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Kathak fiesta

Attend Kathak Baithak - a festival of different aspects of Kathak presented by students of the  Saraswati Foundation for Education, Art and Culture. Venue: A-1/226 Safdarjung Enclave on December 16. Time: 6 pm.


ICCR presents a Bharatnatyam dance recital by Jyotsna Shourie. She will present a dance-theatre dialogue between Sita and Draupadi. Venue: Azad Bhavan, I.P. Estate on
December 14. Time: 7 pm.


From the masters

The works of two legends in Indian art - Nandalal Bose (Bengal Renaissance) and Binod Behari Mukherjee (Indian modern art) - are on display. While Binod’s landscapes of a humble Kolkata touch the heart, Nandalal’s picture postcard size artworks remind one of the tradition of miniature paintings. Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, 35 Ferozshah Road till December 17. Time: 11 am to 6 pm.

Folk work

ITDC is holding an ethnic art exhibition showcasing the work of celebrated artist Sandhya Arvind. Sandhya specialises in the tribal art of western India - Warli and local art of Bihar - Madhubani. Both depict nature and the Indian mythology.

Venue: The Ashok hotel, Chanakyapuri till December 17. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.


Mumbai-based artist Devdatta Padekar presents Feelings - works that reflect the sensitive bond of curiosity, innocence and love between humans and nature. The artist has worked in two beautiful mediums - oils and pastels – giving his paintings a soft and ethereal touch.

Venue: Gallerie Ganesha, Greater Kailash II from December 15 to January 10. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Group show

See Winter musings – a group of eclectic oeuvres d’art by noted artists Thota Vaikuntam, Jogen Chowdhury, Laxman Aelay, Sanjay Bhattacharya and Suhas Roy. While Vaikuntam’s works depict rural Telangana, Laxman has captured the poverty in his hometown – Kadirenigudem. Jogen Chowdhury’s art bears a Bengali influence while Suhas Roy is preoccupied with the female face and form. Venue: Dhoomimal City Gallery till December 31. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.


Urdu classic

Pierrot’s Troupe presents Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaerah (Urdu-Hindi) - a recreation of Delhi’s last Mushaira (poetic congregation) during Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar’s time. The importance of this historic event lies in the fact that it assembled nearly all the tallest Urdu poets of that time on one stage. It features Tom Alter as Zafar and is scripted and directed by Dr M Sayeed Alam. Venue: Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg on December 16. Time: 4 and 7 pm.

Social satire

Katyayani and IMP Entertainment present The One Percent Agency written by award winning author Tabish Khair. It is a comedy about an agency catering to Western tourists who want to attend the Great Indian Wedding, the demand for which has risen since the success of films like Monsoon Wedding. The tourists want the exact ‘spectacle’ of a wedding they imagined, and the agency goes haywire pandering to their every whim.
Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Safdar Hashmi Marg on December 15. Time: 7 pm.

Drama festival

Attend the 2nd Pratibimb Natya Utsav 2012. It features a host of socially relevant plays like Toba Tek Singh - the story of exchange of lunatics between India and Pakistan post partition (directed by Rajesh Babbar), Adhi raat ke baad - on how corruption affects the common man (director: Dr Laique Hussain), Math ke raaste mein ek din - about a young man in search of ‘truth’ (director: Suresh Bhardwaj) and many more. Venue: LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg from December 15 to 19. Time: 6:30 pm.


Stamp it

Stamps of India is hosting the ‘3rd Stamps of India National Exhibition 2012.’ Some of the highlights include the world’s first stamp ‘Penny Black’ and a special display of Gandhi stamps issued by countries across the globe. Eminent philatelists from the world over will grace the occasion. Venue: NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street from December 15 to 17. Time: 11 am to 6 pm.

Chef special

Indian Culinary Forum - an association of professional chefs of Northern India, presents ‘Gourmet workshop.’ Renowned chefs from all over the country, like Mahesh Kumar Sharma (Le Meridian, Jaipur), Rajan Loomba (Hotel The Ashok), Manoj Semwal (Hotel Radison, Paschim Vihar), Sabyasachi Gorai (Olive Kitchen n Bar), Bharat Alag (Hotel Hans), Ishika (Hotel Pullman) and many more will demonstrate their culinary skills to the audience. Venue: Delhi Haat INA from December 15 to 16. Time: 3 to 6 pm.

Wedding exhibit

The 10th edition of wedding exhibition ‘Celebrating Vivaha 2012’ is here. Renowned designers like  Sikandar Nawaz, Mayyur Girotra, Parul and Ashie, Palak Raheja, Amour and Mayank Sharma are showcasing their special trousseau collections. Jewellery designers like Vinay and Anirudh of Shri Hari Diagems, Preeti and Poonam of Diamond Constellation, Amaya Fine Jewellery etc. will also display their gems here. It surely promises to be more luxurious and spectacular than ever before. Venue: Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri till December 16. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.


Christmas carols

Welcome Christmas with a choir of talented musicians including pianist Lorraine Fiona Aloysius, gospel singer Swapna Abraham, Voice of Goa contest winner Joanne Fernandes and others. Venue: Epicentre, Sec-44, Gurgaon on December 15. Time: 7:30 pm.

Contemporary tunes

Attend the ‘W.O.R.M.E (World of Rock, Metal and Electronica Music) Festival.’ It showcases the best upcoming talent from across the country including the Raghu Dixit Project, The Urban Early Men and Mafaiza. In Rock/Metal stage, hear Them Clones, Devoid and Menwhopause. Lastly, in EDM, hear Anil Chawla, Ashvin Mani Sharma and BoomBaba perform. Venue: Zorba, 166 MG Road, Near Sultanpur Metro Station from December 14-15. Time: 3 to 10 pm.

Bhangra time

Award winning international music artist of the Bhangra genre, Jaz Dhami is set to perform for all party loving Delhiites. He will perform to the chart bursting numbers Theke-Wali, Putt Jatt Da etc. as well as jam with three other DJs and live dhol to make the event even more exciting. Venue: Club Czar, Saket on December 14.
Time: 9 pm onwards.

Flute recital

Hear a beautiful flute recital by Sunil Kant Gupta as part of the HCL Concert Series. Sunil Gupta is a prodigious disciple of Pt Subhas Rai, Pt SCR Bhatt, Pt Raghunath Seth and Pt Ajoy Chakraborty. He will be accompanied by Vinod  Lele on Tabla. Venue: Habitat World, IHC on December 14. Time: 7 pm.


Short scripts

Filmbooth - a group of budding filmmakers, presents ‘First Cut’ - Indian short film premiers.’ The series includes Boot Joota - recounting the life of a tailor in Delhi, Mumbai - on a young terror suspect, Juliet and the Nurse - about a young girl who’s mother is an alcoholic, and many others. Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre on December 15. Time: 7 pm onwards.


See Uruguayan film La casa muda (The silent house). Laura and her father come to clean a cottage, which seems to be slightly off the main road, before the owner puts it on sale. Everything seems normal till Laura hears a sound that comes from the upper floor and gets louder and louder with every passing second. Venue: Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi, Hanuman Road on December 16. Time: 4:30 pm.

Hungarian treat

See Hungarian film White Palms. After Miklós Dongó's highly promising gymnastic career gets cut short by an injury, he decides to move to Canada to rebuild his life as a coach. His very different background and particular style mean that he may never be able to fit in in this new world full of challenges for him. Venue: Alliance Francaise De Delhi, Lodhi Estate on December 14. Time: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

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