In the city
Kashmir on reel
Pankaj Bhutalia’s The Textures of Loss will be screened, showcasing over two decades of violence in Kashmir that has left the valley devastated. The film also highlighs how every family is silently nursing its deep wounds. Women have lost husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Children grow up in an environment of deep depression and young men do not see any future for themselves. The film dwells on some of these infinite human responses. Venue: CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC), Lodhi Road, March 23. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
A documentary, Salaam Dunk, about a women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq - Sulaimann will be screened in India for the first time. These women come from all over Iraq to study and many cannot tell their families that they attend an American university. The film by David Fine is the winner of the Gold Plaque, Chicago Int’l Film Festival 2011; Grand Jury Award, Florida Film Festival 2012; Grand Jury Award and Nashville Film Festival 2012. Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road, March 22. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
As part of films on women’s empowerment, the Korean Cultural Centre, India presents Secret Sunshine - a film screening. It the story of young widow and mother, who moves from Seoul to her deceased husband’s sleepy hometown of Miryang in order to offer her son Jun a chance at a simpler life. Directed by Lee Chang Dong Shin-ae, was nominated for the Palme d’Or and Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actress award at Cannes 2007.
Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road, March 24. Time: 7 pm.
Entry is free.
Sursagar Society of Dilli Gharana presents Ek Safarnama, celebrating 50 years of musical journey of Indian Classical vocal maestro Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan. The event schedule includes a sitar recital by Ustad Nishat Khan, screening of documentary Ek Safarnama on the life and legacy of Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan and a jugalbandi (duet) by Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt and Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, March 25. Time: 6 pm. Entry is free.
All Goan band, based in Delhi, Taantrikz is all set to rock the City. The band plays across genres with American classics, rock retro, jazz, and blues being their forte. It comprises Tony on drums; Braulio on bass, Ulrich on keyboard and Bismarc on guitar. Venue: Coopers Grill & Bar, Gurgaon, March 22. Time: 8 pm. Entry is by reservation. For details call 0124-6546001 / 02, 8750909777 or 8750916777.
Gayathri Fine Arts presents Carnatic Veena recital by five women musicians – Prema Mallikarjunan; Geetha Mohan; Anuradha Rao; Nalini Sampath; and Uma Balasubramanian. The concert is being organised in the memory of Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Venue: C D Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC),
Lodhi Estate, March 24. Time: 9.30 am. Entry is free.
Enjoy live acoustic Sufi music with the band Sufi Raga. Venue: Salotto 44 Cafe and Bar, Hauz Khas Market, March 24. Time: 9 pm. Entry is by reservations. For details call 41081814, 8510098900 or 8510098906.
Experience an amazing and rocking music evening with Swedish rock singer Fidde. Venue: Uber Lounge, G K-II, March 25. Time: 9 pm. For reservation call 9811286317.
Popular rock band Indian Ocean comes to town again to regale the audience. Featuring Amit Kilam, Rahul Ram, Susmit Sen, Himanshu Joshi and Tuheen Chakraborty, the band, formed in 1990, is considered a pioneer of fusion rock genre in India. Venue: Striker Pub & Brewery, Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road, Sector 43, Gurgaon, March 22. Time: 8 pm to 11 pm. For details call 9810183311, 9810159911.
Jazz Duo: Sylvie Bourban (on vocals) with Mattias Windemo (on acoustic guitar) from Switzerland will perform on the occasion of the week of the Francophonie.
Venue: ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate, March 22. Time: 7 pm.
Sai Shree Arts presents ‘Yudh – Three Perspectives, One truth’, a solo Bharatanatyam dance theatre by Savitha Sastry. Yudh combines the story with grace and emotive faculties of Bharatanatyam, and audio-visual elements. The story and stage play is by AK Srikanth, while the music scored is by the famous Chennai-based composer Rajkumar Bharathi. It consists of extremely innovative compositions.
Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, on March 24. Time: 7 pm.
All about Odisha
Take a glimpse into Odissi music, dance and monuments of Odisha. Organised by the Department of Tourism and Culture, Odisha, the event will have an exhibition on lesser known monuments of the state, curated by INTACH, Odisha Chapter; Odissi vocal concert By Prof Ramhari Das and Shyamamani Devi and as seminar on ‘Odissi Music: A Distinct Form’. Venue: India International Centre (IIC), Lodhi
Estate, March 22 and 23.
Time: 10 am to 6: 30 pm and 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm respectively.
Entry is free.
Walk to Ferozshah Kotla
The sprawling Ferozshah Kotla Fort never ceases to amaze with its numerous monuments, mysteries and peculiarities. Be it a beautiful mosque, a massive Ashokan-era stone pillar or a baoli (step well). All of these give an opportunity to get lost in the silent fort amid the hustle-bustle of the City. To experience all this, be a part of walk to the Ferozshah Kotla Fort being organised by Delhi By Foot. Meeting point: Ferozshah Kotla Fort ticket counter on Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, March 23.
Time: 4.30 to 7 pm. For entry charges call 9871181775 or 9818278665.
Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) bringing German festivities alive in Delhi. The ‘German Spring Fest 2013’ is a carnival for those who want to shop and celebrate spring in style just before hot summer rolls in. An exclusive palatte of interesting lifestyle products, designer home accessories, high-end fashion wear, children’s goodies, garden accessories and delectable food items will be on sale at the
Venue: IGCC, German House, 2, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, March 30. Time: 10 am to 9.30 pm. Entry Fee: Rs 200 per person.
What better way to celebrate Holi than with an electronic music experience? Catch the best of international acts creating a psychedelic ambience and spinning the dance floor.
Electronic music lovers can enjoy the ‘Rang Festival 2013’ which will also host performances by Indian artists.
Venue: Hotel Lilywhite, Chhattarpur, March 27.
Time: 11 am to 10 pm. Entry is by passes.
Promising a host of festivities, the seventh edition of ‘Raasrang Holi Utsav’ brings performances such as Bhojpuri jhoomar, basant songs by Bangladeshi artistes, Barpeta ki Holi and nabano that celebrate the harvesting season with dhols, singing and dancing from Bangladesh and much more. Besides, Rishi Inc, a young innovative band, will present amalgamation of cultural and modern India. Venue: Dilli Haat, INA, March 22. Time: 5 pm.
Celebrating French culture and language, ‘Francophonie Mela 2013’ is a unique event. It will give an introduction to the universe of Francophonie, through a wide range of events, including film screenings, musical and theatrical performances and art exhibitions.
Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate, March 23.
Time: 11 am to 5 pm.
Enrty is free.
Naturescapes, a solo exhibition, brings water colour paintings by artist Bikash Poddar. The paintings are about expressions and evocations. They evoke memories in the viewers’ mind and these memories take them directly to experiential as well as artistic references. His works, though predominantly naturescapes, feature human figures engaged in conversation.
Venue: Pearl Art Gallery, hotel Suryaa, New Friends Colony, till April 15. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
From veteran to budding, from established to promising, 51 contemporary women artists from Delhi are showcasing their works, including paintings, drawings, prints and installation. Sahitya Kala Parishad presents ‘VAMA’, wherein artists like Arpana Caur, Gogi Saroj Pal and Shobha Broota are showcasing their work. The theme of the exhibition revolves around the objective of ‘Centralizing Peripheries’ or bringing women artists to the centre of the discourse on art. Venue: Twin Art Gallery and Maati Ghar Lawns, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath, till March 28.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
Entry is free.
The much celebrated festival of colours will add more spark into your lives through an online art exhibition on the festival. The exhibition ‘Online Art Exhibition on Festivals of Colours’ by Touchtalent will showcase simply artworks on Holi milan and baithaks.
Also, the paintings highlighting folk songs and Lord Krishna playing, singing and dancing with gopis will be depicted through paintings. All this and many more will be exhibited by various national and international artists on Touchtalent website www.touchtalent.com, from March 26 to 29. Time: 24 hours.
A group exhibition is showcasing works of over 32 artists, independent from each other. ‘Visual Polyphony 2’ brings the artists such as Ashok Bhowmick, Charan Sharma, M F Husain, Milburn Cherian, Satish Gujral, Surya Prakash, Vijender Sharma and many more. The works have been juxtaposed to create harmony, thereby calling it a visual polyphony.
Venue: Shridharani Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, till March 28.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.