Architectural Blue

17-24 November

An exhibition by German architect Robert A. Schaefer Jr, who uses a blueprinting process called cyanotype in his photographs. The resultant colour of the cyanotype, he feels, plays a significant role in Indian mythology, like the potent indigo of textiles. The exhibition features blue-tinted photographs of the architecture of Delhi, alongside picture taken in Germany.

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


Couple of Differences

Till 30 November

A solo show by sculptor Karl Antao is a satire on the interplay of the educated mind and situations wherein circumstances are manipulated to create an environment that is conducive to one’s advantage. The works highlight the crucial issue of lack of accountability in society, and “accusatory exchanges" among the denizens.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).

Freedom to March

12-18 November

A group show by artists, including Atul Dodiya and Gigi Scaria, who rediscover Mahatma Gandhi after an actual reappraisal of Gandhi’s highly political and symbolic

Dandi salt march

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Feroze Shah Road, Mandi Circle (23387241).

Around town

Lahore: Paintings, Murals and Calligraphy

18 November

A presentation by Barbara Schmitz, author and editor of several books on Mughal art. Historian Jean Marie Lafont and architect Romi Khosla will then discuss the topic.

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

Ten Reasons not to Legalize Prostitution: Discussion

16 November

A panel of writers, academics and activists will discuss and debate the legalization of prostitution in India. Speakers at the discussion will include Sheila Jeffery from the University of Melbourne, also author of The Industrial Vagina—The Political Economy of The Global Sex Trade and The Idea of Prostitution; Aurora Javate de Dios, executive director of Women and Gender Institute of Miriam College in the Philippines; Janice Raymond, award-winning author and feminist activist; and Ruchira Gupta, founder-president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, as moderator.

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

Food meditation

13 November

The Attic will organize its 11th monthly food meditation session, where participants will learn about the meditative food traditions of India. This one will emphasize the use of pure haldi (turmeric) and a hill-grown seasoning jakhia, used in dishes such as chaulai (amaranth) roti, jhangora pulao and so on

1-3pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (23746050). Limited to 15 participants. Participation on first-come, first-served basis. Charges, Rs100. For details, call 9911950530.


Third Global Film Festival for Children

12-14 November

The films that will be screened at this edition of the festival include international entries, films on disability and those made by children. Some of the movies are Nitobah, Blue Umbrella and 400 Blows.

10.30am-7.30pm. Marwah Studios, 14/16, Film City, Sector-16A, Noida (0120-2515254). For the complete schedule, log on to

Passazhirka (The Passenger)

16 November

Two young women, a widow and her chambermaid, are the sole female passengers on a battleship travelling from California to Hong Kong. This film, directed by Stanislav Govorukhin, is a study of the effects of their presence on the rest of the crew. 1 hour, 35 minutes

7pm. Habitat Film Club, India Habitat Centre (24682222). Membership fee for the club, Rs750 per year.


Odissi and contemporary dance

17 November

It’s a long way from Tokyo to Bhubaneswar, but 19-year-old Masako Ono knew she had to make it when she made her first trip to India in 1992. Originally trained in contemporary dance, Ono was swept away by the Odissi performance of her guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, and got trained at Nrityagram. Ono pays tribute to Mohapatra, performing works he choreographed. Ono has rearranged the choreography using a movement grammar influenced by tantra, yoga and contemporary styles.

7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (24682222).


Abida Parveen

13 November

Abida Parveen is a rarity in the world of Sufi music—a female vocalist. The daughter and disciple of prominent Pakistani vocalist Ustad Ghulam Haider, she is the most successful Sufi female performer. The concert will be organized by Routes 2 Roots, a Delhi-based NGO that works to bridge the gap between India and other Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries through music and art.

6pm. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts lawns, 1, CV Mess, Janpath (23388445).


The Man Who Laughs

16 November

On this tour, the Footsbarn troupe will perform Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs, a tale of an embittered hero with a twisted smile. They’ve remained partia to interpretations of the Western canon. The company began meetfor rehearsals in 1971 in Cornwall—specifically, in a barn belonging to the Foot family.

7pm. Baha’i Auditorium, Bahà’i House of Worship, Nehru Place (26444035).



Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy International Film Festival

12-13 November

Hosted by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, in collaboration with the Federation of Film Societies of India, the festival will include shows at the Suchitra Film Society, Yavanika (the main venue), Seva Sadan and the Samprati Auditorium.

For passes and schedule details, call 26711785 or email

Fishers of Men

12 November

Film-maker Ranjan Kamath will introduce his 1997 documentary (co-directed with Padmavathi Rao) and interact with the audience after the screening. The film finds the tribal population of the region caught in the crosswinds of Christian missionaries on the one hand, offering the prospects of education and conversion, and of Hindu revivalist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, pushing to take them back into their fold, on the other. This screening is free, open to the public and includes English subtitles. Contact the centre to learn about its free membership registration procedure. 1 hour, 57 minutes.

6pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (25359680). To register, call 9886599675


Greg Howe

13 November

The American composer and

fusion guitarist, with a solo career spanning two decades, nine albums and numerous collaborations with the leading names in contemporary jazz, is counted as a virtuoso by his peers and aficionados of electric guitar. For this show, he will be accompanied by Kevin Vecchione on bass, Jude Gold on guitar, and Gianluca Palmieri on drums. Howe will also be conducting a workshop.

Strumming it: Fusion guitarist Greg Howe

7.30pm. Amphitheatre, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road (39856000). For tickets, Rs750 and Rs1,000,log on to workshop starts at 2pm. Charges Rs500. For details, email orangetreeent call 9881712027

Astral Projection

14 November

Avi Nissim and Lior Perlmutter, who make up the legendary psytrance act Astral Projection, teamed up in 1989 under the moniker SFX. Over 20 years, they’ve formed a major record label, Trust in Trance. The duo plays as part of the United By Music Carnival 5.0, which also features sets by Ashvin Vagale from Jalebee Cartel and German techno act Moog Conspiracy.

Noon-11.30pm. Clarks Exotica, Swiss Town, Hollywood Junction, Sadahalli Post, Devanahalli Road. Charges, Rs750. For details, call 9632632541.



13 November

The Nartana Academy of Dance and Music will present its 11th annual dance festival Kala-Nadam. This festival will feature classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Chhau, Kathak and Odissi.

6pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).



Jaya Smriti

13-14 November

Bharatanatyam dancer and film actor Hema Malini’s mother Jaya encouraged her daughter to continue with classical dance even as Malini settled into the profession of acting. Every year since her mother’s death in 2005, the actor pays tribute to her with the festival Jaya Smriti, in which she gives opportunity to young, talented dancers to perform. The first day of the festival has performances by Kathak dancer Vishal Krishnan, Kathakali dancer Renjish Nair and Malini’s daughters, Esha and Ahana Deol, who have honed their skills in Odissi. The event will be organized by Neeru Sabharwal and Vineeta Sinha.

6.45pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956).

Shobana Jeyasingh

14 November

British-Indian choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh’s eclectic style draws from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance, ballet, martial arts and everyday movements. A leading figure on the British modern dance scene, Jeyasingh comes to India for the first time. She has won numerous awards, including two ‘Time Out’ dance awards.Dancers of her company will present Bruise Blood’ ‘Faultline’ (2007)

6.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs750.


Kishori Amonkar

14 November

After almost two decades, Kishori Amonkar, who still performs once every two or three months, will take the stage early in the morning. Amonkar, born in 1932, is one of the few singers of her time who continues to perform even today, and whose voice has retained its intensity and sensitivity.

7am. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre 122A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College, opposite Mumbai Glasswork, Matunga, (24304150). Tickets, Rs200.


Burma VJ

15 November

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) is a loose, underground collective of local news gatherers dedicated to exposing the truth about their government’s repressive tactics. Danish documentarian Anders Østergaard’s film collects footage shot by DVB activists—plus tastefully integrated recreations—to recall the events of summer 2007, when a popular uprising threatened to turn into outright revolution as Myanmar’s Buddhist monks led their people in street protests. The powerful documentary is a testament to individual bravery. 1 hour, 27 minutes.

6.30pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).


Shadi Ghadirian

13-30 November

The last time Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian showed in Mumbai, she blackened out exposed parts of the female body, covered women in tablecloths, and replaced their faces with household objects such as a broom and an iron. Ghadirian is back in Mumbai, but her worries over the threat of a full-scale US invasion of her country have somewhat overtaken her concerns with the representation of Iranian women.

Installation: Ghadirian’s work.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). The Guild, Kamal Mansion, 02/32, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).

Around town

Promise and Fear

17 November

As part of The Promised City project, Shuddhabrata Sengupta of the Raqs Media Collective explores the theme of urbanism. According to Sengupta, “Cities are like quarries where promise and hope are mined, leaving behind a landscape striated with fear and anxiety."

6.30pm. Goethe Hall, Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Colaba (22022085).



Artist of the month

13-14 November

Continuing its tradition of highlighting an artist each month, Cholamandal presents the genre-based works of M. Natesh. The exhibition includes installations that highlight the plight of tigers. At 6.30pm on Saturday, Natesh will make a slide presentation and be available for a Q&A interaction.

10am-7pm. Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art, Laburnum and Indigo Galleries, Injambakkam (9840650843).



18 November

A group of four friends (three guitarists and a percussionist), Yapa is an independent French jazz band. Their music has gained immense popularity and they have performed at the some of the best gigs in Paris. They will now perform in Chennai at an event organized by the Alliance Française de Madras.

7.30pm. Rhapsody, Courtyard by Marriott, Teynampet, Anna Salai (66764000).

By Karuna Amarnath



Dhiren Sasmal exhibition

Till 21 November

The Promenade Lounge at Taj Bengal is hosting a solo exhibition by artist Dhiren Sasmal. On display are 67 acrylic works on mini canvases, with themes ranging from children to animals. The artist, who has used vibrant colours and strokes, can be seen sketching and painting live on most days between 3-6pm.

11am-11pm daily.Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore (22233939).

Drawings, doodles and sketches

Till 30 November

The Ganges Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of 70 small works by eminent artist Jogen Chowdhury. The drawings, doodles and sketches that are on display were made by Chowdhury during 1983-2009.

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



12-14 November

Jyotica Sikand took to photography to capture images in black and white. This exhibition has photographs of government buildings in Goa, monasteries in Ladakh and the Jantar Mantar in Delhi, as well as images from Turkey, Italy, Spain and Uzbekistan.

10am-6.30pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).


Phata Gopal

13 November

Natasena theatre presents Phata Gopal—a drama that tells the story of conflict between an uncompromising jailor, Amulya Hati, and Phata Gopal, a murderer. The script is by Rajat Ghosh and the play has been directed by Durga Chakraborty.

3pm onwards. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs30, Rs40 and RS60. For details, call 9433611158.

Around town

Annual house plants expo

Till 14 November

The Agri-Horticultural Society of India (AHSI) is organizing its annual house plants expo. Several varieties of indoor plants, which are not only aesthetically beautiful but also have many useful properties, will be on display. In a city such as Kolkata, where high-rise buildings do not leave much space for nature, indoor plants become all the more important for a healthier living environment, and to beautify the space around us.

7am-7pm. AHSI, main lawn, and HB Kanoi Exhibition Hall,1, Alipore Road. For details, call 9830105433.

New Performance

Festival 2010

17-21 November

The India Foundation for the Arts and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts will jointly organize the New Performance Festival 2010. The events include a reading of ‘Anecdotes and Allegories’ by Anurupa Roy, and ‘Macbeth’ by Jyothish M.G. Sanskriti Sagar and the Harrington Street Arts Centre.

Passes, Rs30 per show, available at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre. For details, call 24556942/24556943.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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