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October 14 at Bijon Theatre; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Sayak will stage its latest production, Badhu Tantra. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya. October 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Parabaas. Drama, direction and starring: Manoj Mitra. October 15 at Rangana; 3.30 pm & 6.30 pm: Calcutta Choir presents Upendra Kishor Roychowdhury’s Goopy Baghar Kando. Drama: Ganesh Mukhopadhyay. Direction: Kalyan Sen Barat. October 16 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Football. Direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta. October 17 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Arghya presents Sankat. Direction: Manish Mitra. October 17 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Swapnasandhani presents Prachyo, directed and performed by Koushik Sen. Till October 18 at Bijon Theatre; 6.30 pm: Bisarga will stage Chakkhudaan. Drama: Soumitra Basu. Direction: Nupu Banerjee. October 19 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sansriti presents Winkle Twinkle. Direction: Debesh Chattopadhyay. October 19 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Theatron will stage its latest production, Tomari Maatir Kanya. Direction: Saswati Biswas. October 20 at Mukta Angan; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Dant Pake Bandha. Direction: Chandan Das.


October 14 at Swabhumi; 12 noon - 3 pm: A performance by the Bangla rock band, Chandrabindoo. October 19 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: All India Radio presents its annual Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan. The artistes for the evening are Pandit Ramnarayan (sarangi), Pandit Dalchand Sharma (pakhawaj) and T.N. Seshagopalan (Carnatic vocal).


Till October 15 at Kewpie’s: For lunch and dinner, the Grand Puja Festival offers varied cuisines of Calcutta that were popular till the mid Sixties. Besides, authentic Bengali fare. Bookings at #475-9880, 476-9929. Till October 15 at Grain of Salt, 22 Camac Street; 12 noon - 4 pm & 7 pm - 1 am: Grain of Salt presents Durga Puja Revelries over buffet lunch and a-la-carte dinner. The spread will include prawns, lamb, fish and chicken item in addition to all other vegetarian and non-vegetarian items and some Bengali delicacies. Details at #281-1313, 226-0479. Till October 14 at Mainland China, Gurusaday Road; Special buffet for lunch and dinner to mark the festive season. New, exciting menu for each of the four Puja days: Saptomi, Ashtomi, Navami and Dashomi. Till October 15 at Marco Polo, 205 Sarat Bose Road: Special Puja Buffet for lunch and dinner. Offering a combination of Indian and continental including 16 varieties of items. Details at #4630909.


Till October 19 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition entitled, Bikash Bhattacharjee: Early Drawings. Till October 20 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chintamoni Kar — A Retrospective (1934-1960). Featuring oil paintings, Bengal School works and drawings. Till November 10 at Galerie La Mere, 3 Regent Park; 4 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of drawings, paintings and sculptures on Durga by eminent artists. October 16 - 23 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of water colours by Hemanta Sur.


Till October 15 at Aurovile Complex, 10 Mandeville Gardens; 7.30 pm: Auroville Cooperative Housing Society presents a series of cultural programmes on the occasion of Durga Puja. October 14: Kathak and fusion dance in duet by Nayanika Ghosh and Souvik Chakraborty. October 15: Creative dance presented by Dhiman Sankar Ballet Unit; direction: Dhiman Sankar.


Till October 14 at Swabhumi; 6 pm onwards: Rangeela Raas Dandia, organised in association with Manikchand and The Telegraph. Also, special appearance by Jeetendra and other celebrities from Mumbai along with Keyur and Nayan Meheta’s popular Dandia band, DJ Vicky and singer Kaushik.


October 15 at Nag Sai Mandir, Khan Para Road, Mahinagar, Mallickpur, South 24 Parganas: The 84th Mahasamadhi celebration of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, organised by Nar Narayan Sai Seva Trust, features (at 5.30 am): Kakad Arati; at 6.15 am: Baba Suprabatam; at 7 am: Recitation of various religious mantras; at 8.30 am: Maha Abhishek to Baba; at 9.15 am: Recitation of Vishnu Sahasranam; at 10 am: Archanas to deities; at 10.15 am: Arati; at 10.30 am: Sai Baba Ashtotram to be followed by Sahasranam Archana; at 11.30 am: Durga Ashtotra Archana and Mahishasura Mardini sloka; at 12 noon: Arati and Narayan Seva; at 12.30 pm: Sai Bhajan; at 2.10 pm: Lighting of lamps on the occasion of Baba’s 84th Mahasamadhi Arati; at 6 pm: Dhoop Arati; and at 8.30 pm: Shejarati.


Gayatrike — Facsimile edition of selected verses composed by Benoy Majumdar; published by Pratibhas, Calcutta; Rs 60.00. omposed four decades ago in his youth, Majumdar’s writings had been confined mostly among connoisseurs of Bengali literature who consider him a living icon of modern Bengali poetry in the post-Tagore era. A hero of the Hungry Generation of the heady Sixties, Majumdar spearheaded the movement to free poetry from the old, traditional mould in which it was safely ensconced. An extremely bold and intense poet, Majumdar’s creations have so long remained inaccessible to contemporary poetry lovers. This special edition is a gift to poetry lovers to realise the potential and power of contemporary Bengali poetry.
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