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‘Through the....’

‘Through the Looking Glass’, a solo exhibition by Mumbai-based artist
Devdatta Padekar, will be on at Kynkyny Art till Feb­ruary 8. Through the ‘Looking Glass’ takes viewers into the realm of Pade­kar’s paintings, where luminous heroines inhabit a colo­ur-drenched natural world which is part-realist, part-abstract and part-fairytale.
The soft, fantastical sequences feature human figures blending and merging with various elementsof nature, in a fluid
and poetic dance. 

Recent works

An exhibition of recent works by Prabhavathi Meppayil is on at Gallerskye, 2 Berlie Street, Langford Town till February 8.

Fine sculptures

Ilyas Ahmed is holding an exhibition till January 25, 10 am to 7 pm, at Hall No. 1, Chitrakala Parishat. He will be launching sculptures of a bull, horse, lion, squirrel and an alien — all made out of automobile scrap.


In memory

An evening to celebrate the memories of late actress Monisha, called Monisha Smruthi, will be held at the Jyoti Auditorium, Jyoti Nivas College, Koramangala on January 24, 5.45 pm.

In focus

The ‘Dance DISCourse’ by Ashish Mohan Khokar will celebrate Republic Day on January 26, 6.30 pm at Alliance Française. As part of this, three varieties of the bharatanatyam form will be showcased. Kavitha Ramu will present the pristine beauty and depth as nurtured in Tamil Nadu.
Navia Natarajan will show how the NRI practises the art form abroad and Anita Ratnam will show its global face.

‘Vrinda Nritya’

Nrityanjali School of Bharatanatyam is presenting Vrinda Nritya, a
festival of assemblage performances, on January 31 and February 1 at Gayana Samaja Auditorium, KR Road.

Beautiful ensemble

The 30th edition of the Kinkini Nrithyotsava, national festival of classical dances, will be held at JSS Auditorium, Jayanagar from January 25 to 31. Sandhya Kiran and Kiran Subramanyam will present the ‘Rasika Dance Ensemble’ in a bharatanatyam feature on January 26, 6.15 pm at the JSS Auditorium.


‘Bharat Diaries’

Yours Chiranthana, a theatre and life skills academy for children, is staging a play called ‘Bharat Diaries’ on February 2, 10.30 am at Tirumala Vidyaniketan, Behind Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram 17th Cross.

‘Bikhre Bimb’

Bikhre Bimb (‘Broken Images’) by Girish Karnad and translated by Padmavathi Rao will be staged at Jagriti, Whitefield till January 24. The shows will be at 8 pm. Arundhati Nag plays a writer who is caught between guilt and the desire for fame.

‘The Forest’

DreamScope Theatre is staging a children’s play, ‘The Forest’ written by Puja Goyal, on January 31 at Nayana Rangamandira, JC Road.

There will be two shows. The first show will be staged for the underprivileged children of Sparsh Trust at 1.30 pm. The second show for the public is at 6 pm. The play is the directorial debut of Tushar Patil. The troupe is also transforming it into a street play and will be performing at the Bal Bhavan Amphitheatre on February 9, from 10 am, as part of the ‘Bengaluru Tree Festival’.



The International
Centre for Performing Arts is presenting Jugalbandi, a programme of Carnatic
music, and kathakali sangeetam on February 7, 6.30
pm at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram.

Memorable tunes

MA Narasimhachar Music Foundation is presenting a vocal concert by Anantha Padmanabha Rao with vocal support by Archith Bhardvaj on January 24, 6 pm at the The Indian Institute of World Culture.

He will be accompanied on the violin by MS Govindaswamy, on the mridangam by A Renuka Prasad, onthe ghatam by Dayananda Mohite and on the morsing by G Lakshminarayana.

‘Illusions of...’

‘Illusions of Pure Sound’, a concert by Zakir Hussain, the international phenomenon in the world of percussion, and Jayanthi Kumaresh, who takes the veena to the pinnacle of sophistication, will be held on January 29, 7 pm at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. For home delivery of tickets, call 9243777970. For online tickets, visit

Piano competition

Theme and Kawai Pianos, in collaboration with the Majolly Music Trust, is holding the ‘Kawai Junior Piano Competition’ for participants up to 14 years of age who have completed up to Grade 3 from ABRSM/LCM/Trinity Examination Boards (2013).
The last date to submit entries is January 31. For details, call 8123394498 or mail to:

Carnatic vocal

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations will be presenting a Carnatic vocal duet by Padmashree and Goda Manu under the
‘Every Friday Cultural Evening Programme’ on January 24, 6.30 pm at Yavanika, State Youth Centre, Nrupathunga Road.

‘Storm Festival’

The ‘Storm Festival 2014’ will take place on January 31, February 1 and 2 at Stormfields, Gonighattapura village, Sarjapura Hobli.

It will have a line-up of more than 40 artistes, five stages, four collaborations, three days of music, adventure and camping.

The line-up features ‘Filterheadz’, the  Belgian
techno duo; Eddie Halliwell, house and trance DJ; ‘Shankar Mahadevan meets Shankar Tucker’, Lesle Lewis featuring ‘GenX’,  Raghu Dixit featuring a
surprise folk collaboration; Susheela Raman;‘Thermal and a Quarter’ featuring Ravi Kullor and many more.

Masters’ meet

The Banyan Tree’s ‘Splendor of Masters’ festival will be held on January 24, 7 pm at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. It will feature ‘Ustad’ Shujaat Khan (sitar, New Delhi), Prasanna (guitar, New York), Phil Mathurano (drums, New York), Selvaganesh (Kanjira, Chennai) and Ahishek Raghuram (vocal, Chennai). Donor cards are available on They are also available at KC Das, St Mark’s Road. For details, call 25592021.

‘Dhrupad Duet’

Sunaad, an eclectic group of music enthusiasts, is presenting a ‘Dhrupad Duet’ by Aliya Rasheed from Lahore, Pakistan and Amita Sinha from Vishnupur, West Bengal on January 23, 6.30 pm at Alliance Francaise.

Both women are disciples of Gundecha Bandhu of Bhopal, who are world-renowned Dhrupad singers.

Accompanying them on the pakhavaj is Roman Das, who hails from Bangladesh.
Aliya and Amita will present ‘raga’ exploration in the form of alap, jod and jhala followed by compositions set to taal, accompanied by the pakhavaj, and improvisation within the taal structure.

Donor passes will be available at the venue.

Paying tribute

Sheldon and the Gagas will be playing at Hard Rock Café, St Mark’s Road on January 23, 8.30 pm and their performance will be a tribute to ‘Queen’. 
Sheldon Pereira, a singer and music producer, had a tryst with music at the age of 17 when he started singing with rock band ‘Tantrix’.

Sheldon has just wrapped up the recording of an English rock album titled‘India’.Singing contestRamya Cultural Academy has organised a state-level sugam sangeet singing contest and a musical programme as a tribute to the late poet GS Shivarudrappa, in association with ‘Little Achievers’. The contest will be held on January 26, from 12 noon, at Little Achievers Montessori and Music School, opposite Hosakerehalli, BDA Park, 3rd Cross, Banashankari 3rd Stage. Winners and finalists will be rewarded and have an opportunity to perform during a musical evening to be organised by the academy on February 8 and 9. Registration is from 10.30 am. For details, call 8277107542.

Soulful numbers

Gaandhar is presenting Santhoshakke Haadu Santhoshakke, a musical evening of Ilayaraja’s music, by SP Balasubramaniam, Srinivas Udupa, Anuradha Bhat, Mohan, Srinivas Murthy, Uday Ankola, Usha Umesh, Divya Jaishankar, Rajani, Prarthana, BS Ravishankar and Anthardhwani. This concert, which is open for all, will be held at National College Grounds, Basavanagudi on January 26 at 6 pm.

Great gig

Warshack Productions is presenting one-of-a-kind mini rock fest, featuring 10 rock bands, on February 23, 4.30 pm at Tinga Tinga Bar, MG Road. Nine bands from Bangalore and one from Mumbai will be performing.

Heavy metal

Bangalore band ‘Kryptos’ will take the stage at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan on January 25, 6 pm, in the third of a series featuring Indian metal bands who performed at ‘Wacken Open Air’. This concert series is also a curtain-raiser to the next ‘W:O:A Metal Battle India 2014’, which will send sound waves through six cities and will have German metal masters ‘Suidakra’ live in concert. ‘Kryptos and Friends’ gig features Vehrnon Ibrahim (‘Millennium’), Sujay Harthi (‘Bhoomi’), Vikram Bhat (‘Dying Embrace’) and Bharad Ravi (‘Witchgoat’). The opening act is by ‘Theorized’. Entry is free.


A Carnatic classical vocal concert by ‘Vidushi’ Subhalakshmi Krishnamoorthy will be held on January 25, 6.30 pm at Sree Sharada Samskrutika Sangha, ‘Dharini’, Ist H Cross, Sharada Colony, Basaveshwaranagar.


The ‘49th Nadajyothi Music Festival’ will be held from January 25 to February 2 at RP Ravishankar Sabhangana, Sri Vasavi Temple premises, 8th Cross, Malleswaram. The inauguration will be held on January 25, 6 pm by Kalajyothi TAS Mani, the mridanga ‘Vidwan’. At 7 pm, there will be a violin duet by ‘Vidwan’ Dwaram Durga Prasad Rao and Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao. 


Spic Macay is presenting ‘Yamini’, the dusk-to-dawn classical extravaganza, at IIMB, Bannerghatta Road from January 25, 7 pm to January 26, 5 am. The artistes performing are L Subramaniam (Carnatic violin), ‘Hyderabad Brothers’ (Carnatic vocal), Kaushiki Chakraborty (Hindustani vocal), Tarun Bhattacharya (Hindustani santoor) and Konark Natya Mandap (Gotipua dance). The passes for the event can be downloaded from

Enjoyable fare

The ‘Third International Conference of Music and Dance’, the ‘Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha Festival’ and the ‘10th Annual Music and Dance Festival’ is being held till January 27 at Purandara Bhavna, HAL Second Stage.


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