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In the land of the pharaohs
In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone, /Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws/ The only shadow that the Desert knows:/ “I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone,/ “The King of Kings; this mighty City shows/ “The wonders of my hand.” The City’s gone, /Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose/ The site of this forgotten Babylon — Horace Smith. Most people who think of Egypt, think of antiquities, but Egypt offers much more. Certainly it is a great heritage site, including pyramids and wonderful temples, as well as part of the Holy Land. Modern Egypt is equally vibrant and beautiful where people go to make the trip of a lifetime. Two lensmen, Subrato Das and Surajit Hari, have been mesmerised by the beauty of this ancient land and share their wonderment with viewers through a series of exquisite photographs currently on display.

Event: Photography exhibition on Egypt; When: Till today; 2 pm to 8 pm Where: Calcutta Information Centre (Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala)

art

March 31 - April 5 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street, #2229 8641; 2 pm - 7 pm: The second solo exhibition of paintings by Munmun Das. March 31 - April 22 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: A group show, titled The Butterfly Effect. Participating artists: Kalicharan Gupta, Kazi Ghiyasuddin, Kishor Shinde, Partha Shaw, Pradip Rakshit, Shambhavi Gattani, Sunil Das and Yusuf. Till March 31 at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street; #2289 5438; 11.30 am - 7 pm: Mon Art Gallerie, in association with Bakul Foundation, Orissa, presents Dimensions and Directions: Contemporary Orissan Artists. Curated by Prof. Deba P Patnaik. Till March 31 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: The 11th annual exhibition of paintings and sculptures presented by Behala Fine Arts Society at North Gallery; and A tribute to Ranjit Kumar Sutar through his paintings at New South Gallery. Till March 31 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Anubhab presents its 26th annual exhibition by its student artists. Till March 31 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: A group show by Shrea Ghosh, Srimanta Das, Tania Bhattacharya and Bappa Haldar. Till April 2 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617/3843; 2 pm - 7 pm: A retrospective of works by Amitabha Banerjee. Till April 4 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings (mixed media and oil on canvas) by Murshida Arzu Alpana. Till April 5 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Manifestations of Reality, featuring works by Atin Basak, Sanatan Dinda, Subrata Pal, Kartick Pyne, Prakash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sibsaday, Subhamita Dinda, Gourango Beshai, Bratin Khan and Ramananda Bandyopadhyay. Till April 5 at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #2465 1444; 11 am - 7 pm: A Million Lines — an exhibition of drawings and installation art by Partha Pratim Deb. Till April 5 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road; #9830049825; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Gaia, an exhibition of painting and sculpture celebrating nature. Till April 6 at By the Way, Taj Bengal; 10 am - 11 pm: A solo show of recent works by Dilip Chaudhury. Till April 8 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery, #2485 8717/8509; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: On the Verge — recent works by Sumitro Basak. Till April 20 (except Mondays) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Revelation 2008 — an exhibition of works by Subrata Saha, Dipankar Sinha, Partha Pratim Saha, Madhubanti Banerjee, Pratima Seal, Swati Mukherjee, Ranadip Das, Dip Banerjee and Piyush Kanti Gayen.

DRAMA

March 31 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Anya Theatre presents Aachhe Aachhe Sthan, with Bibhas Chakraborty in the lead. Drama, music & direction: Rama Prasad Banik. April 1 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Charbak presents Chalo Patol Tuli. Drama, music & direction: Arindam Ganguly. April 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Galpo Hekim Saheb. Drama, direction & acting: Manoj Mitra.

PERFORMING ARTS

March 31 at Madhusudan Mancha; 5 pm: Geetanjali Music School presents Basanta Manjari, an evening of Tagore songs on spring by Keya Chattopadhyay, Uma Mukhopadhyay and Arunava Chattopadhyay. Also, Nana Ranger Din, a play by Nandikar. Acting & direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta. March 31 & April 1 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Antara Sangit Vidyalaya, in association with Jlasaghar, presents Basant Utsab, an ensemble of Indian classical music and dance. March 31: Dulal Roy (santoor), Koyel Dasgupta (semi-classical), Abhijit Dutta (sitar), and Rajeswari Mukherjee and Madhulina Bardhan (duet Kathak). April 1: Satyajit Pal and Soumyajit Pal (duet sitar), Sreemoyee Khasnabis (Kathak), Pradip Banerjee (vocal) and Suchismita Dutta (Kathak). April 5 at Calcutta School of Music, 6B Sunny Park; 7 pm: Bettina Breese from Germany will present Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi dance recitals.

TALK

March 31 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 5.30 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Bengali on Panchadashi. March 31 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga. March 31 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: Shyamal Kumar Chakraborty will speak on Swami Shishya Sambad.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till March 31 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #24408937; 11 am - 7 pm: Quest for Harmony: Bangladesh — an exhibition of photographs by Dr Noazesh Ahmed. Till April 19 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: India Shining, India Crying - A tale of contemporary India: An exhibition of photographs by Johann Rousselot.

EXHIBITION

Till March 31 at 1/57B Dover Place; #98301 92087; 2 pm - 7 pm: Gharoya Boutique’s summer collection features sarees, salwar-kameez, lungi sets, mekhlas, tops, kurtis and other ladies wear. March 31 - April 5 at Nupur’s Boutique, 40/8 Gariahat Road (South), #98300 39836: Summer collections of Madhubani hand-painted, blockprints and hand-embroidered sarees on cotton, malmal, silk and tussar. March 31 - April 5 at P-58 Dr Sarat Banerjee Road, #2466 2238; 4 pm - 9 pm: Sreemayee presents its summer collection of designer sarees. Till April 15 at 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: Summer show at Paramita Viswanathan’s Design. Items: silk, tassar print, chiffan, crepe print, mull, kota, tangail print. Till April 5 at Toontooni, 10 Satyen Dutta Road, #2465 1697; 11 am - 8 pm: Exhibition of cotton, tussar, silk and kantha sarees, blouses, kurtas and churidar sets.

IN MEMORIAM

March 31 at P-78 Lake Road; 6 pm: Gouriprasanna Smriti Samsad will observe the second death anniversary of well-known singer and music director Neeta Sen. Nirmala Mishra, Banasree Sengupta, Meena Mukherjee, Sreeradha Banerjee, Ruprekha Chatterjee, Rajyasree Bandyopadhyay, Sudhin Sarkar, Parimal Bhattacharya and Saikat Mitra will sing various compositions of Sen. Debashis Basu will anchor the programme.

All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to:

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