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Celebrated for his stark depiction of urban life – especially Mumbai’s violence-ridden streets and working class anguish– veteran artist Sudhir Patwardhan now turns his gaze homewards creating playful and poignant domestic scenes within the four walls of a house in an exhibition titled Family Fiction. Sudhir Patwardhan says, “Stories about people continue to be the main focus but the source of these stories has changed. The current body of work is a turning away from the earlier overtly social concerns in my work like street violence and killings.”
Till March 11
LALIT KALA AKADEMI Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Ph: 23387243; Timings: 10 am to 6 pm; Closed on Sundays
Talk: ALMOST ISLAND
The Almost Island Dialogues comprise readings and discussions on literature by a number of authors, both Indian and international.
Says Vivek Narayan, author of Universal Beach, a collection of poems and one of the organizers, “The dialogues are based in India, but international in vision. This year the subject for the talks is ‘how do forms arise?’ The idea is to have open ended discussions with writers, about how they choose their forms, the ideas behind it, and to explore new possibilities in literature. The readings are longer than average, and writers engage with the audience.” The talk will include readings and discussions from writers such as Irwin Allan Sealy, László Krasznahorkai, Charu Nivedita and George Szirtes. Charu Nivedita, a noted Tamil writer whose books include Existantialisamum Fancy Baniyanum and Raasa Leela, and who has attended the dialogues in previous years talks about his own form of writing.
March 10 to 13; 10 am onwards
INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, Ph: 24619431
Theatre: FIRST LOVE
This solo play, based on one of Samuel Beckett’s early novellas of the same name, follows the story of a young man, recently rendered homeless and now sleeping on a park bench beside a canal; he meets a woman, who takes him home. Their relationship and the disastrous consequences of that, is the plot of the story. First Love will be performed by Conor Lovett of the Gare St. Lazare Players. The play will last for 80 minutes, without intermission.
March 11; 8 pm
HABITAT WORLD India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Ph: 43662024
WALK: MUGHAL GARDENS
The Mughal Garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan is open for its annual date with the public. These gardens, designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, are one of the most beautiful places in Delhi; spread over 15 acres, and home to roses, lilies, tulips and double pansies, among many other varieties of flowers, including a bonsai and cactus section.
The garden will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, although entry will close after 4 pm. The garden will remain closed on Mondays, however, for maintenance. Entry is from Gate 35, which is near North Avenue, at the end of Church Road.
Till March 11; 10 am to 5 pm
RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue
AWARD SHOW: 3rd ANNUAL GOLDEN KELA AWARDS
India now has an award show in the vein of the ‘Razzies’ - something to remind Bollywood that while it might be able to felicitate itself into the stratosphere, it’s us mortals who have to watch their (often) puerile offerings. This year’s show promises to be something special - it’s hosted by Cyrus Broacha, who introduces himself with “The Kelas are very important. Kelas were carefully selected as they are a symbol of energy. It is a fervent hope of the organisers to inject energy back into contemporary films.” This year, there are eight nominees for Worst Director and Worst Film, and six for Worst Actor and Worst Actress - proving that anything that can be done in Hollywood can and will be done better (or much worse) in Bollywood. To request passes, log on to www.goldenkela.com and send them a mail.
March 12; 8 pm
ROCKDOME, Ambience Mall, NH 8, Gurgaon
ART: THE END TO THE OTHER
This is an exhibition of photographs by Rameshwar Broota.
A seven-feet-long untitled photograph of a dried up river bed, which Broota shot near Spiti in Himachal, contains a landscape that is barren yet stunning. Devoid of any human element, what captures attention is the satire with which the artist captures a donkey and a tractor in the same picture, both isolated from the landscape they belong to.
A top angle photograph of a mountain side in Himachal, cluttered with houses, is so fine in detailing that it appears almost like a miniature painting. A completely different photograph, titled Where Does The Ganga Flow, of a chaotically developed Hardwar, taken once again as a top angle shot, show his knack of capturing both the overt subject and the hidden story.
Till March 31
VADEHRA ART GALLERY D 178, Okhla Phase 1; Ph: 65474005/06