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Remembering Mrinalini Sarabhai, Himalyan Music Festival's third edition, an exhibition to mark S.H. Raza's birthday

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The Many Rhythms Of Mrinalini

On World Dance Day on April 29, Mrinalini Sarabhai—dancer, choreographer, writer, environmentalist and woman of wit and beauty, will be remembered in an evening of memories when her children, friends and colleagues will pay tribute to the legend. A documentary by filmmaker Yadavan Chandran on the danseuse will be shown. Historian Kapila Vatsyayan will discuss Sarabhai’s role in reviving classical dance and reflect how she, along with legends like Rukmini Devi and Shanta Rao, imbued classical dance with an aesthetic flavour and helped popularise it through public performances. Mrinalini even brought contemporary issues—dowry deaths, suicides, river pollution and environmental degradation—to the fore and tried to address them through the medium. Later, she set up the Darpana School of Performing Arts, bringing into her ambit puppetry, martial arts, theatre, exhibitions and craft. There will be short videos of her performances and recitals by Mallika and Revanta Sarabhai. Sunil Kothari, as dance critic, will talk about Mrinalini’s breaking with dance traditions, Bharat Bhasin will talk about her commitment to the crafts and Kartikeya Sarabhai about her commitment to the environment. Tom Alter will also read some of Sarabhai’s poems, titled Kanha. April 29, India Habitat Centre

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Get The Spinners On The Floor

Back in its third edition, the Himalayan Music Festival stands for music, culture and art amidst the serenity of the mountains. The two-day fest has been a haven for all Electronic Dance Music lovers, and will deliver with its expert line-up. There is Braindrop by Sumith Suresh, a trance producer popular in India’s EDM world; Pulse, winner of the title of ‘India’s No. 1 DJ’ for years; Starlab, a psychedelic trance project with roots in Indian classical music; Vaeya, a specialist in progressive trance; Vial, known for his melodic psychedelic tones; and Virus, a progressive psytrance project with ‘deep and hypnotic’ sound. Then there are also newly popular names like Loose, Psytronic, Spiritual Demons, and Viruslab. But it’s not just the music, performances by professional dancers are part of the package, as are the natural camping zones that offer peaceful retreats at the end of a musical day. And if it is music with a mission you are looking for, the Himalayan Music Festival has the box ticked too—it is a drug-free festival. May 7-8, Great Himalayan Resort

This Too

Calcutta Theatre Ghasiram Kotwal is an adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar’s play. Centered on Nana Phadnavis, a minister in the Pes­hwa’s court, it is about turf battles of the power-hungry. Apr 26, Academy of Fine Arts

And Also

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A Primal Spot

S.H. Raza is turning 94, and Art Musings has organised Nirantar—an exhibition com­­prising some of his mast­e­rpieces to mark the day. Nearly 25 oils on canvas and paper works created over the last year-and-a-half will also be on display. Raza’s signature styles include geometry, an amalgamation of colours and a play with forms. In his decades as an artist, he has explored themes like prakriti (nature), kundalini (primal ene­rgy) and tribhuj (triangle), finally settling in on his signature bindu—the source of life, coloured black, the mother of all colours. Visitors at the exhibition can also pick up a new book on Raza’s recent works, co-authored by critic and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote and Ashok Vajpeyi. Till April 30, Art Musings

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With Pioneers

Celebrating the 10th year of Tasveer Foun­d­ation is Figures in Time, an exhibition of 19th century photographs of India. On display will be the works of the legendary Samuel Bourne. Sourced from the Museum of Art and Photo­gr­aphy, it showcases landsca­pes, architectural views and portraits by Bourne, Cha­rles Shepherd and others. Till May 6, Sua House

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