Chitra Santhe—Art For All

30 January

The annual day-long event will include a three-part series of performance and installation works by city-based artist Bharathesh Yadav. In the first part, Yadav will stage an interactive demonstration of the ancient barter system, where garbage bags and assorted items from viewers will be accepted in return for saplings and plants. The second part will revisit styles and techniques of rangoli, while the third segment will feature a multimedia presentation of recent works by the artist, based on photographs of the city from the 1950s to the present.

9am-7pm. Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). For details, log on to



30 January

This entertaining biopic of “The Genius" Ray Charles (who died in June 2004, about a year before this film was made) covers the early period of the blind Georgia-born innovator’s 60-year career. Fans may complain that the director never lets the music truly breathe, but the fine cinematography (Pawel Edelman), evocative production design and a gallery of superb performances (topped by Jamie Foxx as the man) more than compensate. 2 hours, 32 minutes.

6pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785).


30 January

Watch a nearly forgotten witness’ account of Gandhi’s assassination. Krishan Dev Madan, then a programme officer with All India Radio, was preparing to record Gandhi’s speech on the day he was shot in 1948. Madan’s recollections of the day were recorded on 10 November and will be screened at this nationwide event titled Gandhi—5:17 (5.17pm was the time of Gandhi’s death), promoted by the Gandhi Peace Foundation to mark the day. Also watch a rare documentary on Gandhi, made by A.K. Chettiar in 1940 after extensive research and travel across four continents. Organizers say that all versions of this 81-minute film were thought to be lost after the British banned it, until a version was discovered recently.

Arghyam, 599, 12th Main, 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar. Passes can be collected from the venue. For details and timings, email or call 41698941.


The Attakkalari India Biennial 2011

28 January-6 February

Drama of dance: The Attakkalari India Biennial showcases contemporary works in dance, research and digital arts.


Facing the Blank Page

31 January

Omar Rajeh, dancer and director of the Maqamat Dance Theatre, Lebanon, will present a dance performance, ‘Facing the Blank Page’. Through this work, Rajeh tries to question the meaning of the body and associations of identity, culture, religion and politics when it comes to the tangible form. He hopes to generate meaning out of the absence of these constructs, battling stereotypical associations.

4pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340). Tickets, Rs200.

In Vivo

31 January

S’poart, a French dance company, views hip hop as a philosophy not specific to geography. It takes inspiration from circus and theatre artistes as well as modern dance practitioners and musicians. ‘In Vivo’ is a result of the company’s continuing work on materials, architecture and the body.

7.30pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs500

Young Choreographers’ Platform

1 February

The Iran-based Kargah Theatre will present three works. ‘Kariznew’— inspired by wudu, the practice of cleansing oneself before worship, as dictated by Islam—seeks to draw parallels between dance and worship. The second, ‘Punchi’, is the retelling of a fairy tale about a fisherman and the angel of the sea. The third, ‘Champion’, is a battle between good and evil.

4pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22201027)

Dance on Camera

2 February

There will be screenings of films based on dance practices, apart from installations involving sound and videos.

‘The Sword and The Spear’, a documentary, is a visual diary of Astad Deboo’s tour of Taiwan with the troupe of Thang Ta Manipuri dancers that’s he’s been performing with in recent years. Deboo met the dancers in 1995, and since then he’s been working on creating a common meeting ground between his hybrid contemporary style and their combination of martial arts and dance. The documentary follows tour diary conventions, in that there is footage of Deboo and his dancers practising, hanging out, horsing around and, finally, performing.

6pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26493982).


3 February

7.30pm. Ranga Shankara (26493982). Tickets,Rs200.


Around town

Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability

29 January

Publishing house Navayana has released a biography of B.R. Ambedkar titled Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability and will be organizing a discussion on it. The participants will include Marathi writer Urmila Pawar, poet and curator Ranjit Hoskote, and critic and connoisseur of graphic books Jerry Pinto. Graphic novel artworks by Pardhan-Gond artists Durgabai Vyam and Suresh Vyam will be displayed.

6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22072974/75).


Gandhi is Alive

30 January

In Gandhi is Alive, Sumeet Nagdev, the artistic director of the Expressions Modern Dance Company, wonders what the Mahatma would do if he were alive today. Nagdev’s first dance theatre production features pieces named after significant events in Gandhi’s life. So there is The Salty Act (after the Dandi March of 1930), and The New Co-op Movement (after the Non-Cooperation Movement).

12.30pm and 5pm. Mini Theatre, Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi. Passes, Rs200, available at the academy’s headquarters in Dadar (24366 771/6), Rhythm House (43222701) and at the venue.


2-3 February

A mythical creature: Ningyo is inspired by Japanese folklore.

7.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue.


Lakshmi and Me

31 January

Most of us don’t need to look outside our apartments to be sensitive to the problems of the working class. For her new documentary Lakshmi and Me, Nishtha Jain, the director of City of Photos and co-director of Six Yards to Democracy, examines her relationship with her maid. 59 minutes.

7pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).


The Soundsystem

3 February

The Soundsystem meld gypsy and other world ethnic music with electronica. Featuring Serbian Loran Bozic on the violin and Frenchmen Nicolas Baby on bass, Eric Schirmacher on the DJ decks and Tomaz SubVersion as VJ, the collective is inspired by upbeat folk sounds. These include Indian influences, Afrobeat, Kuduro from Angola and Cumbia, originally from Colombia—all overlaid with electronica beats and twists. The tunes will be accompanied by visuals on a projector.

10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs800



Bridging the World with Music

29 January

The duo Viola da Cunha (mezzo soprano) and Justin McCarthy (piano) will present an evening of Lieder, English and Spanish songs. The event will be held in collaboration with the Delhi Music Society. Cunha, born in India, studied singing with Hyacinth Brown in Bombay and went on to the Trinity College of Music. Born and raised in Michigan, McCarthy studied piano with Ruth Kuipers and Heather Halsted.

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

The Splendor of Masters

29 January

Banyan Tree presents ‘The Splendor of Masters’, which brings together two diverse musical traditions represented by Hindustani classical flautist Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Netherlands-based Gwyneth Wentink on the harp. They will be joined by jazz fusion saxophonist George Brooks.

6pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Tickets, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the Full Circle book stores in Greater Kailash-I and Khan Market.

Around town

Otolith Trilogy

Till 19 February

Discussions on art: The Otolith Group explores the moving image.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (64640884).


Back to School: Baroda (1979-89)

Till 5 February

Lessons on art: A group exhibition.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Palette Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034).


Edge of Darkness

28 January

Scriptwriters William Monahan and Andrew Bovell have condensed the original BBC miniseries into a conventional, 2-hour package. Craven (Mel Gibson), a widowed police officer whose engineer daughter is gunned down on a home visit, is now one of Boston police department’s finest. Ray Winstone, as a high-level fixer, does offer good value in what is otherwise a surprisingly low-wattage and anonymously directed thriller.

6pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341). Carry photo IDs.


Around town

The Flag: From Narrative Images to Political Vision

29 January-11 February

Tricolour tales: A photography show that celebrates the national flag

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street (28331314).

Urban Visualities: Sites and Sights of Street Art in India

28-30 January

DakshinaChitra presents a three-day interdisciplinary international seminar that brings together (art) historians, anthropologists, artists and curators who collectively address issues of visuality and urbanity.

Timings vary. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs350 per day, including lunch, and Rs90 without lunch. For the complete schedule, email

Around town

Peace and I

28-30 January

The Aseema Trust presents the Youth for Peace festival. There will be an artistic installation at Presidency College, prayers for peace, and a peace procession (4pm on 30 January) from Gandhi Statue on the Marina. Photographs on the theme, taken by children, will also be displayed.

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Suresh Gulage

Till 31 January

Pune-based Suresh Gulage’s latest collection explores space and architectural designs. Keeping a monotone with definitive lines, it is unique in its presentation, showcasing architecture and building styles from different eras. Gulage, who studied at the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune, first exhibited his work in 2003.

11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Mount Road (9841076654).

Woman 2011

Till 10 February

Curator Shalini Biswajit brings Woman 2011, which celebrates female synergy and showcases the varied manifestations of a woman. The works transport the viewer to the realm of the mundane and divine to create a mood of contemplation and revelation. The artists include A. V. Ilango, C. Douglas, C. Dakshinamoorthy, M. Senathipathi, Sisir Sahana and Thejo Menon.

10.30am-6.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).


A Million Sitas

31 January

Pushing creative boundaries, dancer Anita Ratnam presents a contemporary rendition of the life of Sita—a story that is as close to the urban Indian woman as it is to the great epics. Whether it is Sabari’s devotion to Ram or the characterization of Manthara, Ratnam’s presentation with live music is worth a watch.

7pm. Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah (45991630).

By Karuna Amarnath


Around town

Shohan Seminar

28-30 January

By the water: The Essence of Life by Tanima Bhattacharya

6.30pm. Jibanananda Sabhaghar (Bangla Akademi), behind Nandan campus. For details, call Anish Ghosh on 9830042004.

Kolkata Book Fair

Till 6 February

The 35th edition of the Kolkata Book Fair is bigger and better than before, with a myriad selection of books to choose from. A host of countries are taking part, including Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Italy and Latin American nations, but this year’s focus is the US. A series of lectures on authors and new publications has also been organized.

Noon-8pm. Milan Mela Prangan, near Science City (23604588, 23544417). For details, log on


Jaler Dhare

Till 2 February

Tanima Bhattacharya is one of Kolkata’s upcoming artists. Her cityscapes capture the different moods of the ghats in Kolkata. The life and moods of the Ganga river are portrayed exquisitely in watercolour on paper.

3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, New South Gallery (A), 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9433666518.

The Pageant of life

Till 30 January

Captured: A gazelle in Kenya, photographed by Utpaal Sorkkar.

10.30am-6.30pm. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road, near Saint Lawrence School.For details, log on to www.idiyasgallery.comor call 9831005003/65508418.


Wandering the Wild

28 January–2 February

Utpaal Sorkkar presents an exhibition, Wandering the Wild, from his latest project Save the Untamed, with 45 pictures of the wildlife in Africa. Sorkkar, who is passionate about wildlife, is a sports photojournalist.

3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9831488888.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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