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Laughter galore
Laughter is the best medicine to ward off stress and here’s a golden opportunity for Calcuttans to laugh heartily, courtesy the city-based theatre group, Theatrecian. Their bouquet of three short rib-ticklers, Bottled Spider (penned by Alistair Faulkner), The Marriage Proposal (by Anton Chekhov) and The Philadelphia (by David Ives) is bound to brighten up the audiences’ evening. Bottled Spider is a whacky, surreal comedy about a group of people who suddenly storm a courtroom and put a youth, Richard, on trial. As it turns out, the guy is none other than King Richard III! The prosecutor insists it’s high time (not less than 500 years) for the world to pass a verdict on whether Richard was a villain or a saint. The Marriage Proposal centres around Ivan Vassilevich, a hypochondriac, who visits his neighbour intending to marry his daughter. Everything seems to go smoothly in the beginning, but soon a squabble erupts over a disputed property and the evening erupts into a hysterical farce of quarrels and heart attacks. In The Philadelphia, the protagonist, Marcus, is having a nightmare of a day as nothing is going his way. His friend, Al, diagnoses his situation as being in a ‘Philadelphia’ state of mind, where contradiction is a normal way of life. Direction: Dhruv Mookerji.

Event: Three short comedies in English by Theatrecian When: Today at 7 pm Where: Gyan Manch, Pretoria Street


Till August 9 at CIMA Gallery; 2 pm - 7 pm: Untiled and more recent works by Shakila. Till August 9 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Gallery Sanskriti and Apparao Galleries present The Wandering Alchemist — paintings and sculptures by Alexis Kersey, George K, and Manish Nai. Till August 10 at Society of Contemporary Art Gallery, 398 Rashbehari Avenue, EM Bypass Connector Road, Gold Park; 3 pm - 7 pm: Group exhibition by Rangan. Featuring works by Abhijit Pal, Hirak Chand, Sabyasachi Barah, Anjana Mukherjee and Ramkrishna Haldar. Till August 10 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: Freedom Land — an exhibition of paintings by Alaykumar Ghoshal, Arnab Mukherjee, Chandra Nath Saha (Tilak), Kamal Kumar Mukherjee, Nandita Mukherjee, Shubhabrata Bose, Sudipta Dutta, Sujata Kar Saha and Utpal Dutta. Till August 10 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: West Bengal Government School Teachers Association presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by art teachers of West Bengal government schools. Till August 10 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue, #2283 3176; 2 pm - 7 pm: Contemplative Inwardness, a solo show by Samir Saha.


August 9 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Theatre Workshop stages two short plays: Utpal Dutt’s Lohar Bhim and Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Buro Shaliker Ghare Rno. Direction: Ashok Mukhopadhyay. August 9 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee presents Buddhadeva Bose’s Kaal Sandhya. Direction: Kumar Roy. August 9 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Beadon Street Shuvam presents Kajal Rekha. Direction: Subhashis Gangopadhyay. August 9 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.45 pm: Gandhar presents Kachher Manush, a play by Dr Sirish Atawale; translated by Kamal Sanyal and Bijoylakshmi Barman. Direction: Gautam Haldar. August 10 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sayak presents Dildar. Direction & acting: Meghnad Bhattacharya. August 10 at Sisir Mancha; 6.45 pm: Rang Roop presents Byaram Biram. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay.


August 9 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm & August 10 at Science City Auditorium; 11 am & 6 pm: Indo Occidental Symbiosis and Juhu Cultural Association (Mumbai) present Mallhar Festival. August 9: Budhaditya Mukherjee (sitar) with Abhijit Banerjee (tabla); and Ajoy Chakraborty (vocal) with Kumar Bose (tabla). August 10, 11 am: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (sarod); at 6 pm: Kishori Amonkar (vocal) with Kumar Bose (tabla). August 9 at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan; 5 pm: Chhandasheer’s Rabindra Smaran features Tagore songs by Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Debarati Som, Suman Panthi, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta, Parimal Bhattacharya, Anushila Basu, Aniruddha Singha, Dr Tania Das, Kazi Kamal Naser and others. August 9 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 6.30 pm: Ghir Aayi Badraa..., presenting the timeless melodies of the ragas of Indian classical music. Featuring Mita Nag (sitar), Prateek Srivastava (sarod), Biplab Bhattacharya (tabla), Sanatan Goswami (harmonium) and Sounak Chattopadhyay (vocals). August 10 at Birla Academy; 5.30 pm: Chirantan presents an evening of Tagore songs by Keya Chattopadhyay, Uma Mukhopadhyay, Mamata Mitra, Basabi Bagchi and Krishnendu Sen. August 10 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Springdale presents and evening of Tagore songs and recitation. Participants: Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Aditi Mohsin (Bangladesh) Shreya Guha Thakurta and Arina Mukherjee. August 10 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: In aid of Care and Counselling, an evening of Tagore songs by Rajeshwar Bhattacharya and students of Rabi Mallar. August 10 at Uttam Mancha; 6.30 pm: Mahanayak Uttam Mancha, on the occasion of Baishe Shravan, presents an evening of Tagore songs by Subir Nandy, Rakhi Sen, Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay, Manomoy Bhattacharya and Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta. August 11 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Bhavna’s Kabi Smaran features Tagore songs by Anuradha Biswas, Anindya Narayan Biswas, Enakshi Chatterjee, Rituparna, Gopa Roy, Gouri Ghosh, Chandrabali Rudra, Chandana Chowdhury, Dipak Rudra, Damayanti Bhattacharya, Pubali Debnath, Partha Ghosh, Pabitra Sarkar, Pramita Mallick, Mrinmoy Roy, Manoj, Manisha, Rakhi Sen, Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, Shampa Kundu, Sreeradha Banerjee, Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Sudeshna Basu and Subrata Sengupta.


Till August 12 at Photographers’ Gallery, 59A Southend Park, #65406499, 98303 31556; 3 pm - 8 pm: Bouquet of Photographs, featuring images taken by Atanu Paul and members of Third Eye. Till August 13 at 46 Satish Mukherjee Road (near Kalighat tram depot), #2455 6942/43; 2 pm - 8 pm: Running Amok: An exhibition of photographs by Jasmeen Patheja. Till August 17 at By the Way, Taj Bengal; 10.30 am onwards: A Whole New World, an exhibition of photographs by Rashi Goenka.


August 9 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Atmapriyananda will speak on Kathopanishad. August 9 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Ramaranjan Mukherji will speak in Sanskrit on Bhavabhutir Uttararamacharit. August 9 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Paramatmananda will speak in Bengali on Shiksha, Samaj O Dharma.


Till August 9 at Kaushik Hall, Nari Seva Sangha, Jodhpur Park; 11 am - 8 pm: All India Women’s Conference, Jodhpur Park Constituent Branch is showcasing an exhibition of batik, kantha stitch items, hand painting, applique, dress material, sarees, tops, children’s garments and costume jewellery. Till August 9 at Shri Thyagaraja Hall, P 530 Raja Basanta Roy Road; 12 noon - 8 pm: Exhibition of sarees, costume jewellery, etc. in aid of charity. Hosted by All India Women’s Conference South Calcutta Constituent Branch.


August 10 at Samaj Sadan Auditorium (Kamarhati Municipality): Inter-School Quiz Contest for two-member teams for students upto class XII. Organised by Resurract. Details with Rajkumar Dutta (2564 7944) or A. Siddiqui (92327 94795). August 10 at Hooghly Zilla Parishad Hall, opp. Hooghly District Court, Chinsurah: Questia is organising Quizbrain 2008, a general quiz for two-member teams from (a) students upto class XII; 10.30 am onwards; and (b) open-to-all; 2 pm onwards. For details, contact Subhaditya (2108 9368) or Rounak (94335 50629) or Raktim (2680 6605) or Monisit (2680 1538). August 10 at ITC Hotel, The Sonar Kolkata; 10 am onwards: The XVth Royal Bengal Corporate Quiz, organised by the Calcutta Alipore Round Table No.12 to aid the education of underprivileged children. Quizmaster: Charanpreet Singh.


August 9 at Odyssey store, Merlin Residency, 22 Prince Anwar Shah Road, opp. Navina cinema; 6 pm - 7 pm: Odyssey hosts a cartooning workshop, to be conducted by Varsha Sheth, for children in the age group 8 yrs to 12 yrs. August 9 & 10 at Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur: UGC-sponsored seminar-cum-workshop on Dreams Yonder. Hosted by the department of philosophy, Vivekananda College.


August 10 at Naihati Railway Pump Pukur; 8 am onwards: The 56th Annual Angling Competition and plantation programme organised by Fishing Association, Eastern Railway, Sealdah Division.


August 10 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 11 am: Professor P. Lal reads Sanjaya's report of Yudhisthira's strategy to kill Salya, as advised by Krishna, in the 437th weekly session of his sloka-by-sloka English transcreation of Vyasa's Mahabharata. August 10 at Netaji Bhawan, 38/2 Elgin Road; 6.30 pm: Dr Tahmima Anam will read from her commonwealth award-winning novel, A Golden Age, in honour of the memory of Sarat Chandra Bose. Prof. Sugata Bose of Harvard University will be in the chair, Mahafuz Anam, editor, Daily Star of Bangladesh, will be present.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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