Songs sung true
If Purnadas Baul is the grand old man of Bengal’s bauls, Parvathy Baul is the modern-day icon, a singer of soul. Presenting songs of sufi, fakirs and bauls, Parvathy, who now even has an official home page, is taking part in the Bards and Ministrels of India series with songs of Radha and a journey of dehatatwa (spiritual knowledge). Venue: India Habitat Centre, 7 pm, April 12. For details, call: 43663333
Ode to Bollywood
Pentagram, one of India’s most popular rock band, is all set to bring their latest album to Delhi. The 14-track album, Bloodywood, is the band’s fourth studio record, which it says “is a slice of the other side of Bombay.” The Delhi launch in Delhi is part of a five-city tour covering all five Hard Rock Cafes in the country.
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe, 14th April, 9 pm
Join the Parsi party
Dhun Bagli, manager and chef of the only Parsi guesthouse and fire-temple in the city, is holding a day’s food festival — on Sunday. The a la carte menu includes slow-cooked dhansak with caramel rice, patra-ni-machi, salli murgi, zardalu gosht, mutton patties and creamy semolina pudding and kulfi from Mumbai’s Parsi Dairy. And yes, you’ll still be served if you are not a Parsi.
Venue: Bagli’s kitchen, Delhi Parsi Anjuman, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg. For details, call 23238615
Are you keeping mum?
At a staging of Bitter Chocolate, based on Pinki Virani’s eponymous book on child sex abuse, a member of the audience accused the cast of bringing in the open something that was “best kept hidden.” “Parents need to trust their children when they complain of abuse,” says Arvind Gaur who is staging the play in its seventh year.. Venue: IHC, April 14, 7 pm. Contact 24682001, 24682005
To Japan and back
Ved Nayar, 78, has participated in several Delhi triennales and solo shows. He even won Lalit Kala’s national award in 1980. But his long-legged figures, reminiscent of tribal styles and Alberto Giacometti, were mostly appreciated within a small circle. That changed a bit in the early 1990s when Japanese buyer Masanori Fukuoka bought the entire set Nayar had to offer. Masanori also promised he’d broaden Nayar’s fan club and publish a book on him. It took him almost two decades, but this week the Japanese kept his word.
Venue: Vadehra Gallery, D40 Defence Colony, till April 15. Call 2462-2545
Depicting the Big O
Sex is always on our one-track mind,” says 25-year-old Mumbai-based artist Sahil Mane. So the trained photographer and his partner, BBC Good Homes editor Tara Kaushal, “spent 15 sleepless nights and drank lots of ThumsUp” thinking of ways to artistically represent the sexual climax. The result is a set of images of paint swirling in water. To Mane, it’s as “organic, powerful and natural” as sex. To the duo it’s climactic; to viewers it maybe post-coital.
Venue: Gallerie Nvya, Square One Mall, District Centre, Saket. Call 2956-4333