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‘Natya Vedam...’

Deepa SashindranKuchipudi dancer and entrepreneur Deepa Sashindran is organising the ‘Natya Vedam Annual Dance Festival 2012’ on May 18 and 19 as a tribute to her dance guru Manju Barggavee. The festival will feature eminent artistes in classical and contemporary dance forms. On May 18, Rama Vaidyanathan will perform a bharata­natyam recital, which will be followed by a kuchipudi performance by Manju Barggavee.

 On May 19, Gayatri Sriram will present a bharatanatyam performance. This will be followed by dance historian Ashish Mohan Khokar’s Purusha, an ensemble of bharatanatyam, kathak and odissi with dancers like Sathyanarayana Raju and Murli Mohan Kathak.

The festival will end with Madhu Natraj’s kathak and contemporary performance. For details, visit

‘Kathak ki...’

Kathak ki Kahani - Mujre ki Zubani will be held on May 25, 6.30 pm. It is based on author Kavi Tilak Raj’s four poems. The venue is Alliance Francaise auditorium and the concept is by Ashish Mohan Khokar. The artistic direction is by Nandini K Mehta and K Murali Mohan.


Prabhath Kalavidaru is performing its ballet ‘Cinderella’ and a new production Hari Sarvothama in the City. These shows will be held on May 26, 2 pm and at 6.30 pm respectively at Ravindra Kalakshetra. ‘Cinderella’ will be presented with a completely new look and feel. It will incorporate new music, new stage settings and new lighting techniques to provide a contemporary touch. Hari Sarvothama, based on
Prahlada Charitra, has been choreographed by Hema Panchamukhi and its music has been composed by Praveen D Rao. For details, call 266423781, 9845064159. 


Natural themes

An exhibition by Geetanjali Sukumar, ‘Remixing Chemistry’, will be held till May 20, 10 am to 7 pm at Atrium, Alliance Française.

Working with water colours, acrylics and oils, Geetanjali’s works mainly
display natural themes, which portray an abstract-realism.

She also works with a lot of mixed-media and enjoys creating jewellery and

Her work is influenced by the style and colours of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Yayoi Kusama, and Jackson Pollock.


Sanjna Srikanth’s art exhibition will be held on May 19, from 3 pm to 8 pm, at the Prestige Ozone Conference Hall, Whitefield.

This teenager uses mediums like pencil, charcoal, dry pastel, oil pastel, pen and ink and paints with equal elan.

She can perceive influences of several well-known Indian and international artists in her creations and has recently come up with a distinct style of her own.

Sanjna has been learning art for four years at Bangalore International School
and is currently under the tutelage of Mallamma Patil. The exhibitions will be hosted at Conference Hall, Prestige Ozone Club House, Whitefield Main Road, Varthur Kodi, behind Forum Mall. Anu Monga, Principal of Bangalore International School, will inaugurate the event. For details, call 9972627743.


Crimson, the Art Resource, is holding ‘Quarter’, an exhibition till May 31, at Crimson, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road.

Fine strokes

‘Eye and the Object’, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures, will be held till May 29, from 10 am to 7 pm, at Gallery No. IV, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. On display will be paintings by Barnali Bhattacharyya, Pradip Chakraborty, Pravat Majhi, Sasanka Ghosh and D G N Sumana.

Group show

Renaissance Gallerie is hosting a group show till May 19. On display will be paintings by Prasanna Kumar and Shalini Nehru from Bangalore and Santanu Nandan Dinda and Sunita Dinda from Kolkata.



Kriyative Theatre is presenting two shows of its comedy Aadaddella Olithe…! at Ranga Shankara on May 17 and 18, 7.30 pm. The play, based on a humorous story by T Sunandamma, is packed with hilarious encounters between in-laws and people of different linguistic backgrounds.

 Scripted by Sunder, the play is directed by Pramod Shiggaon, and has Sunder, Laxmi Chandrashekar, Vidya Venkataram, Ramakrishna Kannarpadi and Shilpa Rudrappa in the cast. Music is by Gajanana Naik and lighting designs are by
Muddanna Rattehalli.

Get your tickets online from For details, call 9620604479.


Indian Ensemble is presenting ‘Treadmill’, a play in Hindi, on May 25, 7.30 pm at Ranga Shankara. It is written by Sandeep Shikhar and directed by Abhishek Majumdar.

‘Treadmill’ is a journey exploring personal memories of people in the towns
of India. The cast includes Sandeep Shikhar, Virginia Rodrigues and Ashwini
Kumar Chakre.

For telebookings, call 9886324733. Tickets are available at the venue. For online bookings, log on to:,

From history

The play ‘The Dreams of Tipu Sultan’ will be staged till May 20 at Jagriti, Whitefield. The play depicts the man, the statesman, the husband, the father and the son who dreamed of ousting the British from these lands 150 years before it actually happened.

Abhijit Shetty plays Tipu along with other members of the cast — Jagdish Raja, Sanjay Iyer, Roy Sinai, Harish Sheshadri, Kanchan Bhattacharya and Vivek Madan in this play directed by Arundhati Raja.

The play will be staged from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm and on Sundays at 3 pm and 6.30 pm at Jagriti. Tickets are available at For details, call 41242879.

‘Vanity Bag’

‘Vanity Bag’, a collage of poems by Kannada poet Vaidehi, will be staged on May 19, 7 pm at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram. The director is Mangala N.

‘Vanity Bag’, a production of Sanchari Theatre, explores different aspects of the poetic world of Vaidehi and presents episodes from the life of woman in rather unexpected forms.

It brings out the exclusive and typical experiences of a woman. For details, call 8884345569.

‘Uttara Bhoopa Bchi’

To celebrate the birth centenary year of Bchi, Antharanga, an amateur theatre troupe, will perform Uttara Bhoopa Bchi at K H Kala Soudha, Hanumanthanagar, on May 19, 7.30 pm. It is the first time that question and answers have been adopted to the stage in the amateur theatre field. For details, call 9880914509 or 9986911321.


Veena strains

Sri Maha Ganapathi Sangeetha Sabha is organising a veena recital by Shanthi Rao at Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple, Vinayakanagar, Devasandra, K R Puram on May 20, 6 pm to 8.30 pm. V S Rajagopal will be on mridangam and C N Anand on ghatam. Shanthi Rao has been a vibrant veena artiste both at home and abroad. Her performances have been praised not only for pure classicism and virtuosity of play but also for aesthetic and captivating rendition of raga, kriti and swara.

‘Rhythms of ...’

Sri Rathnalaya Foundation is organising an
Indian fusion music concert ‘Rhythms of Stree Shakti’ by Anuradha Pal on May 19,
6.30 pm at St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala.
This is an all women fusion band. For details, log on to or call 42064969.

Vocal recital

Nadasurabhi Cultural Association is holding a grand vocal recital by vidwan Sampagodu S Vighnaraja on May 20, 4.15 pm. A S N Swamy will be on mridangam and Raghavendra Prakash will be on ghatam.

The venue is The Indian Heritage Academy Hall, 6th Block, near Police Station, Koramangala. Vignaraja comes in the sishya parampara of vidwan G N Balasubramaniam.
   With prodigious talent in Carnatic music from a very early age, he has specialised in singing complex varnams in six speeds.

Duet treat

Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira is organising a grand vocal duet recital on May 27, 6 pm by Priya Sisters —  Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya.

M A Krishna Swamy will be on violin, Neyveli Skanda Subramanyan will be on mridangam and B S Purushothaman will be on khanjira. This concert will be held at Devagiri Sri Venkateshwara Temple, Banashankari II Stage.

Pot Pourri

Book launch

Dronequill Publishers and British Library are holding the book launch of C K Meena’s ‘Seven Days to Somewhere’ on May 18, 6.30 pm at British Library, 23 Kasturba Road Cross.
A discussion on ‘Should children be taught to pursue success or to cope with failure’ with Chiranjiv Singh and Poile Sengupta will also be held on the occasion.


Srimad Bhagavatam Saptaham (Narayaneeyam) Discourse will be held till May 20, 6 pm to 8 pm at Sri Pattabhi Rama Seva Mandali 35th Cross, 4th T Block, Jayanagar.

Film screening

The screening of Japanese film Bushi no Ichibun (‘Love and Honor’) will be held on May 17, 6.30 pm at the Alliance Française.

The cast includes Kimura Takuya, Dan Rei, Bando Mitsugoro, Sasano Takashi, Kobayashi Nenji, Momoi Kaori, Ogata Ken. It is co-written and directed by Yamada Yoji and Shochiku Eiga.

Master classes

Rogue Theatre from Tucson, Arizona is holding master classes for actors at Jagriti. This highly experienced team of actors will conduct two-hour master classes for a maximum of 20 people per session. Rogue Theatre Company will close the Jagriti Season with Pulitzer prize-winner Donald Margulies' ‘Shipwrecked!’ with shows from June 1 to June 17.  For details, call 41248298.

Lecture demo

A lecture demonstration on ‘Carnatic concert appreciation – How to be an educated rasika by Vidya Subramanian will be held at Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage on May 18, 6.30 pm. For details, call 9886599675.

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