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An exhibition of the works of the late Brij Mohan Anand, Penn Masala's fifth India tour and the Calcutta Ghost Tour

The Sked
The Sked

Delhi Art
The Devil, Farm Labourers and A Genie 

He was the epitome of an avant garde artist—the works of the late Brij Mohan Anand will be exhibited in the capital this month. This will be the first public exhibition of Anand, known to be a maverick anti-establishment painter and illustrator, after his death nearly 30 years ago. Recently, a tranche of Anand’s unseen paintings was discovered in the attic of his Delhi home. Anand led a dual life: a commercial artist by day and one who bowed only to his artistic credo at night. He also refused to sell those works. Over 1,600 of his paintings have been catalogued, adequately showing his range. From works with socio-­political themes to kitschy drawings which drew from Bollywood and graced covers of pulp-fiction, Anand did it all. Though  without formal training, Anand’s nudes, not drawn from life, were accomplished. He also had a tendency to sketch out maps—remarkably accurate for free-hand works done in ink. A socialist, Anand had sent 50 greeting cards en masse to embassies/consulates at the height of the Vietnam War with a simple message: ‘Stop Burning Asia. The Death is Following you.’ Anand’s works are suffused  with similar messages. This is an artist who deserves a close look by audiences from another period. Till May 22, IIC

Multi-City Music
Masala For A Mash-Up

It has been 20 years since South Asia’s first a cappella group—actually from the University of Pennsylvania—first announced themselves. Penn Masala, the band that wanted to present their sub-continental heritage through their music,  was also the first a cappella group to perform in Hindi. This is scheduled to be its fifth India tour and the 15-man-crew is making its way across six cities. The band is renowned for their English mash-ups, which blend in English pop-music with Indian melodies to create unique harmonies. Penn Masala has 10 albums to its credit, and have generated enough traction on social media with innovative numbers chronicling tales in mainstr­eam Hindi music. Also seen at the White House performing for President Obama in 2009, Penn Masala is a unique live act coming to your city this month. May 19-27, www.pennmasala.com

This Too

Calcutta Tour To taste a spooky thrill, take the Calcutta Ghost Tour, with old houses echoing their tales. In a city wreathed in decaying grandeur, this promises to be an eclectic experience. May 20, The Lalit Great Eastern

And Also

Goa Cartoon
In Mirandatown

Expected to be as delightful as it sounds, A Pocketful of Chuckles is a collection of the works of the late Mario Miranda on the eve of his 90th anniversary. A first among equals, Miranda was a pioneer in edi­­­torial and illustrative art, his caricatures and vignettes drawing global acclaim. This collection is culled out from his editorial art-works and showcases nearly five decades of his work, famed for its empathetic wit and keen observation. This is also a look into Miranda’s view on the issues, challenges and the quirks of life surrounding him. Till May 21, Gallery Gitanjali

Chennai Theatre
Mountain Gods

Drawing from popular Tamil mythology, Giri­valam, by the Sridevi fine arts team, is full of music and drama. Once when Lord Surya Deva was riding over a mountain, it exploded, burning him, plunging everything in darkness—an end to sunlight. Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Indra then descend, circling the mountain to appease Lord Shiva and try bringing light back. May 22, Narada Gana Sabha Trust

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