Our top pick for this weekend is the New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan which kicks off tomorrow at 11am. A special highlight is the 'Books on Sports' in India, which will be the main category on display. Besides that Delhi-ites have a spectacular dance performance to look forward to today evening as the much acclaimed Sutra Dance Theatre (pictured above) performs tries to get the city 'spellbound'. Lots to look forward to in music and theatre as well. Enjoy the weekend, there's so much to do.
Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore Anniversary
Its celebration time at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore as it celebrates its second anniversary! Tonight, be there 8:30pm onwards to witness the traditional guitar smash, a grand cake cutting ceremony and groove to the sounds of retro rock.
Friday, 29 January, 8:30pm onwards. Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore
DJ Chloe and DJ Charlee
Aurus lights up to the sounds of DJ Chloe Thevenin, who shot to fame in 2007 with her album The Waiting Room, firmly establishing her in the Parisian club music scene. More on experimental music, there’s variety too as DJ Charlee follows with a performance soon after.
Sunday, 31 January, Aurus, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai (Call 67106667)
Titi Robin (France): Gypsy folk
Titi Robin built his personal musical universe by borrowing instinctively from various sources including India and North Africa. With a career spanning 27 years, with over 200,00 records sold and more than 1200 live performances throughout the world, Gypsy, Mediterranean and Balkan cultures are always clearly present in Titi Robin's music.
29 January, 9:30pm-10:30pm, Blue Frog, Mumbai
Karan Third Eye + GMS Live (Ibiza): Trance
The psytrance group Growling Mad Scientists regularly tour the world and have sold over 200,000 albums on over 150 releases. GMS began when Riktam and Bansi met in high school at age 14 in Amsterdam. Both were passionate about electronic music and chose to leave school and seek their education in the club scene. Even though they were too young to legally enter a nightclub, Riktam and Bansi began spinning at clubs in Amsterdam. In 2004, Hollywood took note of GMS by licensing their tracks for the movie Man On Fire starring Denzel Washington.
Friday, 29 January, 10:30pm-1:30am, Blue Frog, Mumbai
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra is probably the oldest professional chamber orchestra in the world. It was founded in 1945 and Mumbai-ites can watch them in a live performance with Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI).
Saturday, 30 January, Sunday, 31 January, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai (Call 022-22824567)
Sarod by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Inaugural concert of Fest 2010-Sarod by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Friday, 29 January, 6pm. Vice Regal Lodge, VC Office, University of Delhi. (Call 011-32594087)
Elevated night - DJ Pratik and DJ Neil
Saturday, 30 January, 9pm. Elevate, Centre Stage Mall, Sixth floor, L1, Sector 18, Noida - New Delhi.
Opera Performance by Valmiki Pratibha
An opera by Rabindranath Tagore presented by Tagoreans, UK.
Directed by: Gairik Gupta
Sunday, 31 January. 6:30pm India International Centre, IIC Annexe, 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi.
WTC Now: Photo Exhibition
A photographic exhibition chronicling, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center , New York by Vicky Roy. The reconstruction activity at the World Trade Center site in New York City was photographed by Roy from March to August 2009 as part of a grant program funded by the U.S.-based Maybach Foundation and Silverstein Properties. It gave four photographers from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to work under the mentorship of Joe Woolhead, who has been photographing the WTC reconstruction activity since it began in 2002.
January 28 - February 10 11am onwards. American Centre Auditorium, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.
Ramli Ibrahim, an international exponent of Odissi, returns to Delhi with his Sutra Dance Theatre repertory to perform Spellbound, a production that toured the US to rave reviews last year.
Friday, 29 January 6:30 pm Azad Bhawan, Indraprastha Estate, near ITO (Call 09811423444)
Out of Bounds (English)
A funny and poignant story of Lal, a young boy,growing up in a racially segregated South Africa.He lives with his parents,brothers,sisters,cousins,grandmother,uncles and aunts-all under one roof. All he longs for is a room to him and privacy. The play has won worldwide acclaim, including a recommendation from Nelson Mandela.
By: Platform (It has to its credit some of the landmark plays, Royal hunt of the Sun, Eva Mumbaima Chal Jaiye, Tumhari Amrita, Saal Girah, All the Best, Char Din Pyaar ke, Mahatma v/s Gandhi, Salesman Ramlal, Kuch bhi ho Sakta Hai.)
Sunday, 31 January, 11 am, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai
Red Sparrow (Hindi)
We all have people we hero-worship. Anand too has his heroes. His heroes are famous writers and legendary characters.Because Anand fancies himself a writer. And like most fans, he too wants to become one with his heroes. But he doesn’t start a fan-club. He starts a story. In a story everything is larger than life. Heroes become superheroes. Life becomes a thriller.
Sunday, 31 January, 9pm, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai
30 Days in September (English)
A mother discover the truth about her daughter, which sets them both on a journey of self discovery about their lives and their inextricably linked past.
Playwriter: Mahesh Dattani
Director: Lillette Dubey
Cast: Neha Dubey, Joy Sengupta, Amar Talwar and Lillette Dubey
Friday, 29 January, 7:30pm. Sivaswamy Auditorium of Fine Arts Cultural Centre, Chembur, Mumbai