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Cultural Connections
NCPA Membership benefits

Giving Voice to India

A look into Patricia Rozarios workshop

Bandish 2011

NCPA Tata Capital present a unique festival this July

On Stage June 2011

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The Bandish Festival features compositions by legendary composers performed by well-known musicians Cover Art: Rahul Das NCPA On Stage Magazine Relationship Manager: Lily Shroff Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Jaideep VG Editorial Co-ordinators: Divya Mishra, Priyanka Mathur Hilda Darukhanawalla Art Director: Rahul Das National Photo Editor & Art Director: Chirodeep Chaudhuri PR Manager: Rashmi Dhanwani Senior RM Sales (West): Vishwanath Shanbhag Designers: Brijesh Gajjar, Chittaranjan Modhave Design and Digital Imaging: Devang H Makwana Published by Deepak Bajaj for The National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021. Produced by

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Dear Madam, I was delighted to read about the National Theatre Live broadcast of Frankenstein on June 17th, 18th and 19th. As you are undoubtedly aware, such live transmissions are now available from opera and ballet companies all over the world. Would it be possible for the NCPA to bring us more of these? According to an article in the New York Times dated May 31st, 2011, seven Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts are scheduled in the next 13 months. The November 20th performance of will also highlight the official reopening of the Bolshoi Theater, after its renovation. Mumbais music and ballet lovers would greatly appreciate an opportunity to view this and other similar broadcasts! Roshun Birdy Please feel free to write in with your comments to Lily Shroff (Relationship Manager On Stage). We are committed to providing you with an enjoyable magazine and look forward to your feedback after each issue. Wed like to know what you think about our programmes and our stories, and look forward to bringing you exciting events on an ongoing basis. You may send an email to with your comments and feedback.

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from the desk

eturning to Mumbai in the second week of June, I was in time to see the stunning theatre screening of Danny Boyles Frankenstein, from the National Theatre, London, which unfortunately couldnt be broadcast live because of the time difference in our two countries, but nevertheless, saw our special invitees give it great reviews. The technology was staggering and the performances characteristically energetic of the trend in the presentations at the National Theatre. We hope to make this alliance between the NCPA and National Theatre bear fruit in different ways and this is the first step in ensuring that first class theatre is available to the Mumbai public at affordable prices. I hope to inform all our readers that plans for the SOI Seasons for September 2011, February 2012, and September 2012, are gradually falling in place and both Marat and I were able to discuss and source artistes of high calibre to take part in our Seasons. With the onset of the monsoon season last month, the rain-gods and music enthusiasts alike will witness the return of the Bandish festival, launched last year. This festival is an integral part of the thematic Indian Music programmes curated by Dr. Suvarnalata Rao for the NCPA. The Bandish event this year has an exciting line-up of artistes paying homage to legendary Indian composers, whose works have stood the test of time and terrain. The Edinburgh Festival, which is one of the major art festivals of the world, receives a thorough review from Deepa Gahlot. I have vivid memories of hearing many great artistes at the venues, which have now become a part of the cultural scene of Britain in summer. Many of these festivals, including the Salzburg and Byreuth, can serve as inspirations for similar festivals to be organised at the NCPA, not only for the regular theatre and concert goers, but also for tourists visiting the city. A number of people have approached me and ask whether it is possible to become a member of the NCPA, and what benefits it offers. An elaborate article on the benefits is penned in this issue and hope you will pass this on, not only to your family, but also to your friends. Many fine presentations made at the NCPA, whether they are Indian or Western music or dance, remain comparatively unappreciated by a large part of the audience on account of the lack of information provided, by the presenting organisations. We seek to remedy this by trying to explain the intrinsic raison detre of each offering, by either in the programme notes and/or pre-concert talks, as well as music appreciation programmes conducted, so that the audience appreciates the subtleties and quality of each performance. We will certainly follow this in other areas of performing arts, and suggestions and/or offers to contribute to this educational process, would be most welcome.

Khushroo N. Suntook

Binding traditions with a song
The Bandish Festival 2011 promises to bring forth some of the most treasured bandishes created by eminent composers of the past

Master your Rhythm Giving Voice to India Cultural Connections Programme Guide

Sanjukta Waghs workshop is all about improvisation in dance


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Patricia Rozario scouts the country for some of the finest singing talents

The NCPA has a lot of attractive offers which members can avail of

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A world class celebration
The much-awaited Edinburgh Festival showcases some great performances from all over the globe, including Asia

All of Julys events at the NCPA.

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Glimpses of May and June 2011 August 2011 Highlights

All that was memorable in the last two months.

What to look forward to in the coming month.

A preview into the Bandish festival at the NCPA throws light on this distinguished concept, and what is in store for music enthusiasts

he concept of bandish is one that has been looked upon with great reverence by musicians over many generations. The bond between tala and raga, the core ideology behind this concept, was passed on from a guru to his shishya. In its endeavour to celebrate the richness of Indian music, NCPA in collaboration with Tata Capital, has organised the Bandish Festival 2011, in which celebrated musicians will bring forth unique renditions of priceless, age-old compositions. Veejay Sai finds out more... Since time immemorial, one of the key factors that set Indian music apart from other genres of music anywhere else in the world, is the way in which it is inherited, via the guru-shishya parampara. While the West believed in the written word, India believed in the power of its gurus and

what they taught their students. Be it music, dance, theatre or folk traditions, these have been delivered to us absolutely undiluted over centuries, thanks to this thriving parampara.

The term bandish essentially means to tie or bind, and is hence aptly used with reference to a composition including a melody, rhythm and text

The term bandish essentially means to tie or bind, and is hence aptly used with reference to a composition including a melody, rhythm and text. Before this term came into usage, it was predominantly called cheeza, which was used more for literary compositions. The bandish came with its own unique set of grammar and vocabulary rules, which needed to be adhered to by the artiste. A delicate mingling of literary text set to tunes and patterned to a certain format of rendering and presentation soon took over the very aspect of its existence. In its second year, the Bandish festival celebrates some of the greatest composers of Indian music. Last year, when we started this festival, we wanted to offer music lovers a whole new experience. We designed the festival with a view to bring to the audience the trea-

From left to right: Ghulam Husnain Khan (Raja Miyan), Rashid Khan and Shubha Mudgal

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sures of our great Indian heritage, says Dr. Suvarnalata Rao, Head Programming (Indian Music), NCPA, the curator of the festival. When dealing with a subject like bandish, one ought to take extreme care regarding the histories, facts and genealogies that are being dealt with. Though the gurushishya parampara has been a longstanding tradition, over the centuries, the art of Indian music itself has undergone several changes. In the late 19th century, colonial writers who came to India and were fascinated with its performing arts, took great efforts to document selected histories in their journals and travelogues. So most documented evidences from books and such sources based themselves on these colonial re-interpretations. As the gharana system evolved in north Indian music and different schools prospered in the Carnatic genre, bandish settled down to being adapted by artistes over the centuries. Till today, several bandishes still have mysterious pasts, with their composers remaining anonymous and have thus been categorised as traditional, and thus continue to be sung by artistes. Some of these traditional tunes have also been adapted by various musicians in the fold of their respective gharanas. To put the spotlight on the value of bandish and let music loving audiences experience its diversity, a festival of this nature is immensely enriching. Last years festival saw several musicians undertaking the works of several composers. Dhrupad exponents Gundecha brothers paid their tribute to Miyan Tansen;

Ullhas Kashalkar sang the compositions of poets Adarang and Sadarang; Bombay Jayashri presented the works of Muthuswami Dikshitar and Papanasam Sivan; Shujaat Hussain Khan and Shekhar Sen enthralled the audience with the compositions of the Sufi mystic saint poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau and renowned medieval poets - Ras Khan and Raheem respectively. The festival turned out to be a wonderful eclectic mix of composers from main and sub-genres of Indian music, transcending timeline or genealogies.

to the saint poets Kabir, Surdas and Tulsidas being presented by Shubha Mudgal and Anup Jalota. On the last day of the festival, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande will sing compositions of Alladiya Khan and Vasundhara Komkali will present the works of Kumar Gandharva. Once again, we have dealt with a fair cross-section of genres and composers across Indian music, says Dr. Suvarnalata Rao. Raja Miyan is the torch-bearer of one of the most important gharanas of Indian music. He pays tribute to the doyen of the Agra gharana - Faiyaz Khan, who wrote under the pseudonym Prem Piya. Raja Miyan, one of the foremost disciples of Padmabhushan Late Khadim Hussain Khan, absorbed the best of his gharana music. He was groomed to present the beauty in bandish with a special love for both sur and bol blended with a fine sense of laya rendered in a resonant and pliable voice. Marked by Dhrupad like nom-tom aalap, bol-taans, bol-banav and bol-baant, his singing stands true to the tradition of his gharana. Anup Jalota, who inherited his bhajan sampradaya from his celebrated father Purushottam Das, is one of the countrys finest bhajan singers. He will sing a selection of bhajans written by Surdas and Tulsidas (saint poets who belonged to the Bhakti Movement that played a major role in Indias renaissance). Shubha Mudgal is a versatile artiste known for her wide repertoire spanning across Hindustani classical music, semi-classical genres and popular Indian music. She will be presenting the works of Kabir, the mystic poet of the Bhakti era, known for his path breaking

To put the spotlight on the value of bandish and let music loving audiences experience its diversity, a festival of this nature is immensely enriching
This year, we have an exciting lineup of artistes and composers they are paying tributes to. Ghulam Husnain Khan (Raja Miyan) will present Faiyaz Khans compositions followed by Rashid Khan, who will be showcasing the dynamic works of Inayat Hussain Khan. The second day is devoted

From left to right: Anup Jalota, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Vasundhara Komkali will be performing renditions of great composers

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philosophy, which preached social equality and broke down class and caste distinctions. Late Kumar Gandharvas wife, Vasundhara, and daughter, Kalapini, have taken his legacy forward by retaining his style of singing. He was a versatile genius, who could sing khayal, thumri and other semi-classical genres with equal ease. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, who will present the bandishes of Alladiya Khan, the patron of the Jaipur-Atrauli style of singing says, There has been controversy about what the Ustad has composed and what he has not. I have researched and found a few of the Ustads bandishes, which he wrote under the pen-name Ahmed Piya. Apart from these, there are also others where the word Ahmed just occurs and we dont know for sure if he composed them. Since he was the court musician of the royal court of Kolhapur, he might have composed music for specific events, like festivals or royal celebrations. It was very challenging for me to put together the piece that I will perform in this festival. Rashid Khan, of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana tradition, will sing the compositions of Inayat Hussain Khan, one of the doyens of the gharana. Among the salient features of this gharanas style of singing is the perceptible impress of the instrumental style in the singing, where devices like meend and soot are integral parts of the overall scheme of ornamentation. The compositon is given equal importance in its poetic aspect, as well as in its presentation. The intricate sargam patterns add to the joy of listening. Taranas have always been an integral part of this gharanas repertoire. Decorated with meend and delightful layakari, the taranas are very different from the familiar variety. Rashid Khan enchants the audience with his fullthroated style of singing, which makes all of his concerts treasured events and has helped re-establish his gharanas unique style. With the Bandish festival, NCPA has strived to treat music aficionados to a thematic presentation of timeless compositions, which continue to thrive and live on through generations. Hope the Mumbai rains do not stand between music and its lovers! The Bandish Festival 2011 takes place from July 7 - 9. For more information see page 21 of the Programme Guide.

Saint poets Tulsidas (left) and Kabir (right)

(Clockwise from top left: Faiyaz Khan, Inayat Hussain Khan, Kumar Gandharva, Alladiya Khan)

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part from showcasing Indian and international performing arts, the NCPA also gives immense priority to the education of the performing arts. Numerous learning opportunities are offered to the public through workshops, lecture demonstrations, seminars and appreciation courses in music, theatre and dance. Also, through its informal and interactive arts forum, Chauraha, arts enthusiasts can now experience film screenings, drama and poetry readings, as well as presentations of work-in-progress followed by the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas. A series of educational events organised recently by NCPAs dance department has succeeded in attracting audiences of all ages. Amrita Lahiri, Head Programming (Indian Dance), NCPA, explains, To fully appreciate the classical arts, we need educated

audiences. We also need to create opportunities for fresh talents to get the best in arts education. NCPA is a site of ongoing creativity in the arts, especially dance. Earlier, it was confined to auditoriums, but we are now shifting to studios. The next dance education event is a movement research workshop for dancers by Kathak dancer and performer Sanjukta Wagh. Post her dance course at the Laban Centre for Dance in London, she decided to use more improvisation in her work. Improvisation as a skill grows through practice and engagement, says Sanjukta. Once a musician learns how to play and is familiar with the structure and technique of music, he can make the music happen and respond to immediate sound around him. I began asking similar questions in dance. Can I respond to the floor, the air, the vibrations so that I am not the danc-

er but the danced? The approach of her workshop is one of movement research, where improvisation will be explored as a group in a structured studio-based practice. This workshop will enable students of dance to explore their own forms and bodies in a structured framework. NCPAs long history of dance education offered local dancers opportunities to learn with renowned gurus. This had started under NCPAs very first director, Dr Narayana Menon, who invited Guru Mohanrao Kalyanpurkar to teach Kathak. For many years, Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan would visit the NCPA for annual abhinaya workshops. The celebrated late guru Kelucharan Mohapatra taught regular workshops in Odissi at NCPA for over ten years, starting in 1982. Mumbai-based Odissi dancer and teacher Jhelum Paranjape reminisces, Guruji would return to the NCPA every year and teach for a month. We would have classes every day, from 10 am till about 6 pm in the evening. We would stop at that time only because we needed to get home. Recently, the NCPA held several successful dance education events. In May, Mehneer Sudan introduced them to jazz dance, Seema Mehta taught the basics of Kathak, and Mohiniattam dancer Mita Desai taught storytelling through design and dance. On March 25, school children from six Mumbai schools met celebrated Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri and renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarshini Govind at the Tata theatre. They learned about Carnatic music, Bharatanayam, Hindu mythology, rhythm and percussion from them. Sanjukta Waghs upcoming workshop is scheduled from July 26 to 28. It will conclude with a performance, Bheetar Bahar on July 29, followed by Chauraha. This workshop aims at uniting professional dancers together so as to create, improvise and try new things by stepping away from technique and structures in classical dance, explains Lahiri. This is the first of a series of workshops at NCPA. We hope to have others on abhinaya, lesser known dance forms, dance music, lighting, choreography and others aspects of dance. This workshop is from July 26 to July 28. For more information see page 31 and 32 of the Programme Guide.

This month, NCPA brings forth a series of dance workshops that are a unique combination of education and pleasure. Isabel Putinja takes a look.

Master your

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The Edinburgh Festival promises to be an enriching experience for visitors this year, with new and vibrant performances from all over the world, including Asia. Deepa Gahlot takes a look at whats in store

he Edinburgh Festival is uttered with reverence, as if it were a place of pilgrimage to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Thousands land up at the beautiful Scottish city over the three weeks that it hosts the best performers from around the world. The Edinburgh Festivals collectively attract audiences of four million, over 25,000 artists and 2,000 accredited media and according to the last independent study, generate 184 million towards Scotlands economy (61 for every 1 of public investment) and

The Korean ballet Princess Bari is one of the big attractions at the Festival this year

3,900 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs. Edinburghs six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art from around the globe, the festivals website boasts. The atmosphere in the city is something special. The Daily Telegraph said not just the most thrilling, beguiling, preposterously enjoyable place on Earth; it is also wonderfully addictive. Or as The Spectator suggested, you can sleep in Septem-

ber. Being there is a heady feel of excitement and discovery; while performing at Edinburgh is an experience every artiste dreams of. The Edinburgh International Festival was founded in 1947, after the Second World War, to provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit. This belief in the power of the arts to nurture and transform is the main aim of the festival today. The Edinburgh International Festival was the first of its kind, and inspired similar events

around the world. The main fesatival is curated; all artistes and groups are invited by the festival director. The festival inspired performers to stage shows of their own and these grew into the nowequally popular Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, more festivals have emerged around it in August and early September, including other times of the year. There are now 12 major annual festivals in Edinburgh. There have been 10 directors since the festival began, and current director Jonathan Mills, visited Mumbai recently. Since the 2011 event (August 12th September 4th) - his fifth festival, he has explored ideas about the influence of Asias diverse cultures on the West. Participants this year are from China, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia, as well as North America, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and the UK. From India, Shashi Tharoor, Anita Nair and Shoma Choudhary will be giving talks on India in a globalised world; plus stalwarts like Ravi Shankar, Amjan Ali Khan, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and folk musicians from Rajasthan will be performing. There will also be an exhibition of Indian textiles. When asked why India has not been represented by a more contemporary selection, Mills said that the participation from India was balanced out by performances from other Asian countries. His visit to India indicated the possibility of Indian culture becoming more prominent in the future. This years performances will include a young Korean Company performing Shakespeares The Tempest, a production of King Lear from Taipei and a Chinese opera version of Hamlet a mix of styles from the East and West. As Mills said, The focus on Asia acknowledges that we live in a globalised world. Bringing together East and West - The Peony Pavilion, performed by the National Ballet of China with western classical ballet, a classic symphony orchestra, traditional Chinese instruments, and a quintessentially Chinese story demonstrates the ideas and ambitions of the Edinburgh Festival 2011. This ballet is based on a love story by one of Chinas greatest writers, and a contemporary of Shakespeare, Tang Xianzu, states the programme. Orchestras participating this year include the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre sympho-

era bring a large-scale production by Jonathan Kent, designed by Paul Brown, of Strausss epic opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, spanning life on earth and in the spirit world. Currently rehearsing in Fez, with actors from across the Arabspeaking world, One Thousand and One Nights looks at the brutal and enthralling stories of Shahrazad, directed by Tim Supple. Staying in the Middle East, resonating strongly with recent events, Nigel Lowerys production of Semiramide for Vlaamse Opera, conducted by the great Rossini expert Alberto Zedda, is set during the last days of an Arabic dictators regime. Stephen Earnhart and Greg Pierces production of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is based on Haruki Murakamis novel, which premieres at the festival, bringing to the stage performance, music, puppetry, dance and film. Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto brings two poetic series of work to Europe for the first time. Lightning Fields and Photogenic Drawings reveal Sugimotos exploration of the nature of photography, presented in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Dance this year includes French-Vietnamese choreographer Ea Solas re-creation of her critically acclaimed meditation on the human cost of war, Drought and Rain and New york-based Chinese choreographer Shen Weis Re-Triptych. There is also the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and Korean choreographer, Eun-Me Ahn and her companys tale of Princess Bari. Musicians at Festival 2011 include Kent Nagano and Myung-Whun Chung, Meagan Miller and yundi making their festival debuts. Joining them are Maria Joo Pires, Ravi Shankar, Amjan Ali Khan, Vladimir Jurowski, Melvyn Tan, Xuefei yang, Belcea Quartet, PierreLaurent Aimard and Diana Damrau. The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, with over 100,000 firing sequences launched from Edinburgh Castle and choreographed to music performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, will be the grand finale. Mills wrote in the Festival brochure, In the past, Festival 2011 might have been described as coming from the East or the Far East. Today, in recognition of a changed world, we describe it as a journey of discovery and revelation, in which the finest artists of these Asian countries share their virtuosity and skill with all of us in the Far West.

Bringing together East and West demonstrates the ideas and ambitions of the Edinburgh Festival 2011
nique de Montral, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the yogyakarta Court Gamelan. The Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform Kenneth MacMillans ballet Song of the Earth, set to Mahlers song cycle, inspired by Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty, alongside the world premiere of a work created for the company by internationally acclaimed American-based choreographer Jorma Elo. Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Op-

xposed to western classical music and recordings of opera singers from an early age, Patricia Rozario was one of the few Indians who decided to make a career as a soprano. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music for four years and for a year at the National Opera Studio, she started working professionally, but continued to have private singing lessons.

After changing teachers a few times, I eventually met Jeffrey Talbot, who teaches the Italian Belcanto method of singing, and who made the biggest impact on my voice. He taught me about the vocal instrument, how it works, how to build its strength, flexibility, accuracy and brilliance. Thanks to his training, I was able to take part in a few international singing competitions in UK, Holland, Austria and Spain and win awards, which led to me getting an agent and also opera contracts and concert work, she says. Rozario has sung all over the world, with famous conductors, orchestras and soloists. Next year, she will complete 30 years in the field of classical music internationally. Being a soprano is a difficult career path to follow, not just because there are so many good sopranos in the field, but also because the music written for this voice type is always challenging, explains the singer. About 12 years ago, she came up with the idea of conducting singing lessons for people of 15 years of age and above. However, she was unable to execute her plans at the time. But the idea remained and two years ago, when her agent Shireen Isal, of Sargam Associates, organised a concert tour for her in India, she decided to scout for talent in each city. Impressed with what she heard, she has returned every quarter since then to run her sessions, which

Arguably one of the most talented western classical musicians to have visited India, Patricia Rozario speaks to Jehangir Batiwala about her career and her new project of training voices in India

are now called Giving Voice to India. Word has spread and weve had singers from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Delhi and Coimbatore signing up for the course, she says. One student successfully auditioned for the Royal College of Music and will start the BA course in September. In January, I decided to work with one of the choirs in Bombay, and once again in April. It is amazing how the voices change even during the six-day intensive course. She now wants to train some teachers with the aim of keeping students on track in between the courses. There are a couple of singers, who teach, as well as study, and she feels they will be able to implement her ideas in their teaching style. The NCPA is where I place my hopes. I dont need to make any recommendations to the faculty, because I know that when the voices are ready and welldeveloped, they will use them in the concerts. In my last meeting with NCPA Chairman Khushroo Suntook, he asked me if I would train a group of 15 to 20 voices for the choruses of the double bill to be premiered next February Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. Next year, Rozario plans a tour with two of her soprano students from England. Susanna Hurrell is an award winning student of mine from the Royal College of Music, who is just finishing the Opera Course and Joanne D Mello is about to graduate from the Royal College of Music with a distinction and has gained a place at the Ghent Opera Studio in Belgium. I am very proud of what she has achieved so far, and feel more can do the same, she concludes. Patricia Rosarios workshop is from July 23rd to 28th. For more information see page 31 of the Programme Guide.

Patricia Rozario

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Cultural Connections
For a long time, members of the NCPA have had the opportunity of viewing some of the best art performances. Now, a member can avail of much more, as the NCPA brings to the fore a lot of wonderful offers in addition to satiating Indias cultural appetite. Lily Shroff throws light on what is in store
s it possible to become a member of the NCPA? In 1965, Dr Jamshed J Bhabha wrote a letter to the Dorabji Tata Trust about the need for an institution that would safeguard Indias rich heritage of performing arts for future generations. He pointed out that in India, music and the related arts constituted an extremely important part of the countrys 5,000-yearold cultural and spiritual legacy. His vision extended to even selecting a kind of audience to view these art forms. He would interview prospective candidates from society and after scrutinising their request, would take a decision on whether or not to make them a member. Such was the degree of excellence and cultural stimulation required in not just an artiste or a performer, but also in an audience as well. Four decades later, times have changed, and today, the NCPA membership is open to all. The proximity of the complex to the office area in the financial district of the country makes it an ideal getaway from the hectic life one leads today, while it also hopes to draw in the youth with the many colleges in and around the vicinity. As a lively cultural hub, the NCPA boasts of five state-of-the-art theatres (Tata Theatre, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Experimental Theatre, Dance Theatre Godrej and the Little Theatre) that can accommodate symphony orchestral concerts to vast theatrical productions and bringing the best from around the country and the world. Every performing art genre has a dedicated programming team at the NCPA, that churns out high quality events, which are, in every sense, one of a kind. The revered artiste and NCPA member Gulzar, very beautifully put it when he commented, The NCPA is the greatest cultural gift to the city of Mumbai. your body rests and the soul starts inflating af-

NCPA members watch the SOI performing a Western Music concert

ter you enter the premises! As a patron of the arts, an NCPA member already belongs to an exceptional group of people because of their support and contribution towards NCPAs mission of preserving and promoting arts and culture. The NCPA membership is the perfect gift for an art-lover. It makes a unique offering that is a whole year long and provides several opportunities for your friends and family to experience the incredible world class performances and truly explore the arts. Additionally, there are excellent archives, recording studios, art and photographic galleries, as well as multi-purpose rehearsal rooms (that can house conferences, seminars and training programmes) and open-air spaces for performances and receptions. If you become a member of the NCPA, the cultural benefits are limitless, and audiences also gain access to a lot of lucrative offers:


1. Discounts on all tickets for NCPA productions 2. A copy of our coveted monthly arts magazine Onstage, accessible only to members, which contains detailed information on all the programmes and events at the NCPA, as well as well-written articles on happenings in the world of culture and the performing arts. 3. Priority bookings for all events that gives members an advantage before the shows/concerts reach a houseful status, this facility is available for members upto three days in advance of the boxoffice opening to the public 4. Access to exclusive events organised for members alone 5. Free use of the extensive NCPA library facilities. (Three rooms housing the only Stuart-Liff Collection in India, an audio and reading room, where 500 books, and CDs are added each year) 6. Exclusive discounts and offers on select brands

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7. Discount at the new NCPA restaurant located at the heart of Nariman Point Amadeus Further details on specific offers for NCPA members on various brand and eateries are listed below:


Members will enjoy an exclusive discount at our newest restaurant.

10% discount to NCPA / SOI members upon presentation of the voucher

1 FREE Hush Standard Pillow (17 x 27) for any NCPA members who drop into a Sleep Studio prior to July 15th, 2011, or till stocks last upon production of their membership cards In addition, NCPA members will be entitled to a 15% discount on any purchases made from a Sleep Studio
Attending performances at the NCPA is a perfect way to interact with like-minded people


15% off on a minimum expenditure of Rs 150 upon presentation of their membership card

Landmark voucher worth Rs. 1,000, redeemable on Rs. 5,000 and above, on purchase of books upon presentation of the voucher till November 30th, 2011 Landmark voucher worth Rs. 1,000, redeemable on Rs. 5,000 and above, on purchase of movies and music upon presentation of the voucher till November 30th, 2011

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On Stage Global
On Stage July 2011

A look at interesting performing arts festivals taking place around the world in July

The Baalbeck International Festival celebrates the very best of Lebanese talent across various genres


With a history spanning several decades (including an interim period of gestation due to the Lebanese Civil War), the Baalbeck International Festival, held in the city of Baalbek in Lebanon each year, is considered one of the most prestigious festivals in the Middle East. The festival provides the best of Lebanese talent an oppurtunity to perform on a stage as grand as this, with over 40,000 spectators each year. It also aims at presenting the finest international talent in the arts to the forefront, incorporating different forms of the classical arts with artistes from the fields of ballet, theatre, opera, and classical music presenting their creations to the watching eye. This years programme features the Gershwin Piano Quartet interpreting important works of Stravinsky and Ravel, while renowned pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha also presents a piano recital. Further highlights include From the Days of Saladin, a Lebanese musical play with music and direction by Farid and Maher Sabbagh.

the 27th edition of its annual jazz and blues festival. Audiences can expect over 200 performances spread out over 50 different venues in the region, and with most of them allowing free-of-charge entrance, the musicians are all set to play to packed houses listening to the soulful and pensive melodies of jazz. The festival line-up consists of both British, as well as respected international artistes from all over, and some of the highlights for this year include Digby Fairweather, Alan Barnes and Roy Williams.

er at the Kinsale Arts Week, an exceptional multi-dimensional salutation to the arts. The theatrical presentations at this years event include the staging of Horse, a mesmerizing dark comedy about a womans equestrian obsession, directed by David Bernstein. The music presentations include recitals by renowned cellist William Butt, as well as the Tin Pan Alley. Jarlath Regan will play his part in providing some comic relief, as he puts up a stand-up comedy routine as well. In short, the festival provides something for everyone.


Festival dAvignon, created back in the year 1947, will be hosting its 65th edition this year. The festival remains till today a grand celebration of the arts and an important event on the theatre and performing arts calendar. It is attended by tens of thousands of visitors each year, and one of the highlights for this years extravaganza is Kristin, nach Fraulein Julie (Christine, after a Miss Julie), a musical production adapted and staged by the British theatre director Katie Mitchell, with music by Paul Clark.


Held at the glorious Moscow State Academic Music Theatre (also known as the Natalia Sats theatre) with its magnificent architecture and grand stage, the Summer Ballet Festival is a unique project held on a massive scale each year and aims at popularising classical ballet in its most splendid form. The famous Russian ballet company - the Russian State Ballet, as well as the 110-pronged Novaya Opera Orchestra, are among the many remarkable artistes, who will take the stage this year, and the performances will include some of the very best one-act ballets by great composers, like Chopin and Stravinsky.


The first 10 days of July will see thousands of visitors heading towards the second city of England, as Birmingham plays host to


Architecture, music, theatre, comedy, literature, visual art they all merge togeth-

On Stage July 2011


Programme guide
The Sujaya Language Show 2011
Tata Theatre
Friday, 1st 6.30 pm The Sujaya Language Show 2011 is based on the Paris School of Improvisation shows a combination of sport and theatre that engages audiences of all ages. Certain linguistic structures are worked on; students have targeted some key issues modern society is facing. The show has been staged successfully over the year. This year, supported by Deutsche Bank, is the first time the Sujaya kids will perform at Tata Theatre.

Passes should be collected from the Sujaya Foundations Office: Sujaya Foundation, Adarsh Guest House, Above Adarsh Mithai Mandir, 3rd Floor, Nana Chowk, Grant Road, Mumbai 400 007. Contact: Shraddha Shetti on 2382 6238 / 2207 8490

S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship

Experimental Theatre Friday, 1st and Saturday, 2nd - 7.00 pm S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship explores the controversial issue morality and censorship. The play goes back to the early 70s

Hindi Play (150 mins)

when Vijay Tendulkars classic, Sakharam Binder, created controversy in the theatre scene. The stage censor board came down heavily on the script and the play was attacked by sections of society. The story of Sakharam Binder, the parallel world of tamasha and the spirit of the 70s all make up an exciting mix of theatre, memory, live music, dance and video. The show provokes, challenges, entertains and asks the question who says NO!? And why? Developed by Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik Directed by Sunil Shanbag Starring: Nagesh Bhonsle, Gitanjali Kulkarni, Shubhorojyoti Barat, Ketaki Thatte, Raja-

shree Sawant Wad, Hridaynath Jadhav, umesh Jagtap, Gulshan Devaiah, Puja Sarup, Dhanashree Karmarkar and Prasad Athalye

An Arpana Production FOR ADuLTS ONLY

Tickets: On Friday:

`225, 180 & 150/(for Members) `250, 200 & 150/(for the Public) On Saturday: `270, 225 & 200/(for Members) `300, 250 & 200/(for the Public) Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public
Dance Exhibitions Art, Photography Film Screenings Indian Music Theatre Presentations & Discussions International Music


Tel: +91 (0)22 2282 4567, 6654 8135, 6622 3724 National Centre for the Performing Arts, N.C.P.A. Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021. Tel: +91 (0)22 6622 3737

On Stage July 2011

Hindustani Music Recital

Indian Music
Vaibhav Risbud (tabla solo) Ashwin Dalvi (sitar), accompanist Gautam Pal (tabla) Little Theatre Friday, 1st 6.30 pm In collaboration with ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (Western Region) Vaibhav Risbud has trained under Sudhir Mainkar and Praveen Karkare. Sudhir Mainkar is a beneficiary of the Support to Gurus Scheme, which facilitates the Guru Shishya Parampara to impart training in Indian Music. This is an educational initiative pioneered by NCPA and sponsored by Citibank. Vaibhav Risbud has accompanied many artistes in public performances and has also amassed awards and scholarships while pursuing his training in tabla. Ashwin Dalvi was initiated into music by his father Mahesh Dalvi, a noted tabla player. He specialised in sitar under the guidance of Arvind Parikh, who belongs to the Vilayatkhani gharana of sitar, and who also happens to be one of the leading musicians of India. Dalvi has performed extensively on various national platforms, including AIR and television. He has been recognised for his efforts and suitably awarded the titles of Sur Mani and Nad Sadhak by distinct organisations. He will be accompanied on tabla by Gautam Pal, a disciple of legendary tabla maestro Shankar Ghosh. He was initially trained under Shib Shankar Karmakar and now has many performances in India to his credit.

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA members will get preferential seating)

Dynamic Feet ~ Dynamic Rhythm

Kathak and Percussion Ensemble
Tata Theatre Saturday, 2nd 7.00 pm The evening features Hindustani and Carnatic percussion and music by some of Indias top artists. Musicians Tabla yogesh Samsi - Mumbai Pakhawaj Bhawani Shankar - Mumbai Sitar Jayanta Banerjee - Kolkata Vocal Debasis Sarkar - Kolkata Mridangam N. Ramakrishnan - Chennai Ghatam Venkatasubramaniam Chennai Chitresh Das explores Kathak techniques and performance, creating new works that are deeply rooted in the Kathak tradition. His technique, Kathak yoga, was published in a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University. Das formed the first university accredited Kathak course at San Francisco State University, USA. He received the National Heritage Fellowship from the Obama Administration for maintaining the highest standards in Indian Classical Dance in America. A Chhandam Nritya Bharati presentation

Tickets : `600, 450 & 300/(for Members) `800, 600 & 400/(for the Public) Box Office: June 18 for Members and June 20 for the Public

Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum

Dance Theatre Godrej Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd 7.00 pm It happens at least once. To everyone. An awkward situation. Most people weather it, some change because of it, some arent affected at all and some people even go looking for one. The one thing everyone does laugh at one. But only when its not them. Meet Natasha, Adil, Bob and Kara sometime friend or lover or colleague or roommate. Not always mutually exclusive. When it all comes together one evening,

English Play (80 mins)

mixed with copious amounts of memories it tastes pretty funny! Written by: Eric Gordon Directed by: Vivek Madan Cast: Tariq Vasudeva, Diksha Basu, Karan Pandit and Kallirroe Tziafeta A Q Theatre Production

Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

Tickets: `200/- (for Members) `225/- (for the Public)

On Stage July 2011


Jyotiba: A Photography Exhibition by Ramesh Desai

Photography Exhibition
Piramal Art Gallery Saturday, 2nd to Saturday, 9th 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm Photography has been Ramesh Desais hobby for many years now, and he has participated in several club level competitions, as well as All India Salons. He has won many awards and participation certifications, which include first prize in the Photo Competition on Mumbai held by Mumbai Municipal Corporation - 1999 2000, a participation certificate in the 20th FIP Convention Jodhpur - 2000, a participation certificate from the Nehru Centre Discovery of India, a Certificate of Merit from the Photographic Society of India, All India Salon 2003, and second prize at the Photographic Society of India, All India Salon 2003, among others.

In his latest exhibition, enthusiasts can see his love for the outdoors and nature, especially the monsoon season, depicted in his series of photographs.

Arms and the Man

Tata Theatre Sunday, 3rd 7.00 pm With the conviction that children should not be exposed only to low comedy in the theatre, Motley first attempted Bernard Shaws satire on war and heroism, for the Prithvi Summertime Festival. Words are an integral part of theatre, sometimes the most integral part. And this revival (with a younger cast) is being done with the intention of introducing our children to Mr. Shaws exquisite use of words, and his genius as a playwright.

English Play (120 mins)

Cast: Faezeh Jalali, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shivani Tanksale, Amit Sial, Saahil Vaid, Vijay Tilani, Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda A Motley Production

Written by Bernard Shaw Directed by Naseeruddin Shah

Tickets: `375, 300, 240, 180 & 150/(for Members) `500, 400, 320, 240 & 200/(for the Public) Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

O My Love
Experimental Theatre Sunday, 3rd - 2.00 pm, 4.30 pm, and 7.00 pm The NCPA is collaborating with Rangapeeth, on a unique production. For the first time ever, the same play will be performed by the same set of actors in three languages. The play is based on Bhasas Sanskrit classic play Madhyam Vyayog. Through this play, an effort has been made towards reviving the principle of Natyashastra with an absolutely modern and contemporary approach. Madhyam Vyayog by Bhasa revolves around Bhima, Ghatotkacha, Hidimba and a Brahmin family. Hidimba, who is fasting, orders her son Ghatotkacha to bring a man from the forest to eat at the end of the fasting. Ghatotkacha stops a traveling Brahmin family in the middle of the forest. To save his parents and two brothers, the second son Madhyama gets ready to

English, Hindi, and Marathi play

sacrifice himself. As his last wish, he goes to drink water with Ghatotkacha's permission. When the Brahmin boy is not back at the expected time, Ghatotkacha gets furious and calls out loud, Madhyama Madhyama. Bhima, the Madhyama Pandav, who is in that forest at that time, hears the call, and responds. He promises to save the Brahmin family, and asks Ghatotkacha to take him instead of the Brahmin boy, but only if he is able to defeat him in a test of strength. Ghatotkacha accepts the challenge. Bhima is defeated and is brought in front of Hidimba. She recognises Bhima as her husband and tells Ghatotkacha. Ghatotkacha refuses to accept Bhima as his father, because he had never seen Bhima as his father since birth. Ultimately, Hidimba successfully convinces Ghatotkacha, who eventually accepts Bhima as his father, and the three are reunited. Adapted and directed by Waman Kendre Cast: Sanjay Shejwal, Suhas Suryavanvashi, Bageshree Joshirao, Sanket

Oak, Rutwik Kendre, Tejashree Prabhu, Hitesh Rane, Sakhi Gokhale and others A Rangapeeth Production O MY LOVE (in English) at 2.00 pm O MY LOVE Arthat MORE PIYA (in Hindi) at 4.30 pm O MY LOVE Arthat PRIYA BAWARI (in Marathi) at 7.00 pm

Tickets: `270, 225 & 200 (for Members) `300, 250 & 200 (for the Public) Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

On Stage July 2011

Lahari (A flood of divine bliss)

Bharatanatyam by Meenakshi Chitharanjan
Little Theatre Wednesday, 6th 7.00 pm Meenakshi Chitharanjan has trained under Guru Pandanallur Chokkalingam Pillai and his son Guru Subbaraya Pillai, and has performed extensively in India, and abroad. Through Kaladiksha, her dance academy, she trains numerous students in the legendary Pandanallur tradition. For this performance, Chitharanjan has selected verses of Saint Adi Sankara from his works - Soundarya Lahari, Sivananda Lahari and Ananda Lahari. The performance commences with Sringara Lahari, celebrating the divine beauty of Devi, followed by a verse from Soundarya Lahari bringing out the Navarasas set to different contexts.

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. ( NCPA members will get preferential seating)

NCPA Tata Capital Bandish Festival of Legendary Indian Composers

Indian Music
Tata Theatre Thursday, 7th to Saturday, 9th - 7.00 pm Indian music centers around well-structured melodic and rhythmic compositions known as bandish. It represents a central idea or base upon which the edifice of the performance is sculpted and realised. The three-day festival will showcase some of the most treasured works of the great composers, presented by eminent artistes. July 7 Ghulam Husnain Khan (Raja Miyan) Rashid Khan Ghulam Husnain Khan (Raja Miyan) will present Faiyaz Khans (18861950) compositions. Known for his chhota khayals, which were chiseled to perfection, Faiyaz Khan was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. In Faiyaz Khans hands, the bandish emerged from its chrysalis, evolving into a three dimensional, multifaceted, dazzling personality, synonymous with the raga. Rashid Khan will showcase the exquisite and dynamic works of Inayat Hussain Khan (18491919), one of the most celebrated vocalists and composers of the RampurSahaswan gharana. The gharana excels in its repertoire and distinct style of rendering tarana compositions and power-packed speedy taans of various types and lays emphasis on the use of lyrics (bol) in all stages of khayal development. July 8 Shubha Mudgal Anup Jalota

Shubha Mudgal is a renowned singer of Hindustani classical music, khayal, thumri, dadra, as well as popular Indian music. An accomplished composer of works that include rare texts from Sufiana poetry and teachings of Indian poets, she will present the divine works of Kabir (c. 14251505). Anup Jalota, a much revered bhajan and ghazal artiste, will present the works of noted saint poets Tulsidas (c. 1532 1623) and Surdas (14781581), who composed famous pieces of literature based on the life and times of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna respectively. These include Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas and Sur Sagar by Surdas that have been immortalised by their timeless relevance and following till date. July 9 Ashwini Bhide Deshpande Vasundhara Komkali Ashwini Bhide Deshpande has trained in the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana and is known for her melodious tonal quality and

emotiveness, whilst retaining the basic raga framework. She will be presenting the compositions of Alladiya Khansaheb (c. 18551946), known for his immense repertoire of traditional dhrupad, khayal compositions and compound ragas. The finale of the Festival is Vasundhara Komkali presenting the compositions of her husband, Kumar Gandharva (1924 1992). Her music reveals an indelible impact of the inimitable style pioneered by Kumarji through his various thematic presentations. Hailed as the harbinger of the avant garde movement in Indian music, Kumar Gandharva was a nonconformist who made bold attempts at assimilating the best from contemporary styles, both art and folk.

Daily Tickets: Rs.570, 375, 225 & 90/(for Members) Rs.760, 500, 300 & 120/- (for the Public) Box Office now open

On Stage July 2011


at a glance
Programme Theatre






6.30 pm

The Sujaya Language Show 2011

Fri and Sat

1st to 2nd

7.00 pm

Sex, Morality & Censorship Hindi Play Vaibhav Risbud (Tabla Solo) & Ashwin Dalvi (Sitar) with Gautam Pal (Tabla) Hindustani Music Recital Dynamic Feet Dynamic Rhythm Kathak by Chitresh Das Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum English Play Jyotiba Photography Exhibition by Ramesh Desai Arms and the Man English Play O My Love - English Play More Piya - Hindi Play Priya Bawari - Marathi Play Lahari Bharatanatyam by Meenakshi Chitharanjan NCPA Tata Capital Bandish: Festival of Legendary Indian Composers young Talent Western Music Recital Hema Upasani (Hindustani Vocal) Nivedita Mukherjee (Odissi) Music and Dance recital Rafta Rafta English Play A Guy Thing English Play The Interview English Play Kalpana Short film screenings One Out of Six English Play



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July 2011
Dance Exhibitions Art, Photography Film Screenings Indian Music Theatre Presentations & Discussions International Music
Day Date Time Programme Con Brio 2011 Western Music Festival and Piano Competition Pant on Fire English Play Filmi Chashma Childrens Film Screenings Urumi Malayalam film with English subtitles Srishti Odissi by Namrata Gupta Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai Hindi Film Sangit Chintan: Musical Reflections Workshop on Sitar by Arvind Parikh Jaane Bhi Do yaaro Hindi Film Me Grandad Ad An Elephant English Play Panchakanya Bharatanatyam by Gayatri Sriram Giving Voice to India Voice Training by Patricia Rozario & Mark Troop One on One English Play Improvisation as a studio-based practise Workshop by Sanjukta Wagh Bheetar Baahar Contemporary Kathak by Sanjukta Wagh Music Mirror - Siddheshwari Documentary Film in Hindi on Siddheshwari Devi The Real Inspector Hound English Play The Cherry Orchard Theatre film screening Theatre

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West Room 1



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On Stage July 2011


Young Talent
Western Music Recital
Suman Sridhar (Soprano) Nayantara Jain (Piano) Vishal Lalwani (Piano) Experimental Theatre Thursday, 7th 6.30 pm In collaboration with the Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy Suman Sridhar is a singer, actor and songwriter. She grew up in Mumbai studying Indian classical music and earned an undergraduate degree in western classical music from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. Suman collaborated with classical, jazz and independent musicians in clubs and theatres across the NyC area. Her on-stage appearances include original musical productions, The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir (Mumbai, 2009), Yoni Ki Baat (New Jersey, 2006) and musical adaptations of Exit the King (Bangalore, 2007), Day I Met the Prince (Mumbai, 2009) and My Fair Lady (New Jersey, 1998). She has performed internationally at the Great Escape Festival (Brighton, 2011), Southbank Centre (London, 2010), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka, 2008), Prithvi Theatre Festival (Mumbai, 2009), etc. Nayantara Jain studies piano under Myrna Fernandez. Last year, she was a semifinalist at Con Brio, and topped the ATCL diploma in India. This year, she accompanied singers in Delna Modys production, Life Through the Songs We Like, and occasionally accompanies the Mehli Mehta Adult Choir. She recently completed the IB Diploma at Dhirubhai Ambani International School, and will be continuing her education at Stanford University this fall. Vishal Lalwani comes from a musical family. He started learning the piano at the age of four with his father and later, with Freda Soares. For the last year, he has been studying with Norma Carneiro Alphonso, under whom he secured distinctions in the ATCL (performers) diploma examination last December. He has performed with Parvez Doctors B.P. Chamber Orchestra and in his college functions. On the academic side, he has a BBI (bachelor of banking and insurance) degree. The programme will include works of Beethoven, Scarlatti, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Purcell, Verdi, Schoenberg and others.

Tickets: `80 & `40/Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

Horizon Series
Music and Dance Recital
Hema Neralkar upasani (Vocal) Nivedita Mukherjee (Odissi) Little Theatre Friday, 8th 6.30 pm In collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Hema Neralkar Upasani, daughter of Nath Neralkar, a Hindustani classical vocalist from Maharashtra, completed her M.A. in music from S.N.D.T. University in Pune, with a distinction of having secured five prizes of the S.N.D.T. university in different aspects of music, along with the C. RAMACHANDRA prize for maximum marks in M.A. She is well-known for her versatile performances, and has carved a place for herself by singing bhajans and ghazals in an exclusive style. Nivedita Mukherjee, an Odissi exponent, initially received her training from Rabindra Atibudhi of the Nalanda Dance and Research Centre, Mumbai, and later from Jhelum Paranjape and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra . She has numerous performances to her credit, some of which include the Raindrops Festival by Samved at NCPA, Nadgauda Festival in Nasik, Pallavothsava in Mysore, Thalam Festival in Trichur, Hampi Festival in Karnataka, among others. She has participated in all ballets and group choreography by Smitalay run by Jhelum Paranjape. Nivedita continues her training with here guru, as she believes learning is an ongoing process. She also trains aspiring young dancers at her institution Aratrika Institute of Performing Arts in Thane. She takes keen interest in choreography.

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA Members will get preferential seating)

On Stage July 2011

Chase the Monsoon Blues

Three Contemporary Comedies in English by Akvarious Productions
Experimental Theatre Friday, 8th to Sunday, 10th Rafta Rafta (120 mins) Friday, 8th 7.00 pm Floundering fathers, meddlesome mothers, sleepless sons and a beautiful virgin bride. A hugely warm hearted, comic tale of close-knit Indian families living abroad by the writer of East is East. Critics are calling this production of Rafta Rafta a great comedy with a scintillating cast and never a dull moment, which leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. Written by Ayub Khan-Din Directed by Tahira Nath and Akarsh Khurana Cast: Abir Abrar, Kshitee Jog, Ahlam Khan, Adhaar Khurana, Akarsh Khurana, Faisal Rashid and others A Guy Thing (70 mins) Saturday, 9th 7.00 pm Lino and Mitch, an outrageously mismatched pair of strangers, find themselves stranded in a hunting cabin during a ferocious storm. Unable to leave, we gradually find out these men arent exactly here by mere happenstance. During their tumultuous and often hilarious day together, the two explore what defines being a man, the value of emotional intimacy, the lies we tell each other and most devastatingly the lies we tell ourselves. Critics have labelled this as a production that is both hilarious and insightful, and veers cleverly between a laugh riot and an intelligent play that keeps you thoroughly engaged. The evening will also feature a short opening act - #309 - by the same playwright. Written by Michael Puzzo Directed by Akarsh Khurana Cast: Neil Bhoopalam and Ali Fazal FOR ADuLTS ONLY The Interview (80 mins) Sunday, 10th 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm Winner of 4 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, including Best Play and Best Actor, The Interview is being hailed as a tightly packed action comedy with brilliant contemporary writing. In the play, a bright, young man, holding his resume close, waits nervously at the reception of one of the countrys largest corporations. Moments later he is called in for his job interview. But nothing he learnt in college, university or his last few jobs has prepared him for what comes next perhaps the most unusual and challenging hour of his life. But hes keen to make it through this. After all, it is a job to die for. Written by Siddharth Kumar Directed by Akarsh Khurana Cast: Karan Pandit, Amrita Puri, Kashin Shetty and Tariq Vasudeva FOR ADuLTS ONLY

Tickets: On weekdays: `225, 180 & 150/(for Members) `250, 200 & 150/(for the Public) On weekends: `270, 225 & 200/(for Members) `300, 250 & 200/(for the Public) Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

Lino and Mitch explore what being a man is all about in A Guy Thing

Short Film Screenings (120 mins)
Little Theatre Saturday, 9th 6.30 pm In collaboration with Friends of Cinema. Friends of Cinema (FoC) is a network of people who like and love short and small budget cinema. Kalpana, the brainchild of Friends of Cinema, is a venture to provide exposure to short and small budget filmmakers. Many of us might have dreamt of making a movie one day that would make the world stand up and take notice. Few of us actually went a step ahead and made the movie. However, due to budget constraints and other barriers, they were unable to deliver the movie to a wider audience or receive inputs to better the film. Kalpana is for these filmmakers. It brings together talented film makers under one roof and offers them an ideal opportunity to expose their works of art to other filmmakers and connoisseurs, and get positive feedback. The objective of the group is simple screen little known movies (short films that dont exceed 20 minutes) to a wider audience and initiate a constructive discussion on each of the movies so as to give inputs to the movie maker and also to understand the subtle nuances of filmmaking. Everyone is invited irrespective of whether you are a filmmaker or not. All you require is a zest for cinema.

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA Members will get preferential seating)

On Stage July 2011


One out of Six

English Play
Tata Theatre Sunday, 10th 7.30 pm An Artistic Exclusive Event One out of Six deals with a pompous dry cleaner, who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his wife rebels against his ways by running off with his own brother. Jo Pereira heads to New york, seeking his son Melvin's sympathy. Instead, he discovers his son has a lover, who is a man. Jo cannot come to terms with his son being gay, and recruits a young girl Candy to rectify the situation, with hilarious consethat Melvin is gay? Will Melvin accept his fathers shenanigans? Will Rock, the lover, succumb to the young girl's charms? Get ready for a laughter-filled evening. Produced by Raell Padamsee Directed by Karla Singh Cast: Cyrus Broacha, Bugs Bhargava, Aman uppal, Jeanine Advani and Parinaz Jal An Ace Production quences. Meanwhile, Jos wife runs away from his brother George and decides to visit Melvin. How will Jo react when he sees her? What will she do when she finds out

Tickets: `1,500, 1,250, 1,000, 750, 500, 400, 300 &200/Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

Con Brio 2011

Western Music Festival & Piano Competition
Experimental Theatre July 12 to 18 Con Brio The John Gomes Memorial Piano Competition and Festival is an annual event, which aims to promote strong relationships among Western classical musicians, especially pianists. The event has musicians from India and abroad coming together to perform and embark on educational projects, like music lessons, masterclasses, workshops and a piano camp. Presented by NCPA and Furtados, Con Brio is dedicated to the late John Gomes, who, as the owner of Furtados for 50 years, made a significant contribution to the development of music. The objective of the competition is to encourage young Indian pianists to aim for high standards of pianism by providing them with a strong incentive. Directed by Parvesh Java, this years festival will be anchored by four pianists: Marialena Fernandes, Mark Troop, Paul Stewart and Ranko Markovic and soprano Patricia Rozario. To celebrate the birth bicentenary of Franz Liszt, the concerts will feature a large number of
Paul Stewart and Zarin Ghadialy-Hodiwala

pieces by the Hungarian virtuoso pianist well-known works and lesser known ones, some in their original form and others in unique arrangements. To mark the death centenary of Gustav Mahler, a selection of his songs and symphony transcriptions will be presented. Experimental Theatre Tuesday, July 12 7:00 pm Canadian pianist Paul Stewart will give a solo piano recital performing Nikolai Medtners Danza Festiva, Beethovens Sonata No. 27 in E minor (Op. 90) and Brahms Six Piano Pieces (Op. 118). The main composer of the evening will be Liszt and to celebrate his big year, Paul will play some of his original compositions, as well as transcriptions for piano. Experimental Theatre Friday, July 15 7:00 pm The four guest pianists Marialena, Mark, Paul and Ranko, will begin the evening with a 2 piano 8 hand arrangement of Liszts Symphonic Poem Les Preludes. Zarin Ghadialy-Hodiwala will sing a selection of Brahms songs accompanied by Paul Stewart. Marialena will play a piece for recorded electronics and live

piano by Chicago-based composer Kyong Mee Choi. Patricia and Mark will perform, for the first time in India, Mumbai-born Vanraj Bhatias Six Seasons a song cycle which recently received its world premiere in London. Four song settings of poems by Victor Hugo for soprano and baritone will be sung by Nitya Thomas and Oscar Castellino while Shirish Malhotra will present a short selection of French flute repertoire. Experimental Theatre Saturday, July 16 7:00 pm One half of this programme will be a celebration of Mahler by Marialena and Ranko. To compare the four hand transcriptions of Mahlers Symphonies by Zemlinsky (Mahlers assistant at the Vienna Court Opera) and Casella (French influenced Italian composer and pianist), as well as Mahlers own arrangement of Bruckners Third will be an ear opening experience to the perception of music in the early 20th century. The rest of the evenings programme will include David Poppers Requiem for 3 celli and piano with Friedrich Kleinknecht, Bianca Mendonca and Vian Pereira. The concert will also feature The Chamber Singers, directed by Veronica Krishnayya. In addition to works by Faur and Vaughn Williams, the choir will perform a selection from Taveners Tribute to Cavafy with Patricia Rozario and Rehaan Engineer. A very special part of Con Brio 2011 will be the revival of a work by the Russian Alexander Glazunov Festive Canata (Op. 69). Composed for soprano solo, alto solo, womens chorus and 2 piano 8 hand accompaniment, the score for this work has been retrieved from the

Marialena and Ranko

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archives of the Belaieff Foundation specially for the festival. Experimental Theatre Sunday, July 17 11:00 am Competition Semifinal The semifinal round of the competition will feature about a dozen pianists chosen from all over India. To select these pianists, German pianist Dr. Heinrich Karl Weihrauch travelled to cities around India in June, listening to participants. Experimental Theatre Sunday, July 17 7:00 pm For the very first time in India, two internationally-celebrated divas from Mumbai will perform together as a duo. Marialena and Patricia both grew up in Mumbai and, as young talent, received scholarships to study music in Europe at prestigious schools. They have been good friends over the years and have performed abroad together. It is really a special opportunity to have them both back in Mumbai making music together. The programme will include German songs by Mahler and French songs by Liszt and Berlioz. The rest of this concert will have pieces by Liszt. Friedrich and Ranko will perform La Lugubre Gondola, originally for solo piano, but arranged for cello and piano by Liszt himself. Chelsea De Souza, the winner of Con Brio 2010, will perform the virtuosic La Campanella, as well as Liszts transcription of the Schubert song Gretchen am Spinnrade. Also featured will be a melodrama by Liszt for narrator and piano. Rehaan and Mark will present Liszts setting of the German ballad Lenore, in one of its earlier English translations. To finish off, Marialena, Mark, Paul and Ranko will play an exciting 2 piano 8 hand arrangement of the beloved Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Mark Troop, pianist, broadcaster and writer, is the founder of The Chamber Music

Company; a group devoted to creative performance of all types of music. Mark taught at the Guildhall School of Music for two decades, and still teaches at Dartington International Summer School and St Pauls Boys School. As a writer, he has been published in Musical Opinion, Piano and Musical Performance. He is presently recording a CD of solo piano music to celebrate the Chopin bicentenary.

Experimental Theatre Monday, July 18 7:00 pm Competition Final A few pianists selected from Sundays semifinal will perform in the final round of Con Brio 2011. The repertoire will include works by Haydn, Mozart, Liszt and other composers There are exciting prizes to be won including a piano! Based on the high standard of the finals last year, this years final too holds great promise. There will also be masterclasses and workshops at the Little Theatre on July 12, 13, 14 and 18. For information about these and any other inquiries related to the festival and competition, please visit our website or contact Parvesh Java via email at conbrio@ All entry fees for the competition and part of the ticket sale receipts will go to the NGO, Committed Communities Development Trust. July 12, 7.00 pm: Solo Recital by Paul Stewart July 15, 7.00 pm: Les Prludes for 2 piano 8 hands, Lieder, Chanson, Modern music July 16, 7.00 pm: Marialena and Ranko play 4 hands, The Chamber Singers sing Tavener, Revival of Glazunov July 17, 11.00 am: Competition semifinal July 17, 7.00 pm: Marialena and Patricia - first time together in India, Rehaan narrates Lenore with Mark, Second Hungarian Rhapsody for 2 piano 8 hands July 18, 7.00 pm: Competition final

Frederick and Marialena at ConBrio 2010

Patricia Rozario (left) and Marialena Fernandes (right)

Rehaan Engineer (left) and Mark Troop (right)

Tickets for concerts: `500, 300/Tickets for competition rounds: `300/Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

Pant on Fire
Stand-up Comedy in English (105 mins)
Dance Theatre Godrej Wednesday, 13th 7.30 pm An Artistic Exclusive Event Watch as comedian Sorabh Pant unleashes his inflammable stand up comedy on anything from racist GPS systems, why the Royal Wedding was like Britains CWG and his unnatural love for chai. The show also features Pantjot Singh Sidhu and Sorabh Pun, including Mumbai's most promising young comedian Kunal Rao. Pant on Fire has done over 50 shows last year in eight cities and will become the third homegrown stand up comedy show to hit theatres in India. Written and directed by Sorabh Pant and Kunal Rao Cast: Sorabh Pant and Kunal Rao

Tickets: `250/- (for Members) `300/- (for the Public) Box Office: June 26 for Members and June 29 for the Public

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Filmi Chashma
Childrens Film Screenings
Little Theatre Wednesday, 13th 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm A Comet Media Foundation event Supported by Childrens Film Society of India Comets Filmi Chashma project aims at working with children, teachers and emerging filmmakers. Six short films made by young filmmakers awarded the first set of Filmi Chashma Awards for short films for children 2011 will be screened. A Coincidental Tale, or Ekti Kaktaliya Golpo 10 mins, Bengali with English subtitles Direction: Tathagata Singha, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune A boy, pressured by his mother for his poor marks in school, lives in the world of his imagination. Gullak 19 mins, Hindi with English subtitles Direction: Manish Saini, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad A tale of a brother and sisters struggle to pay off their debt to local bully Gagan, who threatens them. A hilarious story based on the traditional Sitaron Se Aage 10 mins, Hindi, with English subtitles Direction: Manuja Tyagi, LV Prasad film and TV Academy, Chennai A film on friendship, quarrels and a childs perspective on coping with death and grief, set in Bhopal. Khel Khel Mein 8 mins, Hindi with English subtitles Direction: Mahima Kaur, Radha Kain and others, Dreaming Child Productions, New Delhi The story of a boy, his mother and little brother and a puppy on an ordinary afternoon at home. Metamorphosis 10 mins, Hindi with English subtitles Direction: Shikha Gupta, Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune tongue twister about Chandu ki Chachi. A tale about the friendship between two girls, which turns dark when one gets jealous of the other. This film is about becoming responsible for ones own actions. Chatkhaara 16 mins, Hindi, with English subtitles Direction: of Pune Maaz Kazmi, Department of Communication Studies, university

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. (NCPA members and Filmi Chashma invitees will get preferential seating)

Urumi (Curling Blade)

Fresh Pix Series
Malayalam Film with English subtitles (Col-130 mins-2011) Little Theatre Friday, 15th 6.30 pm An NCPA Presentation The NCPA Fresh Pix Series was started to create an audience for regional and indie cinema that often does not reach the lay audience, outside of the film festival circuit. Urumi is set in the backdrop of the fierce warrior clans of Northern Kerala in the 16th century and focuses on the cult of a hero Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar a man with an epic mission. His target is Dom Vasco da Gama, the Viceroy of Portuguese Empire in India. The film is spread between the second and third visit of Gama to India and a warring Muslim warrior princess Ayesha of the famed Arackal Sultanat. He has a forte, a legendary golden urumi, specially made from the leftover ornaments of the dead women and children, who were burnt alive in the masDirected by Santosh Sivan Cast: Amole Gupte, Ankur Khanna, Alexx ONeill, Jagathy Sreekumar, Vidya Balan, Robin Pratt, Nithya Menon, Prabhu Deva, Arya, Genelia D'souza, Prithviraj and Tabu (in a special appearance) and chronicles a varied version of how Gama could have met a bloody death in AD 1524. Kelu Nayanar has to encounter the seamless conflicts within the kinsmen and also kings, ministers, peasants sacre of a Mecca ship, Miri, set on fire and drowned by Vasco da Gama. Kelu tracks his mission through the wild roads of treachery, treason and a hidden passion to reach a master plan to create his own army against the mighty Empire. His action in creating an organised revolt becomes the first of its kind movement against the first Colonial advance in India.

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA members will get preferential seating)

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Srishti (The Dance of Nature)

Odissi by Namrata Gupta
NCPA umang Series Little Theatre Saturday, 16th 7.00 pm Supported by the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Namrata started training with her guru, Smt. Daksha Mashruwala at the age of six. After graduation, she continued training intensively with Mashruwala. Soon after, she joined Kaishiki, the dance institution founded by Mashruwala. Apart from being passionately involved in teaching, Namrata also plays a pivotal role in the running of Kaishiki. She has performed at numerous prestigious venues and festivals, such as the International Dance Festival (Orissa), yuva Mahotsav Doordarshan, Raindrops Festival and Nalanda Nritya Utsav (Mumbai), to name a few. Namratas performance is an ode to our environment - to Mother Nature. Today, Mother Nature is brought to forefront again, through three separate yet interlinked items. The evening begins with a salutation to Surya, or the Sun-God. All creation begins with the rising of the sun; without his light, warmth and wisdom, Mother Nature would not exist. After a prayer to Surya, Namrata moves on to the navarasa. The ode to Mother Nature concludes with a Sanskrit chant. The final prayer is Sarva Mangalam Bhavatu- May tranquillity be everywhere and in everyone.

Admission on a first-come-first served basis (NCPA members will get preferential seating)

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai

Hindi Film with English ubtitles
(Col - 110 mins -1980) Little Theatre Thursday, 21st 6.30 pm In collaboration with Taj Enlighten Film Society The film captures the angst of an ordinary citizen of Mumbai exemplified by a young Christian car mechanic, Albert Pinto (Naseeruddin Shah), who derives vicarious pleasure from his rich clients lifestyle, and spends much of his time arDirected by Saeed Mirza Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Om Puri and others guing with his girlfriend Stella (Shabana Azmi). At home, he witnesses his fathers increasing politicisation due to a textile strike.

Admission on a first-come-firstserved basis (NCPA and Taj Enlighten Film Society members will get preferential seating)

Sangit Chintan: Musical Reflections

Experimental Theatre Thursday, 21st 6.30 pm An NCPA Presentation This series involves instructive and interactive sessions on various topics that have a direct bearing on the contemporary performance practices of Indian music. Panel discussions, lecture-demonstrations, encounters with maestros, seminars, workshops and appreciation courses are conducted with the help of experts in the field. In India, both vocal and instrumental music traditions are equally vibrant. After having presented a series on the gharanas (styles/

Workshop on Sitar

schools) of vocal music, the forthcoming edition focuses on the performing traditions associated with different instruments. Arvind Parikh, the eminent disciple of the sitar maestro Vilayat Khansaheb, will present the first session on sitar. The presentation will cover issues related with the origin, physical and stylistic evolution and gharanas of sitar with special focus on the ItawahImdadkhani gharana.

Admission on a first-comefirst-served basis (NCPA members will get preferential seating)

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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Hindi Film with English Subtitles
(Col -131 mins -1983) Little Theatre Friday, 22nd - 6.30 pm In collaboration with Taj Enlighten Film Society Two friends, Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani), attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light. Directed by Kundan Shah Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Satish Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Neena Gupta and others

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA and Taj Enlighten Film Society members will get preferential seating)

Me Grandad Ad An Elephant
Experimental Theatre Friday, 22nd 7.00 pm The story revolves around the growing pains of a young Muslim Malayali girl in a society of conflicts. The play attempts to

English Play (100 mins)

understand this shy girl, who is at the centre of human life, a community, a village in north Kerala. Captivating music and lyrics take this enchanting story forward and present a time long forgotten and a love story that takes place beyond place and time. What emerges is an unexpected

blend of laughter and tears, of mellow moments and sudden threat that are very intimately related to a fanciful legend about a granddad, who possessed an elephant. Based on the novella by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer Translated by R.E.Asher and Achamma Coilparampil Adapted for stage by Ahlam Khan Directed by Digvijay Savant Cast: Ahlam Khan, Ayesha Raza, Dilshad Edibam, Tom Alter and Zafar Karachiwala A High-Pot-In-use-Tri-Angle & Not Quite There Production

Tickets: `225, 180 & 150/(for Members) `250, 200 & 150/(for the Public) Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for the Public

Godrej Dance Theatre Saturday, 23rd 7.00 pm

Bharatanatyam by Gayatri Sriram

Gayatri Sriram is a disciple of Kalakshetra alumnus, Minal Prabhu. For Gayatri, Bharatanatyam is not only her passion, but also a way of life, a spiritual quest, which is never ending. Her involvement with the art is complete. Gayatri executes the traditional format of the art with the exactness that her style demands. She continues to perform and choreograph for herself and her students at her school Shruti Laya in Singapore. Under her gurus guidance, she has performed widely in festivals and sabhas,

both in India and abroad. She has also been actively involved in numerous productions choreographed by her guru and herself, such as Krishna and Dwitiyam and Moods of Shiva. It is an insight into the lives of five remarkable Indian women: Ahilya, Sita, Draupadi, Tara and Mandodari. Each of them went through the trials of life and rose anew from the depths of despair. Panchakanya is a celebration of their strength and soul, the most modern of women in the most ancient of times. The production compares each woman to an element from the PanchaBhoota, or the five elements of earth, fire, water, wind and space. The Tala patterns also follow the five jathis, or

rhythmic patterns, and are set to suit the mood of each kanya. Gayatri begins with an invocation to the universal devi, and then tells the tale of these five women, interspersed with crisp jathis or footwork patterns. The piece culminates in a thillana specially choreographed for the production, in Raag Desh. Panchakanya has been choreographed by Minal Prabhu of Kalakshetra, who runs the Mudrika Foundation in Bangalore.

Tickets : `50/Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for the Public

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Giving Voice to India

Little Theatre Saturday, 23rd to Thursday, 28th 10.00 am to 5.00 pm In collaboration with Association Sargam (UK), Furtados and The Poona Music Society Renowned soprano Patricia Rozarios international career has spanned three decades. She has sung all over the world and has had composers John Tavener and Arvo Prt specially compose for her. She has collaborated with many great conductors and her CDs have won great

Vocal Training by Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop

acclaim. She has also been a professor of voice training at the Royal College of Music in London. Recently, Patricia has taken on the challenge of finding and training voices in her native India. The National Centre for the Performing Arts partners with her in her endeavour and offers the facilities for conducting this training in Mumbai. This will be the 7th such training session and some singers, who have participated in the course, have decided to take up singing as a career and have applied for further vocal training courses abroad.

For enquiries please contact: teju@ or contact@

One on One
Experimental Theatre Sunday, 24th 5.00 pm and 7.30 pm

Monologues & Duologues in English/Hindi (110 mins)

One on One is a theatrical collaboration of Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapur and Rahul da Cunha, collectively known as Rage. In this unusual theatrical event, several of Mumbais leading playwrights have written short 10 to 15 minute monologues, or in some cases, dualogues. The theme for the evening is India Today, wherein each writer is addressing an issue/subject/theme about our country, both hilarious and tragic - the legalisation of homosexuality, the state of the Indian bureaucracy, the farce of Ajmal Kasabs trial, the absurd popularity of Big Boss, the

Murray Smith and Oliver Beale Directors: Akarsh Khurana, Rajit Kapur, Arghya Lahiri, Nadir Khan and Rahul da Cunha Cast: Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Anand Tiwari, Neil Bhoopalam, Preetika Chawla and Amit Mistry A Rage Production

obsession with skin fairness, the decline of Mumbai city, etc. Writers: Rahul da Cunha, Purva Naresh, Farhad Sorabjee, Ashok Mishra, Joanna

Tickets: `270, 225 & 200/(for Members) `300, 250 & 200/(for the Public) Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for the Public.

Improvisation as a Studio-based practice

Workshop for Professional Dancers
West Room 1 Tuesday, 26th to Thursday, 28th 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Sanjukta Wagh conducts a movement research workshop for Indian Classical and Contemporary Dancers, in which improvisation will be addressed as a skill that grows through practice and engagement. A musician, once familiar with the structure and technique of music can let go and make the music happen, respond to immediate sound around him and jam. In Indian classical music, one allows the raga to unfold. Similar questions will be asked with respect to dance: Can I allow the space around me to dictate what unfolds so that I am not the dancer but the danced? What is neutral in dance? What is the starting point of an improvisation? Can one truly inhabit the present moment? Where does the mind end and body begin and vice versa? This workshop endeavoured to make the performance space more inclusive, and question performer-audience boundaries. This process is also a reaction to the increasing popular idea of dance today as a finished product, to be marketed and sold as opposed to a process, which has within itself tremendous transformational energy, for the performer and the spectator. The aim is to make an archive of these interactions between artists for a learning that is non-hierarchical, personal, experiential and collective. The participants of the workshop will

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also get the chance to participate in the Chauraha interaction after the performance of Bheetar Baahar on Friday, 29 June. Those who wish to participate in the workshop must be available on all three days of the workshop, must have sufficient mastery over ones dance form and a minimum of three years experience as a performer- choreographer, willingness to share their experiential knowledge as artistes and human beings in a studio space, and an interest in exploring their own forms further in a collective studio-based research.

Registration fees: `500/-. Please write to,, bbhesania@ or call 6622 3822, 6622 3805, 6622 3745, to speak to Binaifar, Amrita or Bilva or see Professional dancers with a minimum of three years of performing experience can apply. Please fill in the form and send it to NCPA along with your CV. Seats are limited. Selection at the discretion of the instructor and NCPA.

Bheetar Baahar, followed by a Chauraha

Experimental Theatre Friday, 29th 7.00 pm

Kathak by Sanjukta Wagh

Makrand Deshpande. A vocalist and sculptor, Makrand Deshpande is an ex-student of Sir J.J. School of Art. He has been trained in Hindustani Classical music under Narayanrao Deshpande for some years now. He enjoys playing with form in both music and sculpture. Bheetar Baahar is an invocation to nirguna through music and dance, exploring the fluid boundaries between inner and outer space Jal mein kumbh kumbh mein jal hain Baahar-bheetar pani phoote kumbh jal Jal hi samaana yaha tath kahe giyaani Aade gaganaa ante gaganaa madhye Gaganaa bhai kahe kabir karam kis lag jhooti ek upai The participants immerse themselves in the present, in a space that resounds with resonances of Kabirs words and the drone of tanpuras, to allow forms to emerge, vocabularies newly discovered, experienced and forgotten in that very moment. Concept and Direction: Sanjukta Wagh and Makrand Deshpande Performed by Makrand Deshpande and Sanjukta Wagh Costumes: Sapna Rege Lights: Hrishikesh Ambre

Sanjukta Wagh is a performer, choreographer and teacher of dance based in Mumbai. Her extensive training under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak, Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani music, along with her study of literature and theatre has led to her interdisciplinary mode of work. She won the British Councils Charles Wallace Award to study in London and her experience at the Laban Centre of Dance has been pivotal in redefining her form and approach. On her return, she began experimenting with improvisation as performance in Bheetar Baahar, in collaboration with Hindustani vocalist

Tickets: `100 & 50/Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for the Public

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Siddheshwari is a documentary on the life of classical Indian singer Siddheshwari Devi, directed by noted filmmaker, Mani Kaul. Siddheshwari Devi (c.19071977), the inimitable diva of Banaras gharana, was trained by many stalwarts: Siyaji Maharaj, Rajab Ali Khan of Dewas, Inayat Khan of Lahore and Bade Ramdas ji. Although adept in singing khayal, she became known for the Purab ang bol banav ki thumri, and allied genres like dadra, kajri, chaiti. She was truly one with her music. Music is love, the greatest prayer. Prayer means meditation and music is the meditation of love. Siddheshwari Devi This documentary offers an insight on the life and times of Siddheshwari Devi, fondly known as Maa. It won the National Film Award for Best Documentary Film in 1989 and is regarded as a path-breaking work deviating from all conventional modes of biographical or documentary film-making. Produced by Films Division - 1989 Cast: Mita Vasishth, Pandit Narayan Mishra, Ranjana Srivastava, Shrabani Mukherjee, Malviya, Anoop Mishra, Raman Shankar Pandya, Manmohan Chibber and Mohar Biswas.

Documentary film on music (90 mins / Hindi)

Music Mirror Little Theatre Friday, 29th 6.30 pm An NCPA Presentation

Admission on a first-come-first-served basis (NCPA Members will get preferential seating)

The Real Inspector Hound

English Play
Experimental Theatre Saturday, 30th and Sunday, 31st 7.00 pm The police are still searching in vain for the madman, who is at large in the deadly marshes of the coastal region. Inspector Hound, who is masterminding the operation, is not available for comment, but it is widely believed that he has a secret plan. Meanwhile, police and volunteers are combing the swamps, shouting, Dont be a madman, give yourself up. That is the end of the police message. A delightful comedy that twists, turns, and somersaults its way through all the conventions of a murder mystery. Tom Stoppards The Real Inspector Hound is guaranteed to keep you entertained and guessing. Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Nayantara Kotian and Prashant Prakash Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Neil Bhoopalam, Ali Fazal, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Tariq Vasudeva, Suhaas Ahuja, Prerna Chawla and Gulshan Devaiah. A Quaff Theatre Production

Tickets: `270, 225 & 200/(for Members) `300, 250 & 200/(for the Public) Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for the Public

The Cherry Orchard

Dance Theatre Godrej Saturday, 30th - 7.00 pm and Sunday, 31st 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm An NCPA-National Theatre Live (London) Presentation National Theatre Live is a new initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Screenings will also feature interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes footage, allowing audiences to share in the acclaimed work the National Theatre produces. Ranyevskaya returns bankrupt after ten years abroad. She and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin,

Theatre Screening (150 mins)

Wonderfully fresh, funny and deeply felt. One of the finest ensembles I have ever seen at the National. - Daily Telegraph A funny and affecting production with an excellent cast, who capture the wild exuberance and piercing melancholy of Chekhovs play. - Metro Zo Wanamaker is superb. - The Times a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard. The Cherry Orchard captures a poignant moment in Russias history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917. Directed by Howard Davies Written by Anton Chekhov Adapted by Andrew upton Cast: Charity Wakefield, Zoe Wanamaker, James Laurenson, Claudie Blakley and others

Tickets: `300/Box Office: July 9 for Members and July 12 for Public

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of May and June 2011

May 6 and 8: NCPA Ananda: Hindi Natya Utsav presented a series of Hindi plays, covering a spectrum of genres and generations

June 17, 18, and 19: Mumbai theatre-lovers were treated to a screening of Danny Boyles theatre production of Frankenstein
NCPA Photo/ Narendra Dangiya

NCPA Photo/ Narendra Dangiya

June 2: SOIs Japan Tsunami Benefit Concert was organised for the benefit of the tsunami victims
NCPA Photo/ Narendra Dangiya

June 9: Subhra Guha rendering a vocal recital in NCPAs Rain Raga event

June 5: Sham Manchekars Treeppreciation, a photography exhibition, was a celebration of the beauty of the trees

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Concert for Tranquility by Shivkumar Sharma
Santoor Recital Tata Theatre Wednesday, 24th 7.00 pm Supported by Khanna Family in memory of Kiran Khanna. On February 4, 2008, Kiran Khanna tragicallydiedinaviolentrobberyattack. Amidst that trauma, she died with the name of god on her lips. She lived with thisdivinitythroughoutherlife.TheKhanna family responds by commissioning one concertperyear.Eachconcertwillfeature the worlds greatest musicians, selected singularlyfortheirnobleabilitytoreplace violenceintheworldwiththeirtranquility. Thisisafittingtributetotheenduringspirit ofKiranKhanna. ThefolkmusicalinstrumentfromKashmir, santoor owes its unique position in contemporary music to Shivkumar Sharma. His performances are a blend ofrichartistryandabundantspontaneity, captivatingaudiencesglobally. In this concert Shivkumar Sharma will render special compositions to convey themessageofpeaceandharmony.

August 2011
Shyam Rang
Experimental Theatre Thursday, 4th 6.30 pm Supported by Krishnakumar M. Daiya Charitable Trust With Janmashtami approaching in August,wepresentShyam Rang,afestival celebratingthelegendofKrishna,through music.ShekharSenwillexplorethetheme of Krishna through traditional repertoire knownforitsliterarycontentandpoignant devotional flavour. Sen is a musician, composer,lyricistandactorknownforhis uniquemonoactmusicalplaysworldwide.

National Institute of Photography

Photography Exhibition Piramal Art Gallery Tuesday, 16th to Sunday, 21st 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm

NCPA Pratibimb: Marathi Natya Utsav 2011

Experimental Theatre Friday, 5th to Tuesday, 9th Lastyear,NCPAPratibimbshowcasedthe best of contemporary Marathi theatre by young playwrights and veterans. The performances were preceded by lively Katta (chauraha) sessions. Atul Kulkarni wasthefaceofthefestival.Thisyear,the plays include Sai Paranjpyes Jaswandi, Aniruddha Khutwads Mister Behram and Mohit Takalkars Gajab Kahani, among others.AmolPalekarwillbethefaceofthe festivalthisyear.

National Institute of Photography (NIP), in Dadar holds a photography exhibition every year to promote the work of its students. The exhibition covers the work ofpastandpresentstudentsofNIP.Italso celebratestheWorldPhotographyDayon the19thofAugusteveryyear.Thisyear,the samewillbedoneatNCPA.Theexhibition willbeheldfromAugust16toAugust21at thePiramalArtGallery,NCPA.Someofthe photographers who will be participating are Dr. Dinesh Maskeri, Dr. Ravindra Rane, Harkiran Singh Bhasin, Mukesh Trivedi, Prathamesh Rangole, Alok Shah, amongothers.

Young Talent
Western Music Recital Experimental Theatre Friday, 12th 6.30 pm The Young Talent Series of Concerts, startedin1989bytheStop-GapsCultural Academy, in collaboration with the NCPA, will showcase budding artistes to enable them to perform in front of a live audience.Theconcertshallfeaturethree pianists:SoorajBhisnoi,AdityaDeshpande and Yamini Teresa Prabhu, and soprano FarahGhadiali.

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List of CDs
The Rivers of Babylon live in India
(Remembered Rhythms) American Institute of Indian Studies, 2006


List of Books:
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the
Music of India 3 Vols by Sangeet Mahabharati New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2011

Homi Bhabha and the Computer

Revolution by Shyamsunder R.K. New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2011

Creation (Raag : Prabhati Todi,

Rupkalyani, Khamaj Thumri) by Chinmoy Lahiri Heritage Series, 2010

Cinemas of South India

by Sowmya Dechamma C.C. New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2010

Remembered Rhythms Live in India

(Video CD) American Institute of Indian Studies, 2006

Krishnarao Shankar Pandit (Raag:

Darbari kanhra, Chaturang Des, Khamaj) Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2008

Athanga: Manoj Kolhatkar

Kankavli, Pandit Publications, 2006

Dbhuyya Saaj Live in India

(Remembered Rhythms) American Institute of Indian Studies, 2006

Mee Ek Abhimanyu ani Itar Bade Ghulam Ali Khan : Thumris

Sangeet Natal Akademi, 2009 Ekankika: Ratnakar Matkari Kankavli, Pandit Publications, 2009

Sidi Goma Live in India (Remembered

Rhythms) American Institute of Indian Studies, 2006

Rasoolan Bai (Thumri, Dadra, Tappa,

Chaiti, Poorabi, Kajri) Sangeet Natak Akademi, 2009

Natake Thevnitli:
Kamlakar Nadkarni Kankavli, Pandit Publications, 2010

Kesar Bai Kerkar (Raag: Tilak Kamod,

Kanhra, Bhajan-Surdas, Shuddha Bhopali Sangeet Natak Akademi,2008

Bhojpuri Samskar Geet aur Prasar

Madhyam: Shailesh Shrivastava New Delhi, Radhakrishna Prakashan, 2009

Leherein ( Raag: Sampurna Malkauns,

Sohini) by ulhas Kashalkar AIM Records, 2009

Teen Ekankika Mahotsav:

Dr. Vidyadhar Karandikar Kankavli, Pandit Publications, 2000

(The listed books and CDs are available at the NCPA Library. For membership details call 66223715)

Satvan Rang: Devendra Raj Ankur

New Delhi, Rajkamal Prakashan, 2010

Aadhunik Bharatiya Natya

Vimarsha: Jaydav Taneja New Delhi, Radhakrishna Prakashan, 2010

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