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Majid Majidi is one of those few internationally-reputed Iranian filmmakers who portrays a gentler picture of Iran than was commonly held in the West after the Islamic Revolution. At the same time, his films use stories about children and families as a way of metaphorically dealing with larger political and social issues. Majidi’s latest offering, Baran, is being screened at Cinema Asia film fest, conducted by the Eisenstein Cine Club. Baran deals with the story of 17-year-old Lateef, who cooks for labourers at a construction camp. When one of the labourers is hurt, his young son Rahmat comes to work in his place. In his aversion, Lateef spies on Rahmat only to discover that she is a girl. Lateef falls in love with her and from here begins his ordeal as his efforts to protect, trace and help this Afghan refugee girl cost him his belongings, his peace and eventually his greatest possession — his identity card, that is proof of his Iranian citizenship. Circumstances are such that Baran (alias Rahmat), will have to leave for Afghanistan. While boarding the truck, her shoe gets stuck in the mud and he helps her. She leaves and Lateef stares at her footprint which is being washed away by the rain. The film won the critics’ award at the Montreal Film Festival 2007. To be preceded by the screening of A Journey to the Silk Island (dir: Soumya Banerji).

Event: Screening of award-winning Asian films When: Today at 6 pm Where: Gorky Sadan

art

Till October 10 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent sculptures by Uma Roy Chowdhury, Debajit Chakraborty, Prasun Ghosh, Rathin Dey and Soumen Das. Till October 12 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: An Artists’ Rainbow, an exhibition of art and sculpture by renowned and contemporary artists. Till October 12 at Gandhara Art Gallery, 1B Gurusaday Road, Flat 5A (Palm Springs): A solo exhibition of paintings by Kazi Nasir. Till October 12 at Samokal Art Gallery, 23 Gariahat Road, 1st floor; Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Group show by contemporary painters Binit Sinha, Dewashish Das, Dipankar Chanda, Kausik Raha, Ranadip Das, Shyamal Mukherjee, Snehasish Maity and Subrata Das. Till October 12 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of graphics and paintings by Jayanta Naskar. Till October 13 at Chemould Art Gallery, Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Celebrations — Chandana Khan’s latest paintings. Till October 14 at Taj Bengal: Second solo exhibition of paintings by Atin Mitra. Till October 15 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street; 3 pm - 7 pm: Gen Next II, paintings and sculptures by 40 Indian contemporary artists. Till October 15 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Ganges Art Gallery, Calcutta and Gallery Espace, New Delhi host Surfaces and Textures. Participating artists: Kishore Shinde, Dattaraya Apte, Mona Rai, Rooshika Patel, Manjari Chakrabarty, Mekhla Bahl, Mithu Sen, Ranjith Raman, Neha Turakia, Shobha Broota, Yashwant Deshmukh, Yogesh Rawal and Tapati Chowdhury. Till October 17 (weekdays only) at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G-7 Malayalay Apts, 3 Woodburn Park Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Small is Beautiful 2the world of miniature art works. Featuring works of renowned artists. Till October 17 at Gallery Yapanchitra, Flat - 12/1A, 3rd floor, Lift no. 2, Stephen Court, 18A Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Written Image, solo exhibition by Hiran Mitra. Till October 15 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kanishka’s; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sketches, titled Works on Paper, featuring well-known contemporary artists Amit Ambalal, Anjolie Ela Menon, F.N. Souza, Ganesh Pyne, Himmat Shah, Jogen Chowdhury, Kartik Chandra Pyne, Prabhakar Kolte, Prakash Karmakar, R.B. Bhaskaran, R.M. Palaniappan, Sakti Burman, Satish Gujral, Shuvaprasanna, Somenath Hore and Sunil Das Till October 28 (except Sundays) at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road; 11 am - 8 pm: An Evening in Paris — experiences of a group of artists as they traversed through various museums and art galleries of Paris, Rome, Venice and London. Till November 3 (except Sundays) at Tejas Arts Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, opp. Ice Skating Rink; 3 pm - 7.30 pm: Tejas presents Devi — eighteen artists’ versions of Goddess Durga. Participating artists: Abhijit Ghosh, Anita Gurbaxani, Anirban Seth, Ashok Ganguly, Barun Saha, Biswarup Haldar, Debasish Sen Gupta, Dhiren Sasmal, Goutam Sarkar, Palash Paul, Partha Ray, Ritu Poddar, Runu Misra Banerjee, Samir Aich, Sarbani Ganguly, Shambhu Saha, Sudipto Tiwari, Swapan Kumar Saha, Tarun Chakravorty, Ujjwal Debnath and Buddhadeb Bose.

drama

October 10 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Lok-Krishti presents Krishna Gahvar. Drama, direction & acting: Bratya Basu. October 10 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Rangapat presents Tusher Aagun. October 11 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatre Workshop presents two short plays, Utpal Dutt’s Lohar Bhim and Michael madhusudan Dutt’s Buro Shaliker Ghare Rno. Direction: Ashok Mukhopadhyay.

PERFOrMING ARTS

October 10 at Kala Mandir; 9 am: Dakshinibarta’s 34th Sharad Anusthan features songs by Ramkumar Chattopadhyay, Indranil Sen, Sraboni Sen, Lopamudra Mitra and Prabhati Mukhopadhyay. October 10 at Gyan Manch; 5.45 pm: Aanandi presents an evening of classical music featuring Rajyasree Ghosh (vocal), Rina Srivastav (sitar) and Arnab Chattopadhyay (vocal). October 11 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Devotional songs by Manomay Bhattacharya.

FILM SHOW

Till October 12 at Gorky Sadan; 6 pm: Eisenstein Cine Club presents Cinema Asia: Through the Lens - Lively. Today: A Journey to the Silk Island (dir: Soumya Banerji) and Baran (dir: Majid Majidi).

PHOTOGRAPHS

October 10 at Amway office, Legacy Building, 25 Shakespeare Sarani: Art & Artistry — an exhibition of photographs of Satyajit Ray taken by Hirak Sen.

EXHIBITION

October 10 at Genesis Gallery; 10 am - 7.30 pm: Khwab exhibits its collection of salwar suits, sarees, kantha dupattas, kurtis, kaftans and gents pyjama kurta sets. Till October 10 at 8/2 Loudon Street, 2nd floor; 11 am - 7 pm: Earthy Myth’s pre-festive exhibition of sarees, kurtas and tunics. Till October 12 at 12/2A Bakul Bagan Row; 12 noon - 7.30 pm: Kreasions exhibits designer tant, crepe, georgette, chiffon and silk sarees, crepe batik suits, kurtis, tunics, skirts, fashion belts and batuas. Till October 13 at 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents an exhibition of constume jewellery in new designs and innovative craftsmanship. Till October 13 at 114/L Selimpur Road, 1st floor, Dhakuria; 3 pm - 8 pm: Nibedita Boutique’s exhibition of designer sarees in silk, batik, tant, crepe and kantha with matching costume jewellery. Till October 16 at Avishek Point, 2nd floor, 152 S.P. Mukherjee Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Gallery with Difference presents a collection of traditional and modern kanthas in Bengal. Collection: Shamlu Dudeja, Darshan Shah, Anita Bhattacharya and Arjina Biwi. Till October 17 at CIMA Gallery; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life, an exhibition of fashion wear, T-shirts, decorative art, masks, exculsive textiles, stoles and scarves, tribal art, jewellery, wall hangings, books, carpets, linens, brass items, embroidered bags and dhurries. Till October 18 at Cottage Industries, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd hosts a saree and ready-to-wear exhibition. Till October 18 at P 249 Purna Das Road: Darbari hosts Sharadiya Shimeeta Sankhya - A Limited Edition Affair, an exhibition featuring saris, suits, kurtis, patialas, tunics, skirts and leather accessories.

BOOK LAUNCH

October 10 at National Library, old auditorium; 4 pm: The launch of a book of poems in Bengali written by Kanai Lal Ghosh. Chief guest: Dr Nazrul Islam. Special guest: Dr R. Ramachandran. Hosted by Sabdarenu.

dISCUSSION

October 10 at Charukala Bhavan; 5 pm: A discussion on poet Benoy Majumdar and litterateur Sandipan Chattopadhyay. Organised by Angry Generation.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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