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Bollywood special

Celebrated Bollywood playback singer Benny Dayal is set to perform live in the Capital. He will render his latest chartbusters Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), The Disco Song (Student of the Year), Tujhpe Fida (Heroine), Daaru Desi (Cocktail), Aadat Se Majboor (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl) and lots more. Watch out for this performance. Venue: Striker Pub & Kitchen, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj on May 17. Entry charge: Rs 1000 per person. Time: 8 pm. 
Pure instrumental

As part of its Horizon series, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations is presenting Clarinet recital by Ustad Abdul Salam Naushad. He is best known for playing the rare and difficult western instrument in ‘Gayanki’ style with meed, gamak, jod, jhala, teen saptak tan, bada khyal etc. Venue: Azad Bhavan, IP Estate on May 17. Time: 7 pm.
Semi-classical treat

The Surbhi Music Society is holding ‘Dhwani 2013.’ It includes bhajan and dadra rendition by renowned singer Amrita Dutta Mazumdar, Hindustani vocal recital by Pt Bholanath Mishra and  
Santoor recital by Rajkumar Majumder - disciple of Pt Bhajan Sopori. Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 18. Time: 7 pm.

Mellifluous tunes

The Rageshri Classical Music festival is back. This time, the two-day fest features Hindustani vocal recitalist Shahbaaz Hussain Khan - disciple of Ustad Sarfaraz Hussain Khan, Sitar recital by Pt Lalit Kumar - disciple of Ustad Haryson, Hindustani Vocal recital by Krishna N - disciple of Ustad Haryson and a flute recital by Pt Rajendra Prasanna. It is sure to make for a melodious evening. Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 21 and 22. Time: 7 pm.

drama

Laugh riot

Indu Art Theatre and Film Society presents Hindi play Lo Baj Gaya Band. Sunder Lal lives alone with his servant Surma because his wife left him 20 years ago to live in her maternal home. That’s why Sunder Lal wishes to have a second marriage in which Pandit Champak Lal helps him. Pandit Champak Lal brings to him different kinds of marriage proposals, but in every proposal, middle-aged Sunder has to pass through different ordeals. Venue: Alliance Francaise De Delhi on May 19. Time: 7:15 pm.
Stand-up comedy

Enjoy Hinglish play Middle Class Tandoncies with stand-up comedian Amit Tandon. It is a show about growing up in a middle class Indian household: our obsession with saving money, giving unsolicited advice and a constant need to show off set us apart. Opening act by Jeeveshu Ahluwalia. An Old World Culture presentation. Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 22. Time: 7 pm.

Family drama

Disha Group presents a comedy play Hai Mera Dil. It is a story of a husband who through some misunderstanding is convinced that he is going to die soon of a serious heart ailment. The story takes a hilarious turn of events when he decides to plan a second marriage of his beloved wife but his noble intentions boomerang as his wife gets suspicious and takes his behaviour for infidelity. Written by Ranbir Singh and directed by Shraboni Saha. Venue: Banga Sankriti Kendra, Gole Market on May 18. Time: 6 pm.
Tribute to Checkov

Bela Theatre Karwaan presents its Hindi play Maskhare – an integration of Anton Chekhov’s The Drowned Man and The Swan song. Both the stories collaborate through episodes of clowns performing on stage. The clowns entertain the audience and people find solace in their acts and stunts. The audience, however, never gets to see the pain deep in their hearts. Concept and Direction by Amar Sah. 

Venue: KC OAT (Near Ganga Dhaba), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road on May 19. Time: 9 pm.

Photography

Peru love

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), under its Horizon Series, invites you to an exhibition of photographs ‘Peru and India, 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations- A photographic testimonial’. Venue: Azad Bhavan, IP Estate from May 17-22. Time: 11 am-6 pm.

Hairy affair

See an interesting photo exhibition ‘Something About Hair’ by Oriane Zerah, a French photographer. Oriane has travelled the world over to understand the importance of hair. In Hinduism, river Ganga flows out of lord Shiva’s hair. In Africa, women bead their hair so tightly that one could be mistaken to think they are born with it. Farther, in Islam, women are not allowed to show their hair. Venue: Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise from May 18 to June 1. Time: 11 am-7 pm.
Rejoicing railways

The Indian Railways, on entering its 160th year, is showcasing photos that chronicle the role of Indian Railways in socio-economic and political growth of India along with its impact. Venue: IGNCA, Janpath from May 23 to June 2. Time: 10:30 am-7 pm.

ART
Master stroke

Art Bull presents ‘The Museum collection IV’ – a showcase of rare, museum quality works by young artists along with the masters who provide upcoming artists with a wider audience. Participating artists include Anindita Bhattacharya, A Ramachandran, Abanindranath Tagore, Akbar Padamsee, Arpita Singh, B Prabha, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Chintamoni Kar, FN Souza and many more. Venue: Art Bull, Lado Sarai from May 10 to June 8. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Special paintings

Yes! We Can presents ‘Let Us Be Seen’ – an exhibition cum sale of paintings by the specially-abled. The exhibition aims at giving the specially-abled a route to vent their feelings, give them confidence as well as raise funds for them. Venue: Queen’s Gallery, British Council, Kasturba Gandhi Marg on May 18. Time: 12-5 pm.

Feminist work

Artist N Swarnalatha is showcasing her solo exhibition of paintings ‘Nirbhaya’. As the name suggests, Nirbhaya is dedicated to the December 16 gang rape victim and all those girls and women who fall victim to the society’s skewed mindset and lust. She has also depicted women from the lower strata of society who don’t get the benefit of education, medical services or equal pay. Venue: India Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court from May 19 to 24. Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Films

Short film fest

Shamiana - a dedicated short film club is showcasing the finest shorts from India and all over the world. These include Oscar 2013 winner Curfew, love story Humsdafar, winner of Best Film award at the Audience Choice - 48 Hour Film festival No boom switty and animation film Smoke seller. These will be screened with live acoustics. Venue: Blue Frog, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli at May 19. Time: 7 to 11 pm.
French fiesta

See iconic French film The Minister (L’Exercice de l’Etat). Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his staff for a bus has plunged into a ravine. He has to go, he has no choice. Thus begins the odyssey of a statesman in an increasingly complex and hostile atmosphere. Speed, power struggle, chaos, economic crisis- everything connects and hits. Director: Pierre Schoeller. English subtitles provided. Venue: Alliance Francaise on May 17. Time: 6:30 pm.

Spanish flick

The Spanish cultural centre is screening Óscar Pérez y Mia de Ribot directed film Hollywood talkies. With the advent of talkies in 1927, a group of young Spanish actors left for America to work in the Spanish versions of blockbusters with the hope of becoming stars. With the emergence of dubbing, that solution to reach all markets became expensive and most of them were forgotten, except artists like Imperio Argentina, who returned to Spain. This film rejoices his memories. English subtitles provided. Venue: Instituto Cervantes, CP on May 19. Time: 4:30 pm.

art

Kathak special

Jaishree Acharya - disciple of Pt Birju Maharaj – is set to deliver a stellar Kathak performance with her own students. Venue: Epicentre, Sec-44, Gurgaon on May 17. Time: 7:30 pm.
Mohiniattam magic

Sangeeetha – a well-known dancer from Bangalore – is going to render Kerala’s graceful dance Mohiniattam in Delhi. She is a disciple of Guru Hymavathyand and Smt Satyabhama. Venue: India International Centre on May 21. Time: 6:30 pm.
Ballet festival

As part of its annual Summer Ballet Festival, the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra is holding its popular dance-dramas Abhimanyu (May 17) and Shree Durga (May 18). Directed by Shobha Deepak Singh and choreographed by Shashidharan Nair, these ballets are known for beautifully retelling tales from the Hindu mythology with dazzling stage productions. 

Venue: Kamani auditorium. Passes available at Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg. Time: 7 to 8:30 pm. Contact: (011)43503333.
Odissi delight

Experience the beauty of Odissi with Sanchita Banerjee. The disciple of the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Sujata Mohapatra and Ranjana Gauhar is ready to give a master performance. Venue: India International Centre on May 17. Time: 6:30 pm.

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