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A reason to rejoice for music lovers in Mumbai, the Saksham Theatre Festival and Bangalore's weekend of endless laughter

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Mumbai Music
Convergence Of Orchestral Delight

Music lovers rejoice, for Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) and The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) are coming to Mumbai. Conducted by Grammy-winner Osmo Vanska, the Geneva-based OSR, over 100 musicians, including violinist Renaud Capuon, will play selections from Ravel (Pavane pour une infante defunte, Tzigane), Beethoven (the Violin Concerto), Brahms (Second Symphony), Debussy (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), Saint-Saens (introduction to Rondo Capriccioso) and Prokofiev (excerpts from Romeo & Juliet) over two days. Conducted by Xia Xiaotang, the 15-year-old China Philharmonic Orchestra has been commended by Gramophone. Xiaotang himself is a rising conductor. He will include Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in his programme, along with the Chinese traditional The Moon Reflected on the Er Quan Spring, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. May 4-6, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre

delhi theatre
The Country Caught On Stage

The Saksham Theatre Festival is back with a mix of comedy, satire and drama. The three-week long fest will feature adaptations of Manto’s Toba Tek Singh and Miyan Biwi aur Manto, both set during Partition, one telling a tale of the brutality, the other of conjugal love. Then there is Dario Fo’s Can’t pay! Won’t pay!, a comedy centering on the plight of consumers in a world of rising prices. Badal Sarkar’s Ballabhpur Ki Roopkatha, about prince Bhupati Rai and his financial travails, and Baki Itihas, the story of two boys who run after the past of a dead man, also make the list. The festival ends with Vijay Tendulkar’s Khamosh, Adalat Jari Hai, and Lalit Sehgal’s Gandhi Aur Godse. All the plays are directed by Sunil Rawat, who started Saksham Theatre Group to bring to Delhi an active theatre culture. Till May 20, India Habitat Centre

This Too

Bangalore Comedy  That Comedy Club is set to host a weekend of endless laughter with stand-ups Azeem Bantawalla and Sanjay Manaktala, with the two pummelling audiences with local humour. May 21-22, Pavilion Mall

And Also

calcutta art
He Is A Camera

A Periscopic Journey is an exhibition of paintings by Ranen Ayan Dutta, signifying a journey through his seven decades as an artist. Dutta blurs the lines bet­ween commercial and fine art, private vision and public memories and clutter and space. Dutta captivates in personal experiences of childhood and reality. The oldest work dates back to 1943, when Dutta did a wat­ercolour of a waterfall, and another from 1945 of a wizened old woman. There are landscapes and cityscapes in oils, and serialised advertisements. There are besides that sketches and cover ill­ustrations of magazines, all of them inspired by maestros like Jamini Roy and Abanindranath Tagore. Till 14 May, Galerie 88

Chennai Photography
Caught In Time

The Chennai Photo Biennale presents Observations of a Time Traveller—a photo exhibition by Sudarshan Chari. On display are 12 portraits that document Chari’s love for travel, portraying a trip to Chennai through people, and how they travel through time to create a bank of consciousness. Chari had quit engineering, and later shifted to street photography. Till June 8, Gallery Veda

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