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Based on Murray Schisgal’s Typists, Sujit Saraf’s 8 Ghante (Direction: Suresh Bhardwaj) tells the tale of two typists in Delhi’s Connaught Place who grow old together typing addresses on postcards. Their window to the world is literally a window, through which they look on the outside world and disparage it, reassuring themselves that their lives carry more meaning than those of the people outside. Over 30 years they invent games, re-enact the Mahabharat, try their hand at poetry, stage a play of their own, and pontificate on all matters. They are resigned to this stasis in their lives and the title sums up their life which is lived in the eight hours of the work. Unlike them, Amal, the protagonist of Tagore’s Dakghar (picture right) is facing life and death with valour. An ailing orphan waiting for death, Amal manages to form strong bonds with everyone around him. The busy, complex lives of these individuals come to a standstill as they watch him wait resolutely for the King to send him a letter. Amal waits, loves and believes, nurturing the almost impossible wish in his heart to see everyone around him happy. The present production of Dakghar has been directed by Koushik Sen. The plays are being performed as part of Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival. Also, Pata Jhore Jaye and excerpts from Antigone, two Nandikar productions directed by Rudraprasad Sengupta, at 6.30 pm

Event: Play in Bengali, Dakghar, produced by Swapnasandhani at 10 am; Play in Hindi, 8 Ghante, produced by Aakar Kala Sangam, New Delhi at 2.30 pm When: Today Where: Academy of Fine Arts


December 25 - 30 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: The first solo exhibition of paintings by Ritwij Bhowmik. December 25 - 31 at Sculpture Gallery, C/26 Bapuji Nagar, Jadavpur; #24122907; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of selected bronze sculptures by Tapas Sarkar. 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 holidays) at CIMA Gallery; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs by Paresh Maity. Till December 29 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 Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum; 12 noon - 8 pm: Rapid Sketches of nature — an exhibition of paintings by Samir Kr Ghosh. 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 1 at Government College of Art & Craft, 28 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #2286 1627/ 1727; 2 pm - 8 pm: The 143rd Annual Exhibition of Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta. Till January 2 (except Sunday) 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 Monday) at Anant Art Gallery, 18-A Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Exhibition of latest works by Jeram Patel and Amitava. Till January 5 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #22893027; 3 pm - 7 pm: Aakriti Art Gallery presents Indian Surrealism, curated by Prof. Sovon Som. Till January 5 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, 2nd floor, Duckback House, #22873377; 11 am - 7 pm: Kothao Tomar Haariyeh Jaabar Nei Maana Monay Monay, an exhibition of paintings by Kartick Pyne. 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.


December 25 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee presents Aayna Harin. Direction: Tarapada Mukhopadhyay. December 25 at Mukta Angna; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Fakka. Direction: Chandan Das. December 25 at Tapan Theatre; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Niva Arts and Lok-Krishti present Krishna Gahwar. Drama, direction & acting: Bratya Basu. December 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Purba Paschim presents its latest production, Girish Karnad’s Agnijal. Translated into Bengali and directed by Bibhas Chakraborty.


Till December 25 at Academy of Fine Arts: The concluding day of Nandikar’s 24th National Theatre Festival features Dakghar (Direction: Koushik Sen) by Swapnasandhani ay 10 am; 8 Ghante (Direction: Suresh Bhardwaj) by Aakar Kala Sangam, Delhi at 2.30 pm; and Pata Jhore Jaye (Direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta) and excerpts from Antigone (Direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta) by Nandikar at 6.30 pm. December 25 - 31: Aneek hosts the 10th Ganga Jamuna Natya Utsav. Today at Rabindra Sadan, 2.30 pm: Inaugural programme followed by Mukhomukhi’s Pran Tapasya (Direction: Soumitra Chatterjee); and at 6.30 pm: Khela Gadi (Direction: Usha Ganguli) by Rangakarmee. December 25 - 30 at Bijon Theatre: Shohan presents Natyamela 2007. Today at 6 pm: Swarnachampa (Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya) by Sayak, Calcutta and Jatinbabu Shunchhen (Direction: Ranjan Roy) by Aarohee, Bandel.


December 25 at Aikatan, IA 290 Salt Lake; 10 am: Kabita Utsav organised in collaboration with Sanskritik Khabor.


December 26 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm: Airtel presents Bosensation — a musical evening with Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Jayanta Bose and Pandit Debojyoti Bose. December 29 at Rabindranagar ground, near Santoshpur railway station; 8.30 pm onwards (night-long): Rabindranagar Music Circle presents a night-long classical music programme featuring Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (vocal), Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar), Rupak Kulkarni (flute) and Rimpa Shiv (tabla). December 30 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Abhinandan presents an evening of Tagore songs and dance featuring Chandrabali Rudra, Mrinmoy Roy and Kathak danseuse Madhumita Roy and her students. December 30 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Nrityangan presents Tagore’s dance-drama Shyama, with Shanti Bose and Alokananda Roy in the lead. Songs by Arghya Sen, Debarati Som and others. Direction: Shanti Bose and Sunanda Bose.


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 25 at Pat Williamson Grounds (centre of Race Course); 2 pm: Calcutta Polo Club presents BFL Corporation Polo Season 2007 with some of the leading polo players in action for the ITC Sonar Cup at 2 pm to be followed by the BFL Polo Masters Cup at 3 pm.


January 1 & 2 at Madhu-Mura ground, Barasat: Quiz Maniacs Society hosts a two-day New Year Quiz Contest. Details with quizmaster Partha Gupta (#9830318721) or event manager Pijush Nandi (#9830495857).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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