Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf

22-24 October

The play is an ode to Elizabeth Taylor, who played Martha in the 1966 film based on the 1962 play by Edward Albee. Directed by Srikanth Iyer, the play is presented by Hyderabad-based Kartaal Productions. Music is by Ilayaraja.

7pm. Ravindra Bharti, Public Garden Road, Basheer Bagh (23231245, 23233672). Tickets, 500, 750, and 1,500, available atthe venue (1-7pm) and

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Zany and Visionary Debian Delight

Till 29 October

Unconventional: Rajesh Deb’s works are on display at Aakriti.

Noon-7pm. (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street). (22893027/5041). For details,



21 October

Kolkata-based theatre group Ekti Dal presents the comedy drama Bidhuda. It shows God (Bidhata) being furious on finding out that offerings made by devotees are being cornered by the priest Ambika. Bidhata decides to teach Ambikaa lesson. But God’s plot fails and Ambika takes Bidhata in his custody. The story thereafter unfolds in a humorous manner. The play has been directed by Rajat Ghosh.

6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1 Bagbazar Street (9433349147). Tickets, 20, 40, and 60, available at the venue.


One Nest

Till 23 October

The ongoing exhibition, curated by photographer Mala Mukerjee, features the works of 22 photographers, including 14 foreign photographers—Abir Abdullah, Hasan Saifuddin Chandan (Bangladesh), Christian F. Wesenberg, Erik Skjoldt, Fidel Korda, Madelaine Brand (Norway), Marco Oda, Mick Williamson (UK), Wang Peiquan, Zhou Qiao, Li Xiaoyuan (China), David Noyes (US), Jeorg Muller (Germany) and Sergey Buslenko (Ukraine).

3-8pm. Second floor, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108-109 Southern Avenue (24662843/6802)


Bus Stop

27 October

The American Center Library will screen the 1956 Marilyn Monroe-starrer Bus Stop, directed by Joshua Logan. The film is based on two plays by William Inge—People in the Wind and Bus Stop. Don Murray stars opposite Monroe in the film. 1 hour 36 minutes.

2.30pm. Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A JL Nehru Road (39846398, 39846300). Go with a government-recognized identity card. For details, visit

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Fair Trade

Till 25 October

SASHA, a Kolkata-based non-governmental organization for communities of craftspeople and artists, has organized this Fair Trade exhibition. Fair Trade is an organized social movement with market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. On this occasion, they are exhibiting a new line of RASA (Ruro Agro Services Association) skincare and beauty products, candles, ‘diyas’and other goodies from Anjali, Asha Niketan and Silence—NGOs that work towards enabling the physically challenged to live with dignity.

10am-7pm (Monday-Saturday) and 10am-1pm (Sunday). SASHA, 27 Mirza Ghalib Street (Free School Street) (22520422).

By Indranil Bhoumik

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