What: Artist Pallav Chander focuses on abstract expressions on contemporary societal psychology and behavior. The exhibition ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Me’ is an optimistic statement for artists, showing how in tomorrow lies the hope for new creative endeavours and inventories. The works also project an underlying scream, evolving into concepts emanating from a personal loss. Poetry is a significant technique employed in the art that he creates. The organised yet unorganised nature of the artworks is meant to throw open interpretations and conversations at the viewer’s discretion. The artist keeps the nature of evolution as a stronghold in his belief of taking advantage of one’s disadvantage and watching one’s hard work pay off.
When: August 2 – 4
Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate
What: Artist Punkaj Manav’s work follows continuum, it bears no trace of reference to anything
recognisable. It’s similar to music — an art form which uses the intangible elements of sound and divisions of time. It induces our senses to respond to various stimuli, connecting to deeper aesthetic levels. Aptly titled ‘Intangible,’ this exhibition displays works that indicate an ‘objectless state’. He indulges in the occult as a way of creating an ‘inner’ object. With greater freedom and passion, he invents forms that go beyond what we physically experience in Nature. Offering much more freedom to his creative process, the possibilities and variations of outcome are limitless. The viability and validity of his abstract form lies with him as he carefully develops and expertly orchestrates them in colour and ink. The meticulously worked-over medium evolves into a mystifying object, lovingly and painstakingly made.
When: July 22 – 31 (11 am – 8 pm)
Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg
What: Presenting Mirza Ghalib in a new light, Pierrot’s Troupe’s is back again with Ghalib Ke Khat. This Urdu play is a unique presentation, breaking from the tradition of simple recitation of the poet’s famous letters. The play is their first ever dramatic and multi-actor presentation. Interestingly, the play has Mirza Ghalib’s learned yet underrated wife Umrao Begum and his far wittier maid Wafadar reading, reviewing and even criticising Mirza’s letters — humorous as well as tragic. Directed by M Sayeed Alam, the play also introduces Ghalib’s friends and disciples, including Munshi Har Gopal ‘Taftah’ — a great, yet long forgotten poet of Persian.
When: July 28 (4:30 pm)
Where: LTG auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg