Reliefs in Wood by Masood Hussain and Paintings of Mona Rai
(Art Heritage, Delhi; Nov 13-25)
Mona Rai is an artist who closely identifies with nature, literally speaking. Why else would she use mud, cowrie shells, rainwater, chalk, chilli and turmeric powders among other diverse materials to bring out the finer nuances in her paintings? The fine blend of Indo-Islamic architecture in Kashmiri Sufi shrines is recaptured in Masood Hussain's recent relief works on display.
This Kannada film of many firsts -- the first to have a web page on the Internet (welcome.to/shanthi3) and with Dolby Track Stereo sound -- is all about four youngsters having fun till they get kidnapped. With some good humour, delightful musical score and refreshing young acting talent, Shanthi! Shanthi! Shanthi! is a welcome break from the routine masala fare.
Time to boogie again for the V-generation. If it was Spice Girls last time, this year's Channel V Music Awards features teen sensations Aqua and 911, and rock gurus Sting and Def Leppard. Desi favourites include A.R. Rahman, Daler Mehndi, Lucky Ali and Silk Route. Even if you miss it, there's always the telly version.
A royal cultural treat awaits Delhiites in the auspicious autumnal month of Kartik. Witness a pot-pourri of classical and folk musical, dance and theatrical performances, fashion shows, crafts bazaars, puppetry, magicians and fireworks in the splendid environs of the 18th century palace and fort at Ballabhgarh, 35 km from Delhi.
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