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<br />Kuravanji: This form combines classical and folk music, dance and drama.<br />

Kuravanji: This form combines classical and folk music, dance and drama.

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Tout Ce Qui Brille (All That Glitters)

8 March

Part-comedy, part-social drama, this witty drama and 2010 debut film of writer/director Géraldine Nakache (who also co-stars in it along with Hervé Mimran) traces the misadventures of two girls, Ely and Lila. The two grow up together on a housing estate in the suburbs of Paris. One night they decide to get into one of the nightclubs patronized by the wealthy and Lila quickly falls for the charms of Maxx, while Ely accidentally cements a friendship with a lesbian couple. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

9am and 6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, call 40808181.



3 March

Bass player Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury and his jazz-fusion quintet from Kolkata, Kendraka, will launch their record, The Candy Album, at this gig. Kendraka’s music is a melding of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, the rural folk of Purulia and Bankura districts of West Bengal, the urban folk of Kolkata, jazz, rock, blues and Afro-Brazilian.

8-11pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793). Entry, 600 (including cover charge).


Short+Sweet Festival

Till 4 March

Playwright Alex Broun brings the second leg of his short plays festival to India with 10-minute plays being staged back-to-back. Participating city-based troupes include WeMove Theatre, Visage Theatre, Tat Tvam, Cult, Anaavarana Productions, Ravan Entertainment, Jugaad Co, Let’s Meet Tomorrow, Mad Hats Theatre, Rangasiri, Playtonik, Dramanon, Ranga Vartula and Tahatto, performing in Kannada, English and Hindi. Winners will be announced on the concluding day.

7.30pm (with a 3.30pm show on Sunday). Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, 200, available at the venue.

Around town

Go! MAD—The trip that won’t take you for a ride

7-10 March

Go! M.A.D (Make A Difference) is organizing a four-day fund-raising cycling tour from Bangalore to Gudalur, in the Nilgiris. Funds raised will benefit the adivasis (tribals) in the Nilgiris. The cyclists will ride through the idyllic stretches of Kollegal, Chamrajnagar and Mangala, bordering the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, pass through small villages along the way, meeting and eating with the locals. Around 25 participants, each committed to raising 25,000 to benefit the Vidyodaya tribal school, will be shortlisted for the trip on the basis of their pledge amounts. All you need is a cycle and the will to pedal 250km. The participants will meet with a farmers’ group on Day 1, a self-help group on Day 2 and with adivasis on Day 3 to discuss community-based ecotourism.

Participants need to assemble at Fireflies resort on Kanakpura Road on 6 March at 7.30pm. For registration, visit, email go-mad@madcycletours. in, or call Nishita Vasanth on 09480322881.


Look Nau

2-15 March

For its ninth anniversary show, Gallery G, in association with the Janus Art Gallery from Kolkata, is hosting the works of Arun Mondal, Bharti Prajapati, Mohini Biswas, Om Swami, Prabir Kumar Bera, Kalyan Mukherjee, Sekhar Roy, Subrata Chowdhury and Subrata Pal.

10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery G, Maini Sadan, 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross (22219275/ 9945465685). For details, visit

Doodu’s Doodles—An exhibition of RK Laxman’s Unpublished Doodles

Till 10 March

Named after the great cartoonist’s (R.K. Laxman’s) pet name “Doodu”, this exhibition is showcasing a prized collection of unpublished drawings, sketches and doodles from the sketchpads and scrapbooks of Laxman.

10am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Indian Cartoon Gallery, No. 1, Midford House, Midford Garden, MG Road (41758540).

Kuravanji: This form combines classical and folk music, dance and drama.



3 March

The Chennai-based Bharatanatyam quartet Parasaha, comprising Aswathy Srikanth, N. Srikanth, Priya Murle and Roja Kannan, will present Tiruchengottu Ardhanareeswarar Kuravanji at the Gudiya Sambhrama, a temple-centric dance and music festival. Kuravanji is an old literary form in Tamil literature that integrates the classical and folk elements of music, dance and drama through trope, the archetypal characters of the comely heroine, the god-like hero, the ‘sakhi’, or companion of the heroine, the ‘kurathi’, a gypsy woman fortune-teller, and the ‘kuravan’, the gypsy husband.

7.30pm. Sri Dodda Basavanna Devasthana, Basavanagudi (9731207477).


Around town

Punjabi food festival

Till 9 March

Chefs Parvinder Singh Bali and Surendra Singh from Delhi prove that there’s more to Punjabi food than murgh makhani,paneer tikka, butter chicken, punjabi grilled chicken. Tuck into lachhedar parathas with martaban gosht, sarson da saag and lachha pyaaz with makke di roti and gulp it down with chilled lassi and chaas. The cocktail range is called “Chak De Phatte” and includes cocktails made with white rum, black rum, vodka and whisky.

Noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. 022, Trident hotel, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E) (66727610). All major cards accepted. A buffet meal costsRs 995 without alcohol per person, and 2,495 with alcohol per person, inclusive of taxes.


Universal Religion Promo Party

2 March

The Universal Religion in Nepal (to be held in April) is the biggest psytrance festival of the subcontinent. Its promo party is being celebrated at blueFROG, featuring psy artiste Dick Trevor, known as Dickster. Trevor has been involved in influential psy projects throughout his 15 years as a DJ and is now a part of the English psychedelic downtempo/psybient project Shpongle.

10.30pm. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge, 500.


An Artist’s Quest: K.K. Hebbar

Till 4 March

Visual language: K.K. Hebbar’s paintings are on show at the NGMA.

11am-6pm (Mondays closed), and film screenings at 11.30am and 3.30pm, daily. National Gallery of Modern Art, Cowasji Jehangir Hall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Museum, Colaba (22881969). Tickets, 10 for Indians and 150 for foreigners.


Till 31 March

In the works of German painter Eberhard Havekost and Indian abstractionist Manish Nai, there is a preoccupation with the perception of the world around us and its transformation into abstraction. Both Nai and Havekost engage with urban life and landscapes in their paintings. While Havekost’s paintings are mostly in oil on canvas, Nai’s include a digital archival print with hand-applied watercolour on Hahnemühle paper and a digital archival print of drawing superimposed on a photograph.

11am-7pm (Sundays and Mondays closed). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba (22023030).

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Around town

Bombay Dost—Sunday Highs

4 March

The Humsafar Trust Centre for Excellence’s LGBTQ magazine ‘Bombay Dost’ and the not-for-profit youth group Yaariyan are organizing the event Bombay Dost—Sunday Highs. It is a picnic, a trip to the amusement park Water Kingdom. Ride a roller-coaster or drive a bumper car, go rock climbing or ice-skating, and make new friends or rediscover old ones. On one of their Facebook events, Yaariyan calls itself “a group of young and enthusiastic Mumbai queer and at the moment, we prefer to call ourselves ‘Yaariyan—We don’t need tag lines’. Come, get to know us, enjoy some warm company, laugh a lot and make some happy memories!”

9.30am-6.30pm. Assembly at Gorai Jetty, near Borivali station. Entry, 501 per person. For details, call Sibi (9867397744) or Sonal (9920560011), or visit



Aastha Goswami

2 March

Aastha Goswami is one of many scholars from the ITC Sangeet Research Academy to emerge as a formidable Hindustani vocalist. She will present her khayal and thumris. 1 hour.

7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).

Negra Pradera

4 March

Negra Pradera is a flamenco Latin American band consisting of vocalist Belén Cantos, guitarists Ignacio “Nacho” Corral and Daniel Rangel, percussionist Eduardo Lastra and flautist Nathalie Ramirez. India-based Negra Pradera’s music is a melting pot of genres and influences from Spanish-speaking regions such as Spain, Mexico and Argentina, where the band members hail from. The band plays Cuban Son, rumba, salsa, flamenco, bossa nova and other styles. Negra Pradera has some original songs, but for the moment, it has generally been playing the covers of well-known Spanish tunes.

9-10.30pm. blueFROG, 4-A, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, opposite the Qutab Minar (30800300). Entry, 300 per person.

Around town

Michaël Canitrot

2 March

DJ Michaël Canitrot has designed runway soundtracks for fashion houses like Dior, Prada and Versace. Since 2003, Canitrot has also been the official DJ of the Cannes Film Festival. Canitrot also created the “So, Happy in Paris?” parties; the last one was held at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

10pm. The Blue Bar, Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg (66503665). Cover charge, 6,155 for couple entry.

The Art of Bengal: An exhibition of around 400 artworks.

The Art of Bengal

Till 10 March

A show of at least 400 works by 104 artists from the last two centuries. It includes 19th century Kalighat pats, Western academic paintings, and works by artists of the Bengal School such as Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Asit Haldar, and modernist painters and sculptors such as Prodosh Dasgupta, Somnath Hore, Jogen Chowdhury and Meera Mukherjee. The show surpasses the narrow focus of the geographical region. Instead, curator Kishore Singh and Delhi Art Gallery owner Ashish Anand chose artworks that spring from Bengal, but are not necessarily located in it.

11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village (46005300).

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Bad Boys of Dance

3 March

The American Center presents a performance by Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, a dance company from Maryland, US. The company blends ballet, jazz and hip hop movements. The Boys are now touring the world with their shows ‘Rock the Ballet’ and ‘Tap Stars’.

7pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg (26493370). Passes can be collected from The American Center Library (24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg), from 11am-6pm.


Sari splendour: At Aavaranaa.

Celebrating Women’s Day

2-18 March

Aavaranaa is celebrating its sixth anniversary and also International Women’s Day (8 March). There will be a range of saris on display and sale with hand embroidery, block print, cutwork and Kalamkari, in materials such as chiffon, georgette, cotton, organza and silk.

10am-7.30pm. Aavaranaa, 15, Asoka Street, Alwarpet (24988292).

Spring Fling

3 March

The annual flower bazaar for children is back with a host of activities like a walk around Bishop Garden, identifying a variety of flowers and plants. The children will also learn about pots of different shapes and sizes. Garden equipment, pots, containers and garden decor will be on sale.

10am-1pm, 4-7pm. No. 89, Bishop Garden, Greenways Road, RA Puram (42066660). For details, call 9444784066/9940012785.

Ugadi festival

7–11 March

Ugadi is the beginning of the Andhra new year. Celebrate the festival at DakshinaChitra, which will be showcasing the culture, cuisine and costumes of Andhra Pradesh, with a special presentation of the folk dance Lambadi. A craft shop will have an array of textiles like Kalamkari and Ikat, toys and artefacts on sale.

10am–6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).

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Cast Party

2–4 March

The Madras Players, in collaboration with The Boardwalkers, presents a classic whodunnit production. ‘Cast Party’, written by Shreekumar Varma, is set in a beach house in Chennai and revolves around a retired colonel Mannar, whose dark and troubled past comes back to haunt him. 1 hour, 30 minutes.

7.15pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets, 150, 250 and 400, available on

By Nandini Reddy




2 March

The story begins when a group of Aryans, led by Indra, attack Mohenjodaro and face defeat at the hands of Akshat, the chief of the Mohenjodaro army. Akshat is in love with Sugandha, the daughter of Kuraav, the head of Mohenjodaro, but he soon learns she loves his biggest enemy, Indra. The story takes unexpected twists. The play in Hindi, directed by Kulvinder Bakshish, is for adults only.

7.30pm. National Institute of Fashion Technology (Nift) Campus auditorium, opposite Hi-Tech City, Madhapur (23114537, 23110630). Tickets, 300 available

Around town

Naach Gaana aur Khaana Unlimited

8 March

Celebrate Holi at the Marrakesh Moroccan Lounge. They have morning and evening sessions. Take part in foam dance as you groove to live music by DJ Naik, followed by a jam session. Complete the celebrations with chaat, buffet lunch and special chilled drinks like thandai. There are special discounts for bulk booking and a lucky draw as well.

7.30am-4pm and 7.30pm-midnight. Marrakesh Moroccan Lounge, Durgam Cheruvu, Road No. 46, Jubilee Hills. For registration, call 9959961743/ 9949054854. Entry, 999 for one person, 1,599 for two people, 1,499 for couples and 2,999 for a six-member family, inclusive of taxes. Pick-up and drop facilities are available if requested at the time of registration.

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Solo show: At the Muse gallery.

Till 6 March

Anjum Mohammadi lives in Karachi, Pakistan, where she teaches art in a school. In this show, Mohammadi uses mediums like paint, charcoal, acrylic and sometimes a collage of old paintings. She also mixes sculpture with paintings to create a 3D effect.

11 am-7 pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road. For more details, call 27522999, 27522203.

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli



Drama: Nandikar’s Madhabi.

3 March

This episode from the Mahabharat is about Yayati’s daughter Madhabi and her beloved Galab, a disciple of Rishi Vishwamitra. When Galab insists on offering Guru Dakshina, Vishwamitra demands 800 Ashwamedha horses. Shocked and helpless, Galab contemplates suicide, but Yayati suddenly decides to abdicate his throne and lead the life of an ascetic. The play by the Nandikar theatre group has been adapted by Bhisham Sahni and directed by Swatilekha Sengupta.

6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street, Bagh Bazar.

Around town

Holi Chaats and Chillers

5-25 March

The Street at The Park, Kolkata will celebrate Holi with a food festival. The lip-smacking items include phuchka on the rocks, or phuchka with gin, prawn papdi chaat, and potato chaat with fried noodles. Drinks include pina colada lassi, thandai, and ginger chaas.

Noon-midnight and noon-2am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Park, 17, Park Street, Kolkata. Meal for two, 900, inclusive of taxes. For details contact 22499000.

By Indranil Bhoumik

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