A coffee table book that attempts to capture the essence of the city, its heritage, culture and businesses, Best of Chennai Volume 2 should be on the shelves of all history lovers. Part of Raintree Media’s ‘Best of’ series, the book (edited by Sandhya Mendonca) features the works of city-based artists. Available at Odyssey.
Rs 3,000. Details: 24402264
Lines and motifs
Forum Art Gallery has interesting activities lined up for aspiring artists. With its Charcoal workshop (Rs 1,700, 2.30-5.30 pm), conducted by Aparajita Gopal, you can learn concepts of textures, lines and 3D. In its Art Appreciation for Children workshop (Rs 500, 11 am 1.30 pm), get introduced to the works of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. July 9. Details: 42115596
Claiming to be the world’s first Sanskrit rap show, the Rap Bhakthi Mala will have artistes like BlaaZé and DJ Kave Rajesh performing live, along with Vaidya on veena and Paul J on guitars and keyboards. A part of the Yagnaraman July Fest, the event will begin today at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, at 6.45 pm. Free entry. Details: 28140806
Beginning with Tor Fruergaard’s 21-minute film, Growing Pains, the Danish Film Festival kickstarts from Monday at the Goethe Institut. The opening film tells the story of a boy, Fabian, who turns into a werewolf when he gets sexually aroused. With award-winning movies lined up, the festival is a must for movie buffs. From 6.30 pm onward. Details: 28331314
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music is organising a two-day musical camp over the weekend. Packing in extensive workshops, classes and performances, it will play host to well known names belonging to different genres of Indian music—from Ustad Shujaat Khan and Pandit Tanmoy Bose to Kalaimamani P Unnikrishnan, to name a few. Rs 3,000. Details: 7358000770
Scholar-poet K Satchidanandan’s anthology of essays argues for the need for critical thinking to fight discrimination. With contributors ranging from historian Romila Thapar to author Salil Tripathi, the book is tailormade for lovers of non fiction writing.Published by Viking Books. Rs 399. Details: amazon.in