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Urban romanticism
Dedicated to the memory of legendary sculptor Ramkinkar Baij, Somnath Dutta and Swaraj Das (one of his paintings appears left) present an exhibition of paintings that portrays urban reality from the perspective of romantic idealism. Usually reflecting what is pleasant, lovable and quaint about contemporary city life, their canvases convey a latent desire to hold on to the past and all that it stood for. Images of flocks of birds flying across the city skyline, trams trundling slowly along their tracks and towering, majestic heritage buildings are set against an almost-audible clamour associated with the city's commercial areas, echoing sentiments that convey a perceptible loss in terms of emotional wealth. In dark and muted shades, the paintings, besides expressing sadness at the passing away of what was once beautiful and glorious, also give an impression of the illusory and transient nature of life in general.

Event: An exhibition of paintings by Somnath Dutta and Swaraj Das When: Till today, 3 pm - 8 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery

Art

Till April 3 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue; 11 am - 7 pm: Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, present Changing Images, an exhibition of their recent works. April 3 - 10 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 10 am - 7 pm: Group exhibition of paintings by Barun Roy, Palash Halder, Dipak Kundu, Malia Bhattacharjee, Manik Kandar and Rajat Sen. Inauguration today at 6 pm. Till April 4 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of ceramic works by Asis Chowdhury, Chanchal Ahmed, Subhasree Dutta, Satish Chandra, Reshmi Bajoria and Sandip Paul. Till April 4 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings and drawings by Sajal Roy. April 4 - 11 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Art Therapy unit of Prerak, support for cancer fighters and using art as a therapy in cancer, presents Healing Thru Art - V, an exhibition of paintings, hand-made cards, gift tags, etc. made by those affected by cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Inauguration tomorrow at 5 pm by Samir Aich. April 5 - 30 (except Mondays) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Gunther Uecker - Man's Inhumanity: 14 Pacified Implements. Inauguration April 5 at 6 pm in the presence of the artist with a short presentation by him on Contemporary Art in Germany. Till April 5 (except today) at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Kartick Chandra Pyne, P.R. Narvekar, Sekhar Kar, Anindya Roy, Supam Adhikary and Asim Goswami. Till April 7 at Gaganendra Pradarsasala; 4 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Shivaji Das. Till April 7 at Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship, 476 Dum Dum, Cossipore Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship Students' Union presents Annual Exhibition 2006. Till April 16 at Gallery Kanishka's; 11 am - 8 pm: M'lange, a varied presentation of paintings and sculptures by artists including Aditya Basak, Atin Basak, Bimal Kundu, Dipak Mukherjee, Manik Talukdar, Manoj Dutta, Niranjan Pradhan, Partha Shaw, Prabir Kumar Roy, Sadhan Chakraborty, Shyamal Roy, Soumitra Kar, Suhas Roy, Sunil Kumar Das and Sukti Subhra Pradhan. Till April 16 at Akar Prakar, P-238 Hindustan Park: A solo exhibition of paintings by Samindranath Majumdar. April 5 - 11 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Expressions of Mood, featuring the recent works of Ashoke Roy. April 5 - May 14 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: The Voices of the Canvas, an exhibition of paintings by a group of eminent artists.

drama

April 3 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB-201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC's monthly theatre show features the Bengali play Megh, produced by Shohan. April 3 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Ekti Dal presents Krishna Gobardhan. Direction: Chinmoy Chattopadhyay. April 4 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Charbak presents Chalo Patal Tuli. Direction: Arindam Ganguli. April 5 at Sisir Mancha; 6 pm: Bisarga celebrates its 25th anniversary with two one-act plays, Nupu Banerjee's Platform and Utpal Dutt's Dweep. Direction: Nripen Banerjee. April 5 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Kolkata Suchetana presents Atarkothi based on Humayun Ahmed's novel Sedin Chaitramash. Drama and direction: Onkar Ghosh. April 6 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Kathakriti will stage Mohit Chattopadhyay's Chandralokey Agnikanda. Direction: Sanjib Ray. April 7 - 9 at Girish Mancha; 6 pm onwards: Nandikar will host a Children's Theatre Festival. April 7: Indian Idol by Laban Hrad Vidyapith, directed by Debsankar Halder; Munshi Premchand's Barda by Nandikar, directed by Goutam Halder. April 8: Monikatha by schools from Gobardanga, directed by Parthapratim Deb; Swapna Muhurte by Samatat, Uttarpara, directed by Sumanta Ganguly; Leela Majumder's Dulia by Nandikar, directed by Swatilekha Sengupta and Goutam Halder. April 9: Kagoj Kahini by schools from Hooghly, directed by Debsankar Halder; Bhalobhasha Bhalobasa by Nandikar's child trainees, directed by Debsankar Halder.

PERFORMING ARTS

April 6 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Shilpi Jajabar presents an evening of music and dance featuring Ramayana, a dance drama based on Tagore songs by the students of Ashokrenu. Dialogues: Arjun Chakraborty. Concept, arrangement and direction: Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta. Also, Bengali songs by Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta.

talk

April 3 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 5.30 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Bengali on Panchadashi. April 3 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga. April 3 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19 A&B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Amalendu Chakraborty will speak on Swami Abhedananda O Bharatiya Sanskriti.

EXHIBITION

April 3 - 8 at 14/97 Golf Club Road, # 24734546; 12 noon - 8 pm: Sravasti presents KeyaChaitali's exclusive fair of t-shirts, photuas, short kurtas, kurtas, salwar-kurtas, wrap-around sets, saradins, nakshi-kantha, batik, applique, fabric-painted, block-printed cotton and silk sarees, blouse-pieces and costume jewellery. Till April 3 at Shuma's, 359 Jodhpur Park, ground floor; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of designer sarees with batik and kalamkari patchwork, and other hand-crafted varieties. April 4 & 5 at Genesis, 8B Middleton Street: Akriti presents salwar kurtas, skirts, patialas and kurtis in vegetable dyes, batik and applique. Till April 14 at Darbari, P-249 Purna Das Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Chaitra Charm, an exhibition of saris, salwar-suits, fabrics, kurtis, skirts, dupattas, jewellery and bags. Till April 14 at Sampa's Boutique, 42 Circus Avenue: An exhibition of Assam silk and muga sarees and cotton and silk mekhla chaddars.

festival

April 3 -10 at Sri Thyagaraja Hall, P-530 Raja Basanta Roy Road: The 66th year Sri Ramanavami celebrations organised by Ved Bhavan Bhajan Samaj. Today: Ganapathy Homam (5 am), Pranapratishta (6.15 am), Puja and Laksharchana (6.30 am), Sashti Bhajan (10 am), Veda Parayanam (3.30 pm) and Harikatha by Mu. Rama Subramania Sarma on Baktha Ramadas (6.45 pm - 8.45 pm).

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