Pick of the week
A fresh touch
In an attempt to bring freshness and innovation to Madhubani art, artist Neelkanth Choudhary is putting up a solo painting exhibition on traditional Madhubani templates. His motifs include a range of depictions of Durga and Kali to charwomen and village children walking to school.
"The fine lines have been pulled from the long tradition of the Mithila-Madhubani art form and married to modern metaphors," says Choudhary.
11am - 7pm, March 7 to April 5, Galerie Ganesha, E-557, Greater Kailash II. For details call 29226043
Try out the holistic method to sensitise body and mind through a combination of yoga, dance and voice. A workshop by Sheela Raj, an international dancer and choreographer, aims at sharpening the 'consciousness of the self'. It also includes a Pilates session with dance artist Darcy McMurray and German sound artist Friedrich Glorian.
10am - 2.30pm, March 2-3, Gati Dance Forum, S-17, Khirkee Extension. For details call 64625766
Classic and contemporary
Saadat Hasan Manto is known for several short stories like Bu, Khol Do, Thanda Gosht, and one of Partition's most evocative stories, Toba Tek Singh, which has been considered a magnum opus. Revisiting the era, a Hindi stage adaptation of the story published in 1955 will look into the foundation of the tragic event which engulfed the two countries.
The story is set after the Partition, when the governments of India and Pakistan decided to exchange their Muslim, Sikh and Hindu prisoners. It looks at a Sikh inmate of an asylum in Lahore, who is from the town of Toba Tek Singh and as part of an exchange, is sent to India.
7 pm, March 2-3, Akshara Theatre, 11-B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Near RML Hospital. For details call 9811344941
The annual three-day world sufi festival is back with prominent international artists such as Abida Parveen, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan from Pakistan and Turkish composer Mercan Dede who will join hands with their Indian counterparts to enthrall audience with mystical performances.
This year the festival coincides with the 709th Urs of the sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. Other artists slated to perform are Deveshi Sahgal and Sonam Kalra from Delhi; and Malini Awasthi from Lucknow.
6.30 pm, till March 3, Arab ki Sarai, Humayun Tomb. For details, call 9650444444
Of tradition and mysticism
Watch qawwals Wajahat Hussain Badayuni from the family of legendary Ustad Zafar Hussain Badayuni and Rizwan and Mauzzam - the nephews of late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan - spin their magic in an evening that promises to capture the spirit of sufi music.
It also includes a performance by Sufi kathak dancer from Lucknow gharana, Manjari Chaturvedi. The event, Understanding Qawwali, brings together the art form of qawwali and sufi kathak in a mystical classical evening.
6.30pm - 9pm, March 2, Rose Garden, IIC, Lodhi road. For details, call 9811619988