Showcase

1 July 2015

The Experimenter Gallery will host this annual conference on the practice of curating. Ten curators from all over the globe will discuss their techniques and styles, and analyse recent exhibitions. The conference is free and open to the public, but requires registration before 18 July.

Experimenter Curators’ Hub, 23 to 25 July, Experimenter Gallery, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, Dover Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
For more information, and to register, email admin@experimenter.in.

1 July 2015

The theatre company Ranga Shankara will present eight plays, from across India and Asia, targeted at young audiences. The plays will employ styles influenced by puppetry, and will look to introduce children to the joys of the ancient artform.

AHA! Children’s Theatre Festival, 12 to 19 July, Ranga Shankara, 36/2 8th Cross II Phase JP Nagar, Bengaluru.
For more information, 
visit www.rangashankara.org.

1 July 2015

This group exhibition will showcase around 200 paintings, graphics, sculptures and photographs by 100 artists both amateur and professional.

Prayas 2015, 1 July to 29 August, Chemould Art Gallery,12F Park Street, Kolkata.
For more information, visit www.chemouldkolkata.com.

1 July 2015

This three-day interactive conference on big data and analytics, now in its third year, will include workshops and talks on the latest trends and technology in the field. This year’s edition will be organised around two tracks: Discovering Insights, looking at tools for excavating actionable information from raw data; and Speed at Scale, exploring tools for large-scale storage, retrieval and processing of data.

The Fifth Elephant, 16 to 18 July, NIMHANS Convention Centre, Hosur Road, Lakkasandra, Bengaluru.
To register,
visit www.fifthelephant.in.

1 July 2015

Ponniyin Selvan is an adaptation of the Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamuruthy’s epic historical novel by the same name. The theatre group Magic Lantern will incorporate elements of physical disciplines such as Parkour and Silambam in dramatising the history of a king of the Chola dynasty. The production returns to the stage by popular demand following 18 sold-out shows in 2014.

Ponniyin Selvan, 3 to 12 July, ​Music Academy, 168 TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai. For more information, visit www.magiclanterntheatre.in.

1 July 2015

The first of its kind in India, this festival will feature stalls and exhibits from more than 50 car and bike customisation companies.

India Hot Rod Fest, 25 to 26 July, Buddh International Circuit, Sector-25, YEIDA, along Yamuna Expressway, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Greater Noida. For more information, visit www.indiahotrodfest.com.

1 July 2015

The festival will feature recitals of renowned works by some of India’s leading classical musicians. Uday Bhawalkar will present a dhrupad recital; Ashwini Bhide Deshpande will present the works of Sadarang and Adarang; Shubha Mudgal will present bandish ki thumri compositions from Nandlal Sharma; Ajoy Chakrabarty will present thumri and dadra compositions attributed to Bade Ghulam Ali Khan; and Shankar Mahadevan will explore the concept of the bandish through myriad genres ranging from classical music to pop.

Bandish—The Festival of Legendary Composers, 3 to 5 July, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai. For more information, visit www.ncpamumbai.com.

1 July 2015

In this Bengali feature film, directed by Ashish Avikunthak and inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, two actors from Kolkata head to the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of humans on earth, in search of Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Vishnu. But their quest is disrupted by a monumental war, and they seek guidance in Mao Tse-tung’s “Little Red Book.”

Kalkimanthankatha, 3 July to 1 August, Chatterjee and Lal, 1/18 Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai.
For more information, visit www.chatterjeeandlal.com.

1 July 2015

This collection of films by four 11-year-old Delhiites offers a cinematic peek into their worlds. The filmmakers, all students at a government primary school, focus on the joys and challenges of life in big families and in the big city. David MacDougall, who led the workshop for which the films were created, will introduce the works and lead a discussion.

Delhi at Eleven, 6.30 pm, 8 July, CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Delhi.
For more information, visit www.iicdelhi.nic.in.

1 May 2015

This show will exhibit textiles by a range of designers drawing on India’s rich tradition of handcrafted fabrics. Highlights include a silk-and-gilded-thread cloth presented as a sculpture, a traditional loom redesigned to weave a spiraling durrie, and a series of Indian turban cloths.

Fracture, until 31 May, Devi Art Foundation, Sirpur House, Gurgaon. For more information, call 0124 488-8177.

1 May 2015

Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932) is recognised for his unique and striking photographic portraits of plants. These reveal intricate natural forms that, when magnified, resemble architectural structures and echo distinctly modern aesthetic sensibilities. This show will present a selection of Blossfeldt’s work, which supports the photographer’s argument that all forms created by humans have precursors in nature.

Art Forms in Nature, 24 April to 16 May, Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony, Delhi. 
For more information, call 011-4610-3550/51.

1 May 2015

Now in its sixth edition, this is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, and the only such event in India to be held in mainstream venues. Held across five days, the festival will feature LGBTQ films from all over the world, alongside panel discussions, book readings and interactions with filmmakers.

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival,  27 to 31 May, Liberty Cinema, 41-42  Marine Lines and Alliance Française de Bombay, 40,
New Marine Lines, Mumbai.

For more information, write to info.kashish@gmail.com.

1 May 2015

Hee-Bermiock, a small hamlet in west Sikkim, will host this annual festival, which showcases the indigenous and traditional culture of the state. Locals will offer visitors traditional dishes and brews, among other attractions, and home-stay and camping facilities will be available.

Hee-Bermiock Heritage and Tourism Festival, 10 to 13 May, Hee-Bermiock, Sikkim. For more information,
visit www.sikkimtourism.gov.in.

1 May 2015

Organised by the delegation of the European Union to India and a host of European embassies and cultural institutions, the festival, now in its twentieth year, will present 21 recent and award-winning European films spanning multiple genres. The screenings are free and open to the public.

European Union Film Festival, 8 to 12 May, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
For more information, visit www.ncpamumbai.com.

1 May 2015

This colourful festival, held in the hill station of Mt Abu to mark Budh Poornima every May, will feature performances of folk arts, ceremonial processions, boat races and dazzling fireworks.

Mt Abu Summer Fesitival, 2 to 4 May, Mt Abu, Rajasthan.
For more information, visit www.mountabu.nic.in.