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Glimpses of Bengal’s heritage
Films Division, Government of India and Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre present Bengal on Celluloid, featuring documentaries that celebrate the heritage of Bengal. Made by well-known filmmakers, they attempt to highlight and evoke renewed interest in Bengal’s glorious history, art and culture. Folk Memoirs (dir: Ranen Chatterjee; 6 pm) reminds us how simple folk art, melodies of patua sangeet, brotokatha, as well as crafts like kantha and traditional dolls are all disappearing with time. A film on the traditional artists of Birbhum, Painters with Simple Heart (dir: Ranabir Ray; 6.20 pm) depicts the way this tradition has been passed through generations over centuries. Terracotta or burnt clay, a form of plastic art, is the most ancient and original form of expression. Terracotta Temples (dir: Harisadhan Das Gupta; 6.30 pm) brings to the screen the terra temples of West Bengal, which though not imposing in structure, are nevertheless beautiful and artistic. A New Theatres film, Folk Music of Bengal (6.40 pm) showcases its rich heritage. Calcutta — Once A City of Palaces (dir: Anjan Roy; 6.50 pm) focuses on the architectural grandeur of the magnificent edifices of old Calcutta. Celebrated between the seventh and 10th days of the waxing moon during the Bengali month of Ashwin, Durga Puja is a major religious and social event in Bengal. Durga Puja in Calcutta (dir: Mriganka Sekhar Ray; 7.10 pm) is a colourful, visual document of the stories and traditions of this most popular annual festival.

Event: Screening of documentaries on Bengal’s heritage When: Today; 6 pm onwards Where: Nandan II

Art

September 22 - November 21 (except Sundays & holidays) at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #9830049825; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Tejas Gallery is hosting its third annual Devi show by 24 artists. The exhibits, numbering approximately 70, include both gods and goddesses. 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 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 23 at Gallery Charu-Karu, 132/Z/1D Raja Rajendralal Mitra Road, #2353 7783; 5 pm - 9 pm: Durga — an exhibition of paintings by budding artists. Till September 24 at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 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 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 23 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Samikshan presents Mohit Chattopadhyay’s Bidhata Purush. Direction: Pankaj Munshi. September 24 at Madhusudan Mancha, 6.30 pm & September 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 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 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sanglap Kolkata presents Lathi Kando, based on a novel by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. Drama & direction: Kuntal Mukhopadhyay. September 24 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Durgadas Smrity Sangha will stage its latest production, Amla-Madhur. A play by Harimadhav Mukhopadhyay and directed by Tirthankar Chattopadhyay. September 24 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Bhowanipur Natnati presents Nabin Tapaswini. Direction: Shyamal Mitra. 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. September 27 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3.15 pm: Rang Roop will stage Byaram Biram. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay.

PERFORMING ARTS

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 Vaishnavi): Pooja, Archana, Devi Mahatmya Parayanam at 7 am; Lalitha Sahasranama Archana, recitation of slokas at 6 pm; and Sangeetha Sabha featuring Kumari Sundari and Sidharth Sashidharan & party (vocal) at 6.45 pm.

MEMORIAL LECTURE

September 22 at Abanindra Sabhagriha; 6 pm: Dashadishi Annual Memorial Lecture: Professor Hosenur Rahman will deliver Annapurna Mukhopadhyay Memorial Lecture on Sri Chaitanya O Dharma.

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 22 at Spandan, 87 Park Street (1st floor), opp. St Xavier’s College; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: An exhibition of festive sarees, bridal lehengas, salwar suits, Indo-Westerns and tunics by reputed Calcutta designers. 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.

SCREENING

September 22 at Nandan-II; 6 pm onwards: Films Division, Government of India and Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre jointly present Bengal on Celluloid featuring documentaries made on some heritages of Bengal: Folk Memoir (Dir: Ranen Chatterjee) at 6 pm; Painter with Simple Heart (Dir: Ranabir Ray) at 6.20 pm; Terracotta Temples (Dir: Harisadhan Das Gupta) at 6.30 pm; Folk Music of Bengal (produced by New Theatres) at 6.40 pm; Calcutta: Once a City of Palaces (Dir: Anjan Roy) at 6.50 pm; and Durga Puja in Calcutta (Dir: Mriganka Shekhar Ray) at 7.10 pm.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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