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1 April 2015

The Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium, in association with the Lalit Kala Akademi, will present a multi-dimensional arts project about spiritual and devotional notions in Indian art. Curated by Sushma K Bahl, the exhibition will include about 300 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations representing major spiritual traditions of the world, by over 150 artists. 

Forms of Devotion, until 26 April, Lalit Kala Akademi, 35 Ferozeshah Road, Rabindra Bhawan, Mandi House, Delhi.
For more information, visit www.formsofdevotion.org.

1 April 2015

This two-day festival, now in its fourth edition, looks to challenge the dominance of male musicians in instrumental music in the subcontinent. It will showcase four female musicians who have mastered, respectively, the violin, sitar, sarod and tabla.

Saz-e-Bahar Festival, 10 and 11 April, 6.30 pm, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai. For more information, visit ncpamumbai.com.

1 April 2015

The convention looks to expand Indian popular culture by creating high-profile gatherings for fans of comics, gaming, movies, television, merchandise, toys and more.

Comic Con, 3 to 5 April, White Orchid Convention Centre, Manyata Tech Park, Hebbal, Bengaluru. For more information, visit www.comicconbangalore.com.

1 April 2015

This exhibition will present works by the German artist Rosemarie Trockel, and is part of a series of monographic exhibitions featuring the painters Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter. Trockel persistently formulates counter-positions in which she confronts the figure of the male artist-genius with feminine roles and subject matter. Her works connect traditional and new visual media, and feature ink, charcoal, pencil, collages, computer drawings and more.

Exhibition on Rosemarie Trockel, until 30 April, Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, 4 Greams Road, Thousand Lights, Chennai. For more information, call 044-2829-1692.

1 April 2015

This annual festival promotes links between Rajasthani folk musicians and flamenco and Romani artists from around the world. Musicians and dancers will perform in Jodhpur’s spectacular, centuries-old Mehrangarh fort.

Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival,  3 to 5 April,  Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.  For more information, visit www.jfgfestival.com.

1 April 2015

This tour invites participants to sample the best biryani in one of Bengaluru’s oldest neighbourhoods—Pulakeshinagar, also known as Frazer Town—between bytes of history, and bites of popular Muslim sweets. Participants will learn about the origins of biryani, and to differentiate between its Ambur, Bhatkali, Bengali, Hyderabadi and Awadhi variants.

Frazer Town Biryani Walk, 18 April, starting at Cafe Coffee Day, Frazer Town, Bengaluru. For more information,write to reachus@unhurried.in.

1 April 2015

This weekend event, now in its fourth year, is Asia’s largest Latin dance festival. It will gather leading international artists and DJs, and will feature performances, workshops and a party. 

India Fiesta Latina 2015, 10 to 12 April, The Leela Ambience (DLF City Phase 3), National Highway 8, Gurgaon. For more information, visit www.indiafiestalatina.com.

1 April 2015

This is India’s only independent, non-commercial independent film festival, and is now in its fifth year. It commemorates the birth anniversary of Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who is regarded as the father of Indian cinema. This year’s edition will gather filmmakers from 70 nations, feature works of a variety of lengths and forms, and present awards in multiple categories.

Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, 30 April. K-502, Plumeria Garden Estate, Omicron-3, Greater Noida. For more information, visit www.educationexpo.tv/dadasahebphalkefilmfestival.

1 April 2015

This play, by National Award-winning playwright Saurabh Shukla, explores what happens when a mid-life crisis barges through the doors of Parminder Singh Seth’s mundane existence. Caught between continuing his regular life and turning things around, Parminder begins a journey that ebbs and flows with practical, comic, ambivalent, confusing and passionate tides.

2 to Tango, 3 to Jive, 4 April, 9pm. Bhaidas Auditorium, Road No 1, near Mithibai College, Juhu Scheme, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai. For more information, call 022-2610-5828.

1 February 2015

This solo show will feature drawings, gold-leaf portraits and terracotta sculptures by the Delhi-based artist Manjunath Kamath. It will explore narratives of everyday life, told over time through mythologies and intimate stories, mixing modern and classical aesthetics.

Postponed Poems, until 28 February, Gallery Espace, 16 Community Centre, New Friends Colony, Delhi. For more information, visit www.galleryespace.com.

1 February 2015

In its fourth year, the festival will bring together surfers and enthusiasts, and will include a competition involving surfers from over fifteen countries.

India Surf Festival, 6 to 8 February, Ramchandi Beach, near Puri and Konark, Odisha. For more information, visit www.indiasurffestival.org.

1 February 2015

In its ninth year, this three-day conference and its concurrent exhibition will highlight issues surrounding the water we drink and waste. It will bring together relevant governmental organisations, consultants, businesses, academics and media partners.

Water Expo, 26 to 28 February, Chennai Trade Centre, off Porur Road, Chennai. For more information, visit www.waterexpo.biz.

1 February 2015

The festival will feature relatively new filmmakers whose work promotes the exchange of ideas about India’s social and cultural ethos, and will encourage connections and dialogue between filmmakers and audiences.

Jaipur International Film Festival, 1 to 5 February, Chamber Bhavan, Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MI Road, Ajmeri Gate, Jaipur. For more information, visit www.jiffindia.org.

1 February 2015

This annual event will bring a taste of Japan to the streets of Mumbai, with a three-day line-up of cultural performances, food sampling and workshops.

Cool Japan Festival, 6 to 8 February, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai. For more information, visit www.cooljapanfestival.com.

1 February 2015

In its eighth edition, this four-day event, organised by the literary journal Almost Island, will bring renowned Indian and international writers together to discuss the process of writing, including matters of craft, form, content and context. Readings and performances will be held in the evenings, and are free and open to the public. Discussion and panels will be held in the daytime; those interested in attending should email almostisland.edit@gmail.com.

Almost Island Dialogues, 12 to 15 February, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, Delhi.
For more information, write to almostisland.edit@gmail.com.