Draw it like you say it
Are you a closet poet hiding scraps of sentiment in shoeboxes under the bed? Or a struggling funny man yearning to increase traffic for witty rants on your blog? Do you ever get nostalgic for the simplicity of comics and storybooks, mentally painting Technicolor images of words you hear or read?
Just like Indian Idol threw the doors wide open for shower crooners, the Madness Mandali Visual Poetry Project — the brainchild of a young and creative bunch of art and literary enthusiasts — is an attempt at giving wings to the caged imagination of budding poets and amateur artists.
Check out the website madnessmandali.blogspot.com and mail a sample of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be part of a ‘maha mash-up’ book of poems and art, short-listed by a jury of accomplished co-travellers on the open highway of accessible and interactive creative expression.
Based on the deluge of contributions cutting across generations and genres, the deadline for submission has been extended to August 31. So, hurry and send in that gem you’ve been hugging to your heart for way too long.
The comical sisterhood
Greed brings together two sisters who haven’t spoken to each other for 25 years. Their departed mother bequeaths a property to the duo provided it stays together for a year under one roof.
How a 55-year-old serious journalist (Sohaila Kapur), tries to mend fences with her sloppy, romantic sibling 10 years her junior (actor-director Smita Bharti), makes for some comic situations. Completing the merry trio is a 35-year-old human resource development executive who stays as a paying guest with them.
The play, being staged to aid HelpAge India raise funds for the Leh flood victims, is set in Delhi where the urban-middle-class speaks in a pidgin of Punjabi, English and Hindustani.
The repartee is sharp and endearing, interspersed with Bollywood numbers that the younger sister is fond of. As the sisters discuss morality, sexuality, love, hate and subterfuge, the 110-minute play reaches an interesting crescendo.
September 2, India Habitat Centre, 7.30 pm. For details, call: 9899382226
Saturday night electronica
If grooving till the wee hours of the morning is your thing, check out the Mighties @ Quantum. The line up makes for an interesting sonic cocktail with some of the better known electronica acts of the city.
You get a ‘motion graphic artist’ in VJ Prashant Yashpal, an ambient trip with Basic Love of Things aka BLOT and a mind-blowing DJ set by Midival Punditz, Delhi’s own electronica heroes. The list of performers includes DJ Batuta (he plays ‘twisted electronica’), Leon Russell (progressive house) and Iranian percussionist C-naa (Daf/Tonbak).
Tonight at Quantum, Centrestage Mall, Noida; Entry: Rs 2,000 couple/stag
Treat for jazz aficionados
After Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai, Delhi will get a flavour of jazz this Sunday as the duo from Netherlands, Berend van den Berg and his student Anne Chris plays in concert.
Titled Duo In Unison, the artists will render the inspiration that brought them together —American composer Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life, considered a jazz classic by most — and other greats such as Chick Corea’s You are everything and Horace Silver’s Nica’s Dream.
“Chris and I love Lush Life, its lyrics cover so many moods and states of mind…” says Berg who teaches music at the Conservatory in Amsterdam. The 75-minute recital will feature jazz classics from the 30s to the 70s. After 2002, this is 55-year-old Berg’s second tour in India. “Today, pop, dance, and folk music, including Indian classical music, are influencing jazz the world over,” he says.
August 29, 6.30 pm, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. Tel: 01143500200. Entry: free, first come first serve