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Sculpture as sensibility objectified
Trained in an art school founded for fostering the academic tradition of figurative sculpture, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury was also among the first of the moderns who expressed through a ‘formal intuition of energies other than anatomical’. His works over the decades are a positive assertion of his freedom from his academic training. The principal subject matter of his sculptures is the female figure. The male figure has little place in his imagination and enters his work only as a partner. Looking at his work chronologically, it is clear that the thematic unity of his oeuvre is stronger and more significant than the stylistic shifts within it. The ongoing retrospective show of his works bears testimony to the truth that the female figure is the object of gaze and imagination of the sculptor, on which he enacts his sensations. In his works, the torso is the body, not a part but a complete object into which the female body is condensed. His later works show that his subject is not the female form but female sensuality. They evoke the awesome energy of female sexuality and acknowledge that the female body is both yielding and challenging. Yet, his final works fight down this aspect of female power with post-cubist abstract expressionism.

Event: An exhibition of sculptures by Sarbari Roy Chowdhury When: Till May 22 (except Sunday); 2 pm - 7 pm Where: Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #24642617

Art

May 12 - 17 (except May 13) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: The first group exhibition of ARTery. Featuring paintings by Dr Jayanta Chaudhuri, Tapas Basu, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Siddhartha Karmakar and Subrata Kar. Inauguration today at 6 pm. Till May 12 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Out Sider presents an ode to contemporary art show. Featuring artwork by Partho Pratim Deb, Arya Orwa, Bhaskar Aditya, Debasis Das, Jayanta Kumar Paul, Nirmal Das, Rumki Das, Ruma Nayak, Subra Banerjee and Subir Kumar Mandal. Till May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of bronze sculpture by Jyotirmoy Roy Chowdhury. Till May 15 (except 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 15 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Society of Working Artists presents its 54th exhibition of paintings. Featuring works by Arun Mukherjee, Asesh Kr. Majumder, Subir Sen and Sankar Sinha Roy. 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 16 at Karma Art Gallery, 505 Keyatala Road, #9830005441; 11 am - 7 pm: Art Perfection presents Drishti, a solo exhibition of painting and sculpture by Raj Rishi. Till May 17 at Nehru Children’s Museum: An exhibition of artworks, based on Tagore’s work, by the students of Nehru Children’s Museum. Till May 17 (except May 13) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of artworks and photographs by Satyajit Ray, entitled Rayimages. Till May 17 at Museum & Art Gallery, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park; 10.30 am - 1 pm & 2.30 pm - 6 pm: Glimpses of Ancient India — paintings by Prabhatmohan Bandyopadhyay (1904-1987). Till May 17 at Metropolitan Art Salon, S.N. Banerjee Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: A group exhibition of paintings by young artists Sachin Chandorkar, Sukanta Maurh, Karim Ali, Sawrat Saw, Sujoy Halder, Sonali Smith, Ashis Dutta and Nilabja Bhattacharya. Till May 18 at The Promenade, Taj Bengal lounge; 10 am - 11 pm: An exhibition of artwork by Arunava Mondal. The artists will be painting live between 3 pm and 6 pm on most days. 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. Till May 22 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #24642617; 2 pm - 7 pm: A retrospective show of sculptures by Sarbari Roy Choudhury. Till May 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. Till May 24 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: The Vase and The Lines — new works by Tarshito. Till May 25 at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, #9830050568; 3 pm - 8 pm: Heritage Happenings — an exhibition of sketches and watercolours by Samir Biswas.

TALK

May 12 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Souribandhu Kar, formerly member, Board of Trustees, National Book Trust, India, will deliver the Acharya Nripendra Chandra Banerjee Memorial Lecture. He will speak in English on Concept of Man in the Philosophy of Swamiji and Gandhiji. Dr Ramaranjan Mukherji, Swami Vivekananda Professor of Indological Studies and Research of the Institute, will preside. May 12 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Bimal Poddar will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita.

DRAMA

May 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents its latest production, Ajnatobass, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Story: Sukanta Gangopadhyay. The cast includes Sohini Sengupta, Sumana Mukherjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Sumanta Gangopadhyay, Swajan Srijan Mukherjee and Rudraprasad Sengupta. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. May 14 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.45 pm: Arghya presents Tagore’s Rakta Karabi. Design & direction: Manish Mitra. May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop presents Jalchhabi. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. May 15, 16 & 17 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6.30 pm: Pandora’s Act presents Checkmate, a play in English inspired by the adventures of Byomkesh Bakshi. The cast includes Aporup Acharya, Daminee Mukherjee, Trina Nilina Banerjee, Senjuti Roy Mukherjee, Anubrata Basu and Bishwajit Chakraborty. Drama & direction: Srijit Mukherji. May 16 at Padatik Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Little Thespian presents its latest production, Patjhad (Hindustani adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie). Adaptation, design & direction: S.M. Azhar Alam. May 17 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Gandhar will stage Kachher Manush, with Debshankar Halder and Bijoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Dir: Gautam Haldar, filmmaker. May 17 at Sodpur Lok Sanskriti Bhavan; 6 pm: Sukchar Pancham Repertory Theatre will stage Tagore’s Bisarjan. Direction: Moloy Mitra.

PERFORMING ARTS

May 14 at Birla Academy; 6.30 pm: Naba Barso and 25th Baisakh Baran — a musical soiree presented by Roma Chakravartti, Shantiniketan Puratani.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till May 15 at 46 Satish Mukherjee Road, near Kalighat Park; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Tasveer present A Long Exposure — photographs by T.S. Satyen. Till May 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. Till May 15 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 3 pm - 8 pm: Images for Change — an all-India exhibition of photographs on human struggle and triumph over poverty, challenges of livelihood and climate change. Curated by Drik India. Being held as part of World Fair Trade Week 2009.

PLAY-READING

May 12 at Padatik, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Reading of short plays of Harold Pinter by Tathagata Chowdhury, Shayak Barman and Dhruv Mookerji.

EXHIBITION

Till May 15 at Sasha (27 Mirza Ghalib Street; 22521586) & at Silence (G-43 Dakshinapan; 24237387); 10 am - 7 pm: Exhibition of handicrafts, textiles, natural bodycare and food items as part of World Fair Trade Week 2009. Till May 15 at 23 Raja Santosh Road, Ambika Gardens, Flat 8C, #24792697, 9831746323; 11 am - 7 pm: Namrata Kanoi showcases her range of designer footwear and chic summer bags for the season ahead.

WORKSHOP

May 12 - 17 at Punjab Bradree, 7 Mayfair Road: Summer camp for children (3 yrs to 13 yrs) on yoga, designer swimming bag making, towel painting, western dance, salad making competition, microwave cooking, picture-story writing and poster-making competition. Details at #98311 80292. May 14 - 17 at Kriya, 67B Bondel Road, Ballygunge Phari; 10 am - 12 noon: Kriya ‘Make Your Own Book’ book-making workshop for the age group 8 yrs to 15 yrs. Also, Kriya ‘Make Your Own Short Film’ video film-making workshop (May 14 - 20) for those between 10 yrs and 19 yrs. Call 9831180292 for registration details. May 15 - 17 at Hotel Senator, Camac Street: Moon Star Foundation hosts Vaastu courses by Dr N.H. Sahasrabudhe. For details, call 9836242668 or 9874646290. May 18 - 20 at 94 Ballygunge Place, #24613145, 24604245; 3 pm - 5 pm: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts conducts a three-day workshop, Healing Touch through Music, by eminent sitarist Reena Shrivastava with the children of Hope Kolkata Foundation and Udayan Care, West Bengal.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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