Diary March 28

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Performance by Ileana Citaristi — Odissi by Bhubaneswar-based Ileana Citaristi, disciple of late Kelucharan Mohapatra. March 28 , Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 7 p.m.

Performance by K. Vipanchi — Vilasini Natyam by disciple of Guru Swapnasundari. March 30 , C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, 6.30 p.m.

“Celebrating Life” — Indian Revival Group’s dance production celebrating the myriad hues & colours of festivals of India. Choreography by Yog Sunder and Papiha Desai. March 31 , Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi, 7-8 p.m.

Sanwale Salone Shyam - Revival of the Patliputra and Vaishali Goshthi. In tribute to Ambapali, the Magadha Nagarvadhu. Featuring dancers Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam) & Shovana Narayan (Kathak), and thumri exponent Kumud Diwan. April 1 , India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 7 p.m. 


“Aadaranjali” — disciples of Vidushi Krishna Bisht present a special programme to thank their guru for her blessings and training. Vocal recitals by Parminder Singh, Isha Singh & Tajinder Singh. Programme also features release of a CD of Krishna Bisht and a film on her. March 28 , Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi, 6.30 p.m.

Concert by Delhi Aishwarya Lakshmi — Carnatic vocal music. March 30 , Delhi Tamil Sangam, Tamil Sangam Marg, Ramakrishna Puram, New Delhi, 6-7.15 p.m.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra — Performing in New Delhi for the first time. April 2 , Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi, 7 p.m. (Passes available at British Council, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi, Phone 1800 102 4353, or Seher, C-64, IIIrd floor, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Phone 011-41628600.)

Tribute to Jagjit Singh  — by Madhumita Bose & Sanjoy Ghosh, April 2 , India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 7 p.m. 

Thumri & sitar — thumri by Kumud Diwan, followed by sitar recital by Manju Mehta, presented by Sumadhur Hansadhwani. April 3 , India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 7 p.m. 


“Good Hands” — play (45 minutes) written and directed by Neel Chaudhuri, performed by Bikram Ghosh. A young lecturer presents a slide show of ‘unsung superheroes’, highlighting their elemental virtues and narrating short episodes from their adventures. It is inspired in part by Paul Auster’s “Brooklyn Follies” and by the oddities and idiosyncrasies of people we know. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Somnath ‘Tuki’ Zutshi — a true giant at the heart of this play. “Good Hands” is part of a set of two monologues (for companion piece see below) built around the idea of recollection and the sharing of experience.A Tadpole Repertory presentation. March 28 , S47 Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, 7.30 p.m. (Seating limited. Elevator/wheelchair access not available.)

“Godspeed” — a companion piece to “Good Hands” (above). March 29 , Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Tickets available at




Visual Arts

55th National Exhibition of Art — Lalit Kala Akademi’s annual event featuring works of 168 participating artists, 9 invited artists and 4 LKA produced films. Till April 10, Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, 35 Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Color Psychology: The Emotional Effects of Colours” — solo exhibition by upcoming artist Pijush Kanti Bera. Presented by Legends of India in its initiative to provide a platform to the young generation. Till April 4 , Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Drawings and sculptures — Works of Ahmedabad based artist Amit Ambalal. Till April 5, Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Another week full of music and dance, and a bunch of exhibitions to choose from. But a quick overview will tell you that chance has made this week a bonanza for those who like the conventional forms. There is Odissi, there is Vilasini Natyam and there is a choreographic production based on the festivals of India by Indian Revival Group. Judging by their track record — and founder Yog Sunder is well into his 90s — this should be an evening to look forward to. The National Exhibition of Art is also on, a major event of the art calendar.



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