Tamil poet Salma has had an adventurous life, with a difference. Born into a conservative Muslim family in Tamil Nadu in 1968, she was locked up by her family for 25 years, forbidden to study and forced into marriage. Today, she is chairperson of the Social Welfare Board of Tamil Nadu as well as one of the most widely translated poets of our times. Salma, a documentary on her by Kim Longinotto will be screened at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, on October 15 at 7 pm.
After she watched Aparna Sen’s The Japanese Wife, about a Japanese girl who falls in love with a Bengali teacher through letters, artist Rini Dhumal was moved. She followed up on her cinematic curiosity with Rituparno Ghosh’s Chitrangada. With these influences, Dhumal presents “The Japanese Wife and Other Tales”, her first solo after seven years at Art Alive Gallery, Panchsheel Park, from October 17 to November 25 between
11 am and 7 pm. Contact: 41639000
Anubhuthi, a Bharatanatyam piece, explores Hindu philosophy from the divine trinity representing the cosmic acts of creation, preservation and destruction, to Ardhanareeshwara, to the multifaceted Shakti. The performance will take place at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai on October 19
at 7.30 pm. Contact: 66223737
Calligraphist Achyut Palav is well-known for his traditional and modern calligraphy. His latest exhibition, “Surya - The Icon” comprises paintings dedicated to people who have influenced him. The exhibition will be held at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda from October 15 to 22.
Music and Lyrics
Pt Hridaynath Mangeshkar is famous for merging soulful notes with beautiful poetry. Watch him weave melodies along with singer-composer Salil Kulkarni in Maitra Jeevanache, a concert at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud on October 17 at 7 pm.
Strokes of Wanderlust
Born to an Iranian father and Turkish mother, Lasi Sufi would often shuttle between these two countries and paint murals. This time, she wound up in India and began to paint, thus projecting her mind and dreams on canvas. Her works are up at Malaka Spice, lane 5, Koregaon Park, till Tuesday. Contact: 9325749224
The Kasauli Club’s tribute to Indian literature’s favourite sardar is back. The second edition of the Khushwant Singh Literary Festival revolves around Greater Punjab this year. Writers, historians, poets and critics will explore the aesthetic and cultural energies associated with Greater Punjab.