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Nandikar 50
Founded on June 29, 1960 by a group of committed, young theatre-persons, Nandikar has indeed come a long way. Today, as it celebrates 50 years of its existence, it is no longer just a performance-oriented theatre group, but an institution with a wide range of socially-oriented creative projects, including the education of underprivileged children through theatre and its popular annual National Theatre Festival. Its early productions were mainly adaptations of non-Indian plays, like Natyakarer Sandhane Chhati Charitra (Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author), Manjari Aamer Manjari (Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard), Jakhan Eka (Arnold Wesker’s Roots), Sher Afghan (Pirandello’s Henry IV) and Teen Poyshar Pala (Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera). It also performed Tagore’s Char Adhyaya. Having weathered its fair share of splits, failures and lapses during its journey, Nandikar began to chart newer courses under the guidance of Rudraprasad Sengupta, who emerged as its director after 1977. In the following decades, Nandikar produced as many as 80 plays that were performed all over the country and abroad at all major international, national and state theatre festivals. This evening, Nandikar stages its latest production, Madhabi, which highlights the eternal subjugation of womanhood at the altar of the desires of men. Drama: Bhisma Sahni. Adaptation, music and direction: Swatilekha Sengupta.

Event: Play in Bengali, Madhabi, produced by Nandikar on the occasion of its 50th anniversary When: Today at 6.30 pm (Anniversary programme at 6.10 pm) Where: Academy of Fine Arts

ART

Till August 14 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers (2nd floor), 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, #2485 8717 / 2485 8509; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Summer Show 2010. Featuring works by Manas Acharya, Akhilesh, Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Sumitro Basak, Shipra Bhattacharya, Bhuribai, Tapas Biswas, Sakti Burman, Jayasri Burman, Shreyasi Chatterjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Sougata Das, Chandan Das, Meera Devidayal, Anju Dodiya, Debraj Goswami, Ramendranath Kastha, Bhupen Khakhar, Goutam Khamaru, Bimal Kundu, Subrata Kundu, Paresh Maity, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Asim Pal, Niranjan Pradhan, Mona Rai, Satyajit Roy, Suhas Roy, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, Kingshuk Sarkar, Ajit Seal, Shakila, Lalu Prosad Shaw, Shuvaprasanna, Mayank Kumar Shyam, Paramjit Singh, T. Vaikuntam, Yusuf and others. June 29 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 6 pm: Mrinal Sen inaugurates Vibgyor, the curtain raiser of Gallery Grandeur’s art exhibition featuring works by Ajay de, Anand Panchal, Arya Chandra Chowdhury, Asit Patnaik, Avijit Dutta, Bimal Podder, Gopal Pal, Hari Sadhan Dey, Kushal Mukherjee, Niranjan Pradhan, Prithvi Soni, Samir Aich, Sanatan Dinda, Shankar Ghosh, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Sen and Wasim Kapoor. The show contibues till July 4 between 4 pm and 8 pm. Till June 30 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road, 1st floor; 4 pm - 7.30 pm: Colourful Thoughts — paintings by Tarak Das. Till June 30 at Academy of Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Ashok Kumar Dey. Till June 30 at Academy of Arts, New South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Annual Art Exhibition 2010 by the students of College of Visual Art. Till June 30 at Academy of Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Society for Udvid Artists Group presents an exhibition of painting and sculpture. Till June 30 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Paintings by Rina Mustafi. Till June 30 at Zoom Photo Art Gallery, 26 Shakespeare Sarani; 12 noon - 8 pm: Contemporary fine art exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculptures by Friends of Fine Arts group. Participants: Aloke Roy (paintings), Atanu Paul (photographs), Bibhash Bhattacharjee (photographs), Sailen Ghosh (sculpture) and Soumen Saha (paintings). Till June 30 at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #98300 49825; 12.30 pm - 7.30 pm: Annual Summer Show of mixed artworks. Till June 30 at Srijanee, 11A & B Esplanade East; 10 am - 8 pm: God & Nature — the fourth solo exhibition of paintings by Sreesudip. Till July 3 at Halo Heritage, 26 Ritchie Road, 1st floor; 2 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Samik De, N.E. Raju and Sambhu Saha. Till July 10 at Gallery K2, 35 Lansdowne Terrace; 11 am - 7 pm: Continuing to Dream — an exhibition of recent works by Katayun Saklat Till July 14 (except Sundays) at Gallery Nakshatra, 2nd floor, 2/1 Outram Street, #2289 2982; 11.30 am - 7.30 pm: Soundaryam — an exhibition of paintings by eminent artists from south India. Till July 15 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents an exhibition of doodles, drawings and paintings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Till July 17 (except Sundays) at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: Inscriptions in Bronze: Sculptures of Tapas Biswas. Till July 18 (except Sundays) at Mon Art Gallery, 6 Hungerford Street, Regency - 3rd floor, #2289 5438; 11 am - 7 pm: Abreast Totems — an exhibition of recent paintings by Vasudevan Akkitham, B.V .Suresh, Bhrigu Sharma, Debasree Das, Deepak Kannal, Haraprasad Tripathy, Haresh Dropal, Indrapramit Roy, Kumar Jasakiya, Kundan Mondal, Mayyur Kailash Gupta, Nilotpal Sinha, Pooja Panchal, Rahul Mukharjee, M. Sashidharan, Shivani Bhalla, Susanta Pal and Uday Mondal. Till July 24 (except Sundays & national holidays) at Harrington Mansions, Suite 5+25B, 2nd floor, 8 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, #22829220/21; 12 noon - 8 pm: The Harrington Street Arts Centre presents Writing Visuals, an exhibition of drawings curated by Adip Dutta. Featuring works by Vivan Sundaram, Jogen Chowdhury, Partha Pratim Deb, Kishore Chatterjee, Jayashree Chakraborty, Samir Roy, N.N. Rimzon, Dilip Ranade, Alex Matthew, Sudhir Patwardhan, Mithu Sen, Adip Dutta, Debnath Basu, Paula Sengupta and Manisha Parekh. Till July 31 (except Sundays) at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, #40034974, 2289 4745; 12 noon - 7 pm: Indian Masters II — works by Ashoke Mullick, Biren De, Gagendranath Tagore, Ganesh Haloi, Gopal Sanyal, Jamini Roy, Kanchan Dasgupta, Katayun Saklat, L.M. Sen, Nandalal Bose, Nikhil Biswas, Paritosh Sen, Partha Pratim Deb, Prakash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Samir Aich, Sanat Kar, Shipra Bhattacharya, Subrata Saha, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Sunil Das and Wasim Kapoor.

DRAMA

June 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.10 pm: To mark the completion of its 50 years, Nandikar presents Madhabi. Drama: Bhisma Sahani. Adaptation, music & direction: Swatilekha Sengupta. Cast: Rudraprasad Sengupta, Debshankar Haldar, Parthapratim Deb, Sumanta Ganguly and Sohini Sengupta. June 29 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Prachya presents Tritiyo Anka, Atayeb. Drama, direction & performance: Soumitra Chattopadhyay. July 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Swapnasuchana will stage Tagore’s Bodnam. Drama & direction: Sudipta Sarkar. July 3 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Rangakarmee will stage its first multi-lingual production, Bhor. Drama & direction: Usha Ganguli. July 4 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Sundaram will stage Ja Nei Bharatey. Drama, direction & performance: Manoj Mitra.

FILM SHOW

June 29 at Nandan-II; 6 pm onwards: Films Division, Government of India & Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre jointly present a shelf of films by Debaki Kumar Bose - The Innovative Director. Screening schedule: Raidas (6 pm), Bargad Ki Aap Beeti (6.22 pm), Andhere Se Ujale Me (6.55 pm) and Brahmin (7.15 pm).

PERFORMING ARTS

June 29 at Kala Mandir (B); 6 pm: Ananya Music presents Surer Aanginay Dui Bangla, featuring Nazrulgeeti by Susmita Goswami, audio-play by Sudipto Biswas and Susmita Roy, and Tagore songs by Suman Panthi, Debashree Biswas, Amina Ahmed and Shyama Ali. July 2 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: As a prelude to Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations, Meghdoot Ballet Troupe presents Adhora Camelia. Choreography & dir: Subhashis Dutta. July 2 at Crossword, Elgin Road; 6.30 pm: Mohabishwe Mohakashey: Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore — A shared philosophy. Featuring Sudeshna Basu (Tagore songs) and Barun Chanda (readings). Concept & script by Sudeshna Basu.

TALK

June 29 at Ramakrishna Mission Insititute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Sarvabhutananda will speak in English on Mundaka Upanishad. June 29 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; 7 pm: Prof. Samir Kumar Basu will speak on Life and Philosophy of Swami Abhedananda. June 29 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra; 7 pm: Prof. Amarendra Das will speak on Srima Sarada Devi.

WORKSHOP

July 2 onwards at Object d’Art; 11 am - 5 pm: A 15-day workshop on diamond grading, jewellery designing, gemstone, jewel CAD/Rhino and manufacturing jewellery sessions. For details, call 98312 00077. July 9 - 11 at Senator Hotel, 15 Camac Street; 9 am - 6 pm: Workshop on Basic Clinical Hypnotherapy, conducted by California Hypnosis Institute of India. Learn how the mind works, how we block ourselves with our limiting belief systems and how to overcome them. Advance registration is required. Contact 9830129292.

EXHIBITION

Till June 30 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 12 noon - 8 pm: ICCR Calcutta and The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies present a photo exhibition on A Journey through the Stilwell Road. Till June 30 at Bengal Studio, Hind Motor, Nikita Apartment, ground floor, #98368 28085; 4 pm - 9.30 pm: An exhibition of restored rare pictures and research work of Arindam Saha Sardar on the creations of eminent art director Bansi Chandragupta. Till June 30 at Sasha shop, 27 Mirza Ghalib Street, #22521586; 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm: Special display of patchwork bedspreads, beautiful bags and batuas in mirror work. Till July 10 at Astha, 19 Lake Road; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: Exhibition of Lakhnawi chikan saris, suit material, kurtits, tops, etc. Till July 17 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 11 am - 8 pm: The Art of the Book: Digital collages by Sunandini Banerjee.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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