Metrolife in the city

Metrolife in the city

Folk sensation

Pakistani artiste and the man behind the popular chartbuster ‘Jugni’, Arif Lohar will be in the City to enthrall music lovers. Born in Gujarat District, of Pakistan, Arif started singing with his father Alam Lohar and eldest brother, Arshad Mahmood Lohar, and younger brother Tariq Lohar at an early age. He briefly moved to acting in Punjabi movies before returning to his music career at the age of 22. With his mesmerising voice and captivating style, he is all set to win hearts of Indians yet again. Venue: Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen, Gurgaon on October 17. Time: 9 pm.


Korean Cultural Centre India presents Contemporary Gugak Orchestra. Born more than half a century ago, the orchestra emphasises on the goal of creating a future for tradition and providing a listener-oriented environment. This time it will perform Arirang Fantasy, Whisper of winds in the bamboo woods,The song of mountains, Mirth and Pansori by renowned Korean composers - Lee Inwon and Kye Seongwon, and Lee Sangkyoo and Park Beomhoon. Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium on October 11. Time: 6.30 pm.

Musical journey

Sama-The Muslim Music Mystic of India directed by Shazia Khan is the story of Indian Islamic Music, born out of the union of Indian and Islamic traditions, more than a thousand years ago. It explores the intermingling of these, in both form and content, to become a truly magnificent sound.

Venue: Media Centre
Auditorium, IGNCA
on October 11.
Time: 6 pm.

In distress

In Fallen Gods, Laura is a contemporary college professor who studies the famous Cuban pimp Alberto Yarini and Ponce de Leon, shot dead by their French rivals who controlled the business of prostitution in Havana of the early twentieth century. Interested in proving the validity of the legendary character, Laura soon finds herself entering one of the more complex reality of today’s Havana: the world of prostitution, pimps and drug traffickers. Venue: Auditorium, Instituto Cervantes on October 13. Time: 4.30 pm.

Calligraphy tales

Shodo Girls is set in Shikoku Chuo City in Ehime Prefecture, the ‘City of Paper’ that boasts of the top output of paper in Japan. Due to long recession, the city loses its former prosperity. Satoko (Riko Narumi) is a senior and captain of the calligraphy club at her school. Her father is a professional calligrapher, and the need to please her father gradually become stressful for her.

Satoko’s best friend Kana (Nanami Sakuraba), appeals to her to win a team prize for the effort she has put into the club for the past 3 years. But Satoko feels that the club members should work individually and is reluctant about working as a team. Venue: The Japan Foundation on October 12. Time: 2 pm.


Two cities

The Inbetweeners : In the Shadows in Tokyo and New Delhi is a photography exhibition  being organised as part of Delhi Photo Festival. The pictures taken by Ishan Tankha, an Indian photojournalist, capture the mood of two cities – Delhi and Tokyo through the activities of the common man. Venue:  The Japan Foundation, Lajpat Nagar IV till October 26. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.


Cultural ties

ICCR’s 4th International Dance and Music Festival will present artistes from 6 countries. Kathak from China, sitar and tabla from France, Bharatanatyam from Russia and Kazakhstan, Flute from Mexico and Odissi from Malaysia will sway the dance and music afficionados in the City.

Venue: Kamani Auditorium On October 14 And 15. Time: 6.30 pm.


Childhood relived

Stage for Age premières with the rib-tickling play Bhaag Oliver Bhaag. Presented in aid of HelpAge India, the play is an Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens incomparable classic Oliver Twist, the play portrays humour mingled with hope. One third of the world's poor children are in India, of which at least 18 million are street kids, either orphans, runaways or abandoned by dysfunctional families with the result, many of them become scapegoats and soft targets. Yet they love their city and do not lose heart, their hopes and dreams. Venue: Shri Ram Centre on October 14 and 15. Time: 7 pm.

Sophisticated setting

Theatre In Motion festival will enter its second week with staging of two English plays, Helpdesk and The Old Man and The Sea. Helpdesk represents a world in which anyone and everyone can ask for help. As long as the request is reasonable. The question is – what is reasonable? A hilarious socio-political satire that is sure to leave you in splits! The Old Man & The Sea will be an adaptation of the classic book, by Shivani Tibrewala and will have Tom Alter playing the central character. Venue: LTG Auditorium on October 12 and 13 respectively. Time: 6.30 pm.

Staging excellence

The Old World Theatre Festival is back for its 12th year with an array of plays. The festival opens with Dastan-e-Betaal Pachisi  and a  dastan from Tilisme-e-Hoshruba. Directed by Mahmood Farooqui, Betal Pacheesi is one of India's oldest and most popular collection of tales woven around the theme of King Vikram who can ever forget these stories told to the wise King Vikramaditya by the ghost Betaal.

Insightful and subtly provocative, Vikram Kapadia’s Bombay Talkies takes the audience into the lives, minds and hearts of eight unique but universal individuals. 9 Parts of Desire directed by Lillete Dubey, inspired by the work of Geraldine Brooks and Heather Raffo, talks about the lives of nine Iraqi women that span the decades between the first and second Gulf Wars. Khatijabai Of Karmali Terrace based on Stella Kon’s Emily of Emerald Hill is adapted and directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee.

Untitled is a pendulous swing between two stories - Vijayadan Detha’s Nyari Nyari Maryada (where women surprise the men)  and Dario Fo’s Medea (one of the most horrific and powerful Greek tragedies). Adult comedy, Scent Of A Man by Ashvin Gidwani, is based on lust, lies and infidelity. Venue: IHC and Epicentre from October 11-20. Time: 6 pm onwards. For details contact: 43663080.

Unaccompanied performances

‘Going Solo’ is India’ premier International Solo Theatre Festival that will bring to stage award-winning and riveting one-person acts, showcasing the magic of theatre in its essence. The three solo productions - Churchill and Adolf by Pip Utton (UK), and At The Edge by Jailoshini Naidoo (South Africa) will provide a taste of International theatre to Delhiites over the weekend.

Venue: FICCI Auditorium from October 15 - 17.  Time: 7 pm and 8.30 pm.


Miniature tales

Artworks by master craftsmen Padma Shri Shakir Ali and Babulal Marotia present various styles of miniature paintings including Mughal and Company School miniatures. Their works are some of the most exclusive and oldest artform of miniature paintings which are being showcased in the form of a group show. While the Mughal style was a synthesis of the indigenous Indian style of painting and the Safavid School of Persian painting; the Company School paintings display an amalgam of naturalistic representation and the nostalgia for intimacy and stylisation of medieval Indian miniatures. Venue: Art Heritage Gallery, till November 12. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.

Hope alive

Harmony, a solo show of painting by Ekta Jain displays her work on the theme of ‘Hope and Never to Despair’. The illuminated niches; ray of dance lighting in the dark crevices and beam of radiance dispelling the gloom are all subtle statements that occupy the focal point in her creations. Venue: Beanstalk, Hotel Galaxy, Gurgaon till October 24. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.

Documenting beauty

Inspired by Kashmir, solo exhibition titled Paradise Regained by Alok Uniyal has 20 paintings in acrylics on canvas, each panoramic work defining the state’s breathtaking natural beauty, its culture and eternal romance. Floating market of the Dal Lake, a honeymooning couple in an endearing embrace, women in their local dress (phirans), the musical instrument of Rubab, the omnipresent hukka – all find their place on Uniyal’s canvas.

Venue: Gallerie Ganesha, GK – II till November 14. Time: 11 am to 7 pm.

Internet inspired

‘Error 404’ is a common internet problem when the download speed slows down in which the images appear blurred. Artist Arun Pandit takes his inspiration from this ‘error’ and creates images that are blurred in the light of the internet frustration and explains his own experience and journey as an artist up caught in a world of technology.

Venue: Vis-a-Vis Experience Centers, DLF Chhatarpur Farms till October 26. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.


Meditative dose

Learn how to calm your mind and connect with your spirit in the midst of nature as therapist and healer Bindu Maira takes you through a guided meditation process. The free workshop organised by Zambhala Connect will teach you how to meditate over a 45 minute session which will be followed by a 15-minute interactive session about your experience.

Venue: The Garden of Five Senses on October 12. Time: 3.45 pm.

Enthusiastic mela

Travelista by Akshuna Bakshi is a travel film, photography and shopping festival which will showcase its second edition for travel and culture connoisseurs. It includes a myriad of activities ranging from travel film and photography screenings along with over 55 stalls of apparel, jewellery, home décor, accessories, kitsch, pop art and vintage artifacts on display. Venue: Dilli Haat INA till October 13.
Time: 11 pm - 7 pm.

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