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Social messages through art
In 2006, Zubaan, a Delhi-based feminist publishing house, began work on a project to collect posters from the women’s movement in India. They wanted to map a visual history of the women’s movement in an attempt to find out the shape of political activism of Indian women, how it mobilised support or reached out to a wider audience. In the process, they came across an unexpected treasure trove of artistic expression. These were the works of traditional and folk women artists from all over the country that carried, in one way or another, content that related to issues such as violence against women, dowry or HIV/AIDS. Crafts have always been a strong medium of expression and communication, specially for women. For generations, they have used this medium to tell their stories — through paintings, weaving and other forms. Poster Women II is an attempt to document and showcase these traditional forms of expression that rural women have used to engage with social issues. Some of these artworks, created and designed by marginalised and socially excluded (tribal and Dalit) women, deal with issues ranging from livelihood rights, health awareness, communalism and violence, to marriage and domestic work. The exhibits on show include Madhubani from Bihar, Patachitra from West Bengal, contemporary Phad painting from Rajasthan, applique embroidery from Orissa, Jogi art from Gujarat, Sujuni embroidery from Bihar, Khovar paintings from Jharkhand, Gond art from Madhya Pradesh and Khatwa from Bihar. Inauguration today at 11 am.

Event: An exhibition of art works by rural women artists When: Till February 24; 10 am - 7 pm Where: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place

ART

Till February 22 at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture; 10.30 am - 1 pm & 2.30 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by ex-students of Appreciation of Indian Art course. Till February 22 at Aamigallery, Chanda Garden, 186A S.P. Mukherjee Road; 4 pm - 8 pm: Phasewise works of the senior students of Government Art College.Phase I: Tapestry, leather paintings and ceramics. Till February 24 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Dhakuria Society for Education & Expression presents an art show. Till February 24 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings and sculptures by Krishna Dey, Biplab Sarkar, Mintu Mallick and Anup Kumar Biswas. Till February 24 at Academy of Fine Arts, West & New South galleries; 3 pm - 8 pm: Creative Wave presents the 8th group show of paintings and sculptures. Participating artists: Sunil Das, Dwijen Gupta, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Biman Bihari Das, Swapnendu Bhowmik, Archana Das, Kamalaksha Gangopadhyay, Karunamoy Sur, Bhaskar Lahiri, Sandip Chakraborty, Sumitabha Pal, Prabal Roy, Subroto Pal, Parag Roy, Asok Mondal, Chandan Debnath, Debika Mukherjee, Rajat Sen, Krishna Guchait, Pradip Sengupta and Srinjoy Gangopadhyay. Till February 24 at Starmark, G-202 City Centre; February 25 to March 7 at Starmark, South City Mall; 11 am to 8 pm: Art on Easel, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Anjan Modak, Satavisha Hazra, Soma Das and Sumana Biswas. Co-ordinated by artworkshop. Till February 27 at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #4001 2289 / 2463 0465; 2 pm - 7 pm: Experimenter presents Sisyphus Effect featuring work by Sanchayan Ghosh. Till February 27 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Works of Akhilesh. Till February 27 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: The Rapture of Form —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. Till February 28 (except Monday) at Ahuja Museum for the Arts, 26 Lee Road; 12 noon - 7 pm: Young Indian Artists-I — an exhibition of paintings from the Museum’s collection. Till February 28 (except Tuesday) at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road; 1 pm - 8 pm: 90 Minutes in Heaven — an exhibition of contemporary paintings by Suman Sarkar. Till March 1 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road ( Ist floor); 4 pm - 8 pm: Spring Fest — watercolours by Shyamal Sen. Till March 6 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Monday (2 pm - 7 pm): Rhythmic Significance — an exhibition of the work of Partha Shaw. Till March 13 (except Sundays) at Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street; #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: Lightness of being Anxious, an exhibition of paintings by Ashoke Mullick. Till March 14 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephens Court, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Kunwarji’s Ground — new works by Dileep Sharma.

DRAMA

February 22 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Abhaash presents its latest production, Baba Asben. Drama & direction: Sekhar Samaddar. February 22 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Rangakarmee presents its first multi-lingual production, Bhor. Drama & direction: Usha Ganguli. February 24 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC’s monthly theatre show will feature Antar Hote Udasi (in Hindi), a collage of Pakistani short stories written by eminent Sindhi, Baluchi and Punjabi writers. A Choop Katha production, conceived and directed by Dolly Basu. February 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: The premiere of Nandikar’s Madhabi. Drama: Bhisham Sahni. Adaptation & direction: Swatilekha Sengupta. February 26 at Academy of Fine Arts & February 27 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sundaram will stage Ja Nei Bharatey. Direction & performance: Manoj Mitra. February 26 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Spandan will stage its new production, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, a suspense legal drama in Hindi, based on Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men. Direction: Ashok Singh. Produced by Spandan in aid of its ‘Cause for Theatre’ project. February 27 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Shohan will stage Helmet. Dir: Anish Ghosh. February 27 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Padatik and Stage Passion present the comedy, Mukhia Manoharlal, directed by Pradip Roy.

PERFORMING ARTS

February 22 at Indumati Sabhaghar, jadavpur; 5 pm: Kabyaloke presents an evening of recitation and songs. February 22 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: In aid of Navanir (home for senior citizens), Kuhak presents Rendezvous — a meeting of musical excellence. Featuring Partha Bose (sitar) and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla). February 22 at Sisir Mancha; 6 pm: Rabinandan presents Tagore’s Bhanusingher Padavali and an audio-drama Kach-O-Debjani (readings by Jagannath Basu and Debjani Majumdar). February 23 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm: sahaj Padma presents Uttarayan, a dance theatre and musical. Written and directed by Mirajur Rahman, this is one story told through three different tales from Greek, Egyptian and Indian mythologies, rendered in Indian classical dance styles, contemporary dance and performing yoga, and woven together in pantheistic English poetry. February 23 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6.30 pm: Sanskriti Sagar & Astaad Deboo Dance Foundation present Breaking Boundaries — a dance performance by students of Salaam Balak Trust, New Delhi. Choreographed by Astaad Deboo.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Till March 5 (except Mondays & public holidays) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: East City — Kolkata Before the Campaign, photographs by Leena Kejriwal.

STORYTELLING

February 22 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6.30 pm: Oxford Bookstore, Calcutta and Sapphire Creations host a story-telling session with Rubena Sinha (a renowned narrator and artiste from Toronto) on Debi Durga. The story will be enacted through dance by Sumita Bhattacharya.

FILM SHOW

February 22 at Nandan-II: Cine Central, Calcutta presents the screening of The Reader (USA; Dir: Stephen Dalory) at 4.30 pm; and 3-Iron (Korea; Dir: Kim Ki-duk) at 6.30 pm.

TALK

February 22 at Humayun Kabir Hall of The Asiatic Society; 4 pm: Professor Michael Whitfield, senior lecturer in family medicine, University of Bristol, and Medunsa University, South Africa will deliver a public lecture on Dr Professor Henry Goodeve. February 22 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Divyananda will speak on Sri Ramakrishner Bhaktabrinda. February 22 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Arup Kumar Ghosh will speak in Bengali on Sri Ramakrishna O Brahma Samaj. February 22 at Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, 3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street; 6.30 pm: Swami Satyapriyananda will speak on Vivekachudamani. February 22 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra; 6.30 pm: Dipak Ganguly will speak on Swamijir Patravali. February 22 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Swami Brahmananda Lila Katha.

WORKSHOP

February 24 at Threads, 89 Ballygunge Place; 11 am - 2 pm: Workshop on the fancy and traditional art of Saree Draping to be conducted by well-known designers Radhika Singhi and Sayantan Sarkar. For details, call Poonam Mangala (Voiceworx Events) on 96744 72350 or mail at threads@voiceworx.in February 27 at Eduzone, 112 Southern Avenue; 11 am - 1 pm: Free introductory workshop and free diagnostic tests with corrections for SAT, GRE, TOEFL & IELTS. Also, workshop on foundation building courses for physics, chemistry, maths and English for classes VI to XII. E-mail confirmation at eduzoneindia@gmail.com For details, call 9830020277, 9230613528 or visit www.eduzoneindia.comAll 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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