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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 15, november 16-30, 2009
Dates for your Diary

Till November 28: An exhibition of the works of Somnath Hore (1921-2006), whose conerns were the poor and the down-trodden (at the Cholamandal Cultural Centre for Contemporary Art, 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.).

A Somnath Hore drawing

Till November 28: An exhibition of the works of Somnath Hore (1921-2006), whose conerns were the poor and the down-trodden (at the Cholamandal Cultural Centre for Contemporary Art, 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.).

Till November 28: Omkaar and Migrating Memories, exhibitions of paintings by Sohan Qadri and Kanchan Chander respectively (at Apparao Galleries).

November 19-25: During World Heritage Week, DakshinaChitra will exhibit drawings of Traditional Fishing Boats in Bay of Bengal (E. Amalore) and photographs of South Indian Monuments (N. Thyagarajan).

November 20: Discussion on Children’s Rights Issues in Tamil Nadu. Panelists will include Andal Damodaran, Vice-President, Indian Council for Child Welfare, and Komal Anbarasan, News Editor, Makkal TV (at Alliance Francaise).

November 20: No Child Without a Smile, a performance by Clowns without Borders. The troupe from France, after a week’s workshop with different Chennai theatre and dance troupes, will stage this joint performance. Clowns Without Borders bring laughter, levity, and clown/circus-oriented performances to get people to forget for a moment their tensions (at Alliance Francaise at 7.00 p.m.).

November 20-22: Workshop on Kerala mural painting (for adults). Details: Lakshmi 98417 77779 (at Dakshina­Chitra).

November 20-30: Interpretation of their rights by children through photography. The Child’s Rights Convention (CRC), adopted by the UN General Assembly, is celebrating its 20th birthday. Asmae (a French NGO working in seven countries) is organising the exhibition (at Alliance Francaise).

November 21: Mudivil Oru Aarambam by Shyamjith Kiran and troupe. The dance drama examines the aspirations of young dancers, their dreams and their confrontations with the reality of our consumer society. Kamaal, Guru and Uttaman immerse themselves in their ancient art in college. Inspired by the world of classical art, they and their friends came up against an uncaring world. Will their ideals survive? (at Alliance Franciase, 6.30 p.m.).

November 21: Contemporary Korean Music: Gong Myound, one of the most innovative and distinctive traditional music groups, present their music with their self-invented instruments and original songs, at the Hindu Friday Review Music Festival.

November 21 and 22: Workshops on mini-beaded jewellery (at DakshinaChitra).

November 21 and 22: Perch presents Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you heard!) and Moonshine & Skytoffee, plays based on Basheer’s short stories (at Kalakshetra).

November 22: Madras Naturalists’ Society walk. Details:
K.V. Sudhakar – e.mail: mns_members­

November 23-29: Earthwise, an Indo-Korean Natural Dye Exhibition (at Lalit Kala Akademi).

November 27: Chennai, a Bharata Natyam programme by Srinidhi Chidambaram. She writes:

What defines a city in your mind? Buildings, monuments, flyovers, skyscrapers, infrastructure, industry, people, culture, weather ... is that all?

Not if you have lived in a city for most of your life...

When you have lived in a city for a long time, it becomes a part of you... the link between you and your city becomes special, personal and intensely emotional. Indeed, for many of us our city, Chennai, stands witness to every moment of our lives from the mundane to the memorable.

My emotional connection with Chennai led me to create this dance presentation. Adhering to the time-tested classical margam format, Chennai neither aims to be a scholarly chronicle of this great city, nor does it seek to document its artistic or spiritual lineage. It is an expression of my love for my city.

With inputs from Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu and vocalist Aruna Sairam, this is a random selection of pieces ranging from nostalgic memories of George Town, the spirituality and aura of Mylapore, the multitasking mothers of our metro to reflections on the Cooum, while strictly adhering to the classical technique of Bharata Natyam. The vibrant narration by P.C. Ramakrishna (at the Music Academy Hall, 6.15 p.m.).

November 27-30: The Madras Players present Tunnel Vision by Shandan Minhas, adapted and directed by Nikhila Kesavan (at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium at 7.15 p.m.).

November 28: Public Issue offer a rock concert with guitarist Nipun Nair, bass Vinodh “Tibu” Rubin, drummer Vinay Ramakrishnan, and vocalist Christopher Stanley (at Alliance Franciase, 7.30 p.m.).

November 28: A two-day craft workshop by the InKo Centre, in association with the Crafts Council of India and the Museum of Natural Dye Arts, Korea (at Kalakshetra).

November 28: Workshop on soft stone jewellery (at Dakshina­Chitra).

November 28: Rage Theatre’s The Chaos Theory, a play by Rajit Kapoor (at Sir Muthu Vankata Subba Rao Memorial Hall, at 7.30 p.m.).


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