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Sprouting of life

Describing Kazi Nasir's paintings, recently on view at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, as examples of photographic fidelity would be unfair, although not too many artists of today are capable of emulating his skill and finesse in realistic depiction, either. In fact, Nasir's acrylic pieces, titled Germination, Annununciation, Butterfly and The Fall (No. 7) are not only works of rare beauty in terms of naturalistic portrayal, but also show imaginative departures from versimilitude. The artist demonstrates his ability to evoke timelessness in the garb of the all-too-familiar, evanescent objects. The abstract-looking flora and the precariously poised bird's egg are made to play a central role, suggesting the sprouting of latent life.

Samir Dasgupta

Raj nostalgia at its best

Ordinary mortals ' not so fortunate as to set foot in the haloed estate of the Governor of Bengal ' made a melee at the Victorial Memorial Hall to catch a glimpse of a majestic photo essay on Raj Bhavan (November 17-23). Authored by S.S. Kumar, the exquisitely mounted pictures printed on matte paper showed Raj nostalgia at its very best. It was much more than a peek into the grand ballroom, the magnificent corridors or the iconic capitals ' all mirroring the history of British colonialism at its gorgeous peak. Kumar knows his angles well. Tailor-made for a documentary project, his attempt to portray the larger-than-life proportions of the palace were distinctly visible. One low-angle shot of the stairs and another close look at the regal chandeliers were sheer delight.

Anshuman Bhowmick

To a crescendo

Padatik (Salt Lake branch) presented some promising Kathak dancers at Gyan Manch on November 20. The choreographers had put in their best efforts to convey their ideas within the structures of the classical dance form. It began with an invocation which was followed by aakaram. In this Madhumita Roy, the choreographer-dancer, showcased the footwork and pirouettes of Kathak in interesting beats. Rising to the crowd-pleasing crescendo, the dance-rs built layers of sound with their hands and feet. The idea behind the choreography of Nature in Harmony was unique. Nilanjana Sengupta wanted to portray the effect of the rays of the moon on the behaviour of wild animals. But the choreography was not conducive to her idea. Sandip Mullick's Khoj stood out from the rest.

Sulagna Mukhopadhyay

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