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Nuclear power

‘Anushakti Atma : Generating Peace for Future’ is a photo exhibition which consists of four blocks telling about the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam site. The photographs depict how the peaceful atom helps people in everyday life. They also demonstrate the positive influence of the environment-friendly nuclear technologies. The special serial of photos
is dedicated to the construction of the Kudankulam NPP – a key project of the Russian-Indian cooperation which will soon start generating electricity for the South Indian
region.

Venue:  Russian Centre of Science & Culture, Ferozshah Road from November 3 to December 6. Time: 10 am - 6.30 pm.

Reminiscing the past

‘Memories of Their Majesties in India 53 Years Ago’ is an exhibition of photographs commemorating the 1960 visit of the then Crown Prince (now Their Imperial Majesties) the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan to India. It is being organised in collaboration with The International House of Japan, Tokyo; Japan Cultural and Information Centre, New Delhi; and FICCI. Venue: Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, IIC from November 30 - December 5. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.

Dance

Classical bonanza

Vaasuki Natyashala presents ‘Yuvanotsava’ - a two day dance and music festival. With the belief that every young and budding artiste deserves recognition and encouragement, the programme is a platform for some of the budding and new generation dancers and musicians. While day one will have performances by Khyati Tahpiyal (Kathak), Vrinda Chadha (Odissi), Sharanya Chandran (Bharatanatyam); day two will dazzle with performances by Akbar and Babar Latif Khan (Tabla), Dr Chandrima Roy Majumdar (Sarod) and Ustad Tanveer Ahmed and Imran  Khan (Hindustani Vocal). The guest of honour will be Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj.

Venue: Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg on November 29 and 30. Time: 6.30 pm onwards.

First milestone

Nabanita Majumdar will present an Arangetram performance. A disciple of Geeta Chandran, Nabanita gets incredible joy with the word ‘dance’ whereas words like ‘passion’ or ‘love’ seem rather like meaningless understatements to her. She considers dance as her life and daily sustenance. Though she started learning rather late in life but learnt not just to dance but also to use dance to engineer her inner self in a better way. An Arangetram marks the first milestone in the disciple’s journey into the ocean of Bharatanatyam and so it will in the life of Nabanita.

Venue: Chinmaya Mission Auditorium on November 30. Time: 6.30 pm.

Film

Young life

Impulse will be screened as part of the Ecuadorian Film Series. The film is about Jessica, a 17-year-old rebellious girl living with her aunt and grandmother in Quito. Her absent mother has stopped sending money, causing rifts within the family. When she decides to search for the father she’s never met, she ends up in the country home of her father's brother and his wife, where the mirrors are always covered and the air is thick with fog and mystery. A blend of magical realism and traditional horror made this film win the Grand Prix at the Toulouse Film Festival. Venue: Auditorium, Instituto Cervantes on December 1. Time: 4.30 pm.

Dance

Puppet show

The Japan Foundation brings stimulating world of puppets with Yumemi Trunk Puppet Theater who will present two performances - Urashima and Yagi No Ohanashi (The Story of Goat). Puppet Theater Yumemi-Trunk was founded by Satoko Yumidate in 2008 after gaining 5 years of experience in a professional puppet performance company which is lead by Susumu Tange (UNIMA honorary member). One of the performers - Hiroyuki Kuwahara, has won the ‘Best Actor’ award at ‘World Puppet Carnival Indonesia 2013’ for ‘Urashima’. Venue: Chinmaya Mission on November 29. Time: 4.30 pm.

Biographical narrative

Hindi play Baawla written and directed by Raghav Dutt is the story of 9-year old boy Raghu whose happy go lucky life takes a sudden turn. Caught in the web of his parents’ failed marriage and torn between two religions, Raghu finds himself lost in his own dilemmas. He wants to find an answer to all the questions springing in his mind and in his pursuit of finding the essence to life, has a spiritual encounter which leaves a lasting impression on him. Venue: India Habitat Centre on November 29 and 30. Time: 7 pm.

Old age

Hi! Handsome is a play written and directed by Chitra Singh which will be staged as part of the theatre festival - ‘Rangotsav’. The play revolves around the lives and issues of the elderly. The negligence that old-age people face from their younger counterparts in the family is addressed by this performances. Venue: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts on November 29. Time: 6.30 pm.

Social satire

The Films and Theatre Society presents Bal Bhagwan, a Hindi play written by Sudesh Deepak and directed by Atul Satya Koushik. It is a story of an impoverished Brahmin family and their mentally challenged son Sidhdhad. A mere co-incidence elevates Sidhdhad to being a ‘Child God’. His story portrays the dehumanizing effects of living in a starkly-deprived environment informed by ruthless hierarchical structures, greed, and a compulsive desire for power which compels the audience to think logically and not fall into their trap. Venue: LTG Auditorium on November 29.Time: 7 pm.

POTPOURRI

Common platform

The Delhi edition of India Non Fiction Festival will bring together authors, bureaucrats, educationalists, parliamentarians, social activist’s and others on one platform to discuss and debate over various issues like women empowerment, youth, elections and security and terrorism. Aimed at bringing together non-fiction writers and readers together, the festival is first of its kind literary meet in Delhi catering to students, academicians and readers alike.

Venue: IHC on November 30 and December 1. Time: 10.30 am onwards.

Auspicious beginning

Shalimar Garden Ayyappa Sewa Samithi is organising its 15th Mandala Pooja celebrations which will begin with Ganapati havan and bhajan. The Ayyappa idol will then be seated atop an elephant to be taken to the pooja venue. The programme henceforth will comprise a Dasavataram ballet by Shalimar Garden Ayyappa Sewa Samithi followed by a Maha Deeparadhana and fire works.

Venue: Chandrasekhar Park, Shalimar Garden Extension II on December 1. Time: 5.30 am onwards.

Tribal focus

The third edition of Adivasi Sanskriti Sangam will showcase a glimpse of the rich and vibrant tribal culture of our country. With a participation of more than 20 tribes coming from 15 states of India, this one-of-its- kind festival will feature various cultural performances all through the day. These performances will be accompanied by an exhibition of adivasi handicrafts, cuisines and artifacts which will be on display on all three days. Venue: Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti till November 30.

Time: 11 am onwards.

ART

Artistic reactions

A solo exhibition of works by Somnath Hore showcases his drawings, watercolors and lithographs. The renowned sculptor and printmaker made sketches, sculptures and prints as a reaction to the major historical crises and events of 20th century Bengal, such as the Bengal Famine of 1943 and the Tebhaga movement. From 1974, Hore began doing bronze sculptures. ‘Mother with Child’, a large sculpture that paid homage to the people's struggle in Vietnam, was stolen from the Kala Bhavan soon after it was done and has never been traced since. The anguished human form has widely been reflected in his figuration and the visual appeal of his work is increased by the rough surfaces, slits, holes and exposed channels. Venue: Art Heritage Gallery, Tansen Marg till December 20. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.

Differently abled 

‘Beyond Limits 2013’ is back with its 10th edition to showcase 100 artworks by artists with disabilities. Organised by Family of Disabled (FOD) for the upliftment of disabled artists, the exhibition presents a humongous variety of style under one roof. It also provide platform to 48 trained and self-taught artists to showcase exquisite artworks, sculptures in bronze and stone, canvas and papers, mixed media, and etching. Venue: Arpana Caur Art Gallery, Siri Fort Institutional Area from November 30 to December 6. Time: 11 am - 7 pm.

Recycled works

‘At War With The Obvious’ is an art exhibition by Anita Ahuja, a trash-obsessed artist who manages to create an inspiring variety of art from abandoned refuse. After a decade of up-cycling and uplifting experiences, she has put together a collection of paintings on canvas, rendered in acrylic and recyclable materials. She has breathed life into plastic, tyre tubes, labels and other waste materials to transform them into gorgeous artworks. Venue: Palm Court Gallery, IHC from December 1 to 4. Time: 7 pm.

Music

Rock on!

Get set to witness South Asian Bands Festival 2013 - a three-day rock music festival featuring fourteen popular rock bands from across nine Asian nations. The highlights of the event will be BIURET (Korea), What’s In The Name (an all students' band), LRB (Bangladesh), Strings (Pakistan) and Raghu Dixit Project (India) to name just a few. Venue: Purana Qila from November 29 to December 1. Time: 6 pm onwards.
Soulful notes
Saptarshi Sangeet Sammelan presents a Hindustani vocal recital by Suparna Adhikary and a sarod recital by Akash Deep, disciple of UstadAshish Khan. Venue: IHC on November 30. Time: 7 pm.

Groove it

BACARDI NH7 Weekender is back with some of the best artists on multiple stages spread across various genres. While artistes like Karsh Kale will set the Bacardi Arena on fire, Lucky Ali and Kailasa will rule The Deewarists stage. There will also be other artistes like Rajasthan Roots, Sandunes and Soundclash to name just a few. In addition, there will also be a hot air balloon to provide the revelers with a stunning 360-degree view of the festival ground. Venue: Buddh International Circuit from November 30 to December 1. Time: 3 pm - 10 pm.


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