In the City

Odissi recital

Noted Odissi dancer Jyoti Shrivastava along with her disciples Rahul, Isha, Varsha, Suchira, Deepshikha, Ranjeeta will perform an Odissi recital this week. The Odissi exponent has done in-depth research and training on the style and compositions of Guru Deb Prasad Das in her capacity. The event will include Gotipua dance performance by Abhinaya Sunder Nrutya Parishad and Kathak by Kamalini and Nalini.
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, April 9. Time: 7 pm.
Entry is free.

English play

Begum Jaan, an English play, directed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar and written by Javed Siddiqui revolves around the interpersonal relationship between the extremely witty and old lady Begum Jaan, her grand-daughter Zarina and Sanjay Pande, a journalist who comes into their lives. The remarkable portrayal of both, humour and pathos in the script are the highlights of the play. It is being presented by the Aravali Centre for Art and Culture and IREO. Venue: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gugaon, April 6. Time: 4 pm and 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue. For details, call 9811068633, 9811154906, 9810085377.

Rib-tickling act

Ghalib in New Delhi is a Hindi comedy play based on Mirza Ghalib’s re-birth in 21st century India. It revolves around the trials and tribulations of an old timer like Ghalib in a new-fangled metropolis and brash capital. Written and directed by Dr M Sayeed Alam is a rib-tickling comedy posing some serious questions about the stagnating moral codes.  Venue: Fraser Suites, Mayur Vihar Phase I, April 6. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue and

Three lives

A young pregnant woman crosses over to India in search of her husband, whom she never reunites with. She is blessed with a daughter, who is never given an access to her past and her heritage. She grows up with a longing to connect with her roots. When she has a son, the grandmother shares stories of the land they come from, Tibet. In a strange turn of events, the son decides to fight for Tibet’s freedom. These three unique individuals who are bound together by birth and their longing to go back  home will narrate their story in So Many Socks,  an English play directed by Annie Zaidi. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, April 6 and 7. Time: 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Adaptation from history

A poetic rendition of a conversation between king Yudhisthira and the great warrior Bheeshama will be brought alive on stage in the play Arjun Ka Beta, directed by Atul Satya Koushik, subtly shows the various philosophies of a chakravyuh which hold good for the lives of all of us. The play is by the Films and Theatre Society.
Venue: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, April 6.
Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Hinglish comedy

Based on the short story written by Charles Emry,  the play A Private Affair revolves around a missing skirt, empty liquor bottles, a bewildered army captain and a confused psychiatrist, who are all present in a five-star hotel suite. The Hinglish comedy is written and directed by Dr M Sayeed Alam.
Venue: Fraser Suites, Mayur Vihar Phase I, April 7. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue and

Kashmiri tradition

As a part Silver Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), a three-day festival on Bhand Pather, an age-old traditional Natya-Prayoga (dance-drama) of Kashmir, will be presented. The event will focus on the present state-of-affairs of the Bhand Pather the existence of which is facing a threat due to various socio-political and economic factors. The programme is being organised in collaboration with M K Raina, who will direct these performances. Venue: IGNCA, Janpath, April 5 to 7. Time: 6.30 pm.
Entry is free.

Group show
‘Jashn’ is a group exhibition by artists who will showcase their work in the form of photography and paintings. The art work is based on a play of colours, moods and emotions and has captured rare expressions and people. The event is being
organised by Kaavya. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, April 6 and 7. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Highlighting suffering
Bhavna Kakar presents a solo show by Baroda-based artist Alok Bal titled ‘Ember’. The exhibition includes nearly 45 works on canvas, paper, wood, glass, cloth, plastic, medicine wrappers and pipes. Bal’s paintings highlight human suffering caused by the corrupt socio-political system. Venue:
Latitude 28, Lado Sarai, from April 10 till May 20. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Colours of life
Seventeen artists of the professional artists group ‘Art Melange’ will showcase their paintings in an
exhibition titled ‘Creator to Creativity II’. The works on display bring out the perception and introspection of life. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road,  April 10. Time: 7 pm.

International artists
Alexandr Onishenko, a renowned artist from Prague; and Shaila, a photographer from London will present their art and photography exhibition. Alexandr has received the Masaryk Academy of Sciences Award and the Franz Kafka Medal in 1988, whereas Shaila has worked with a prominent graphic design company in UK. Venue: The Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Avenue, from April 5 till  14. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Remembering Gandhi
In 2009, some of India’s most well-known contemporary artists travelled the same route that Mahatma Gandhi took in 1930 for the Dandi March. Their motive was to better understand Gandhi’s role in contemporary Indian history and the future of India’s cultural and social fabric. The artwork presented have been specially created for this exhibition titled as ‘Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi’.
Venue: Ojas Art Gallery, IAQ Qutab Minar, till May 29. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Ghazal night
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, who rose to fame with Chitthi Aayee Hai song, will give a performance in a live-in-concert ‘Jazbaa’ this week. He has sung for numerous films and has recorded many albums since then. Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, April 5. Time: 6.30 pm. Tickets available at the
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Mystical ride
Percussionist from the popular band, Indian Ocean will perform for Delhiites. Tuheen Chakravarty, through his music will spread the magic of Sufi music and will take you on a mystical ride. Tuheen will perform at the ‘Mystical Sufi Night’ organised by Zerzura. Venue: Zerzura, Qutab Hotel, Katwariya Sarai, April 5. Time: 9 pm. For reservation contact 8130466334, 9654101501.

Lyrical treat
Poems written by saint Kabir will be brought alive on the stage by acclaimed Rajasthani folk singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali. His performance will include popular tracks like Chadariya bheeni re, Apne Ram ko manaaoon, Aisa des hamar, Balam aao hamare des, Bura jo khojan mein gayee to name a few. The event is being organised by Aravali Centre for Art and Culture. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgoan, April 7. Time: 7.30 pm. Entry is free.

Hungarian concert
A concert by the world-famous Kodaly String Quartet accompanied by Marouan Benabdallah on the piano will be organised by the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in cooperation with the India Habitat Centre. After performing all over the globe, the musicians are ready to leave Delhiites spellbound. Venue: Epicentre, sector 44, Gurgaon, April 9 and 10.
Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

Songs from Bihar
Delhiites will get a treat of Chaiti and Fagua folk songs from Bihar as Indian Habitat Centre is organising Chiatra festival. Artistes like Subhash Chandra Mondol (vocal and harmonium), Indradev Yadav (vocal), Santosh Kumar Toofani (vocal and harmonium), Vijay Mondol (naal and jhunjhuna), Rudra Narayan Kumar (tabla), Kamakhya Narayan (naal) will give a soulful performance. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, April 11.
Time: 7 pm.

Pop band
Music lovers in the City are in for a rocking treat as one of the most commercially successful and influential rock music groups JAL from Pakistan is all set to enthrall their fans. The renowned band will mesmerise their fans with the launch of their latest album Pyaas. Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket, April 5. Time: 9 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Social issue
Over two decades of violence in Kashmir has left the valley devastated. Women have lost husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. Children grow up in an environment of deep depression and young men do not see any future for themselves. The Textures of Loss is a documentary film that highlights the agony of people in Kashmir. Directed by Pankaj Butalia, the 61-minute film revolves around the emotions of the people living in wounded Kashmir.
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, April 5.
Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.

Venezuelan film
As a part of the Venezuelan Film Series, Cheila, a house pa´Maita will be screened this weekend. Cheila returns from Canada to spend Christmas with his family and shares his dream of changing his sexuality and be a woman. However, Maita (Cheila’s mother), his grandmother and brother do not encourage him.
Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Place, April 7. Time: 4:30 pm.

Heritage walk
Do you wish to explore the link between great Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti and Delhi’s most famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya and hear some mesmerising qawwalis sitting at the Dargah of Bakhtiyar Kaki? DelhiByFoot is ready to take you on a heritage walk where you can photograph Delhi’s oldest villages and bazars and also hear the tales of the ultimate ruins of the Mughals. Venue: Mehrauli DTC Bus Terminal, April 6. Time: 4.30 pm to 7 pm. For further information contact Asif Khan Dehlvi on 9818278665 or mail your queries on

Travellers’ guide
With hectic jobs working out a work-life balance has become difficult. While we all love to travel, most often we think that travelling can only be done if one has ample time and extensive planning. On the contrary, the best trips can be planned on a short notice and doesn’t require exhaustive planning. Join Mridula Dwivedi, a working professional, a mother and an avid traveller will explains how to plan great trips and balance it with
regular life. Venue: Travelhood Cafe, Gurgaon, April 5.
Time: 7 pm.

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