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Triumph of truth
Dance-drama Duhshasana Vadham narrates a brief scene from the Mahabharata. After 13 years of exile, the Pandavas have returned to ask for their rightful share, which the Kauravas have strongly denied. To avoid the war of Kurukshetra, Dharmaputra decides to send Lord Krishna to bring some conclusion to the deadlock. The Pandavas are willing to compromise — if they do not get half the kingdom, they would settle for five villages; if not, then five houses; if not, then one house. Meanwhile, Draupadi also reminds Lord Krishna of the humiliation she has suffered at the hands of Duhshasana. Krishna tells her that her grief shall be avenged; she has to wait for the auspicious hour. Krishna reaches the palace of Duryodhana at Hastinapur where all his efforts fail and Duryodhana remains adamant. When Duhshasana tries to bind Krishna in a piece of cord, the lord assumes his cosmic form, Viswaroop, and one by one, the Kauravas fall off their seats. When Bhima comes face to face with his arch-rival Duhshasana in the battlefield, he rips him open and drinks his blood, avenging the humiliation of Draupadi. The dance-drama, based on Kathakali, shall be performed by Kalamandalam Murali (in picture), Kalamandalam Venkitt, Kalamandalam Vasunni, Kalanilayam Mukundan, Preetha Venkitt and other artistes form Kerala, Delhi and Visva Bharati. The evening begins with a Rabindrasangeet chorus recital, conducted by Manoj Murali Nair, and a solo recital of Tagore songs by Mrinmoy Roy.

Event: Dance-drama Duhshasana Vadham in Kathakali style When: Today at 6 pm Where: Rabindra Sadan


Till December 20 at Samokal Art Gallery, 23 Gariahat Road, Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Art Addressing Violence, a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Till December 22 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Castles in the Air, an exhibition of paintings by Manju Sharma. Till December 22 at Domus Art Gallery, 7B (ground floor), Neelamber Building, 28/B Shakespeare Sarani; 11 am - 6 pm: Exhibition of collages and paintings by Bikas Mukherjee, Dipankar Mukherjee, Sumana Biswas, Sukhendu Sekhar Saha and Swapan Denra. Till December 22 at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Shivam Chamber, 2nd floor; 3 pm - 7 pm: The New Figurative, an exhibition of artworks by Ranabir Saha, Timir Brahma, Subhro Banerjee and Sanjay Patra. Till December 22 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor: Recent works by Bhudev Majumdar and Pradip Patra. Till December 23 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #24604245; 12 noon - 7 pm: Colour, Form & Texture, an exhibition of paintings by Vishal C. Bhand. Till December 23 at ‘By the Way’, Taj Bengal: Adieu! Rickshaw, paintings by Arunava Ray. Till December 23 (except Monday) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: Agony and Ecstasy, an exhibition hosted by Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Till December 24 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #24642617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Drops of Silence, an exhibition of Suhas Roy’s work. Till December 28 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7.30 pm: Art Unlimited — an exhibition of paintings by Arpan Bhowmik, Ashish Gupta, Dipankar Chada, Dwashish Das, Gautum Mukherjee, Hari Sadhan Dey, Jiban Biswas, Mintu Maiya, Nitya Kundu, Rajib Sur Roy, Saptarshi Naskar and Saroj Sarkar. Till December 29 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesdays - Saturdays (2 pm - 7 pm): An exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs by Paresh Maity. Till December 29 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Pursuit Sculpture — works by Adip Dutta, Alex Mathew, Biman Bihari Das, Goutam Paul, K. Laxma Goud, N.N. Rimzon, Nagji Patel, P.S. Ladi, P.R. Daroz, Partha Pratim Deb, Rajendra Tikku, Shyamal Roy, Thomas John Kovoor and Valsan Koorma Kolleri. Till December 29 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #40076042; 3 pm - 7.30pm: Small is Big, an exhibition of small-sized paintings by Anirban Seth, Avijit Mukherjee, Bikas Karmakar, Dhiren Sasmal, Snehangshu Das, Anita Gurbaxani and others. Till December 30 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, #24752275, 24618812; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents an exhibition of Thangka, paintings of different times. Till January 2 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: The Last Sanctuary, an exhibition of recent works by Vasudevan Akkitham. Till January 4 (except Mondays) at Anant Art Gallery, 18-A Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Exhibition of latest works by Jeram Patel and Amitava. Till January 7 (except Sundays) at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street), Regency, 3rd floor, #22895438; 11.30 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of watercolours by Badri Narayan. Till January 18 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: The Pageant of Life, showcasing Indian art and sculpture by eminent artists. Participants: Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Subrata Pal, Bratin Khan, Kartick Pyne, Aditya Basak, Sanatan Dinda, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday, Tapas Sarkar, Beena Pradhan and Atin Basak.


Till December 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6 pm: Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival. Today: Hath-i-Handoll (dir: Rashie Rashid) by Azad Dramatic Cultural Club, Kashmir.


December 19 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Salt Lake; 5 pm: EZCC presents a concert by Mokokchung Chancel Choir of Nagaland. December 19 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm: BMS presents an evening with vocalist Jayanta Bose. December 19 - 22 at Indumati Sabhaghar, Jadavpur University: The 24th annual classical music and dance fest presented by All India Music Festival. Today at 6 pm: Sarmila Banerjee (bhajan), Surojit Bose (tabla solo), Maitreyee Chatterjee (vocal), Swarnamoy Chakraborty (vocal) and Calcutta quadrate Deb Shankar (violin), Jyoti Shankar (violin), Suven Chatterjee (tabla) and N. Shankar (pakhawaj). December 20 at St Paul’s Cathedral grounds; 5 pm: As part of the Heritage series, Itach, EZCC and Anjika present The Quest for Peace. Featuring Mokokchung Chancel Choir from Nagaland to be followed by a multimedia dance-theatre, La-Chute (The Fall), a tribute to the martyrs of 9/11, by Rhythmosaic Dance Company and Chatush and performed by Anita Mullick, Malabika Sen, Mitul Ghose Sengupta and Ronnie Shambik Ghosh. December 20 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Dance-drama Amrita Kanya, based on the novel, Devi Chaudhurani. Concept & direction: Kashmira Samanta. December 20 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: A sarod recital by Rajeev Taranath, with Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla. December 20 & 21 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Ranan presents Crossings, a dance-theatre production directed by Vikram Iyengar.


December 19 at Calcutta School of Music; 7 pm: An Introduction to the Christmas Oratorio — an audio-visual presentation by musicologist Dr Reimar Volker.


December 21 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 4 pm - 8 pm: Gala Christmas Carnival with fancy dress party, magic show, puppet show, tattoo painting, hair braiding, food stalls, games and gifts galore. December 23 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 4.30 pm - 6 pm: Under the Christmas Tree, an evening of storytelling and Christmas carols with Usha Uthup.


Till December 21 at Subarna Jayanti Bhavan, Jadavpur University: Photo exhibition of inscriptions by Archaeological Survey of India, Epigraphy branch, Mysore. Till December 22 at the Bhasha Bhavana Auditorium, National Library; 11 am - 5 pm: An exhibition of books by and on Buddhadeva Bose. Till January 18 at 85 Lansdowne, 85-B Sarat Bose Road; 11 am - 7.30 pm: A month-long exhibition of party wear by resident designers and exhibit by Priyadarshini Rao. Also, introducing Surili Goel, Mayank Modi and Nachiket Barve.


December 19 at Gyan Manch; 5.30 pm: Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will release Yaadon Ke Bujhe Huye Savere, a Hindustani version of the play A River Across the Unseen Divide by British playwright Ismail Choonara, published by Radha Krishan Prakashan, New Delhi in Devnagri script. This will be followed by the staging of the play.


December 19 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.45 pm: Swami Narendrananda will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lila Prasanga. December 19 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Atmapriyananda will speak in English on Kena Upanishad. December 19 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Sri Aurobindo Study Course (Pramod Ranjan Sen Endowment) by Dr V. Ananda Reddy of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, Pondicherry. Subject: Four aspects of Savitri.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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