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The sepia-toned works of Josh P.S. are drenched in our colonial past. Echoing the sentiment espoused in the title of the ongoing exhibition, Alone in the Crowd, his works appear disparate, disjointed and even alienated from one another. But there is a “unity in diversity” at play for the artist dredges through the haze of history, memory and myth to come up with icons which recall the waves of invasion and colonisation that have swept the subcontinent over the past centuries. Josh also focuses on the skirmishes for wealth and power among imperialist forces that left behind a trail of relics and colonial architecture in our country. He has chosen his subjects with a great deal of care and deliberation while viewing them from the prism of contemporary events. They are not straightforward reflections, but those that offer a degree of ambiguity. Layered with meaning and laced with irony, they present a means of subversion to those who are able and willing to look behind the facade. They speak the language of exploitation and resistance, of violence and non-violence and of bondage and the desire for freedom.

Event: Paintings, installations and prints by Josh P.S. When: Till October 4; 11 am - 7 pm Where: Bose Pacia, 18 Park Street


October 1 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027; 6 pm: Beth A. Payne, Consul General of the USA, will inaugurate GenNext III, the annual show of Aakriti Art Gallery featuring contemporary artists below 40 years of age, including foreign participants from different continents. Chief guest: Simon C H Wilson, British Deputy High Commissioner. Also, a talk on Generation Next by Jogen Chowdhury. The show will be on from October 2 - 15, except Sundays, between 12 noon and 7 pm. October 1 - 7 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road, 1st floor; 4 pm - 7 pm: A solo exhibition of collage by Indrani Sen. October 1 - 31 at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #2465 1444; 11 am - 7 pm: Contemporary Art on Display — works by Partho Pratim Deb, Paresh Maity, S. Pranam Singh, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Shilajit Ghosh, Nabendu Roy, Sudipto Karmakar, Saumya Kanti Mukhopadhyay and others. Till October 1 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245; 11 am - 7 pm: Bliss of Being — an exhibition of calligraphy works by Poosapati Parameshwar. Till October 3 at Gandhara Art Gallery, Flat 5A 1B Gurusaday Dutta Road, #2280 1790; 1 pm - 7 pm: Fresh Marks — Works by a bunch of fresh artists Anirban Mitra, Haraprasad Tripathi, Mrinmoy Debbarma, Nantu Behari Das, Rajendra Pradhan, Rajesh Dev and Sajal Kaity. Till October 3 at World View Bookstore, Jadavpur University campus: Devi, an exhibition of the works of Gautam Ghosh, Debangshu Das, Partha Dey, Sujit Das, Abhijit Mollick and Santanu Chatterjee. Till October 4 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street, #2229 8641; 2 pm - 7 pm: Pyramid presents the fifth solo exhibition of metal collage by Dr Arun Kumar Majumder. Till October 4 at Bose Pacia, Stephens Court, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Alone in the Crowd — an exhibition of paintings, installations and prints by Josh P.S. Till October 4 at Creative Ritu, 3/2A Chandranath Chatterjee Street, Bhowanipore; 4 pm - 8 pm: Academy of Creative Art presents Himalayan Experience in Watercolour by Anil Kumar Dutta. Till October 4 at Galerie Karma, P-505 Keyatola Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Celebrating Life, a solo exhibition of paintings by Pintu Biswas. Till October 5 at Academy of Fine Arts, Gallery New South - B; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Anjan Das, Binit Sinha, Pradip Chanda and Subrata Barik. Till October 5 at Gallery Sunayan, P-271, B Block, Lake Town; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by yesteryear’s masters: Basanta Kumar Ganguly, Gopal Ghosh, Sunil Kumar Pal, Dhirendra Nath Brahma, Ranenayan Dutta, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay and Krishna Bandyopadhyay.


October 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6 pm: Theatre Passion’s tribute to Satyajit Ray features a story-session Anksir, Golapi Babu Aar Tipu, to be followed by the play, Anukool, dramatised ad directed by Ramaprosad Banik. October 2 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents Utpal Dutt’s Megh, directed by Anish Ghosh. October 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.45 pm: Nat-Ranga will stage Gulbaaj, the Man of the Match, directed by Sohan Bandopadhyay. October 4 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Dum Dum Shabdamugdha Natya Kendra presents Sparshokator. Direction: Rakesh Ghosh.


October 1 at Sisir Mancha; 5.30 pm: West Bengal State Music Academy, Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, Govt of West Bengal presents World Music. Participants include Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Gautam Ghosh, Calcutta Yout Choir and Koushiki Banerjee. October 1 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Calcutta Telephones and Academy Theatre jointly present Theatre O Cinemar Gaan: Ekal Sekal — a selection of songs of Bengali theatre and cinema to portray the parallel trend of the musical compositions of different decades of the 20th century. Participants: Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Devajit Bandyopadhyay and Soumitra Chattopadhyay. October 2 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Bhavna Records and Cassettes presents an evening of Tagore songs and dance. Participants: Gopa Roy, Shrabani Sen and Mrinmoy Roy in songs; Madhumita Roy (Kathak dance), and Mahua Chakraborty and Asit Bhattacharya in creative dance. October 4 at Gyan Manch; 6.45 pm: Living with Odissi: Sharmila Biswas, Oindrilla Dutt and the repertory dancers of OVM share with the audience the sacred domain within which they experience and celebrate dance. Also, release of the book, Knowing Odissi.


October 1 - 5 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8A Middleton Street, #2229 3886/2837; 12 noon - 7 pm: Shankti: Women of India — the debut exhibition in city by UK-based photographer Jenny Borgerhoff Mulder, who has done a series on Indian women. Till October 3 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: The World of Tapan Sinha, an exhibition of the director and his works through the lens of Sukumar Roy and a selection from his personal archives. It also showcases some of the maestro’s film memorabilia. Till October 3 at 46 Satish Mukherjee Road (behind Kalighat Park), #24556942/43; 2 pm - 8 pm: Tasveer and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts present Listening Camera, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs of jazz musicians taken by Navroze Contractor.


October 1 at the Humayun Kabir Hall of The Asiatic Society; 4 pm: Dr Narasingha P. Sil, professor of history, Western Oregon University, USA, will speak on The Babu of Colonial Calcutta: A Reassessment. October 1 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Ramaranjan Mukherji will speak in Sasnkrit on Bhavabhutir Uttararamacharit.


Till October 9 at Sankara Hall, 93 Southern Avenue, #2466 1767: Sri Sarada Navarathri Celebrations 2008, organised by Sankara Hall and Sankara Institute of Philosophy & Culture. Today (Alankaram Simhavahini Durga): Pooja, Archana at 6 am; Devi Mahatmya Parayanam at 8.30 pm; Lalitha Sahasranama Archana, Recitation of Slokas at 6 pm; and Sangeetha Seva featuring R. Srinivasan & party with N. Shankar (mridangam) and P.V. Sairam (kanjira) at 6.45 pm.


Till October 5 at CIMA Gallery; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life 2008. Till October 1 at Hyatt; 11 am - 8 pm: Art Karat jewellery exhibition. Till October 1 at Weavers Studio, 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, #2440 8926/27; 10 am - 6.30 pm: Words & Beyond — an exhibition of limited edition of clalligraphy on sarees designed by L’affaire. Till October 3 at Photographers’ Gallery, 59A Southend Park; #98303 31556; 3 pm - 8 pm: A collection of sand paintings, glass paintings, pen & ink works, M-seal ornaments and decorative items by Aparajita Dey and Manas Dey. Till October 6 at Darbari showrooms, P-249 Purna Das Road (#24644027, 24658537) & CB 68 Salt Lake Sector I (#40043486): A Milestone, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Darbari presents a collection of designer sarees, fabrics, tunics, skirts and accessories. Till October 6 at the emporium of Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of sarees and ready-to-wear clothes. Till October 6 at 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315: Design’s Puja exhibition of classical sarees.


September 30 at The Stadel, Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Gate-3, Salt Lake; 11 am: Breaking the Silence — a workshop on menstrual hygiene and management.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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