In the city


Calcutta Diaries

Pablo Bartholomew photographs will take you to visual journey to the streets and culture of Calcutta from the mid 1970s. ‘The Calcutta Diaries’ exhibition is divided into four distinct sections ranging from a social commentary on the Chinese community to personal interaction with Satyajit Ray. The images present an insightful biography of the life in Calcutta. Venue: Art Heritage Gallery, Tansen Marg from December 21 to January 23, 2013. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.


Ace dancers

Mahanatam, an evening of Kuchipudi recital by Dr Raja Radha Reddy and troupe will mesmerise the audiences with their abhinay. The renowned dancing couple, Raja and Radha Reddy, is known for giving a new dimension to the age-old art of Kuchipudi dance without sacrificing the traditional poetry or dramatic sensibility. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on December 21. Time: 7.30pm

Visual treat   

Treat yourself to an evening of classical dance where danseuse Dakshina Vaidyanathan will present a Bharathanatyam recital. This will be followed by an Odissi recital by Arushi Mudgal and Kathak by Tribhuwan Maharaj.
Venue: India Habitat Centre on December 21.
Time: 7.00pm.


The left side

Ongoing Oz festival in the Capital brings work of three leading contemporary Australian artists – Kate Daw, Emily Floyd and John Meade in art exhibition titled ‘Sleep on the Left Side’. It reflects the broad range of experience encountered by the three artists. It comprises paintings, sculptures, texts, sounds and videos. Venue:  Seven Art Gallery, Greater Kailash II, from December 20 to January 19 2013. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Wheel of life

Artist Devraj Dakoji  has come up with his new paintings ‘The Wheel of Life’  after a gap of nine years. Devraj’s sketches, water colour paintings and prints give expression to his aesthetic and metaphysical bond with nature. His works are filled with the playful abandon of biomorphic spirits that fly and soar, indulging in the primordial play
of life. Venue: Shridharani Gallery, Tansen Marg till December  25. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Sri Lankan art

Jagath Weerasinghe, Anura Krishantha and Pala Pothupitiye three artists from Sri Lanka have come together for an art exhibition, Narratives of Resistance.  Their paintings reflect the situation of a country that has for last 30 years witnessed multiple crises, the most visible of them being a highly destructive civil war that ended in 2009. Venue: Gallery Escape, New Friends Colony till January 9 2013.  Time: 11am to 7pm

Past and present

The City-based eminent artist Sudip Roy has come up with his solo art exhibition ‘Journey’. The paintings and drawings on canvas and paper has journeyed through Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata and have been exhibited in different
galleries before coming to the artist’s home ground for its finale. The exhibition includes works in figuration, narration, landscapes, architectural features, and abstractions. Venue: Art Positive gallery in Lado Sarai till January 16.
Time: 11 am to 7pm.


Mumbai-based young artist Devdatta Padekar has come up with his solo art show ‘Feelings’ that tries to create to showcase the relationship between man and nature. The show features 22 works that reflect the sensitive bond of curiosity, innocence and love between the two.  The artist has worked in two extremely diverse mediums –oils and pastels to discover something new through an old medium of art.
Venue: Gallerie Ganesha, Greater Kailash II, from December 15 to January 10, 2013. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free

Oh my gold

As an ode to the celebrations and festivities of India, TAD Arts bring Oh My Gold, a painting exhibition. It includes Hindol Brahmbhatt’s wood artwork with elegant real gold leaf, Rohit Sharma’s gold car and cow to name a few. The exhibition will also have on display gold jewellery by Jaipur artisans.
Venue: Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon till February 16, 2013.
Time: 11am to 11pm.


An art exhibition ‘Moments’ by Niladri Paul, Satish  Chauhan, Shuva Prasanna and Amit Bhar, displays artists belief  for creativity. Their paintings reflects that art is like reading life's reality. . Venue: Art Indus Gallery, Chanakyapuri till January 6, 2013. Time: 11am to 7pm.


European treat

Alliance Française de Delhi will  screen popular European films. It includes The Strange case of Angelica, a story of a photographer Issac, who is asked to photograph, Angelica, who belongs to a wealthy family. Angelica dies shortly after her wedding and her parents want a final photograph of her. When Issac looks at Angelica lying on the sofa, he gets struck by her beauty. He is so affected by Angelica  that he quickly falls in love with her.

When he looks at her through his camera she comes to life and a series of events take place. Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate on December 21. Time: 5:30pm and 7:30pm

Delhi film festival

For the first time the national capital will host its first international film festival. During the week-long festival 174 films from 32 countries including India, America, Israel, Iran, Spain, Bangladesh adding a few will be showcased. The festival will also promote 30 short and documentary films from India and Pakistan.Venue: NDMC Conventional Centre from December 22 to 29. Time: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Film festival

A Useful Life revolves around Jorge, who lives with his parents and has been working at a film archive for 25 years. He is a film programmer and conducts shows at a radio station. One day Jorge loses his job. He changes his way of living in order to adapt to  the new world  that appears to new him after losing job. Venue: Instituto Crevantes auditorium on December 23. Time: 4: 30 pm.
Entry is free.


Kracker Jack carnival

A fun-filled fest, dedicated to kids and families, is in town. From fantastic exhibitions to interactive entertainment and latest products for children and teens, the winter wonderland ‘Kracker Jack Carnival’ will give parents and kids some non-stop fun. The carnival will host magic shows, puppet shows, theme parks, workshops, Chota Bheem, Christmas corner, joy rides, paint balls, comic reading and much more. Venue: Hotel Ashoka, Chanakyapuri from December 22-23. Time: 10 am to 7pm.

Night of comedy

With many comedy gigs in their kitty, artists Dhruv Sachdeva, Clifford Alfonso, Andrew Hoffland, Pranay Manchanda, and Shantanu Anam of ‘Humour Me’ will perform in the City. Spend your weekend by tickling your funny bone and enjoy the night along with some delicious food and fabulous drinks. Venue: Lure Switch, Lado Sarai on December 23. Time: 8:30 pm onwards.

Christmas bazaar

As Christmas is round the corner, a bazaar is being organised in the City . Indulge in an exceptional Christmas shopping experience such as candles, gifts, cakes, chocolates and cookies, decorative items, home and fashion accessories, winter apparel and trees to make Christmas a fun. Venue: Maidens Hotel on December 22. Time: 10 am to 7:30 pm.

Jingle bells

Delhiites will get family entertainment at the second edition of Christmas Carnival@Rajouri Garden by Millionaire Entertainment. The four days of fun, frolic and drama will be packed with activities for people of all age groups. Venue: Ground between West Gate mall and Shoppers Stop, Rajouri Garden from December 22 to 25. Time: 11 am to 10 pm.


Flute concert

‘Daegeum’,  a Korean flute concert will feature known bamboo flautist Sung-Pil Yang. He is the leading flautist for the Large Korean Orchestra and director of Korea, world traditional wind instruments Festival Gyeongi. He has released four solo albums of his music. During his performance in the national capital, Yang will be accompanied by a Korean percussionist Jaeseung Sin. Venue: The Attic, Connaught Place on December 21. Time: 7pm. Entry is free.


Swaranjali and Layayatra  in association with  Sahitya Kala  Parishad is organising Gharana festival to pay tribute to legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar.On the first day the show will feature recitals by the disciples of Saroj Kumar Mohanty while on the second day  disciples of Subrata Das will present the heritage of classical music. Venue: Netaji Auditorium, Chittaranjan Park on December 22, 23.   Time: 2 pm onwards.

Punjabi night
Gurdas Maan, one of the prominent figures in the Punjabi music industry, is ready to give musical dose to the city music lovers. The Punjabi singer will make the weekend magical with his mellifluous voice and give delight to the audience. Venue: RHINO, Golf course road on December 21. Time: 8pm


Ticket to heaven

Ticket to Heaven, a bold and hilarious English play, set in a Mumbai suburb, is set to be staged in Delhi. The story of the play revolves round conman Munna, a sex-starved wife Sandra and her god-fearing husband Ronnie. In their quest for love, lust, sex and faith, the threesome reach ‘gates of heaven’.

A series of comic events takes place i more than an hour long play, which will grip the audience to find out what happens next. Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, on December 22. Time: 7 pm. Only for  16 years and above. Entry is by tickets available at the venue.

Societal concern

Government of Delhi and Hindi Academy will organise a play Kissa Maujpur Ka. Directed by Chitra Singh and written by Jayvardhan, the play endeavours to delve into the importance of balance in nature by showcasing how the misuse of technology is leading to destruction and worsening the sex ratio. The play is a satire which aims to spread the message of the ill-effects of female foeticide.

Venue: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House on December 25. Time: 6.30 pm. Free entry is free.

In search

The Revised Kamasutra, a play based on a novel of Richard Crasta will be staged here. Directed by Anasuya Vaidya and adapted by Jalabala Vaidya, the play tells the story of a boy’s search for love, sex and spiritualism. The play revolves around his search, which takes him from Mangalore to Washington DC with much misadventure on the way.

The play will be performed by theatre veteran Sunit Tandon and by Akshara Theatre artistes.
Venue: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Mark, from December 21 till 24.
Time: 7:15 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue.

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