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Pick of the week

art-and-culture Updated: Jun 17, 2011 23:49 IST

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Baring the soul

Based on the book Walking Naked: Women, Society, Spirituality in South India, Bharatanatyam dancer Lakshika Panday renders a fusion performance on Saturday. In the act, Pandey, a disciple of Shri Kalyan Sundram Pillai of the Thanjavur gharana, aims to connect with unsung women seekers over the years.

She explores the theme through the lives and journeys of spiritual seekers from four different corners of India — Gautami from Bihar, Meera Bai from Rajasthan, Akka Mahadevi from Karnataka and Lalleshwari from Kashmir.

June 18, 6.30 pm. Regal Building, Connaught Place. Call 23746050

Summer theatre action

Apart of the Asmita Summer Theatre Festival, the play Operation Three Star, to be staged this evening, is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. The play focuses on the underbelly of crimes of the State.

The other interesting productions which are part of the festival include Unsuni, based on Harsh Mander’s book Unheard Voices, and Habib Tanvir’s adaptation of Munshi Premchand’s Moteram Ka Satyagrah, presented by Sangeeta Gaur.

June 18, 7:30 pm India Habitat Centre. For more information call Arvind Gaur on 9899650509

Curtain rises on incest

Adapted and directed by Sohaila Kapur, the play Tattoo, written by German playwright Dea Loher, is a scathing comment on incest, which is often kept under wraps under the garb of protecting the family honour.

The play is about a family where a father has been abusing his daughter for years. A glimmer of hope emerges when the girl falls in love and makes her bid for freedom.

Epicentre, Apparel House, Gurgaon. Sunday, June 19, 7.30 pm. For details, call 0124-2715000.

Playing on temptation

The theme does sound alluring. Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi comprises three back-to-back plays centred on the subject of temptation. Presented by Dramatech, the plays, to be staged at the Alliance Francaise, include, Do Behnen, directed by Saurav Padhi, about the clash between two siblings; Bhoot, a classic story penned by Munshi Premchand and The Monkey’s Paw, directed by Tuhin, a horror story set in a college that dwells on the price of interfering with fate.

Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, June 18 and 19. For details and tickets log on to bookmyshow.com.

The quest for new art

Launched in 2003, Khoj’s Peers residency programme brings together five young graduates from art institutions across the country. This year, the residents were Aarti Sunder of the Academy of Fine Arts and Craft, Mumbai; Kundo Yumnam from NIFT, Delhi; Maripelly Praveen Goud from MS University, Baroda; Muthiah Kasi from Coimbatore and Pallavi Singh of the College of Art, Delhi.

Their works are displayed at the Khoj Studio till June 19. Call: 9811143131

A passion for the sarod

He has learnt the nuances of sarod from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Pandit Mukesh Sharma, son of Rasik Behari Lal, delivers a performance at the India Habitat Centre next week. Sharma, who combines elements of gayaki (vocals) and layakari (instrumental rendering) with equal elan, has been perfecting the art form for close to three decades now.

He won the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy contest in 1976 and was conferred the Sur-Mani title at the Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan at Mumbai in 1988.

June 20, 7 pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Call: 43663333

An evening of qawwali

Connoisseurs of the Sufiana kalam in the city can look forward to an evening of ghazals and qawwali next week. Setting up the tempo with tributes to Amir Khusrao, as part of the Jashn-e-Khusrao festival, will be Ghulam Sabir Nizami and Ghulam Waris Nizami, one of the best known practitioners of qawwali in the country.

The brothers claim lineage from the legendary Sikandrabad Gharana, which has given us such musical giants as Qudratulla Khan and Kifayatullah Khan. Plus: ghazals by the husband-wife musical duo Masoom and Sadaa Thakur, disciples of Ustad Sabri Khan.

June 21, 7 pm onwards. Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. For details call 23414666

Choreographic tribute to our own renaissance man

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Anveshana Dance Theatre will perform a musical interpretation of his celebrated play Visarjan (sacrifice). Choreographed and directed by Sangeeta Sharma, the play explores the meaning of religious devotion and exposes the barbaric acts perpetrated by bigots in the name of of religion.

Sharma, the founder Director of Anveshana Dance Theatre, has been practising Indian dance and choreography for more than two decades.

Monday, June 20, Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. For further details, call 9540468666