Nadeera Babbars play Begum Jaan,about a famous classical singer of a bygone era,her granddaughter Zarina and a journalist,will open Rang,an annual arts festival of The Films and Theatre Society,on July 19. Over the next nine days,the festival will feature short films,stand-up comedy acts,seminars,folk art stalls,performances,and more theatre. At Mandi House auditoriums and Alliance Francaise,till July 28. Contact: 43500200
Three artists,DN Walli,Homi Mistry and Pratul Kumar Dash,come together to display their lush canvases in an exhibition titled Watercolor. The show is being held at Art Heritage gallery,till July 18. Contact: 23719470
Chocolat,I Cant Sleep,Beau Travail,Trouble Everyday and The Intruder French filmmaker Claire Denis cinema is an ode to music as well as French post-colonial experiences. Watch these films and more at FTII,Law College Road.
Kshitij Amodekars travelling gear always includes his camera,as an exhibition titled Travelogue at Grubshup,Law College Road,shows. His images of life,people,nature,built forms and un-built forms include sunbaked ghats and old-city trams. The exhibition will continue till July 10. Contact: 9960772182
On the occasion of the Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri,National Centre for the Performing Arts brings Rasa-ashraya,a compilation of Odissi dance performances that are a part of the tradition of Lord Jagannaths temple. Leading Odissi dancer Rahul Acharya will present the dance of the devadasis that is performed in the temple. At NCPA,Nariman Point,on July 10. Contact: 66223724/ 54
Jehangir Nicholson Gallery presents the second in the series of lectures by author,poet and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote around the current exhibition Nothing is Absolute: A Journey through Abstraction. Hoskote,who has co-curated the exhibition,will share his thoughts on Iconoclasm,Invisibility,Silence: Reflections on Abstract Painting. The session will be held at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery,Colaba,on July 12. Contact: 22029613
Lillete Dubey returns to the city with Mahesh Dattanis play Where Did I Leave my Purdah? The 90-minute English play spans four decades of an actresss life,liberally sprinkled with love,passion,denial,humour and grief. The play is being staged at Tagore Theatre on July 12.
The Haryana Institute of Fine Arts is organising a four-day cultural fiesta. The line-up includes an exhibition showcasing modern and contemporary art traditions of Haryana,a display of books,poetry and musical presentations,and a function to honour renowned artist Krishen Khanna. At Punjab Kala Bhawan,Sector 16,Chandigarh,from July 18 to 21.