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World according to Floyd

art and culture Updated: Jun 28, 2010 10:53 IST
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World according to Floyd

Aasheesh Sharma

Swing back to the psychedelic seventies with theatre’s tribute to an iconic rock album. Bring Down The Walls, a two-hour musical, has five characters that explore sexuality, suicide, death, extremism and freedom of expression in present-day India.

These include a voyeur, a businessman whose shop has just been sealed, an artist struggling to express herself and two elders that represent rebellion in the previous generation — played by thespians Tom Alter and Lushin Dubey. The story is brought alive through a background score inspired by English rock group Pink Floyd’s all-time popular album The Wall.

Playing the covers, as licensed by Indian Performing Rights Society, will be Think Floyd, the Delhi-based Floyd tribute ensemble with members from Parikrama, Artistes Unlimited, Them Clones and Advaita. They will perform all 24 songs from the album.

Rahul Pulkeshi of iDreamTheatre, who has conceptualised the musical, wants to popularise concert-theatre in the country. “Concert theatre juxtaposes the intimacy of a play, say staged in Kamani Auditorium, into a larger-than-life arena. We are expecting between 1,000-1,500 people to attend it every day.”

June 26-July 4; 7:45 pm,
Mapple Emerald Hotel,
National Highway 8, near Radisson Hotel. For tickets, log on to: or call 9990756476


Great reads, cool prices

HT Correspondent

It’s too hot to venture outdoors, but bibliophiles are in for some hot deals if they make the effort. The annual sale at Om Bookshop outlets offers 10 to 90 per cent discounts.

With the maximum discount earmarked for children’s books, young ones stand to gain the most. But isn’t a 15 per cent discount on Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes books tempting for everyone? How about a set of seven books by Roald Dahl —including The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and My Uncle Oswald — for Rs 995 (at 59 per cent discount)? Or Lord of the Rings for Rs 595.

Those who would like to know what’s on Barack Obama’s mind can go for Change We Can Believe In for Rs 295 (69 per cent off). To enhance your culinary skills, Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer can be bought at Rs 679. For all the girls crazy about vampires and boys who’d like to know why, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series is available for Rs 1, 360 (after 15 per cent discount). Till June 30. For details: log on to


Game for tiger-spotting?

HT Correspondent

By definition, sighting a fast-disappearing predator should be tough. “Perhaps you may not have seen me but don’t be disappointed, I have seen you” reads a board at the Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Guides on tiger safaris say luck is the only thing that matters when it comes to sighting the big cat. But there are ways to increase the probability.

Tigers inhabit areas with temperatures as low as - 35 C to 48 C, but the availability of water is crucial. They can’t stay in the sun for long and spend time in ponds and streams. In the summer they even avoid prey-rich areas to head towards water bodies. Summer is the best time to spot a tiger. And the Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan is a good option. Guides will take you straight to the ponds. Brave the heat and you will be in for a Tiger treat.

Ranthambhore National Park is open this season till June 30.


One for console warriors

HT Correspondent

Do you drop everything else at the mention of a LAN party and charge out with wires, equipment and consoles?
Befuddled? Well, a LAN party is where video-gamers vie for a cash prize. For three days, you come and go as you please, attend workshops and seminars and hobnob with other likeminded geeks. The only rule:
Bring your own computer. The highlight at this party: team ‘Fnatic’ from Europe will be here.

July 25-27, DLF Place Mall, Saket
For more, log on to or call 09899050542