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Gender and identity
Films have long served as an important platform for the awareness and discussion of problems related to women. Organised by International Women Film Festival Society of India in association with Eisenstein Cine Club, Calcutta, Women Behind the Camera: Look Back - 2nd India International Women Film Festival, the ongoing festival of award-winning films by women film-makers, attempts to address issues on gender discrimination, besides encouraging the role of women in the world of cinema. Among the films to be screened today is Unveiled (3 pm; a still from the film appears right). Directed by Angelina Maccarone, Germany, it narrates the story of Fariba, an Iranian woman who is forced to flee her homeland due to her preference for the same sex. She goes to Germany, takes on the identity of a dead countryman and submits herself to exile; at an external level, as a refugee and at an internal level, as a woman pretending to be a man. Later, she arouses the interest of a young woman who feels attracted towards the introvert ‘man’. Also being screened today: Sleeping Child (dir: Yasmine Kassari; Belgium) at 5 pm; The Kind Faces Woman (dir: Busi Cortes; Mexico) at 7 pm.

Event: A festival of award-winning films by women filmmakers hen: Till March 17 Where: Gorky Sadan, 3 Gorky Terrace

art

March 15 at ITC Sonar Bangla Art Gallery; 7.30 pm: Art, paintings by Keshav Roy. Hosted by ITC Sonar Bangla and Spandan Art Gallery. Till March 17 at CIMA Gallery; 2 pm - 7 pm: Charged Figures — the art of Jatin Das. Till March 17 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm (weekdays); 10 am - 3 pm (Saturday): Tahader Katha — an exhibition of paintings by Tapan Karmakar, Malay Dutta and Dinonath Saha. Till March 17 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 4 pm - 8 pm: Drawings and paintings by Badal Paul. Till March 18 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Susmita Ghosh. Till March 20 at Academy of Fine Arts (all galleries); 12 noon - 8 pm: Anant Art Gallery presents Found Objects, paintings, installations and mixed media works by Probir Gupta. Till March 23 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue: Shakti: Journey Beyond Platitude — an exhibition of works of eminent women artists. Participants include Anita Roy Choudhury, Shyamasree Basu, Bratati Mukherjee, Bharati Chowdhury, Eleena Banik, Uma Roy Chowdhury, Tandra Chandra, Anjali Sengupta, Seema Barua and others. Till March 24 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Art Unlimited — art works by various artists and sculptors. Till March 26 at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G7 Malayalay Apts, 3 Woodburn Park; 11 am - 7 pm (weekdays) & 3 pm - 7 pm (Sundays & holidays): Small is Beautiful, miniature works of Indian contemporary artists.

drama

March 15 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Theatron presents Bernarda Albar Bari, based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play, The House of Bernerda Alba. Translated into Bengali by Salil Bandyopadhyay. Dir: Saswati Biswas. March 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatre Passion presents Bhyablai Bhalo. Drama, direction & acting: Ramaprasad Banik. March 16 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Abanindranath Tagore’s Bappaditya. Dir: Goutam Halder. March 16 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandipat presents Mrityu Na Hatya. Dir: Bibhas Chakraborty. March 16 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Ensemble presents Snirir Neechey. Dir: Sohag Sen. March 16 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Jasimuddin’s Sojon Badiyar Ghat. Dir: Goutam Halder. March 17 at Sarala Memorial Hall; 6.30 pm: Total Theatre presents Vyassa. Dir: Shantanu Bandyopadhyay. March 17 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Howrah Dakshinayan presents Hawa Badal. Dir: Kunal Mukhopadhyay. March 17 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Sundaram presents Ranger Haat. Dir: Manoj Mitra. March 17 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.45 pm: Arghya presents Bharat Katha. Dir: Manish Mitra. March 17 & 18 at Max Mueller Bhavan auditorium; 6.30 pm: Agunmukho, the Bengali adaptation of Marius von Mayenburg’s contemporary German play Feuergesicht (Fireface) by Bratya Basu will be performed by Tritiyo Sutra. Dir: Suman Mukhopadhyay. March 18 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop presents Mukhosh Nritya. Dir: Seema Mukhopadhyay. March 18 at Laban Hrad Mancha (Salt Lake); 6.30 pm: Shruta-Sanglap presents two one-act comedies, Paracharchar Upakarita and Paona Ganda, both written and directed by Nirup Mitra.

PERFORMING ARTS

March 16 at Gyan Manch; 6 pm: A solo performance by Dohar Bangla band. March 16 at Kala Kunj; 6.15 pm: Srijan presents an evening of Tagore songs, recitation and reading. Participants: Suchhanda Ghosh, Tanusree Bandyopadhyay and Dr Tania Das in songs, and Madhumita Basu, Madhuchhanda Tarafdar and Sulagna Basu in recitation and reading. March 16 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 7 pm: Sangeet Ashram presents Holi Hai, featuring thumri singers Purnima Chaudhury, Subhra Guha and Dalia Rahut. Accompaniment: Ananda Gopal Bandyopadhyay and Subhankar Banerjee (tabla) and Rajendra Prasad Banerjee (harmonium). March 17 at Uttam Mancha; 6 pm: An evening of Tagore songs to raise funds for Friends Foundation of Asia. Featuring Sraboni Sen and Sutapa Bandyopadhyay in Sedin Dujane, and a solo by Ifafat Ara Dewan in Basante Ifafat. March 18 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: St Michael’s Alumni Association Calcutta Chapter presents Links & Bonds, a musical evening featuring percussionist Bikram Ghosh along with Rhythmscape, and danseuse Tanusree Shankar and her troupe.

DRAMA COMPETITION

Till March 18 at Bijon Theatre; 6.30 pm: Sayak hosts a full-length drama competition. Today: Kanya Daan (dir: Jayanta Ghosh) by Aajker Theatre, Burdwan.

talk

March 15 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 5.30 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Bengali on Panchadashi. March 15 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Samshuddhananda will speak in Bengali on Mandukya Karika.

book launch

March 15 at Crossword Bookstore; 6.45 pm: Veteran actor Victor Banerjee will release Tushar A. Gandhi’s Let’s Kill Gandhi!. To be followed by a question-and-answer session with the actor and the author. Moderator: Rudrangshu Mukherjee.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till March 21 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Mera Naam Joker — circus photographs by Saibal Das. It is the fourth exhibition of Tasveer - Opening Season.

EXHIBITION

Till March 15 at 113/2 Selimpur Road, opp. Jodhpur Park; 12 noon - 8 pm: Nibedita’s Boutique presents a summer special exhibition of hand-printed sarees and costume jewellery. Till March 17 at Anusthan Bhavan, Deshapriya Park: Sundari Silks, Chennai presents an exhibition of silk and cotton sarees from the weavers of south India.All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to: Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001; Fax: 2234-8244

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