in the city

in the city

in the city


Elegant moves

Mohiniyattam by Neena Prasad, Bharatnatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan and Kathak by Asavari will be rendered as part of Swati Tirunal Festival.

Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 29.
Time: 7 pm. 

Odissi tribute

Danseuse Geetanjali Acharya will pay a homage to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra through an Odissi recital along with her disciples.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on May 24.
Time: 7.30 pm.


Poetic gathering

An evening of mushaira by eminent artists of national repute like Dr Rahat Indori, Ashok Srivastva, Dr Kaleem Kesar, to name a few. The programme has been organised in collaboration with Global Cultural Foundation.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on May 30.
Time: 7.30 pm

Classical notes

Swati Tirunal Festival will have a Carnatic flute recital by G Raghuraman. This will be followed by a Carnatic vocal recital by Utsav Musics and a Hindustani vocal recital by Anita Dey. The programe is presented in collaboration with International Academy of Mohiniyattam.

Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 28.
Time: 7 pm.

Bollywood soloist

For those who love the newly released song Dilli Waali Girlfriend from Ye Jawani Hai Diwani, they can hear it live from the singer, Arijit Singh who will be in the Capital to belt out some of his popular chartbusters from Aashiqui 2 and other films. His first live performance in the Capital is a part of Rest-In-Music Tour organised by Avighna Hospitality.

Venue: Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen, Gurgaon on May 25.
Time: 9 pm onwards.

For reservations contact: 8800294020.

Reminiscing Tagore

A musical evening, Ebar Phirao More (Call Of The Roots) will present a saga of Tagore’s lifelong quest to be part of the grassroots. It will be presented by Dr Ashish and Ruma Ghosh in collaboration with Impresario India.

Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 26.
Time: 7pm.


Engaging satire

Cineaste presents Hawalaat, penned by popular playwright Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena. The story unfolds with the meeting of three youngsters and a policeman on a chilly winter night and proceeds as an interrogation which reveals how everyone has made a mockery of system and principles which are in place for our own good.

Venue: Shri Ram Centre on May 24.
Time: 7pm.

For tickets contact: 9873879298, 7840846990.

Humour now & then

Get ready to witness an English comedy, Ticket To Heaven. Set in a Mumbai suburb on a stormy night, the play by Saleem Shah revolves around a chance meeting between a conman, Munna and a sex-starved wife, Sandra and her god-fearing husband, Ronnie. In their quest for love, sex, lust and faith, the threesome reach the gates of heaven. Find out what happens next, in this hilarious farce. Suitable for 16 years and above.

Venue: Alliance Française on May 25.
Time: 7.30 pm.

Tickets available on and through tele-booking on 0-9368008012.

Strange family

Yatharth Art & Cultural Society presents a hilarious slapstick comedy, Speak Truth which involves a family who believe in outdoing each other with humour at every possible instance. There is Shabrati, the servant who lies throughout the play but handles different situations with cheesy one-liners. A scientist who has given every day of his research in making a pill which makes people say the truth unwillingly. His nagging wife creates a ruckus out of every small issue. Their son - a wannabe cricketer, wants to open a stadium in the heart of the city and last but not the least, a daughter who informs her college that her father has passed away, so she can save on the fees! Aao sach bolen is a treat for any theatrewallah who wants to relish lies that family members tell each other on a daily basis.

Venue: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre on May 26.
Time: 7:30 pm.

Tickets available online at

Heavenly war

Pramila Le Hunte premieres her new play, The Wolf and the North Wind: A Contest in the Sky. The plot narrates the political fantasy of today’s world where dictators rise and people must storm streets to overcome them. Moral truth is their only weapon.

Venue: Stein Auditorium, IHC on May 24 and 25.
Time: 7 pm.

Stand-up act

Get set to watch the popular stand-up comedy play Bhelpoori by Rocky S. The play is an ideal recipe for laughter and fun since it is a satire on love, sex, politics, society, relationships, Bollywood, television and almost everything under the Sun! So, fasten your seat belts and let Saleem Shah take you on a roller coaster ride.

Venue: Alliance Française on May 26.
Time: 7 pm.

Tickets available on line at and through tele-booking on 0-9368008012.


Mixed media

A group show ‘6by6’ showcases compositions of six artists narrating different visual stories from diverse regions of India. Curated by Nilesh Shidhpura, the exhibition displays works of Aishwarya Sultania’s, Arvind Patel, Basant Bhargav, Rajendra Patil, Sharda Patel and Nilesh Shidhpura, who explore varied subjects through different mediums.

Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi till May 28.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

New talent

‘Panorama 2’, a group exhibition featuring more than 12 upcoming artists is curated by Priyanka Banerjee. The curator believes that just like a panorama represents an entire world view of a place, this exhibition is a world view of the thoughts of its many diverse yet like-minded artists. The works speak through colours - some muted and some vibrant, and together they come together to create a transcendental experience for the art lover. The theme of feminism is also significant to the exhibition. It includes works of Prince Chand, Naseem Khan, Malvika Jain, Uma Vardhan, Meghna Agarwal, Ankita Ahlawat and Pubali Dutta among others.

Venue: Open Palm Court Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre from May 26-31.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Girly tale

Arushi Arts presents ‘Untold Stories’, an exhibition of paintings by artist Ravi Kattakuri. His art subject is human figures - especially the feminine form, and it has been an important and recurring motif in his works. A young girl playing, resting or affectionately embracing animals in a verdant landscape is one of his most enduring and beautiful images.

Venue: The Gallery in MG Mall, near Sultanpur Metro Station till June 30.
Time: 11 am - 6.30 pm.


Snake tale

As a part of its silver jubilee celebrations, the IGNCA presents a monthly series of documentary screenings. This week’s screening Nagamandala by Shiv Prasad celebrates the Nagamandala in which 64 types of Naga ancestors are appeased with panda, placed on a rangoli, squared upon a yantra, to ward off evil.

Venue: Media Centre Auditorium, IGNCA on May 24.
Time: 6 pm.

Tribal issues

A documentary, At The Crossroads (Oria, Telugu, Kui with English subtitles) by Deba Ranjan will narrate the tale of The Nehruvian era which made ordinary people – mostly adivasis and dalits – lose their lands, forests and streams in the name of ‘national development’. That development never reached them. Not only did they remain deprived of basic health care and education as before but were also deprived of safe drinking water even though the area surrounded was by reservoirs and dams. The 90 min film tries to explore the predicament, dilemma and confusion of the locals, especially adivasis and dalits in this war zone.

Venue: India Habitat Centre on May 30.
Time: 7 pm.

Overcoming fear

Le Chiavi Di Casa (The keys to the house), an Italian film with English subtitles tells the story of Gianni, father of a 15-year old disabled son Paolo, whom he had abandoned at birth when his mother had died. Gianni is now required to take the boy for treatment to a clinic in Berlin. At first, he is reluctant but the experience gradually changes him and he learns to overcome his fears and prejudices. The 105-minute film is directed by Gianni Amelio and stars Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling and Andrea Rossi.

Venue: Italian Embassy Cultural Institute, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri.
Time: 2 pm on May 25.

Entry is free.


Comic gig

Cheese Monkey Mafia presents ‘Mandavandalism’ with ace stand up comedian Raghav Mandava. In a world, where so much is going wrong, there are some people who have taken it up upon themselves to try and get a few laughs out of it. Raghav attempts the same in English.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on May 25.
Time: 7.30 pm.


An ‘Ecology and Society’ workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines to discuss the burning issues of environment at present. They will try to search answers to questions: Has the ‘social construction of the environment’ or the ideas of inventing nature gone too far? Has nature disappeared and merely become a cultural artifact? Conversely are biologically informed ideas of changing ecosystems able to take adequate account of differing, contested human views of and interests in nature?

Venue: Seminar Room, Teen Murti House on May 24.
Time: 9 am onwards.