Here's what to attend, watch and listen to this week.
New Directions in Old Media endeavours to showcase the new direction that art production in India has taken and seeks to understand this process of making art while working with emerging artists who have very consciously resisted the contemporary Indian art stream. The artists showcased have a deep understanding of the analogous art as experiential attempts to image emotion and observation in painterly form.
11 am, Oct 16, at Gallery Trapezoid,
D-1, South Extension, Part -2.
Grace in form
Ananya, a five-day classical dance extravaganza is back in the city featuring specially designed group choreographies. Nearly hundred school children will get a chance to interact with artists from the festival at the venue. Moving away from the familiar format, students will get to see the other side of the performance by interacting with artists about the creative process, getting a backstage tour of the festival venue and trying out a few dance moves of their own. Performances by Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rani karnaa, Vijayalakshmi, Shijith Nambiar and other prominent dancers will be the highlights of the festival.
7 pm to 8.30 pm, October 6-10,
at Purana Qila. Call 41628600
Our films, lah!
The Singapore Film Festival is being organised by the Singapore High Commission in partnership with the India Habitat Centre. The festival hopes to expose India to Singapore's fledging film industry. The opening film is 881 by Royston Tan, a story about two friends who grew up with the Getai culture, a form of art with stage and song performances. Other films to be screened are Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai and Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng. The inauguration will be attended by two film directors from Singapore, Roystan Tan and Boo Junfeng.
7 pm, October 1-3, Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Call: 46000800
Ticket to Heaven is a comical act set in Mumbai when the protagonist Munna happens to meet a sex-starved wife, Sandra and her god-fearing husband, Ronnie on a stormy night. The English play has been put together by Saleem Shah, Anjali Gharana and Vishal Singh, and is suitable for adults only. The quest for love, sex, lust and faith, takes the trio to the pearly gates of heaven. What happens after? Find out in this bold, hilarious comic farce in the act.
5 pm & 7pm, October 7, Alliance Francaise Delhi, Lodhi Estate. Call: 43500200
The Japan Foundation and the Opera Theater Konnyakuza, Tokyo brings to Delhi the opera Pinocchio, the familiar character from The Adventures of Pinocchio. The opera will be performed by four opera singers and one pianist. Konnyakuza's opera is called as the “opera sung in Japanese”, hence the show is conducted in Japanese language.
7pm, October 4, Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg.
Evenings of hilarity
After the sold out act of Mumbai meets Delhi, stand comedians Rajneesh Kapoor and Rohan Joshi are teaming up again to bring the audiences of Delhi NCR nights of non-stop laughter.
Rohan Joshi is a writer, television presenter and a stand-up comedian who is based in Mumbai while, Rajneesh is a cartoonist and a comic artist from Delhi. Both are regulars at London’s prestigious chain Comedy Store in Mumbai, and have performed various shows across the country.
The show is 70 minutes of world-class stand up comedy.
7.30pm, October 5, Epicentre, Gurgaon & 7pm, October 7, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Call: 9811047282
Taking one’s time with food
An authentic Spanish tapas feast presented with Sangria and classic wines. Tapas treat at 1911 bar this September will invite food lovers to spend a refreshing evening and take a seat in the plush surroundings of the bar.
Specialties include traditional egg, potato and onion tortilla, Chorizo al Cebolla, pulpo gallego and a lot more.
In the Mediterranean diet, it is typical to begin the meal with succulent starters to open up the appetite. Experience these ultimate Spanish delicacies in the power-packed ambience of 1911 Bar.
12:30 pm onwards, till 30th September, at The Imperial Hotel, 1 Janpath.
Connections with the earth
Walking, a dialogue between art and social movement, brings together works by three artists exploring their understanding of a Gandhian inspired land rights movement, Ekta Parishad.
Photographs by Simon Williams from the United Kingdom explore social mobilisation from portraits of individuals to the emotional power of collective activity, installation, paintings.
A film by Vikram Nayak, a Delhi artist, embody the social status and spiritual condition of adivasis.
The exhibitions are a strong blend of international contemporary artistic practice and issues of immediacy to Indian society.
Till October 10, Palm Court Gallery, IHC, Lodi Road. Call: 43662224