In the first edition of Bonjour India in 2009 I had walked away mesmerised by the elegance of Isabelle Anna and Quincy Charles who performed Kathak on western music in “Opus à Kathak.” Of all the events I attended in Pune, it was the Kathak performance that stayed with me for the longest time. The second … More Bonjour India : Urban Ballet
A complete ignoramus when it comes to dance forms, I was initiated to Indian classical dance by a close friend who is a trained danseuse of the Bharatnatyam form. After attending a few dance performances by her and others in Pune, I was re-introduced to Indian classical dance in Bangalore, at the Alliance Française ! … More Dance DISCourse – helping Indian Classical Dance Forms Perpetuate.
It’s almost sacrilege to suggest that somebody could equal Shakespeare’s genius or even add to it, but theatre genius, Atul Kumar seems to have achieved just that with the brilliant adaptation of Amitosh Nagpal’s translation of the Bard’s Twelfth Night. I had been waiting for this play to come to Bangalore since ages, so when Atul Kumar posted … More Piya Behrupiya : A Colourful Shakespearean Pastiche
Les amateurs du théâtre et de la danse à Bangalore ont eu une expérience insolite le week-end dernier. L’Alliance Française de Bangalore et Rang Shankara (théâtre renommé au sud du Silicon Valley de l’Inde) ont accueilli Krafff, un groupe de théâtre et danse. Mise en scène par Johanny Bert, le spectacle mêle adroitement la marionnette, … More Krafff : une soirée de danse, marionnette et théâtre.
Born and brought up in Bombay, I am no stranger to Ganpati visarjans. We lived close to the beach and I was familiar with the chaotic madness, frenetic beating of the dhols accompanied by loud music blaring from the speakers and the huge idols of the visarjan processions. I grew up hearing stories of the … More Ganpati Visarjan Bengaluru Style !
Ever since I first read about Comic Con on Twitter, I’ve wanted to attend one. Comic Con came to India in 2011 and was organized in Delhi in 2011 by Twenty Onwards Media. Comic Con Express is the travelling version of Comic Con India. Its first stop was in Bombay in November last year and reading about … More Comic Con Express 2012 : Bengaluru
Jackson Pollock (2000) directed by Ed Harris The first film I saw during Desi Pardesi at the NGMA, Pollock was a film I wanted to see for several reasons. Till last year I knew nothing about Pollock, except that he featured on a tee-shirt I’d bought in France with the faces of the most famous … More Rendez-vous with Pollock and Basquiat
My first real exposure to Indian classical dance was in February 2008 when a close friend and colleague at the Alliance Française de Pune invited me to attend the Shaniwarwada festival. Set against the backdrop of the vestiges of the Shaniwarwada fort, the two days of the festival were a treat. I had the opportunity … More Culture Vulture : Rendez-vous with Indian Classical Dance
A fortnight ago, when I received this mailer from the NGMA, I knew immediately what I would be doing on Friday evening. As the week started, I had my fingers tightly crossed that a major hurdle in the form of an important release at work would not come in the way of this film screening. … More Elephant Boy – film screening at the NGMA
The Bangalore chapter of the National Gallery of Modern Art, is situated on Palace road, not far from the Alliance Française, so when a student spoke about an exhibition of photographs by Homai Vyarawalla (see this Themeefy for more information), I decided to go there that very day. I was enchanted even before I saw … More Sundays at NGMA.