In the city

In the city


Solitary reapers

A group exhibition, ‘A Gift of Solitude -2’ is being organised by Mirgna Arts. The show includes paintings, sculptures and pottery based on the theme of solitude. Everyone needs solitude at a point in their life. The artistes in their works display the joy that silence and solitude bring. They look for solitude and fill that space by painting the empty canvas with the images that form in their mind. Venue: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre till June 16. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Picasso’s influence

‘Art within Art’, a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Sarojini Sinha is inspired by the works of the great master, Picasso. Her multi-dimensional works range from the abstract to the realistic ones. Encouraged by the success and critical acclaim of her previous solo exhibitions, Sarojini, who has been trained under ace painter V Ramesh, is holding this eleventh solo exhibition (seventh in Delhi) to showcase her talent, yet again. Venue: The Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri till today. Time: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Young artists

The art show ‘Peers 2013’ displays works of five art graduates from across the country. They work in diverse mediums ranging from a life-size installation depicting a construction site made of found packaging material to a hanging installation made of ribbons and razor blades.

They unusual works also include videos depicting Delhi's political power struggle versus the aam aadmi’s life. Replete with experimentation, the show is a must visit.
Venue: Khoj Studios from June 19 to 21.Time: 11 am to 7 pm.


Collaborative effort

Friends Of Art invite all artistes (visual and performance) to come together, jam and experiment with new forms of dance.Venue: India Habitat Centre on June 16. Time: 7 pm onwards.

Classical treat

ICCR presents Kathak dance performance by Swati Wangnoo Tiwari. She started her training at a tender age of 7 and continued the tough routine for more than 15 years. She then went on to master the nuances at the National Institute of Kathak, Delhi. Under the tutelage of Kathak exponent Guru Geetanjali Lal, she has learned a variety of facets of Kathak in the Jaipur Gharana.


Building woes

Get set to witness the rip-roaring comedy Tajmahal Ka Tender directed by Anil Sharma. The popular Hindi play narrates the tale of Shahjahan who had a dream to build Taj Mahal. His dream depends on the present century’s chief engineer Guptaji, who has the special  advisor, PA Sudhir and a special assistant besides contractor bhaiyaji. All three are engaged in the planning of Taj Mahal. A corporation is built, hundreds of clerks and engineers are appointed, lakhs of rupees misused. The question is when the tender of Taj Mahal will come out? Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on June 15. Time: 7.30 pm.

Poetic narrative

Enjoy Tom Alter and his team recreating the last mushaira that took place at Lal Qila before 1857 in Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaira. Directed by M Sayeed Alam, the play’s uniqueness lays in presenting the works of great Urdu poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Zauq, Momin, Daag and of course Bahadur Shah Zafar. Apart from enjoying the finest poetry, the audience will also get to witness a highly rich costume and period drama. Venue: Shri Ram Centre on June 14. Time: 7.30 pm. For bookings contact: 9810255291, 9810460366.
Venue: Azad Bhawan Auditorium, IP Estate on June 14. Time: 7 pm.

Larger than life

Watch Haldi Ghati Ke Yudh Ki Gathaa, by author and poet Inder Dan Ratnu, who hails from Rajasthan. The recitation of the story in Hindi will be in the form of a delicious combination of prose and poetry in a way that being a spectator, one will witness the battle and also be swept away by a great emotional surge of nationalism, heroism and sacrifice for the motherland. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on June 18. Time: 7.30 pm

Invisible help

Nadira Zaheer Babbar presents Sakku Bai, a Hindi play directed by Anil Sharma. The play includes a solo performance by Monika Mishra. Its story revolves around the individuals who sweep, swab, wash, cook, take care of our children and pets and look after our elders.

We see them every day, yet they are invisible. These are impersonated by Sakku Bai, a maid who sings and dances despite all struggles in her life. The play also reflects double standards of urban society.

Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on June 15. Time: 4 pm. Tickets are available at the venue.


Criminal’s mind

With all the debates and discussion around crimes against women, add one more to the list. Those interested in understanding the psychology of the criminal mind can attend the talk on ‘Mind of a Rapist’ which will include speakers like social activist Nafisa Ali, clinical psychologist Aruna Broota, psychiatrist Neatu Narang and andrologist Ajit Saxena.
The talk will be followed by an interaction. Venue: India Habitat Centre on June 19 at India Habitat Centre. Time: 7 pm.

Instant drollery

Get set for a roller-coaster ride with stand-up comedy, ‘California Comedy Invasion’. The evening of razor-sharp will be spearheaded with international comedy heavyweights Raj Sharma and Vasu Primlani. So skip your doctor’s visit and attend the show to get cured with a dose of laughter. The organisers suggest, bring the doctor too. Venue: India Habitat Centre on June 15. Time: 7 pm. Tickets available at the venue.

Childhood tales

Be a part of an evening of stories on the eve of World Storytelling Day. Come, listen, laugh and enjoy the evergreen experience of hearing to stories by storyteller Jaishree Sethi who will narrate funny, touching and odd stories. The evening will also include an interactive story presentation through drama, role play, riddles, songs and music in collaboration with Story Ghar. Venue: India Habitat Centre on June 20. Time: 7 pm.


Melodious melange

Soul Samvaad fusion music band led by sarangi maestro Murad Ali Khan will render soulful music as part of the HCL Concert Series. The artist will be accompanied on sitar by Fateh Ali Khan, on tabla by Amaan Ali Khan, on keyboard by Anil Chawla and on bass by Anirban Ghosh.

Vocalist Shuheb Hasan will join the esteemed musicians. Venue: India Habitat Centre on June 14. Time: 7 pm onwards.

Bollywood euphony

A musical evening will have eminent singers remembering S D Burman through his melodies. The event is organised in collaboration with Global Cultural Foundation. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on June 20. Time: 7.30 pm.


From China

Its time now to enjoy films in Chinese style at ‘The Chinese Film Festival’. The first edition of the film festival will showcase the acclaimed rich and diverse Chinese cinematic heritage for Indian audiences. Jackie Chan, one of Asia’s most multi-faceted stars and directors will lead the members of the delegation visiting India for the film festival. He will also be a part of the inauguration of festival. The opening film is Chan’s recent movie, Chinese Zodiac. The movies include the latest offering, The Grandmasters from Wong Kar-Wai, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised and emotionally resonant cinema. Venue: Sirifort Auditorium from June 18 to 23. Entry is free.