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Updated: May 28 2004, 05:30am hrs
While the Annachis and Thambis are busy misbehaving in Delhi, Chennai hosts two attractive events. Between June 4-11, the Prakriti Foundation holds an exhibition of photographs at the lovely restored 19th century mansion, Sundar Mahal, on Padmavathiar Road, Jeypore Colony, off Gopalapuram. Explorations of the Familiar - people, places and patterns showcases the work of young photographer Romil Sheth and his intimate glimpses of Indian life, landscapes, architecture and relationships.

Meanwhile, the Hayagriva Study Circle offers a week-long course of eight illustrated talks on Art Appreciation to Chennaivasis at Hotel Savera, Radhakrishnan Salai, between June 9 and June 16, 3 pm to 5 pm.

Dr Ashrafi Bhagat, Professor and HOD Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, shares her insights into ways of seeing the important art movements in the western world. She takes you from an 18th century lookback at the European Renaissance through the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the invention of photography in the 19th century to Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism (ugh), Surrealism, Abstraction, American Expressionism, Pop and Post-modern art, to figuring out art as a part of life. All this for a paltry Rs 1,500 per person. Seats limited, so sign up fastest.

Right now, Pune bustles until May 31 at the Empress Garden with the Nag Foundations Art Festival 04, to get artists rapping with the public through an open art camp. Forty-five artists show sculpture and pottery, with daily demos and evenings saved for music concerts. Tonight, for instance, Rocky Vaz and band will play jazz. Tomorrow, Dalip Daswani will demo clay-modelling while Maya Dongre will present the dreamscapes of Warli tribal art. Come the hour of godhuli, Dilip Ks santoor will hopefully evoke the icy waters of the Lidder and the Veth (Vitasta) in the santoors homeland, to cool off perspiring Punekars.

In Chandigarh, its a week packed solid with Punjabi theatre, including the kazillionth replay of `Bullah by Lahores Madeeha Gauhar and the Ajoka Theatre. Isnt it time they took the play around to other Punjabi settlements

Mumbai seems fairly quiet, with the exception of a rudraveena concert at the Alliance Francaise auditorium at 6.30 pm tonight, by Pandit Hindraj Divekar. This rare instrument is hardly heard on the concert stage (usually played by Delhis Ustad Asad Ali Khan), but it has one of the loveliest creation myths ever: Lord Shiva was apparently moved to invent it after observing how delightfully Parvati Devi slept with her forearm across her splendid bosom.