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In its ninth edition now, the annual Ishara puppet theatre festival promises to be a treat for the senses.

art and culture Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:01 IST
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Stories on a string

In its ninth edition now, the annual Ishara puppet theatre festival promises to be a treat for the senses. From the retelling of the classic tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes through large masks, to the contemporary story of the Rain-Bird in a little village that turns into a big city overnight, there’s enough for kids and adults alike.

Troupes from six countries including Israel, Turkey and Indonesia, come together to tell stories through folded paper, wooden and shadow puppets and multimedia effects.

There’s the art of Origami in the Israeli troupe’s story of the Rain-Bird, while the Italian group uses
finger puppet, sans any sound, to tell their stories.

Another must-watch is the hour-long Spanish poet Joan Baixas Arias’ Pregnant Earth where the poet-dramatist paints with mud on big, illuminated screens to create a story.

Till February 14, at Habitat Centre and Epicentre, Gurgaon
Call: 26011430/31/32

Sounds of electronica

What’s a better way of saying cheers to a book on electronica, than two power-packed performances? Catch two electric performances by DJ brothers Andi and Hannes Teichmann and our very own group Nucleya this evening. The former is on a mission to “survey the music scene in South Asia” as well as collaborate with Indian talent. This gig will be a step forward in that direction as they work with Udyan Sagar’s Nucleya. Sagar is the co-founder of the Bandish Projekt, of the internationally acclaimed Bhor fame.
Tonight. 8pm onwards,
Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan. Entry free.

Also playing

A musical evening at Nehru Park
This week, the Music in the Park series will feature performances by santoor exponent Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. The series is being presented by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth, and is a much awaited feature on the city’s cultural calendar. With the winter chill on its way out, this one promises to be a rather breezy musical affair for classical music lovers.
February 8, 6 pm. At Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri. For details, log on to: www.spicmacay.com

One night at (an italian) call centre

The film recounts the life and love affairs of Gianfranco, an insecure young man, who’s just graduated with honors in volcanology, but ends up working in a call centre. The film also weaves in the story of Gianfranco’s girlfriend forced to work as a receptionist in a telephone-sex agency to finance her studies and the costs of living.
February 12. At Italian Embassy Cultural Centre , Call 26871901

Faiznama, Indian style
On legendary Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birth anniversary, Rekha Surya, Begum Akhtar’s youngest disciple, will present a few of his ghazals. A must-attend for all poetry lovers who’ve grown up on: “Chali hai rasm ki koi na sar utha ke chale (A new tradition has begun where one shouldn’t walk with one’s head held high).”
February 11, Epicentre Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon.
For details, call: 0124-2715000

resolving existential dilemmas
Ant Nahin, originally written by Badal Sircar, analyses the politics and social content of writing and the writer. How deep could the contradiction between the social being and the political being be? One faces a perpetual internal trial due to this conflict. The play, which addresses the political upsurges of the mid-60s and their consequences has been translated by Ram Gopal Bajaj and Rati Bartholomew and directed by Samkutty Pattomkary.
February 5, 6.30 pm. India International Centre. Entry free, Call Tarique Hameed 9971580760