What: In a bid to highlight the ecological role of our national heritage animal — the Asian Elephant — the Wildlife Trust of India is organising a four-day long celebration, Gaj Mahotsav. Representing the 101 elephant corridors of India, artists from across the country have created 101 life-sized elephant art pieces. Eminent personalities like policy makers, industry leaders, influencers from the world of entertainment, sports, art and culture, conservationists will be actively participating in the event, which will be open to all. The festival includes dance, music performance, films and exhibition on elephant themed paintings and photographs. Several activities for children, such as educative puppet shows, clay modeling sessions, art competitions, and creative writing workshops are also part of the celebration. It promises fun and entertainment for all ages, with something for everyone.
When: August 12-15
Where: Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts, 11 Mansingh Road
Mocking the system
What: Taking on the flawed education system of the country, here’s a play that is packed with comedy. The Refund, is the story of a student who does not perform well in his life and one fine day decides to go back to his school. He demands a fee refund, stating that the education provided to him never proved useful as he is now good-for-nothing. He threatens to take legal action, if the school does not return his money. This leaves the principal furious, but the maths teacher makes the best of the situation by proposing a solution that leads to a roller coaster comedy. Watch to find out what happens in the end.
When: August 11 (5:30 pm)
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, DLF Mall of India, Noida
All about jazz
What: This one’s for all the jazz lovers in the capital. Los Gatos, an Afro-Caribbean and Latin jazz music ensemble with artists from different countries, is here in the city. Paddy, India’s leading Latin jazz pianist, founded this incredible music project. Accomplished musicians from Panama, Colombia, India, Venezuela and El Salvador will come together to create a wonderful and harmonious evening. Serving as musical ambassadors to the vibrant Caribbean region, Los Gatos is introducing the heritage of authentic Latin American music to all parts of the world.
When: August 11 (9 pm – 11:55 pm)
Where: The Piano Man Jazz Club, Safdarjung Enclave Market
What: Indulge in a visual treat of seamless dancing this monsoon with performances by celebrated gurus and their disciples. Join them as they celebrate the ‘Monsoon Festival of Dance: Dancing Peacocks, Monsoon Clouds.’ The two-day festival features several dance forms, including Manipuri, Odissi, Kathak and Bharatanatyam.
When: August 9-10 (6 pm)
Where: India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg