In the city

India captured

The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is hosting ‘Eyes that Capture’ - a group photography exhibition of Hungarian and Czech photographers living in Delhi. The collection reflects their travels through India, Bhutan and Africa, capturing landscapes, religious rituals and the everyday life of people going about their business.

Venue: Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Janpath till May 3. Time: 10 am to 4 pm.

Mayan mysteries

The embassy of the Republic of Guatemala is presenting a photo exhibition ‘A view at the Mayan civilization.’ The Mayan civilization inhabited the large region known as Mesoamerica (territories of Guatemala, Belice, Honduras and El Salvador, and five states in southeastern Mexico) over 5,000 years. View their history as reflected in the ruins. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman Road till May 3. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Travel memoirs

Artfoto 2013 presents ‘Carpe Diem’ - photography exhibition by travel photographer Ishaan Suri and curator Sakshi Mahajan. These include 45 new works of his sojourns around the world. View heritage buildings, lush green fields, forests, ports and much more. Venue: A 10/6 , Vasant Vihar, New Delhi till May 31. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.


Carnatic vocalist

Gifted with a melodious voice, Vidya Harikrishna is an accomplished concert vocalist with an extensive performance career in India and abroad. This weekend she will be performing in the City.  Disciple of T.R. Balamani and Smt Alamelu Mani, Vidya is high graded artiste of All India Radio and has recorded music for television channels for classical programmes. Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, May 3. Time: 6.30 pm. Entry is free.

Aesthetic balance

Trained under late Pandit Kumar Prasad Mukherjee and Ustad Shafi Ahmed Khan, Pandit Geetesh Mishra will perform in the City. Having an intensive taalim in Hindustan vocal music, Geetesh strikes an aesthetic balance in his recitals. The Agra gharana training that he received from Mukherjee and Khan helped him get beyond the tenets of the Banaras gharana he had received from his father. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, May 7. Time: 7.30 pm. Entry is free.

Musical homage

The students of Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar will give a musical homage to their Dada Guru Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar. The musical evening will have a veena recital by Zahid Khan, son and disciple of Ustad Shamshuddin Faridi Desai of the Indore Binkar tradition. He will be accompanied by Pt. Mohan Shyam Sharma on Pakhawaj. It will be followed by Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar’s performance.
Venue: India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, May 7. Time: 6.30 pm. Entry is free.

Choral group

The Capital City Minstrels (CCM), a choral group will give a musical treat to Delhiites by singing most loved songs of the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music composed by legendary musicians Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Rutter. CCM, interestingly, comprises of people from all walks of life and different age groups. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, May 8. Time: 7 pm. Entry is free.


International performer

As a part of the World Dance Day celebration, Nikolina Nikoleski, a trained contemporary and Bharatanatyam exponent will present a solo show. Winner of many prestigious scholarships from Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Folkwang Hochschule Essen, Germany, Nikolina, is presently a dance professor at the French Embassy School. Venue: Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, May 3. Time: 6.30 pm

Kuchipudi bewitches

Celebrating its 27th anniversary, the students of Natya Tarangini will give a Kuchipudi performance. The institute was started by Padmabhushan Raja Radha Reddy with aim of promoting Kuchipudi dance and over the years it has trained thousands of dance lovers in Delhi, Gurgaon and Hyderabad.
Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House, May 5.
Time: 6.30 pm. Entry is free.

Solo act

Pravash Kumar Mohant of the Patitapawan Kala Niketan will give an Odissi recital. An exponent of Odissi, Gotipua and folk dance, Kumar Mohant has performed, conducted and participated in innumerable music and dance festival all over the country and abroad. Some of his important dance recitals, both Odissi and folk, were telecasted on Doordarshan.

Venue: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, May 9.
Time: 6.30 pm. Entry is free.

Bharatanatyam recital

Disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rashika Ojha will give a recital of Bharatanatyam in an event called 'Parampara'. Rashika is dancer, choreographer and a trainer in the classical dance form. Besides this, the evening will include performances by other disciples of Saroja and Kala Sammridhi for Arts and Culture.
Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon. Time: 6.30 pm.
Entry is free.


Art mart

The second edition of United Art Fair, slated to begin September 14, is showcasing a preview. Its curatorial team, comprising names like Peter Nagy, Dr Alka Pande, Ram Rahman etc., has put together a range of diverse art works by the most promising artists in India today. The exhibit ‘Media flourishes’ gives only the slightest hint of things to come at UAF 2013. Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan till May 4. Time: 10 am to 7 pm.

Nepal special

Here’s a unique opportunity to view art from Nepal. A new exhibit ‘Chanting icons’ displays the works of five leading artists from the country - Shashi Bikram Shah, Kiran Manandhar, Uma Shankar Shah, Dr Seema Sharma Shah and Bhairaj Maharjan. These largely portray different icons of Buddhism and landscapes of Nepal.
Venue: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre from May 4 to 6. Time: 10 am to 8 pm.

Inspired by Europe

In her debut solo show in India, New York-based artist Samanta Batra Mehta showcases some antique objects that were used in Renaissance Europe. These comprise historic books, original maps from the 1800s and vintage prints and objects. Titled ‘The other side of time,’ the exhibit is inspired by a European installation ‘Cabinets of Curiosities.’ Venue: Shrine Empire Gallery, 7, Friends Colony (West) till May 18.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Mumbai calling

German artist Mario Pfeifer is holding his first solo exhibition of video art in India. Titled ‘A formal film in nine episodes, Prologue & Epilogue (2010),’ it depicts various locations in Greater Mumbai - Crawford Market, Chembur, Versova, Belapur etc. Venue: Khoj Studios, Khirkee Extension till May 24. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Little artists

See the world through the eyes of impoverished children. A group of little artists from the underprivileged section of our society has come up with an exhibition called ‘We too exist.’ It comprises depictions from their place of residence and daily lives.
Venue: Arpana Art Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts & Literature, Sirifort Institutional Area till May 5. Time: 11 am to 6 pm.


Comedy time

Indu Art Theatre & Film Society (Regd) presents Ulti Khopdi - a hindi play about a 60-year-old scientist Dr Bhatt. Dr Bhatt remains busy with his experiments as usual but one day he invents a truth speaking medicine. He dreams of becoming a millionaire by selling this formula to prime investigation agencies, but the comedy begins when his wife consumes the same. Out come funny and ugly truths which create absolutely rip-roaring situations. Written and directed by Yasin Khan. Venue: ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise De Delhi, Lodhi Estate on
 May 5. Time: 7.15 pm.

Stage fest

The Mitr theatre festival is back with its second edition. The fest, aiming to make theatre popular among the masses, includes a range of diverse plays including classics, comedies, social dramas etc. Thespian Anil Sharma has directed all of them. The schedule is as follows:
* May 3 : Jaati Hi Pucho Sadhu Ki --- Vijay Tendulkar
* May 4 : Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya O Jamiya Nai --- Dr Asghar Wajahat
* May 5: Tajmahal Ka Tender --- Ajay Shukla
Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, Mandi House. Time: 7 pm.

Arabian tales

Relive Alibaba Chaalis Chor with Literacy India and director Diwakar Kumar. It is an adaptation of the Arabian classic in which Ali – a young woodcutter discovers the den of 40 terrorising dacoits. He learns the magical spell and is able to open it and recover all the treasures. But trouble begins when his brother Quasim also does the same and is trapped and killed. It is a perfect theatrical for kids. Venue: Epicentre, Sec-44, Gurgaon on May 5. Time: 6.30pm.

Family drama

Behroopiya Entertainers presents Run for your wife – a hilarious English play about a middle class taxi driver - Parminder Singh Bedi - who has two wives - Manpreet Bedi and Babita Bedi. He craftily makes sure that neither get to know each other, but once Parminder gets caught in a police case and the neighbours also get involved, the wives become difficult to fool any longer. Written by Ray Cooney and directed by Mrinal Dhar.
Venue: FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg on May 4 and 5. Time: 5 pm and
7.30 pm.

Chekhov retold

Bhaav Arts of Expression presents Chekhov in India - two back to back one-act comedy plays of Anton Chekhov adapted in Hindi. The proposal, based on Chekhov’s ‘A marriage proposal,’ has a man in love with his neighbour but ending up fighting with her over issues like pets and dirt all the time. The second play Golden jubilee, is based on The Festivities. A bank clerk is trying to finish a special report on the bank’s 50th anniversary, but the noise prevalent in the bank is deterring him from doing so. Adapted and directed by Viral Arya. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road on May 4 and 5. Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

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