In the city...

In the city...


Hilarious act
Kasturba Panda ki Pantie is the story of a frustrated wife of failed businessman Ranjan Panda. Ranjan, a  gambler, realizes that he must let out the guest room of his Sundar Nagar apartment in order to recover his monetary losses. He puts the room on rent but fails to attract prospective tenants until one day the Sundar Nagar Diwali Mela comes. Venue: Akshara Theatre on February 14 to 17. Time: 4 pm and 8 pm. Tickets avialable at Joss, Khan Market and

Complex relationships

Anupa has arrived near the end of her 14-year jail sentence for killing her abusive husband. In all this time, her daughter Amrita has never paid her a visit. As the story unfolds Amrita is forced to meet her mother in the jail. Jail Bird, a Hinglish play by Smita Bharti revolving around a mother-daughter relationship, exposes inequality, sexual violence and complexity of a relationship. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, February 17. Time: 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue and on

Dark comedy

How hard is to ask someone whether he/she loves you or not? An English play Do you really love me?, directed by Rahul Sachdeva will bring alive this emotion on stage. It will have two short acts wherein act one will show a humorous dialogue between an old man and a bachelor on the art of wooing women and act two will explore the dynamics between men and women.
Venue: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, February 14, 16 and 17.
Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue and


Bhakti dance
The compositions of Shrimanta Shankardev will be presented in Sattriya style by Prateesha Suresh, Odissi by Jhelum Paranjepe, Mohiniattam by Mandakini Trivedi and Bharatanatyam by Anushree Bannerjee in the ‘Bhakti Dance’ programme by ICCR. The event will also have group dance performances by various artists. Venue: Azad Bhavan, IP Estate, February 15. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

Odissi recital
Celebrating 25 years of its existence, Utsav Ranjana’s Academy of Dance will present an Odissi recital. The students of the academy will present Gotipua, an acrobatic dance form. They will perform on the songs written by the renowned poets of Odisha. The show will open with Chittaranjan Malliya, the well-known exponent of the Gotipua form. Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Estate on February 16.
Time: 5.30 pm. Entry is free.

Kuchipudi dance
Yamini Reddy, daughter of Padma Bhushan award winners Raja Reddy and Radha Reddy will perform Kuchipudi. Felicitated with many awards like Yuva Ratna Award, Yamini has toured United Kingdom, France, US and UAE to showcase the traditional art form. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, February 19. Time: 7pm. Entry is free.

Kathak performance
Ashwani Nigam, founder and art director of Indian dance theatre, Tarang, a Moscow-based group will be in the City to give a Kathak performance, ‘Kathak-Rus Tarangini’, organised by Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC). Since 1996, Ashwini has been working as an art director in Moscow and has also been a choreographer. Venue:RCSC,
Ferozshah Road on February 15. Time: 6.30 pm.
Entry is free.


Sculpting love
Driven by relentless passion for art, Saroj Jain has come up with the latest series of sculptures Joy of Life. Sculptures are an expression of feeling, content and embodiment and Saroj's latest works have emotions of joy and love which infuse life in the inanimate metal. Venue:  Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House till February 25. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Travelling exhibition
As a curtain raiser for the ASEAN Delhi Dialogue 2013, a travelling exhibition of contemporary artists of Myanmar will come to the City. Organised by the Calcutta Arts Club, the exhibition will have paintings by contemporary artists – Aung Myint, Maung Aw-K Kyaw, Than Kyaw and Zaw Win Pe. Venue: All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Rafi Marg from February 19 to 24.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Ritualistic paintings
Highlighting the most prominent tribal arts of India, ‘Aadi Chitra’, an art exhibition will be organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India. It will contain Gond paintings by artists from Madhya Pradesh, Pithora from Gujarat, Saura from Orissa and Warli from Maharastra. Venue: Sriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, Mandi House from February 16 to 24. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

 Miniature work
A group of artists will present their miniature works - both in paintings and sculptures. Taking up the challenge to try and work on the miniature format without losing out on the nuances of this art, the show will include some of the best known names of Indian contemporary art including A Ramachandran, Satish Gujral and Neeraj Goswami among others. Venue: Gallerie Ganesha, GK II till February 28. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Bamboo masks
As a part of the Horizon series, ICCR will present an exhibition of traditional bamboo masks by Assam artisans. Made from terracotta, bamboo, wood, pith and metals, these masks represent the local gods and goddesses and characters from the Mahabharat. Venue: Azad Bhavan, IP Estate from February 16 to 20. Time: 11 am to 6 pm. Entry is free.

Cinema installations
Inspired by the world of travelling cinema, Amit Madheshiya and Shirley
Abraham are bringing an installation exhibition ‘Over the Rainbow’ which will feature Marathi cinema. The tent talkies by artists hawk an eclectic mix of films – regional language films, Bollywood blockbusters and even dubbed Hollywood flicks as they travel across the rural landscape. Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan, KG Marg from February 15 to 25. Time: 6.00 pm on opening day, 10 am to 7 pm.

Art for people
Taking art out of galleries, Floodlight Foundation is bringing large scale art installations into the public sphere in order to create awareness and appreciation among masses who do not always visit galleries and museums. As a part of the Publica Art Festival, the installations can be seen at DLF Promenade, IHC, Dilli Haat, the Great India Place Mall, Noida; the MGF Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon and Olive Bar and Kitchen Restaurant, Mehrauli till March 1.


Classical fest
In the memory of Sitar maestro, late Pt Ravi Shankar, Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival will be organised in the City. Well-known artists like Manjiri Ansari, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Manjusha Patil, Ustad Rashid Khan, Kaushiki Desikan and Pt Jasraj are among those invited to perform. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, February 21 to 24. Time: 8.30 pm. Entry by invitation only. For further information contact 23386428 / 29.

Japanese folk songs
This week Delhiites will get an opportunity to enjoy traditional Japanese music. Thanks to Japan Foundation which is organising ‘Soul of Japan’, a musical programme of folk songs, dances and recitals by four masters including Baisho Matsumoto. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on February 15. Time: 7.30 pm. Entry is free.

International ensemble
The Neel Murgai Ensemble from Brooklyn, New York is ready to give their first concert in the country by performing Raga Chamber-jazz. It combines sitar with guitar, tabla and violin. The raag and taal of Indian classical music is at the root of their sound but they mix it with jazz and create experimental music. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, February 20. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

DJ night
Dance lovers get a chance to groove as DJ Suketu is ready to hit the City with his new and popular remixes. Put on your dancing shoes to
enjoy those special remixes by India's most prominent DJ. Venue: Shroom Nightclub, Lado Sarai, February 16. Time: 8 pm. For reservations contact 8800777074


Tourism fair
‘Travel and Tourism Fair’, one of the leading and the largest travel trade shows has commenced in the City. It provides an opportunity to travel
organisations from around the world to showcase their products to a large cross section of travel trade visitors and consumers. Venue: Pragati Maidain, till February 16. Time: 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. The fair will be open for trade visitors only on February 14 and 15 and commence for general public on February 16.

Holistic living
Giving a chance to learn the ways of keeping body and mind healthy, the 10th edition of the ‘Life Positive Expo’ will be held this week. It will start with an introductory discourse by Brahma Kumaris. The three-day-long festival will have workshops. Exotic spiritual products like angel cards, tarot cards, vaastu and feng shui products will also be displayed. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road from January 15 to 17. Time: Feb 15 (9.00 am to 5.30 pm), Feb 16 (9.30 am to 8.15 pm) and Feb 17 (9.30 am to 6.00 pm)

Home designs
One of the most awaited stylish design shows of the country ‘India Design ID 2013’ is back. The three-day-long event will focus on home designs and decorations where high end brands and designers will present their collections. Venue: NSIC Grounds, Okhla from February 15 to 17. Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm (business hours) and 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm (visitor hours).


South Indian hit
A popular Malayalam film, Nayagan (Nayakan) written and directed by Mani Ratnam is back. The film is based on the real-life story of Mumbai’s underworld don Varada aka Varadarajan Mudaliar and depicts the struggle of South Indians living in Bombay. Kamal Haasan's performance as Velu Naiker earned him a National Film Award for Best Actor and in 2005, the Time included Nayagan in its list of ‘All-Time 100 Best Films’. Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Estate on February 20. Time: 6:30 pm.

Award winner
The film that has won 13 awards world-wide and also the National Award by the President of India Riding Solo to the Top of the World will be screened by Dirt Track Production. The film is about a solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world, the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on February 19. Time: 7.30 pm. Entry is free.
Spanish treat Instituto Cervantes screens Solas (Alone). Directed by Benito Zambrano, Alone is Maria’s story, about how she leaves home in search of work but ends up pregnant and abandoned after her boyfriend leaves her. But her neighbor and a stray soon turn pals of Maria and the three then begin to come out of their shells to try to give each other the strength to start over. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, CP on February 17. Time: 4.30 pm. Entry is free.

Gala Time

Troika set to enthral students

Troika– the annual technical fest of the IEEE student branch of Delhi Technological University (DTU), formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering (DCE),  is all set to enthrall everyone from February 18 to 21.

With 17 creatively conceptualised and technologically exhausting events like paper presentation, designing, software or hardware design, robotics, quizzing, the four-day fest, now in its 26th year, has something for everyone. In the spirit of innovation, this year, two new events ‘Energize’ and ‘Inspironature’ have been added to the gala. They are for those who dream to make it big in the field of

‘Bulls and Bears’, an online virtual stock marketing event, which aims to test the marketing skills of participants, is one of the most sought after competitions at the fest. About 1800 students from 12 nations are expected to take part in this contest.
Among other online events of  ‘Troika’ are ‘Mist’ – the online treasure hunt which is one of the most eagerly awaited by the students from all over India. During the previous editions of the fest, ‘Mist’, in its very first week, has managed to captivate
the attention of 2500 participants from over 26 countries.