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Celebration of love
A day that has become synonymous with partying, boisterous revelry and exchanging of expensive gifts, the real significance of Valentine’s Day, as a day of celebration of romantic love, is all but forgotten. In the midst of this riotous cacophony propagated by consumerism, we somehow eschew Shakespeare, Keats, Tagore, Baudelaire, Yeats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, D.L. Roy, Shakti Chattopadhyay and many other poets, whose immortal love lyrics still have the power to captivate the romantic imagination of people of all generations. How do I Love Thee…, a tapestry of European and Indian love poetry interlaced with Tagore songs, was envisioned by Sounak Chattopadhyay with the sole purpose of reinterpreting the famous literary works of these great poets. Actors Parambrata Chatterjee and Debleena Dutt will recite, narrate and enact selected portions from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale and Tagore’s Shesher Kabita, among many others. Timeless Tagore songs like Aami rupey tomay bholabo na and Aami chini go chini tomarey will be presented by Sounak Chattopadhyay and Shreya Guhathakurta. Script: Shankarlal Bhattacharya. Presented by Chinton.

Event: An evening of Indian and European love poetry and songs When: Today at 6 pm Where: Kala Mandir

art

February 14 & 15 at Nehru Children’s Museum Gallery; 4 pm - 6.15 pm: Annual art exhibition by the students of Nehru Children’s Museum. Till February 14 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 11 am - 7 pm: Reality Art Group presents an exhibition of paintings by Sudakshina Ghosh, Binita Bandyopadhyay, Goutam Saha, Jayanta Ghosh and Sourav Ghorai. Till February 15 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: The Frame presents its 14th Painting Exhibition 2009. Till February 15 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Musical Drawings and Surreal Paintings in Stitch, an exhibition of stitched art works by Biswajit Mukhopadhyay. Till February 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 12 noon - 8 pm: The 73rd Annual All India Fine Arts Exhibition 2008-09. Till February 15 at The Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal: An exhibition of paintings by renowned artist from Paris, Olaf Van Cleef. Till February 20 at Jamini Roy Gallery (3rd floor), Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Himalayan Mountains in Colour — an exhibition of paintings by Kouzui Shimoura, eminent artist from Japan. Till February 21 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, Buckback House, #22873377; 11 am - 7 pm: Kollection — paintings and sculptures by leading modern and contemporary artists. Till February 22 at Monastery of Art, 48/44 Swiss Park, #24246534; 2 pm - 7 pm: Paintings and photographs by Sara and Joy Bhaduri. Till February 28 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: The Masters of Imagination — an exhibition of the works by Kartick Pyne, Atin Basak, Tapas Sardar, Prokash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Sanatan Dinda, Sukanta Das, Bratin Khan, Aditya Basak, Sibsaday, Subroto Das and others. Till February 28 (except Sunday) at CIMA Gallery; Monday (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesday - Saturday (2 pm - 7 pm): Shall Return Again... — Recent works by Paramjit Singh. Till February 28 (except Sunday) at Studio 21, 17L Dover Terrace, #2486 6735; Monday (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesday - Saturday (11 am - 7 pm): Mindscape — Works by Harish Ojha, Rahul B. Wagh and Hemant Rao. Till February 28 (except Sundays) at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street, Regency, 3rd floor, #2289 5438; 11 am - 6.30 pm: Gods, Icons, Masses — an exhibition of paintings and sculptures curated by Anirudh Chari. Till March 4 at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #24651444; 11 am - 7 pm: An Inner Journey — The works of Katayun Saklat.

DRAMA

February 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Sansriti presents Surjyo-Pora Chhai (at 3 pm) and Phataru (at 6.30 pm). Direction: Debesh Chattopadhyay. February 14 at Minerva; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee presents Kaal Sandhya. Dir: Kumar Roy. February 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10.30 am: Purba-Paschim presents Manik Bandyopadhyay’s Diba Ratrir Kabya. Direction: Arun Mukhopadhyay. February 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Taki Natyam presents Good Morning Nishikanto. Drama & direction: Ramaprasad Banik. February 15 at Tapan Theatre; 6 pm: Rangakarmee will stage Kata-Kuti. Design & direction: Koushik Sen. February 15 at Minerva; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Galpo Hekim Saheb. Dir: Monoj Mitra. February 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: To mark the 17th anniversary celebration of Theatre Workers, Purba-Paschim will stage Tagore’s Chaturanga. Direction: Bratya Basu. February 15 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. February 15 at Sujata Sadan; 6.30 pm: Samstab presents Eai Ghum, directed by Dwijen Bandopadhyay. February 15 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar will stage Kachher Manush, with Debsankar Halder and Bejoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Direction: Gautam Haldar (filmmaker). February 15 at Sisir Mancha; 6.45 pm: Rang Roop will stage Byaram Biram. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. February 15 at Tapan Theatre; 7.30 pm: Rangakarmee will stage Chehre (Hindi). Design & direction: S.M. Azhar Alam.

PERFORMING ARTS

February 14 at Bangla Akademi; 6.30 pm: Tepantar’s 35th anniversary celebration features conferring of Sishu Sahityik Sansad award to Kalpana Bhattacharya, and readings of limericks, rhymes and poems. February 15 at on board MV Sumangal at Outram Ghat, jetty no. 2; 10 am: A programme of Indian classical music, as part of Sangeetacharya Vishmadev Chattopadhyay’s birth centenary, features sarod recital by Partho Sarathy with Asish Pal (tabla), and vocal recital by Supriyo Ganguly with Asok Mukhopadhyay (tabla) and Pankaj Mishra (sarangi). February 15 at Sovabazar Natmandir, 33 Raja Nabakrishna Street; 5.30 pm: Gaane O Kathay presents Srabya, an evening of Baithaki-gaan presented by Sudip Bandyopadhyay and audio-play, Tagore’s Chokher Bali. Participants: Apala Basu, Biswajit Sarkar, Mithu Ghosh, Dr Subhasish Ganguly and Gita Dey. Presenter: Susmita Goswami.

talk

February 14 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Tattwasarananda will speak on Mahabharate Dharma. February 14 at the Shivananda Hall of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park; 6 pm: Samiran Chandra Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Veda Parikrama. February 14 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6.25 pm: Amiya Prasad Chakraborty will present a discourse on Spiritual Retreat and Guided Meditation

EXHIBITION

Till February 15 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall; 11 am - 5 pm: An exhibition on Indian Musical Instruments through the Ages to mark the 195th anniversary of Indian Museum. Till February 16 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of children’s summer wear. Till February 17 at Weavers Studio, 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, Ballygunge Place, #2440 8926; 10 am - 6 pm: An exhibition of Indigo on textile. Till February 17 (except Sunday) at Micasa, 229 AJC Bose Road, Crescent Tower, 6th floor; 11.30 am - 6 pm: An exhibition of affordable art by young, contemporary artists. Till February 20 at Stanley Boutique, Level 3, Mirania Gardens, 11F East Topsia Road, Calcutta 46; 11 am - 7 pm: Stanley Boutique, in association with Jagriti Art Initiative, presents a furniture and art show. Till February 28 at Dakshinapan, Dhakuria; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, presents an exhibition of wood-carvings, brass lamps, Tanjore paintings, sandalwood logs, jewellery and more. Till February 28 at 23 Raja Santosh Road, Ambika Gardens, Flat-8C, #24792697: Namrata Kanoi displays her range of footwear and designer bags.

DISCOURSE

February 14 at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium; 5 pm onwards: A Spiritual Evening with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of The Art of Living. He will hold a Mahasatsang and mass meditation.

FELICITATION

February 14 at the conference room of Birla Planetarium; 5.30 pm: Souhardya 70 Kabita Utsav felicitates poet Saratkumar Mukhopadhyay, who has been honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Award. Prof. Pabitra Sarkar will discuss the poet’s works. Also, poetry-reading and songs by distinguished poets and singers.

VARIETY

February 14 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 24613145; 6.30 pm: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with Bibhaban, presents A Journey in Introspection — celebrating laboratory theatre 50 years and observing the 10th death anniversary of Jerzy Grotowski. Also, felicitaion to Rena Mirecka, an actress who worked with Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium for 25 years, to be followed by Dotara recital and Baul song by Bhakta Das Baul.

READING

February 14 at Aikatan, IA 290 Salt Lake; 11 am - 5 pm: Galper Adda — a session of short-story reading. February 15 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 11 am: Professor P. Lal reads Vaisampayana's report to Janamejaya of Balarama's pilgrimage to the tirthas of Ausanasa and Rusangu, Arstisena and Visvamitra, and the scoundrelly Brahmin Baka, in the 461st weekly session of his sloka-by-sloka English transcreation of Vyasa's MahabharataAll 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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