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An all-consuming passion
As part of an effort by artists and educators in Mauritius to promote Hindi language and Indian culture through the medium of poems, stories and theatre, Triveni Kala Mandir, a 14-member troupe from Mauritius, presents Raja Aur Rani, a Hindi adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s play Raja O Rani. To be performed for the first time in India, it is expected to find favour with critics and theatre-lovers alike, who will find in it an entertaining mix of romance, tension and violence, along with an interesting contrast of characters. The story about King Vikrama is made all the more absorbing with the addition of an intricately-woven sub-plot, enlivened by intrigue. Its central theme is about the futility of selfish and egocentric love, as King Vikrama neglects his royal duties in his passionate attachment with his Queen. It describes how love, a devouring passion, can cause nothing but tragedy, unless it is chastened by its obligation to humanity. The conflict in the play is between love and duty; between a vain, infatuated man and a proud, humane woman. Direction: Balraj Ramphul.

Event: Play in Hindi, Raja Aur Rani, presented by Triveni Kala Mandir, Mauritius When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre (ICCR), 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani

Art

Till August 1 (except Sundays and public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Summer Show 2009. Featuring works by Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Sumitro Basak, Shreyasi Chatterjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Sougata Das, Anita Gopal, Farhad Hussain, Paresh Maity, Ganesh Pyne, Satyajit Roy, Suhas Roy, Lalu Prosad Shaw and many other artists from across India. Till July 19 at Aakriti Art Gallery (12/3A Hungerford Street, #22893027, 11 am - 7 pm, Sundays closed), Akar Prakar (P238 Hindustan Park, #24642617, 2 pm - 7 pm, Sundays closed) and The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre (36C S.P. Mukherjee Road, #24556942, 2 pm - 8 pm daily): On the occasion of K.G. Subramanyan’s 85th birthday, Aakriti Art Gallery, Akar Prakar and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts present Recent Works by K.G. Subramanyan — a new collection of canvases, reverse paintings, gouaches on paper and terracotta works. Till July 7 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Paintings by Sakti Pada Jana, Asit Ghara and Pradip Maiti. Till July 8 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The maiden exhibition by Spectrum, a group of contemporary artists. Participants: Abak Kundu, Monalisa Banik, Ruma Samanta, Sankar Chattopadhyay, Shamba Biswas, Subhankar Biswas, Sayani Neogi, Ranjit Kumar Bor and Gourab Paul. Till July 9 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Aloke Roy and Tandra Bera. Till July 10 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: A group art exhibition by the members of Roop. Till July 10 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Apurba Mazumdar. Till July 10 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Monsoon Show — an exhibition of paintings by Gautam Mukherjee, Bratin Khan, Shyamal Mukherjee, Dhananjay Mukherjee, Subrata Das, Partha Pratim Deb, Sukanta Das, Arunabha Karmakar and others. Till July 10 (except Monday) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #30222040, 30535982; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Ashis Mondal. Till July 15 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Trying to Make Sense of it All — an exhibition of the recent works by Somit Gupta, Debraj Goswami, Rajiba Lochan Pani and Pampa Panwar. Till July 15 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Emami Chisel Art presents an exhibition of paintings by Bhupal Roy, Rooby Singh and Kanta Choudhury. Till July 15 (except Sunday) at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #2465 1444; 11 am - 7 pm: Sudipta Karmakar’s watercolours on the wonders of India. Till July 29 (except Sundays) at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #24630465/ 40012289; 11.30 am - 7.30 pm: Experimenter presents SEZ Who? a unique activism-based collaborative art project, curated by Tushar Joag. This is a project led by a group of artists and Experimenter exploring the impact and rationale of setting up Special Economic Zones in India. Till July 31 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Sensorial Realities, an exhibition of paintings by Subrata Gangopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Shyamal Mukherjee, Samir Paul, Bratin Khan, Sanatan Dinda, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Atin Basak and others. Till July 31 (except Sundays and second & fourth Saturdays) at Emami Chisel Art Gallery, 687 Anandapur EM Bypass, #64577886; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures.

DRAMA

July 6 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, #2282 3431 / 0403; 6.30 pm: Triveni Kala Mandir, a 14-member troupe from Mauritius, presents Raja Aur Rani (a Hindi adaptation of Tagore’s play Raja O Rani) as part of its effort to promote Hindi language and Indian culture through the medium of poetry, stories and drama. Till July 17 at Ramgopal Mancha, Howrah; 6.30 pm: A theatre festival, in aid of cyclone victims, organised by Ramgopal Mancha Natyakendra. Today: Joker by Shailpik and Andha Galir Raja by Ebong, Barahnagar. July 8 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Rangakarmee will stage its new production, Chehre. Design & direction: S.M. Azhar Alam. Concept: Usha Ganguli. July 8 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Patjhad (Hindustani adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie) — Little Thespian’s latest production, with Uma Jhunjhunwala in the lead role. Adaptation, design & direction: S.M. Azhar Alam. July 8 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Swapnasuchana will stage Biddho Aakash. Direction: Sudipta Sarkar. July 9 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sundaram will stage its latest production, Ja Nei Bharatey. Drama, direction & performance: Manoj Mitra. July 11 at Sujata Sadan; 7 pm: Swapnasandhani presents its latest play, Darjiparar Marjinara. Direction: Koushik Sen. July 11 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Shohan will stage Mohit Chattopadhyay’s Daaho. Direction: Anish Ghosh. July 12 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Rang Roop presents Jalchhabi. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay.

PERFORMING ARTS

July 7 at Tapan Theatre; 5.45 pm: In aid of Aila victims, Gurukul presents a musical evening featuring tabla ensemble conducted by Arindam Barman; fusion music with Amit Kumar Das (santoor), Arindam Barman (tabla), Ashish Mukherjee (guitar) and Amiya Banerjee (rhythm and percussion); and Bengali modern songs by Subhankar Bhaskar. July 7 at ICCR, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 6.30 pm: Ustad Keramatullah Khan Music Memorial Society presents Parampara, an evening of tradition, honouring the true masters of the Farukkhabad gharana by the disciples. July 10 at Kala Mandir; 6.30 pm: Pandit Durga Lal Memorial Cultural Society presents a dance festival featuring Rini Aich (Bharata Natyam), Arushi Mudgal (Odissi) and Malabika Mitra (Kathak).

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

July 6 at Calcutta Maidan, Red Road, new South Eastern Railway Sports Club; 10.30 am: The 108th birth anniversary of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Organised by Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Smarak Samity.

TALK

July 6 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Vishnudevananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna-Punthi. July 6 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Idyananda will speak on Sri Sri Mayer Smritikatha. July 6 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Rabindranath Neogy will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita.

FILM SHOW

July 6 - 13 at Gorky sadan auditorium; 6 pm: Eisenstein Cine Club, in association with Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Calcutta, presents Cinema Tells the Tales of Life — the screening of Dekalog directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Today: Dekalog (I - II).

EXHIBITION

Till July 30 (except Tuesdays) at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road; 11.30 am - 9 pm: Halo Heritage presents Bamar, an exhibition of Burmese artefacts. Till August 16 at Starmark; 10.30 am - 8 pm: The Giant Starmark Book Exhibition of a wide range of Penguin Black Classics and all-time bestsellers.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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