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The fifth edition of Manifestations, Delhi Art Gallery’s annual sale, comes with a lavishly produced coffee-tabler (worth Rs 3,500).

art and culture Updated: Apr 22, 2011 22:14 IST

A time for Moderns

The fifth edition of Manifestations, Delhi Art Gallery’s annual sale, comes with a lavishly produced coffee-tabler (worth Rs 3,500). DAG director Ashish Anand says the series will now be shown twice a year — to make up for the sales lost during the gallery’s two-year renovation.

That shouldn’t be too difficult. The cheapest work at the current show of pre- and post-Independence Modernist artworks is priced at R6 lakh (Gopal Ghose’s set of flowers) and the costliest at R1.2 crore (J Sultan Ali’s ‘Nagpanchami’). And there are more than 70 artworks in between.

@ Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khaz Village, till June 18, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 4600-5300

Chronicler of the city

Eyes mark the shape of the city,” writes Haruki Murakami. With history speeding up and the city changing its shape fast, we need an extra pair of eyes to capture it. Poets did it earlier, now done by the modern day memory keepers: photographers.

Findlay Kember set out to stop the clock on the ‘newness’ of this historic city for three years. Result: we realise how little we see of this city we call home. A window-cleaner perched high like a sparrow; a man seduced by fragrance at a wine society meeting; a dog check-up at a pet clinic and many others. The brilliant Kember stopped those moments from running away.

Till April 28, Art Gallery, India International Centre Annexe. For details, call IIC at 24609323

Training art detectives

Thanks to the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, there’s going to be an innovative children’s art workshop at the National Gallery. Next weekend the children will get to play ‘art detectives’, with familiarisation done through storytelling. Flow, a Delhi-based consultancy that has conducted art workshops for children in eight Indian cities, is designing it. Parents will get to see the result as work cards; that, and hopefully a newfound curiosity about art.
@ NGMA’s New Wing on April 30, 11 am to 1 pm. There’s a fee of Rs 1,200 per child (age 7-14) . To book, call
Anica Mann at 6547-4005/06

ABC of documentary

What happens when you are the only person in your community to know English? ‘The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico’, a 20-minute documentary, looks at such questions. Coinciding with the screening of this documentary and the 9-minute short ‘Notes on Liberty’, there’ll be a video workshop for children, facilitated by Cinedarbaar, on how to use the video camera. And it’s all for free.
@American Centre, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, on April 28 and 29.
To register your school,
call 2347-2290/2232 or
mail amcenternd@state.gov

Caution, kids at play

Atelier, the Delhi-based theatre group that devises innovative educational programmes and socially relevant plays, hosts the Bachpan Theatre Festival 2011 this weekend. The festival gives students between classes six and
12 a platform to display their histrionics. After the preliminary rounds, 10 finalists will perform at the finale in Kamani Auditorium.
Wednesday April 27, 5 pm onward, Kamani Auditorium. For details, call 9891092386 or mail kuljeetsingh@atelierexpressions.com