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I am no Prince Hamlet...
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow / Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.... Shakespeare’s inference stands in good stead for us even today. The two plays, being staged this evening as part of Nandikar 24th National Theatre Festival, show human beings caught in the straits of constricted emotions. Suffering from an emotional myopia, these characters fail to express their longings or articulate the nature of their dilemma. In Aarakt Kshan (director: Anup Joshi), Babuji, Padma, Laali and Raju, in their normal circumstances, find themselves facing a crisis. Their otherwise ordinary existence is perturbed by a major problem: they are to decide for themselves. Governed by the given standards they are ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, yet none can accept or reject this judgement. The playwright chooses to keep the play open-ended and turns the question onto the audience. A scene from Aarakt Kshan appears here. The other play,? (Question Mark) (director: S. M. Azhar Alam) has been adapted into Hindi from Ismail Choonara’s They Burn People, They Do. It tells the story of four young men who are survivors of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. They have lost their sanity, but to the playwright they are more human and more sane than we are.

Event: Plays in Hindi, Aarakt Kshan (produced by Third Bell, Bhopal) and ? (Question Mark) (produced by Little Thespian, Calcutta) When: Today at 6 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


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 23 at Laban Hrad Mancha, BD Block, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: Salt Lake Theatre’s 6th Natyotsav. Today: Mukhomukhi’s Pran Tapasya (dir: Soumitra Chatterjee). Till December 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6 pm: Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival. Today: Arakta Khsan (dir: Anoop Joshi) by Third Bell, Bhopal and Question Mark (dir: S.M. Azhar Alam) by Little Thespian, Calcutta.


Till December 22 at Indumati Sabhaghar, Jadavpur University: The 24th annual classical music and dance fest presented by All India Music Festival. Today at 6 pm: Mala Bhattacharjee (vocal), Mitali Mitra (vocal), Bidyut Khan (sarod), and Nandini Chakraborty (vocal). December 20 at St Paul’s Cathedral grounds; 6.30 pm: As part of the Heritage series, Intach, EZCC and Anjika present Quest for Peace. Featuring Mokokchung Chancel Choir from Nagaland to be followed by the 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 Mallick, 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 20 at Crossword, 8 Elgin Road; 6 pm: Eminent author Amit Chaudhuri will launch Silverfish by Saikat Majumdar.


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 20 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Samshuddhananda will speak in Bengali on Mandukya Karika.


December 21 - 23 at Aikatan, IA 290, Salt Lake; 10 am: EZCC hosts an art workshop camp, in collaboration with INFAC, with the participation of eminent artists.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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