The Weekend Guide
Trina Lahiri’s paper cut works “depict simple things” like birds and landscapes, she says, but don’t let that description fool you. These painstaking works—on display and for sale this weekend—can take the Kolkata-based artist up to four days to cut, all from a single sheet of paper. Another paper cutting artist, Sachin Tekade, is displaying more architectural forms at The Loft in Lower Parel, where hundreds of geometric cuts nicked onto paper and wood suggest the heft of concrete structures. From there, make your way around the ambitious five-gallery show Examples to Follow! organised by the governments of India and Germany (see our picks of four star attractions), where key works include the much-lauded video “Flooded McDonald’s” by Danish art collective Superflex.
When: Trina Lahiri’s works will be on display at Cafe Goa on Friday, February 17, from 7pm onwards and at Bhojohori Manna in Oshiwara on Saturday, February 18, from 5.30pm to 8pm. Sachin Tekade’s exhibition will be on display at The Loft from Saturday, February 18 to Thursday, March 15. Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday closed. Examples to Follow! runs until Saturday, March 10.
Where: Cafe Goa, Shop No.3/4, Prabhat Kunj, 24th Road, near The Elbo Room, Bandra (West). Tel: 2648 3136. Bhojohori Manna, Reliable Business Center, near Om Heera Panna Mall, off Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri (West). Tel: 6599 3385. The Loft, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 3040 0166. For listings details for Examples to Follow!, see here.
Squarekey.com, a new fashion and lifestyle e-commerce site, due to launch in April, will preview collections at a pop-up store in Colaba this weekend. You can shop for cocktail dresses and gowns by Nicole Miller and Alice Roi; beautifully packaged soaps and body lotions by Tokyo Milk; and men’s sunglasses by Tom Ford. Not too far from the pop-up store is Arastan, an exhibition of jewellery and handicrafts from Turkey, Morocco and Uzbekistan, at the Artisans’s Centre in Kala Ghoda. For the organically inclined, Bungalow 8 will set up a pop-up store at The Yoga House in Bandra on Sunday, February 19. Here, you will find Frida Kahlo-inspired clothing; costume jewellery made of clay, wood and horn; recycled bed covers; and postcards with drawings of charming old Bandra bungalows.
When: For details, see here and here.
Where: For details, see here and here.
The Kabir Festival, Opera at the NCPA
Two very different musical traditions will be showcased in the city this weekend. An annual “confluence of mystic poetry, dance, music and film” that celebrates the message of fifteenth-century saint-poet Kabir, the three-day Kabir Festival returns this Friday, February 17 with a host of concerts, documentary screenings and a storytelling session. Folk singers such as Prahlad Tipanya and Mukthiar Ali, who are renowned nationwide for their renditions of Kabir’s verses, will stage free concerts at a dozen venues that span the length and breadth of the city. On Saturday, February 18, the National Centre for the Performing Arts will stage the first show of its production of the classic Italian opera double bill of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavallerina Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavollo’s Pagliacci.
When: For details, see here and here.
Where: For details, see here and here.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Drop into the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art in Kala Ghoda, where six contemporary photographers from China are displaying work that draws heavily on the traditions of ancient Chinese art. Until Thursday, February 23. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm, Sunday closed. ICIA House, Ground Floor, 22/26 K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2204 8138.
• Watch Atul Kumar and Vinay Pathak alternately essay the starring role in Nothing Like Lear, a new play written and directed by Rajat Kapoor based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Tickets for the play, which will be staged at Prithvi Theatre at 6pm and 9pm from Friday, February 17, until Sunday, February 19, are priced at Rs250 on Friday and at Rs300 on Saturday and Sunday. 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 2614 9546.
• Join members of various city organisations such as the Urban Design Research Institute and the Horniman Circle Garden Trust at a remembrance meeting for late historian Sharada Dwivedi at the Coomaraswamy Hall at 6pm on Friday, February 17 .Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159/161 M. G. Road, Fort. Tel: 2284 4484.
• Hear some of the biggest names in Indian classical music perform at the Shishir Sangeet Mahotsav organised by the Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, from Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19. Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri and Hindustani vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty sing solo recitals on Friday; mohanveena player Vishwamohan Bhatt and Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal take the stage on Saturday, and Hindustani singing duo Rajan and Sajan Mishra on Sunday. Admission to the concerts, which start at 6.30pm, is free but on a first come, first served basis. Bhavan’s College Campus, Andheri (West). Tel: 3293 8017/65280107.
• Novelist and photographer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi will show his recent works, accompanied by “visual notes”, of life in the sleepy forest hill station Matheran. From Saturday, February 18 to Saturday, March 3. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, Sunday closed. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba. Tel: 6610 3424.
• Travelling Light, which has been described as “a love-letter to the movies“, is the latest National Theatre UK production to be screened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the ‘NT Live’ series of screenings. Watch the play, set in 1936 in America, at 3pm or 7pm on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19. Tickets for the screenings are priced at Rs300. Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 2282 4567.
• Attend Teen Prahar, the annual Indian classical music concert organised by Banyan Tree Events, on Saturday, February 18, from 5pm. The line-up this year features a jugalandi between esraj player Arshad Khan and pakhawaj player Bhavani Shankar, as well as performances by electric guitar player Prasanna, dhrupad singing duo the Gundecha Brothers, thumri vocalist Chhannulal Mishra and flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia and his students. Tickets are priced at Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500. Ravindra Natya Mandir, near the Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi.
• Eleven contemporary artists, including Pat, Vivek Vilasini and Mukul Deora among them, will showcase works that attempt to capture the little-observed moments of life that often lead to the question in the title of the show “Did Anyone Notice?” The opening night, which begins at 7pm on Saturday, February 18, will feature a performance by DJ/graphic artist collective Bhavishyavani. Daily, 11am to 10pm. The Diesel Store, Western Wind Building, opposite Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu. Tel: 2661 8484.
• Dance to the beats spun by the The Death Paratha & Mr. Dim aka the Indian Hipsters who used to soundtrack the La Fresh nights at Zenzi before it shut down. The duo will play an eclectic set at Bonobo this Saturday, February 18, from 9pm. Call the venue for details of the entrance fees, if any, for the gig. Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5353.
• Attend BarCamp, the “unconference” that’s decidedly laid back in format and feel, this Sunday, February 19, from 9am to 6pm. If you fancy speaking, sign up here or simply drop into any of the more-than-dozen scheduled talks, the topics of which range from career advice to origami, and cycling to forensics. Entry is free. Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (West). For more information, visit barcampmumbai.org.
• Hear producer Mikey McCleary give old Hindi film songs a lounge music twist when singers Mauli Dave and Anushka Manchanda and he perform songs from his album The Bartender at Blue Frog this Sunday, February 19. The entry fee for the gig, which is scheduled for 9pm, is Rs300. Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.Tags: Arastan, Art, Artisans's Centre, Atul Kumar, BarCamp, Bhavan's Cultural Centre, Bhavishyavani, Bhojohori Manna, Blue Frog, Bonobo, Bungalow 8, Cafe Goa, Cavallerina Rusticana, Did Anyone Notice?, Examples to follow, Indian Hipsters, Mikey McCleary, Music, National Centre for the Performing Arts, National Theatre, Nothing Like Lear, NT Live, Pagliacci, plays, Prithvi Theatre, Rajat Kapoor, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sachin Tekade, Shishir Sangeet Mahotsav, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Squarekey.com, Superflex, Teen Prahar, The Bartender, The Diesel Store, The Kabir Festival, The Loft, The Yoga House, Theatre, Travelling Light, Trina Lahiri, Vinay Pathak, Weekend Guide