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Soak in culture

art-and-culture Updated: May 15, 2010 00:32 IST

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Midsummer theatre fest

It is that dramatic time of the year again. The National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory’s summer festival, which begins on Tuesday, brings together an impressive mix of classic plays and recent productions.

NSD director Anuradha Kapur says the idea is to present a fusion of old and new translations and adaptations to theatregoers.

Apart from popular plays such as Ghasiram Kotwal and Jaat Hi Poocho Sadhu Ki, there is a special treat in store — the recreation of one of the classics of the repertory, Begum Ka Takia, first directed by Ranjit Kapoor in the Seventies, which will open the festival on May 18. "An interesting play is Kafka-Ek Adhyay, on the tumultuous life and times of the writer, particularly his Letters to My Father memoirs," says its director Suresh Sharma, who also heads the repertory.

May 18-June 20, 7 p.m. Tickets available at NSD office , Mandi House. For details, call: 23383420

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New cafe on the art block

An installation of clothes hangers bound in wool grabs your attention at the entrance. To its right, near sinful looking desserts, art books line the shelves in a café big enough to seat 15.

Spread over 2000 sq feet, Art Positive, in Lado Sarai joins art cafés in other parts of the city such as Mocha Arthouse, Religare, etc.

The "seamlessly integrated gallery and café", says director Anu Bajaj, will promote interaction between collectors, artists and investors.

Other galleries such as Anant Art, Art Motif, Gallery Threshold, Galerie Art Eterne, Latitude 28 etc have also come up in the area in the last year or so, turning this sleepy village into a hot art destination. After Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat turned into fashion havens, it is the latest sign of gentrification of Delhi's villages.

Art Positive, F-213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai, New Delhi-30. Phone: 011-41602545

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What the tea leaves reveal

She developed a fondness for the cuppa and wet paint at the Delhi College of Art, preparing for her weekly tests through the night over endless cups of tea. Now Anjum Siddiqui, an artist based in Toronto, returns to the city with a show that combines her penchant for the brew with her passion for painting.

When it snows in Canada, Siddiqui puts a kettle on the fire and loves to make her favourite brew, desi-style: With lots of sugar and milk. "I love the dhaba chai more than my Darjeeling Orange Pekoe," she says.

A largish canvas (32 inches x 49.5 inches) is testimony to her passion.

Another interesting large work shows the Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tsu savouring their cups under a Bodhi Tree. Also brewing at the hotel's Emperor's Lounge: Siddiqui's take on tea-readings by fortune tellers.

Till May 16, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road


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Do you want to know a secret?

The Secret Delhi exhibition, put together by Nakul Sen and the Naz Foundation, brings together an eclectic mix of semi-professional and non-professional photographers.

Tanya Palta's Lawaaris, a lomographed picture of an abandoned vintage car, creates an old world charm. Colours from the Underpass, by Hashmeet Singh, pays sharp attention to the mosaic patterns and linear shadows that every pillar creates.

Says Singh: "I’ve tried to highlight the beauty of the place hidden amidst the traffic and dust."

Sanjay Nanda weaves intricate patterns around the forgotten Jantar Mantar. The geometrical designs and his play with light, texture and colour are engaging. Robb Selander’s On the Wall, with half-torn poster on a rugged, washed out wall, stands out.

Till May 15, Galeria de Arte, E- 12/ 70, Hauz Rani, Saket