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Bohurupee 61
Generally acknowledged as the leading group of the new drama movement that rejuvenated Bengali theatre in the 1950s, Bohurupee was founded in 1948 by several active members who left the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). With stalwarts like Manoranjan Bhattacharya and Sombhu Mitra at its helm, Bohurupee was always distinctive in conception and presentation of plays, at the root of which lay intense study and thought, disciplined practice and preparation, adherence to the idea of viewing a production as a collective endeavour, integrated artistic creation and, above all, loyalty to theatre. Over the years, Bohurupee has acquired a rich and diverse repertoire of productions, including original plays and adaptations, classical and contemporary productions. To celebrate its 61st anniversary, the group is hosting a three-day festival of plays beginning today. To be staged today: Beerja Sulka (3 pm) and Kaalsandhya (6 pm; a scene from it appears here). Today’s programme will also include the launch (by Mrinal Sen and Sankha Ghosh) of a photo album with images from Bohurupee’s productions over the last 60 years, as also of some rare pictures of legendary theatre personalities. Tomorrow: Nisidhha Thikana (3 pm) and Deepadanda (6.30 pm). The concluding day of the festival will feature Chhanch Bhanga Murti (3 pm) and Phulla Ketur Pala (6.30 pm).

Event: A festival of plays to mark the 61st anniversary of Bohurupee When: May 1 - 3; 3 pm onwards Where: Academy of Fine Arts

Art

Till May 1 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Joy Dey, Piyali Chakraborty, Umesh Jana, Somnath Tamli, Punam Dolui, Arun Jana and Aloke Kumar Dey. Till May 1 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘A’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The Art Quest presents a group show featuring paintings by Amlan Dutta, Mithun Dutta, Rajib Deyashi, Raju Sarkar and Durbananda Jana. May 2 - 23 at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #98300 15854; 11 am - 8 pm (Monday to Saturday): Tell-Tale: Fiction, Falsehood & Fact 2 — contemporary artist’s narrative perspective on stories and storytellers. Featuring works by Amritah Sen, Anupam Chakraborty, Rajesh Deb, Sarnath Banerjee and Sujay Mukherjee. Curated by Dr Paula Sengupta. Opening on May 2 at 6 pm. May 3 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor; 5 pm: Jogen Chowdhury inaugurates an exhibition of artworks and photographs by Satyajit Ray, entitled Rayimages. The exhibition will be on till May 17 (except Mondays and May 13), 3 pm to 8 pm. Till May 2 at Galerie Karma, P-505 Keyatala Road, #2463 6731/2: Destiny — recent drawings and paintings by Basudeb Pal Majumdar. Till May 2 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, #6521 6931; 2 pm - 7 pm: The 4th annual exhibition of painting, graphic and sculpture. Till May 3 at Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Slovak Contemporary Graphic Art, an exhibition of the works by 37 artists of the Slovak Republic. Till May 3 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Imprints — masterstrokes made timeless, showcasing works of grandmasters S.H. Raza, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna and Akbar Padamsee. Presented by Artiere and Tao Art Gallery. Till May 9 at the Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal: The Vase and The Warriors of Love, a solo show of new works by Italian artist Tarshito. Till May 15 at Gallery with Difference, 152 S.P. Mukherjee Road, near Rashbehari crossing: Narrative Movements 2009 — a group exhibition of art, curated by Bibekananda Santra. Till May 15 (except Sunday and holidays) at Eye on Art Gallery, 3 Pretoria Street, 2nd floor; 12 noon - 8 pm: Forms of Narration, featuring the works of Arnab Mukherjee, Arpita Pradhan, Biswajit Mukherjee, Nandita Mukherjee, Subha Basu, Sudipta Dutta, Sumana Biswas, Sumana Ghosh, Sushmita Rakshit and Utpal Dutta. Till May 20 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Somnath Hore: Bronzes, Drawings, Watercolours — an exhibition of the works of Somnath Hore.

DRAMA

May 1 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Fakka, directed by Chandan Das. May 1 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 7 pm: Rangakarmee presents Boorhi Kaki. Design & direction: Goutam Halder. May 2 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Dum Dum Shabdomugdho Naatyokendra will stage Sparshokatar... the journey of three dolls. Playwright & direction: Rakesh Ghosh. May 2 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajantrik will stage Ksharan, based on Samaresh Majumdar’s Ato Rakto Keno. May 3 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan will stage the first show of its latest production, Daaho. Written by Mohit Chattopadhyay and directed by Anish Ghosh. May 3 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik will stage Abalilakrome. Drama & direction: Bimal Bandopadhayay. May 3 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Swapnasoochana will stage Biddho Aakash. Direction: Sudipto Sarkar.

PERFORMING ARTS

May 1 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 6.30 pm: The First of May by Usha Uthup. A string of songs interspersed with talks that link one song to the other. May 2 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: A solo recital of Tagore songs by Pramit Sen. May 2 at Dr Triguna Sen Auditorium, Jadavpur University; 6.30 pm: Ananta Ananda Dhara..., a programme of Tagore songs with script reading. Participants: Prabir Das Gupta, Samya Bandopadhyay, Debashis Mondal, Sumit Das and Shyamali Acharyya. May 4 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Bhavna Records & Cassettes presents Kavi Pranam 1416, an evening of Tagore songs, reading/ recitation.

PHOTOGRAPHS

May 1 - 15 at South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Memorable Outdoors — an exhibition of photographs taken by Asish Bal, Samir Basu, Sandipan Das, Sanjay Thakur and Subrata Bose.

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

May 2 at Nandan-III; 5 pm: Satyajit Ray’s birth anniversary programme hosted by Nandan, Calcutta Film Society and Prantakatha. Featuring a seminar on Satyajit Ray O Bartaman Prajanmo, to be followed by the screening of Pratidwandi. May 2 at Ramgopal Mancha, Howrah; 4.30 pm: Satyajit Ray Janmotsav Udjapan Committee (Howrah) hosts the 88th birth anniversary programme of Satyajit Ray.

LITERARY FORUM

May 2 at Sahitya Akademi auditorium, Jeevan Tara, 23A/44X Diamond Harbour Road; 11 am onwards: Forum on Urdu Fiction.

WORKSHOP

May 1 - 3 at 23-F D.P.P. Road, Naktala: Sur-Sadhna, under Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, will hold a summer grooming camp on the following subjects: Voice Culture and Aesthetics (on May 1), Sound and Stage Performance (on May 2), and Diction and Interaction (on May 3). To be conducted by Ustad Sabir Khan, Haimanti Shukla, Ustad Rashid Khan, Nachiketa, Debasree Roy and Purbasha. Details at #2471-9150, #9007312160.

LAUNCH

May 2 at Bangla Academy; 5.30 pm: MUSIC (Movement for Understanding Sangeet - An Indian Concept) hosts the launch of a special publication commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and lectures by Sudhir Chakraborty and Manas Mukherjee.

EXHIBITION

May 1 - 10 at Tagore Research Institute, Kalighat Park; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of books on Tagore and his works. Till May 7 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Summerfare — an exhibition of unstitched salwar suits specially designed for the summer. May 1 - 10 at Gallerie 52d, 52D Hindusthan Park, #40086897; 12.30 pm - 7 pm: Fashion and Art — an exhibition which combines two of the most vibrant and inventive areas in the decorative arts today. Inauguration today at 5 pm.

FOUNDATION DAY

May 2 at Sisir Mancha; 6 pm: To commemorate its 58th Foundation Day, Presidency College Alumni Association, Calcutta presents its annual function comprising a musical tribute to . Himangshu Dutta and Salil Chowdhury to be presented by Prabuddha Raha, Anushila Basu, Damini Mukherjee, Suchhanda Ghosh and others, and play, Sandhya Tara, to be staged by Anindya Mitra, Bitanbindu Bandopadhyay, Sukriti Lahori and others. May 3 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Tagore’s birth anniversary, Dakshinee’s foundation day and annual convocation.

INTERACTIVE SESSION

May 3 at The School of Chinese Language, 11/1 Sunny Park; 4 pm - 6 pm: Chini Adda — a bi-monthly get-together in association with the Consulate General of China in Calcutta. For participation, call 24858399, 24858983.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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