On the line
Between an artistic idea and its production usually comes the line, whatever the medium. The line creates a language that an artist wields as a writer wields text. Kolkata-based artist Adip Dutta has curated 'Writing Visuals', a show that looks at this language from the vantage of 17 artists including Vivan Sundaram, Jogen Chowdhury, Sudhir Patwardhan and Manisha Parekh.
At W+K Gallery, B-10 Triveni Complex, Sheikh Sarai Phase 1 till January 21, 10 am to 7 pm (Sundays closed). Call 4600 9530 for directions
Santa on celluloid
Invoke the Yuletide spirit at the Christmas Bazaar in Epicentre, Gurgaon's cultural hub. Build up your appetite by viewing Hollywood classics such as A Christmas Carol, directed by Edwin L Marin, based on Charles Dickens' tale and Miracle on 34th Street, directed by Les Mayfield, about a six-year-old who doubts Santa's existence. The dinner buffet at Drift includes a do-it-yourself Salad, Roast Turkey and pudding served with a glass of wine.
Rs 650 per person, for details, call: 9810695038
Drama and the city
She walks through Jama Masjid as Nargis, poses as Jigyasa at North Campus, and counts the prayer beads as Sonam at Majnu Ka Tila. And all this while, lensman Sundeep Bali's camera keeps following theatre artist Sheena Chohan around town, trying to capture the "context of the each place, including living monuments such as Jama Masjid". Says Bali, "Staging the performance helped add layers to the pictures and make them interactive."
Till January 18, India Habitat Centre.
Melody's first lady
Author-scholar Pran Neville, who wrote a biography of KL Saigal in 2004, speaks on the life and times of Mallika-e-Tarannum (queen of melody) Noor Jehan on December 27, her 10th death anniversary. "She was a superstar singer whose fame did not diminish with moving away to Pakistan at Partition," says Neville.
"Who can forget haunting numbers such as Awaaz de kahan hai from Anmol Ghadi and Yahan badla wafa ka bewafai hai from Jugnoo, where she acted with Dilip Kumar."
The talk will be followed with a concert by Radhika Chopra. India Habitat Centre, 7pm. For details, call 9958570555