In the city
Shriram Bharitya Kala Kendra will present a festival of ballet inspired from characters like Karna, Meera and Abhimanyu. The ballet dedicated to Karna highlights the Mahabharata hero’s dilemma, who was denied rightful place in the social milieu. The ballet ‘Meera’ narrates the effervescence of the saint’s poetry, which spreads the message of liberation and urges an inner awakening. Venue: Kamani Auditorium. Time: 7 pm. Entry by invitation only.
As many as 50 young dancers who have been training under Shagun Bhutani, the noted Odissi and Seraikella Chhau exponent at her institute Madhyam will perform ‘Odissi ke Rang, Bachpan ke Sang’. These students perform every year before they break for summer since the event is part of their curriculum. Senior Odissi danseuse Padmashri Ranjana Gauhar will be awarding the children with participation certificates on the occasion. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, May 12 Time: 4 pm. Entry is free.
If you are a lover of illusion and magic which evoke nostalgic memories, then this is the place for you. P. C. Sorcar’s magic show, ‘Indrajal' will be performed by P C Sorcar Jr. labelled as the Merchant of Vanish owing to his spectacular display of skills in making Taj Mahal disappear for 2 minutes in front of a crowd in full daytime and making Victoria Memorial disappear while celebrating 300th anniversary of Kolkata. The show is being organised to commemorate 100 years of ‘Indrajal’.
Venue: FICCI Auditorium, Mandi House, May 10 to June 9. Time: 6.30 pm.
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Celebrating the spirit and courage of breast cancer survivors, 100 degrees and Indian Cancer Society are presenting ‘The Pink blue Ribbon Fest’. The main highlight of the event will be outfits designed by the designers for cancer survivors. It includes designers like Pam Mehta, Gopa Kumar, Sagrika Mittal Goyal, Deepa Arora, Pawan Sachdeva, Bharat Reshma Grover, Amit Talwar Trekaaya, Anuradha Prasad Dhawan, Smit Raj Gayanani, Ramonn Lamba. Singer Anamika and Swaroop
Sampat will be gracing the occasion. Venue: DLF City Club, Gurgaon, May 10. Time: 7.30 pm.
In a humble effort to rekindle the interest of today’s generation in semi-classical music and rare art forms which are slowly fading into oblivion, HCL in association with India Habitat Centre invites musicians from all across the country to perform. As a part of their series, this time Krishan Sharma, disciple of Pt Gopal Krishan Sharma will performing a Hindustani guitar recital. Gopal will perform Thumri on the occasion.
Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, May 10. Time: 7 pm,
Entry is free.
Paintings and sculpture
'Mélange' a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures, includes works by artists - Kishore Roy, Ramesh Gorjala, Sachinder Nath Jha, Laxman Aelay, Nisha Singh and Shashi Pau. All of them have brought their vibrant and energetic works. Each of the artists has explored the human figure in their individual manner. Venue: Paeral Art Gallery, New Friends Colony, May 9 to June 8. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
Ghazali Moinuddin has come up with his latest art exhibition 'Nuqoosh-e-Fitrat' where the artist has applied new possibilities directly, without any justification or a literary content. In these paintings he breaks with the descriptive and the anecdotal. In his earlier experiments too, there have been meaningful uses of line and colour. Venue: India Habitat Centre, May 12-16. Time: 10 am to 8 pm.
The ‘Museum Collection IV’ will showcase the rare, museum quality works by young artists along with the masters. The exhibition by Art Bull include paintings by artistes’ like Anindita Bhattacharya, A. Ramachandran, Abanindranath Tagore, Akbar Padamsee, Arpita Singh, B. Prabha, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Chintamoni Kar, Francis Newton Souza, Gaganendranath Tagore, George Keyt and many more. Venue: Art Bull, Lado Sarai, May 10 to June 8. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
By painting lovers
Anitoons the School of Art and Animation has come up with the third edition of ‘Artifest’- their annual art exhibition. The 16-day long exhibition will have art work in a variety of mediums and styles and sculptures made by both students and teachers. Venue: Anitoons the School of Art and Animation, Malviya Nagar, May 11 to 26. Time: 10 am to 7 pm.
Celebrating 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and India, Min Joo lee and Kalicharan Gupta, two distinguished artists from Korea and India respectively have come up with an art
exhibition ‘Spirit of Forms’. It also includes the painting of 29 artistes from both the nation, presenting unique opportunity fot Indian art lovers to appreciate great cultural heritage and artistic wealth of Korea.
Venue: Dhoomimal Art Centre, Connaught Place, till May 15. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.
A traditional art form that once graced the temples and palaces of the centuries-old Wodeyar Empire, Mysore style has lost out in recent times to more commercialised versions. Therefore, to bring alive this traditional art form, artist Shobana Udayasankar has come up with her exhibition 'Royal Art'. The pieces in the collection are based on tales and events occurring in various scriptural and mythological texts.
Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, May 9 to 14.
Time: 11 am to 8 pm.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 UK-American fantasy film based on the German fairy tale Snow White. With slight twist to the original tale, the Huntsman orders that Snow White be taken into the woods to be killed. However, he turns out to be her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Venue: American Centre, KG Marg , May 10. Time: 6 pm . Entry is free.
Habitat film festival
Celebrating 100 years of cinema, Indian Habitat Centre along with National Film Archives of India will screen award-winning regional and Hindi films. The festival will pay tribute to Balraj Sahni, the famous Hindi film actor known for his acting in movies like Waqt, Kabuliwallah, Garam Hawa, Do Bigha Zameen and many more. There will be discussions, readings and reminiscence with Parikshit Sahni, Kalpana Sahni, Harshi Anand, Keshav Malik, Veena Sethi and other members of his family.
Venue: India Habitat Centre
Same Time Next Year is a Hinglish Play revolving around Doris, an adventurous housewife and George, an accountant by profession. George meets Doris in Goa and they decide to meet up every year, same time same place. Written by Bernard Slade and directed by Saleem Shah, it is a story of passion, adultery, emotional betrayal, lies, pain, romance, faith and above all, of love. Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate May 12. Time: 7. Tickets available at www.bookmyshow.com
No safety net
Directed by Luca Ruzza, The Abducting Diana is an English play about a botched kidnapping. It simply delights you with the bizarre goings-on. Think of it as clowns on a tight rope, performing without a safety net. An incredible laugh fest in pure, inventive Dario Fo land. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, May 11. Time: 7.30 pm.
Tickets available at the venue.
Reflection of reality
Directed by Sushil Kumar Gautam Operation Three Star is a play based on Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. A fast-talking major character, The Maniac, infiltrates the police headquarters and tricks the policemen into contradicting themselves and admitting that they are part of a cover-up involving the death of an anarchist. Venue: India Habitat Centre, May 11 and 12. Time: 6.45 pm. Tickets available at www.buzzintown.com
Once again stories penned by the progressive writer Saadat Hasan Manto will take centre-stage, but this time with a vital difference. His comic stories will be brought alive by Saksham Theatre Group. Entitled Miyan Biwi Aur Manto, this Hindi comedy play, is a collection of five short stories – Kahani Likhain, Khat Suno, Bahas Karein, Khoj Lagayein and Taash Khelein. All these stories revolve around a couple Lajwanti and Narayan and their plans to write a fiction. Venue: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, May 11 and 12. Time: 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue and www.bookmyshow.com
Written by Munshi Premchand, Mantra is the story about Dr Chadha and Budha Bhagat. Bhagat’s son dies because of Dr. Chadha’s ignorance. Some years later Dr Chadha’s only son gets bitten by a snake and now only Budha Bhagat can save him as he is the only one who knows how to cure a person from snake bite. Will Budha Bhagat be able to save doctor's son? Will he forgive the doctor and cure the child? Venue: India Habitat Centre, May 11 and 12. Time: 6.45 pm
Director Arvind Gaur will stage two plays this weekend. Adapted from the short stories written by Saadat Hasan Manto, the play Partition will be performed on May 11. It will include Toba Tek Singh, Khol Do and Gurumukh Singh Ki Wasiyat whereas on May 12 Dario Fo’s Can't Pay? Won't Pay adapted into Hindi as Chukayenge? Nahi! will be staged. Venue: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House May 11 and 12. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org