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Ranan’s present production was born out of one of its theatre-workshops in Calcutta. After having travelled nationally and internationally, Crossings: Exploring the facets of Lady Macbeth returns in its final version to the city of its birth. It is one of the first experiments by Ranan to bring together the idioms of classical dance and drama. Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been appreciated immensely both in its digetic and mimetic forms. Interestingly, Ranan’s production chooses to focus on Lady Macbeth rather than the tragic hero. What is attempted is a recontextualisation of the character of Lady Macbeth, who is one of the most talked about women characters created by the bard. The pieces of dance recital are interspersed with the speeches of Lady Macbeth that reveal her surprisingly strong will and bring to light the fact of her selfless love for her husband. In fact, in the Freudian perspective, Lady Macbeth is only an extension of Macbeth’s psyche; an objective-correlative of his feminine side. The production explores Lady Macbeth’s role in her husband’s life and her agony of bearing the guilt of murder and losing her sanity and everything else she has. The present production succeeds not only in chronicling the various aspects of her personality, but through dance gives the character that vehemence and verve that cannot be experienced or discerned while reading or watching the play. Direction: Vikram Iyengar.

Event: Dance-theatre Crossings: Exploring the facets of Lady Macbeth, produced by Ranan When: Today at 7 pm Where: Gyan Manch


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 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 23 at Laban Hrad Mancha, BD Block, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: Salt Lake Theatre’s 6th Natyotsav. Today: Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra’s Jaal (dir: Goutam Halder). Till December 25 at Academy of Fine Arts: Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival. Today at 2.30 pm: Abanira Kemon Thake (dir: Susanta Mondal) by Badhir Vidya Bhawan, Uttarpara and Tota Kahini (dir: Parthapratim Deb) by Samatat, Uttarpara; at 6 pm: Ram Naam Satya Hai (dir: Chetan Datar) by NSD Rep. Co., Delhi.


Till December 22 at Indumati Sabhaghar, Jadavpur University: The 24th annual classical music and dance fest presented by All India Music Festival. Today at 3 pm: Rita Ghosh (bhajan), Sangram Roy and Susamoy Mishra (tabla lahara), Sanjukta Biswas (vocal), Sourjodeep Bhattacharyya (sarod), Debasish Dey (vocal), Debprasad Chakraborty (sitar) and Pandit Arun Bhaduri (vocal). December 21 - 23 at Purbashree, Salt Lake; 3.30 pm - 9.30 pm: Salt Lake Cultural Association presents the 21st Salt Lake Music Festival. Today: Alokparna Guha (Kathak), Mormukut and Manoj Kedia (sitar & sarod duet), Sandip Nag (vocal) and Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt and Salil Vishwa Bhatt (mohanveena & satvikveena duet). December 21 at Bengal Rowing Club, Rabindra Sarobar; 7 pm: Reflections — a live concert to be performed by Dhwani, the multilingual music band.


December 21 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6 pm: Oxford Bookstore, Calcutta and Sage Publications present the launch of The Indian Family in Transition, edited by Sanjukta Dasgupta and Malashri Lal. The book will be released by Prof. Bharati Ray and will be followed by a panel discussion on the subject. Panelists: Mani Shankar Mukherjee, Swapan Mullick and Prof. Bharati Ray.


December 21 at Crossword, 8 Elgin Road; 6.30 pm: Crossword, in association with The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta, hosts a panel discussion on the book, The Jamdani Revolution (Politics, personalities and civil society in India and Bangladesh) with the author, Krishnan Srinivasan, former foreign secertary of India, and Jayanta Kumar Ray, chairman, Maulana Azad Institute, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, editor, editorial pages, The Telegraph, and Rathikant Basu, chairman, Broadcast Worldwide.


December 21 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 4 pm - 8 pm: Gala Christmas Carnival with fancy dress party, magic show, puppet show, tattoo painting, hair braiding, food stalls, games and gifts galore. December 23 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 4.30 pm - 6 pm: Under the Christmas Tree, an evening of storytelling by Mira and Daleep Kakkar of the Kathakars, and the singing of Christmas carols.


Till December 21 at Subarna Jayanti Bhavan, Jadavpur University: Photo exhibition of inscriptions by Archaeological Survey of India, Epigraphy branch, Mysore. Till December 22 at the Bhasha Bhavana Auditorium, National Library; 11 am - 5 pm: An exhibition of books by and on Buddhadeva Bose. Till December 23 at Karma Kutir, 411/8 Hemanta Mukhopadhyay Sarani, #24658056; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of Bengal’s traditional kantha, batik and other handicrafts by Karma Kutir as part of its project for Capacity Building and Economic Empowerment of Marginalized Women, supported by GOAL of Ireland. Till December 27 at Finesse, 11/1B New Road, Alipore; 10 am - 7 pm: Sujata Nevatia’s collection of silk sarees and suit pieces. Till January 18 at 85 Lansdowne, 85-B Sarat Bose Road; 11 am - 7.30 pm: A month-long exhibition of party wear by resident designers and exhibit by Priyadarshini Rao. Also, introducing Surili Goel, Mayank Modi and Nachiket Barve.


December 21 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Dr Sasanka Bhusan Bandyopadhyay will speak on Chandogta Upanishad.


December 21, 22 & 24 at Crossword, 8 Elgin Road; 1 pm onwards: Crossword and Sasha host a three-day fiesta comprising fun frolic and learning activities for children.


December 21 - 28 at Lalit Kala Akademi, 361 Keyatala Lane; 10 am - 6 pm: Regional interactive camp in dokra casting. Inauguration today at 5.30 pm by Niranjan Pradhan.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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