Dance of emotions
Bharatnatyam dancer Sathvikaa Shankar, 18, began dancing at the age of seven. She is known for her mesmerising expressions (bhavas) and an evocative portrayal of Hanuman. The Chennai-based dancer, a disciple of Anita Guha, has performed at Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. She has also been India’s cultural representative in Mauritius. The child prodigy, who received the prestigious Balshree Award in 2005 from former President A.P.J. Adbul Kalam, performs in the city next Friday.
July 1, 6.30pm, auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Call 24619431
The idea is innovative. The Mayurbhanj Chhau dance has been interpreted for a contemporary audience by the Ekakshara Unit of Performing Art dance, led by Rakesh Saibabu. Chhau is linked with martial, rhythmic movements and dynamic use of space. The Mayurbhanj Chhau from Orissa, unlike other Chhau forms, is said to have connections with certain Western dance variations.
May 27, 7pm, Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Call 24682222.
Found in translation
Watch the best films of 2010, hosted by the Directorate of National Film Awards, this weekend. Boxing Ladies (Hindi), is about three sisters who break away from stereotypes by becoming national level boxers. One of the two Manipuri films, to be screened tomorrow, is Heart to Heart, about a the son of a poor farmer who has two holes in his heart.
June 25-26, 10.30 am onwards, Siri Fort auditorium. Call 26493370
Paris meets Shillong
Get set to rock at France’s Festival of Music this weekend. Shillong’s blues-rock and jazz band Soulmate will perform with French band Betty Argo. Soulmate will road-test some of its new songs, says lead guitarist Rudy Wahlang. Betty Argo, an indie-pop band infused with reggae and rock, is touring India this month. They will record an album later this year.
June 25, 9 pm onwards, MGF Mall Saket. Call 43500200
For a couple of laughs
To celebrate the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender month, the American Center will screen the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated comedy The Kids are All Right next week. The movie centres on the life of a couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who find themselves facing an unexpected situation after their children track down their donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).
June 29, 6.30pm. American Center,
24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg.