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DRAMA

Today at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Bisarga presents Chakkhudaan, written by Soumitra Basu and directed by Nupu Banerjee. December 3 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Munni O Saat Chowkidar. Written, directed and performed by Monoj Mitra. December 5 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatre Workshop will stage its latest production, Macbeth. Direction: Ashok Mukhopadhyay. December 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10.15 am: Nabamayukh Natya Sangstha presents Bhadreswarir Galpo. Direction: Rishi Mukhopadhyay. December 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop presents Shunyapat. Drama and direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. December 6 at Loreto, Sealdah; 7 pm: Satabdi presents Nadite, directed by Badal Sircar. December 8 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10 am: Sansriti will stage Winkle Twinkle, directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay. December 6 & 8 at Mukta Angan; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Dant Pake Bandha. Dir: Chandan Das. December 8 at Bijon Theatre; 6.30 pm: Sayak will stage Badhu Tantra. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya.

MIME

December 5 at Aban Mahal; 7 pm: Kamal Naskar presents a mime show on Aamader Kolkata.

ART

Till today at The Art Collector, 12C Sunny Park, 3rd floor, Ashray Apartments, Calcutta 19; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Avijit Dutta, Tapas Ghosal and Shiladitya Sarkar. December 2 - 13 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Trans-Space — An exhibition of recent water colours by Arundam Chatterjee. Till December 7 at The Address; 11 am - 7 pm and Monday (3 pm - 7 pm): A solo exhibition of paintings based on the Madhubani school by Neel Kant Chowdhury.

MUSIC

Today at Sisir Mancha; 5.30 pm: Shalimar presents Adwitiya Sandhya — songs and poems and Jayati Chakraborty and Antara Das, and Tagore songs by Shraboni Sen. December 5 at Kala Kunj; 6 pm: Manasi presents an evening of songs by Ramanuj Dasgupta. December 5 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar and December 6 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall; 6.30 pm: Consulate General of Japan presents a Japanese musical concert, Tsugaru Shamisen & Wadaiko, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between Japan and India. December 6 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6.30 pm: Academy Theatre presents Manchageeti Chitrageeti: Shatabdir Anusriti (theatre songs and film song in the reflection of a century) — a selection of theatre songs and film songs to portray the parallel trend of the musical compositions of different decades of the 20th century. The participants include Riddhi Chattopadhyay, Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Koushik Sen and V. Balsara. December 8 at Loreto House School Hall; 10 am: High Scorers’ Concert of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.

OPERA

Today at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6.30 pm: Robi -O- Radha — An attempt to recreate this bitter-sweet story of human desire and divine passion that brings forth Tagore’s Bhanusingher Padavali and the rasa-raga of Radha alive in an audio-visual experience, intermingled with live performances. This production stars Hema Malini as Radha. The vocals are by Pandit Jasraj, who has, perhaps, for the first time attempted to sing Tagore songs, and Kavita Krishnamurthy.

FOOD FESTIVAL

Till December 15 (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Paschima, Swabhumi; 6.30 pm: An exotic blend of the Portuguese heritage and indigenous flavours, Goan food festival features delicacies like Pomfret Reachardo, Prawn Balchao, Margao Mutton Croquettes, Colva Veg. Chillie Fry, Majorda Veg Cutlet and more.

YOUTH ACTION PROGRAMME

Till December 10: As part of the International Fortnight protesting Violence against Women, students of various Calcutta schools, in association with Swayam (an NGO fighting violence against women), are initiating an youth action programme where they will participate in a film festival (December 2 - 5 at Max Mueller Bhavan) and a rally in Calcutta on December 8. Today at Max Mueller Bhavan; 5.30 pm: Inauguration of film festival on women’s issues Pratibimb with a dialogue between Aparna Sen and Sohag Sen on Reflections of Women in Films: The Role of a Director; and screening of Bol — eight one-min. films on domestic violence in Bengali, produced by Swayam and directed by Shabnam Virmani. At 7 pm: Screening of Little Girl Lost (Dir: Philip Lathrop).

LECTURE

Today at Heeralal Roy Smriti Sadan, Department of Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University; 4 pm: Prof. Sourin Bhattacharya will deliver the Buddhadev Bose Memorial Lecture on the occasion of Bose’s 94th birth anniversary. Today at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19A & B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Dr Jagat Jiban Ghosh will speak on Swasthya O Paribesh. Tomorrow at Calcutta Management Association auditorium, 1 Shakespeare Sarani; 5.45 pm: The CMA-Patton Tuesday Talkshoppe: Mr Derek O’Brien, CEO, Derek O’Brien & Associates, to speak on ‘Don’t Make Schools a Promotional Playground’.

READING

Dedcember 4 at the Seagull Bookstore, 31A S.P. Mookerjee Road; 6 pm: Playwright and novelist Rana Bose will read from his recently published first novel, Recovering Rude, and will speak on Bringing the Margins to the Centre: Trends in Literature in Canada today.

EXHIBITION

Dedcember 3 - 5 at 4 Ashoka Road, Alipore: An exhibition of designer salwar kameezes by Concept. Dedcember 4 - 6 at the lawns of Saraogi Park, 7 Lower Rawdon Street; 10 am - 6 pm: An exhibition of an exclusive range of ceramic wares by Aditi Saraogi.

DANCE

December 4 at St Xavier’s College auditorium; 4.30 pm: A Kathak dance recital by Sujata Lahiri. December 6 at Saastha Samooham, 42 Lake Avenue; 5 pm: Saastha Samooham presents a Bharata Natyam recital by Kumari G. Rajalakshmi, disciple of Guru Smt. Rajalakshmi Venkateswar.

ALBUM

December 4 at Jibanananda Sabhaghar, Bangla Academy Bhavan; 2.30 pm: Music 2000 will release the second album of Tagore songs, Seje Tomar Baansuri, by Sugata Sen.

FESTIVAL

Till December 27 at Saastha Samooham, 42 Lake Avenue: As part of Sastha Samooham’s annual functions, Mandala Vaaram will be celebrated daily with Veda Krama Parayanam by pundits at 7 pm; and Deeparadhanai at 8.30 pm.

EDUCATION

Every Sunday at The Boys’ Own Library, 76/2 Bidhan Sarani, # 555-8387; 10 am - 12 noon: The Boys’ Own Library offers free textbook reading and lending facilities for degree course students.
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