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Folk art and tribal art in our country take on different manifestations through varied medium such as pottery, painting, metalwork, paper-art, weaving and designing of objects like jewellery and toys. Often puranic gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. Fairs, festivals and local deities play a vital role in these arts where life and creativity are inseparable. The tribal arts have a unique sensitivity. The artists’ minds are supple and intense with myth, legends, snippets from epic, multitudinous gods born out of dream and fantasy. Their art is an expression of their life and holds their passion and mystery. Folk art also includes the visual expressions of the wandering nomads, who carry with them the experiences and memories of different spaces, and their art consists of the transient and dynamic pattern of life. The rural, tribal and arts of the nomads constitute the matrix of folk expression. Crafts Council of West Bengal hosts Tribal Treasures, a display and demonstration of tribal craft. Items on display include Todas from Nilgiris, Rogan painters of Kutch, Mech weavers from Jalpaiguri, jewellery from Dhenkanal, Dokra from Mayurbhanj, Santhali kantha and organic jewellery from Santiniketan.

Event: Tribal Treasures — an exhibition of tribal products and their making When: Till February 23; 10 am - 7 pm Where: Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace (off Gokhale Road), Calcutta 700 020

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Till February 21 at Gaganendra Pradarsasala; 2 pm - 8 pm: The fifth group show hosted by Prativa. Till February 21 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue; 1 pm - 7 pm: The Nature of Nature, an expression of mystical naturescapes by Tapan Das, Anjan Mazumder and Anindya Chakraborty. Till February 21 at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, Duckback House, #22873377; 11 am - 7 pm: Kollection — paintings and sculptures by leading modern and contemporary artists. Till February 22 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: Aviflora — an exhibition of paintings by Debabrata Hazra. 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 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Annual exhibition of works of the students of Kala-Bhavana, Visva Bharati. 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 well-known artists. 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 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Artistic Impression presents an art exhibition, organised by Emami Chisel Art Pvt. Ltd and South City Mall. Till March 4 at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #24651444; 11 am - 7 pm: An Inner Journey — The works of Katayun Saklat. Till March 12 (except Sunday) at Anant Art Gallery, 18 Alipore Road, #32584832; 11 am - 7 pm: Moments, an exhibition of the works of Sandip Daptari.

DRAMA

February 21 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Charbak will stage Chalo Patol Tuli. Drama, music & direction: Arindam Ganguly. February 21 at Minerva; 3 pm: Sonata by Ensemble. Direction: Sohag Sen. February 21 at Minerva; 6.30 pm: Dournama by Sayak. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya. February 21 at Gorky Sadan; 6.30 pm: Rangakarmee presents Mukti. Dir: Usha Ganguli. February 21 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar presents Kachher Manush, with Debshankar Halder and Bejoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Direction: Gautam Haldar (filmmaker). February 21 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Ekush Shatak will stage A Maya Kajal. Drama: Sekhar Samaddar. Direction: Adhir Basu. February 21 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop will stage Jal Chhabi. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. February 22 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Rangapat will stage Aurangzeb. Drama: Mohit Chattopadhyay. Dir: Harimadhab Mukhopadhyay. February 22 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee presents Buddhadeva Bose’s Kal-Sandhya. Direction: Kumar Roy. February 22 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Chetana presents Putul Nacher Itikatha, directed by Arun Mukhopadhyay. February 22 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents Helmet. Direction: Anish Ghosh. February 22 at Minerva; 6.30 pm: Nakchhabita by Anya Theatre. Dir: Bibhas Chakraborty. February 22 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Hetamgarhe Hoi Choi — Hattamela’s latest production. Dir: Gurudas Bandyopadhyay.

PERFORMING ARTS

Till February 22 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: West Bengal Dance Group Federation presents Stars of Tomorrow featuring young talents in the field of dance. Today: Priyanka Roy (Odissi); Jayita Ghosh (Bharata Natyam); Suchismita Dutta (Kathak); Amita Seal (Bharata Natyam); and Sujit Sen, Tuhin Chatterjee, Chandrani Basak and Upasana Basu Mallick (creative). Tomorrow: Trina Rakshit (Bharata Natyam), Srijani Bhattacharya (Bharata Natyam), Srijanee Chakraborty (Odissi), Madhuparna Banerjee and Mahua Sil (Bharata Natyam), and Sreeparna Chakraborty (Kathak).

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till March 5 (except Sunday) at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245; 10 am - 7 pm: Divinity Dance and Sensuality — an ensemble of photography and dance with images by Aharon Rothschild inspired by Chetna Jalan’s upcoming work, E-Mo-Ko (Who AM I).

BOOK RELEASE

February 21 at Crossword Bookstore, 8 Elgin Road; 6.30 pm: HarperCollins Publishers India and Crossword Bookstore host the release of The Story of My Assassins by Tarun J Tejpal. The author will be in conversation with Boria Majumdar. February 22 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6.30 pm: Think Big Books, Chennai and Oxford Bookstore, Calcutta present the launch of Growing with the Himalayas by Debarshi Roy. To be followed by a panel discussion, The Relevance of the British Boarding School Model in Modern India, with educationists and alumni of Darjeeling schools.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

February 21 at Lakshmi’s House, 3 Regent Park; 8.30 am onwards: Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture celebrates the 131st birth anniversary of The Mother with hoisting of The Mother’s Flag, followed by meditation (10 am), Darshan message distribution (10.30 am), rendition of devotional songs by Srikumar Chattopadhyay (11.15 am) and inauguration of Parama (an exhibition of drawings and paintings) at 1 pm. February 21 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: The Mother Jayanti (131st birth anniversary of The Mother) function features reading by Santwana Chowdhury, recitation by Subir Bandopadhyay, song by Chitralekha Chowdhury and talk by Amalesh Bhattacharjee. Jayanti meditation around the Shrine from 7.30 pm to 8 pm.

EXHIBITION

Till February 21 at Onset lifestyle store, 51/2 Hindustan Park: Magic on Glass — Aarti Sanghi’s designer glassware from Forest Studio. Till February 28 at 23 Raja Santosh Road, Ambika Gardens, Flat-8C, #24792697: Namrata Kanoi displays her range of footwear and designer bags.

MEMORIAL ORATION

February 21 at Rotary Sadan, 94/2 Chowringhee Road; 5.30 pm: Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Institute and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan host Sir Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Oration by Justice B.N. Shrikrishna, former judge, Supreme Court. Hon. Justice S.S. Nijjar, chief justice, Calcutta High Court, will preside.

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February 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Tattwajnanananda will speak on Kenopanishad. February 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall, Gol Park; 6 pm: Swami Vedaswarupananda will speak in Bengali on Gita. February 21 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6.25 pm: Swami Satprabhananda will present a discourse on Swami & Sishya Sambad.

SEMINAR

February 21 at Inox Swabhumi, 89C Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Sarani, #2320 8900; 9.30 am - 2.30 pm: A seminar on Anti Terrorism, Terrorism, Risk and Intelligence Management in Malls and Multiplexes, Departmental Stores and Large Supermarkets across Eastern Region. Chief guest: Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti, Commissioner of Police, Calcutta.

CONFERENCE

February 21 (2 pm onwards) & February 22 (10.30 am onwards) at Prof. R.N. Chatterjee Memorial Hall, IMA House, No. 1 Ambica Charan Mukherjee Road, Belgharia: The 41st annual conference of Indian Medical Association, Kamarhati Branch.

EDUCATION FAIR

Till February 22 February at 83 S.P. Mukherjee Road, Devi Darshan building, 4th floor, near Kalighat Greek Church; 11 am - 7 pm: Mini UK Education Fair showcasing leading traditional British universities offering subjects of international importance.

READING

February 22 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 11 am: Professor P. Lal reads Vaisampayana's report to Janamejaya of Balarama's pilgrimage to the tirtha of Yayati, and the curse on the Sarasvati river and its expiation, in the 462nd 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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