Pick of the week
When dance breaks language barriers
Ras Rasamrit, based on Hindi poetry, is Geeta Chandran’s attempt to introduce North Indian audiences to the nuances of the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. In this performance, the dancer brings alive bhavas and rasas that truly belong to Bharatanatyam but in a language that breaks language barriers. The poets that she will interpret include Mirabai,
Hita Hari Vansh, Surdas, Vidyapati and Kabir.
Jan 28, 6 pm. Hindi Bhavan, near ITO. Entry free
Does the world of comics get you animated? Step into the world of cartooning with Mocha’s walk-in workshop on Writing for Comics. The idea is to get the stories from your heads onto paper. Watch humour-comics writer Adhiraj Singh demonstrate how comics are created and begin with writing a comic story at the workshop itself. Another workshop where you get to meet former Savita Bhabhi writer Sumit Kumar follows later in the month.
January 22, Mocha, Defence Colony.
3 pm to 5 pm. For special seats, mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebration 2011, the annual show by Kumar Gallery, one of Delhi’s oldest, brings together exponents of varied styles and artists from different generations. So, sharing exhibition space with Maqbool Fida Husain and Francis Newton Souza, icons of the Progressive art movement, are poet, tantrik teacher and master abstractionist Sohan Qadri; the seasoned Sakti Burman and Paresh Maity, whose latest work of public art adorns the new T3 terminal at Delhi Airport. Young artist Shampa Sircar Das, on the other hand, creates unfinished, serene and mystical human forms and Amit Slathia, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Rajasthan, has a fascination for scenic beauty in his home state Jammu that is discernible in most of his works.
January 25 to February 9. 56, Sunder Nagar Market. Call: 9811143131
Hooves that artist?
Two photo exhibitions by Delhi-based photographer Lohash Sood open simultaneously at the India Habitat Centre’s Palm Court this Friday.
On till the 24th of January, the exhibitions have been titled Photo Synthesis and Equinus. The images in Photo Synthesis are an ode to light and all that it is made up of, while Equinus tries to capture the beauty and playfulness of horses.
January 21 - 24, India Habitat Centre. For details, call 24682001
Texture of nature
Mumbai-based artist Malavika Mandal Andrew draws on her experience of growing up in Uttarakhand and her training as a textile designer in Santiniketan, to create tapestry and digital collages. “My inspiration is nature and the emphasis is on texture,” says Andrew. She stitches, weaves and prints on different surfaces, at times engraving and embossing. More than 20 works by the artist are now on show.
Till February 25. Quill And Canvas.
For details, call: 0124 - 405 0694
Based on Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer’s book of the same name, the Hindi adaptation of A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, promises to be a laugh riot. Prince Roger has the strange gift of making everyone laugh. Kings, wizards, peasants, and even animals can’t stop themselves from cracking up when he is around. Since this isn’t exactly becoming of a prince, his father decides Roger needs to embark on a quest to evolve into a responsible individual. These exciting and sometimes hilarious episodes are reconstructed in the play, directed by Moazzam Ali.
January 22, 6:30 p.m. American Centre, KG Marg. For details, call 23472289