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Empowering the people
Aconcept by Augusto Boal in Brazil more than three decades ago, Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of theatre where oppressed people speak out, act and express their social and political will. In this part of the world, Jana Sanskriti has pioneered its development not only in Bengal, but has also spread the movement in many places in the country including Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tripura, thus helping in the emancipation of the oppressed classes. Following its overwhelming success in its previous editions, Jana Sanskriti hosts Muktadhara III, a four-day international forum theatre festival. To be inaugurated today at 3.30 pm, it will witness the participation of theatre groups from France and Nepal, besides several Indian states. Theatrepersons and scholars from many countries are also expected to attend. This afternoon, Jana Sanskriti will stage the festival’s inaugural performance Amra Jekhane Dariye, to be followed by Dhol from Birbhum and Natua from Purulia.

Event: Muktadhara III, an international forum theatre festival
When: December 1 - 4; 4 pm - 8 pm
Where: Lalan Mancha (Curzon Park, Esplanade)


December 1 - 3 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of drawings and paintings by the students of Renaissance. Inauguration today at 5 pm. December 1 - January 6 (except Sundays & holidays) at Tejas Gallery; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: An exhibition of artworks by various artists from Calcutta, Santiniketan and Vietnam. The collection includes acrylics, charcoals, woodcuts and small sculptures. Till December 3 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245; 10 am - 7 pm: Sculptures by Akhil Chandra Das, Amit Debnath, Anil Sen, B. Banamali Sharma, Bimal Kundu, B. Ruma Sharma, Chandan Roy, Chinmoy Karmakar, Gopinath Roy, Kinkar Saha, Pravat Majhi, Shankar Ghosh, Somnath Chakraborty, Sudarshan Pal, Subrata Biswas, Subrata Pal, Sukumar Ghosh, Tanmoy Banerjee and Tapas Sarkar. Till December 4 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24756587; 11 am - 7 pm: Inner Quest through Harmony of Hues — an exhibition of paintings by Ananya Banerjee. Till December 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of sculptures by Asis Ghosh. Till December 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The third solo exhibition of paper collages by Ashok Kumar Varma. Till December 6 at Galerie Karma, P 505 Keyatala Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Synthesis, featuring drawings and paintings by Sanjay Sen Gupta. Till December 9 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Endless Night — an exhibition of the works of Sunil Das from the collections of Juergen Fischer and the artist. Till December 10 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Liminal Figures Liminal Space — works by K.S. Radhakrishnan. Till December 14 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue, #2283 3176; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by M. Senathipathi. Till December 20 (except Sundays) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Shrabani’s Alternative — an exhibition of recent work by Shrabani Roy. Till December 31 (except Mondays) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #30222040; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings, titled Festive Hues, featuring works by B.R. Panesar, Debabrata Chakrabarti, Dhiren Sasmal, Jiban Biswas, Ratan Acharya, Samir Paul, Subrata Das, Soumitra Kar and others.


December 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandipat presents its latest Aapod, inspired by a story by Bimal Kar. Drama: Rajat Ghosh. Direction & acting: Bimal Chakraborty. December 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sayak presents Chandan Sen’s Dildar. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya. December 4 at Sisir Mancha; 7 pm: Little Thespian presents Guldasta consisting of two stories, Do-Pahar (translated version of the story Afternoon by Ismail Choonara) and Ishq Par Zor... (by Prof. Muzaffar Hanfi) under Katha Collage-4. Design & direction: Uma Jhunjhunwala. December 7 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Mukhomukhi and Niva Arts present Atmakatha. Direction: Soumitra Chattopadhyay. December 7 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajantrik will stage Pratham Paath, written and directed by Ramaprosad Banik. December 7 at Girish Mancha; 6.45 pm: Rang Roop presents Byaram Biram. Story: Bhagirath Misra. Direction: Seema Mukho- padhyay.


December 1 at Vidya Mandir; 10 am - 6.30 pm: Disney Channel hosts its third session of My School Rocks where young participants will dance to the music of Camp Rock Hindi soundtracks. Also, performances by Zenith dance troupe interspersed during audition rounds and Shiamak Davar dance workshops imparting some impressive moves. December 1 at Rabindra Sadan; 5 pm: Rag-Rangam’s 29th anniversary programme features Tagore songs by Dr Sreekumar Chattopadhyay, Shyamasaree Dasgupta, Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Anusheela Basu, Dr Tania Das, Suchhanda Ghosh, Uma Mukhopadhyay and others; recitation and poetry-reading by Jagannath Basu, Urmimala Basu, Chitra Lahiri, Swapan Basu, Nayan Basu, Suprakash Mukhopadhyay and Shuvro Mukhopadhyay; and instrumental music by Dibyendu Bandyopadhyay and troupe. December 3 at Gyan Manch; 6 pm: Kalamandalam presents the Bharata Natyam arangetram of Amrita Ghosh, disciple of Guru Thankamani Kutty. December 3 at Girish Mancha; 6 pm: Jhiki-Miki-Roddur — a children’s dance drama presented by Angikar North. Music: Dr Kakali Chattopadhyay. Dance direction: Sutapa Awon Prodhan. December 5 at Madhusudan Mancha; 5 pm: Gouriprasanna Smriti Sansad will observe Gouriprasanna Majumdar’s birth anniversary with an evening of songs by Nachiketa, Parimal Bhattacharya, Saikat Mitra, Devjit, Nirmala Misra, Banasree Sengupta, Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay, Shampa Kundu, Ruprekha Chattopadhyay, Rajyasree Bandyopadhyay and Chhanda Dev; a programme of dance, directed by Arundhati Roy; and recitation by Shankar Bhowmick and Ranjit Bandyopadhyay. December 7 at Saastha Samooham, 42 Lake Avenue; 5.30 pm: Bharata Natyam by Abhoy Pal and his group of Koothambalam Cultural Association, Calcutta as part of special programmes during Mandalam 2008.


December 1 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Paschatye Swami Abhedananda.


Till December 12 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #4001 0148; 11 am - 7 pm: Bose Pacia Calcutta Gallery, the Embassy of France in India, The Consulate General of France and the Alliance Françiase du Bengale present Tribute to Henri Cartier Bresson: Commented Images.


December 1 - 6 at Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace, 1st floor, #2223 9422; 10 am - 7 pm: Shrujan, a non-profit voluntary organisation working among rural women in the region of Kutch, Gujarat, showcases its exclusive hand-embroidered products, including sarees, chaniya cholies, dupattas, salwar sets, stoles, cholies, bags, tops, skirts, pants, shawls, wall hangings, bed spreads and cushion covers. Till December 6 at Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindusthan Road; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: Exhibition of the Kora Winter Collection 2008 of contemporary women’s wear created with natural fabrics. Till December 3 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Silk Chanderis, an exhibition of his heritage textile enhanced with more part silk to make it suitable for winter wear. December 2 - 5 at Senbati, 3A Mandeville Gardens, #98300 54718; 11 am - 8 pm: Joyita’s Selection presents a winter collection of designer sarees in cotton, tussar, silk, matka, chiffon, georgette, dress material, kurtas and kurtis, bedcover and bedsheets and a range of ethnic Lucknow chikan along with fashionable jewellery and gift items.


December 2 - 4 at Nandan II; 5 pm: Tapan Sinha Foundation, in association with Cine Central, Calcutta, presents the screening of five children’s films by Tapan Sinha. Justice Shyamal Kumar Sen will inaugurate the festival tomorrow at 5 pm. Chief guest: Shirshendu Mukherjee. Anokha Moti will be shown on the occasion.


December 5 - 7 at Emami Starmark, Lord Sinha Road; 3 pm - 5.30 pm: Kriya hosts the Learn Smart Workshop for children (7 yrs to 13 yrs) to make them proficient in Vedic mathematics, public speaking and creative writing. December 5 - 7 at The Kenilworth Hotel; 9 am - 6 pm: California Hypnosis Institute of India hosts a workshop on Clinical Hypno Therapy, Level-I course. Details at #9830129292. December 6, 7, 13, 14 & 16 at Royal Calcutta Golf Club; 10 am - 1 pm: Click Away — a photography workshop for youngsters (10 yrs to 18 yrs) includes everything from learning outdoor and indoor photography, moving objects photography, exciting photo projects, lighting techniques, basic techniques for better images, advanced functions for shooting, etc. For registration, call 9830379166 or 9831444138.


December 6 & 7 at Rail Quarter Park, Sonarpur; 1 pm: As part of its cultural competition, Sonarpur Book Fair Committee 2008 organises two quiz contests for school and open-to-all category. Any two-member teams can participate. Details at #94334 29988 or 6515-1719 (3 pm - 10 pm).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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