In the city
IIC and ICCR along with Central University of Tibetan Studies will be organising an event to remember Atisa, a learned man of Buddhism and a teacher at
the ancient University of Vikramshila. The event will include a seminar on different aspects of Buddhism, an Indo-Japanese exhibition of photographs taken by Eiichi Matsumoto and Buddhist Prayers and Cham dances by the lamas of the Key Monastery
in Spiti. Also, there will be the screening of eight films on various aspects of Buddhism. Venue: India International Centre on January 5, 6. Time: 11 am onwards.Entry is free.
Celebrating its 27th anniversary, the Dastkari Haat Samiti has organised an Annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar. The highlights of the craft bazaar will include live demonstration of the loom by more than 12 states, national and state-awardees craftsmen from different states. Also workshops will be conducted on making wire toys, puppets, pottery and bamboo items. To entertain the crowd, folk and cultural performances will also be given by artists. Venue: Dilli Haat, INA till January 15. Time: 11 am to 9 pm.
South Indian fest
The City is ready to witness a 12-day long first ever South India’s divine cultural festival ‘Isha Utsav’ by Isha Foudation. The fest will have exhibition, especially designed crafts from rural India, organic foods for urban living, daily meditation sessions and live music. Stone sculptures, urlis and metal crafts made out of recycled material will be on sale. The special feature of the festival will be South Indian food. Venue: 1AQ, Qutab Minar Main Roundabout from January 12 to 23. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
This one is for the nature lovers! Bringing you the 5th International Horti Expo 2013, 8th International Flora Expo 2013 and 2nd India Potato Expo 2013 to give an account of India’s growing horticulture sector, which has currently entered a revolutionary phase. There will be seminars and exhibitions to apprise people about scenario of horticulture in the country. Venue: NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla from January 11 -13. Time: 10 am onwards.
Enjoy and experience the Sufi culture and qawalis by a heritage walk at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah. Ancient havelis, a baoli, beautifully decorated tombs and bazaars give a glimpse of life as it has been since many centuries. Also, listen to shayari of Amir Khusrau and Mirza Ghalib and enjoy the qawwals sing Sufi qalaans in the glory of the Khwaja and his beloved Almighty. Meeting Point: Opposite Humayun’s Tomb, Mathura Raod on January 5. Time: 3:00 pm. For further information contact - 9818278665.
Based on real life characters Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, The Vow is an adaptation of the book written by the couple. Directed by Michael Sucsy, the romantic drama dates back to 1993 when the couple met with a road accident and Krickitt suffers a brain trauma which erased memories of her romance with Kim as well as their marriage. Kim, however, was still madly in love with his wife, although Krickitt viewed him as a stranger after the accident. Venue: American Centre, KG Marg on January 4. Time: 6 pm. Entry is free.
As a part of Goa Award series, Oh! Carmela (Ay, Carmela), a Spanish movie will be screened. The movie revolves around Paulino and Carmela, who are on a tour to countryside during the Spanish Civil War. Somehow they enter into rebel territory by mistake and are arrested. An Italian Fascist commander is ready to release them if Paulino is ready to stage a burlesque. So, will the fiery and patriotic Carmela agree on this with freedom in return? Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Place on January 6. Time: 4:30 pm. Entry is free.
Divya Devguptapu, a senior disciple of Dhananjayans will perform in the City. Critically acclaimed for her thought provoking and mature choreography, Divya, with ease, portrays the Hindu philosophies through her dance form. A firm believer in the timelessness of the margam, her dance celebrates classicism with a contemporary flair. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, on January 9. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
Swaranjali and Odissi Akademi will present two-day NRI music and dance festival. The first day of the festival will start with Bharatanatyam recital by Tanya Saxena, disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan and a Kathak duet by Prachi Dixit and her disciple Khalil Alashar from the USA. The event will also have a Bharatnatyam dance piece
by Mansi Verma, disciple of Yamini Krishnamurthy and Odissi dance by Kavita Dwibedi, disciple of Hare Krishna Behera. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, on January
9 and 10. Time: 7:30 pm.
Entry is free.
ICCR will organise a Kathak dance recital by Dr Rekha Mehra, a renowned dancer. Rekha is a combination of artistic beauty and creativity. She combines personal charm and grace with technical brilliance. Her creativity and innovation have inspired her to produce some of the finest solo perform
ances. Venue: Azad Bhavan, IP Estate, on January 4. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
As a part of the HCL Concert Series, Manipuri dancer Dr Sohini Roy, disciple of Lt Bipin Singh will perform for ‘Bhaktirasgi Maangal Khonjel: Sounds and Lights of Devotion’. A child prodigy, Dr Sohini Ray is an outstanding performer.She has been travelling and researching in remote regions of Manipur for the past 20 years and has one of the finest collection of audio-visual materials on the traditional dance form. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, on January 10. Time: 7 pm.
Entry is free.
In a novel move to create awareness to save cows, Holy Cow Foundation is holding a two-day long ‘Holy Cow Music Fest’ where Jayadev Richardson from London and
Vrajvadhus with their international band will perform ‘rock kirtan’. Also, Prince Group of India’s got talent fame from Orissa will perform to support the cause. There will be stalls of vegetarian food and snacks, non-leather items, organic products, handicrafts and other related consumer products. Venue: Plaza Amphitheatre, Select Citywalk Mall Saket, on January 4 and 5. Time: 12 to 10 pm. Entry is free.
Black Dog in association with Club Czar brings the biggest name in Sufi music ‘Fuzon’, a band from Pakistan. It is performing in India after four years and will allow the masses to witness the best of Sufi music, including the hit songs like Mora Saiyan mose bole na. Shallum on guitars, Emu on Keyborads and vocalist Rameez will get Delhiites doused in Sufi music this weekend. Venue: Club Czar, Saket district centre, on January 4. Time: 8 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue before the show.
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) for the second time is ready to mesmerise Delhiites through its travelling music festival. Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant will feature stalwarts like Zakir Hussain, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Shivkumar Sharma, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Aditya Kalyanpur among others. Venue: Sirifort Auditorium on January 12. Time: 7 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue before the show.
Music lovers in the City have an opportunity to witness a majestic evening with flute recital by Pravin Godkhindi, disciple of Venkatesh Godkhindi and Vidwan Anoor Ananth Krishna Sharma. Pravin plays in traditional Hindustani style of flute as well as contemporary. His composition of title track for film Malebillu made him won Aryabhatt Award. He has composed music for films and several dance ballets and
dramas. His performance will be followed by Hindustani vocal recital by Pt Rajan Sajan Mishra. The event is organised by Learn Quest Academy of Music. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, on January 11. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
Ehsaas, a contemporary Indian gospel band from Bangalore will be in the City to entertain the audience. It brings a unique collection of meaningful inspirational gospel songs packed with contemporary music. Ranging from electronic to acoustic, their music is highly engaging and rings in ears again and again. Venue: Blue Frog, Mehrauli, on January 6. Time: 8 pm.
A fusion of Indian and Western paintings define the latest collection of Raseel Gujral, ‘Illustratti’ and ‘Art by The Meter’ . While the first collection uses a lot of
colours, the second one features graphic designs. Venue: The Gallery MG Road from January 7 to 12. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
‘Tryst with Colour-II’ is a group exhibition by some of the finest Indian contemporary artistes, including Arya Chandra Chowdhury, Azizur Rahman Shah, Babua Das, Barun Saha and Dip Narayan Paul. The paintings reflect the essence of Bengal and are driven by the colours they breathe, feel and touch. They also show the complex response of emotions. Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi , Ferozshah Raod, from January 4 to 10. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
‘Pause and Play’ is an exhibition of painting and sculptures by artist Puja Kshatriya. Finding human form fascinating and awe-inspiring, her paintings emphasise the importance of detachment and the need to build the inner strength. She feels that if people can learn to distance themselves from the immediate, they can review their perceptions and transform their lives. Venue: Artspeaks India, Mehrauli, till January 25. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
Mind and mountains
Having worked in the field of art for the last 40 years, Kashmiri Khosa is doing a major art exhibition of his lifetime, ‘Mind and Mountains’. His paintings are inspired by ancient Indian texts like Upanishads. He has tried to transform ideas and thoughts of Upanishads into modern visual language of art. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, from January 3 till 10. Time: 11 am to 7pm. Entry is free.
Spend this weekend with Khusar Phusar a play by Atelier Theatre. A Hindi adaptation of Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’. Directed by Kuljeet Singh the play revolves around several affluent couples who gather for a dinner party to celebrate their hosts’ first anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when the guests decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the events from the local police and the media. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre on January 5 and 6. Time: 7:30 pm. Entry ticket is available at the venue.
Can you recall first crush of your life, love at first sight in college and your first date? Phool Tumhein Bheja Hai Khat Mei, a play by Jay Prakash will take you down the memory lane and make you live those nostalgic moments once again. The play is based on Sharad Joshi’s humorous, witty and funny story ‘Bhootpoorva Premikaon ko Patra’ (letters to ex-girlfriends). Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road on January 6. Time: 4:30 pm. Entry ticket is available at the venue.
Time to revisit Kamasutra! Director Anasuya Vaidya brings The Revised Kamasutra based on the novel by Richard Crasta. It tells the story of a boy’s search for love, sex and spiritualism. Venue: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Mark on January 5 and 6. Time: 7:30 pm. Entry ticket is available at the venue or at bookmyshow.com.