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Strings of unity
To celebrate the 61st anniversary of Independence, Airtel hosts a unique event of Indian and World music, Unity Concert, with performances by artistes of stringed instruments. This collaborative ensemble features musicians of India and abroad. With its concept and music composed by sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee and arranged by Atul Raninga (Mumbai), it involves performances of western and classical compositions by renowned musicians of the country. Showcasing a marvellous blend of Indian music with world music, the concert promises to rouse the passion of the audience, besides invoking a spirit of patriotism and universal brotherhood. With artistes from Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta among Indian participants, the performers from the host city include Purbayan Chatterjee, The Violin Brothers (Deb Shankar and Jyoti Shankar), percussionist Subhankar Banerjee and artistes from Indian Strings and Calcutta School of Music. Participants from abroad include Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla (UK) and Jazz player Kunle Ayo (South Africa). The evening will end with patriotic songs by chief guest Jagjit Singh (picture here) and rendition of the national anthem.

Event: Music concert to mark Independence Day When: Today at 7 pm Where: Science City auditorium


Till August 14 at Emami Chisel Art Pvt. Ltd, Emami Towers, 687 Anandapur EM Bypass, #40113182; 11 am - 7 pm: Maanush, paintings, collages and mix media works by Haku Shah. Till August 16 at at Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027; 12 noon - 7 pm: (1) Pulasting Decorativeness, an exhibition of paintings by Asit Mandal. (2) Constructing Innocence in Bronze, an exhibition of sculptures by Subrata Biswas. Till August 16 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Megascape, a solo exhibition of paintings by Ambarish Brahmachari. Till August 16 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #4007 6042; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Horses, a solo show of horses in mixed media on canvas by artist Dhiren Sasmal. Till August 16 at Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street, Regency, 3rd floor: Ideas, Images & Experiences, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures curated by Anirudh Chari. Participants: Arunima Sanyal, Bhasher Chowdhury, Mahmud Husain, Ramu Das, Saihat Surai and Soumya Samanta. Till August 16 at Anant Art Gallery,18-A, Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Hybrid, recent works (paintings and sculptures) by Rajesh Ram. Till August 17 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Spectrum Artists’ Circle presents its 32nd group show of paintings. Till August 17 at Gallery Katayun, 4A Auckland Square; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Nilima Dutta. Till August 17 (except August 15) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: Shades of Grey, the seventh solo exhibition of Kanchanmala Ghosh’s paintings. Till August 17 (except August 15) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Svikriti ’08, an exhibition of the works by six awardees in the Academy’s Annual Exhibition 2008. Participants: Bhabotosh Sutar, Bhaskar Lahiri, Gargi Das, Partha Dasgupta, Susanta Pal and Timir Brahma. Till August 17 (except August 15) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 14 young artists. Till August 18 at Academy of Fine rts; 3 pm - 8 pm: The sixth group exhibition by Bengal Trayee, a group of young artistes. Till August 20 (except Sundays) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Abol Tabol: An installation in clay by Nidhi Jalan. Till August 21 (except Sundays & public holidays) at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #2465 1444; 11 am - 7 pm: Eternal Varanasi, an exhibition of recent works by Ganesh Haloi, S. Pranam Singh, Subuddha Ghosh, Tapas Kanti Mitra, Giovanna Caruso and Tapas Ghosal.


August 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar will stage Tomar Naam (Performance: Sohini Sengupta; Direction: Swatilekha Sengupta) and Leela Mazumdar’s Dulia (Performance: Sohini Sengupta; Directorial advisor: Rudraprasad Sengupta; Direction: Swatilekha Sengupta and Goutam Halder). August 14 at Sisir Mancha; 5 pm: Ex-TRA presents Akhil Niyogi’s Uday (concept, music & direction: Rimi Majumdar) and Swapnasandhani presents Satyajit Ray’s Bankubabur Bandhu (direction: Koushik Sen). August 15 (3 pm & 6.30 pm), August 16 (6.30 pm) & August 17 (3 pm & 6.30 pm) at Academy of Fine Arts: Sundaram presents a festival of its productions. Aug. 15, 3 pm: Alakanandar Putra-Kanya; at 6.30 pm: Galpo Hekim Saheb. Aug. 16, 6.30 pm: Sajano Bagan. Aug. 17, 3 pm: Munni O Saat Chowkidar; at 6.30 pm: Alakanandar Putra-Kanya. Drama, direction & acting: Manoj Mitra.


August 14 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC presents a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Prof. Vidushi Rita Ganguly and participants of her recent workshop. August 14 at Aikatan, IA 290 Salt Lake; 6 pm: Aritra presents an evening of Tagore songs on monsoon interspersed with poems and dance. Direction: Sumita Das. August 14 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: An evening of khayal and Bengali classical songs by Sugata Marjit, with Ujjal Roy (tabla) and Hiranmoy Mitra (harmonium). August 16 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: The closing ceremony of Surangama’s (Rabindrasangeet institution) golden jubilee celebrations features felicitation to singers Prasad Sen, Maya Sen and Chandidas Mal, to be followed by a dance-music presentation, Shesh Barshan, by the artistes of the institution. August 17 (5.30 pm) & 18 (6.30 pm) at Rabindra Sadan: A two-day festival of dance, organised by Dancers’ Guild in celebration of 25 years of Navanritya.


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 14 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 5.30 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Bengali on Panchadashi. August 14 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; 7 pm: Swami Samshuddhananda will speak in Bengali on Mundaka Upanishad. August 14 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7.10 pm: Dr Bhupendra Nath Sil will speak on Liberation of India and Swami Vivekananda.


August 14 at Nandan-II; 6 pm onwards: Films Division, Government of India and Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre jointly present the second edition of Classical Musicians on Celluloid. Featuring three documentaries: Pandit Ram Narayan by V. Packirisamy at 6 pm; Ahmad Jaan Thirakwa by Lakshmi Shanker at 6.50 pm; and Ustad Allauddin Khan by N.D. Keluskar at 7.05 pm. August 14 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2440 8937; 6 pm: The concluding day of Price of Freedom, a film festival celebrating India’s Independence and remembering Partition. Today: Subarnarekha by Ritwik Ghatak.


August 14 at Indian Science Congress Association, 14 Dr Biresh Guha Street; 11 am: The 58th Foundation Day celebration of Indian Leather Technologists’ Association. Dr H.S. Maiti, director, Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute, will deliver Prof. B.M. Das Memorial Lecture on Role of Ceramics in Abetement of Environmental Pollution with special reference to Leather Industry.


Till August 14 at Senbati, 3A Mandeville Gardens, #98300 54718; 11 am - 8.30 pm: Joyita’s Selection and Sparsh present Pooja Aarambha, a collection of designer sarees in cotton, tussar, silk, matka, chiffan, georgette, dress material, leather bags, bedcover and bedsheets, jewellery and gift items. Till August 14 at Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace, #2223 9422; 11 am - 7 pm: Display of kantha embroidery sarees and dupattas. Till August 15 at Dakshinapan, Dhakuria, #2423 7028: Poompuhar - The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Corporation Limited hosts an exhibition of sandalwood and jewellery. Till August 15 at 85 Lansdowne, 85B Sarat Bose Road, #24862136; 11 am - 7.30 pm: Festal Prelude, an exhibition of contemporary Indian wear by Namrata Joshipura, traditional Jodhpuri saris by Sheffali Poddar and a new festive line by resident designers. Till August 18 at 78 Manoharpukur Rpad, opp. Copper Grill: Swati Guha’s exhibition of tasar pashmina, tangail, muslin, crepe, chiffon, batik prints, hand-painted sarees, katha and designer tasar silk. Till August 30 at F-17 Dakshinapan, Dhakuria, #2423 7625: LePakshi (Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd) hosts Mangalagiri Festival, a display of Andhra Pradesh handloom products.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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