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The Jaipur Litfest, an art exhibition showcasing late artist Somnath Hore's best and much more.

The Sked

Jaipur Literature
In this Literary Jamboree

Known for making headlines of various sorts, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival returns this month with this year’s edition. Spread over five days, the festival has always aspired to bring together people from across the globe, from Nobel laureates to Man Booker prize winners, engaging them in discussion and debate. The festival itself kicks off with a conversation with Ruskin Bond and ends with a workshop on the crucial, and vexed, task of translating Proust. It will also feature discussions with authors Avirook Sen and Christophe Jaffrelot. A variety of conversational topics will be featured too, from talks on the selfie to the climatic troubles plaguing the world. Many book launches are expected too, with several first-time authors and famed bloggers engaging in dialogues. With names such as Amish Tripathi, Anil Kumble, Javed Akhtar, Karan Johar, Stephen Fry, Oprah Winfrey and His Holiness the Dalai Lama making their presence felt, this year’s JLF is a hard one to miss for book-lovers. Jan 21-26, Diggi Palace

Delhi Art
Open Wounds, and the Lines that Hurt Most

Wounds is an art exhibition which seeks to showcase the best of the late artist Somnath Hore. An inspiration for generations of artists, the Padma Bhushan recipient was known as one of the finest chroniclers of his time. His sculptures and prints are known for refl­ecting his experiences from the Bengal famine and the Tebhaga movement. The exhibition will bring to viewers the artist’s brilliant lithographs, etchings, drawings, pulp prints and sculptures that take inspiration from the wounds experienced by the internalisation of injustice by the underprivileged. Known for being influenced by German and Austrian expressionism, Hore was also famed for his abstracts and his contorted line figures. Jan 11-21, Akar Prakar Art

This Too

Chennai Art Pandi Selvam presents his sketches in a solo exhibition, Black Markings. The artist, mesmerised by old houses in Karaikudi, presents an interesting blend of architecture and life. Jan 19-20, Dakshina Chitra

And Also

Mumbai Music
Melding Bharat

Seeking to capture the rich diversity of India’s music legacy—and thus generate a spirit of national integration—is a music production called My Country, My Music. In the multi-media production conceived and directed by Shankar Mahadevan, the renowned musician-sin­ger-composer leads an ensemble of 22 musicians with a selection of songs in a number of Indian languages, each embodying the cultural ethos of a specific region. The songs are presented in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles, interlaced with pieces from popular Bollywood songs, and acco­mpanied by visuals. Jan 23-24, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre

Bangalore Theatre
To Jump In Joy

Circuses may no longer be easily accessible for kids, but this ‘Neo Circus’ is as close as they are going to get to the sheer magic. Behind The Door, one of the episodes in the Neo Circus portfolio, is a cocktail of silent acting and vibrant performance, with a mix of humour, magic, poetry and juggling. The story: the day for a waiter at Petit Cafe would have been just the same had he not fallen hopelessly for the lady who just passed by. Thus ensues a tale of juggling, mistaken identity and humour. Jan 20, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

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