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Thota Vaikuntam

art and culture Updated: Jan 23, 2012 19:54 IST

Tracing an artist’s journey

Artist Thota Vaikuntam takes the viewer to the ‘evolutionary stage’, with a series of vintage works from the 70s to the 90s. These range from etchings to drawings and gouache works from the mid-80s and the impressive collection of wooden painted chests, desks made in mid-90s. Vaikuntam’s imagery comprising of Telangana women and ayyagarlus (village priests) have come to be commercially sought after artworks over the last two decades. This assortment will be shown to the public for the first time and give them an opportunity to view the beginning of this artist’s journey. Till Dec 9, Latitude 28, F-208, Lado Sarai, 46791111.

How green is our world?

The 6th international CMS Vatavaran environment and wildlife film festival opens this week. The event will showcase over 80 films from 12 countries with a focus on a pertinent climate issue. While 18 Indian and nine international awards will be presented by filmmaker Prakash Jha, the fest will also feature award-winning environment films. Entry for film screenings is free. Dec 6-10, Convention Centre, NDCC, Jai Singh Road, contact 26522244 or cmsvatavaran@gmail.com.

Hungary for art

Agroup of artists from Hungary were brought together by the Art Indulge Foundation — a social enterprise founded by like-minded individuals — for an art camp in Nasik in Maharashtra this October. The fruits of their labour are being displayed in an exhibition titled ‘Nasik Nuances’ — Hungarian art inspired by glimpses of Indian scenic beauty and spirituality. The works reflect a perspective of both people as well as nature, symbolic of harmony in the world around us. Till Jan 6 2012, Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1/A Janpath, call 23014992 or visit www.magyarintezet.hu for further details.


Walk through history

Winters, the harbingers of warmth, are the perfect time to get those feet moving. And what better than a heritage walk with a history lesson thrown in? The one-hour trip, beginning with a Sufi recital, will cover the tomb of Sufi saint Shah Turkman Bayabani, proceed to the Kalan Masjid built by Feroz Shah Tuglaq and end at the tomb of Razia Sultan, the first Muslim woman to rule South Asia. Dec 3, 8:30am, Turkman Gate, Asaf Ali Road, call 9910832238 for details.


Jazzing up the capital

Remember Frank Sinatra, Louiz Banks, Braz Gonsalves? To a music aficionado, these names mean magic or better still, jazz. The Jazz Utsav (JU) is the annual coming together of everything jazz — music, musicians, fans. From 1984, when Delhi had its first festival, JU has become a regular feature. Among the international bands this year are European jazz giants such as Arild Andersen and Jan Lundgren. Dec 9-11, Kamani Auditorium, call 41647792.