Turn to heavens above
Based on a novel of the same name, the 1963 Hungarian drama film Skylark tells the story of a couple desperately trying to marry off their ageing daughter, Pacsirta. Pacsirta is a 'failure' — she is ugly, 'advanced' in her years, and to top it all, has an oppressive personality. When she leaves home to vacation with her cousins, her parents are overjoyed. They dine out, attend theatre and socialise with their friends. But when Pacsirta returns early, sans 'success', there is disappointment all over again. The parents feel defeated and hopeless in a dreary, unchanging world.
Nov 12, 6pm, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1/A Janpath, call 23014992 for further details.
Tale of love and hatred
Italian opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni is regarded as a classic of “verismo” (realism) in opera. The tale, based in Sicily at the end of the 19th century, depicts four people consumed by love and jealousy. First performed in Rome in 1890, it caused a sensation across Italy. The renowned Italian soprano Francesca Patanè will perform here while the orchestra, conducted by Indian maestro Vijay Upadhyaya, will include Indian and Italian musicians. Nov 15, Siri Fort Auditorium, 26871901.
Intertwined in culture
Knotted Threads aims at continuing a cross-cultural dialogue initiated in 2006 by Swiss artist Nesa Gschwend. She attempts to build bridges and interrogate cultural differences through site-specific art works. Inspired by the sari, places and impressions in Varanasi, as well as the daily struggles of the Indian woman, the exhibition combines video works and textile objects into a complete installation. Till Nov 19, India Habitat Centre, call 43662024 for further details.
Women: faces and facets
An admirer of Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo, artist Kanchan Chander, presents her solo show titled Revisiting The Popular. Chander, clearly a cinema buff, creates a fusion of faces of popular Bollywood and Hollywood actresses: from Madhubala to Elizabeth Taylor. In her mixed media work, that marks her apart, is the usage of self-portraiture sometimes depicted solo, in a symbiotic relationship with Frida Kahlo, and sometimes with Hindi film heroines. Chander has also depicted her journey as a woman and a mother in her works. Till Dec 3, Gallery Art Positive, F-213, Lado Sarai, call 41602545.
Lebanese or Oriental?
Sample authentic Lebanese and Japanese delicacies: mezze platter of shish taouk, lamb sambusek served with pita bread and pickles or sushi/sashimi platters with Japanese horseradish, pickled ginger and soya sauce. Till Nov 30, Urban Cafe, Khan Mkt, 43597127.
Or head for an oriental brunch. Start with Aromatic Duck, go on to Chicken In Taro Nest, Flaming Prawns followed by creme brulee. Royal China, Eros Corporate Towers, Nehru Place, 49818000.
In the world of 'object theatre', artists perform with 'found' objects. These objects could be a shoe, a pen, or even a toothbrush. Theatre artiste Choiti Ghosh presents her first solo object theatre performance, called 'Bird's Eye View', using toys, miniature objects and drawings made by children. It's a story about a carrier pigeon, trained to carry messages in times of peace and war. How Milu, the pigeon, successfully carries the message to its rightful recipient forms the basis of this heart-warming story, designed for and around children.
November 14, 7:30pm, India Habitat Centre, tickets priced at R200, call 43663333 for further details.
Celebrating flamenco in the capital next week
Celebrating the first anniversary of flamenco's recognition as Immaterial World Heritage, the Spanish cultural institute is organising a 'Day Of Flamenco'. Five hours of themed events are sure to be a treat: dance workshops, movie screening and a performance. The film, Flamenco, made by award-winning director Carlos Saura, uses documentary-style footage of flamenco singers, dancers and guitarists. It is composed entirely of musical and dancing vignettes. Along with this, Spanish singer 'La Tremendita' will perform live at the venue. Nov 16, Instituto Cervantes of New Delhi, call 43681900 for details.
Go fly a kite (at India Gate)
Revisit your childhood this weekend. Fly a kite, those geometric pieces of paper tied to the thread that binds them. A two-day fest at Delhi's favourite spot will see kite makers from Delhi and other cities display their flying artworks. Famous artist Asif Miyan from Rampur will teach visitors how to make their own winged beauties, while Mirza Arif, founder of Mulakat will present a story on the tradition of kite flying. The evening will see a musical performance by Soul Samvaad, a group of performers that have come together to create 'soul music'. Nov 12-13, 11am, India Gate, call 9910832238.