Dancing to classic beats
Ever wondered what a cocktail of Chhau, Kathak and Bharatnatyam would be like? Well, you’ve got a window to sample that and a lot more at the five-day-long dance festival, Ananya.
Three dance forms will be put together to illustrate the tale of a mythical mountain from ancient India on October 22. While Chhau is a tribal dance from Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand, Kathak and Bharatnatyam are strictly classical forms from the north and the south. The act is choreographed by Delhi-based Justin McCarthy and his group.
As a run-up to Diwali, the first day will open with an Odissi recital that narrates the story of Surpnakha (Raavan’s sister). The act will be performed by dancer Sharmila Biswas to the beats of Mridangam from coastal Orissa.
The fest also has celebrated names such as Bharatnatyam dancer Geeta Chandran (October 20) who will take the dance from solo to group, in keeping with the wide performance space at Purana Qila. There is also more Kathak by Shama Bhate, who will use famous Indian classical bandishes for her recital on October 23.
Valuing heritage is the central theme of this nine-year-old festival, and the venue — Purana Qila — plays an important part in enriching the feel of heritage meets contemporary.
October 19-23 from 7 pm to 8.15 pm daily at Purana Qila
Gourmet food calling
If you’re set out to make the perfect Spaghetti Aglio Olio and can’t find the best extra virgin olive oil, here’s a place where you’re bound to find it — The Gourmet Food fest at Le Marche. From stuffed olives to epicurean chocolates, this fest features a wide array of food from across the globe.
Whether you’re looking for gourmet cheese such as gouda, parmesan or goat cheese or stocking up on pastas like fusilli, tagliatelle or ravioli, this a place to try out new things. Exotic fruits like rambutan, mangosteen, melons, imported from Thailand will all be available here. Plus a wide selection of vegetables such as asparagus, enoki mushrooms and butterhead lettuce.
And if you’re the type looking for a way to cook all these goodies, talk to the inhouse gourmet specialist, who’ll give you tips on how to mix and match the ingredients.
On October 16 at Le Marche-161-A DLF Place, Saket and on October 23 at Le Marche in DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj. From 10 am to 10 pm
For the love of Flamenco
Now that the roads are finally clear of the CWG restrictions, troop down today to the heart of the city and listen to ‘tacaor’ or Flamenco guitarist Fernando Pérez do his thing. Considered the latest sensation among the fraternity, Perez plays western classical, jazz and flamenco, and had collaborated with Israeli Sufi artist Ben Tzur and vocalist Shubha Mudgal on a fusion album earlier this year.
Straddling the old and the new, he works with different instruments such as the resophonic guitars (louder acoustic guitars used for blues and country style music), Hawaiian lap steel (unlike a conventional guitar, it’s placed on the player’s lap or on a stool) and Indian and flamenco guitars. A must-attend.
October 16, 7 pm, Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, Tel - 01143681900