Ode to the Indian bard
Celebrating 150 years of Tagore, Kathak exponent Shovana Narayan and the Asavari Repertory present Lalitarpan Festival 2011. The two-day fest will be opened by the Asavari repertory with a choreography dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore. It includes piano and vocal recitals on day one and sarod and dance performances on day two. This top-billed annual fest is a must for those who appreciate the Indian classical music and dance. Sep 1 & 2, India Habitat Centre, entry free. For details call 24682222
Sid wakes up to play
A group of amateur actors who were part of college theatre groups is coming together for And I will not steal, a satirical comedy that centres on Siddharth, who has been ostracised all his life for his middle class upbringing and wants to make a new start.
But, little does he know what’s in store for him. In a world full of addiction and corporate rivalries, Siddharth begins to succumb to the world around.
August 27 and 29, 7 pm, Alliance Francaise. Contact 9810045469
All the world’s a stage
A humourous play, Cut, Cut, Cut explores the off-stage life of on-stage performers. The actors’ off-stage life is obviously different from their on-screen persona, but how they manage to straddle both worlds is what the performance is about. It’s a comic depiction of the tragedy of back-stage drama on the stage, with funny characters and bizarre events. The play by Pierrot’s Troupe is written and directed by M Sayeed Alam. Aug 30, 7.30 pm, Shri Ram Centre, Call 9810255291
Artist and a tantric
An exceptional abstract artist, Sohan Qadri was known for assimilating tantric symbolism. A versatile poet, Qadri composed spiritual poetry inspired by Sufism and Buddhism. His six decades of work includes oil on canvas and a unique medium of ink and vegetable dyes on paper. Using challenging techniques, Qadri, who passed away in March this year, reflected an intense personal journey in all his creations. Kumar Gallery will, for the first time in 56 years, exhibit Qadri’s works at an external venue. Head for the rare collection titled ‘Sohan Qadri — A Retrospective: Important Paintings from 1961-2010’.
September 1-6, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, 10 am to 8pm, for further details call 41552945-8
A treat for bibliophiles
The largest cultural and book lovers’ gathering opens this weekend. The Delhi Book Fair that starts today will go on for a week. In an e-book age, the fair managed to attract over three lakh visitors last year. This year their theme is children and travel. More than 300 Indian and foreign publisher are expected to take part in the fair. Look out for the The Indian Society of Authors who will present sessions on fiction, travel writing and e-book business in India. Aug 27 to Sep 4. Pragati Maidan, open from 11 am to 8 pm. Contact 23371337
Dancing in the rain
Malhaar or ‘Megh Malhaar’ means the giver of rain. Sung by the likes of Tansen and Baiju Bawra, Malhaar is one of the most powerful ragas in Indian classical music. To celebrate the many colours and moods of monsoon, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations presents the Malhaar festival. Watch artists such as Malini Awasthi, Aditi Mangaldas, the Gundecha Brothers, Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan & Ghulam Abbas Khan Sharmishta Mukherjee and Pt Rajan & Sajan Mishra weave their magic.
August 29-31, 6.30pm onwards, Azad Bhawan, IP Estate. Passes available at the venue. Call 23379309
Directors, the frantic kind
The 48-hour-film project comes to Delhi for the first time as a part of its world tour marking its completion of a decade. As the name suggests, teams have only 48 hours to complete their work. It involves a weekend of ‘frantic filmmaking’ where teams set off on Friday evening to make a film, returning on Sunday evening sleep-deprived and worse for wear with hopefully finished films — scripted, shot and edited all within those two days. Registrations are on and filling up. Give it a, er shot.
For adults only
While the traditional Bollywood film posters have always got their due and even become collectors’ items the world over, adult movie posters have largely remained ignored. A first-of-its-kind exhibition that showcases this thriving underground design form opens this weekend. Aptly titled Morning Show, it has been put together by Delhi-based advertising professional V Sunil who was behind the Incredible India branding campaign.
On from August 27 to September 17, 11am to 6pm, W+K Exp, B10, DDA Complex, Sheikh Sarai Phase I, for further details, log on to wkexp.com