Showcase

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.

1 June 2014

The third edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival—the highest altitude film festival in the world—will be chaired by the director Shyam Benegal. The festival aims to highlight Ladakh’s natural beauty, and promote it as a venue for cross-cultural cinematic exchange.

Ladakh International Film Festival,  27 to 29 June, 2014, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.  
For more information, contact info@liff.in.

1 June 2014

The artist Ayesha Sultana’s first solo show, Outside the Field of View, investigates the act of aesthetic creation. It presents Sultana’s ongoing experimentations with drawing, exploring gaps in visual memory, and closely studying things that are often overlooked even though they are in plain sight.

Outside the Field of View, until 26 June, Experimenter Gallery, 2/1, Hindustan Road, Kolkata.
For more information, visit www.experimenter.in.

1 June 2014

The Nagpur-based group Stagecraft Theatre brings to the stage the classic children’s book The Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. The play closely mirrors the original text, and weaves together dialogue, mime and music to presents the adventures of its five beloved animal characters: Rat, Mole, Toad, Otter and Badger.

The Wind in the Willows, 28 June, 11 am, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai.
For more information, call 022 26149546.

1 June 2014

You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag is a three-part retrospective of the work of Nalini Malani, who is among India’s most experimental and radical contemporary artists. The selected works span the last five decades, and highlight Malani’s use of a wide range of materials, media and formats. As Malani’s first retrospective in India, the show will feature numerous installations and international projects that have never been shown in the country before.

You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag, 22 May to 25 Aug, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 145, DLF South Court Mall, Saket, Delhi.
For more information, visit www.knma.in.

1 June 2014

Over the last five decades, the prolific and internationally acclaimed architect Raj Rewal has strongly influenced contemporary architectural practice, research and thinking. This show, the first ever architectural exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, sheds light on the role of historical models in Rewal’s work, and the manner in which he invokes them through design metaphors. It divides his oeuvre into functional categories: houses and housing projects, including housing for the urban poor; buildings for research and education, including campuses; public buildings; and offices.

Raj Rewal: Memory, Metaphor and Meaning in this Constructed Landscape, until 15 June, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.
For more information, visit www.ngmaindia.gov.in.

1 June 2014

Before Shakti Mills in Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi neighbourhood became notorious as the location of two brutal gang rapes last August, it was just another of the city’s many abandoned and decaying mill complexes. The Delhi-based artist Meera Devidayal’s A Terrible Beauty presents photographs, paintings and mixed-media works focused on Shakti Mills and similar sites, capturing the striking imagery of their present state: blackened ruins, concrete stumps and rusting girders that rise amid lush greenery.

A Terrible Beauty, until 9 June, Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, GT Marg, Fort, Mumbai.
For more information, visit www.gallerychemould.com.

7 May 2014

TEDxTughlaqRd 2014 is the third edition of a unique TED-like event organized and curated by Nehha Bhatnagar, a prominent young arts impressario in Delhi. Featuring performances and talks, the show innovatively mixes comedy, music, dance, theatre and art. The event is supported by The Caravan, Bookmyshow, Zorba The Buddha, Radio One and Graphisads.

TEDxTughlaqRd 2014, Sunday, 11 May, 5.30 pm, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodi Road, Delhi. To register, click here.