Banyan Tree’s annual sufi and mystic music festival Ruhaniyat will be held on December 15, 6.30 pm at Jayamahal Palace.

Those who will be performing include Tannoura, the Dancing Dervishes of Egypt;
Polyphony, with an inbuilt ‘Voice of Angels’ by singers from Bulgaria, an instrumental ensemble of sufiana maqams by musicians of Egypt and Rajasthan; ‘Whirling Dervishes’ of Turkey, Sufi Qawwali by qawwals from Pakistan.

The Indian forms to be featured this year are Bharud and Abhang of Tukaram, Dnyaneshwar, Jana Bai, Bahina Bai (Maharashtra), Sukhnani Ojhapalli (Assam), Kapalik Pandvani, dramatic narration of mystic tales from Mahabharata (Chhattisgarh), Mystic Ravanhatta Ensemble with songs from the Pabuji ki Par (Rajasthan), Haunting drums - Eddakya, Thimila, Chenda, Thavil, Mizhavu (Kerala), Sindhi Saraiki of Gujarat,  Zikr-e- Rifay by Fakirs -Andhra Pradesh,  Baul songs from West Bengal etc. For details, log on to

Interesting lecture

Toto Funds the Arts, in association with the National Gallery of Modern Art,  is holding the second lecture of the series ‘Creative Journeys’ by Sunil Shanbag on December 15, 5 pm. The venue is National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Palace Road. Supported by photographs and video clips, Sunil Shanbag will speak about his life in theatre and cinema. Describing his apprenticeship under Satyadev Dubey, who was a major early influence on his work, he will capture the mood and spirit of theatre in the late 1970s, and the ideas that had an impact on him. He will then talk about his work in documentary cinema.

Fine expressions

Nruthyopaasane, a bharatanatyam recital by Sahana Sadanand, will be held on December 16, 6 pm at ADA Rangamandira, J C Road. 

Vivid impressions

InCITE Gallery is presenting, ‘Dutch Mountains’, an exhibition of the works of Mecanoo Architecten till December 29, from 10 am to 7 pm at the Gallery No 422, 1st floor, 9th Main, Banashankari II Stage. The exhibition will also feature a selection of profiles of Dutch designers on December 15, 6 pm.

Vocal touch

As part of ‘Dr A S Raju Memorial Endowment Programme’, a Carnatic classical vocal recital and Bhakti Geethe by A M Shreya, will be held on
December 15, 6 pm.

Monthly recital

Nadasurabhi Cultural Association is presenting its monthly musical programme on December 16, 4.15 pm at The Indian Heritage Academy Hall, 6th Block, near police station, Koramangala. On the occasion, there will be a vocal recital by Shertallai Renganatha Sharma. He will be accompanied by T S Krishnamurthy on the violin, V Krishna on the mridangam and Omkar Rao on the ghatam.

‘A Christmas...’

‘A Christmas Once Lost’, a musical, will be staged on December 16, 7 pm at St Andrew’s Church. The play is written and directed by Jervis. It is being presented by the Andrews Church Youth Fellowship.

It is a story of two friends, who were set apart by ill-fate during a Christmas season. Both friends happen to lose all that they hold dear.

Trapped in a web of deceit, neither have seen each other or their families.
 Call it a Christmas miracle, they find themselves facing each other.

Sarod strains

Doreswamy Iyengar Memorial Trust is presenting a sarod recital by Rajeev Taranath , accompaniment by Udayraj Karpur, on December 16, 10 am at Kincha
Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road.

Play time

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’, a play by Steve Martin will be staged at Jagriti, Whitefield on December 15 ( 8 pm) and 16 (3 pm and 6.30 pm). It is produced by Tahatto. In 1904, on a fateful night, in a quaint bar in Paris, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein run into each other. What follows is the meeting of a bunch of quirky characters and witty exchanges that make the evening as entertaining as it is unreal. Written by Steve
Martin (the Steve Martin), the themes of creation, the meaning of genius and its
responsibilities are palatable, because they are delivered with a pinch of salt and tongue-in-cheek humour. The director is Vaisakh Shankar.

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