Showcase

1 August 2014

Ramkumar is an eminent artist, a fellow of the Lalit Kala Academy, and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Kalidas Samman.  The show, curated by the poet and art critic Prayag Shukla, exhibits Ramkumar’s work in Kolkata for the first time in twenty years. It features drawings done in the early 1960s, in pen and ink on paper, that have not previously been shown outside the artist’s private collection.

Drawings by Ramkumar, 1 to 30 August, Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street, Orbit Enclave, Kolkata.
For more information, call 033-2289-3027.

1 August 2014

Life is good for Zed till inspector Sudarshan Damle lands up at his door, asking questions about terror attacks and long-lost relatives. Bombed is a lighthearted look at today’s weed-smoking urban youth, our cities, religion, and how paranoia about terrorism warps our lives and our relationships with neighbours and friends. Written by Asha Duggal and Bobby Nagra, this Akvarious production is directed by Adhaar Khan.

Bombed, 20 to 24 August, Jagriti Theatre, Varthur Road, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield, Bangalore. For more information, write to akvarious@gmail.com.

1 August 2014

Every year, the National Centre for the Performing Arts invites a renowned Indian dance institution to present a series of performances, lecture-demonstrations, master classes and seminars. This year, the NCPA will host the late Guru Bipin Singh’s Manipuri Nartanalaya, to celebrate the maestro’s ninety-sixth birth anniversary. Guru Bipin Singh, in collaboration with the Jhaveri sisters and Kalavati Devi, founded the Manipuri Nartanalaya in 1972 to bring traditional and classical Manipuri dances from temples to theatres.

Manipuri Nartanalaya, 23 and 24 August, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai.  For more information,
write to bbhesania@ncpamumbai.com.

1 August 2014

Under the impact of the war on terror and political resistance to it, the very meaning of the body is again in play. Noise Life is an auto-ethnography in audio, through which a sense of “self” emerges. The artists Mriganka Madhukailiya and Sonal Jain, collaborating as the Desire Machine Collective, both hail from north-east India, and aim to sketch out a history of the different ways in which we develop knowledge about ourselves.

Noise Life, 26 August to 20 October, Project 88, BMP building, ground floor, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba, Mumbai. For more information, call 022-2281-0066.

1 August 2014

This unique annual residency supports six emerging choreographers from different dance backgrounds, both traditional and contemporary, in developing their own works over a period of nine weeks. The six residents for this year, Rajan Rathore (Delhi), Venuri Perera (Colombo), Avantika Bahl (Mumbai), Mirra Arun (Bangalore), Riya Mandal (Delhi) and Rachnika Goyal (Delhi), will present their finished works over three evenings.

All Warmed Up, 31 July to 2 August, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi. For more information, write to gati.kanishkabagga@gmail.com.

1 August 2014

This four-day festival of South Asian documentaries will feature ten exceptional non-fiction films produced in region and released in the last two years. Organised in collaboration with the Southasian Trust, Kathmandu, the festival features a broad range of films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and includes award-winning selections from the Film Southasia 2013 festival held last year in Kathmandu.

Travelling Film Southasia 2014, 30 July to 2 August, India International Center, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. For more information, write to itochhawng@gmail.com.

1 August 2014

The veteran guitarist Konarak Reddy will host the first ever All-India Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Bangalore, in association with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan. Entries are open until 7 August, and winners will be announced on 12 August. The competition’s three international judges will also conduct a guitar clinic, and present awards to the winners on 24 August.

All-India Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, 24 August, Infinite Souls, 104 C Block Somerset Apartments, 18 MG Road, Bangalore.  For more information,
write to konarak_reddy@yahoo.co.in

1 July 2014

When does the past begin to become history? This exhibition presents five contemporary artists—Anna Ostoya, Agnieszka Polska, Karol Radziszewski, Janek Simon and Rafał Wilk—whose works variously respond to this question. Curated by Patrycja Ryłko, these artworks do not refer to the past as something static, but are instead based on the artists’ personal affiliations, desires, fears, and influences, seeing history as something to be revisited and explored anew.

We Rather Look Back to Futures Past,until 7 August, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm, Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, Fourth Pasta Lane, Mumbai. For more information, contact zasha.colah@gmail.com.

1 July 2014

The fourth edition of the Experimenter Curator’s Hub will be dedicated to individual presentations by ten curators, who will each describe their own practice and its development, with a specific focus on exhibitions completed in the last three years. Spread over two days, the programme will explore the theoretical aspects of curating art shows, while participants discuss their challenges and concerns.

 

Experimenter Curator’s Hub,25 and 26 July, Experimenter Gallery, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, Gariahat, Kolkata. For more information, call  033-2463-0465.

1 July 2014

Club Desire, written by Sapan Saran and directed by Sunil Shanbag, is an ambitious theatre production inspired by the French opera Carmen, by Georges Bizet. The story is set in contemporary Mumbai, where Bizet’s Carmen is a nightclub singer named Chahat. Don Jose becomes Jayam, a poet, and Escamillo a DJ named Abeer. The adaptation is a rediscovery of the classic, and questions the nature of love, tradition, modernity, freedom, possession, order and anarchy.

Club Desire,19 and 20 July, National Center for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai. For more information, call 022-2282-4567.

1 July 2014

In Pradeep Puthoor’s mural-size paintings, art, computer science and biology meet in a profusion of colour, evocative forms and organic grids. Puthoor’s paintings are meant to be immersive—art that invites you to swim and drown in it. Born in 1965 in Kerala, Puthoor holds a BFA from the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum.

Pradeep Puthoor: New Paintings,5 July to 2 August, Nature Morte, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi. For more information, call 011-4068-7117.

1 July 2014

The AHA! Festival is a delightful ensemble of plays, puppet shows, object theatre, classical theatre and clown acts brought together every year at Rangashankara. This year’s highlights include the launch of an international collaboration with Germany’s Schnawwl Theatre and Figurentheatre of Switzerland; a Yakshagana performance by kids form the Yaksha Kendra, Udupi; and plays by Taroo, a Korean classical music group.

AHA! International Theatre for Children Festival, 12 to 20 July, Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, II Phase Bangalore. For more information, write to programming@rangashankara.in or call 080-2649-3982.

1 July 2014

Organised annually by the Rolling Frames Film Society in Bangalore, this summit fulfils the need of independent filmmakers to screen, learn from and interact with other practitioners. It includes an international short film festival, a seminar on filmmaking and animation, and an exhibition showcasing industries and institutes related to cinema and animation.

Rolling Frames Short Film Festival 2014,5 and 6 July, NIMHANS Convention Centre, Lakkasandra, Wilson Garden, Hosur Road, Bangalore.
For more information, call 080- 2699-5010.

1 July 2014

The legendary American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, born in 1930, brings his trio to Bangalore for a one-off show in India. His hallmark rhythmic innovations and minimalist phrasing have influenced generations of musicians, including icons such as Miles Davis, and ranked him among the most important innovators in jazz history.

Ahmad Jamal Live,5 July, 7 pm, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Bangalore. For more information, call 080-2344-5810. To book tickets, visit www.bookmyshow.com.

1 June 2014

Directed by Arundhati Raja, The Yogi and the Dancer is an adaptation of Bhagavadajjukam, an ancient Sanskrit farce attributed to the writer Bodhayana. In the story, a yogi, his young disciple, a beautiful dancer and her friend visit a lovely garden. The souls of the yogi and the dancer are somehow exchanged, and chaos ensues.

The Yogi and the Dancer, 1 June, 6.30pm, Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bangalore.  
For more information, visit www.jagrititheatre.com.