In the city
Aptly titled Dhayanachitra, A Ramachandran’s art exhibit is a meditation on nature and its beauty. It has an old-world feel to it and the artworks largely portray lotus ponds, turtles, beautiful women, animals, trees and birds. Certainly, a visual treat. Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery, D 40, Defence Colony. Time: 10 am to 6 pm.
Witness ‘The Play of Life’ - an exhibition of bronze sculptures by Ankit Patel. By turning steel into flowing curvaceous forms, the artist wants to convey that solids can also be turned to liquids. Venue: Chawla Art Gallery, Select CityWalk, Saket till January 10. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
A unique exhibition is set to feature Indian and global Rock art – human-made markings on natural stone. To give viewers an authentic experience of the pre-historic age, it is displayed in a cave-like set up designed on the lines of Bhimbetka. Renowned scholars will also lecture on Rock art and research on this subject in their respective countries. Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, from December 6 to 13.
Time: 10 am to 6 pm.
See ‘Colours of SAARC’ - a painting exhibition by nine artists from the SAARC nations Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan and India. These unique artworks epitomise the cultural similarities between the diverse countries. Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, from December 8 to 15. Time: 10 am to 5 pm.
Russian Centre of Science and Culture in collaboration with Inter-Regional Public Organisation ‘Dostayanie’ (Moscow) presents ‘ Siberian Patterns’ - a folk dance. The Siberian Patterns Dance Ensemble is the winner of many prestigious national and international competitions and will present colourful traditional dance form of Novosibirsk. The concert tour has been organized to mark the 65th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. Venue: Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ferozeshah Road, December 8. Time: 6 pm. Entry is free.
Quarterfest 2012 - a 15 minutes Contemporary Dance Festival will showcase choreographies by eight different artistes and companies over two days. Each of these directors will bring on stage their definition and interpretation of contemporary dance. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, December 8-9. Time: 7:30 pm
On the occasion of World Disability Day, witness an enthraling performance
on wheelchairs by Ability Unlimited! - a group of specially abled artists. The programme includes ballets ‘Bhagawad Gita On Wheels’ and ‘Sufi Dance On Wheels.’
It reflects the grit, determination and spirit of these special people amongst us.
Venue: Select CityWalk, Saket on December 7. Time: 6 pm onwards.
Saadiya Kocchar is presenting ‘Loss....’ - a collection of photographs on the strife-torn region of Kashmir. The exhibit tells a story of
anguish and longing of the people of Kashmir and of the artist who visited the valley. It is accompanied by a film too. Venue: Wonderwall, Lado Sarai till January 10.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
See ‘The Graduate Photography Exhibition’ of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication. Twelve students from the institute have travelled all over India to shoot various picturesque locales like Spiti, Lahaul, Nepal, Pondicherry, Rajasthan etc.. Venue: Sri Aurobindo Society, Mehrauli Road till December 11. Time: 10 am to 8 pm
See Sul Mare (2010) meaning ‘on the sea’ - an Italian comedy-drama film about young love and small-town life. The director Alessandro D'Alatri portrays a story as warm and gentle as its island setting, until a jarring last 20 minutes that are both soft and tragic. It features Alberto Angrisano, Dario Castillo, Martina Cidecasa etc.. The film is accompanied by English subtitles. Venue: Italian Centre, Chanakyapuri on December 8. Time: 2 pm.
See Mal día para pescar (2009) meaning ‘bad day to go fishing.’ This is a really well-crafted and beautifully shot tale of an aging former wresting champion and his sleazy manager looking for worthy competitors in small towns. Brimming over with arrogance, they finally meet their match when they go ‘fishing’ in Santa Maria. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Place on December 9. Time: 4:30 pm.
Toxics Link presents ‘Quotes from the Earth’ - an environmental film festival. The fest features 25 films from various countries like USA, France, Australia and Germany and directed by renowned environmental filmmakers like Bedi Brothers, Mike Pandey, Krishnendu Bose, Rita Banerji, Christopher Walker and David Fedele among others. Venue: Main Building, IIC on December 7. Time: 9 am-9pm.
Natsmarat presents a comedy play Chandu ki Chachi, which revolves around three friends Chandu, Ahmed and Sikander Khan. Chandu comes to know that his aunt, who is a widow and a millionaire, is coming to visit him. Taking advantage of this moment the three friends invite their girlfriends. However, Chandu's aunt cancels the visit. To tackle the situation Sikander is dressed as a woman and Ahmed's father falls in love with Sikander. The real trouble starts when real aunt arrives. Venue: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, December 9. Time: 6:45 pm
Italian director Lluisa Cunille will stage a play The Sale. The story revolves around three characters who meet in an empty flat at the time of economic crisis. They are essentially solitary beings, somewhat adrift in the modern world, wanting a hand to hold but with little hope of finding one. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Pl;ace till December 12. Time: 3 pm
Celebrating nine years of its work with street children, Jamghat production once again brings Humein Naaz Hai play. Written and directed by Lokesh Jain, Humein Naaz Hai is a satire that focuses on the plight of the homeless, surviving on streets of Delhi. The play is situated on the streets around Jama Masjid and is based on the stories of real people.
Venue: Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Road, December 7, 8. Time: 6:30pm
Attend ‘Potter's Haat 2012’ - an exhibition of ceramic works by various artists - both contemporary and traditional from all over India. See potters at their work, learn the craft yourself and buy some exquisite pieces of pottery from the stalls.
Venue: Sanskriti Kendra, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road till December 9.
Neemrana Music Foundation in association with ICCR and Instituto Italiano di Cultura presents Opera Don Pasquale – An Old Man turns Groom. When an aging Don Pasquale wants to disinherit his nephew Ernesto, he starts to look for a bride for himself. His friend Dr Malatesta makes a plan to foil this idea, by arranging a wedding between Pasquale and the young Norina, who is actually Ernesto’s beloved. This leads to a series of highly comic encounters as the greed of the increasingly battered and bewildered Don Pasquale is exposed. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House from December 11-13. Time: 7 pm
A treat for music lovers! The iconic American hard rock band ‘Guns ‘N’ Roses’ is coming to India to perform live for the first time. The band has been majorly inspired by groups like Queen, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Rose Tattoo, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and is winner of American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and World Music Awards. Venue: Leisure Valley Ground Gurgaon, December 12.
Time: 4 pm
Punjabi rapper, music producer, singer and film actor Honey Singh, popularly known as Yo!Yo! Honey Singh is once again back in the City. Starting his career as a session and recording artist, Homey Singh has become the most popular singer in Bollywood with movies like Cocktail and Khiladi 786. Venue: Lemp Brewpub and Kitchen, December 14.
Time: 8 pm
Rock ‘n’ roll
Fifteen rock bands from across nine nations of the sub-continent are ready to perform in the City. A three-day South Asian Bands Festival presented by ICCR in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs, will feature popular musicians like Clinton Cerejo of movie Rock On! fame and bands like Tough on Tobacco (Mumbai); Nasya (New Delhi);
Digital Suicide (Assam); Noori (Pakistan); District Unknown (Afghanistan); Thriloka (Srilanka); E-SA (Maldives); Jindabaad (Nepal); Souls (Bangladesh) and The Likens (Bhutan). Venue: Purana Qila, Mathura Road, December 7-9. Time: 6 pm onwards.
Entry is free.