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Creativity and national duty
The income tax collected by Government of India is ploughed back for national development. In other words, taxes paid by the public help create and build a nation involving multi-dimensional creative energies. Thus, it was considered appropriate to begin the Department’s 150 years’ celebrations with an art workshop featuring leading names of the Indian art scene. Based on the theme, Building the Nation through Income Tax, the two-day workshop was held on July 12 and 13. Over 30 eminent artists, including Amitabha Sengupta, Anita Roy Choudhury, Asit Poddar, Dhiraj Choudhury, Dwijen Gupta, Dipali Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Niranjan Pradhan, Prokash Karmakar, Partha Pratim Deb, Sunil Das, Shyamashree Basu, Suman Chowdhury, Tapas Sarkar, Tarak Garai and Wasim Kapoor took part in it. The paintings and sculptures created at the workshop have been put on show at a two-day exhibition, ending today. The workshop-cum-exhibition has been curated by Dhiraj Choudhury. Thereafter, on All India Income Tax Day (July 24), Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate an exhibition of these paintings and sculptures works at the AIFACS, New Delhi, to be followed by similar exhibitions in other metropolitan cities.

Event: Paintings and sculptures by eminent artists When: Till today; 10 am - 5 pm Where: Town Hall, 4 Esplanade Row

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. July 15 - 21 at Academy of Fine Arts, South ‘A’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Academy of Fine Arts presents Om-Ma-Maya-Mukti, a solo exhibition of original paintings based on Vedantic lores by Dipankar Mani. Inauguration at 6 pm. July 15 - 21 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Panihati Artist Forum presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures. 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 15 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: A group exhibition of paintings. Till July 17 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: Inscriptions in Bronze: Sculptures of Tapas Biswas. Till July 17 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 1 pm - 7 pm: The sixth solo exhibition of paintings by Salil Biswas. Till July 18 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Humanism — an exhibition of paintings by Sumitava Maity. Till July 18 at Taj Bengal, Promenade Lounge; 10 am - 11 pm: Solo exhibition of paintings by Gopal Dey. Till July 18 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 19 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road; 4 pm - 7.30 pm: Shilpa Bhavna presents a group exhibition of paintings (2nd phase). Till July 21 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P-238 Hindustan Park, #2464-2617/3843; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of recent work by S.H. Raza. 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 25 (except Mondays) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Svikriti, a group exhibition of the works of award winners at the Annual Exhibition 2010 of BAAC. Participating artists: Amit Kr. Debnath, Chandraval Mukherjee, Kalyan Chakraborty, Kaushik Raha, Manidipa Saha, Sayantani Datta, Sujit Das and Sushanta Kumar Maharana. Till August 5 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: In Search of the Exquisite — contemporary miniature art from Pakistan. Till August 14 (except Sundays) at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 10 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of artworks by 52 leading contemporary artistes featured in the book, Faces of Indian Art, through the lens of Nemai Ghosh.

DRAMA

July 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar will stage Ajnatobaas. Story: Sukanta Gangopadhyay. Direction: Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Cast: Swatilekha Sengupta, Sumanta Gangopadhyay, Sohini Sengupta and Rudraprasad Sengupta. July 16 at Academy of Fine Arts & July 17 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sansriti will stage its new production, Dream Dream, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Direction: Debesh Chattopadhyay. July 16 at Purbashree, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Salt Lake; 6 pm: Lok-krishti will stage Tagore’s Laboratory. Direction: Phalguni Chatterjee.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till July 18 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: SHE (Save Heritage & Environment), a non-profit organisation dedicated to identification, conservation and promotion of our heritage, presents Sourav De’s photography exhibition, Myriad Hues of Life.

PERFORMING ARTS

July 17 at Ramakrishna Mission Insititute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: An Evening of Malhars. Featuring Bhuvanesh Komkali (vocal) with Sambhunath Bhattacharya (tabla) and Suresh Phadtare (harmonium); and Bahauddin Dagar (rudraveena) with Srikant Mishra (pakhawaj). July 17 at Rabindra-Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake; 6 pm: Samobeto presents Guru Pranam, an evening of Tagore songs based on lesser-heard ragas of Bishnupur gharana. To be rendered by Pandit Shantanu Bandyopadhyay and Manoj Murali Nair.

FILM SHOW

Till July 16 at Nandan II; 4.30 pm & 6.30 pm: Cine Central, Calcutta, in collaboration with Instituto Camoes-Portuguese Cultural Centre, New Delhi and Consulate of Portugal, Calcutta, is organising a Portuguese Film Festival to mark the National Day of Portugal. Today: Noise (Dir: Tiago Guedes & Fernando Serra) at 4.30 pm; and Judgement (Dir: Leonel Vieira) at 6.30 pm.

SEMINAR / PRESENTATION

July 15 at Maulana Azad Conference Centre, 4th floor, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 10.30 am onwards: As part of Tagore’s 150th anniversary celebrations, ICCR Calcutta presents a day-long seminar/presentation on The Feminine in the Tagorean Oeuvre.

ODISHA FESTIVAL

July 15 at the Urban Area, Swabhumi; 7 pm: Bhajan Sandhya featuring Nilanjana Mukherji & troupe, and Amarendra Mohanty & troupe.

TALK

July 15 at Ramakrishna Mission Insititute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Chidrupananda will speak in Bengali on Yuganayak Vivekananda. July 15 at Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, 3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmapriyananda will speak on Kenopanishad. July 15 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; 7 pm: Swami Samsudhananda will speak on Mandukayakarika. July 15 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Bijan Lodh will speak on Mayer Katha. July 15 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7.10 pm: Swami Vamanananda will speak on Message of the Gita and Modern Society.

EXHIBITION

July 15 - August 7 at Sasha shop, 27 Mirza Ghalib Street; 10 am - 7 pm; Sunday (10 am - 1 pm): Sasha presents Out of Africa, an exotic range of African artefacts including a wide range of musical instruments, masks and other interesting crafts. Inauguration at 6 pm. July 15 - 17 at Banquet Hall, 16/2 Gariahat Road: An exhibition of fashion and lifestyle products including saris, salwars, designer kurtis, jewellery and more. Hosted by Maruti, an association of women. 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. Till July 17 at 16/2 Gariahat Road, #98310 30737; 10.30 am - 8.30 pm: Jo’s exhibits kurtis, patialla and dupattas.

QUIZ

July 18 at International School of Business and Media, EN22, Sector V, Salt Lake: The Calcutta Quiz Bowl, an open general quiz for four-member teams. Registration starts at 3.45 pm. Quiz starts at 4.15 pm. QM: Supratik Chaudhuri. Charges: Rs 200 per team (Rs100 for teams with 3 or more school or college students).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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