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The bookworms’ tale
Adapted from Alice Woster’s Hubab on the Bookshelf, Abdul Latif Khatana’s Kitabon Mein Hulchul tells the interesting story of an old book shelf which is peopled by various books and an old, wizened, melancholy bookworm, which has been living there for many years. Suddenly, one day, eight bookworms appear. They are very hungry and therefore decide to binge on these books. In spite of the old worm’s warnings, these worms attack the books. In this chaos, a little worm gets left out. When the older worms have had their fill, they begin praising and advocating the subjects whose books they have consumed, leading to arguments and complications. The old worm steps in to handle the situation and proposes to build a community of worms. When it comes to making a home each feels that its subject is superior and there is a deadlock of opinion. Right in the middle of all this, the little worm also gets very hungry and agitated, and chews a whole book! It’s its turn to speak the oracle and it declares itself the leader of them all. Now, others realise the inappropriateness of their actions and they, in turn, make the little worm realise the bookish fill alone is not sufficient. The play is a resounding strike on the idea that some subjects are superior than the rest. It should be kept in mind that all are equally required for an all-round development of a person. The play, in its novel manner, also ridicules those sophists who have read a lot but learnt very little. The play is being performed as part of Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival.

Event: Play in Hindi, Kitabon Mein Halchal, produced by NSD TIE Co., Delhi When: Today at 6 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


Till December 20 at Samokal Art Gallery, 23 Gariahat Road, Gol Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Art Addressing Violence, a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Till December 22 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Castles in the Air, an exhibition of paintings by Manju Sharma. Till December 22 at Domus Art Gallery, 7B (ground floor), Neelamber Building, 28/B Shakespeare Sarani; 11 am - 6 pm: Exhibition of collages and paintings by Bikas Mukherjee, Dipankar Mukherjee, Sumana Biswas, Sukhendu Sekhar Saha and Swapan Denra. Till December 22 at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Shivam Chamber, 2nd floor; 3 pm - 7 pm: The New Figurative, an exhibition of artworks by Ranabir Saha, Timir Brahma, Subhro Banerjee and Sanjay Patra. Till December 22 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor: Recent works by Bhudev Majumdar and Pradip Patra. Till December 23 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #24604245; 12 noon - 7 pm: Colour, Form & Texture, an exhibition of paintings by Vishal C. Bhand. Till December 23 at ‘By the Way’, Taj Bengal: Adieu! Rickshaw, paintings by Arunava Ray. Till December 23 (except Monday) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: Agony and Ecstasy, an exhibition hosted by Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Till December 24 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #24642617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Drops of Silence, an exhibition of Suhas Roy’s work. Till December 28 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7.30 pm: Art Unlimited — an exhibition of paintings by Arpan Bhowmik, Ashish Gupta, Dipankar Chada, Dwashish Das, Gautum Mukherjee, Hari Sadhan Dey, Jiban Biswas, Mintu Maiya, Nitya Kundu, Rajib Sur Roy, Saptarshi Naskar and Saroj Sarkar. Till December 29 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesdays - Saturdays (2 pm - 7 pm): An exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs by Paresh Maity. Till December 29 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Pursuit Sculpture — works by Adip Dutta, Alex Mathew, Biman Bihari Das, Goutam Paul, K. Laxma Goud, N.N. Rimzon, Nagji Patel, P.S. Ladi, P.R. Daroz, Partha Pratim Deb, Rajendra Tikku, Shyamal Roy, Thomas John Kovoor and Valsan Koorma Kolleri. Till December 29 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #40076042; 3 pm - 7.30pm: Small is Big, an exhibition of small-sized paintings by Anirban Seth, Avijit Mukherjee, Bikas Karmakar, Dhiren Sasmal, Snehangshu Das, Anita Gurbaxani and others. Till December 30 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, #24752275, 24618812; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents an exhibition of Thangka, paintings of different times. Till January 2 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: The Last Sanctuary, an exhibition of recent works by Vasudevan Akkitham. Till January 4 (except Mondays) at Anant Art Gallery, 18-A Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Exhibition of latest works by Jeram Patel and Amitava. Till January 7 (except Sundays) at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street), Regency, 3rd floor, #22895438; 11.30 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of watercolours by Badri Narayan. Till January 18 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: The Pageant of Life, showcasing Indian art and sculpture by eminent artists. Participants: Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Subrata Pal, Bratin Khan, Kartick Pyne, Aditya Basak, Sanatan Dinda, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday, Tapas Sarkar, Beena Pradhan and Atin Basak.


Till December 23 at Laban Hrad Mancha, BD Block, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: Salt Lake Theatre’s 6th Natyotsav. Today: Swapnasandhani’s Dakghar (dir: Koushik Sen). Till December 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6 pm: Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival. Today: Kitabon Mein Halchal (dir: Abdul Latif Khatana) by NSD TIE Co., Delhi.


December 18 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee presents Deepadanda. Direction: Kumar Roy.


December 18 at Sisir Mancha; 5.30 pm: Abritti Parishad presents an evening of recitation and audio-acting. Featuring Prabhu Tomar Paney, an item of song, dance and poem; recitation Aamar Bharatbarsha; children’s group recitation Ku Jhik Jhik; sruti-natak Kabayah; and solo recitation by Tulsi Roy, Amitava Bagchi, Reshmi Choudhury, Dalia Basu Saha, Kakoli Ghosal, Sucharita Basu and Shibani Mondal. December 19 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Bhavna presents an evening of song and dance featuring Rabindrasangeet in chorus conducted by Manoj Murali Nair, a solo recital of Tagore songs by Mrinmoy Roy, and Kathakali dance-drama Duhshasana Vadham by Kalamandalam Murali along with Kalamandalam Venkitt, Kalamandalam Vasunni, Kalanilayam Mukundan, Preetha Venkitt and artistes from Kerala, Delhi and Visva Bharati. December 20 at St Paul’s Cathedral grounds; 6 pm: As part of the Heritage series, Itach, EZCC and Anjika present The Quest for Peace. Featuring a choir from Nagaland to be followed by a multimedia dance-theatre, La-Chute (The Fall), a tribute to the martyrs of 9/1, by Rhythmosaic Dance Company and Chatush and performed by Anita Mullick, Malabika Sen, Mitul Ghose Sengupta and Ronnie Shambik Ghosh. December 20 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Dance-drama Amrita Kanya, based on the novel, Devi Chaudhurani. Concept & direction: Kashmira Samanta. December 20 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: A sarod recital by Rajeev Taranath, with Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla. December 20 & 21 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Ranan presents Crossings, a dance-theatre production directed by Vikram Iyengar.


December 18 at Calcutta School of Music, Sandre Hall; 7 pm: A lecture-demonstration on the Sonification of Image and the Visualisation of Sound by Professor Clarence Barlow.


December 18 - 22 at the Bhasha Bhavana Auditorium, National Library; 11 am - 5 pm: An exhibition of books by and on Buddhadeva Bose. Inauguration today at 4 pm by Sankha Ghosh. Till December 21 at Subarna Jayanti Bhavan, Jadavpur University: Photo exhibition of inscriptions by Archaeological Survey of India, Epigraphy branch, Mysore.


December 18 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 4 pm: R.A. Mashelkar will speak on Resurgence of Innovative India: The Phenomenon and the Consequences. December 18 at the Bhasha Bhavana Auditorium, National Library; 4.30 pm: Buddhadeva Bose Centenary Committee presents Buddhadeva Bose First Centenary Lecture. Speaker: Prof. Sibnarayan Roy. December 18 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Sri Aurobindo Study Course (Pramod Ranjan Sen Endowment) by Dr V. Ananda Reddy of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, Pondicherry. Subject: Four aspects of Savitri. December 18 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will discuss in Bengali Sri Sri Mayer Katha.


December 19 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 7 pm onwards: Shakespeare is Alive and Kicking — a workshop to be conducted by Alyque Padamsee. Details at #9831035005.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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