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In a career that spanned seven decades, Norman Parkinson dazzled the world with his sparkling inventiveness as a fashion photographer. His impulsive and unstructured style changed forever the static, posed approach to fashion photography, while his enchanting, idiosyncratic persona charmed his sitters and projected an alluring and glamorous public image. Shining through his work is Parkinson’s inimitable wit and style, and his unique eye for glamour and beauty. Pink is the Navy Blue of India, the ongoing show of his photographs, reveals his innate understanding of India and its diversity. Parkinson returned from his trip to India stunned by the natural beauty, the magnificence of the architecture, the variety of the landscape and languages and, above all, the graciousness and elegance of the Indian people. Hosted by Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre and Tasveer.

Event: An exhibition of photographs by Norman Parkinson When: Till October 25; 2pm - 8pm Where: Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C SP Mukherjee Road

ART

Till October 27 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road, 1st floor; 4pm - 7pm: Different Strokes - Season 3 — an exhibition of watercolours by Shyamal Sen. Till October 27 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: Diganto — the 16th solo exhibition of watercolours by Gautam Dey. Till October 27 (except October 26) at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 4pm - 8pm: Colours of Fantasy — the second solo exhibition of paintings by Debika Mukherjee. Till October 27 (except October 26) at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘A’ Gallery; 4pm - 8pm: Dialogue presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Vaskar Sheel, Chitra Mandal and Chandan Nayak. Till October 27 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: Image 2011 presents the third group exhibition of recent works of Dhritidipa Roy (Mondal), Manoj Chaki, Ashok Adhikary, Debnath Ghosh, Swapan Kumar Samanta, Chandan Bouldas, Ujjwal Kumar Saha and Biswanath Mondal. Till October 29 (except Monday & public holidays) at Gurusaday Museum Gallery, Bratacharigram, Joka; 11am - 4.30pm: An exhibition on Durga in Folk Art of Bengal. Till October 29 (except holidays) at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street, 22895438; 11am - 7.30pm: Lyrical Journeys, a watercolour show by Arup Lodh, Sandip Roy and Sudip Roy. Till October 29 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, 22893027/22895041; 12noon - 7pm: Zany & Visionary Debian Delight — an exhibition of the works of Rajesh Deb. Till November 4 at Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1 Outram Street, 40647781; 11.30am - 7.30pm: Miniature bronze sculptures by Tapas Sarkar, Somnath Chakraborty, Chandan Roy, Subrata Pal and Provat Majhi. Till November 7 at Belvedere House, National Library, Alipore; 10am - 5pm: Treasures of Ancient China. Hosted by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Art Exhibitions China and Archaeological Survey of India. Till November 12 (except Sundays) at Galerie88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 11am - 7pm (Mondays, 2pm - 7pm): Recent works by Soumen Das and Uday Mondal. Till November 19 at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindustan Road: Two Stages of Invention, by the Mumbai-based CAMP. Till November 30 at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, 22894745, 40034974; 10.30am - 7pm: Indian School of Art — a group exhibition of paintings. Till November 30 at Srijanee, 11A&B Esplanade East; 10am - 8pm: The fifth collection of paintings by Sreesudip and Group. Till December 11 at Victoria Memorial Hall; 10am - 5pm: Kalighat Paintings, a collaborative exhibition presenting the finest Kalighat paintings from the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London and the Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH), Calcutta. Featuring 100 paintings, including 15 contemporary works by artists currently working in rural Bengal, acquired by V&A specifically for this exhibition.

DRAMA

Till October 25 at Academy of Fine Arts: Pancham Vaidic presents a festival of some of its productions. October 24, 6.30pm: A-parajita, based on three short stories by Tagore. Drama & direction: Arpita Ghosh. October 25, 6.30pm: Tagore’s Gharey Bairey. Drama & direction: Arpita Ghosh. October 24 at Madhusudan Mancha; 7pm: Swapnasandhani presents its latest production, Sei Sumouli. Drama: Indrasis Lahiri. Direction: Koushik Sen. October 25 at Girish Mancha; 6pm: Rabindra Nagar Natyaayudh will stage its latest production, Janaiker Mrityu. This will be preceded by a discussion on Pathonatak Na Pathey Natak. October 27 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30pm: Samstab presents Manaschakshu. Direction & performance: Dwijen Bandyopadhyay. October 28 at Minerva Theatre; 6.30pm: Sohan presents Helmet, a satiric play, written by Rajat Ghosh and directed by Anish Ghosh October 29 at Girish Mancha; 6.30pm: Nandikar will stage Madhabi. Drama: Bhisma Sahni. Adaptation, music & direction: Swatilekha Sengupta. Cast: Rudraprasad Sengupta, Debshankar Halder, Parthapratim Deb, Sumanta Ganguly and Sohini Sengupta. October 29 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30pm: Nandipat presents Shrinwantu Comrades. Direction: Bibhash Chakraborty.

performing arts

October 24 at 32 Ballygunge Gardens; 6.30pm: Adi Ballygunge Sarbojanin Shyama Puja Parishad presents Srikumar Chattopadhyay in a programme of devotional songs and a dance number by Satabdi Ballet Troupe. October 25 at Cafe The, ICCR building, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 6.30pm: Cafe The Unplugged — an interactive musical evening with Kamalini Mukherji and her friends. October 27 at Science City auditorium; 5.30pm: To mark the 29th anniversary of Prabhat Sangeet, Renaissance Artistes’ and Writers’ Association presents Prabhat-sangeet by Susmita Goswami, Parimal Bhattacharya and Abadhutika Ananda Abhisha Acharya. Also, a dance programme based on Prabhat-sangeet. October 30 at Rabinandan, 59C Turf Road, Bhowanipore; 5.30pm: On the occasion of Vijaya Sammelan, Rabinandan presents an evening of Tagore songs.

talk

October 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15pm: Swami Vishnudevananda will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Punthi. October 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6pm: Swami Jushtananda will speak on Bhagavat Katha. October 24 at Ramakrishna Mancha of Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House & Cultural Centre, 3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street; 6.30pm: Swami Satyapriyananda will speak on Vivekachudamani. October 24 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19A & B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Antaranga Lila-parshad.

photographs

October 24 - 27 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2pm - 8pm: An exhibition of photographs by Bibek Guha in the framework of Celebration of life in India and Europe. Inauguration today at 5pm. Till October 25 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road, 2pm - 8pm: Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre and Tasveer present Pink is the Navy Blue of India, an exhibition of photographs by Norman Parkinson. Till October 27 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: Ninth photography exhibition by the Association of Freelance Photographers & Art Pictorialists.

eXHIBITION

Till October 24 at Earthy Myth, 8/2 Loudon Street, 2nd floor; 11am - 7pm: An exhibition presenting the current works of Sucheta Merh. Till October 25 at Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace; 11am - 7pm: Crafts Council of West Bengal presents an exhibition-cum-sale showcasing a collection of terracotta lamps, planters, dokra candle-holders, textiles and jewellery. Till October 25 at Sienna, E102 City Centre, Salt Lake; 10.30am - 8.30pm: Diwali exhibition of textiles, pottery and handicrafts from all over India. Till October 26 at Sasha Shop, 27 Mirza Ghalib Street; 10am - 7pm (Sunday, 10am - 1pm): Diwali Bazaar, an exhibition of candles, diyas and other goodies by NGOs Anjali, Asha Niketan and Silence. Till October 28 at all Starmark outlets; 10.30am - 9pm: Lights — an exhibition of a wide range of diyas, candles and gift items for Diwali. Till October 30 at Merlin Homeland Mall; 5pm - 7pm: Ghar Banao Ghar Sajao, in association with t2. Featuring home decor items and free consultation on home decor, along with fun contests. Till October 31 at Vero Moda, South City Mall: Fashion Fest at Vero Moda — celebrate this festive season with Vero Moda as it unveils its latest fall / winter collection. Till October 31 at Jack &Jones, South City Mall: Fashion Fest at Jack & Jones — celebrate this festive season with Jack & Jones as it unveils its latest fall / winter collection.

FESTIVAL

October 24 - November 1 at Sri Ganesh & Murugan Temples, 58/14/3 Prince Anwar Shah Road, Lake Gardens, 24175058: Sanmarga Trust celebrates Shanda Shasti Festival 2011. October 24 at 6 pm: Ganapathi Abhishekam and Prarthana.

workshop

Till October 24 at Camlin Arts, Elgin Road: Workshop on fine arts (oil/water paintings, pastels, charcoal, sketching & shading), calligraphy, fancy writing & lettering. Also, certificate courses in French, Spanish and spoken English. Contact: 9830647476, 9804791446. Till October 29 at Objet D’Art, 14/1B Palm Avenue: Free workshop on jewellery. For more information, call 9831200077.

COMPETITION

Till January 31 at British Council: International writing competition in association with Sampad invites entries in the form of poetry, short stories or reportage on the theme of ‘Inspired by Tagore’. Entry forms with full details can be downloaded from www.sampad.org.uk/learning/opportunities/competitions or by emailing inspiredbytagore@sampad.org.uk. The closing date is January 31, 2012 and any writer from the age of 8 onwards, with an interest in South Asian Culture, can enter.

All those who wish events to be included in this column should write not less than a week ahead to:

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