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Anniversary celebration

Circle Theatre Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with its new production, Seventeen July. The play is set in a village of Gujarat and portrays the political scenario of present India. The false rape charge levelled against Asif Mirza and his Muslim friends form the theme of the play that evolves in the trial scenes that follow. It unveils Indian politics and the use of communal sentiments to instigate political disturbance and at the same time presents a confrontation of two ideologically different lawyers. Venue: Shri Ram Centre from December 3 to 5. Time: 6.30 pm.

Child’s play

Sapno Ki Pagdandi, a mega theatrical production celebrating dreams, desires and aspirations of the children of Jagdamba Camp, is being organised as part of the third annual creative arts festival of pagdandi, Swechha’s non-formal learning programme for marginalised children. Around 50 kids of 6-18 years will participate in this extravaganza that is directed by master puppeteer, Dadi Pudumjee and mime and circus artistes Andreas Ceska who uses elements of mime, circus arts and shadow puppetry. Venue: Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Adhchini, December 2. Time: 6 pm and 7.30 pm. Entry is by passes available at the venue.

French theatre

Célimène et le Cardinal, a french play directed by Jacques Rampal will explore the situation of a man who is separated from the world but holding it in his iron fist. The play is based in the 17th century. Twenty years later, he goes to his lover, who
is now in her forties, still attractive but married and perfectly happy with her four children. But what brings him now to this mother of the family without a story? Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, December 5. Time: 7pm.

Kid’s tale

Jisne Koja Usne Paya, a musical by Salaam Baalak Trust is an enthralling story of a young boy, Qadir, who sets out to meet his bhagya (fate). His journey spots few others who are unhappy. They seek respite in Qadir’s wisdom after he would meet bhagya. Qadir succeeds in encountering bhagya. The end of the story is a revelation of bhagya and its corresponding strengths. Qadir realises the truth of life through his innocent and rather stupid search of bhagya. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, December 1.
Time: 11 am and 6:45 pm.


Young artists
World Bank presents a group exhibition titled ‘Imagining Our Future Together’ that will feature works of 25 young artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This international art show is inspired by the realisation that cooperation among the countries of South Asia is the key to the regions’ success in the 21st century. The exhibition showcases promising works of artists Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan), Liz Fernando (Sri Lanka), Tenzin Tshewang (Bhutan) and Navin Chahande and Jignasha Ojha (India). Venue: Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, from December 5 to 8. Time: 10.30 am to 7.30pm. Entry is free.

Myriad hues
The show titled ‘Art of Plural’, showcases works of contemporary artists like Ramesh Gorjala, Tejinder Kanda, Satish Chauhan, Viren Tanwar, Sourav Sil, Farhad Hussian, Jitendra Dangi, Dilip Oinam, Sanjay Sen Gupta and Sidharth. The exhibition carries a wide range of colourful works which uphold the motto of describing art in simple terms. The viewers will get a chance to admire multiple aspects of different artworks under one roof. Venue: Creativity Art Gallery, Lado Sarai till December 5. Time: 10.30 am to 7pm. Entry is free.

Painting Krishna
Sanjay Bhattacharya’s solo exhibition titled ‘Emerging Krishna’ comprises 17 canvasses, 10 photographs and 2 sculptures. Curated by art critic Uma Nair, the exhibition displays works done by the artist over the past two years with ‘Krishna, the flautist’ as its central theme. For the artist, Krishna is a symbol of art form which looks at the beauty and perfection of the human figure and the beauty of music when it is heard and kept within one’s memory. Venue: Religare Art Gallery, Saket till December 19. Time: 11 am to 7pm. Entry is free.

Uruguayan treat
The Embassy of Uruguay and the Instituto Cervantes presents array of Uruguayan films like A Trip to the Seaside, Bad Day To Go Fishing, The Silent House and Useful Life. While the first one is based on the lives of six different characters getting an opportunity to witness the beauty of the sea for the first time, the second one revolves around two travellers who visit a mythical town. The  Silent House is a horror movie based on a true story of a Uruguay village and the Useful Life revolves around a film programmer who loses his job and how he explores his life. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Place, every Sunday.  Time: 4:30 pm
Japanese cinema
After the Rain, directed by Takashi Koizumi is a Japanese film about a group of travellers who are left stranded in a small country due to floods. As  the tension rises, traveller Ronin arranges a splendid feast to cheer everyone. Having no money to make the payment, Ronin starts fighting to earn money and later becomes a sword master.  Venue: The Japan Foundation, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, December 6.  Time: 6:30 pm.

Russian history
Public lectures and quiz will mark the celebration of The Day of Russian History on the occasion of 1150th Anniversary of Russian Statehood. The public lectures will be based on Russian History such as ‘At the Dawn of the Russian Statehood’, ‘The First Russian Princes’, ‘Christianisation of Russia and its Influence on the Country’, ‘Glory of Minin and Pozharsky in the Russian History’, ‘Revolution of 1917’, ‘Symbols of Contemporary Russia’ and ‘Russia’s Military Glory. The quiz will be based on the title ‘Through the Pages of Russian History’. In addition to this, there will also be a screening of the film, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to Future, directed by L. Gaidai in 1973. Venue: Russian Centre of Science and Culture, today. Time: 11.30 am onwards.

Ayyappa worship
Shalimar Garden Ayyappa Sewa Samithi will organise its 14th Mandala pooja celebration which will begin with Ganapathi homan. This will be followed by gana archana, melam, saasthapreethi and ezhunnellippu, a procession of an elephant bearing the idol of Lord Ayyappa. Deeparadhana will also take place after which a Kathakali dance performance by International Kathakali Centre will enthrall the worshippers. Prasadam distribution and fire works will be the major attraction. Venue: Chandrasekhar Park, Shalimar Garden Extn. II, December 2. Time: 5.30 am to 10 pm.

Weaving warmth
‘Weaving Magic: Romance of the Kashmir Shawl’, an exhibition of shawls from the collection of Aditi Desai is on display.  A social anthropologist, Aditi has spent many years studying, collecting and documenting Kashmir shawls in India and Europe. Venue: Main Building, India International Centre till December 7. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Reviewing shots
Waswo X. Waswo’s latest exhibition ‘May Be Removed At Will’, re-examines his first book of Indian photography that criticises the critics. The displayed works are from his well-known series ‘India Poems’ and has over 60 sepia-toned photographs. Waswo presents each image covered with an intervening word that is etched upon the glass of the frame. These words suggest the biases, stereotypes, and knee-jerk reactions.
Venue: Alliance Française, Lodhi Road till December 14. Time: 11 am to 7pm.

Spanish capella
A musical concert, ‘Canto de la Sibila’, will have lyric and liturgy of medieval Spain by the Capella de Ministrers ensemble. It brings together three key factors - the historical rigor, musical sensibility and an uncontrollable desire to communicate. The ensemble has performed at numerous concerts since its foundation and has played in the best music venues of the world.
Venue: Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, December 3. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

Sand beckons
The second edition of  ‘Amarrass Desert Music Festival’ is back with traditional music from deserts around the world. The festival boasts of a line up of artistes which includes Bombino: The Hendrix of Niger, BaBa ZuLa (the creators of Istanbul Psychedelia), the undoubtable Sakar Khan (Padma Shri Awardee who seldom performs in public) and Barmer Boys among others. Venue: ZORBA (next to Vista Hotel, near  Sultanpur Metro Station), December 1 and 2. Time: 2 pm to 10 pm.

Bands’ battle
Independent musicians across India will rock the music fans during Nokia Lumia WORME Fest 2012.
This multi-genre music festival, spread across four zones of the country, is targeted to be a platform for upcoming independent musicians. Based on their demo songs during registration procedure, five bands from cities in each zone will compete for a slot in the Grand Finale. Prominent bands like ‘Zedde’, ‘Lagori’, ‘Barefaced Liar’ will judge the zonal contestants.
Venue: BlueFrog, December 2. Time: 7 pm. 

Mixed genres
DeepBlue, part band, part orchestra and part theatre will give audience a fun experience when it will mix traditional strings of an orchestra with electronics, live video and dynamic lighting. A rich blend of classical, pop and film music, DeepBlue delivers magnificent sound, images and stories in an interactive setting. At a DeepBlue show one can clap, cheer, scream or walk around – whatever helps in enjoying the experience. Venue: blueFROG, November 30.
Time: 9 pm onwards.

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