Pottering around in Delhi
Delhi Blue Pottery Trust and Sanskriti Kendra are hosting a ‘Potter’s Haat’ in the capital over this weekend. On showcase will be works from more than fifty studios across the country displaying the talent of traditional Indian potters. The ambience will be no short of a mela with live demonstrations by the artists as well as clay firing, in which visitors can also participate. There’s also a clay modelling workshop for children.
Most of the pottery on display at the haat will also be on sale at affordable prices. Keep an eye out for the unique decorative as well as utilitarian pieces.
Dec 10-11, 11 am-6:30 pm, Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, call 26190223
Baby steps in diplomacy
The 60th anniversary of Indo-Japan relations is being celebrated with an exhibition titled ‘We are all friends — my painting and your painting.’ The event will feature 300 paintings made by school children from the Japanese School in the capital and from schools in Nagoya city, Japan. A special wall painting ‘We Are All Fine’, made by child victims of Japan’s environmental disaster is also on display.
Till Dec 12, The Japan Foundation, 5-A Ring Road, Lajpat Ngr, call 26442971/46016824
History of Islamic art
The Islamic art of calendars, posters and Quranic and Urdu calligraphy presents an interesting glimpse of Islamic history in India. The growing interest in this form of art has led several scholars to collect and write about it. The art form is inspired from other religions as well.
The visual presentation of the devotional art will be hosted by scholar Patricia Uberoi, an avid art collector. Delhi-based scholar Yousuf Saeed will read from his book ‘Muslim devotional art in India’. Dec 12, 6:30 pm, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, call 24619431 for further details
The season to be jolly
Come Christmas and choirs are back in action. Capital City Minstrels, a diverse group of expats and Indians, brings sweet joy with its Christmas carols. This 100-plus member group, with a range of choral music in its repertoire, believes that singing is not just about hitting the right notes but also about the coming together of people from different walks of life.
Dec 12, Hungarian Centre, Dec 14, IHC, Dec 15, Epicentre, Gurgaon, check www.capitalcityminstrels.com for details
Dark side of the moon
Space India is organising a public watch, with expert supervision for the last lunar eclipse of the year. Watch in awe as the moon turns red tonight. There will also be a programme ‘Heavens & Heritage’ to photograph celestial phenomena alongside heritage sites in the country. The eclipse will provide a good opportunity, even for amateur photographers, to capture the different hues of the moon.
Dec 10, from 5pm-11pm, India Gate, call 09212669953/20
Taking digs at ‘indian-ness’
It’s ‘Pant on fire’ this week by Sorabh Pant, a ‘TV reject’ as he likes to call himself. His Delhi tour this week is an addition to more than 130 performances across 16 cities that Pant has already done. His hilarious digs at India as a country, various Indian communities and relationships have earned him a reputation — American comedian and television presenter Wayne Brady has termed him the second brilliant comedian from India after Russell Peters. Well, you can watch him doing his comic act this weekend to decide that for yourself.
Dec 10 at Epicentre, Gurgaon and Dec 11 at India Habitat Centre.
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Celebrating the evolution of Delhi as a city
Celebrating Delhi’s spirit, the students of Choreotheque, a dance academy, come together with eight performances — a thematic presentation of the dance forms they specialise in. Whether it’s jazz, salsa or ballroom dancing, watch how the evolution of the Delhi Metro has changed people, or how Delhi has grown as a city. Conceptualised by Anish Popli, the Choreotheque Caliber Student Show, aims to encourage students with calibre.
Dec 14, 7pm, Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Entry by invitation. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Of spirituality and beauty
At a three-day spiritual getaway, learn about the wisdom of Vedanta and the ability to learn, love and serve. The Winning Way will feature lectures, guided meditation sessions, storytelling, painting workshops for children and satvik food. Till Dec 11. 10:30am onwards.
Kachch literally means something that is occasionally wet and dry. Similarly, the Re: Show brought by Khamir is about the changing environment of the traditional craft practices of Kachch — the bold new experiments of the younger generation of artisans.
Dec 16-18, Chinmaya Mission Hall, 89, Lodhi Road, 24643301