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Urban mindscape: when the city is your studio

For the better part of this year, CSDS Sarai has been hosting City As Studio, a series of experimental contemporary art exhibitions.

art and culture Updated: Nov 19, 2010 23:24 IST
Hindustan Times


Urban mindscape: when the city is your studio

For the better part of this year, CSDS Sarai has been hosting City As Studio, a series of experimental contemporary art exhibitions. The series explores the construction and deconstruction of the urban landscape through sight and sound experiments. The latest in the series is an exhibit by Pradip Saha, Tanya Goel, and Siddhartha Karawala. In light of the changing socio-ecological structure of our cities, urban existences are falling into a pattern of consumption, accumulation and disposal. The show uses photography, video and sound to address the accumulation of capital that is now an overbearing part of our urban experience. It also features an audio piece by Sarai fellow Jason Kahn exploring the city’s sonic topographies through everyday sounds, recorded in India during his stay in the city for a fellowship. The show aims to speculate on, question and redefine how city life is perceived and projected by its exponents, to play with and restructure spaces and map the pulse of a particular time.
At CSDS Sarai, till December 4, Contact: 91-11-23928391, 23942199

Waste as muse

Delhi produces close to 73,00,000 kg solid waste every day, which goes back into the earth. Moved by the statistic, students of the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, spent six weeks with ragpickers, in landfills and at garbage godowns. The result: a compelling exhibition about the times we live in. “The idea was to stretch the limits of the urban product category of waste,” says Ananya Mukherjee, part of the project.
Till November 23, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Tel: 011-26717576


Music under the sky

The most endearing feature on Delhi’s classical music calendar is back, thanks to efforts by Spic-Macay and money from ONGC. Today’s concert, the second of this season, will feature singing by Ustad Rashid Khan and a Rudraveena recital by Ustad Bahauddin Dagar.

Coming up on November 26 is a concert by Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar (shehnai) and Shubha Mudgal (vocal). The December 4 show will have Pushparaj Kosti (Surbahar) and Girija Devi (vocal).
The show will start today at 6 pm in Nehru Park (closer to the Niti Marg entrance). Entry is free


Irish film festival

There’s more to Ireland than a rich literary tradition and information technology. Check out the interesting movies on show at the Irish Film Festival. Once, directed by John Carney, is a romantic musical set in Dublin. The story centres on the romance between a pianist and a guitarist who fixes vacuum cleaners by day and sings on the city’s streets by night. Another gripping film, Kings, based on the play The Kings of Kilburn High Road, is the story of five middle aged Irish immigrants living in England who reunite at a friend’s funeral. The Wind That Shakes The Barley, set in the Ireland of 1920, is about two brothers. The first heads a guerrilla squad fighting for independence and the second is a medical graduate who leaves a job offer at a London hospital to, ultimately, join the resistance group.

At the India Habitat Centre. For more details, call: 24682222

Youth theatre fest

In association with Hindustan Times, the Atelier Youth Theatre Week provides a platform to actors from youth theatre groups and Delhi University colleges. This weekend, check out productions from Lady Shri Ram College (Veronica’s Room), Hindu College (Johny Doesn’t Know), Shri Ram College of Commerce (Samar), Gargi College (Anahata), Hansraj (Firangi Laut Aye) and Kamala Nehru College (Frihet, a Montage on Ibsen’s Women). “The finale is Untitled by seasoned actor Lushin Dubey on November 21,” says festival director Kuljeet Singh.

Till Nov 21, Kamani Auditorium. For timings, visit

No vertical limits

Don’t be shocked if you see some people swirling, spinning and dancing, suspended from the Jeevan Bharti building in Connaught Place next Friday. Your are witnessing the Bandaloops in action. The San Francisco-based group combines choreography and rappelling to create awe-inspiring acrobatics.

November 26, 1 pm and 6.30 pm, Jeevan Bharti Building, Connaught Place

First Published: Nov 19, 2010 23:19 IST