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Independent strokes
The perfect example of a rebel artist, Bibekananda Santra comes across as a painter who consciously steers clear of traditional themes, styles and techniques to explore a creative realm that is distinctively his own. Black and Beyond Space, the ongoing exhibition of his recent works, reveals a fiercely independent spirit, that only allows him to articulate his own feelings through his art. The paintings, most of which were created during the years he spent in Pondicherry, offer fresh perspectives on aspects of life that are apparently familiar. His style of presentation, however, convinces us that his paintings are more ideal, imaginary and illusory than they seem to be. A non-conformist to the core, his works clearly express his indifference to contemporary life and society. Yet, an element of hope pervades his most intimate and intense artistic compositions.

Event: An exhibition of paintings by Bibekananda Santra When: Till December 7, 3 pm - 7 pm Where: Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani

art

January 1 - 10 at Charnock City, KB-26, 7th floor, Salt Lake; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Shanu Lahiri, Madhab Bhattacharya, Niranjan Pradhan, Shankar Ghosh, Sunil Sil, Tapas Sarkar, Arnab Basu, Swapnesh Chowdhury and others. Till January 1 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm (Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm): First solo exhibition of paintings by Sanju Manna. Till January 3 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Recent works of Sakti Burman. Till January 3 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exposition of works by young artists. Till January 5 at Shrimati Art Gallery, 4 Elgin Road: An exhibition of oil paintings by Dr Pratap Chandra Chunder. Till January 6 at Anant Art Gallery, 11A Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: In A Lyrical Vein, solo exhibition of paintings by Ram Lal Dhar. Till January 6 at Spandan Art Gallery, 87 Park Street; 10 am - 7 pm: Celebration, an exhibition of paintings by Keshav Roy, Anirban Seth, Anada Das and Rajashree Chatterjee. Till January 10 at Gallery Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindustan Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Contemporary Perspectives, works by Animesh Nandi, Asit Poddar, Atin Basak, Biswajit Saha, Soumitra Kar, Suman Roy and Tapas Konar. Till February 3 (except Sundays) at CIMA Gallery, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue; 2 pm - 7 pm (Mondays, 3 pm - 7 pm): CIMA Annual 2006, works by 30 artists from across India.

drama

January 1 - 5 at Sarat Sadan, Howrah & January 6 at Academy of Fine Arts: Ninth Dwandwik Natyotsav, to be held in memory of Achintya Chowdhury. Today at 5 pm: Deshbandhu Smriti Mandir presents Bini Poisar Bhoj and at 6.30 pm: Cinetel Natya Prayash presents Homapakhi. Direction: Soumitra Chattopadhyay. January 1 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Natya Anan presents Surya Shikar. Direction: Chandan Sen. January 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 & 6.30 pm: Charbak presents Chalo Patal Tuli. Direction: Arindam Ganguly. January 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.15 pm: Natya Anan presents its latest production Astitwer Aakar. Direction: Chandan Sen. January 2 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Naba Mayukh Nattya Sangstha presents Waarish. Direction: Rishi Mukhopadhyay. January 4 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop presents Mukhosh Nritya. Direction: Seema Mukherjee. January 4 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sayak presents its latest production Dildaar. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya.

performing arts

Till January 1 at Vidyut Bhavan, Salt Lake; 5 pm - 9 pm: The concluding day of the 20th Salt Lake Music Festival features vocal recital by Sounak Chattopadhyay, vocal recital by Pt Jagdish Prasad and sitar recital by Pt Shyamal Chattopadhyay. January 1 & 2 at Madhusudan Mancha; 5.30 pm: Platinum jubilee celebrations of Ballygunge Institute. Today: dance recital by Shouvik Chakraborty and group, music recitals by Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Indrani Sen and Sraboni Sen. Co-ordinator: Sutapa Bandyopadhyay. January 5 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 5 pm: Nimagna Kathak Dance Institute presents an evening of Indian classical music and dance. Featuring Naresh Mukherjee (pakhawaj recital), Sunando Mukherjee (sarod recital), Sayanee Chavda Banerjee (Kathak recital) and kathak dance by young students of the institute. January 5 at Gyan Manch; 5.30 pm: Odissi Dancer’s Forum of Kolkata presents Parampara, an Odissi dance festival featuring Rukmini Mukherjee, Rajnita Banerjee, Pompi Paul, Jayati Dutta Gupta, Sayantani Ghosh, Soumita Mukherjee and others.

talk

January 1 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Prof Amalendu Chakraborty will speak on Swami Abhedananda in the West.

festival

January 1 at Abantika Abasan open-air auditorium, Picnic Garden; 6 pm: Vivekananda Institute of Social Science will observe Kalpataru Divas with a seminar and devotional songs by noted artistes. Swami Chidrupananda will discuss on Sri Ramakrishna’s Role in People Awakening.

celebration

Till January 7 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, 3 Regent Park: Aspiration 2007, 32nd anniversary celebrations of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture highlighting partition of Bengal and Sri Aurobindo’s return to Bengal. Featuring various cultural programmes. Today at 6.30 pm: Thematic programme based on Tagore songs. Direction: Asish Bhattacharya.

photographs

Till January 7 at Boi-Chitra, College Street Coffee House, 3rd floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of photographs on Calcutta by Arun Gangopadhyay.

exhibition

January 1 - 15 at Design, 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road; 11 am - 7.30 pm: Paramita Viswanathan presents a hand-picked collection of south Indian silks along with tasars and silks in floral and geometric designs.

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