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Myriad expressions

Nrityakalamandiram will present the bharatanatyam performances of Poornima Naveen and Shruthi P Ravi on January 6, 6 pm at Nayana Sabhaangana, Kannada Bhavan.

‘Horizon Series’

Indian Council for Cultural Relations, (ICCR) in collaboration with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, will be presenting a bharatanatyam recital under the ‘Horizon Series’ on January 7, 6.30 pm. at the Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road. It will feature bharatanatyam exponent Vasudev Raghupathy, an empanelled artiste of ICCR and artistic director of the Guru Guha Natya Gana Nilayam.

Solo recital

elegant Vyjayanthi KashiVyjayanthi Kashi is presenting a solo kuchipudi recital, as part of Nirantharam, on January 5, 7.30 pm at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram.

Different steps

World Dance Alliance, Karnataka chapter, is presenting a kuchipudi recital by Vrata Chigateri (England) on January 7 at 6.15 pm and a lecture demonstration on kathak by Jayant Kastuar at 7 pm at Smriti Nandan, Nanda Deepa, No. 15, Palace Road.
‘Kirmeera Vadham’

Bangalore Club for Kathakali and the Arts (BCKA) and Kairalee Kalasamithi will present Kirmeera Vadham with Ninam by Kalamandalam artistes on January 7, 5.30 pm at Kairalee Nilayam Auditorium, Vimanapura.

The story is an episode from Mahabharata in which the Pandavas, accompanied by Draupadi, are forced to live in the forest after they are defeated by Kauravas in a game of dice. For details, call 9845240558.


Mrudula K Gowda, a student of Deccan International School, Padmanabhanagar, is going to present a solo bharatanatyam performance, as part of the ‘Chiguru’ programme organised by the Kannada Cultural Department, on January 7, 4 pm.


Ashish Khokar and Alliance Française are presenting ‘Dance DISCourse: Focus on changes in kuchipudi’ on January 8, 6.30 pm at the Alliance Française.

The artiste is Ratna Papa Kumar. Ratna Papa Kumar is a senior disciple of guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Entry is free.


Ananya is holding Nirmala Sangeetha, a mikeless concert, on January 8, 6.30 pm at Ananya Sabhangana, 91/2, 4th Main, Malleswaram. There will be a veena recital by Shankara Raman, accompanied by C Cheluvaraj on mridangam.

‘Nada Namana’

Vamshi Academy of Music Trust is holding Nada Namana, a concert by students of the Academy at the Academy premises, 1167 (9/2), 10th Main, A Block, 2nd Stage, Rajajinagar, on January 7, 3 pm.

Unique lecture

The Kala Premi Foundation is presenting Sapta Ranga Samvadini, a unique lecture demonstration on exploring the multiple possibilities of harmonium, by Ravindra Katoti, at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram. He will be accompanied by Pt Gurumurthy Vaidya on tabla and Deepak Marathe on harmonium. The event will be held on January 8, 6 pm.  

‘Fusion dreams’

Sparsh Foundation is organising a musical programme, ‘Fusion Dreams — a Carnatic Jazz and World Fusion Concert’ on January 7, 6.30 pm at Ravindra Kalakshetra, J C Road. The concert will feature M Balamuralikrishna and violinist Jyotsana Srikanth. They will be accompanied by Shadrach Solomon on the keyboards, Alwyn Fernandes on lead guitar, Karthik Mani on special percussion, A Amruth on Indian percussion, Keith Peters on bass guitar and Bernhard Schimpelsberger on drums. For details, call 9980909853.  

Festival time

Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha is holding the ‘Annual Music and Dance Festival’ from January 21 to 26 at Purandara Bhavana, 8th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage. The ‘Purandara Award’ function will also be held on the occasion.


Srimadvadiraja Kalamahotsava, a musical concert , is being organised by Srimadvadiraja Aradhana Trust, at Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi Kalyana Mantap, Shankarapuram, Basavangudi till January 8.  The concert will be led by Vidwan R K Padmanabha.


Groove to rock music by ‘Soulmate’ at Hard Rock Café on January 5, 8.30 pm.

Catchy beats

Ustad Zakir Hussain’s tabla solo recital will be held at Jnana Jyoti Convention Centre, Bangalore University Campus, Palace Road on January 13, 6.30 pm. He will be accompanied by Ustad Dilshad Khan on sarangi. For the opening, Deepak Pandit (violin), Hira Pandit (tabla), Rajesh Rajbhatt (drums and percussion), Santosh Mulekar (keyboard) and Sanjay Jaipurwale (guitar) will present ‘The Fusion Act’. Deepak Pandit has accompanied the legendary ghazal singer late Jagjit Singh for over three decades on violin. For telebooking, call 9845447130 or 9845172749.

Many strains

Bijapure Harmonium Foundation is presenting a musical evening on January 7, 6 pm at Sri Vani Vidya Kendra, Rajajinagar. There will be a tabla solo by Umesh Moghe, a harmonium duet by Ravindra Katoti and Deepak Marathe. Also on tabla will be Udayraj Karpoor.


Sangeetha Sambhrama is presenting Nirantharam, a national music and dance festival, till January 10. The events till January 7 will be held at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram at 6 pm while the events from January 8 to 10 will be held at Chowdiah Hall at 6 pm.

In memory

A musical event, ‘Remembering Jagjit Singh’, will be held on January 21, 6.30 pm at Jnana Jyoti Convention Centre, Bangalore University Campus, Palace Road. The performers are Anup Jalota, Deepak Pandit, Abhinav Upadhyay, Sushanth Sharma, Devender Rajbhat, Lalit Shankar, Amit Chaubey and Dhiren Raichuria. For telebooking, call 9845447130 or 9845172749.


‘Dreaming Spires’, an exhibition of oil pastel and acrylic paintings by artist Shashi Kala Raj, will be held at Gallery Time & Space on January 6 and 7.

Inspired by the artist’s various travels across the world, the collection portrays the essence of what captivated her imagination in each of these places.

Group show

Gallery Sumukha is show­casing paintings, sculpture and photography by Abid Shaikh, Anurendra Jagadeva, Bose Krishnama­chari, Luigi Anastasio, Muk­esh Sharma, Nitish Bhattacharjee, Paresh Maity, Pushpamala N, Ravikumar Kashi, Venkat Bothsa till
January 14, 10.30 am to 6 pm, at Gallery Sumukha, 24/10 BTS Depot Road, Wilson

‘The Muse’

Crimson, the Art Resource is presenting, ‘The Muse’, an exhibition by Akash Choyal at the Crimson, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road till January 7, from 11 am to 7 pm.


The National Gallery of Modern Art is holding an exhibition of  the works of Rumale Chenna­basaviah Varna Mythri, titled ‘Rumale Chenna­basaviah Centenary Retrospective 2011’, at National Gallery of Modern Art, Maniky­avelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road.

The exhibition is curated by Srinivasa Murthy and will be on view till January 31. 

Cartoon world

The Indian Institute of Cartoonists is organising an exhibition of cartoons and caricatures called ‘The Hidden Lines’ by Narasimha from January 7 to 21 at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists, No. 1, Midford House, Midford Garden, off M G Road. 


‘Elsewhere’, a group show, featuring the works of four contemporary artists, will be held at Kynkyny Art, Infantry Road till January 7. The artists are Manish Moitra, Rameshwar Singh, Sachin Jaltare and Sujata Achrekar. This show pierces the veil between the concrete and abstract, known and unknown realms, and explores the subterranean worlds of myth, fable, memory and fantasy.


Kannada classes
Kannada Prasaara Parishat will start its next batch of spoken Kannada and Kannada script read-write learning classes in separate batches from January 8. The classes are held only on Sundays, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Hosmat Hospital premises, Magrath Road. Successful candidates will be awarded certificates of merit. For details, call 9448878569.

Film workshop
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan is holding a film workshop by German film-maker Harun Farocki. Held in collaboration with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, ‘Labour – In a single shot’ is designed exclusively for film-makers and students and will take place from January 13 to 25 at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.  For details, log on to www.goet­

‘Take Me Back...’
Bangalore Film Society is presenting a Turkish Film Festival called ‘Take Me Back To Constantinople’ from January 6 to 8. Entry is free. The venue is BFS Office, No. 33/1-9, Thyagraju Layout, Jaibharath Nagar, M S Nagar P O. For details, call 9886060096.

The Bangalore auditions of Sangam Kala Group’s Surtarang, a national-level singing talent hunt, will be held on January 7, 3 pm at Soundglitz, Innovative Multiplex, Marathalli. For details, call 41253003.

‘Crafts Festival’

The North Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation is holding a ‘Crafts Festival’ at Ganapathi Seva Samithi, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala till January 14.


Kriyative Theatre is presenting two shows of  the comedy Aadaddella Olithe…! at Ranga Shankara on January 5 and 6, 7.30 pm. The play, based on a humorous story by T Sunandamma, is packed with hilarious encounters. Scripted by Sunder, it is directed by Pramod Shiggaon, and has television and theatre artistes like Sunder, Laxmi Chandrashekar, Vidya Venkataram, Ramakrishna Kannarpadi and Shilpa Rudrappa in the cast. Music is by Gajanana Naik and lighting design is by Muddanna Rattehalli. For tickets, log on to For details, call 9620604479.

The play ‘Prelude’ will be staged at 'The Basement', 34, Eagle Ridge, 16th km, Begur Koppa Road, near NICE Road Bridge, Begur Hobli on January 7 and 8 at 3 pm and 6 pm. The play is an attempt to look at the idea of locality-based riots and people who have grown up in these localities.


Sankula Theatre and KVS Aptha Samuha are presenting the play ‘Hamlet’ in Kannada on January 14, 7.30 pm at K H Kalasoudha, Ramaanjaneya Temple Campus, Hanumanthnagar.

It is translated into Kannada by Ramachandra Deva.Design and direction is by Ekbal Ahmed. The play will be enacted by ‘Kinnara Mela’. ‘Kinnara Mela’ started as a group of adult artistes performing for children in 1990 at Tumari village.

Later it extended its activities, understanding theatre as a community-oriented medium.

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