What: With Diwali around the corner, Dastkar brings artisans to Delhi for its annual 14-day crafts mela. Dastkar, being a society for crafts and craftspeople, aims at exposing shoppers to a range of authentic handcrafted products — from textiles, home decor, 3D articles to food items and collectibles. Look out for hand-made flowers using plant matter known as Sholaptih, as well as decoratives made out of gourd. An array of lighting in craft structures enhance the overall experience of visiting the venue. Amongst the cultural performances, a Sambalpuri dance group from Odisha will be taking the stage.
When: October 10–23 (11 am–7:30 pm)
Where: Nature Bazaar Venue, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh
What: The first ever Indian adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel Towards Zero finds friends and family gathered in a lonely cliff-perched seaside house, turning into unsuspecting victims for a murderous psychopath. This edge-of-the-seat thriller play under the same name seeks to unravel a crime that has been long in the making and planned to its minutest detail. Renu S Chopra’s adaptation of the book is set in the early 1990s in one of the most dramatically unexplored regions, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
When: October 19
Where: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House
Ode to women
What: With an analytical understanding of life form, 73-year-old artist Kiran Dixit Thapar’s work reflects her experiences. Her recent solo exhibition of artworks ‘Les Femmes Fatales’, celebrates women with gumption and is dedicated to women who have carved their own place in this patriarchal society. Having been a patron of the arts and crafts, Thapar’s sculptures are inspired by her life at Shantiniketan, where she now lives: women at work, animals, and flora-fauna. The exhibition will showcase 52 sculptures and around 25-30 drawings. Moulding the humdrum to extraordinary, her sculptures are a clear depiction of what she wants to say and portray. The five-day show has artworks in bronze, fiberglass and mild steel.
When: October 20–25 (10:30 am–7 pm)
Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road