Pick of the week

Updated on Aug 24, 2012 11:14 PM IST

A look at what's happening in the art and culture scene in New Delhi.

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Extravaganza of colours

The Lexicon Art Show brings to you artists — some qualified while others who are self-taught. Many women artists will also be exhibiting at the show, such as Alka Bhrushundi and Sharmishtha Dutta representing an enhanced indulgence of women in art. These art works are the reflection of an entire gamut of spirituality, love, dreamscapes and surrealistic objects coming alive on canvases.

11-8 pm, till Sep 6, at Ambience Mall.

For details call 09311711255

Violet dreams

The exhibition by photographer Shivani Dass portrays the many facets of Sufism. She travelled extensively across the country from Ajmer, Kolkata to Tamil Nadu. The photos are not just any post-card images of dargahs but philosophical musings on the many moods of the believers.

11-8 pm, Aug 26-31, at Alliance Francaise.

For details call 9582732689


Noir feast

I f you appreciate thought provoking and inspiring cinema, you can spend this weekend watching some quality cinema at Lodi: The Garden Restaurant amid lush greenery enjoying the cool monsoon breeze. Sewara presents Classic Sundays promoting art and culture along with a cocktail menu dedicated to the movie Maltese Falcon. This Sunday join Detective Spade on his adventurous search for a jewel-encrusted falcon.

8 pm, Aug 26, at Lodi: The Garden Restaurant, Lodhi Road. For details call 26494531

Short films from across borders

It is a screening of international short films especially curated for the Indian audience. With movies like The Duel of Blood Creek, Petite Flamme, Sight and Love at First Sight the list includes short films from France, Israel and UK varying from comedy to inspiring tales. Filmbooth will also showcase movies from its forthcoming film festival on spoof cinema, called SpoofMania.

7.30 pm, Aug 28, at Epicentre, Sec 44, Gurgaon. For details call 0124-2715000


Song of love

ICCR has organised an Annual Thumri Festival since 2005 with the objective of enhancing awareness of this prominent Indian music tradition for the international community and music connoisseurs in Delhi. Thumri is derived from the Hindi word “thum” representing the music emanating from anklets and “thumak” the graceful stamping of the foot. It was originally referred to as a raga rather than a genre. The tradition which started in Delhi has travelled to Lucknow and from there to Benaras, Gaya and Kolkata developing into three major gharanas, which will find representation at the festival.

6.30 pm, Aug 27 - 29, at Kamani Auditorium. For details call 9811423444

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Dedicated to the almighty

Thou … Thou … 2012 is an extension of artist Hemraj’s earlier approach to the concept dedicated to ‘Thou’, a loving address to the almighty. It is noteworthy that the term ‘Thou’ is used for near and dear ones, wherein ‘You’ would be utterly inappropriate, as it indicates the distance between the devotee and Him. The work revolves around the traditional philosophical concept of an intrinsic relationship between “Thou”and “Thine” What is Thine is mine only in a limited sense and is an egotistic manifestation.

11am - 8pm, till Aug 30, at Dhoomimal Gallery, CP. For details call 41516056

Adieu to A stellar lensman

Delhi pays tribute to Prabuddha Dasgupta, a self-taught photographer who wasn’t obsessed with technology or its never-ending possibilities. His aim was to capture beauty in all its rawness in a person, object or landscape. Like the image of Feroze Gujral with a bow in her hair and a cigarette in her hand that won him the Yves Saint Laurent grant for photography. A memorial meeting will also be held for this eminent fashion and lifestyle photographer.

6 pm, Aug 25, at NGMA, Jaipur House, India Gate. For details call 23382835

Bringing alive International bestselling erotica

Few books have been as talked about in recent times as British author EL James’ erotic global bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey – a book that raises many questions. As part of their Literary Theatre series, Akshara Theatre presents a dramatised book reading, based on the bestselling book on BDSM. The dramatised play has been adapted for the stage by Jalabala Vaidya and directed by Gopal Sharman. This dramatised book reading is for adults only.

6.30-8 pm, Aug 24 - 26, at Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. For details call 23742083

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