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Antje young and happening?

A sincere apology to all those trusting souls who went to hear Ma Kali’s rock band at the IIC on Monday because of Culture Club, says Renuka Narayanan.

art-and-culture Updated: Sep 12, 2008, 17:49 IST
Culture club | Renuka Narayanan
Culture club | Renuka Narayanan
Hindustan Times

A bad hair day?
A sincere apology to all those trusting souls who went to hear Ma Kali’s rock band at the IIC on Monday because of Culture Club. A painter-writer told me crossly on her way out, “I went because of you,” while a French friend who speaks fluent Bangla said reproachfully, “Rrrenukkahh, they aar soporifeeq!” Guess the lively fragment I heard way back on a tape was not a good enough reason to wax enthusiastic, or maybe it was just a bad hair day for the band (it’s 130 years old). As for the egg on my face, all I can dolefully think is that protein is good for the complexion.

Antje Pfundtner
Antje Pfundtner of Hamburg studied modern dance at the Amsterdam School of Arts. She went to New York on a scholarship and after her course there, worked on various independent projects. Pfundtner has toured in Japan, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Between September 18 and 20, she’ll conduct a dance improvisation workshop at the Max Mueller Bhavan, at the invitation of the Gati gang (the association of young Indian dancers in Delhi).

The purpose of the workshop is to question your relationship with movement at different levels. It’s a nice opportunity to interact with a currently happening young European dancer right here in town. To register for this workshop, please contact Mehneer Sudan at 9871013335. The last date for registration is today, September 12. See Pfundtner’s first big solo, eigenSinn, at Abhimanch theatre, National School of Drama, on Wednesday, September 17, at 6.30 pm. It promises to explore difficult questions of self, sensuality and identity taking off from a fairytale by the Grimm Brothers.

But hold it, sweet mädchen, before you rush to inflict European dissonances, glares and stares on us as ‘modernity’ without internalising all that German angst. Remember, we, your public, have had this third-hand already for more than a dozen years from Padmini Chettur, who got it from the late Chandralekha, who got it (sort of) from Pina Bausch.

Ghalib, for the gazillionth time
Every few months, Dr Sayeed Alam stages variations on his Ghalib play, Lekin kitne baar bataoon? Okay, just once more: at Shri Ram Center, this Saturday-Sunday, at 7.30 pm, tickets at the venue (Rs 500, 300, 200, 100). Or telebooking at On Saturday, it’s Ghalib in our times, on Sunday Tom Alter does Ghalib in Ghalib’s time.

Gayathri Fine Arts
It’s the 18th Annual Day of this hardworking Carnatic music society in Rohini (they gift tanpuras to the winners of their annual music competition, such a practical idea). Hear two bright young Delhi voices at the Delhi Tamil Sangam, Ramakrishnapuram on Saturday, September 13, at 5 pm — G Sowmya and Bhagyalakshmi Chandrasekhar.

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