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Ramkinkar in Focus— Through the eyes of Devi Prasad is a unique exhibition of photographs which offers an almost complete retrospective of Ramkinkar Baij’s works from 1920 to 1978. Over a long and prolific career, though relatively less acknowledged, Baij worked in a dialogue with his own immediate social reality and various idioms of the conventional and the unconventional in art. The exuberant personality of the late artist is infused into all his works. The exhibition includes original works collected by Baij’s pupil Devi Prasad. The photographs showcased take us to the immediate, personal and spontaneous world of the artist, including his drawings: village scenes, quick sketches and some watercolour landscapes that show the worldview in which Baij was located. There are portraits of his muses, contemporaries and the people who had inspired him. Baij’s fame and respect come principally from his sculptures (one of them, titled Santhal Family, appears here), that are remarkably sensuous and are experimental at the same time. Baij is a genius whose works form a rich treasure-trove of our national heritage. The exhibition has been curated by Naman P. Ahuja.

Event: An exhibition of photographs of Ramkinkar Baij’s works taken by Devi Prasad When: Till January 31 (except Mondays); 11 am - 7 pm Where: Anant Art Gallery, 18A Alipore Road

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Till January 12 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Sikha Mandal. Till January 13 at Taj Bengal: An exhibition of paintings by Anindya Mukherjee. Till January 14 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent paintings by Kishore Chatterjee. Till January 15 at Samokal art Gallery, 23 Gariahat Road, Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Annual Exhibition (Phase I) featuring works by Amitava Banerjee, Ashoke Mullick, Anup Roy, Binode Behari Mukherjee, Debabrata Chakrabarti, Dwijen Gupta, B.R. Panesar, Jayanta Ghosh, K. Muralidharan, Nirmalendu Mandal, Prakash Karmakar, Ramkinkar Baij, Sudhir Ranjan Khastagir, Somenath Hore, Shyamasree Basu, Sohini Dhar, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Chowdhury and others. Till January 16 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Partho Dutta and Dolly Dutta. Till January 16 (except Sunday) at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Shivam Chambers, 2nd floor; 3 pm - 7 pm: A Figurative Show featuring the art works of Bijon Choudhary, Manoj Mitra, Gopal Sanyal, Sukanta Das, Dewashis Das, Subrata Das, Subrata Pal, Timir Brahma and Subhro Banerjee. 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 January 18 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 12 noon - 8 pm: Esperance presents its second annual group exhibition of paintings and sculptures, titled Rhythm - A visual harmony. Till January 19 (except Sundays) at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #9830049825; 3 pm - 7.30 pm: An exhibition of artwork and hologram by young artists of Chicago. Till January 25 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #22902274; 11 am - 7 pm: Citing the City — an exhibition of recent works by Sudhir Patwardhan. Till January 31 (except Mondays and January 23 & 26) at Birla Academy’s galleries; 3 pm - 8 pm: Birla Academy’s 41st Annual Exhibition 2008.

DRAMA

January 10 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nehru Children’s Museum presents Anubhav, performed by its students. Direction: Rama Prasad Banik. January 10 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar presents Kachher Manush. Drama: Dr Sirish Atwalay. Translated into Bengali by Kamal Sanyal and Bijoylakshmi Barman. Direction: Gautam Haldar. January 11 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Galpo Hekim Saheb. Drama, direction & acting: Manoj Mitra. January 11 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Natyaranga presents Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Dena Paona. Drama: Surajit Bandyopadhyay. Direction: Swapan Sengupta. January 12 & 13 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre; 7 pm: Theatrecian presents Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story.

PERFORMING ARTS

January 10 at Sisir Mancha; 5 pm: In memory of Subinoy Roy, Rabi-Purabi presents an evening of Tagore song and reading. Participants include Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, Kajal Sengupta, Sikha Dutta, Keya Chattopadhyay, Bivas Chattopadhyay, Sudeshna Sanyal, Irabati Bose,Uma Mukherjee and others in song, and Pradip Ghosh, Tapan Bandyopadhyay, Chitra Lahiri, Ishita Das Adhikary and others in reading. January 10 at Bharatiyam, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: The Bauls and Blues — an evening of music organised by, and to be presented in collaboration with, Purna Das Baul. January 11 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Chhandak presents Aalor Thikanay, an evening of recitation and audio-play. Participants include Kajal Sur, Krishnapada Das, kakali Ghosal, Niharendu Bhattacharya, Ushasi Sengupta, Anindita Mitra and Bijoylakshmi Barman. January 11 at Sandré Hall, Calcutta School of Music; 6.30 pm: Keeping Score, the ground-breaking series by the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, who shows the drama, pathos, elation and despair behind Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. January 11 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 7 pm: Sangeet Ashram presents a flute recital by Ronu Majumdar, accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla. January 11 at Bharatiyam, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: Lok Rang, an evening of Gotipua folk dance of Orissa, Ghoomar folk dance of Haryana and Charkula folk dance of Uttar Pradesh. January 12 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 5.30 pm: Gitabitan Archive a live concert by Soumitra, Srabani, Saheb, Sutapa, Probal and Barnali. Research & compilation: Dr Purnendu Bikash Sarkar. January 13 at Uttam Mancha; 6 pm: Tabo Premosudarashe — a evening of Tagore song, reading and recitation. Participants: Debashis Chakraborty, Madhumita Basu and Sraboni Sen.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till February 9 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: Ladies of Calcutta— an exhibition of photographs by Dayanita Singh.

DEMONSTRATION

January 10 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 6.30 pm: The second evening of the series, Sange Dohar, features Making of Our New Project 2007 (Music Album) with Somnath Roy (percussionist) and Sanjay Das (music arranger) with the group, Dohar.

WORKSHOP

January 10 at 6 pm; January 12 & 13, 4 pm onwards at Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi and Paschimbanga Natya Akademi, Tripti Mitra Auditorium: Rang Roop hosts a discussion-cum-workshop on Coordination of different art forms in contemporary theatre. Speakers include Shuvaprasanna, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Mohit Chattopadhyay, Suvendu Maity, Navendu Sen, Bibhash Chakraborty, Arun Mukhopadhyay and Ananda Lal.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

January 12 at The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Vivekananda Hall; 9 am onwards: A music festival to mark the 145th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. At 9 am: Uday Bhawalkar (dhrupad), Shahid Parvez (sitar) and Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla solo). At 2 pm: Rajendra Gangani (Kathak dance) and Rashid Khan (vocal). At 6 pm: Dhruba Ghosh (sarangi) and Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute).

DRAMA FESTIVAL

January 13 at Rabindra Sadan, 6 pm onwards; January 14 at Academy of Fine Arts, 6 pm onwards & January 15 at Rabindra Sadan campus, 4 pm onwards: Rangakarmee, in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, presents Ekal Yatra Natyotsava 2008, a national festival of women’s solo performances.

TALK

January 10 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Sanskrit on Bhagavad-Gita. January 10 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6 pm: Discourse on Sri Sri Ma Sarada Punthi by Swami Snehamayanandaji Maharaj.

EXHIBITION

Till January 15 at Design, 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #24664315; 11.30 am - 7.30 pm: Paramita Viswanathan’s annual exhibition of printed silks, tussars and south Indian sarees. 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.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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