Queen Elizabeth made her first trip to independent India in the winter of 1961. During a reception held at the City Palace, Jaipur, she congratulated a lady on the sari she was wearing. The sari was made by Sir Norman Hartnell, the queen’s couturier, and the lady was Rani Urmila Raje, Maayankraj Singh’s grandmother, who remains an everlasting muse for her brand, Atelier Shikaarbagh. The brand is now introducing its 35-piece collection that includes evening dresses, wedding dresses, day dresses and top layers, recalling the glamor of the 1950s and 1960s, when detailed construction and tasteful embellishments were celebrated. Called Primavera, named for the spring season and its new beginnings, the collection will be available from March 2021 onwards. It has sheer organzas and crisp georgette saree paired with sharp blouses and jackets; flowy dresses with illusion collars; and haute couture technique skirts in shikargah brocades. Singh says: “Primavera also presents the first Indian lace of its kind. It has taken me three years to put together the collection. “Atelier Shikaarbagh is currently based in Kota, Rajasthan, and sells online through its Instagram account and private appointments in Kota and Delhi.
Vidya Heydari Contemporary gallery in Pune presents Fugitive Dust, an exhibition of art by M Pravat. The artist is known to examine architectural forms and materials, and in this ongoing exhibition, he brings together a variety of media, including brick, slate, and ink. The works are created from the point of view of someone living in an ever-expanding and intensifying Delhi, an ever-changing city. Pravat says that the dust that is kicked up from construction sites and demolition units never settles. “It thickens the air we breathe, forms clouds in the sky, sediments on the earth’s crust, and flows into bodies of water before returning to construction sites. A city is a continuous cycle of solid, liquid and gaseous states, ”he writes. The exhibition has been curated by Delhi curator and writer Sabih Ahmed and comprises sculptural installations, paintings, drawings, collage works and prints. The exhibition will be open until May 2. See Fugitive Dust here: https://www.vhc.art/fugitive-dust.
A korean touch
Jim Hawkins, a boy who runs an inn with his family, receives a visit from a strange captain. After the man dies under mysterious circumstances, Jim finds a treasure map among his belongings. What happens when Jim follows the map and into the unknown is the subject of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island. The Korean Cultural Center, Delhi, has hosted a broadcast of the work by the Seoul Arts Center on YouTube. Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiJOTsfJnt4&feature=youtu.be
Lifeline 99 99 is an absurd phone line that questions greed and alienation from human experiences. You, as an audience member, have to call a phone number, where you hear an IVR voice asking you certain questions and subsequently connecting you to one of the five available fictitious experiences. You could have a one-on-one conversation with a conflicting sex chat operator, an aggrieved idealist, an alien dude, a dead insurance agent, or art personified. This innovative interactive theater piece is created by Kaivalya Plays. From March 20 to 21, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Fees: 250 rupees. Reserve your spot at: bit.ly/lifeline9999
The show is a live digital performance in which 12 young emerging artists from India and Canada strike up a conversation about love or lack thereof amidst isolation and quarantine, about self-discovery, independence, and more. An almost raw and unpublished compilation of lived experiences and artist encounters with joy, solitude and creativity is presented through art forms such as the spoken word, movement, mime, burlesque and music. Each performer presents the story of the next performer, leaving room for spontaneous questions and conversations. Raw and real, the show takes audiences on a cathartic and intimate journey across continents, cultures, and art forms. It is organized by Thespo in India in association with the Canadian Paprika Theater Festival and the Canadian Social Distance Festival. On March 20, at 8 pm; and March 21, 7:30 am Admission: Free. To RSVP, click bit.ly/cosmocabaret21
Join architect Gautam Bhatia in his exhibition at Bikaner House in New Delhi. In this collection called Still Life, he features 24 sets of themed miniature paintings on people, food, transportation, religion, work, love, home and family, and of course, architecture. There will be about 240 paintings that elaborate the sequence of life, from birth to death, and 12 bronze sculptures on the subject. For an architect who views the profession with a critical eye, Bhatia shows how architecture, like all things, has its own life and death process. Until March 31st.
Attend a group exhibition of artists from the Art for Change Foundation. The works of 12 international artists and nine Indian artists will be exhibited along with works from the foundation’s collection. The theme of the exhibition is “What to do with the difference? Art and artist as a bridge ”. On display at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, 11 am to 7 pm, IIC, Delhi.
Dastkar is hosting Bonanza: The Bumper Annual Sale, featuring over 100 artisan craft groups and prenuers and their handcrafted goods at incredible prices. The weekend will also feature live Kutcchi folk performances and a demonstration of wood carving and inlays by Abshar Hussain. Until March 22, in Dastkar Haat, Andheria Mod. 11 am-7pm.
A mix of five
Gallery Ragini in association with Ambassador, New Delhi, presents Colloquial, an exhibition of traditional Indian art forms curated by Nidhi Jain. The exhibition presents Gond, Pichwai, Kalamkari, Pattachitra and Madhubani, styles of painting, through the works of seven artists. Artists include Dhavat Singh, Kumar Jha, KM Singh, S Vishwanathan, Prakash Chandra, and Shoba Jolly. The exhibition will be open until May 21 at Gallery Ragini, Ambassador Hotel.
Talk about the city
The Bihar Museum Biennale is organizing a webinar on Isolated Art: The Impact of the Pandemic on the Creative Languages of Bihar Artists. Panelists include GR Iranna, Subodh Gupta, Paresh Maity, Georgina Maddox, Arpana Car, and Seema Kohli. March 23 at 6.15pm. Register at biharmuseumbiennale2021.org