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entertainment Updated: Dec 23, 2011 23:07 IST

Weaving craft and tradition

The Dastkaari Haat Samiti will celebrate its silver jubilee this year, and to commemorate the occasion, 190 craftspeople from the villages, towns and cities of India will bring their talent and traditions in a new avatar, where visitors will be able to interact, learn, appreciate and expose themselves to India's traditional crafts. Apart from this, 18 African craftswomen and resource persons from five African countries have been invited for crafts skill development and to engage with their Indian counterparts. Watch out for a demo of camel belt weaving from Ahmedabad, and Gabba - an old floor covering craft of Kashmir.

Jan 1-15 2012, 11am onwards, Dilli Haat, INA, call 9873798874

Of fiery feminity
In a distinctive style, Lalit Kala National Awardee artist Rajesh Prasad Srivastava uses matchstick as a symbol to create feminine fables within fables. Titled 'Feminine Fables' and curated by art critic Uma Nair, the work looks at land masses and human embers within the visage of female forms on canvas to portray stories. Srivastava forces the viewer to think about how sunlight moves, how land masses are shaped and the reason behind shifting shadows. The art is observational storytelling and investigations of the curiosity, while the artist's political and atmospheric perception is apparent in the work. Till Jan 4 2012, Trapezoid, D-16 (Basement), South Extension-2, 41044663

Kolkata art in town
Don't miss the work of Calcutta Painters, a group of 28 artists and one of India's oldest artist groups this week. It was 47 years ago in 1964, when the group began its journey, holding two shows in the capital in the same year. This time, their art reflects an experimental zeal and emphasis on vibrant colours. Supported by the ministry of culture, the exhibition has works by senior and junior artists, such as Prokash Karmakar, Bijan Chowdhury, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Debabrata Chakraborty and others. Till December 28, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, call 23009200 for details

From Japan, with love

Delhi gets a three-month long Japanese cultural extravaganza to mark the 60th year of ties between India and Japan. From Japanese food and dance to a photo exhibition and animation workshop - there's something for everyone. Organised by Japan Foundation, it will showcase The Water Station, a two-hour silent drama written by award-winning Japanese playwright Shogo Ohta. There's also an origami workshop (art of folding papers) and a dance show by choreographer Kentaro. Jan 15-Mar 31 2012, various auditoriums in Delhi, 26442971

'Infinite' entertainment
Ten clowns assemble at one place to give musical notes a chaotic mix, each using a different instrument. Titled 'Infinite Stupidity', the show aims to decode the common Indian's life. The clowns engage the audience to participate in their act. Viewers take part in the live games, thereby becoming the show's protagonist. Want to know how it unfolds? Watch them on Monday. Dec 26, 7pm, The Attic, Regal Building, Connaught Place, 23746050