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‘Get busy, very busy in Mumbai this weekend’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Get busy, very busy this weekend in Mumbai. Here is a list thoughtfully prepared by Scroll http://scroll.in/article/757121/mumbai-weekend-cultural-calendar-a-zakir-hussain-concert-a-documentary-screening-and-more

 

“MUMBAI WEEKEND CULTURAL CALENDAR:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

HISTORY Kindred Nations: A History of US-India Relations at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
An exhibition of photographs, documents and other objects that reveal relationships between Indians and Americans from the late eighteenth century until Independence in 1947. Tickets for Indians are priced at Rs 10 per head for adults and Rs 5 per head for children below the age of 13, and tickets for foreigners are priced at Rs 100 per head for adults and Rs 50 per head for children below the age of 13.
When: Friday, September 25 to Sunday, October 25. Open Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm; Wednesday, closed.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

SHOPPING & STYLE Gold Dust by Rehwa at Artisans’ Centre
An exhibition and sale of Maheshwari dupattas with gold prints as well as Maheshwari fabric and saris by Rehwa, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the textile, in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh.
When: Friday, September 25, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Artisans’ Centre, VB Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2267 3040.

THEATRE One on One 2 at Prithvi Theatre
In this sequel to Rage Theatre’s 2010 production One on One, a set of mini plays, seven directors, ten writers and six actors will present eight short pieces on topics ranging from the music industry and marriage to war and Bollywood. Tickets priced at Rs 400 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 25 at 6 pm and 9.30 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

FILM Jerichow at Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut
In Christian Petzold’s 2008 German film inspired by James M Cain’s noir novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, a love triangle develops between Thomas, a veteran of the Afghanistan mission, a woman called Laura and her German-Turkish husband. The screening is free.
When: Friday, September 25 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7542.

MUSIC Awestrung with Mikey McCleary and The Bartender + Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe at High Street Phoenix
The series of gigs held in the courtyard of the mall complex will return with a concert of sets by composer Mikey McCleary’s band The Bartender, which performs jazzed-up versions of Bollywood classics, and Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe, the folk-fusion rock band helmed the eponymous singer whose tunes are based on the verses of saint-poet Kabir. There is no entry fee.
When: Friday, September 25 at 6.45 pm.
Where: Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

FILM Bitter Lake at Prithvi House
Adam Curtis’s 2015 documentary examines the West’s “good versus evil” defence of its repeated military interventions in Afghanistan. Organised by Vikalp, a group of documentary filmmakers, the screening is free.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7 pm.
Where: Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

MUSIC Daira + Oak Island at He Said She Said
The city-based progressive rock bands will perform a concert where Daira will launch their self-titled debut album. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7 pm.
Where: He Said She Said, Remi BizCourt, opposite Supreme Chambers, off Link Road, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 90224 80780.

MUSIC Suchismita + Rashid Khan at Nehru Centre
The Hindustani classical singers will perform. Tickets priced at Rs 200, Rs 300, Rs 400 and Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7 pm.
Where: He Said She Said, Remi BizCourt, opposite Supreme Chambers, off Link Road, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 90224 80780.

MUSIC Symphony Orchestra of India with Zakir Hussain at the NCPA
The premier performance of Peshkar, tabla player Zakir Hussain’s concerto for the Symphony Orchestra of India. See here for more information. Tickets are sold out; call the NCPA box-office 022 2282 4567 to check for cancellations.
When: Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

MUSIC The Elton John Experience at Phoenix MarketCity Kurla
Australian vocalist and pianist Greg Andrew, among the most popular impersonators of Elton John, will perform a concert of the British singer’s greatest hits. Tickets priced at Rs 375 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Phoenix Marketcity, Dublin Square, Level 1, LBS Marg, Kurla (West).

THEATRE Song of the Swan at the NCPA Experimental Theatre
Directed by Shubhrajyoti Barat and written by Asad Hussain, this play tells the story of Hans Christian Ostro, the Norwegian theatre practitioner who was abducted and killed by militants in Kashmir in 1995. Tickets priced at Rs 250, Rs 300 and Rs 350 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

MUSIC DJ Mo City at The Drawing Room
The founding member of Delhi sound system Reggae Rajahs, also known as Mohammed Abood, will play a three-hour set. There is no entry fee.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 pm.
Where: The Drawing Room at Smoke House Deli, Clove at 33rd Road, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 6528 7800.

MUSIC Simply The Blues with Lil’ Red and the Roosters at Blue Frog
The annual series of blues gigs will return with a show by Lil’ Red and the Roosters, which features vocalist Jennifer Milligan, guitarist Pascal Fouquet and harmonica player Thomas Troussier. There is an entry fee of Rs 500 per head.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9.30 pm.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.

MUSIC Miguel Bastida at Kitty Su
The Spanish tech-house and techno DJ and producer will take over the console. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,500 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,000 (full cover charge) per couple; at Rs 2,000 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,500 (full cover charge) per head for single men; and at Rs 1,000 (full cover charge) per head for single women.
When: Friday, September 25 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

ART Video Art at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
A series of short video works by artists Adam Chodzko, Anne Tallentire, Gigi Scaria, Rohini Devasher, Qiu Anxiong, Baiju Parthan and Eline McGeorge will be screened. Tickets for Indians are priced at Rs 10 per head for adults and Rs 5 per head for children below the age of 13, and tickets for foreigners are priced at Rs 100 per head for adults and Rs 50 per head for children below the age of 13.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 3.30 pm and 4.45 pm.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

MUSIC Milind Raikar at Nehru Centre
The Hindustani classical violinist will perform a solo recital. Tickets for the event, by cultural organisation Udayan, are priced at Rs 200 per head and are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Basement, Planetarium Building, Nehru Centre Complex, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2496 4680.

THEATRE The Vagina Monologues at Prithvi Theatre
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal’s long-running production of Eve Enslser’s feminist manifesto The Vagina Monologues is a series of touching and hilarious stories of sexual experience and abuse. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per head are being sold on Prithvitheatre.org.
When: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

MUSIC #StrictlyDrumNBass with Vachan Chinnappa + EZ Riser at Cafe Nemo
This edition of the drum and bass club night, held on the last Saturday of every month, will comprise sets by DJs Vachan Chinnappa from Bangalore and EZ Riser aka Sohail Arora from Mumbai. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 9.3 0 pm.
Where: Cafe Nemo, 329/A, Thadani House, opposite Indian Coast Guard, Worli Village, Worli. Tel: 022 2437 9841.

MUSIC BLOT! at China 1
The Delhi duo of electronic music producer Gaurav Malaker and visual jockey Avinash Kumar will present a set. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 10 pm.
Where: China 1, C-70, Ground Floor, The Capital, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex. Tel: 022 6738 1111.

MUSIC Luke & Steve at Kitty Su
The Dutch house music duo of Lucas de Wert and Steven Jansen will man the decks. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,500 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,000 (full cover charge) per couple; at Rs 2,000 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,500 (full cover charge) per head for single men; and at Rs 1,000 (full cover charge) per head for single women. Call 99876 03114 or visit the venue’s website to book a spot.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

THEATRE Emotional Creatures at Prithvi Theatre
Written by American writer Eve Ensler and directed by Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Emotional Creatures is a series of monologues and vignettes about women, from a Chinese sweatshop worker making Barbie dolls to rape survivor from the Congo. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 9 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

ONGOING
ART PHOTOGRAPHY A Thousand Kisses Deep by Fabien Charuau at Chatterjee & Lal
French photographer Fabien Charuau’s digital photographs explore facets of contemporary life in India such as online devotional practices and intimacy among young adults.
When: Until Saturday, September 26. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, First Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3787.

ART PHOTOGRAPHY Conversations in Colour: Raghubir Singh at Jhaveri Contemporary
An exhibition of images by the lensman and photographers he mentored, Ketaki Sheth, Ram Rahman and Sooni Taraporevala. See the review here.
When: Until Friday, October 2. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Jhaveri Contemporary, 2 Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road. Tel: 022 2369 3639.

ART Hyphenated Lives at Chemould Prescott Road
Reena Saini Kallat’s new solo show, in which she has used the electrical cable as a symbol, hinges on the theme of conflict.
When: Until Saturday, October 10. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort. Tel: 022 2200 0211.

ART Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
This exhibition comprises the late artist’s paintings and personal articles such as diaries, sketchbooks and portfolios that were donated by his wife Shirin Sabavala to the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, which is housed inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The show, which has been curated by Ranjit Hoskote, places Jehangir Sabavala’s work in the context of his artistic inspirations, his education in Mumbai, London and Paris, and his practice among his peers from the 1930s to the 1950s. Tickets to enter the museum are priced at Rs 70 per head for visitors above the age of 12, Rs 20 per head for children between the ages of five and 12 and Rs 300 per head for foreigners above the age of 12.
When: Until Thursday, December 31. The Foundation is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30 am to 6 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Second Floor, East Wing, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 9613.”

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‘There is so much to do in Delhi this weekend’ – K.J.S.Chatrath

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There is so much to do in Delhi this weekend. Here is a list thoughtfully prepared by Scroll (Source: http://scroll.in/article/757168/delhi-weekend-cultural-calendar-a-handicrafts-bazaar-french-blues-rock-gig-and-more

“Saturday, September 26th 2015
Delhi weekend cultural calendar: A handicrafts bazaar, French blues-rock gig, and more
There’s a lot happening in the nation’s capital over the next three days.
The Daily Pao • Yesterday • 12:00 pm

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

PHOTOGRAPHY Prabuddha Dasgupta: A Journey at the National Gallery of Modern Art
An exhibition of images by the late photographer. Tickets are priced at Rs 20 of Indians above the age of 18 and Rs 500 for adult foreign nationals. There is no entry fee for students and visitors below the age of 18.
When: Until Sunday, November 22. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate. Tel: 011 2338 4640.

PHOTOGRAPHY Paraxdox (on the poetry by Pilar Paz Pasamar) at Instituto Cervantes
Photographer Ajay Sharma’s exhibition is his response to the work of the Spanish poet. See here for more information.
When: Until Saturday, October 3. Open Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place. Tel: 011 4368 1907.

SHOPPING & STYLE Crossing Boundaries at Nature Bazaar
This crafts bazaar will have a range of handicrafts on offer. There is an entry fee of Rs 20. See here for more information.
When: Until Monday, September 28, from 11 am to 7.30 pm.
Where: Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh. Tel: 011 2680 8633.

ART Sunil Padwal + Abit Karmakar + Unnikrishnan C at Galleryske
Sunil Padwal’s Intertwined Plasticity is a set of drawings on the theme of memory. Abir Karmakar’s Follow Piece is a series of paintings on voyeurism in the age of the internet. And Unnikrishnan C’s Brick Wall Diary is an actual wall constructed of bricks made in his hometown Pezhumpara in Kerala. The artist has painted and carved urban scenes on the wall. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Until Saturday, October 10. Open Wednesday to Monday, from noon to 8 pm; Tuesday, closed.
Where: Galleryske, First Floor, Shivam House, F-14 Middle Circle, Connaught Place. Tel: 011 6565 2724.

BOOKS Long Night of Literatures at Instituto Cervantes
Nine authors from across Europe and India will read from their published works for 20 minutes each. India-born Barcelona-based television presenter and documentary filmmaker Asha Miro and Raj Kamal Jha, chief editor of The Indian Express newspaper are among the participating authors in this event organised by the Goethe Institut. To reserve a spot, email longnightlit@gmail.com. See here for the complete list of authors.
When: Friday, September 25 at 5.30 pm.
Where: Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place. Tel: 011 4368 1907.

DANCE MUSIC Parampara Series at Kamani Auditorium
An annual three-day festival organised by kuchipudi duo Radha and Raja Reddy. On Friday, September 25, the Reddys will perform followed by Hindustani classical vocalist Sanjeev Abhayankar. On Saturday, September 26, Manipuri dancer Preeti Patel will take the stage followed by tabla player Anuradha Pal. On Sunday, September 27, actor Suhasini Maniratnam, mohiniattam dancer Gopika Varma, kuchipudi artist Yamini Reddy and bharatanatyam dancer Krithika Subramanium will present a dance-theatre performance followed by a Carnatic classical recital by singer Sudha Raghuraman and flautist G Raghuraman. To register for free passes, visit Eventbrite.com.
When: Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27 at 7 pm.
Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, near Doordarshan Kendra, Connaught Place. Tel: 011 4350 3352.

COMEDY Jeeveshu Ahluwalia + Sumit Anand + Naveen Richard at Striker Pub and Kitchen
The stand-up comics will each present a set at this event organised by Canvas Laugh Club. Tickets priced at Rs 600 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Striker Pub and Kitchen, Third Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj. Tel: 011 4087 0040.

DANCE Swaraah at Epicentre
A performance by dancers from the Rachana Yadav Kathak Studio to music by guitarist Susmit Sen and vocalist Samiullah Khan. Tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. See here for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, opposite Power Grid Residential Complex, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124 271 5000.

MUSIC Matteo Fraboni Trio at Depot 29
The jazz band fronted by the Italian drummer and composer will perform. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 8.45 pm.
Where: Depot 29, Levels 2 & 3, B6/2 Commercial Complex, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave. Tel: 97174 50029.

MUSIC Echo with Compa at AntiSocial
British dubstep DJ and producer Compa aka William Brown will headline this edition of the recently-launched monthly gig series dedicated to the culture of the sound system. There is a cover charge of Rs 300 per head. See the Facekbook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, 9A & 12, Third Floor, Hauz Khas Village. Tel: 78386 52814.

MUSIC Lucas & Steve at Kitty Su
The Dutch house music duo of Lucas de Wert and Steven Jansen will man the decks. The entry fee is Rs 500 per head for single women and Rs 750 for couples. Book a spot here.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Barakhamba Lane, Connaught Place. Tel: 1800 11 6777.

MUSIC Midival Punditz at Raasta
The veteran electro-folk fusion duo made up of composer-producers Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj will play a DJ set. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 pm.
Where: Raasta, 30-A, First Floor, Hauz Khas Village. Tel: 011 4062 3028.

MUSIC Vinayak^A at Summer House Café
The Bangalore-based electronic music DJ-producer will take over the console. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 25 at 9 pm.
Where: Summer House Café, First Floor, DDA Shopping Complex, Aurbindo Place Market, Hauz Khas. Tel: 93509 27000.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

DANCE Pandit Durgalal Festival at Sangeet Natak Akademi
Organised by kathak dancer Uma Dogra and the Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts, the 25th anniversary of the festival is a day-long event with performances by Dogra, bharatanatyam dancer Janaki Rangarajan and Odissi artist Ranjana Gauhar. The event is free.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Meghdoot Theatre, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road. Tel: 011 2300 9200.

THEATRE Aruna’s Story at India Habitat Centre
Directed by Arvind Gaur and enacted by Lushin Dubey, this monologue is based on Pinki Virani’s eponymous book about Aruna Shanbaug, a nurse at KEM Hospital in Mumbai who was brutally sexually assaulted by a ward boy in 1973. She remained in a vegetative state till May this year, when she died. Tickets priced at Rs 350 and Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at 7 pm.
Where: The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tel: 011 2468 2002.

MUSIC Mame Khan at Qla
The Rajasthani folk music vocalist will launch and sing tracks from his new album Desert Sessions. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 8 pm.
Where: Qla, Kila, Seven Style Mile, 4A Kalka Das Marg, next to Qutub Minar, Mehrauli. Tel: 011 3231 8233.

COMEDY The Humour Showdown at Club Rhino
A stand-up set by comedians Appurv Gupta and Abhijit Ganguly. Comedian Kishore Dayani will present the opening act. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 8.15 pm.
Where: Club Rhino, 312, DLF South Point Mall, DLF Phase 5, DLF Golf Course Road, Gurgaon. Tel: 82873 21878.

MUSIC Anushka and Agent at Bunmanchi
The DJ duo of Anushka Menon and Smita Singh aka Agent will spin a set that’s likely to include everything from funk, disco and R&B to hip hop, house and trap. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 9 pm.
Where: Bunmachi, Building M 20, M Block Market, Greater Kailash II. Tel: 011 465 7867.

MUSIC Miguel Bastida at I-Kandy
The Spanish tech-house and techno DJ and producer will perform a gig as part of this ongoing tour of India. There is an entry fee of Rs 500 per head. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 10 pm.
Where: I-Kandy, Le Meridien, MG Road, Sector 26, Delhi-Gurgaon Border, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124 499 2000.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

WALKS Chandni Chowk
Tour company Seek Sherpa will take participants on a guided walk around the Chandni Chowk area, covering places such as Mirza Ghalib’s haveli, the wholesale market Chawri Bazaar and Jama Masjid. The walk will end with snacks and sweets at some of the area’s popular eateries. The walk will begin at the Chandni Chowk McDonald’s. Tickets priced at Rs 700 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. The ticket includes two desserts.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 4.30 pm.
Where: McDonald’s, Commercial Complex, Kumar Theatre, Chandni Chowk.

MUSIC Neuromotor at I-Kandy
The French trance music DJ and producer born Frederic Talaa will perform. There is an entry fee of Rs 500 per head until 9 pmand of Rs 750 per head after 9 pm. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 6 pm.
Where: I-Kandy, Le Meridien, M. G. Road, Sector 26, Delhi-Gurgaon Border, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124 499 2000.

COMEDY Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say at Alliance Francaise
Stand-up comic Aditi Mittal from Mumbai will riff on issues plaguing the modern Indian woman in this show. Tickets priced at Rs 500 and Rs 700 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 6.30 pm and 8 pm.
Where: Alliance Francaise, 72 Lodhi Estate, Lodhi Road. Tel: 011 4350 0200.

MUSIC Lil Red and the Roosters at Qla
The blues-rock band from France, which features vocalist Jennifer Milligan, guitarist Pascal Fouquet and harmonica player Thomas Troussier, will play the Delhi leg of their ongoing tour of the country. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm.
Where: Qla, Kila, Seven Style Mile, 4A Kalka Das Marg, next to Qutub Minar, Mehrauli. Tel: 011 3231 8233.

THEATRE The Mahabharata of Women at Epicenter
Directed by KS Rajendran, this play is based on an old Tamil legend about a young woman, a victim of honour killing at the hands of her brothers, who uses her dying breath to curse the descendants of her clan. The story is told from the clanswomen’s point of view and through surreal interactions with female characters of the Mahabharata such as Kunti and Draupadi. Tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 400 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Epicentre, Apparel House, opposite Power Grid Residential Complex, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124 271 5000.

MUSIC Taba Chake at Depot 29
The guitarist and composer from Arunachal Pradesh will present a set. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, September 27 at 8 pm.
Where: Depot 29, Levels 2 & 3, B6/2 Commercial Complex, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave. Tel: 97174 50029.

ONGOING
ART Cosmology to Cartography: A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps at the National Museum
An exhibition of vintage Indian maps sourced from the Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad that includes both cosmological representations of the universe and cartographic depictions of the country. Tickets are priced at Rs 20 per head for Indians and Rs 650 per head (inclusive of the audio tour) for foreigners. See here for more information.
When: Until Sunday, October 11. Open daily, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Special Exhibition Hall-I, National Museum, Janpath, Rajpath Road Area, Central Secretariat. Tel: 011 2379 2775.”

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‘Forthcoming music/festival/dance/theatre/visual arts/films in New Delhi’ – K.J.S.Chatrath

‘The Hindu’, in its edition dated 25th September, 2015 has brought out a listing of forthcoming music/festival/dance/theatre/visual arts/films in New Delhi.

Take a look…. and thank you ‘The Hindu’.

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‘Join 21 day road trip from Santiago (Chile) to Ushuaia (Argentina)’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

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I am planning to go on a 21 day road trip from Santiago in Chile to Ushuaia in Argentina starting on 16th December, 2015. The trip is being organised by Tucan Travels and all the details may be seen by clicking at the link below:

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‘Get busy in Delhi this weekend’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

safdarjungs-tomb-head-3333There is plenty to do in Delhi this weekend. Here is a list thoughtfully prepared by Scroll (Source: http://scroll.in/article/756264/delhi-weekend-cultural-calendar-radhika-vazs-stand-up-routine-french-hip-hop-and-more

 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

FILM Woodpecker Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium
The third edition of the international film festival will have a special focus on Mexican and Nigerian cinema. The four-day event will include screenings and discussions. For the complete schedule, see here. There is no entry fee. Visit Woodpeckerfilmfestival.in to register and for more information.
When: Until Sunday, September 20, from 9.30 am.
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex. Tel: 011 4166 1868.

FILM Open Frame Festival at India International Centre
Among the films that will be screened at this five-day festival organised by the Public Service Broadcast Trust are Hemant Gaba’s Japan in Nagaland, which profiles Naga anime fans and Annie Zaidi’s In Her Words, which is about women in Indian literature. See here for the complete schedule. There is no entry fee; seating is on a first come, first served basis.
When: From Friday, September 18 to Tuesday, September 22, from 10 am.
Where: CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Tel: 011 24619431.

FILM Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai at Maraa Delhi Terrace
A screening of Delhi-based director Nakul Singh Sawhney’s documentary on the communal riots that took place in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in 2013. The show will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 18 at 7 pm.
Where: Maraa Delhi DA, 5D, DDA Flats, Munirka. Tel: 80409 99664.

COMEDY Kenneth Sebastian + Karthik Kumar + Angad Singh Ranyal at Striker Pub and Kitchen
The stand-up comedians will each present a set at this gig organised by the Canvas Laugh Club. Tickets priced at Rs 600 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 18 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Striker, Ambience Mall, Third Floor, Vasant Kunj. Tel: 90154 55000.

COMEDY Older.Angrier.Hairier at Kamani Auditorium
New York-based stand-up comedian Radhika Vaz’s new show covers everything from porn and politics. Tickets priced at Rs 500 and 750 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, September 18 at 8 pm.
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Janpath. Tel: 011 4350 3352.

MUSIC Sound Avtar at Urban Pind
The bass-heavy electronic music DJ and producer also known as Piyush Bhatnagar will take over the console. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, September 18 at 8 pm.
Where: Urban Pind Café, M-31, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2. Tel: 96502 21221.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.

MUSIC Benny Dayal at Siri Fort Auditorium
The Hindi and Tamil film playback singer will perform. Tickets priced at Rs 750, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500, Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm.
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village Complex. Tel: 011 4166 1868.

MUSIC Dhruv Visvanath at India Habitat Centre
The Delhi-based guitarist will launch and play songs from his debut album Orion, which is the first release of singer and composer Vishal Dadlani’s new record label. There is no entry fee but you can RSVP on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 8 pm.
Where: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, near Air Force Bal Bharati School. Tel: 011 2468 2002.

MUSIC Chill Bump at AntiSocial
The French hip hop duo, which raps in English, will perform a set. There is a cover charge of Rs 300 per head. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, 9A & 12, Third Floor, Hauz Khas Village. Tel: 78386 52814.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20.

THEATRE Run For Your Wife at Lok Kala Manch
Directed by Rishi Mehta and based on a play of the same name by British playwright Ray Cooney, this Hindi comedy is about a taxi driver in Delhi juggling households with two wives without them finding out about each other. Tickets priced at Rs 250, Rs 350 and Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, September 20 at 3 pm and 5.45 pm.
Where: Lok Kala Manch, 20 Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road. Tel: 011 6580 6268.

FILM The Mushrooms at Instituto Cervantes
Directed by Columbian filmmaker Oscar Ruiz Navia, this 2014 Spanish movie tells the story of two street artists Ras and Calvin who come together with other graffiti makers in Santiago de Cali to paint a tribute to Arab Spring demonstrators. The film will be screened with English subtitles. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, September 20 at 4.30 pm.
Where: Instituto Cervantes, Building No. 48, Hanuman Road, near Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, Central. Tel: 011 4368 1907.

ONGOING.

ART Cosmology to Cartography: A Cultural Journey of Indian Maps at the National Museum
An exhibition of vintage Indian maps sourced from the Kalakriti Archives in Hyderabad that includes both cosmological representations of the universe and cartographic depictions of the country. Tickets are priced at Rs 20 per head for Indians and Rs 650 per head (inclusive of the audio tour) for foreigners. See here for more information.
When: Until Sunday, October 11. Open daily, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Special Exhibition Hall-I, National Museum, Janpath, Rajpath Road Area, Central Secretariat. Tel: 011 2379 2775.

ART Lay of the Land at Gallery Latitude 28
Art writer Anushka Rajendran has curated this show of works from across the sub-continent including those by Adeela Suleman from Pakistan, Niyeti Kannal from India and Pala Pothupitiye from Sri Lanka. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Until Tuesday, September 22. Open daily, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Gallery Latitude 28, F-208, Lado Sarai. Tel: 011 4679 1111.

FOOD & DRINK Restaurant Week India
During this bi-annual event, customers get to eat three-course set meals at a selection of fine-dining restaurants across the city at discounted rates. The 26 participating restaurants this time around include Sakura at The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Guppy by Ai in Lodhi Colony, Artusi in Greater Kailash II, A Ta Maison in Sunder Nagar and Yauatcha in Vasant Kunj. The set lunch is priced at Rs 1,100 per person and set dinner at Rs 1,300 per person (prices exclude taxes). Reservations can be made on Restaurantweekindia.com.
When: Until Sunday, September 20, at 1 pm for lunch and at 8 pm and 10 pm for dinner.
Where: See here for the complete list of restaurants.

 

 

‘Take an illuminating walk of Pune’s Manache Ganpati’…by K.J.S. Chatrath

To  KJS

‘Safari in Africa’

Hello,

I am sharing below information received from Penguin Travel about some of their tours.

This is being shared for the information of the readers.

www.traveltalk.co.in is in no way connected with Penguin Travel and in no way endorses the mentioned tours.

This email is being shared only for the information of the readers who should satisfy themselves fully before taking any decision.

Regards………………KJS  Chatrath

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To
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‘Tricks for travellers’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

P1240603 580 75I am reproducing below travel tricks brought out by sky scanner: http://www.skyscanner.net/news/50-insider-travel-tips-tricks-what-we-ve-learned-about-travelling.

I do not agree with all of these. I have mentioned my take in red letters whereever I disagree strongly.  Thank me if these are useful and blame skyscanner if these are not helpful.

“1. Pack less: When it comes to clothing: less is best. Travelling with just hand-luggage should be your goal. Do you really need six pairs of heels, tea bags, and an iron? Take less and you’ll travel cheaper (no check-in luggage fees), travel faster (no waiting for your bags), and travel easier (one bag means less to lug around).

2. Leave the guidebook at home: Rather than taking your entire copy of the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet, just photocopy the pages you need, then discard after you have used them. Saves space and weight.

3. Never join the security queue with kids in: Go for the one with the ‘suits’. It will move much quicker.

4. Never wear flip flops (on a plane): Never to wear sandals on board an aircraft. In the unlikely event of an emergency, it’s best to have a good set of sturdy shoes that will protect your feet from heat or sharp objects.

5. Jiggle it (just a little bit): If you’re petrified of turbulence during flights, try slightly jiggling your body when you hit some rough air. No one will notice because everyone is being moved around due to the aircraft movement. Sounds a little crazy but your movement will counteract that of the aircraft and you won’t feel the turbulence so much. It really does work!

6. Choose your seat-mate carefully: Some ladies prefer to sit next to men, as she says they tend to need the toilet less often: If you get the choice of plane seat, always sit far away from: babies, groups of friends who will chat, or women (men tend to need the toilet less often than ladies).

7. Learn a little lingo: Memorise a handful of words of the local language, and have the courage to use them! It’s amazing how just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who have made the effort to communicate with them in their own tongue.
8. Keep your mouth shut: If you are in a country where it is unsafe to drink the water, keep your mouth shut in the shower.

9. Hotels are not the only fruit: Staying in a hotel when you’re on holiday is not the only option. Or in a hostel for that matter. Apartments or rooms in private homes are where the savvy travellers rest their heads these days.

10. Ditch your friends: Travelling all by your lonesome might seem daunting at first, but it gives you a chance to really immerse yourself in the travel experience. I’ve met friends for life, learnt a new language, and had amazing experiences by travelling solo.

11. Always travel in a hoodie: Not just for ASBOs: hooded tops make top travel garments: They may have become the uniform of unruly ASBO-teenagers, but hooded tops make excellent travel garments. Just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep on a flight/airport seat/bus. (My take: This is not to be taken seriously)

12. Choose the Asian-vegetarian option on the plane: You get fed before anyone else, you avoid anything too greasy and stodgy (helps the jetlag allegedly) and I’m convinced the more niche meals are much better quality as they’re made in smaller batches.

13. Bring ear plugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. Being able to sleep in a noisy plane or hotel room is a very valuable skill, not to be underestimated whilst travelling.

14. Pre-book an airport lounge: If you’re flying long-haul, pre-book yourself into an airport lounge. There’s an up-front fee, but it provides a quiet environment with complimentary drinks, food, magazines, newspapers, WiFi etc. When you leave the lounge, take a few big bottles of water. It’s a cost effective and relaxing way to start your journey. (My take: Not for the budget traveller who has to count every Dollar)

15. Bring an internet ready device: If travelling for a long time, take your own device that can pick up wifi, like a smartphone or tablet. We didn’t do this because we didn’t want to bring an expensive item backpacking, but it turned out to be incredibly expensive to use the internet, or impossible to find any. Yet there is free wifi in places all around the world, and you quickly realise how often you need to tap in to things like bank accounts or travel bookings.

16. Bring an extra top on board: When flying (especially long haul) always travel with an extra top as the blankets they provide are thin and the plane can get very cold.

17. Always bring a sarong: They’re light and multifunctional: something to lie on at the beach, a cover for when you’re cold, a towel, a curtain, a skirt, a dress, even an emergency bandage. (My take: This is not necessary. Remember we are travelling light!)

18. Bring a DVD player for the kids: When flying with small children, bring a laptop/DVD player/tablet. Cartoons and movies while away a sizeable chunk of the flight and allow parents some downtime too. (My take: Remember we are travelling light: Let kids see the cartoons being shown on the Plan’s Tv)

19. Invest in noise-cancelling headphones: For the perfect long-haul trip, invest in some good quality noise cancelling headphones. The price tags are hefty, but they are worth every penny to tune out the crying baby, snoring man, or chattering teenagers.(My take: this is not necessary. Remember we are travelling light!)

20. Kindles are made for travel: I never travel without my Kindle. No more lugging multiple books around whilst waiting to exchange them with other travellers. This may have been a ‘charming’ part of travelling, but not when every book exchange turns up nothing but books in German! (My take: This is not necessary. Remember we are travelling light!)

21. Look before you leave: Whenever you get up to leave somewhere, be it a chair at the airport, a café, or a bar, always turn round and make sure you haven’t left anything behind.

22. Roll your clothes when packing: Once you roll, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to fold.

23. Use body language: When there’s a language barrier, shouting in your own language is not going to get you far. Instead, use your body. It’s the most international language in the entire world. Don’t forget to translate a full stop with a smile.

24. Bring a money belt AND a wallet: There’s a dual purpose to this: if you get mugged you can calmly hand over the wallet and carry on your holiday with minimum hassle. If you meet new friends, use the wallet, as it can be a bit insulting to go into a money belt to pay for your beers.

25. Never exchange money in your hotel: Instead, shop around for best rate. Find a credit/debit card that doesn’t charge for purchases abroad, and don’t bother with traveller’s cheques anymore.

26. Don’t carry (too much) cash: Now there are ATM everywhere so there’s really no need to carry about more cash than you need for a couple of days.

27. Pack a pack of cards: Play your cards right: an excellent international ice breaker. A game of cards is not only useful to while away the hours during the inevitable delays, but also a great cross- cultural barrier breaker. (My take: This is not necessary. Remember we are travelling light!)

28. Get a guide: When visiting cultural monuments, always take the offer of a local guide. It will open your eyes to so much more than if you try and go it alone or just use a guide book.

29. Be flexible: The more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the more money you’ll save (you’ll be able to travel at cheaper times and get better rates). Use Skyscanner’s handy month charts to find the cheapest days to fly in any given month.

30. Sync your sleep: To get over jetlag quickly on arrival, try to sync your sleeping pattern with the new time zone immediately.

31. Get travel insurance: Always take out travel insurance (and don’t rely on credit card insurance alone). It sounds obvious but lots of people don’t bother, and end up losing a lot of money when things go wrong.

32. Be loyal: If you’re looking for ways to get a flight upgrade, then join the airline’s loyalty programme. Even if it’s the lowest level, you still get rewarded first.

33. Tiger Balm is medicine of the gods: TB: a cure for a multitude of traveller’s ailments. This Singaporean-made balm not only soothes sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent to keep the little biting beasties away. (My take: This is not necessary. Remember we are travelling light!)

34. Understand you might be understandable: Just because he looks Caucasian, doesn’t mean he speaks English. And just because she looks Asian, doesn’t mean she can’t understand your French! Be wary of mouthing off when you think you’re speaking a language no one around you speaks. You never know who understands what.

35. Recognise that we’re all the same: It’s only by travelling that you realise every society is as fractious and plural in their views as your own.

36. Avoid everywhere: If you really, really want to get off the beaten track, buy the Lonely Planet guide, then avoid everywhere featured in it.

37. Don’t plan anything: It might be tempting to have every step of your trip planned to the nth degree, but unplanned days are often those that leave the most lasting, and fondest memories. (My take: Dont take it seriously. Of course avoid very detailed planning).

38. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Have an open mind and don’t sweat the small stuff; travel can be frustrating but you will look back and remember it forever.

39. DIY travel is best: If you want to really experience a new country and culture, hire a car and plan it all yourself. It is the freedom to do what you want and when you want, that makes for the best trips of all.

40. Slow down: Traveling is like life, it’s the journey that’s fun. Don’t just try to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Travel more slowly and you’ll discover more.
41. Take the hard way: The more difficult the travel challenge, the more rewarding it is; driving to Kazakhstan was a crazy life-experience; flying there would have just been a ‘trip’.

42. Sitting is tiring: Travelling some distance through the air makes you tired, even if all you do the whole time is sit in a comfy seat.

43. Just go: If you have a strong urge to ‘go travelling’ or even just to see one specific place, start saving and go for it! Don’t delay. Don’t defer. Just do it, or you will regret it when you’re too old/attached/busy to travel.

44. Don’t be paranoid: Be wise and be wary, but try not to be paranoid.

45. Hide your guidebook: If you’re in London and need to ask directions then to stop people avoiding you, hide your guide book and map. If you’re in Glasgow and you want to avoid constantly being offered directions, hide your guidebook and map.

46. There will always be Toblerone: Got to the end of your holiday but forgotten to get gifts? No worries! It is a mathematical certainty that the world’s favourite mountain-shaped Swiss chocolate will always be available from every duty free airport shop on earth.

47. Don’t get angry: Don’t waste energy getting upset with unseasoned travellers who don’t stand one metre back (or behind the painted line) from the luggage belt, so that everyone can see luggage arriving. I haven’t managed this yet though, and it always infuriates me!

48. Steak Tartare is not steak with tartar sauce: I learned that the hard way. (My take: Ignore it)

49. Saw your toothbrush in half: To save space and reduce weight, saw your toothbrush in half. The extra three cubic centimetres of space can be used to carry an extra sheet of paper. (My take: Silly not humourous)

50. Pretend to be asleep: If you fart during your flight, just pretend to be asleep.”

Happy Travelling!