The Interview

13-15 May

Meandering but amusing, The Interview’s quick-fire dialogues hide a tale darker than a charcoal etching. A young candidate (we never learn his name) turns up for a corporate job interview, only to be faced with the unexpected. The questions are too personal and the requests too ridiculous, and that’s even before the lie detector is strapped on. The jokes fly thick and fast even as the interview quickly turns into an inquisition from hell and sinks into even more sinister territory from there. Will the hapless candidate really do anything to further his career 1 hour, 15 minutes.

7.30pm, also 3.30pm on 15 May. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 200, available at

Around town

Talk by Yamini Krishnamurthy

14 May

Poornima Ashok of Nrityanjali and Poornima Gururaja of Kalasindu will host a dance workshop by the legendary Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy. The programme will focus on the compositions of the Tanjore Quartet. Krishnamurthy’s lecture will draw on instances and anecdotes from her experiences as a performer and guru.

4.30pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22342338).


Kala Madhyam Mela

13-22 May

Thread count: Take your pick of textiles at the Kala Madhyam Mela.

10am-8pm. Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road. For details, call Kala Madhyam at 22340063 or visit

Book launch: Does the Elephant Dance?

19 May

Attend the launch of the book Does the Elephant Dance? by David M. Malone, a former Canadian high commissioner to India and head of the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The book attempts to examine contemporary India’s foreign policy in the context of domestic politics, internal and external security challenges and domestic and international economic conditions. Malone attempts to look closely at international relations, including those with countries in the South Asian neighbourhood, China, the US, Russia, the West Asian nations, Latin America and the Caribbean. The launch will be followed by a discussion on the book.

6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (9886599675).



Sculptor Show

Till 15 May

Abstract: A work by Gopinath.

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

Around town

Arabian Aromas

Till 14 May

The Caramel restaurant at Asiana Hotel is hosting a lunch festival of Arabian delicacies. The menu includes a variety of authentic dishes—starters such as shish taouk, moussaka and chicken shawarma; main course options such as Nifa-style lamb chops, dolma (stuffed vegetables with rice), warak enab mahshee (stuffed vine leaves); and for dessert, the delightful baklava, among others.

12.30-3.30pm. Caramel, Asiana Hotel, 1/238, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Semmencherry (6741000). Charges, around 750 per person (plus taxes).


15-21 May

Children in the 7-12 age group can learn German in a fun way at a seven-day summer camp that is being organized by Vanilla, a children’s activity organizer, and Linguaskool, a German language institute. During the camp, qualified instructors will teach children about the country, and the language, through songs, stories, games, creative exercises, arts and crafts.

10.30am-noon. Vanilla, 89, Bishop Garden, Greenways Road, RA Puram (42066660). Charges, 4,059.



Maedai Nataka Vizha

Till 15 May

Don’t miss the last three days of the fortnight-long Maedai Nataka Vizha, a theatre festival organized by the cultural group Bharat Kalachar with the Nataka Academy and YGeeM 50. Watch ‘Swasam’, ‘Yathumahi Nindrair’ and ‘Pavithra’ on 13, 14 and 15 May, respectively.

7pm. Sri YGP Auditorium, 7, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar. For details, call 28341164.

By Karuna Amarnath



Tiger! Tiger!

Till 31 May

Last year saw 58 life-size, fibreglass forms prowling around the city, painted by artists such as Mithu Sen and Anjolie Ela Menon. These were part of the public art project Artiger, products of a rare marriage between art and overt activism, to create awareness about the declining number of tigers in the wild. In February, the World Wildlife Foundation organized another day-long show, Save the Tiger, with paintings by artists such as Satish Gujral and Brinda Miller.

This time around, the Polka Art Gallery joins in by hosting Tiger! Tiger!, featuring artists such as Gujral and Menon. It’s clear that the art world’s concern for the national animal is far from endangered.

11am-6.30pm (Sundays closed). Polka Art Gallery, E-5, Defence Colony (41010999).


Private Fears in Public Places

13 May

Consisting of about 50 brief scenes, French film-maker Alain Resnais’ Private Fears in Public Places focuses on six Parisians. Everyone here is afflicted, in one way or another, by loneliness. Not that the movie is remotely depressing; much of it is gently funny, while the superbly sustained aura of delicate artifice lends the characters’ repeated attempts to break free of their boxed-in lives the magic of a fairy tale. French; 2 hours, 6 minutes.

5.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).

Survive Style 5+

13 May

Five linked plot lines collide in this edge-of-sanity Japanese film. A man makes several unsuccessful attempts to kill his wife, another starts to believe he’s a bird, a group of bored youngsters pass time by conducting break-ins, a psychotic ad executive dreams up commercials, and a thuggish hitman and his translator tie the whole thing together. 2 hours.

7.30pm. The Banyan Grill, O Palacio, E-12/70, Hauz Rani, opposite DLF Place mall, District Centre, Saket (26671270). For details, call 8860414908.

Around town

Making of the Metropolises

19 May

Attend a panel discussion on the making of Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai with former Union urban development and culture minister Jagmohan. In a panel discussion with editors Vinod Mehta and M.J. Akbar, Jagmohan will talk about the Delhi he raised and the one he razed.

He will also talk about how Delhi continues to face an identity crisis. Mehta will speak on the changes in Mumbai, while Akbar will highlight the journey of Kolkata.

6pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).



Tolstoy Farm—Archive of Utopia

Tolstoy Farm: Artists address the idea of utopia.

Tolstoy Farm, outside Johannesburg, South Africa, was the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s first invocation of ‘satyagraha’, around a hundred years ago. During Gandhi’s 21-year stay in South Africa, Tolstoy Farm became a centre for his cultural and educational experiments, anticipating in the process the founding principles of Sabarmati Ashram.

The group exhibition by artists such as Bharti Kher and Jagannath Panda explores the artist’s reflections on the philosophies of Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Nelson Mandela, as world thinkers who changed the way the world perceived incarceration and freedom, caste and apartheid, capital and labour, independence and post colonialism, while addressing the idea of utopia as personal and private.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road.



The Post Office

14 May

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Dak Ghar, the play is about a terminally ill boy, Amal, who is imaginative, observant and curious. In the confines of his room, he dreams of becoming a squirrel, a workman, a curd-seller, the king’s postman, and so on. The play is about how he comes to terms with the idea of life and death.

7.30pm. Lamakaan, lane adjacent to C-Bay, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills.Tickets,?Rs 100, available at the venue. For details, call 9642731329.

Around town

Maha Utsav Mela 2011

Till 31 May

This handloom, handicraft and consumer exhibition houses stalls featuring ethnic wares from different parts of the country—Agra, Chennai, Kashmir, Lucknow and Jaipur. Visitors can take their pick of ceramic pots, jewellery, footwear and jute products.

4-10pm. People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Tank Bund. Tickets, 70. For details, call 23400682.

Sunday Trunch

Till 30 June

Sunday is the day to take it slow and easy. Taj Banjara is back with its popular extended Sunday dining concept, the Sunday Trunch, consisting of traditional and global cuisine, with unlimited beverages from the bar.

12.30-4pm. Waterside Café, Taj Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Charges, 949 (plus taxes). For details, call 66669999.


Tiger! Tiger!

Till 20 May

The Kalakriti Indian Art Gallery is presenting Tiger! Tiger!, an exhibition of 28 watercolours, all featuring the national animal, by Ahmedabad-based artist Nabibaksh Mansoori.

11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills.

By Yogesh Kalavalapalli




Framed: Srikanth Kothari exhibits his photographs.

Thereafter..., presented by Tasveer, a photography organization, is a combination of three photography series—Jharia, Kashmir and The Tsunami Coast—by Thrissur-based Srikanth Kolari. The collection is inspired by stories narrated by those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and victims of poverty, exploitation and rape. He has worked for many months on each of these projects. For instance, he spent five months in Srinagar for the Kashmir project. He has also worked on projects based on a wide range of social, political and economic issues, such as the struggles of seasonal migrant workers, children and sex workers.

10am-6pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36-C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).


My World

Till 23 May

Tejas Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of watercolours by young city-based artist Saikat Maity, who graduated in painting from the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, Kolkata, in 2007. Since then he has been painting in the medium of his choice: watercolours on woven paper. He finds the transparency and luminosity of this medium, its light-reflecting quality, most appropriate for his style of work. The young artist draws his inspiration from his surroundings—a city road on a rainy day, scattered steel utensils around a tubewell, a train entering a railway station, and an unusual perspective of the ghats.

12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed), Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825).


An Evening of Classical Music

19 May

The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture will present an Evening of Classical Music. Sitar player Subhranil Sarkar and vocalist Nabhodeep Chakraborty will perform with Pradipto Lahiri on tabla and Kamalaksha Mukherjee on harmonium.

6pm. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303/24661235).




15 May

Manbhanjan: Tagore’s play

6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, 40 and Rs60, available at the venue from 1-7pm. For details, call 9830042004.

By Indranil Bhoumik



The Four Walls of Parel

19 May

Dancing divas: The Four Walls of Parel.

The production, which will premiere at the Alliance Française de Bombay auditorium, features four female dancers who will share tales of their own houses, set to music by Italian-Argentinian composer Adios Nonino. Visuals from a documentary on a house made by Pawar’s friend and film-maker Sandeep Chatterjee will be projected on the backdrop.

6.45pm. Alliance Française auditorium, near Nirmala Niketan, 40, New Marine Lines, (22036187).



Till 28 May

Beijing- and Delhi-based critic and curator Maya Kóvskaya is presenting the works of Indian and Chinese artists Ashutosh Bhardwaj (painting), Sheba Chhachhi (interactive video installation), Han Bing (photography), Tushar Joag (drawing and installation), Prajakta Potnis (photography and site-specific installation) and Wu Gaozhong (photography). The curator explores the “out-of-control processes of growth and change that pervade our contemporary world".

10am-6.30pm (Sundays closed). The Guild, Kamal Mansion, 02/32 Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).

Place Unconsidered, Trilogy

9 May-11 June

An unsteady camera wanders through the passageways of an old house in Kolkata. The lens stops to examine the minutiae: the light pouring in from a metal grill and the unopened letters on a windowsill. The video fragments, which present a portrait of the house once occupied by visual artist Priya Sen’s grandparents, will be showcased in her second solo exhibition Place Unconsidered, Trilogy at art gallery Project 88. Through two video installations and accompanying photographs, Sen grapples with how we construct memories and, through the exploration of changing cityscapes, how we struggle to capture the present.

11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Project 88, BMP Building, near the Colaba fire station, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba (22810066).


Pip of The Fourth Mother

15 May

In their debut Mumbai gig, the Shillong-based trio Pip of The Fourth Mother will be playing alongside Mumbai’s own punk rockers The Riot Peddlers and Blek. The event, Punk Rock Night(mare), is being organized by ennui.BOMB Records.

9pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300).

Vivek Sonar

17 May

Vivek Sonar, the 34-year-old flautist from Thane, has already made a name for himself as a musician with innovative ideas. Recently, he organized and participated in a show where more than 50 flautists shared a stage. For this concert, Sonar is likely to play Raga Bhopali. He will be accompanied on the tabla by Anutosh Degharia. Ramakrishna Das, vocalist and musicologist, will also perform.

5.30pm. Shivaji Park Nagrik Sangha Shivaji Park, opposite Vanita Samaj, Veer Savarkar Road Dadar-West.

Around town

Welfare of Stray Dogs garage sale

13-15 May

Looking to get some new clothes, accessories, electronics, crockery, cutlery and more? Or perhaps you’re trying to get rid of some of that stuff ? Drop into the Welfare of Stray Dogs office and donate the goods to its garage sale, a three-day treasure hunt starting 13 May, or simply visit the Surya Darshan Building to pick up some knick-knacks. Proceedings from the sale will be used to help and/or vaccinate stray dogs.

10am-7pm. Garage, Surya Darshan Building, 40/50, Walkeshwar Road. To donate, call 23733433.



Markus Schulz

13 May

Electronic superstar: DJ Markus Schulz will perform at Blue Frog.

Clubbers can expect to hear new music from his two soon-to-be-released albums: his new Dakota side project and his remixed release of last year’s album ‘Do You Dream?’.

10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, 1,000.

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