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The gig season is here, with just over a month to go before the Pune leg of one of the best music festivals in India — Bacardi NH7 Weekender (November 2 to 4).

art and culture Updated: Sep 15, 2012 01:41 IST
Hindustan Times

The gig
Clap, sing, shout
The gig season is here, with just over a month to go before the Pune leg of one of the best music festivals in India — Bacardi NH7 Weekender (November 2 to 4).

Just as they did last year, with the ‘Together at Razz’ announcement party, organisers Only Much Louder (OML) are organising a free gig — called the Loudest Day of the Year party — that will also act as the platform for announcements about the third edition of the NH7 Weekender festival.

Saturday’s free gig, to be held at Liberty Cinema, Marine Lines, will include performances by Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire, who featured on The Dewarists Season 1; The Collective featuring Girish Bobby Talwar (Zero), Warren Mendonca (Zero/Blackstratblues), Ankur Tewari, Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged), Uday Benegal (Indus Creed), and pop-rock act Spud in the Box.

Eager music-lovers will also get a sneak-peek into the collaborations, featuring artists and first episode of the second season of music-travelogue TV show The Dewarists by Dewar’s.

The venue is set to be a treat in itself; this will be the first music event ever held at Liberty Cinema, a Mumbai institution that was recently restored. Unlike last year, this announcement party will be a sit-down event, with the theatre’s food-and-drinks counter doubling as a bar.

As for NH7 Weekender, this time the multi-genre festival is also travelling to Delhi (October 13 and 14) and Bangalore (December 15 and 16).

“At Saturday’s party, we will reveal details about our stages, venues and headlining acts,” says Vijay Nair, CEO of Only Much Louder. “We will have new experience areas this year, lots of installation art, and a new stage called Fully Fantastic.”
— Bhairavi Jhaveri

The concert
Changing the beat

Kalinath Mishra, a widely travelled tabla exponent conversant with different currents in rhythm music, will perform a solo tabla recital at Karnataka Sangha on Sunday.

Mishra, of the Benaras gharana, has performed as accompaniment to reputed Kathak dancers such as Birju Maharaj, Uma Dogra and Keka Sinha. “This gharana of the tabla has a close association with the Kathak dance form. My guru, Kishen Maharaj, used to provide tabla accompaniment to the great Birju Maharaj and Sitara Devi,” says Mishra.

Mishra has also accompanied musicians of the stature of Hariprasad Chaurasia and Rupak Kulkarni (flute) and Kartik Kumar (sitar).

“He is not only a good tabla player but also an excellent player of the pakhavaj [two-headed drum],” says Kulkarni, whom he also sometimes accompanies on the tabla.

Sunday’s programme, organised by Khayal Trust in collaboration with Kalabharati, is in memory of the great tabla player Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, who performed in accompaniment to singers such as Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mallikarjun Mansur, Sharad-chandra Arolkar, Halim Jaffer Khan and Shobha Gurtu. “It is our duty to keep his memory alive,” says Prakash Burde of Kalabharati.

Others performing at the event include Sandeep Pawar, a young tabla player and a pupil of senior guru Arvind Mulgaonkar, and Hindustani vocalist Sraboni Chaudhury, a student of Shobha Gurtu and Dinkar Kaikini.
— Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The exhibition
Wrought in wood

Rupali Madan lost her parents in a car accident when she was eight years old.

To express what it felt like growing up without the warmth and security of parents, this rare woman sculptor is currently showing eight works made in wood and stone, as part of a group exhibition at the Jehangir art gallery. Madan is also showcasing, in this exhibition, her experiments with driftwood, twisted and moulded in two works to create a horse and a tree-like abstract.

Madan, who moved from Grant Road to Panvel two years ago, came across the wood on riverbeds in the interiors of Karjat. “Many sculptors around the world work with drift, but only a few Indians Indians have tried it,” says Madan. “It is exciting to work with drift wood as one never knows what form the sculpture will take.”

Also on display is a life-size fiberglass sculptor of a rural Maharashtrian woman getting dressed before a small mirror, a tribute to India’s villages. A total of 48 works are on display as part of the group exhibition titled 5, including paintings by Prithvi Soni, Gautam Patole, Kiran Chopra and Subrata Sen.
— Riddhi Doshi

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PERFORMANCE BY USHA UTHUP, popular playback and jazz singer, to raise funds for leprosy aid organisation Alert India
Where: Bhaidas Hall, Road 1, Juhu Scheme, Vile Parle (West)
When: Saturday (September 15), 8 pm
COST: Rs 300 to Rs 1,500; tickets
available at the venue
CALL: 2610 5828

PERFORMANCE BY Hariharan, classical and fusion vocalist, at an event organised by the Human Rights Foundation
Where: Nehru Centre auditorium, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli
When: Saturday (September 15), 7.30 pm
CALL: 2496 4680
COST: Rs 300 to Rs 1,200; tickets available at the venue
Time Lapse, a multi-media art exhibition by Prajakta Potnis, addressing social and individual anxieties through symbolic images of decay and degeneration.
Where: The Guild art gallery, 02/32, Kamal Mansion, Second Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba
When: Till October 27, 11 am to 7 pm (Sundays closed)
CALL: 2288 0116 / 0195
ghazal PERFORMANCE BY vocalist Ghanshyam Vasvani of the popular song, 'Mile sur mera tumhara', accompanied by Manaskumar on the violin, Vishal Dhumal on the keyboard, Ashish Jha on the tabla and Shridhar Chari on the dholak.
Where: Bhavan's Cultural Centre, Bhavan’s College, Andheri (West)
When: Saturday (September 15), 6.30 pm
CALL: 6528 0107

Interactive cooking workshop with Rahul Akerkar, with lessons on how to make gourmet dishes from Indigo restaurant’s new antipasti menu. Some of the dishes that will be taught include Spanish frittatas, trio of tartar, and mushroom and almond pâté.
Where: Indigo Delicatessen, 5, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharishi Marg, Colaba
When: Saturday (September 15), 2 pm to 5 pm
CALL: 99870 30936 or register online at
COST: Rs 1,200

First Published: Sep 15, 2012 01:39 IST