Metrolife in the city

Metrolife in the city

Metrolife in the city


Town tale

An exhibition of photographs by Suresh Punjabi titled ‘Studio Suhaag’ provides a glimpse into the life of the industrial town of Nagda in Madhya Pradesh. Curated by Christopher Pinney, it is a comprehensive archive relating to the everyday life of the town (and possibly any similar-sized town), in the late twentieth century. It makes visible a vernacular modernism, a lost way of small-town life with all its improvised inventions through images that also dramatises the limits and potential of photography.

Venue: Art Heritage Gallery till October 9. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Cop’s talent

In  the exhibition ‘My Life is my Message’, B. S. Shivaraju aka Cop Shiva exhibits two bodies of work – communicating the interplay of shifting identities – one real and the other fictional. This sense of ‘duality’ reflects a split in the artist himself, as he moves between his vocation as a policeman by day and his passion for photography during leisure time. This journey through life leads ‘Cop Shiva’ (the photographer’s professional title) to two middleclass individuals - Basavaraju and Vidyasagar - who inhabit different worlds as part of their ‘normal’ daily routine, capturing the process of their transformations. Venue: Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam till October 9. Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Sunday closed.

Visual Extravaganza

Delhi Photo Festival is an initiative of the India Habitat Centre and Nazar Foundation to bring photography, the real democratic art form, into public space, thereby creating awareness of photographic arts and initiating dialogue amongst its many practitioners and lovers. The primary exhibitions and events of the Festival will remain at India Habitat Centre, while leading galleries of the City will participate, mounting independent exhibitions and events in their own spaces, thus making the Festival a city-wide one. From September 27 to October 11.

Highlights of the festival are: 

* Pascal Monteil’s exhibition Anywhere Out of the World. Venue:  National Museum, Janpath
* The Personal Photo Archive : A Student’s  Perspective followed by Lost and Found,  an illustrated presentation by Sabeena Gadihoke on personal archives. Venue: MF Husain Gallery, Jamia Millia Islamia.
* Energy [R]evolution: People Power. Venue: Dilli Haat
* Raghu Rai’s exhibition Trees. Venue: MGF Hyundai Building, Jhandewalan
* Vicky Roy’s exhibition Home.Street.Home. Venue: Ojas Art, Qutub Minar Roundabout, September 28. Time: 6 to 10.30 pm
* Philippe Calia’s exhibition A Summer in Shahpurjat. Venue:Shahpur Jat, Opp. Pancsheel Commercial Complex, September 29. Time: 5.30 pm
* There will also be workshops and seminars from September 27 onwards at India Habitat Centre. For More information visit www.delhiphotofestival.


Classical forms

The 12th edition of Ananya Dance Festival 2013 will be a five-day dance extravaganza featuring Kathak by Malabika Mitra’s group (Kolkata); Mohiniattam by Pallavi Krishnan and group (Kerala); Odissi by Bindu Juneja and group (Bhopal); Kathak and Mayurbhanj Chhau by Maitreyee Pahari’s group (Delhi) and Bharatanatyam by Kiran Subramanyam and Sandhya Kiran’s group (Bangalore). Venue: Purana Qila from October 2 to 6. Time: 7 pm to 8.30 pm. Entry is free.

Dance fest
Dance lovers can look forward to a Bharatanatyam dance festival, 'Divinity Series' which will feature three contemporary artists - Rama Vaidyanathan, Meenakshi Srinivasan and Mythili Prakash. While Rama spellbinds the audience by her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance, Meenakshi's approach, technique and creativity are characterized by a distinctive sensuous geometry. Mythili, recognised as the one of the world’s leading young exponents of Bharatanatyam, is classical yet inventive in her approach and revitalises the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style. Venue: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, Lodhi Road from September 27-29. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm.
Entry by invitation.

Cultural fiesta

Celebrating the festival of music and dance, Natya Tarangini presents Parampara Series. The three-day long festival will feature  Raja Radha Reddy’s Kuchipudi dance performance, and Ranjani and Gayatri’s Carnatic music on the first day (September 29.) On the second day Malavika Sarukkai will give a Bharatanatyam performance followed by classical music rendition by Pt. Satish Vyas. The last day will have Astad Deboo’s contemporary dance performance and Venkatesh Kumar’s Hindustani vocal recital. Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House, September 29, 30 and October 1. Time: 6.30 pm. Entry by passes. Contact: 29565540.


Natya Ballet Centre presents ‘Drona’, a dance drama horeography by Krishan Verma on September 30. Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts (SRCPA),  Safdar Hashmi Marg.
Time: 7 pm

Inspired by Khadi

Exploring salt as a symbol of non-violence and investigating sarvodaya theory in practice of non-violence, tolerance, peace and harmony through the narratives of Swadeshi politics, Shelly Jyoti brings forth a new body of work titled titled Salt: The Great March. Her works are created by re-crafting contemporary quilt-making traditions in Azrakh textiles.

The show features a large khadi fabric site specific installation, sculptural installation of khadi yarn (aatis), 25 contemporary artworks using Azrakh traditions of printing and dying on khadi fabric needle crafted by women, and multi-media spoken poetry

Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts till October 20.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Rainy affair

Blue, an exhibition by artist Puja Kshatriya has 10 of her paintings on display. Through these artworks, Puja celebrates the monsoons with blue colour. From the cultural adaptation of blue as the colour of Krishna, to its contemporary interpretation, the exhibition has it all and continues to celebrate monsoon as a festival. Venue: Artspeaks India, Near Garden of Five Senses, Mehrauli Badarpur Road, till October 4. Time: 11 am to 8 pm.

French treat

Peau d’Âne (Donkey’s Skin) is a film revolving around a king who promises his dying Queen that after her death he will only marry a woman as beautiful as she. He comes to the conclusion that the only way to fulfil his promise is to marry his own daughter, the Princess. But the Princess dons the donkey skin and flees her father’s kingdom to avoid the incestuous marriage. Venue: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate, September 27. Time: 6.30 pm

Life in a taxi

The Taxi Takes on the World is a two-day long film festival based on chats in taxis. As part of the Jashn-e- Aman 2013, the film festival features stories revolving around two diverse people who connect inside a taxi. It is about their understanding of differences and about the times when instead of judging the other person, boundaries are blurred and harmony is created. Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road, September 29 and 30. Time: 7pm. Entry is free.

American Film Festival

The US Embassy in association with Cinedarbaar is celebrating the World Tourism Day (September 27) by organizing a two-day seminar and film festival. The festival will feature road films that provide the flavour of some of America’s greatest cities. Venue: The American Centre, KG Marg, September 27 and 28.


Classical notes

Music lovers get set to witness a recital of Thumri-Dadra-Kajri by Malini Awasthi who will perform as part of HCL concert series. The folk singer is known to sing in Hindi language dialects like Awadhi, Bundelkhandi and Bhojpuri. Her peculiar high-pitch voice is popular for rendition of Thumris such as Thaare Raho Baanke Shyam.
Venue: Stein Auditorium, IHC on September 26. Time: 7pm.

Heart and music

Rock Castle is organising Direct Dil Se, a festival that unites hearts with music on the occasion of World Heart Day. The concert will bring together 15 musicians to spread awareness regarding ‘matters of the heart’ through 10 different genres. The festival will feature artistes such as Wadali Brothers, Shibani Kashyap, Abhay Sapori, Bobby Cash, Mame Khan and Suhail Yusuf Khan, to name a few. Venue: Sirifort Auditorium on September 29.
Time: 6pm.

Simply enchanting

A mehfil with Agra gharana’s Maestro Ustad Ghulam Hasnain Khan aka Raja Miyan will be organised for music lovers. Raja Miyan is the disciple of the legendary Ustad Khadim Hussain. He will present ragas Purwa, Barwa, Ram Gauri and Gara Kanhra on the occasion.

Venue: IIC, Lodhi Estate,
September 27. Time: 6.30 pm.


Reality bites

Pierrot’s Troupe presents their latest work The Undoing. Scripted by Mariam Kareem and directed by Niti Sayeed, the play tells the story of three women from varied socio-economic, political and cultural backgrounds, grappling with the issues of religion and gender in their own ways. The three women are different individuals, yet entwined together in their destiny. They brood, suffer and jostle with the ever-tightening jaws of this patriarchal society. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon on September 27. Time: 7.30 pm,

Troubling issues

Directed by Anil Sharma Ye Tera Pate, Ye Mera Pate, is a Hindi play about a middle class family. It focuses on the issue of rising prices of day-to-day commodities and how a housewife struggles to manage the household expenses. Venue: Shri Ram
Centre, September 27. Time: 7pm. Tickets available at the venue and

Hilarious ride

Behroopiya Entertainers presents Boeing Boeing - an English comedy play about three absolutely stunning air hostesses being dated by a charming young bachelor who is flirtatious. He is an artist who has the ability to superfluously love all his women! But one day all of a sudden all the three air hostesses land at Aryan’s place at the same time.

Then, there is non-stop hilarity, confusion, lies after lies, multiple entry and exits which will make you fall off your seats laughing. Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon, September 28 and 29. Time: 5 pm and 7.30 pm. Tickets available at the venue and


Beverage talk

The 1st Delhi Tea & Coffee Festival will have conferences and interactions spread over three days. It is a platform to meet potential clients from across the globe, customers of these beverages and will provide a chance to share knowledge insights with peers. This confluence will take the entire industry through a series of educative, business and networking sessions. Venue: Ashok Hotel, from September 29 - October 1. Time: 9 am to 5 pm.

Bedtime tales

Kathakar - International Storytellers Festival is being presented as part of Ghummakkad Narain – the Travelling Literature Festival. The festival will have Wari Leeba by Shyamkanhai (India); Polish folktales and Dastangoi by Seema Anand (UK); Dev Narayan ka Phad by group of Bhopas (priests) led by Kalyan Joshi (India), Grimms Tales by Nell Phoneix (UK); Nassari of Karbala by S Ali Sajjad Abidi (India), Alha by Jugal Kishore Namdeo and Group (India) and Rainforest, Creation Myth - African folktales by Godfrey Duncan (UK). Venue: Amphitheatre, IGNCA, Janpath till September 29. Time: 6.30 pm
to 8.30 pm.

Hocus Pocus

The 3rd International Magic Festival 2013 will have international magicians from Malaysia, Poland, Mauritius and Sri Lanka apart from Indian participants like Kharbanda Brothers from Delhi, David from Kolkata, Rajesh Kumar from Punjab and Magician Suraj from West Bengal. There will also be presentations on History of Indian Magic, Street magic shows and Stand-up magic shows. Another highlight will be the Magic competitions in Junior and Senior categories, that will showcase the upcoming talent in Indian Magic. There will also be interactive sessions on magic, which will encourage visitors to try their hands at the craft! Venue: Dilli Haat, Pitampura till September 29. Time: 11 am to 9 pm.

Magic show

'Illusion on black top'  is an interactive and funny family magic show by 'Aristobulle'. It will present an ordinary couple transforming their everyday life into crazy, funny or magical moments. By involving their audience and adopting the child’s play, the magician will present tricks that have no explantation! Venue: Alliance Francaise on September 29.
Time: 7.30 pm.

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