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Olive Beach’s new prix fixe lunch

Till 30 September

Prix fixe fare: At Olive Beach.

12.30-3.30pm. 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400). The three-course lunch is priced at 599, plus taxes.


Odissi by Madhulita Mohapatra

10 July

Odissi danseuse Madhulita Mohapatra will perform three items. She will begin her recital with a Kirwani pallavi, a pure dance sequence set to Raga Kirwani and choreographed by the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. This will be followed by two abhinayas or emotive pieces. Madhurastaka is an item that glorifies the beauty of Krishna—from the time when he’s a playful child to when he overcomes Kaliya the serpent—and is choreographed by the late Pankaj Charan Das. Manini is a piece based on extracts from traditional Oriya songs where Radha decorates herself and her house for Krishna, who rebuffs her advances. This last item has been choreographed by Gangadhar Pradhan.

4pm. Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373).

Odissi by Uday Kumar and Sowmya Shetty

8 July

Odissi duo Uday Kumar and Sowmya Shetty will perform select items from the traditional repertoire. Their recital will begin with a mangalacharan, an invocatory item, and end with a moksha, a pure dance sequence. The duo’s performance will coincide with the conferring of the title Natyashree on three exemplars by the Ajith Kumar Smaraka Samskruthika Vedike organization. The title will be conferred on Leela Ramanathan for dance, B.G. Srinivas for music and G. Dattatreya for theatre.

6.30pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530).

Trikon—The War Within

8 July

Bangalore-based choreographer Minal Prabhu will present Trikon—The War Within, created in collaboration with her student Gayatri Sriram and the theatre ensemble WeCanDoIt. The work will examine the Mahabharat from the viewpoint of three female characters: Draupadi, Kunti and Gandhari. As Prabhu interprets the epic, these women make difficult choices through the course of the narrative and display immense reserves of strength in bearing the consequences. By focusing primarily on the scenes in which these characters are featured prominently, Prabhu will tell the classic tale in a way that centres on their perspectives of the war and the surrounding events.

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, 200, available at the venue.

Folk dances of Karnataka

13 July

Dance troupe Vajramale will perform a selection of folk dances of Karnataka. The selection will include Kamsale—a style where the dancer performs with a cymbal in one hand and a bronze disc in the other to produce a rhythmic clang—and Dolla Kunitha, which consists of 16 dancers, each sporting the drum and beating it to different rhythms while dancing. The beat is controlled and directed by the leader of the troupe, who holds the cymbals and is positioned in the centre.

10am. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530)


AHA! International Theatre for Children Festival

9-17 July

Ranga Shankara’s AHA! International Theatre for Children Festival will introduce children to a variety of traditional and contemporary performances. Productions at the festival include ‘Lavanasuravadham’ (Story of Lava-Kusha), a Kathakali performance featuring Leela Samson and Sadanam Balakrishnan; ‘Troi’, a German play about a boy who lands up in the belly of a fish; and ‘Heungbu, Nolbu’, an adaptation of a well-known Korean folk tale, featuring a cast of 17 children from Chennai and Seoul.

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 100 and 200, available at


Bhavishyavani Future Soundz

9 July

The collective plays what it describes as “gourmet dance music". Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, which operates out of Mumbai, began to take shape nearly 10 years ago as a motley crew of local DJs, designers, producers and other artistes. The early line-up had Tejas Mangeshkar (Mr T), Kurnal Rawat (Kutklass), Ashim Ahluwalia (Inssat), Mukul Deora (DJ Bhai Saab) and Jatin Vidyarthi (Masta Justy). They were later joined by the French trio of Josso (DJ MMat), Cyril Michaud (DJ Loopkin) and Charles Nuez (DJ Charlee).

8.30-11pm. Bacchus, F&B, 8, Papanna Street (40333888). 500 cover charge for men.


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HM Naqvi talk

8 July

Pakistani writer H.M. Naqvi’s debut novel Homeboy won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature earlier this year. This week, Naqvi gives a talk at the Asia Society on how cities can be used as characters in novels.

6.30pm. Bungalow 8, Grants Building, 17, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22819880). Register in advance by emailing


Hayley Parsons

14 July

UK-based DJ Hayley Parsons’ House music has been winning many smiles. At her act this week, expect tribal and progressive House with a hint of techno. Parsons’ sets begin with uplifting and bouncy beats to get everyone up and dancing, and then turn towards the more progressive.

10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges,Rs 500.

Bolava Vitthal

11 July

Devotional Concert: Shankar Mahadevan.

6pm. Shanmukhananda Hall, Plot No. 292, Comrade Har Bans Lal Marg, Sion East (24078888). Tickets 100, 200, 300 and 500, available at Rhythm House (43222701) and Maharashtra Watch and Gramophone Co., Kohinoor Cinema Building, Ranade Road (24370661).


12 July

The funky poetic spoken-word duo are back with Kenneth Rebello on bass, Pravin Mukhi on drums and special guest Kishore Sodha on the trumpet.

10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound (40332300). Charges, 300.


Raindrops Festival

8-9 July

Kathak dancer Uma Dogra moved to Mumbai in 1983. It took her over a decade to establish herself. When her guru, Durga Lal, died in 1990, Dogra started the festival as a tribute to him. On Day 1, see performances by Bharatanatyam dancer Arundhati Patwardhan, Kuchipudi dancer Sreelakshmy Govardhanan and Odissi dancer Shashwati Garai Ghosh. The second day will feature Bharatanatyam dancer Navia Natarajan, Odissi dancer Sudha Mukhopadhyay and Kathak dancer Charlotte Moraga.

7.30pm. Mini Theatre, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Prabhadevi (24312956). Admission is on first-come, first-served basis.


Santiniketan and Beyond

10-12 July

As part of the ongoing celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is hosting an exhibition of Vinayak Masoji’s paintings. Masoji began his formal art training at the Sir JJ School of Art, and found his calling at Santiniketan.

10am-6pm. Curator’s Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22844484).



Peter Cat Recording Co rock

8 July

Peter Cat Recording Co. play music that draws from Hindi films, cabaret, Frank Sinatra, indie rock, gypsy jazz and ballroom waltzes. The fuzz tone of the organ may even remind you of car chases in old Bollywood films. The band, comprising Suryakant Sawhney (vocals), Rohan Kulshreshtha (bass), Anindya Shanker (guitar/keyboard) and Karan Singh (drums), has turned heads with its songs about prostitutes and their delusional lovers, and alternative universes where Japan wins World War II.

9.30pm. TLR, 31 Hauz Khas Village (46080533).

Titi Robin World music

9 July

Thierry “Titi" Robin isn’t strictly a gypsy—but by inspiration and by nature, you could call him one. Long before “world music" became fashionable, Robin was learning from the music of India, West Asia and gypsy communities in Europe. Robin, who plays flamenco guitar, the Arabian oud and the bouzouq and a Bedouin string instrument, unveils tracks from his latest album Laal Asman. He has collaborated with Indian musicians for the album.

6pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).


Chittaprosad: A Retrospective

11 July-20 August

Legendary lens: Bhattacharya.

11am-7pm. Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village (46005300).

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Ancient Civilization Lecture Series

12 July

The first in a series of lectures on the world’s ancient civilizations, organized by The Attic in collaboration with the National Archives and Unesco. Shereen Ratnagar will talk about the epic of Gilgamesh which was developed around the third century BC in Mesopotamia, and archaeological remains from that period. The tragedy of the demigod Gilgamesh, like the Ram katha, is thought to have originated as stories and poems in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. Much of the epic follows Gilgamesh’s quest for immortality, which is finally denied. Yet Gilgamesh was, in the end, immortalized when unknown authors decided to inscribe his heroics on 12 stone tablets in Akkadian.

National Archives of India, intersection of Dr Rajendra Prasad Marg and Janpath. For details, call The Attic (23746050) or email


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Shaken and Stirred martini fest

Till 31 July

Hotel Ista’s Lounge Bar is hosting a festival for martini connoisseurs. Savour classic martinis or fruit-flavoured martinis such as Green Apple Martini, Strawberry Martini, Queen’s Martini and Watermelon Martini.

6-11.30pm. Lounge Bar, Hotel Ista, Gachibowli (44508888). Charges, 450 (plus taxes) per glass.

Tattoo fest

8-17 July

Tattoo expert Sameer Patenge will be in the city to create innovative tattoos with fruit- and vegetable-based inks at The Park Hyderabad. Patenge’s celebrity clients include Sanjay Dutt and Urmila Matondkar.

10am-7pm. Aura Spa, The Park Hyderabad, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda (44990000). Charges, 4,000 onwards per tattoo.


Three documentary films

9 July

Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Moving Images and Oxford Bookstore, Hyderabad, will jointly present three seminal documentaries: Vodka Factory by Jerzy Sladkowski at 6pm, Flight over Lithuania by Audrius Stonys and Arunas Matelis at 8pm, and Nero’s Guests, directed by Deepa Bhatia, at 8.15pm.

6pm. LV Prasads Eye Institute, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills (65526443). For details, visit


Shuvaprasanna: Recent & Introspective

8-17 July

More than 100 works by the famous Bengali artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya will be on display. Bhattacharya, who has exhibited across the world, has won several awards. Some of his recent works, including award-winning ones, will also be on display.

10.30am-7pm. Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Arts, Kavuri Hills, Road No. 1, Madhapur (66564466). For details, visit

Yogendra Kalavalapalli


The Monsoon Regatta finals in Hyderabad this week are set to be a thriller

There is a relaxed air about the jetty off The Yacht Club of Hyderabad. Clad in shorts or jeans and flip-flops, a bunch of men and women are shooting the breeze. It is only when they get on to the boats that ferry them across the Hussain Sagar lake to their J24s (24ft-long boats, brought down from Mumbai especially for the regatta) that you realize these are some of India’s top-ranked Match Racing competitors. And they are in Hyderabad to try and win the third, ongoing Tata Photon Monsoon Regatta that ends on 10 July.

The club opened in 2009, and immediately swung into action with the Monsoon Regatta. Set on the Hussain Sagar, the regatta began as an invitation event. This year, it has become a ranking regatta, attracting the country’s top talent in the Optimist class (small, single-handed sailing dinghy), and also started the Family Championships (for amateurs). But the action everybody’s watching keenly is the Match Racing (two competitors going head-to-head).

That’s when current national champion Mahesh Ramchandran will go up against Nitin Mongia, a former world champion, in the OK dinghy class. The two, who are fierce rivals on Indian waters, crew together for the country—they have known each other for 20 years, can reel off the other’s strengths and weaknesses in their sleep and are one-all at the Monsoon Regatta. Mongia and crew won the Match Racing trophy in 2009, beating Ramchandran, and the results flipped in 2010—they are both determined to come out on top in this best of three. “There’s no quarter given on the water," says Ramchandran. Being on the same boat can get stagnant, says Mongia. “This way, we give each other good competition," he adds

The races start at 8am. Entry is free

Nishat Fatima


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Flavours of Kerala

11-16 July

Caramel, the 24-hour coffee shop at the Asiana Hotel, presents a Kerala food festival. Chef Umashankar and his team will create a range of authentic dishes from the state.

12.30-3pm. Asiana Hotel, OMR, Semmencherry, Chennai (67411000). Charges,Rs 750, plus taxes, for the buffet.

Children’s Mela

Till 31 August

DakshinaChitra is hosting a Children’s Mela till 31 August in celebration of the AdiPerukku festival. The programmes include a production for children which is an eclectic blend of puppets, music, dance and theatre. Don’t miss Heiwa ZouResha (Peace Elephant Train), a play directed by John Devaraj and the Bornfree School, on 9 July.

11am-6pm. MGM Dizee World, ECR, Muttukadu. Tickets, 90. For details, call 27472603.


Blazing Guitars

9 July

Anglos in the Wind, a Chennai-based magazine for the Anglo-Indian community, wants to encourage and support musicians from the community. It has invited local band New Horizon to perform country music at the Music Academy. The performance will include modern and contemporary country music.

6.30pm. Music Academy, 168, TTK Road, Mylapore. For details, call 42080058. Tickets, 200 and 1,000, available at the venue.


The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

10 July

Directed by Naseeruddin Shah, the play delves into the psyche of people at the forefront of war. The play has received positive reviews for its powerful and understated performances. It is being performed by Shah’s Motley theatre group. 3 hours.

6.30pm. Music Academy, 168, TTK Road, Mylapore. Tickets, 500, 750, 1,500,Rs 2,000 and 2,500, available at For details, call 28112231.

Nandini Reddy


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Chef Wang Hui’s Chinese Delight

Till 16 July

Chinese cuisine: Sample dishes by chef Wang Hui at ITC Sonar.

7-11.45pm. Pan Asian, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue, opposite Science City (23454545). Charges, approx. 3,000 for a meal for two.

Pitara—storytelling workshop

9 July

The NGO Vikramshila Education Resource Society, in collaboration with Dublin, Ireland-based NGO Suas International, will organize a one-day interactive storytelling workshop for children aged 6-8. There will be two sessions where stories will be read out to children and where they will be taught how to read out stories in an animated manner, with the help of hand puppets and masks.

9.30-11am and 4.30-6pm. Vikramshila, 256-B, Prince Anwar Shah Road. To register, call Proma/Shinjini on 32926084 (between 11am-5pm). Fees, 100, inclusive of refreshments and a goodie bag.

Indranil Bhoumik

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