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Spirit of love and family bonding
Gone are the days when family ties and filial affections held the most important place in one’s heart. The modern world is active, dynamic and success-oriented, with its inhabitants engaged in a reckless pursuit to fulfil only their personal ambitions. This evening’s production, Luxemburger Lakshmi, attempts to bring back memories of those long-forgotten, yet dearly-cherished time. It tries to revive the innocent, childhood joys of love and sharing, that are all but lost. Rekindling visions of what was once one of the most beautiful aspects of Bengali tradition, the play is set in an old mansion, which once played host to a large and extended joint-family. Stripped of all its former glory, it stands forlorn, in anticipation of Durga Puja, when the members of its now far-flung family will assemble for a few days of festivity. But this year’s celebration will be filled with nostalgia; it being the last time the family will celebrate together within its portals. The elders of the family have decided to sell off the mansion, shattering the expectations of the youngsters, who secretly pine for the fun, frolic and togetherness that the old house offers throughout the year. The action of the play gains momentum with the sudden arrival of an unknown cousin from America. While the older members of the family are apprehensive about the cause of her visit, an unbreakable bond of love and understanding develops between her and the children. Performed by students of Nehru Children’s Museum. Direction: Rama Prasad Banik.

Event: Play in Bengali, Luxemburger Lakshmi When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Madhusudan Mancha

ART

Till February 6 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers (2nd floor), 43 Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue, #2485 8717/8509; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Nomadic Detours — recent works by Samir Aich. Till February 12 (except Sundays & public holidays) at Studio 21, 17L Dover Terrace, #2486 6735; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 11 am - 7 pm: The Other Vision — works by Sambaran Das, Goutam Khamaru and Anup Mondal. January 28 & 29 at Hyatt Regency, Ball Room II & III; 9 am - 8 pm: Hyatt Regency, Calcutta presents the inaugural show of Relation - Next — a solo by Sanatan Dinda. Till January 30 at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Monday (2 pm - 7 pm): Visual Diary — works of Chandra Bhattacharjee. Till January 30 at Eye on Art Gallery, 3 Pretoria Street, 2nd floor; 12 noon - 8 pm: An exhibition of watercolours by Apurba Mazumder. Till January 30 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents an exhibition of landscape nuggets of Bengal School including Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore. Till January 31 at Victorial Memorial Hall; 10 am - 5 pm: Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the V&A, 1790-1927, hosted by The Victoria Memorial Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Till January 31 at Jamini Roy Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 12 noon - 8 pm: Chinese and Indian Artists - Since 1924 — an exhibition of paintings and prints hosted by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies Calcutta and Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR. Curated by Amitava Bhattacharya. Till January 31 at Taj Bengal, The Promenade Lounge; 10 am - 11 pm: Recent works by Nabendu Roy. The artist will be painting live from 3 pm to 6 pm. Till January 31 at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, #9830050568; 3 pm - 8 pm: Coming of Age — contemporary paintings by Shubha K. Till January 31 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: A group show of paintings. Till February 1 at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, The Harrington Mansions, 8 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, #2282 9220/9221; 2 pm - 8 pm: The inaugural show of the gallery, titled Essential, Eclectic, ...Ephemereal, features works of modern masters: Paintings by Antonio E’Costa, Ganesh Haloi, Jogen Chowdhury, Krishen Khanna, Paritosh Sen, Prabhakar Kolte and Vasant Wankhede; and sculpture by Pandu Rangiah Daroz, Himmat Shah and Laxma Goud. Till January 31 at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, #40034974, 22894745; 11:30 am – 7:30 pm: An exhibition of Happy Paintings (a blend of French, Cambodian and Canadian art) by Stephane Delapree. Till January 31 at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #30222040; 3 pm - 7 pm: Christmas Hues, an exhibition of the works of Ajita Sengupta, Soumitra Kar, Pramothesh Chandra, Dhiren Sasmal, B.R. Panesar, Deben Laha, Stuti Laha, Sambhu Saha, Subrata Das, Sukanta Das, Samir Paul, Prasun Mollick, Milanendu Mondal, Moloy Chandan Saha, Ashok Ganguly, Sarbani Ganguly, Subrata Sen, Ranjan Sarkar, Suman Dey, Ashis Mondal, Jibon Biswas, Karunamoy Sur, M.H. Mollah, Kakoli Mishra, Ranadip Das, Paresh Saha, Swapan Palley, Bappa Halder and Ashimava Dutta. Till February 7 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephen’s Court, 18 Park Street, #4001 0148; 11 am - 7 pm: Pretty Ugly, an exhibition of the works by Nidhi Agarwal, Sutanu Chatterjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Samit Das, Jaya Ganguly, Shridhar Iyer, Rabin Mondal and Samir Roy. Curated by Romain Maitra. Till February 27 (Sundays by appointment) at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: The Rapture of Form —an exhibition of paintings by Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Aditya Basak, Bratin Khan, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Subrata Pal, Subrata Das, Samir Paul, Sukanta Das and others.

PERFORMING ARTS

January 28 at Kala Mandir (B); 6 pm: Aarohi presents Madhur Basantey Mousumi — a solo recital of Tagore songs by Mousumi Karmakar. Till January 31 at Sree Thyagaraja Hall, P-530 Raja Basanta Roy Road: The 64th Annual Music Festival, hosted by Rasika Ranjana Sabha, Calcutta, to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of Saint Thyagaraja. Today, 6.15 pm: T.M. Krishna (voc al), with R.K. Sriram Kumar (violin) and K. Arun Prakash (mridangam). January 29 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya presents dance-drama Lalita Vidyapati (Choreography & Direction: Aloka Kanungo). Also, a solo Odissi dance recital by Kaberi Sen. January 29 & 31 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar & January 30 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Samskritiki Shreyaskar presents a three-day festival of Kathak compositions in celebration of Rani Karnaa’s life in dance in her 70th year. Featuring Piroye Moti (Kathak compositions from the repertoire of Rani Karnaa) on the 29th; Venu Naad (1982) and excerpts from Surya (2007) on the 30th; and Dashamahavidya (1998) and Satrang (2000) on the 31st.

DRAMA

January 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Abhaash will stage its latest production, Baba Asben. Drama & direction: Sekhar Samaddar. January 29 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.45 pm: Gandhar presents Kachher Manush, with Debshankar Haldar and Bejoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Direction: Gautam Haldar, filmmaker.

QUIZ

January 28 at Army Public School; 9 am onwards: The Telegraph presents Know and Grow with Derek, an inter-school quiz.

PHOTOGRAPHY

January 28 - 31 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: Italy through the Kolkata Lens — a photography exhibition organised by The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Eastern Region in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Calcutta. January 28 - 30 at ITC Sonar, Calcutta, The Art Gallery; 11 am - 7 pm: African Flamingos, an exhibition of photographs by Sabyasachi Chakraborty. Inauguration today at 6.50 pm. Till February 3 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: Edge of Faith, an exhibition of photographs by Prabuddha Dasgupta. Hosted by Tasveer and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts.

TALK

January 28 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Chidrupananda will speak in Bengali on Yuganayak Vivekananda. January 28 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6 pm: Parimal Kanti Das will speak on Divine Life of Sri Sri Gourima on her birthday.

BOOK READING

January 28 at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street; 6.30 pm: Oxford Bookstore and Sage Publications host a book-reading session on The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore by Dr Debashish Banerji, to be followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Tapati Guha Thakurta.

FILM SHOW

January 29 at Nandan-3; 5 pm: Theatrecian Film Club, in association with Take 5 communications and supported by NDTV Lumiere, hosts the screening of Turtles Can Fly, a film by Bahman Ghobadi.

EXHIBITION

Till January 30 at Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road: An exhibition of a variety of artefacts made of brass, bronze, wood, papier mache and marble stone, and procured from master craftsmen from all over the country Till February 7 at Halo Heritage (ground floor), 26 Ritchie Road; 11.30 am - 8.30 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents an exhibition of evening bags and ear rings. Till February 15 at Pumpkin Patch , South City Mall, Shop # S-210 (2nd floor); 11 am - 8 pm: A wide range of fashionable children’s wear.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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