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Maid of honour
The latest in-house production by Spandan, Sakubai is a poignant and powerful play that celebrates the grit and moral strength of the downtrodden, neglected and needy women of our society who must fight against odds in their daily struggle for survival. Its eponymous protagonist Sakubai is the ubiquitous working-woman, who hails from the lowest rung of the social ladder. She is projected as the good old kaamwali bai, an indispensable figure in the average Indian household. She is a woman who puts on a brave face despite the troubles that come her way. She finds solace in managing her mistress’ household efficiently while narrating the story of her life to the audience. Violated, dispossessed and uprooted, she has experienced grave trials and tribulations in her personal life. However, her powers of endurance, her sense of humour, her innate courage and integrity ultimately triumph in this highly-charged script, which also displays a wide range of emotions, reactions, moods and situations. Drama: Nadira Zaheer Babbar. Adapted and directed by Ashok Singh. Solo performance: Renu Roy.

Event: Play in Hindi, Sakubai, produced by Spandan
When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Gyan Manch

ART

Till October 12 (except Sunday & public holidays) at Studio21, 17L Dover Terrace, 2486 6735; Monday: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm: Extend Beyond — New works by Santanu Mitra, Ashish Chakroborty, Sumantra Mukherjee, Chinmay Mukherjee and Puspen Roy. Till October 3 (except October 2) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor & 3rd floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: Besides Paris, an exhibition of works by 18 Indian artists living in Paris. Curated by Shaheen Merali. Till October 4 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: A group exhibition of paintings by Creative Strokes. Till October 5 (except Sunday) at Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1 Outram Street, 2nd floor, 2289 2982/83; 12 noon - 7.30 pm: Aquarelle — a watercolour show by Jacky Pearson and Pavithra Devadutta. Till October 6 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, 2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Jamini Roy. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of drawings and mixed medium on paper by Tarun Ghosh. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Forest Flower & Folk — an exhibition of paintings by Anirban Banerjee. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Vision — a group exhibition of paintings. Till October 9 (except Sundays & holidays) at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Museum and Art Gallery; 10.30 am - 1 pm & 2.30 pm - 7 pm: Exhibition of drawings and sculptures of Sridhar Mahapatra and Radhakanta Bandyopadhyay. Till October 16 at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, 9830049825: Art of the Small — an exhibition of the works by a group of artists painting on very small canvases, each bringing his own unique perception and style to his work, using the medium of his choice. Till October 25 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street, 2229 3886; 2 pm - 7 pm: Autumn Hues — an exhibition of paintings by Laxman Aelay, Sachin Jaltare, Shyamal Mukherjee and Subrata Das. Till October 31 (except Sundays) at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, 2463 0465 / 4001 2289; 11 am - 7 pm: Experimenter presents Say Everything, an exhibition of installation and new-media works by a group of young artists: Baptist Coelho, Pushkar Thakur, Sajad Malik, Shreyas Karle and Sukanya Ghosh.

PERFORMING ARTS

October 1 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm: In memory of Manohari Singh, Euphony presents Hamara Pancham — a concert by 10 musicians of R.D. Burman’s team. Performances by Rames Iyer (lead guitar & conductor), Kishore Sodha (trumpet), Blasco Monsorate (trombone), Raj Sodha (saxophone), Franco Vaz (drums), Indranath Mukherjee (tabla), Kancha Bhai (madal), Homi Mullan (duggi & resso resso), Pradipto Sengupta (mandolin) and Nepal Sau (rhythm guitar). Also featuring are Pandit Ulhas Bapat (santoor) and Annette Pinto (vocals). October 1 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road, 24556942/43; 7 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents The First ‘Poetry Slam’ in Town — the art of spoken words with no restriction to any particular genre: poems, stroy-telling, dramatic monologues, freestyle rap; nor a restriction on a certain language, age, background. Poetry Slam brings poetry back to the people and gives young artists a space to present their talents: Each performer gets three minutes on stage, with no props, no costumes, no instruments, no plagiarism.

drama

October 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Anukool, based on a stroy by Satyajit Ray. Drama & direction: Ramaprasad Banik. October 1 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Akhor presents Kathaamrita, a play on revisiting Sri Ramakrishna Philosophy in the context of socio-political milieu of our time. Researched, written, designed & directed by Asit Basu.

RECORDINGS

October 1 at Calcutta School of Music; 6.30 pm: An evening of music of the seasons woth works from Vivaldi, Haydn, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky among others. A Listeners’ Club presentation by Indranil Poddar.

EXHIBITION

Till October 13 at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, 2485 8717/8509; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life 2010 — an exhibition of saris, jewellery, exclusive fashion & lifestyle textiles, brocade handbags, T-shirts, masks, decorative arts, furniture, and carpets/dhurries. Till October 3 at City Centre, Salt Lake (Kund) & City Centre, New Town (Celebration Square); 11 am - 7 pm: City Centre, in association with t2, hosts City Centre Puja Shopping Festival 2010. October 1 at Mentaid, 98n Block E, New Alipore; 10 am - 12 noon: Garage Exhibition — a fund-raising event for Mentaid, an NGO working for the betterment of the mentally challenged. Cloths, accessories and household items will be on display. Till October 7 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy Gallery, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, in collaboration with ICCR, presents Ulmer Modelle, an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ulm School of Design. Till October 7 at Ekdalia Banquet Hall, 9831815862; 11 am - 9 pm: Krishnakali’s exhibition of designer saris in tussar, silk and cotton. Till October 13 (except October 2) at Central Cottage Industries emporium, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: Pre-Puja exhibition of exclusive saris in cotton & silk procured from master weavers of different regions of India. Till October 14 (except Mondays) at Kisses... 32/1 Block J, New Alipore, 40608240; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of exclusive suits, tunics and Western wear. Till October 30 at 20B Gariahat Road South, 9831305810; 12 noon - 8 pm: Exhibition of designer saris by Ananya boutique and designer jewellery by Salankara boutique.

TALK

October 1 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Prof. Pradyot Kumar Mukhopadhyay will speak in Bengali on Dharma, Darshan O Vijnan.

ALBUM LAUNCH

October 1 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Dwijen Mukhopadhyay will release Praner Khela, an audio CD of Rabindrasangeet rendered by Jayanti Purakayastha, to be followed by her solo recital of Tagore songs. Cards at Melody, Rashbehari Avenue, and G55, Dakshinapan. October 1 at Someplace Else, The Park; 8 pm: Release of Cassini’s Division’s debut album, Ringside View, to be followed by the band’s launch concert. Presented by Saregama & Someplace Else. In 2001, Cassini’s Division burst onto the Indian music scene with their distinctive brand of emotionally charged original alternative rock. They fuse elements of hiphop and pop with hard-edged lyrics and soaring anthemic melodies to create a powerful heavy rock sound. Rahul Guha Roy, the lead singer, is the rapper whose lyrics are the driving force of the band. Sukanti Roy plays guitar, John Noel Bose is on bass, and Ludo aka Ritoban Das handles percussion and drums.

WORKSHOP

October 1 at Cards n Scraps, Alipore & Southern Avenue: Workshop in Quilling, Punch Craft and various paper related crafts for children and adults. Contact 9831004695, 9830932575 for details. October 2 onwards (Saturday & Sunday only) at Eduzone, 112 Southern Avenue: A month-long, weekend workshop (16 hrs) on personality enhancement for the age groups 13 yrs to 19 yrs and 19 yrs and above. E-mail eduzoneindia@gmail.com to register or call 9830020277. Details: www.eduzoneindia.com

BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

October 2 & 3 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19A & B Raja Rajkrishna Street: The 145th birth anniversary of Swami Abhedananda, the direct disciple of Bhagaban Sri Ramakrishna Deva, will be celebrated with special puja & homa in the morning and geeti-alekshay in the evening of October 2; and a public meeting on October 3 at 6.30 pm to be presided by Swami Samshuddhananda.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-700001; Fax: 2234-8244

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