A Good Play staged by MAD at GD Birla Sabhagar.Picture by Anindya Shankar Ray
A picture can speak a thousand words, and everyone it seems wants to tell their story through the lens of a camera. Shahidul Alam, an eminent photographer and social activist from Bangladesh, will be in Calcutta to conduct a masterclass and photography workshop at ICCR from November 19 to 21.
Jointly organised by British Council and DRIK India, ‘To Know One Must Imagine’ — the two-and-a-half-day workshop can be attended only through merit. That means applicants will be chosen on the basis of their work and only 15 lucky participants will get to have a one-on-one interaction with Shahidul Alam.
Open to photographers and enthusiasts all over India, the application deadline is November 10. All one needs to do is send in a story/portfolio of single images (10 images of low resolution) and story text in not more than 300 words, complete with captions, plus your bio data (within 350 words). Mail all this to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to get cracking to hone the art of clicking!
Youth theatre group MAD (Mad About Drama) was back on stage on Tuesday with its much-appreciated production A Good Play at GD Birla Sabhagar.
Written and directed by Aritra Sengupta of Jadavpur University, A Good Play plays around with the concept of “play within a play” and tells the story of the unsung heroes of theatre — set designers, light technicians, stage managers and prompters.
The young actors did well, be it Soumendra Bhattacharya of Presidency University as Safdar, a junior artiste who joined a theatre company dreaming of becoming an actor, Soumya Mukherji of Jadavpur University, who charmed the audience as the innocent technician Bablu Bose or Aritra’s soliloquy as the angsty “director saab”.
Team MAD used lights and shadows and smoke on stage to highlight the dark undertones of the script. While almost everyone came out of the theatre happy, some mentioned that the nearly 90-minute play would have been crisper had it been shorter by 15 minutes.
“A Good Play was more than just ‘good’, it was amazing!”smiled Spandan Bandopadhyay of Jadavpur University after the show.
A Good Play recently won several awards at Admit One 2012, a national-level theatre competition organised by NLSIU Bangalore, including best original script, best actor (Soumendra), best director and best play.
What: www.infibeam.com. An online shopping portal that sells everything from phones to flowers. Among the city’s youngsters, the pop pick is books.
Why we love it: It stocks a huge collection of books and gives great discounts, usually more than what other shopping sites offer on a particular product. The discount gets bigger on pre-orders. Infibeam has cash on delivery service and free shipping on total orders of above
Rs 200. Then there’s a 30-day return policy. They ship fast and one can send gifts across India. The site also sells gift vouchers.
Peeve: No personal delivery
system, which makes the
delivery dependent on local courier services.
Youth speak: “I use Infibeam to buy my academic books because many a time they come cheaper than even on College Street! Infibeam also offers a wide range of personalised gift items,” said Rahul Sen of Presidency University.