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Making its way to five cities this winter the Aadi Anant Music Festival, Dastkar's annual nature bazaar and much more.

The Sked
The Sked

multicity music
In Depths Unending

Making its way to five cities this winter is the Aadi Anant Music Festival, organi­sed by the National Centre for Performing Arts. This ‘traveling music festival’, in its fifth edition, will mark its presence in Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The event is to be graced by Indian classical music maestros, with performances by Zakir Hussain (tabla), Niladri Kumar (sitar & zitar), Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri), and Rajan and Sajan Mishra (vocal), amongst others. The three-month-long festival is not just a mediu­­m to pay tributes to artistes with a rich legacy but an effort to nourish creative excellence and preserve our heritage for posterity. As part of that, the festival showcases celebrated gurus with their shishyas, compositions that are deeply embedded in the tradition and yet seek to reach out in a changing socio-cultural mil­ieu in which the next generation of artistes are being groomed. Nov 22-Feb 21, www.ncpamumbai.com

Delhi craft
Crafty Pickings 

Dastkar’s annual Nature Bazaar is back to del­ight wintry Delhi, bringing together crafts and craftsmen from around the country. Over 100 groups are participating, and the fest will be a mix of workshops, exhibitions, cuisines and performances. Dastkar is in its 25th year and has been championing the cause of local craft. Its aim is to help craftspeople, especially women, to use traditional skills towards employment and self-sustainability. The organisation helps artisans by guiding the process of developing a craft—from identifying the skill and creating awareness of its potential in both craftsperson and consumer to developing, designing, costing and marketing the product, to finally suggesting proper ways to invest the income generated. Dastkar ensures that the work of these craftspeople finds an audience in international markets as well. It also makes sure that the final products are such that they’re picked up by consumers for their worth in terms of utility and aesthetics, and not out of compassion. Till Nov 30, Kisan Haat

This Too

Mumbai Comedy A memory game, Backbenchers, is a unique take on student life. From studying to ragging, hostel life, exams, hot professors—all in a package of stand-up, sketches, songs and videos. Nov 28, Canvas Laugh Club

And Also

Chennai Photography
Pillar Strength

Showcasing his photos of the Nepal earthquake in a solo exhibition is photographer and cultural activist Stephen Eckerd. The exhibition, ‘Catalyst for Demolition: Earthquake Nepal 2015’, is an endeavour to bring about an understanding of a natural calamity, the terrible suffering of victims, the importance of heritage buildings and how to conserve them. Eckerd is a coordinator at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. He will couple the display with talks about the wounded landmarks in Nepal and the challenges that they pose to conservation. Till Dec 15, Dakshina Chitra

Calcutta Theatre
Rex Stripped

Inspired by Tagore’s Dakghor and a tale from Tolstoy, Kaalkreta is a comedy of errors—a dictator who wants to buy the past, take custody of the present and control the future, all through plundering the people, and the fight against him culminating in his defeat, as a new saviour (a small boy) is discovered. Ironically, once the boy is king, he too turns dictator, and thus come down the curtains on a play that has a contemporary echo. It may elicit a knowing guffaw as you are introduced to one character after another, each funnier than the other. Dec 9, Tapan Theatre

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