Without a doubt, the DLF Indian Premier League is the biggest thing happening this weekend. If you’re not watching it at the stadium, you’re probably going to spend your evenings in front of the TV, rooting for your favourite teams.
In case you’re not, then here are a few happenings you could be a part of.
Silver Salt Animation Festival
Touted as the country’s first travelling animation short film festival, Silver Salt is organised by screen-writer Upendra Sidhaye (of Mumbai Meri Jaan fame), documentary film-maker Yogesh Raut, television director Nilendra Pore, producer Suvarcha Consul, copywriter Ashutosh Mishra and animator entrepreneur Vidyadhar Sawant. The festival opened in Pune in February, with entries from across the world. The day-long screening in Bangalore will include two workshops as well.
9am onwards, East Cultural Association, 8 next to New Horizon School, 100-foot road, Bangalore. For details, call 25260388. Log on to www.silversaltanifest.com
Arvind Gaur’s play Untitled picks out parallels between the trajectory of two female protagonists: Greek mythological character Medea and a certain queen from a Rajasthani folk tale. The play is named for the faceless, sometimes nameless women whose identity is subsumed in their role in a male-dominated society. Since its first opening in Mumbai in 2002, Gaur’s one-woman show, starring Lushin Dubey, has had around 200 shows, including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the World Bank and Harvard University.
7pm, 13 March, 6:30pm 14th March. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Near Hilton Towers, Mumbai.
S*x, M*rality and Cens&rship
Director Sunil Shanbag’s latest work is a compelling drama of ideas on the censorship of artistic expression. A ‘shahir’ poet raconteur and a Lavani dancer from the Tamasha folk theatre tradition work with a historian from Delhi on a project on censorship, studying playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s controversial 1972 play Sakharam Binder’ about a brash yet honest Brahmin who has live-in relationships with destitute women. The play notes the recent whitewashing of the bawdy, often political Tamasha tradition too.
7:30pm, 13 March, 3:30pm and 7:30pm, 14 March. Rang Shankara, Bangalore. Tickets Rs 150.
South Asian Theatre Festival
At the South Asian Theatre Festival that's hosted in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations watch theatre groups from South Asian countries, including India, participate and perform in this Festival.
March 12 to March 16, 7pm onwards. NCPA - Tata Theatre, Nariman Point, Near the Hilton Hotel, Mumbai.
Also in Delhi at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Safdar Hashmi Marg, 6:30pm
Rusty Moe is one of the few Chennai bands to keep the classic rock genre alive, what with death metal abd nu-metal taking over contemporary music scene. This weekend, the band will play mostly covers, to give audiences a feel of the good ol’ classics from the 1970’s and 1980s.
7:30pm, AF Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Madras, College Road. Call 09841186951.
Submerge Session with DJ Andy Moor
Grammy-nominated Andy Moor is an icon in the electronic dance music industry. Undeniably one of the most respected producers in the genre whose substantial talents and work ethos have earned him a catalogue of accolades. Recently nominated for the 2009 DJ Awards, Andy is currently rapidly scaling the DJ Mag's Top 100 at 15th. Named Best Trance Producer and Best Trance Track at the 2004 Trance Awards, Best Dance Record at the 2006 International Dance Music Awards, Andy received his Grammy nod with a magical remix of Delerium-Angelicus in 2008.
March 12, Friday, 10:30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills, Mumbai.
Live Electronica - Shaair + Func
India's answer to the world/ electronica/ dance scene, Shaa'ir +Func's sound is distinctive: bass-heavy rhythms, poetic lyrics, and haunting synth melodies. Their live shows are always high on energy, performance and costuming. After the success of their debut album, "NEW DAY - The Love Album", Shaa'ir +Func has released their new record entitled "LIGHT TRIBE" in May 2008, on Blue Frog Records. Nominated for VH1's nation favourite band out of India, the New York + Mumbai band's brand of electronic "love beat" has rocked over 100 shows in New York, Europe and India.
They have played at prestigious festivals like Glastonbury, Big Chill (UK), Oya (Norway), c/o pop (Germany) and at world famous clubs such as Knitting Factory (NYC), Melkweg (Amsterdam) and Sound (London).
March 13, Saturday, 10pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills, Mumbai.