Poetry and philosophy
Vadehra Art Gallery presents Let’s Paint The Sky Red, an exhibition of works by the late artist Manjit Bawa. The show will feature more than 50 works, including several large canvases, paperworks, serigraphs and miniatures. A modernist master of the figurative genre, Bawa’s focus was always on the expressive nature of painting — the translation of line and colour into poetry and freedom. Bawa was also greatly inspired by Indian mythology and Sufi philosophy.
Sep 1-30, Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40 Defence Colony, 24622545
Italian wonder years
Set in the 80s, The Night Before Finals is an ensemble comedy featuring several characters. First-time director Fausto Brizzi's original screenplay, it spans different generations: 60s, 80s and today. The film was a blockbuster at the Italian box office and was remade with the same actors in 2007. It’s set in summer where a group of friends are preparing for their high school exams. The movie gets its title from a famous song by Italian singer Antonello Venditti. Aug 20, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 26871901
Dial O for infinity
The number 0 is often defined as nothing, even as having no character. However, what if someone takes it to mean the absolute, something from which evolution has come to being? Performed by Giles Chuyen and Shilpika Bordoloi and conceptualised by Sohaila Kapur, ‘0’ is the story of two women who go through infinite possibilities, bending established rules, and are then revered by the very men who subjugated them. It tells the tales of the extraordinary saint-poets, Rabia the Sufi from Iraq and Karraikal Ammayar, the Shaivite from Tamil Nadu, opposites in nature, but battling similar obstacles to attain their spiritual goals. Aug 25, Epicentre, Gurgaon, 0124-2715000
Do this in two minutes
Entertaining your audience this Friday is all in your hand. All you have is a mike and the freedom to perform whatever you fancy: poems, songs, stand-up comedy or anything else that comes to mind. But you have all of two minutes to do that, and perform in a language common to the national capital region. A popular event at Habitat, Caferati will be moderated by Danish Hussain — known for his Dastangoi performances.
August 26, India Habitat Centre,
7 pm. For details, call 24682001
Just another brick?
A satire on our education system, Kal College Bannd Rahega looks at the politicisation of campuses. The story is about a meeting of college authorities to discuss the punishment for a student accused of having invited a girl to his hostel room. The play also sheds light on teachers’ ‘high-handedness’. Two-hour long, it has been written by CD Sidhu and directed by Ravi Taneja. Aug 20, 7:30pm, Epicentre, Gurgaon, call 0124 2715000