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Flute festival

The 3rd chapter of ‘Raasrang 2012’ – the Flute Festival is here. Krishna Prerna Foundation, in association with the Ministry of Culture is organising this three day event to bring out the unique varieties of flute on one stage. Delegates from the world over – including Tagaram Bheel of Jaisalmer; Nawang Khechog a monk; Brazilian Aline Gonçalves; Burcu Karadag of Istanbul and others will be participating. Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia is the main patron behind the engaging event. Venue: Lot­us Temple Auditorium, Kalkaji from August 9-11. Time: 10 am onwards.

Folk and Rock

A solo concert of folk music mixed with Rock titled ‘Thaumatrope Live!’ will be presented by Richard Allen, Professor of Film at NYU.

Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road on August 13. Time: 7pm.

Special tunes

Impresario India presents an evening of eternal melodies of legendary comp­o­sers in Hindi cinema by an ensemble of special artistes.

Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road on August 11. Time: 7pm.

In remembrance

Pyarelalji of Laxmikant Pyarelal will be paying a tribute to the maestro Mohd. Rafi. The music composer will be accompanied by a world-class 50 piece symphony along with singer Javed Ali and Meenal Jain. Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg on August 10. Time: 7.30- 9.30 pm.


Japanese art

Witness ‘Hikari’ – contemporary photography by Japanese lensmen Yuji Obata, Tokihiro Sato, Shiho Kito, Kimiko Yoshida and Ken Kitano. Japan has one of the most active photography scenes in the world with many Japanese artists having pioneered the development of contemporary photography. This exhibition explores how ‘Hikari’ (light in Japanese) can be used as both a tool of illumination and as a cloak in photographs – either revealing something, or conversely, covering something up. Venue: Gallery Art Motif, F 213 C, Lado Sarai, August 11-21. Time: 11 am-6 pm.

Looking beyond

Homemaker Jeetendar presents her photography exhibition What lies beyond…? Jeetendar happened to take a shot of a peacock in flight from her balcony. Since then, she has been inspired to look for ‘what lies beyond’ the obviously visible. Venue: Experimental Arts Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road, August 11-14. Time: 11 am– 7 pm.


Classical moves

Natya Vriksha presents the Bharatnatyam arangetram of Radhika Kathal - a disciple of Guru Geeta Chandran for the past seven years. Holding a B.Com Hons degree from Jesus and Mary College (DU), she is both an accomplished dancer and musician. She has sung radio jingles as part of Delhi Government’s popular Achievements campaign and also recorded playback scores for a television serial on Doordarshan. Padma Bhushan Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthy, renowned Bharatanatyam dancer will grace the event as chief guest. Venue: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, 89 Lodi Estate, on August 12. Time: 6:30 pm.

Dance drama

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents Krishna - a ballet portraying the journey of the mythological figure from his adorable childhood and youthful antics, to the centre stage of human reverence. A spectacular production, it  has been directed and choreographed by Shobha Deepak Singh. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House till August 11. Time: 6.30 pm.

Manipuri magic

Witness a classical Manipuri dance recital by Sovanabrata Sircar and Nutan Sovan Sircar. Venue: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon on August 10. Time: 7:30 pm. For details: 0124-2715000.


Restored prints

National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) presents IHC Film Club screenings as part of ‘Restored Prints From The 80s Series.’ Pradip Krishen’s Massey Sahib - about an Indian secretary in colonised India who wants to become a British personnel, will be screened on August 9. Govind Nihalani’s Party will be screened on August 10. Shot over an evening party thrown by an art connoisseur - the film is a satire on the urban elite, especially those poseurs who pretend artistic inclinations. It depicts their apathy towards society at large while they get away, by way of small talk and prosaic conversations. Venue: Habitat World, IHC. Time: 7:00 pm.

Italian treat

Film aficionados can look forward to Haik Gazarian’s Cyrano which will be screened with English subtitles.

The 90-minute film is a turbulent romantic triangle story between Cyrano (Edgar Ramirez), Cristian (Pastor Oviedo) and Roxanna (Jessika Grau).

Cyrano, is a local hero of Robin Hood connotations who upholds the principles and rights of one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Caracas. His is a world of corruption, murder, and poverty; a tragic place where he somehow is able to win the heart of a local beauty named Roxana (Jessika Grau).

Venue: Auditorium, Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place on August 12. Time: 4.30 pm.

Rare gem

Lightcube Film Society presents Metropolis (1924) - a path breaking film by great Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang. In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a saviour to mediate their differences.
Venue: Kunzum Café, Hauz Khas Village on August 11. Time: 7 pm.


Flute notes

Dhoomimal Art Centre has organised a fund raiser art exhibition titled ‘Love, Peace and Water: Indian Culture on Flutes’.  The art show features India’s best painters and designers who will be expressing an aspect of Indian culture on the flute.  The list includes renowned artists like Abbas Batliwala, Gogi Saroj Pal, Laxman Pai, Nupur Kundu, Radha Krishnan, Rameshwar Singh, Seema Kohli, Nida Mahmood, Shipra Bhattacharya, Sudip Roy, Vandana Rakesh and Vijender Sharma to name a few. The artworks will be signed by numerous flautists including Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Venue: Lotus Temple till August 11. Time: 10am to 8pm.

Baal raas

On the occasion of Janmashtami, Baal Raas, an art exhibition, presents a series of exclusive paintings portraying the heartwarming and delightful childhood of Lord Krishna. The paintings are entralling, filled as they are by the mischievousness of the perpetually naughty Baal Gopal who wins over maiya Yashoda and the Brijwasi gopis.

His acts as the naughtiest child perplexed his loved ones yet his innocent sweetness melted the hearts of all.

His lilas as a child impart ever supreme Ananda to each one; while his acts of frolicking and teasing the gopikas carried within them wisdom and love. Krishna won the hearts of everyone in Brij.

The cynosure of all the eyes, Krishna as the honeyed Laddoo Gopal remains a favourite subject with artists, poets and painters down the ages. Venue: Krish Art Gallery,
M-66, M Block Market, Greater Kailash, Part-1. The exhibition is on till August 15.
Time: 10 am to 7 pm.

Colours of freedom

Empowerment, an NGO is showcasing a collection of paintings based on Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Independence Day. Curated by young budding artists, the exhibition advocates art and culture as a tool for social change and emancipation, for creation of a sensitive and peaceful world. They aim to bring nations closer and form a link between the citizens and governments. The exhibition is organised to encourage cultural understanding and sensitivity that in turn promotes world peace and understanding. Venue: DLF Place Saket till August 15. Time: 11am to 7pm


Agony aunt

Chandu ki Chachi, a play directed by Fareed Ahmed is another comedy production by Natsamrat. Friends Chandu and Ahmed are in love with Nagma and Sheeba respectively. Chandu’s millionaire widow aunt is coming for lunch and the boys invite their girlfriends to impress them. At the last minute the aunt cancels her visit. Where do the boys arrange an aunt from now? Venue: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, August 15. Time: 7.15 pm.

Marriage woes

Yatharth Art and Cultural Society will perform its fun-filled Hindi comedy play What Rubbish. The 90-min­u­te play written by Omar Sharif and directed by Siddharth Gautam is based on the complexities that couples face in their day-to-day lives. Here, films are made in an instant, a son takes out his father's baraat and a marriage bureau owner dupes a dulha by becoming the dulhan. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on August 11 and India Habitat Centre on 15. Time: 7.30 pm.

Senior problem

Natsamrat presents Kambakht Ishq. Directed by Shyam Kumar, it is a comedy on two elderly people who are alone and need someone to speak to. The love affair amuses the neighbours and annoys their children. However, once the ‘couple’ mischievously tells them that Radha is pregnant, the kids get their parents married. Venue: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, August 15. Time: 4 pm.

Ghalib is back

One of India’s finest and longest running comedy play Ghalib in New Delhi is back in the City. The 327th show of the Hindi play has Ghalib reborn in Delhi as his old, bearded self, trying to put up with a Bihari boy, a Punjabi landlady and a Haryanvi policeman. Scripted and directed by M Sayeed Alam, the hilarious scenes will definitely sway you. Venue: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House on August 10. Time: 7.30 pm.

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