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Potpourri

Remembering Ravi Shankar
Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar will be remembered with an audio-visual talk show by Sujit Sanyal. Illustrations will include clips from his album ‘Towards The Rising Sun’, covering fusion of sitar and tabla. Venue:  India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, on February 2. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.
All about books
If you have been craving to read about India’s folk and tribal literature but haven’t been able to lay your hands on any, the upcoming ‘New Delhi World Book Fair 2013’ is a must-visit. The theme of this year;s fair is ‘Indigenous Voices – Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature’. The seven-day event, which is being organised by National Book Trust, will put on show nearly 1,100 Indian and foreign publishers from countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Nepal, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, USA, UK, South Korea, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Venue: Pragati Maidan, Hall no. 7, from February 4 to 10. Time: 10:30am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
Stand-up comedy
Costa Coffee is presenting its popular stand-up comedy in a new format ‘Laughaccino’ by Anuvab Pal. Anuvab is an internationally renowned playwright, screenwriter, standup comic and author. He is considered one of the best stand-up comics in India. Venue: Costa Vasant Vihar and Cross Point Mall, Gurgaon outlets, on February 1 and 2. Time: 8 pm.
Entry charges are Rs 250 per person.

Interdisciplinary
UnBox Festival is back to explore the possibilities of inter-disciplinary collaborations defined by its tag line, ‘Action at the Intersections’. The festival is an annual
celebration of interdisciplinary thought and work through a series of seminars, performances, exhibitions and talks.
Venue: Zorba, Mehrauli
Gurgaon Road, on
February 7 to 10.
Time: 5 pm and 9 pm respectively. For details, visit www.unboxfestival.com.

Drama

Love nostalgia

Family entertainer play, Phool Tumhein Bheja Hai Khat Mein will takes you down memory lane and make you re-live the precious and nostalgic moments of first crush and first love. Based on Sharad Joshi’s humorous, witty and extremely funny story Bhoot Poorva Premikaon ko Patra, the one hour and 10 minutes play has been directed by Jay Prakash.  Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, on February 3. Time: 4 pm. Entry is by tickets available online on www.bookmyshow.com and through tele-booking on 9368008012.
Comic drama
Lillete Dubey brings an English play, Where Did I Leave My Purdah. It is a comic drama infused with love, passion, denial, humour and grief, based on the life and times of an actress who saw the world in her art, but ignored the harsh realities of the real world outside. It has been written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillete. Besides her,  the cast includes Soni Razdan, Neha Dubey and Sid Makkar. Venue: : Epicentre, Gurgaon, on February 1. Time: 8: 30 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue and on bookmyshow.com.
Fresh look
Ruchika Theater
presents A Quiet Desire, an English play on the life
of young  poet Rabindranath. He spends the summer with his elder brother Jyoti and his
charming wife Kadambari. The play takes a fresh look
at their relationship based on the prose, poetry and
music of Tagore. It has
been directed by Feisal
Alkazi. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, on February 3
and 4. Time: 5 pm and
7: 30 pm. Entry is by
tickets available at the
venue.

Music

From Kahsmir
Ujaas Foundation presents Kashmiri folk music event by Gulzar Ahmad Ganie. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, on February 2. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

For a cause
Internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri or bamboo flute, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia will play at an annual concert ‘Artistes against Cancer’. He will be accompanied on the table by Ustad Rashid Khan ‘Tirakwa’. Venue: Baha’i House of Worship (Lotus Temple), Kalkaji, on February 2. Time: 7 pm. Entry is by invitation. Invites are available at Indian cancer Society office and Baha’I Auditorium.

Classic duo
The duo of Dr Subhendu Ghosh and Dr Meerambika Mahapatro will present a Hindustani Vocal recital and Odissi recital respectively. Dr Subhendu is a disciple of Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan (Padmashree) of Rampur gharana, while Dr. Meerambika learnt from Kumkum Lal. Venue: Muktadhara Auditorium, Banga Sanskriti Bhavan, February 1. Time: 5: 30 pm. Entry is free.

Voice of devotion
Get entranced in the voice of devotion. Sona Charitable Trust brings the industry stalwarts like AnupJalota, Sudha Malhotra and Madhushree at ‘Sona Bhakti ki Awaaz’. Venue: Siri Fort, on February 1. Time: 6:30 pm. Entry is free.

Sufi festival
With participation of six nations, the City is set to immerse in the some international sufi magic. ICCR is organising a three-day Sufi Festival. The participating countries are Spain, Russia, Iran, Tunisia, Azerbaijan and India. There will be Pinana Brothers group from Spain; Mugam group from Azerbaijan; Sidi Goma group from (Gujarat), India; Otava Yo group from Russia; Ghazal Sufi ensemble group from Iran; and Mechket group from Tunisia. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, from February 6 to 9. Time: 6: 30 pm.
Entry is free.

Films

True story
Spanish film Las 13 rosas is a true story of 13 totally normal young women who suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s. Despite their innocence, the 13 were soon executed without even a trace of evidence of any wrong doing. The film directed by Emilio Martinez- Lázaro will be screened with English sub-titles. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, on February 3. Time: 4: 30 pm. Entry is free.

Exploring Valley
As part of Srinagar photo exhibition, film Mann Faqeeri will be screened in the capital. The 52-minute duration film has been directed by  M K Raina. With the advent of Islam in Kashmir, an inter-cultural confluence took place between Central Asia, Persia and India. From these exchanges emerged a new syncretic mosaic in the Valley, containing the essence of Islam, Shaivism and Buddhism. The film explores this syncretic tradition, both past and present, through the
sufiyana kalam of the Valley. Venue: Multipurpose Hall,
India International Centre, on February 1.
Time: 6: 30 pm.
Entry is free.

True disciple

Legendary diva of Indian art and culture, Dr Sonal Mansingh is celebrating the ‘XIth Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival’, to keep alive the memories of renowned scholar Jiwan Pani, her mentor and guide. The two-day festival will showcase masters of particular art form, whose knowledge and experience successive generations can benefit from.
The participants this year include Kalamandalam Gopi (Kathakali) Aditi Mangaldas (Kathak) and Pallavi Pramanik and Pallavi Saran Gujral Dwi (Jugalbandi of Odissi and Bharatanatyam). Venue: India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, on February 6 and 7. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.


Art

Riot of colours
Tejinder Kanda is presenting his latest collection of work ‘The Impasto’. The striking delightful colour of the streets in the paintings reminds of some vintage era, where as the collage of bugambilia and dabs and dashes configure a great state where colours really play with skill. Venue: Shridharani, Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, till February 4 and Creativity Art Gallery, Hauz Khas Village, till February 23. Time: 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. Entry is free.

Vibrant show
A colourful and vibrant art exhibition, ‘Kamadhenu – A Wish Fulling Cow’ by senior artist Gogi Saroj Pal is on in the City. The senior master painter Gogi Saroj is showcasing the power of women through her brilliant artwork in form of sculptures and digital prints. This is the first time when a prominent painter Saroj pal has done sculptures at the age of 67. Venue: Radhika Art Initiative, Lado Sarai, till February 28. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Fine strokes
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS)  presents 14th All India Water Colour Exhibition, 12th All India Traditional Art Exhibition and 7th All India Portrait Exhibition. Venue: AIFACS, Rafi Marg, from February 1 to 10. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Merry go round
With the concept of what goes around comes around, a group show ‘Merry Go Round’ is being organised. Participating artists include Anand Panchal, Anjana Mehra, Farhad Hussain, Hindol Brahmbhatt, Shweta Talwar, Suchit Sahni and Simrin Mehra Aggarwal. Each of the works presented is a celebration of life – life given to us by a woman, a girl. The exhibition captures every essence of the girl, the innocence, the humility, the warmth, the anger, the power, the grit, the simplicity and the purity and greatness. Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpath, from February 1 to 7. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Across border
Curated by Ambereen Karamat, ‘Crossing Over is a group show by Pakistani artists. The show that is conceived by Rashid Rana brings disparate artworks intended to explore new meanings that at times merge and diverge creating crossovers with each other on irregularly chartered routes. Participating artists include Quddus Mirza, Aroosa Naz Rana, Jamil Baloch, Ayaz Jokhio, Mahbub Shah, Muzzumil Ruheel and Sajjad Ahmed. Venue: Latitude 28, Lado Sarai, from February 2, to March 2. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Ordinary inspiration
An exhibition, ‘The Ordinary Inspires’, features artists  – Saptarishi Das and Gargee Ghose – who have explored and experimented with ordinary objects and finally juxtaposed them in unusual contexts. These ordinary objects have been used as the starting point of the artist’s journey to create his/her artwork. Venue: Gallery Ragini, Lado Sarai, from February 3 till February 15. Time: 11 and to 7 pm. Entry is free.

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