Metrolife in the city

Metrolife in the city

DRAMA

Three-act play

Thespianics presents 1757 – When the Gods Frowned, a three-act play in English based on the life and times of the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ul-Daulah.  Thestory is set in 1756, a tumultuous time in India’s history – the Mughal Empire is on the decline and its various vassals are beginning to break free. The Europeans are beginning to flex their muscles. The old Nawab of Bengal dies, after anointing his young grandson, Siraj-ud-daulah as the next Nawab. The young prince is confronted with the problem of rising British ambitions. The play is written by Vijay Kumar and directed by Arun Singh. Venue:  Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon, March 15. Time: 6:30 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue before the show.

Old charm

SRC Repertory presents Manoj Mitra’s Bagia Banchharam Ki, an evergreen Hindi Comedy Play. Banchharam is an old farmer. He has devoted all his youth in tending to a garden. He is now grown old but his love and affection for the garden has not decreased. So he remains cautious about the safety of the garden. Land owner of the village Chhekori, has in the meanwhile, waiting for the garden to become his property. But now he has now turned into a ghost, intent of getting what he thinks belongs to him.

Directed by Bahar-ul Islam, the play was first staged in 2009. Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, March 16 and 17. Time: 6:30 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue before the show.

Musical show

In aid of HelpAge India, Hindustani play Badshah Rangeela will be screened. The play celebrat­es Delhi’s 100 years as the capital. It is a historical musical on the life and times of Mohammed Shah, the last Mughal Emperor to occupy the Peacock Throne. The cast includes Astha Dixit, Teekam Joshi, Swadesh Mahan, Umesh Srivastava.
Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, March 15.

Time: 7 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue before the show.

MUSIC

Classical treat

India World Cultural Forum (IWCF) is organising fourth ‘Annual Sangeet Nritya Utsav 2013’. The event will have a sitar recital by Neeraj Prem, disciple of Ustad Shujaat Khan and ghazal concert by Sonroopa Vishal, disciple of Sanjay Bhattacharya and Ustad Akram Khan. It will be followed by sufi music by Rashmi Agarwal, disciple of Savita Devi and Shanti Hiranand. Venue: Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, March 17 and 18.
Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

Vocal recital

For classical music lovers come a Hindustani vocal recital by Parag Choudhari from Aurangabad, disciple of Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan and Pt Prabhakar Karekar. Venue: Lecture Room – 2, Annexe Building, India International Centre (IIC), March 15. Time: 6: 30 pm. Entry is free.

Santoor concert

Artists from Bhendi Bazar gharana will perform in the memory of Ustad Aman Ali Khan Sahib. The second day of the event ‘SaMaPa Samwad’ will feature santoor legends Pt Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori. On tabla will be Ustad Akram Khan. Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, March 15. Time: 6.45 pm. Entry is free.

Jazz comes back

ICCR presents third ‘Delhi International Jazz Festival’ with 12 bands from 10 countries spanning Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. The festival attempts to bring together Jazz from different countries on one platform.
Venue: Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, from March 15 to 17. Time: 6:30 pm.
Entry is free.

Sufi magic

Rabbi Shergill is set to enthral music lovers with his live performance. Rabbi, whose euphoric voice effortlessly blends in sufi and rock, is well-known for his eponymous debut album and the chart-topper song Bulla ki Jaana and the recent Challa. His music has been inspired by rock as well as sufi and Punjabi folk music and includes Western arrangements. Venue: Blue Frog, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli, March 15. Time: 10 pm. For bookings call 3080 0300 or 9953887818.

POT POURRI

Literature fest

Penguin’s Literature Festival, ‘Spring Fever’ is back with its fourth edition with a wide range of activities including readings, discussions, conversations, and other exciting activities.

The 10-day long event will host bestselling authors such as Vikram Seth, Ramachandra Guha, Mira Nair, Gulzar, Shobhaa De, Sudha Murthy, Ruskin Bond, Prakash Iyer, Ankit Fadia, Amit Mehra, Vikas Khanna, Restaurateur Monish Gujral, Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh. Venue: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, March 15 to 24. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Poetry wise

Rajasthani Academy presents Kavayitri Sammelan. Participating poetess include Uma Malviya, Nisha Bhargava, Pravesh Dhawan, Neelam Anand, Sunita Bansal, Alka Maheshwari, Suman Maheshwari, Pratibha Singhal, Mamta Mishra, Shashi Lohia, Sushila lakhotia and Urvashi Saboo. Venue: India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, March 16. Time 7 pm. Entry is free.

Sugar Sammy live

Comedy Central presents comedian Samir Khullar, better known as Sugar Sammy, Live.  He is a Indo-Canadian comedian, actor, writer and producer from Montreal. His irreverent style is what sets his brand of unique wit apart. Venue: FICCI, Tansen Marg, March 16. Time: 7: 30 pm. Entry is by tickets available at the venue.

DANCE

Dancing lord

Different facets of Lord Shiva will be presented in Bharatanatyam style by Vaibhav Arekar, inaugurating the 15th National Festival of Creative Arts. Conceptualised by Impressario India, the festival will also have other dance pieces such as ‘Chaturmukhi’ in conventional Marga of Odishi Dance and ‘She: Tales of Ancient Goddesses’ in Kathak. Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road  from March 20 to 22. Time: 7 pm onwards. Entry is free.

FILMS

French billiards

As part of Women’s Space Series, 7 French billiards (Espacio femenino) will be screened with English subtitles. Gracia Querejeta’s film is about Angela and her young son Guille who travel to the big city to see Leo, her father and the boy’s grandfather, when he suddenly takes ill. However, they arrive to discover that he has passed away. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, March 17. Time: 4: 30 pm.

Reel life

French film The Married Couple of the Year II (Les Maries de L’an II) will be screened with English subtitles. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau in 1971, the film is about Nicolas Philibert who had to run away to America because he killed a too pushy admirer of his wife Charlotte. As kids, an old Gipsy lady predicted that Nicolas Philibert would face success in a new world, and his wife was told that she would have a prince, as her husband. In South Carolina, Nicolas became rich and met Margaret Davison, a rich heir whom he’s like to marry. Accused of bigamy while attempting to marry, he comes back to France to find Charlotte to divorce, but nothing happens the way he intended. Venue:  M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise,  Lodhi Estate, March 15. Time: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Entry is free.

ART

Songs of birds

An exhibition, ‘Song of the Birds’, featuring cabinets, candle stands and figurines in beautiful wood and metal. Venue:  Ishatvam, MG Road, Sultanpur, from March 16 to 24. Time: 11 am to 7: 30 pm. Entry is free.

Expanding horizons

A range of artists such as Inderjeet Grover, Richa Sharma, Jyotika Chhabra, Mukesh Singh, Anil Roy, Rashmi Singh and many other are participating in the third edition of ‘The Lexicon Art Show’. The paintings and sculptures on display are an amalgamation of vibrant, calm and cool artwork. Venue: Moments Mall, Kirti Nagar, till March 17. Time: 11 am to 9 pm. Entry is free.

India meets Russia

‘Where India meets Russia’ is an exhibition of paintings by Ludmilla Chakrabarty. Venue: Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ferozshah Road, till March 22. Time: 10 am to 6: 30 pm. Entry is free. Closed on weekends.

Multiple messages

A group show titled ‘Four Men Show’ brings the artwork by artists Binoy Varghese, Farhad Hussain, Jagadish Chinthala and Pratul Dash. Binoy’s work depict messages that transform into a certain approach to look at people who are living on the streets and are deprived. Jaga­d­i­sh’s work can be described as painted sculptures, instead of painting on a canvas. Venue: Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, Saket, till March 31. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry
is free.

Folk art

MATI India presents ‘Moving the Centre’, a fund raising show focusing on folk art of India. The show is curated by Siddhartha Tagore and Rahul Bhatta­c­h­arya which will feature some of the best of contemporary folk and tribal art of India comprising master artists like Jangarh Singh Shyam, Kaushal Prasad and Jaidev Baghel, along with some emerging names. The exhibition will bring together contemporary painting traditions from Saura, Gond, Warli, and large scale stunning sculptures from Bastar.  The narrative scroll painting tradition will be showcased through Pichwais, Pata Chitras, Raghurajpur, Santhal and Bengal scrolls along with masks from Bastar, Bengal, and the Bodo region.

Venue: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, till March 18. Time: 11 am to 8 pm.

Entry is free.

Thoughts in colours

‘Hues’, a solo art exhibition by Lalit Jain is inspired by various shades of life. As an artist, he has experienced vast spectrum across board and that has found an expression in all of his paintings. Each painting is a different hue, a different shade of a thought and colour. Venue: Ravindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi, till March 16. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

Boxes galore

‘Boxes Galore’ presents a wide range of attractive boxes in different hues, prints, shapes, sizes and styles – perfect for any reason or season that calls for an expression of cheer – through elegance or sheer joy of the moment. Venue: Art Papyrus,  N Block Market, GK-1, till March 17. Time: 11 am to 6 pm. Entry is free.

Benaras on canvas

Artists from across various disciplines have shared an enduring love with the city of Benaras, enticing and alluring for both its old-world charm and its inherent spirit of celebrating life and death with equal rigour. It’s this same fascination which reflects in Delhi-based artist Rita Jhunjhunwala’s new series of paintings titled Benaras.com. Including nearly 30 paintings in acrylic and gold foil on canvas and paper both, the show curated by Archana Bahl Sapra is an all- embracing journey into Benaras’ multi-hued landscapes, mighty and mystical Ganges, ethereal ghats, ancient architecture and much more.
Venue: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, from March 20 till 24. Time: 10 am to 8 pm.
Entry is free.

Uninterrupted speech

Shibu Natesan is back to India after a gap of eight years with a show ‘Uninterrupted Speech’. Natesan, who did his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, and his MA in Printmaking from MS University, Baroda, was one of the pioneers who brought back realism to the art scene in India in the 1990s. The collection of paintings at this exhibition is part of an ongoing ‘inner talk’ that the artist has with himself and his surroundings. Venue: Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, from March 16 till April 30. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.

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