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ALLIANCE Française de Bangalore and the Embassy of France in India present "World Cities", an exhibition by French artiste Pascal Monteil. In 1995, Monteil started using new technologies, making his pictures through a collage of disparate elements, which he reworks and transforms in order to create a new, slightly changed "reality". The adjustments of figures, the polarisation of colours, and the processing of textures disrupt the reading of the picture, emphasising strangeness. These works have been exhibited in cities that include Hong Kong, Caracas, Taipei, Seattle, Naples, Dubai and Varanasi. On till May 7 at the Atrium, Alliance Française, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except Sundays).

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AN independent publishing house in Bangalore has proved that little fish can hold their own in the deep and sometimes murky waters inhabited by the big fish. Dronequill Publishers, started in 2001 by Jamuna Rao, has brought out five titles so far. Its sixth, to be released this weekend, is The Gloomy Rabbit and other plays by the promising young writer Vijjay Nair. The title play deals with autism and the cover design is a painting done by "special" children. The other plays in this collection are "The Window", "Shadows on the Wall" and "Weeds". At Alliance Francaise on May 3 at 6.30 p.m. For more information, contact dronequill@rediffmail.com

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CATCH the last few days of the "Exhibition of Books on Indian Writing in English" organised by British Library, Bangalore. The exhibition features a collection of 250 books by practically every IWE you can think of — Both fiction and non-fiction, including novels, plays, anthologies and translations. They're not for sale, though, and are meant to merely showcase our best writers. On till April 30 between 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. (except Sunday) at the British Library, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross.

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You and I might call it voice training but Tapan Chowdhury calls it a "Vocal Consciousness Workshop". The musician and music-teacher from Pondicherry has designed this workshop, using modern and yogic techniques, "to make one keenly conscious of the possibilities of the voice, and how to make something beautiful of it". Chowdhury will handle separate workshops for children (12-18) and adults (above 18) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. respectively, from May 6 - 10 at Good Shepherd Convent, Museum Road. Registration starts today between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the office of the Bangalore Society for Performing Arts, 1094/1, Lakshmipathy Layout, Karianapalya, St. Thomas Town, Bangalore-84. Alternatively, you can post the fees (Rs 1,000) by cheque or DD payable to the Society. For more details phone BSPA on 5479043 or e-mail bspa@sify.com

C.K. MEENA

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