Rockers in exile
Apart from scenic beauty, the Kashmir Valley is home to some remarkable folk and classical music. This Sunday, the capital will see a music festival dedicated to the exiled community of Kashmiri Pandits. The fest would feature the young generation of pandits and their take on music — an amalgamation of traditional folk such as chhakri as well as modern urban favourites like Rock— while they walk the tightrope of balance. Reh (Kashmiri for flame), is one of the first of its kinds; a fest dedicated to the music of Kashmiri Pandits. It will feature bands such as Prithvi, Roooh and Backbenchers, among others.
March 13, Garden of Five Sense, 4pm onwards For details, call Rashneek Kher at 9810049979
The other Amir K
There will be two firsts this year at Jahan-e-Khusrau, the Sufi music festival in honour of Amir Khusro. One, Abida Parveen, who has sung at all earlier editions of the fest, will not be there. Two, the fest will travel in a wobblier formation to London in April.
An eyebrow-raising promise of the London leg is a ‘Sufi langar’. Is there something called Sufi food? Muzaffar Ali, chief software architect of the festival, says, “Langar is about sharing food. Sufiana langars typically serve a khichda that uses particular ingredients.”
Minus langar, this weekend’s edition will see, among others, Indian-origin sitarist Shujaat Khan playing with Pakistani vocalist Shafqat Ali Khan, and Delhi’s Chand Nizami singing with the Saami Brothers from Pakistan. Expect some old muscatel poured from familiar shapes.
@ Arab ki Sarai, Humayun’s Tomb, 6.30 pm on March 12 and 13. For passes, try the Kotwara Shop, No 301, DLF Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj
His craft or sullen art
You can call me a craftsman,” says Setlur Gopal Vasudev, a Bangalore-based artist who was pushed towards crafts by his professor, KCS Paniker. Today Vasudev, 70, would be a rare artist who doesn’t mind the arts-crafts divide. His sketches inform his copper reliefs; and together they affect his paintings and tapestries.
The crafts training paid off well. “It was difficult to sell paintings in the 1960s for even Rs 100,” says Vasudev. “So we, 35 young artists, held a show of batik works. Its success allowed us to buy 10 acres of land that became the Cholamandalam Artists’ Village.”
In the mid-90s, he met master weaver B. Subburayalu. The two have since done about 50 tapestries, some of which are on show now. As are some of the paintings, sketches and reliefs.
@ Lalit Kala Akademi, till March 19. For details call 23387241
View from the States
Religare Art and the American Centre bring the works of 10 contemporary American photographers for a month-long exhibition – ‘American Psyche’. Curated by Janet Delaney, its themes of guns and home, cowboys, rural life, politics, add up to a complex cultural document of contemporary American life.
From March 12 at Religare Art Gallery, KG Marg, Scindia House. For details, call: 43727000.