New Delhi's Habitat Centre was host to a clutch of music programmes this past week that included the Kolkata based artiste Malabika Mukherjee Sarder's Banglar Natya Sangeet and Sawan Ke Geet by Sangeeta Gaur. The latter programme, to celebrate the Teej Festival, included Thumri, Kajri, Malhar and Hindola. The Arpan Festisval 2005 featured a vocal recistal by Amjad Khan and a sitar recital by Rajeev Verma.
While Ruchika Theatre Group presented the Little Actors Club in "The King of Kahanistan' with a cast of 65 children (play directed by Feisal Alkazi), Sohaila Kapur's `Ouch' was also mounted this past week at the Habitat. Another interesting programme was `Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Towards a World Without War'. On the eve of Nagasaki Day, Shanti Sahyog presented a special programme of music, talk and a theatre production on the futility of war.
Besides a group show curated by Alka Pande, the Visual Arts Gallery at the Habitat Centre also hosted Ranjeeta Kant's exhibition `Mother Earth', the Elements of Life. An exhibition of photographs depicting Rome during the demise of Pope John Paul II by Tripty Arya was on at the Convention Foyer. Shanta Art Gallery at Jangpura Extension played host to an exhibition of paintings by Bijan Paul and C. Bhowmick. And Neeraj Mittra's exhibition `Random Strokes' was on view at the Garden Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam this past week.
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