The stage returns
Saturday marks the anniversary of a difficult event: the closing of cinemas due to COVID-19. Mumbai-based QTP is marking it with the presentation of one of the most outstanding works in its repertoire, White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Tehran-based Nassim Suleimanpour, performed in English, Hindi and Marathi by Mantra Mugdh, Jayati Bhatia. and Pushkar Chirputkar, respectively. This will be a fundraiser for theater artists who have been affected by the closure. One of the unique characteristics of the play is that there are no rehearsals and no director. A sealed script given to a new performer at each show and then they are alone before the audience. On March 13 at 8 p.m., on Zoom. Tickets are available at https://insider.in/white-rabbit-red-rabbit-mar13-2021/event
What happens when the greatness of Emperor Akbar is questioned? Find support in heaven from Ashoka to Alexander and even Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But, to redeem his name, he needs someone on earth and in the media world; a media mogul, precisely. Who will he or she be? Check out Akbar The Great Nahi Rahe to find out. Directed by Sayeed Alam, it is produced by Pierrot’s Troupe. March 14 at 7 pm at the Stein Auditorium, IHC
Once Upon a time
Stage shows are making a comeback in town, as is Dastangoi. The collective will perform Dastan Mahtab Jadu ki and Dastan-e-Taqseem-e-Hind at Delhi’s Akshara Theater on March 14 at 6pm onwards. On March 20, Dastan-e-Karn az Mahabharat, written and performed by Mahmood Farooqui, relates to the original Sanskrit Mahabharata and the Persian, Urdu, Hindi and Marathi writings on the life and times of Karn, will be presented at the IHC Stein Auditorium. Dastan-e Raag Darbari, adapted from Srilal Shukla’s masterpiece, will be presented on March 21. Tickets at Bookmyshow.com.
To the collective of artists
To commemorate Women’s Day, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Delhi, delves into the symbiotic relationship between artists and their practices with a show, ‘Yatra Naryasthu’. About 50 women artists from different generations will meet in an exhibition that delves into the practices of painting, engraving, sculpture and ceramics. Curated by Adwaita Gadanayak and Uma Nair, it features works by prominent artists such as Arpita Singh Chameli Ramachandran, Anjolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, and Jayasri Burman, among others. Until March 29.
Music in the garden
Presented by JodhpurRIFF and the British Council, in association with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, ‘The Classic Bagh Festival’ is a free one-day festival at the Sunder Nursery in Delhi on March 21. am-9 am) of vocal recitals of the Hindustani, Sufi, Bhajan, Shabad and Qawwali traditions by singers Smita Bellur and Jasleen Kaur Monga. Later in the morning (9:30 am-1:30pm), a short set by the Langa Ensemble will kick off the session, followed by Qawwali singer Dhruv Sangari aka ‘Bilal Chishti’. The festival will end later in the evening (6 pm-10pm) with a special Jangda recital of the Manganiyar tradition conducted by Barkat Khan, ghazals by emerging artist Sraboni Chaudhary and performances by Ustad Saeed Zafar Khan, now Khalifa los Dilli Gharana and Qawaal Bachchey Warsi Brothers, performing at the Sunder Nursery amphitheater.
Tribute to the Master
To celebrate 100 years of Bharat Ratna Pt Ravi Shankar, a concert features a jugalbandi of sitar and sarod by Lakshay and Aayush Mohan. Initiated into classical music by Balwant Rai Verma, a main disciple of Shankar, the two also learned under the tutelage of Uma Shankar Mishra and the queen of the sarod Sharan Rani. Pre-registration is mandatory. On March 13, at 7pm, at The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Center (IHC), Delhi.