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A different reality
Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of artistic imagery. Abstracts, the ongoing group show by well-known artists, presents works that portray reality of a different kind. Whether partial, surreal or extra-sensory, the artists’ perception of reality offers an extraordinary view into a world of imagination and insight where life does not obey any rules of logic or rationality. Yet, they are far from being frivolous representations of the human world, and often reflect sober, serious truths about it. The artworks take liberties with reality in the sense that they alter instance, colour and form in conspicuous ways. Sunil Gawde and S. Harsha Vardhana’s works bear no trace of any reference to anything recognisable, and are thus completely abstract. In Somenath Maity’s paintings, the references to ‘structures’ bring out the semi-abstractness. Rathin Kanji’s and Samir Aich’s works are similar to Maity’s, as one is certain to discover references to naturalistic elements in their creations. Other participating artists: Amitava Sengupta, Partha Pratim Deb, Pradeep Rakshit and Dharmendra Rathore (a painting by him appears here).

Event: An exhibition of paintings by a group of contemporary artists When: Till September 22; 11 am - 7 pm Where: Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani

Art

Till September 22 at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, Duckback House, #2287 3377; 11 am - 7 pm: Abstracts — paintings by modern and contemporary artists. Featuring works by Sunil Gawde, S. Harsha Vardhana, Amitava Sengupta, Partha Pratim Deb, Pradeep Rakshit, Samir Aich, Somenath Maity, Dharmendra Rathore and Rathin Kanji. Till September 23 at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Materials and Materiality — A group show of sculpture. Featuring works by Rishi Barua, Tapas Biswas, Debasish Bhattacharya, Saurav Roy Chowdhury, Prasun Ghosh, Pritpal Singh Ladi and Pankaj Panwar. Till September 23 (except Monday) at Gallery Rasa, 828/1 Block-P, New Alipore, #2400 7348/8803; 4 pm - 8 pm: Single Edition Woodcut Prints on Canvas by Rajesh Deb. Till September 24 at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Monday (2 pm - 7 pm): Recent works by Samit Das. Till September 30 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Summer Interlude — an exhibition of paintings as conceived by various artists. Till October 16 (except Mondays) at Bose pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of new paintings by Ramakrishna Behera. Till October 19 (except Tuesdays) at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Mind’s Eye — an exhibition of paintings by Anita Roychowdhury, Prabir Sen, Krishnendu Chaki and Subhendu Sarkar. Till October 31 (except Sundays) at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #2463 0465; 11 am - 7.30 pm: In Memory of an Ideal — an exhibition of paintings by Ng. Bidyut Singha.

DRAMA

September 21 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Arghya presents Bharat Katha. Direction: Manish Mitra. September 21 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sayak presents Daibaddha. Playwright: Chandan Sen. Direction & in lead role: Meghnad Bhattacharya. September 21 at Sujata Sadan; 6.30 pm: Niva Arts presents Aandhare Akela. Direction: Biplab Bandyopadhyay. September 22 at Academy of Fine Arts & September 23 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Theatre Workshop will stage its latest production, Juddha Paristhiti. Written by Nabarun Bhattacharya and directed by Ashok Mukhopadhyay. September 23 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Natadha will stage Shakuntala. Drama & direction: Shib Mukhopadhyay. September 24 at Madhusudan Mancha & September 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, 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. September 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: On its first anniversary, Bratyajan presents Ruddha Sangeet, with Debshankar Haldar in the role of Debabrata Biswas. Drama & direction: Bratya Basu.

PERFORMING ARTS

September 21 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Kalashrishti presents the Bharata Natyam arangetram of Spandana Bhattacharjee, disciple of Guru Jayalakhshmi Eshwar and Guru Sujatha Ramalingam. September 22 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Shyamasangeet O Bhaktigeeti by Manmohan Singh. September 22 at Birla Academy; 7 pm: Sharat Vandana — a musical programme welcoming the Sharad Utsav. Organised by Roma Chakravartti, Santiniketan Puratani. September 23 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex; 6 pm : EZCC will hold Pratibha Utsav — an evening of dance featuring young, talented performing artistes who are Government India scholarship holders: Sanchaita Munshi (Bharata Natyam), Sinam Basu Singh (Manipuri) and Subhasri Paul (Gaudiya). September 23 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 6.30 pm: A sitar recital by Mick Taylor (of UK), accompanied by Anuradha Pal on the tabla.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till September 24 at Creative Ritu, 3/2A Chandranath Chatterjee Street, Bhowanipore; 4 pm - 8 pm: Academy of Creative Art presents an exhibition by its students and teachers.

FESTIVAL

Till September 28 at Sankara Hall, 93 Southern Avenue, #2466 1767: Sri Sarada Navarathri Celebrations 2009. Today (Alankaram Kamadhenu): Pooja, Archana, Devi Mahatmya Parayanam at 7 am; Lalitha Sahasranama Archana, recitation of slokas at 6 pm; and Sangeetha Sabha featuring Lavanya Vaidyanathan (Chenai; vocal), with R. Raghul (violin) and S.J. Arjun Ganesh (mridangam).

PANEL DISCUSSION

September 21 at Hal Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, Maddox Square: Halo Heritage presents Shanti — a panel discussion on International Peace Day (September 21). Speakers: Dr Shyamal Kanti Chakraborty, Alokananda Roy and Dr Satarupa Sanyal. Moderator: Reshmi Chatterjee. Registration at 9 am. Discussion begins at 10 am.

EXHIBITION

Till September 24 at CIMA Gallery; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life 2009 — Exclusive sarees, fashion wear, stoles & scarves, jewellery, brocade handbags, T-shirts, books, masks, exclusive textiles, bed spreads, table linen, decorative arts, brass items, wall hangings, carpets and dhurries. Till September 21 at 80G Sarat Bose Road, #9831038115; 11 am - 5.30 pm: Chandni displays her festive collection of sarees, lehengas and diaper cakes for baby showers and arrivals. Till September 22 at 1/57B Dover Place; 2 pm - 7 pm: Gharoya launches its Puja collections of designer sarees and meklas. Till September 24 at Darbari, P-249 Purna Das Road, #2464 4027; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition showcasing exclusive hand-embroidered, printed and woven ladies and men’s wear. Till September 24 at Central Cottage Industries, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd organises an exclusive saree exhibition. Till September 24 at Micasa, 229 AJC Bose Road, Crescent Tower, 6th floor; 11.30 am - 6.30 pm: An exhibition of furniture and affordable art. Till September 24 at Senbati, Mandevilla Gardens; 10.30 am - 8 pm: Poompuhar, The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation presents an exhibition of bronze icons, wood carvings, black metal, Tanjavur paintings, stone carvings, perfumed candles, sandalwood and jewellery. Till September 24 (except Monday) at Houseproud, 7/2 Ritchie Road, ground floor; 11 am - 7 pm: Exclusive table and bed linen, a multitude of home accessories and gift items. Till September 24 at Noritake, 29 R.N. Mukherjee Road; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of Japanese tableware and crockeries. Till October 16 (except Mondays and holidays) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Somewhat Different, a design exhibition from Germany. Till October 17 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: A wide range of affordable paintings, handicrafts and objects d’ art.

ALBUM RELEASE

September 21 at Starmark, South City Mall; 4 pm: Starmark hosts the release of Indranil Sen’s music album, Tumi Ele Na, by eminent filmmaker Tarun Majumder, to be followed by a performance by Indranil Sen. For details, call 99039 85097All 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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