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The Mahatma’s talisman
P ower of Non-Violence: Goutam Buddha to Gandhi, a seminar organised by the Calcutta chapter of Gandhi Peace Foundation, is an attempt to chart the contribution of the Mahatma to India’s Freedom Movement and to highlight the unique way in which he set out to acheive his goals. It was Gandhi who gave the concept of non-violence a real, tangible identity. When the nation was reeling under the onslaught of mindless violence, the Mahatma gave to the people the talisman that was morally far superior to any other. Though the younger generation of freedom fighters regarded this as a sign of meek submission unto a cruel regime, Gandhi defended his ideals, saying that such a course of action required utmost moral strength and resolve. He drew inspiration from great men like Buddha, Imam Hussain and Jesus Christ, preaching people to turn the other cheek and tire their interlocutors till they had no more means of dealing out injustice. His acheivement inspired leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, who fought for and won the struggle for the rights of the black people in America. The fact of India’s freedom is proof that it does not require artillery to win a battle; all it takes is belief. Speaker: Professor (Dr) Tapas Basu.

Event: Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi’s role in Non-Violence Movement When: Today at 10 am Where: Mayo Road

art

Till October 6 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suite 18, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #22289719; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Nabakishore Chanda, Ushasi Paul, Susanta Chowdhury, Subrata Saha, Subha Basu, Dipankar Ray, Kalyan Chakraborty, Swapan Denra, Arpita Pradhan and Sumana Biswas. Till October 7 at Artline, 125 Rashbehari Avenue, #9433051064: 4 pm - 8 pm: Artline and Sreecharaneshu present their first exhibition, Tribute to Durga. Till October 7 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Kartick Chandra Pyne and his students Dilip Kumar Dey, Indira Halder, Ujjal Singha, Suman Mojumdar and Radhika Agarwal. Till October 7 at Taj Bengal, By the Way; 3 pm - 6 pm: The seventh solo show of paintings by Sabyasachi Guha. Till October 9 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery (A); 3 pm - 8 pm: The second solo exhibition of Pradip Maiti’s works. Till October 9 at Artspace India, 7 Deodar Street, #24764612; 2 pm - 8 pm: Recent paintings by Sukanta Basu. Till October 12 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: An Artists’ Rainbow, an exhibition of art and sculpture by renowned and contemporary artists. Till October 12 at Samokal Art Gallery, 23 Gariahat Road, 1st floor; Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Group show by contemporary painters Binit Sinha, Dewashish Das, Dipankar Chanda, Kausik Raha, Ranadip Das, Shyamal Mukherjee, Snehasish Maity and Subrata Das. Till October 14 (except Mondays, October 2 & 10) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Birla Academy of Art and Culture presents an exhibition of paintings, Vyakta-Avyakta (West Zone Artists’ Painted Realisations). Till October 15 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 3 pm - 7 pm: Paritosh Sen at 88. An exhibition of 88 works to mark his 88th birthday. Till October 15 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: Ganges Art Gallery, Calcutta and Gallery Espace, New Delhi host a group show, Surfaces and Textures. Participating artists are Kishore Shinde, Dattaraya Apte, Mona Rai, Rooshika Patel, Manjari Chakrabarty, Mekhla Bahl, Mithu Sen, Ranjith Raman, Neha Turakia, Shobha Broota, Yashwant Deshmukh, Yogesh Rawal and Tapati Chowdhury. Till October 17 (weekdays only) at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G-7 Malayalay Apts, 3 Woodburn Park Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Small is Beautiful 2the world of miniature art works. Featuring works of renowned artists. Till October 17 at Gallery Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindusthan Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Works on paper — an exhibition of paintings and sketches on paper featuring the works of Amit Ambalal, Anjolie Ela Menon, F.N. Souza, Ganesh Pyne, Himmat Shah, Jogen Chowdhury, Karthik Chandra Pyne, Prabhakar Kolte, Prokash Karmakar, R.B. Bhaskaran, R.M. Palaniappan, Sakti Burman, Satish Gujral, Shuvaprasanna, Somenath Hore and Sunil Das.

drama

October 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10.30 am: Blank Verse presents Furrut: A theatre for children, based on the masterpiece of Upendra Kishore Roychowdhuri. Dir: Raja Bhattacharya. October 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Rang Roop will stage Tagore’s Sesh Raksha (at 3 pm) and Mukhosh Nritya (at 6.30 pm) on the occasion of its 39th foundation day. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. October 2 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Abalilakrome. Direction: Bimal Bandopadhayay. October 3 at Madhusudan Mancha; 5 pm: The inaugural show of Jadavpur Srijan Ekti Natya Bhavna features Kanchan Ranga. October 3 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatron presents Bernarda Albar Bari, based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Direction: Saswati Biswas. October 5 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Anya Chetana presents Ibsen’s Bhittiprostar. Direction: Debabrota Das Gupta.

PERFOrMING ARTS

October 2 at Rabindra Sadan; 5 pm: Nana Mukhe Bangla Gaan, an evening of Bengali songs hosted by Sur O Sadhana to create a fund for needy artistes. Participants include Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra, Manomoy Bhattacharya, Anushila Basu, Kingshuk Roy, Debarati Shom and Jyotiprakash Chatterjee. Also, poetry reading by Bratati Bandyopadhyay and Bejoylakshmi Barman, and Kathak dance by Amita Dutt. Till October 4 at Sujata Sadan; 5.45 pm: Surchandam presents Guru Sishya Parampara, a festival of classical music and dance in memory of Ustad Dabir Khan Sahib. October 2: Anoushka Misra (Odissi) and Kathak by students of Ghungroo (direction: Madhumita Roy). October 3: Pranab Mandal (sitar), Amlan Dutta (sarod), Ambaris Das (vocal) and Rhitom Sarkar (guitar). October 4: Sahana Banerjee (sitar), Sudip Chattopadhyay (violin) and Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay and Sushanto Chowdhury (sitar duet).

talk

October 2 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6.15 pm: Dr Bhupendra Nath Sil will discourse on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Punthi. October 2 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Mayer Katha.

EXHIBITION

October 2 - 5 at Calcutta Youth Choir Cultural Centre, 35R Prince Anwar Shah Road (opp. Dhaka Kali Bari); 3 pm - 8 pm: Amit Kumar Fan Club presents Memories of Kishore Kumar, an exhibition of posters, lobby stills and booklets of films produced, directed, acted and music composed and songs by Kishore Kumar. Also, audio tracks of his unreleased numbers. Till October 2 at Gharoa, 1/57B Dover Place; 2 pm - 7 pm: Gharoya’s exhibition of ladies wear, comprising sarees, tops, salwar kurtas, lungi sets and more. Till October 5 at 105 Southern Avenue, 2nd floor, #9831197704; 11 am - 6 pm: Exhibition of suits, tunics, saris and blouses by Richa Kanoria. Till October 6 at Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace (1st floor), #22239422; 10 am - 7.30 pm: Crafts Council of West Bengal presents Pooja — southern collection from Vimor, Tussar from Vidharva, Chanderi from Indore, tribal weaves from Kotpad and traditional and contemporary weaves of Bengal. Till October 9 at Sravasti, 14/97 Golf Club Road, Tollygunge; 2 pm - 8 pm: KeyaChaitali’s garment and accessories fair, showcasing t-shirts, photuas, short kurtas, kurtas, salwar-kurtas, wrap-around sets, saradins, nakshi-kantha, batik, appliquéd, fabric-painted, block-printed cotton and silk sarees, blouse pieces, costume jewellery and bags. Till October 16 at Avishek Point, 2nd floor, 152 S.P. Mukherjee Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Gallery with Difference presents a collection of traditional and modern kanthas in Bengal. Collection: Shamlu Dudeja, Darshan Shah, Anita Bhattacharya and Arjina Biwi. Till October 17 at CIMA Gallery; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life, an exhibition of fashion wear, T-shirts, decorative art, masks, exculsive textiles, stoles and scarves, tribal art, jewellery, wall hangings, books, carpets, linens, brass items, embroidered bags and dhurries. Till October 18 at Cottage Industries, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd hosts a saree and ready-to-wear exhibition. Till October 18 at P 249 Purna Das Road, #9831185193: Darbari hosts Sharadiya Shimeeta Sankhya - A Limited Edition Affair, an exhibition of saris, suits, kurtis, patialas, tunics, skirts and leather accessories.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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