The Weekend Guide

March 22, 2012 4:08 pm by

"Not Me" (2012) by Narendra Yadav, currently on display at Gallery Maskara.


Home decor store Good Earth is holding an end-of-season sale at all its outlets, where their popular lines of crockery, textiles, furniture and clothing are up to 60 per cent off. Head to the Artisans’ Centre to browse and buy Tibetan thangkas and silk clothing, or to Bungalow 8, where jewellery designer Hanut Singh will be hosting a trunk show of his dainty precious and semi-precious baubles. Work off shopper’s guilt by buying books, CDs and DVDs at a garage sale that will help benefit animal NGO The Welfare of Stray Dogs.
When: For details, see here and here.
Where: For details, see here and here.

Narendra Yadav at Gallery Maskara
How conditioned are we to read certain symbolism and iconography in a particular way? Narendra Yadav’s new show “Brought Up As Rabbit” aims to reveal just that by setting up the viewer to initially give in to our preconceived notions. Look, for instance, at the silhouetted skyline, with its two distinct skyscrapers, painted against two of the gallery’s walls and you might think of 9/11. Look again and you’ll see minarets and mosques, and if you wait, an American drone heading straight for them. The Arabic neon sign on the opposite wall might also bring up associations of Islamic culture and religion. The words are, in fact, an Arabic translation of the phrase “Trust Me” (inspired from the Tracey Emin work of the same name).
When: From Saturday, March 24 to Saturday, April 28.
Where: Gallery Maskara, 6/7 Third Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 2202 3056. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.

Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy at the NCPA
Mumbai may be the home of Bollywood, but on account of prohibitive taxes and licences, Hindi film music composers don’t stage concerts here quite as often as they do in other cities. This weekend, however, offers a rare opportunity to watch gigs by two of the biggest names in Bollywood music, and coincidentally both shows will be held at the NCPA. Vishal and Shekhar promise an energetic mix of their most party-friendly tunes (like for instance “Chammak Challo” and “Sheila Ki Jawani”) and their more mellow material when they play the Tata Theatre on Friday, March 23. Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy will treat the audience to improvised versions of their biggest hits (from Rock On!! and Dil Chahta Hai among others), when they play the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on Sunday, March 25.
When: Vishal and Shekhar perform at the Tata Theatre on Friday, March 23, from 7.30pm; Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy perform at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on Sunday, March 25, from 7pm.
Where: National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737. Donor passes for the Vishal and Shekhar concert are priced at Rs1,250. Tickets for the Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy concert are priced at Rs1,000, Rs1,500, Rs2,000 and Rs3,000.

• Attend the Elephanta Festival, which for the first time will not be held at the eponymous island near Mumbai, but at the Gateway of India. The three-day event, which will run from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, will feature performances by a host of Indian classical singers and dancers including Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Hariharan, Parveen Sultana and Sivamani. All the events are free but require passes, which are available from the Rhythm House music store in Kala Ghoda (Tel: 2284 2835). For details, see here.

• Dance to the beats of Dutch DJ and producer Alix Perez, and Mumbai-based acts Bay Beat Collective (BBC) and Ox7gen at Bonobo this Friday, March 23, from 9pm, at a launch party for the electronica-centric Outlook music festival in Croatia this August, where BBC will also perform. The entrance fee is Rs300. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5353.

• See Bangkok-based American artist Dennis Balk muck around with cultural memes, appropriating among other things cowboys, fast food logos and figures from Goya’s Los Caprichos series for his light box works that comment on the changing nature of cultural tropes. From Saturday, March 24 until Friday, May 4. Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building (back gate), opposite Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 97699 50136.

• Artists studio complex Space 118 throws open its doors to the public, for one day only, on Saturday, March 24, from 3pm to 7.30pm. Young emerging artists like Nyela Saeed, Armando Miguelez, Sharath Kumar and five others will be showcasing their works, while the more-established Mansi Bhatt will hold a “performative installation”, starting at 4.30pm. 118 Wadi Bunder Road, Mazgaon. Tel: 6522 2235. For directions, see here.

• Aspiring B-school students, go hear dean Dipak Jain speak about his experience heading Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, before moving to France to helm top-rated European school INSEAD. The registration fee for the event, on Saturday, March 24, at 4pm, is Rs100. Jai Hind College, Auditorium, Churchgate. Email to RSVP.

• Attend the blues, jazz and soul focused edition of Live From The Console on Saturday, March 24, where the proceedings will comprise a screening of The Miles Davis Story documentary, and performances by American singer-songwriter Full Moon Rising aka Daniel Taylor Pohnke, Mumbai-based act the Naina Kundu Trio and German jazz-rock guitarist Max Clouth. Tickets for the event, which will begin at 7pm, are priced at Rs150. Recording Theatre, First Floor, Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West). Call 99675 39983 for details.

• Watch Rajesh S. Jala’s gut wrenching documentary Children of the Pyre, about seven boys who make their living scavenging off remains at a cremation ground in Varanasi. The screening, on Sunday, March 25 at noon, is part of the Enlighten Film Society’s documentary festival, which will end on Sunday, April 1 with a screening of Q’s Love in India. Edward Talkies, 514 Kalbadevi Road, near Pushpavihar Hotel, Kalbadevi. For more details, see here.