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Art of enlightenment
Thangka is a painted or embroidered Buddhist banner which decorates monastery walls or family altars or is carried by monks during processions. In Tibetan, the word ‘than’ means flat and the word ‘ka’ stands for painting. It is also sometimes called a scroll-painting. Originally, Thangka paintings became popular among travelling monks as they could be easily transported from place to place. The Thangkas served as important teaching tools, depicting the life of Buddha, influential lamas and other deities. One popular subject for these paintings was the Wheel of Life, a visual representation of the Art of Enlightenment. These images serve as the centrepiece during religious rituals and ceremonies and principally for meditation as the visual stimulation offered help the worshipper to internalise the qualities of the Buddha thus portrayed. Chitrakoot Art Gallery brings to us the Thangka paintings collected and preserved over centuries, unfolding stories of a past which shaped the thinking of the East to a great extent.

Event: An exhibition of Thangka paintings When: Till December 30; 3 pm - 8 pm Where: Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road


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 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 29 at Gallery K2; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Italian artist Giovanna Caruso, Snehashish Maity, Kamal Mitra and Katayun Saklat. 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 December 30 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: The first solo exhibition of paintings by Ritwij Bhowmik. Till December 30 at Samokal Art Gallery: Art Addressing Violence, an exhibition of the works by well-known artists dedicated to the victims of violence from Ayodhya to Nandigram. Curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Till December 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 31 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of painting, sculpture and tapestry. 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.

art FAIR

Till January 3 at Gallery 52d, 52D Hindustan Park, #9830021702; 12 noon - 7.30 pm: Watercolours, oil paintings, mixed media, silk paintings, prints, lithos, wall hangings, sculptures and murals.


December 28 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 6.30 pm: Man of the Heart, a one-person bilingual music-theatre piece in multi-media format, on the life and times of Lalon Shah Phokir. Written and performed by Sudipto Chatterjee. Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay. Produced by Tritiyo Sutro Performance Company and Nalanda LLC (Berkley) in association with Dohar. December 28 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Anya Bhuban, Samikshan’s latest production, directed by Pankaj Munshi. December 29 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Galpo Hekim Saheb. Drama, direction & acting: Manoj Mitra. December 29 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.45 pm: Sudrak presents Sahaj Swajan. December 30 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10 am: CineTel presents the comedy, Dui Dugune Chaar. Drama, direction & acting: Arindam Ganguly.


Till December 31: Aneek hosts the 10th Ganga Jamuna Natya Utsav. Today at Academy of Fine Arts, 6.30 pm: Aneek presents Punorujjiban. Direction: Amalesh Chakraborty. Till December 30 at Bijon Theatre: Shohan presents Natyamela 2007. Today at 6.30 pm: Ganpaar (Direction: Mrinal Das) by Egra Kristichakra and Sahajoddha (Direction: Murari Mukhopadhyay) by Taki Cultural Unit.


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. Tickets at hall.


December 28 at Abanindra Sabhagriha, Calcutta Information Centre; 5 pm: Souhardya 70 hosts its monthly poetry-reading session along with a discussion on poetry by Amitabha Choudhury and songs by Sumita Das. Participants include poets Amelia Walker from Australia, Christopher Arkell from Britain, Ashis Sanyal, Papia Ghosal, Shanti Singha, Mrinal Basu Choudhury, Tarapada Acharya, Pankaj Saha, Boudhayan Mukhopadhyay, Mandar Mukhopadhyay, Ramkishore Bhattacharya, Shatarupa Sanyal, Ratan Das, Sutapa Sengupta, Dipankar Bagchi, Nirmal Basak, Kamal Mukhopadhyay, Rathin Sengupta, Sagarneel, Ramratan Mukhopadhyay, Aveek Basu, Ranjana Mitra, Abhijit Ghosh, Durgadas Midya, Nripen Chakraborty, Kalyan Gangopadhyay, Namita Chowdhury and Dipak Lahiri.


December 28 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Surrendra Paul Lecture 2007 by Prof. Dipankar Gupta, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Topic: Civil Society and its Transformation in India: From Citizen to Beneficiary. December 28 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Dr Sasanka Bhusan Bandyopadhyay will speak on Chandogya Upanishad.


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).


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.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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