Do laugh it off. India’s first comedy festival is here, seriously. Catch stand-up comedians like Papa CJ do their stuff, watch cult films Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Andaz Apna Apna and see Ghalib’s new-age avatar haggling with Delhi’s infamous autowallahs. In case you’re ready to hit the stage, here’s a chance to be featured on Comedy Central — but first, you need to impress the judges. Don’t miss the Golden Kela awards with Kanti Shah of epics like Gunda, Loha and Duplicate Sholay. In case funny talk is not your scene, there’s funky merchandise to shop for. March 31 to April 1, FICCI, Mandi House, Call 23738760
Of life’s love and longing
Colors of Youth is an exhibition of 12 painters from across the country. Artists such as Tapas Kumar Jana, Surekha Sadana have showcased their work, which depicts pain, love and longing. Abhimanyu Sinha’s expression in red and safety pins stuck through a human head is a look at life’s anguish and sorrow. The exhibition — a platform for upcoming artists — was inaugurated by leading landscape painter Paramjeet Singh. Till Mar 25, Kala Mitra Gallery, Noida, 0120-2580034
Spring in your step
Starting next week Penguin Books India is celebrating spring with an open-air library in collaboration with Habitat’s Visual Arts Gallery called Spring Fever 2012. Celebrating Penguin India's 25th anniversary, there will be a new range of collectibles on sale, talks and literary evenings with well-known authors including Vikram Seth, Gurcharan Das, Shashi Tharoor, Madhuri Banerjee, Amit Chaudhuri and Devdutt Pattanaik among others. Also, look out for the movie quiz, talent competition and musical performances in the evenings. Mar 16-25, IHC, email@example.com
The Enlighten Film Society New Delhi aims to ‘repel and reveal’ fans with ‘Documentary March’ — a series of documentaries across several venues. This week’s film, .In For Motion is about India post economic liberalisation and the IT revolution. Next week, look out for In The Name Of God — film on communalism in post-Babri Masjid India and Senna — based on the infamous Brazilian F-1 driver Ayrton Senna. .In For Motion, 10 Mar, 7 pm, Kunzum Travel Café, HKV, call 7838340196
Hitting the high note
If you’re in the mood for a cultural treat this week, head for an evening of soulful music by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia organised by Hindustan Times Noida First Festival. Listen to India’s most-loved flautist as he mesmerises listeners with his renditions of classical music. March 16, Unitech Golf & Country Club, Noida, send an SMS ‘NOIDA’ to 5424211 to win free passes
Of hearth and heart
What happens when successful professionals and homemakers turn full-time artists? An art exhibition, of course. Usha Raj, Jayashree Mehta, Sabrina Gill, Surabhi Chadha, Monika, Apar Kaur, Tanushree, Niveditha, and Ashoo Malik may have chanced upon their ‘hidden talent’ late in their lives but that didn’t stop them from taking the proverbial plunge.
These eight upcoming artists are presenting their works in an exhibition titled ‘Art Unlimited’. Eminent artist Sudip Roy has inaugurated the exposition which is open to public.
Till March 11, 11am to 8pm, Art Unlimited, Epicentre, Gurgaon, call 9873274245 for further details
Dhrupad festival in delhi
Dhrupad, essentially a vocal genre in Hindustani classical music, is said to be one of the oldest in use in the musical tradition. The name is derived from the words ‘dhruva’ (fixed) and ‘pada’ (words). The term may denote the verse form of the poetry and the style in which it is sung. To commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s centenary, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations has organised a three-day Dhrupad festival, with the likes of Dagar brothers, Pandit Nirmalya Dey, Pandit Uday Bhawalkar, among others. March 13-15, Azad Bhawan Auditorium, IP Estate, Near ITO. Call 23370831
No Pulp fiction this
Stray Dog Productions and Verbum, a dramatics society made up of college students, present their annual work, Pulp, this week. It chronicles the journey of two playwrights who feverishly race against the clock to keep their producers satisfied with a series of scripts. While one attempts to write a ground-breaking ‘greatest play ever’, the other obsesses over incessant twists in his plot to make things interesting. Live re-enactments of these comical situations are the essence of the play.
March 17, Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodi Road, tickets R350, for bookings and details, contact 9810045469