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Political cartoonist Sharad Sharma started using comics as a grassroots tool in the 90s after giving up his ‘mainstream’ job with a newspaper — and it caught on as a movement

art and culture Updated: Jun 10, 2011 22:21 IST

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Nothing comical

Political cartoonist Sharad Sharma started using comics as a grassroots tool in the 90s after giving up his ‘mainstream’ job with a newspaper — and it caught on as a movement. Today, his World Comics India (WCI) is a collective of activists, artists, journalists, students etc — all those who use comics as a tool to communicate as well as a medium for self-expression. WCI has explored issues of girl child, corporal punishment, paedophilia and so on. The emphasis is on the message and not the ‘drawing skills’ Sharma says.
Showing at Art Gallery Annexe, India International Centre (IIC), June 11-17. Call IIC on 011-24619431 for details or visit www.worldcomicsindia.com


Attend

Saturday night fever

Looking to do something crazy this weekend? Head to the Delhi Indie Night. The highlight is the alternative music played from the last 50 decades, which the revellers dance to, holding all types of vegetables. “We started it for a laugh and to hear the music we usually listen to back in England, but it took off quite quickly here. People bring hats, vegetables and wave them around in the air,” says Nathan Steele, one of the organisers. So, grab your carrots and run — there are also impromptu dance lessons.
June 11, 8pm onwards, Three Stories, near Sapna Cinema, East of Kailash


Getting the gig going

Delhi’s band Them Clones is out with two new singles and are going to 11 cities with them. The tour kicks off with five top Indie acts at The Ashok, Chanakyapuri today. The evening will also feature Parikrama, Midival Punditz, Thermal and A Quarter and Indigo Children. “This is the first time we are celebrating with bands we’ve played with and admired,” says drummer Surojit Dev. June 11, 5pm, entry R200, for details: http://www.themclones.com/


Watch

Music without borders

What do you get when you cross Bollywood tunes with traditional music and folk rhythms? Coke Studio. What started as a Pakistani TV series of live performances depicting diverse influences on music there will make its India debut this week. Get ready for artists such as Shaan, Kailash Kher, Hariharan jamming alongside Wadali Brothers, Rashid Khan and upcoming talent. According to Shaan, this platform is a “celebration of pure music in times of digital invasion.” Coke Studio@MTV
premieres on June 17 at 7pm on MTV


Of Eskimos and escapism

The Habitat Film Club is showcasing some old gems this week. Red River is a 1948-Western film by Howard Hawks, that explores the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. Shot in Arizona and Mexico, it chronicles the tough journey, fraught with dangers and internal tension between its two strong-willed, conflicting leaders. On June 13. Also catch the path-breaking documentary Nanook of the North on June 15 and Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm on June 16.
India Habitat Centre, 01124682222, entry free for film club members

Alsoplaying

Blood brothers

The ongoing National School of Drama festival is showcasing its popular play, Begum Ka Takia this week. Based on Pandit Anand Kumar's novel, ‘baying for your brother’s blood’ would explain its premise. It’s a classic tale of two brothers. While one is a simpleton, the other is ambitious. As the latter returns to his village, what unfolds is a drama of unexpected emotions.
Showing at Kamani auditorium, 011-43503351, June 11-12, 7pm.
Also catch Kafka-Ek Adhyay, an unconventional take on Franz Kafka’s life. June 13-16, 7pm, at Sammukh Auditorium, 011-23384531.

Stand up, for some laughs

Looking to lighten up over the weekend? Head to a night of comedy by Abish and Friends Hit The Big Time. After the success of their stand-up maiden performance in 2010, ‘Abish and Friends’ is back, with new performers, hopefully fresh jokes, celebrating the lighter side of the quintessential Indian family.
June 11, 8pm. India Habitat Centre, tickets are priced between R50-200. For details, call 011-24682001.
Also catch Comedy Night with Aditi and Rajneesh on June 12.
Shooters Bar and Grill, South Extension-II at 9.30pm. For details call 011-26255652.

Sauntering through india’s history

Instead of a sleep-in, how about a history lesson this Sunday morning? Join Kanika Singh as she takes a group of enthusiastic walkers on a guided trip through Delhi’s iconic Kashmere Gate. It takes people through the place of the early years of British residency in Delhi, largely the first half of 19th century and some sites associated with events of the 1857 revolt. The walk covers 1.5km in about two hours. Don’t forget to carry walking shoes and plenty of drinking water.
June 12, 7:30am. Call Delhi Heritage Walks on 9212534868 or email info@delhiheritagewalks.com