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india Updated: Mar 19, 2010 23:22 IST


Not just for francophones

There was a minor French revolution taking place in the capital in the last few days. But this one was free of any political overtones. The ongoing ‘Francophonie Week’ brings together over 15 Francophone countries but has a lot in store here for non-French speakers too.

The celebrations that started on March 12 will conclude on Sunday, March 21 with a round of discussions and film screenings. However they have quite a power packed itinerary for today that includes a mela in the day and a promising music and dance performance by Indian and international artistes later in the evening.

The mela (fair) has embassies of French speaking countries as well as French institutions in India as participants, among others. Some of the many highlights of the mela would be French cuisine, culture and games. There will be stalls by countries such as Canada, Egypt, Djibouti, Congo and Switzerland apart from France and India. French books, accessories, food and beer sampling will be a part of the fair that will be on from 11:30 am to 6 pm at Alliance Française de Delhi, Lodhi Estate.

Back to the roots is the theme for Saturday evening when DJ Click attempts to join the dots of the century-old digression of the Indian gypsies. DJ Click is a group of musicians, dancers and a French deejay. Click has been working on the myriad gypsy musical traditions for the past seven years.

They will weave the gypsy magic through Indian and Romanian artists with Italian singers and oriental dancers. Don’t miss the electro gypsies; 8 pm onwards at the Magique Amphitheatre, Garden of Five Senses, Said Ul Ajaib.

For more information, call Alliance Française at 01143500200

When Manipur met Bali

You may have seen a Manipuri dance performance before. Wonder what its marriage to an Indonesian dance form will be like? This evening, 148 dancers from South East Asia and Northeast India will perform a fusion dance called “Mountain Chieftain and River Maidens” as part of the Inter-Cultural Dialogue between North East India and South East Asia being held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts at Dr Rajendra Prasad Road.

Before coming to Delhi this week, the South East Asian dancers, from Thailand, Indonesia and Cambodia, performed in many cities of Northeast India. The result was two fusion dances created in collaboration with dancers from the Northeast.

The performance will be held at IGNCA, March 20, 6.30 pm onwards.

A tribute to the holy cow

If you remember Hindi verses learnt in school, you’ll remember an especially corrupted version: Gai hamari mata hai, hamko kuch nahiin aata hai (the cow is our mother, we know nothing). But, Sidharth, an artist who spent six years studying thangka paintings, is not someone who knows nothing about cows.

The paintings of the 51-year old artist show different facets of the animal. From being the mythological character in lord Krishna’s tales, to a languid creature parked on roads, amid traffic, or wandering on heaps of city rubbish, Sidharth has shown it all.

He has even used wrappers of desi ghee in a poster-like-work showing a laughing gau mata as the giver of milk and, well, cold cuts.

Interesting fact number two: Sidharth makes his own colours. He uses mineral and plant sources. In his sculptures, you can see the use of marble, brass bells, and fibre glass.

A short film and music composed by the artist accompanies the exhibition. If you can make a trip to CP, don’t miss it.

Curated by Dr Seema Bawa, ‘The Decorated Cow’, is on at Religare Arts, New Delhi till April 13.


50 years of the Beatles

It’s your chance to relive the swinging sixties tonight at the Big Beatles night at Turquoise Cottage.

The good boys of Rock N Roll complete fifty years as one of the most influential and cult bands of all times. There will be all your favourite songs and those nostalgic videos all through the night. And that’s not all, there are a whole lot of prizes and memorabilia to be won. The english rock band was formed in the 1960s in Liverpool.

Bassist Paul McCartney and drummer Ringo Starr are the only two surviving members of the the ‘fab four’ today.

The celebration starts 8 pm onwards. For details call 9818209915.