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Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
Youd love booking tickets online for dancer Akram Khans show in Londons Royal Festival Hall. They post a view of the stage from the seat you book so you know exactly what youre buying. Log on to www.rfh.org.uk: Akram and party teamed up last year with fellow-Londoners, sculptor Anish Kapoor and composer Nikhil Sawhney, to create the hot contemporary dancework, Kaash. Why the fuss Akram got the Nijinsky Award at the Monaco Dance Forum 2002. Kaash is on between December 9 and 11 at the Royal Elizabeth Hall, 7.45 pm and 2 pm (matinee). Tickets: 11-17.50 pounds. Hope this show comes to India soon.

If youre a Mac fan, try catching the Fleetwood Mac concert at Earls Court 1, London, on November 29 or 30. Except for Christine, theyre all lined up: Mike Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham. Call (44) 870 903 9033.

But arguably the greatest excitement coming up in Europe is the December season of the Paris Opera Ballet at the Palais Garnier, with works by legendary American choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. This was unthinkable fifty years ago! Lots of good stuff, but I most wistfully recommend the The Afternoon of a Faun by Robbins. The music is by Debussy and the original dance was created in 1912 by the biggest legend of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky. You can buy tickets online at www.opera-de-paris.fr (six to 70 Euros). They have evening performances at 7.30 pm and matinees at 2.30 pm and the show lasts an hour and 52 mins. You dont need French, just walk in and see one of the most famous dance items in the world.

Life is quite interesting on home turf, too. Delhis Vadehra Gallery, D-40 Defence Colony showcases veteran painter Ram Kumars latest series of 18 oils from November 13 to December 16.

In Mumbai, Sangeet Natak Akademi jubilee jollies continue until November 13 with Nritya Swarn, a dancefest at the Nehru Centre. The big dancers billed are Vyjyanthimala Bali (superbly communicative still at 70), Sonal Mansingh, Uma Sharma, Swapnasundari, Malavika Sarukkai and oldie-goldie Rohini Bhate (Kathak). Bhate looks like a grim, elegant matriarch from an art film. But her slender arms move ethereally, a living line from Shambhu Maharaj and the old Lucknow. If ever an elbow embodied poignant romance, its hers. Also in Mumbai, on November 9, 7 pm, at the Shanmukhananda Sabha, Kings Circle (its their golden jubilee, too) dancer-actress Anita Ratnam of Chennai presents Naachiyaar, her exquisite concept of the saint Aandaal.

Nothing madly exciting just now in other metros except Bangalore, which has an exhibition of French fashion photographs on at Gallery Sumukha called Vision 01 until November 15.