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Portrait of old Calcutta
Line drawings of cityscapes and old buildings in watercolours have now become the stuff of school history books. The series of sketches and watercolours of heritage buildings by master illustrator Samir Biswas, on view at the ongoing solo exhibition, are documents for posterity. Having witnessed the city of Calcutta as a participant observer from his youth, the artist became acutely sensitive to the process of change and transformation that the city was going through. His artistic activity is an expression of his attempt to capture and share the forgotten tales and legends that lie buried within every crack and crevice of the dwindling Victorian buildings of the city. Biswas’s images tell a telling tale of a metropolis under siege by forces of globalisation, such as the realty sharks and builders, big corporate houses and malls, that are destroying the history of the metropolis and its colonial soul. Besides celebrating the landscape and architecture of Calcutta and the variety and diversity it displays, this exhibition also draws attention to this rare and perhaps the toughest of all artistic genres by one of the best line drawing artists in the country.

Event: An exhibition of sketches and watercolours by Samir Biswas When: Till June 8; 3 pm - 8 pm Where: Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, near Maddox Square Park


Till August 1 (except Sundays and public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Summer Show 2009. Featuring works by Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Sumitro Basak, Shreyasi Chatterjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Sougata Das, Anita Gopal, Farhad Hussain, Paresh Maity, Ganesh Pyne, Satyajit Roy, Suhas Roy, Lalu Prosad Shaw and many other artists from across India. June 1 - 6 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Recent works by Shyamal Dutta Ray awardees Sandip Roy and Subir Dey. June 1 - 30 (except Sundays) at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #98300 49825; 12.30 pm - 7.30 pm: Paintings by young, upcoming artists Atish Mukherjee, Arunava Mondal, Avijit Mukherjee, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Sanjay Kr Samanta, Tanay Paul, Bibek Pal, Goutam Sarkar and others. Till June 5 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery ‘A’; 3 pm - 8 pm: Identity — an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Sanjoy Ghosh, Sanjay Sen Gupta and Amit Kumar Dey. Till June 5 (weekdays only) at Masters Collection Art Gallery; 11 am - 6 pm: Horizon: Inspiring future talents in Art! Showcasing works by Sarbani Ganguly, Joydeep Chatterjee, Supriyo Das, Bharat Das, Dipankar Chanda, Susanta Chowdhury, Polly Basu (Das), Jonaki Pal, Arup Lodh, Soumya Kishore Chakraborty and Subir Dey. Till June 12 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33 Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Outsiders Within, recent works of Arghya Priya Majumdar and Mahjabin Majumdar. Till June 13 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, 11 am - 7 pm, Mondays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Recent works by Mustak Khan Chowdhury.


June 1 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Vishnudevananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna-Punthi. June 1 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Paschatye Swami Abhedananda.


June 1 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC hosts an evening of Rabindrasangeet to be presented by Indrani Dutta and the participants of her six-day workshop. June 1 at Girish Mancha; 5 pm: 7th Kalakunja annual cultural programme. June 2 at Jibanananda Sabhaghar; 6 pm: Muktak presents Rabindra-Nazrul Sandhya, an evening of recitation from Tagore and Nazrul by Shubhra Basu, Amitava Bagchi, Geeta Dey, Basudev Nandy, Pradip Das, Anwesha Bagchi, Samarendra Nath Choudhury, Sumit Chattopadhyay, Pranami Basak, Aloka Kundu, Roshni Bhowmick, Debjyoti Das, Aditya Basu, Poulami Ghosh, Arnab Dutta, Shatarupa Kundu and Dhrubajyoti Das. Also, songs by Sudeshna Das. June 3 at Girish Mancha; 6 pm: Nrittyangana presents an evening of Odissi dance along with a choreographic number, Swadesh - Mera Bapu Mera Desh. Direction: Maya Bhattacharya. June 4 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: A sursringar recital by Joydeep Ghosh, with Subhen Chatterjee on the tabla.


June 1 - 4 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm, Today (6 pm): A festival of plays as part of Mukhomukhi 13. Featuring Kurbani (today), Gunadharer Asukh (June 2), Dharabahik (June 3) and Eai Ghum (June 4). June 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Howrah Dakshinayan presents Hawa Badal. Drama & direction: Kunal Mukhopadhyay. June 1 & 2 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Exit (in English), written and directed together by Safdar Rahman and Vikrant Dadawala, is a performance, partly on screen and partly on stage, by a group of young students. June 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Hattamela presents Hetamgarey Hoi Choi, directed by Gurudas Bandyopadhyay. June 2 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Renaissance presents its latest production, Kaal Kothri (in Hindi), written by Swadesh Dipak and directed by Aloke Chakravorty. June 3 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Gandhar will stage Kachher Manush, based on a play by Dr Shirish Atawala. Translated into Bengali by Kamal Sanyal and Bijoylakshmi Barman, who also play the lead along with Debshankar Haldar. Direction: Gautam Haldar, filmmaker. June 3 at Uttam Mancha; 6.30 pm: Rashbehari Srishti presents two short plays, Shimul O Balai and Aakashi Aakanksha. Drama & direction: Amit Sarkar. June 6 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. June 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Rang Roop will stage Jalchhabi. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. June 7 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Proscenium presents Badal Sircar’s Sari Raat (in Hindi). Translated into Hindi by Dr Pratibha Agarwal, the play is directed by Sheo Kr Jhunjhunwala.


June 2 - 12 at Minerva Theatre, Beadon Street; 9.30 am - 5 pm: Sayak, with financial support from the Union ministry of woman and child development, is organising a summer theatre camp for students (6 yrs to 14 yrs) where they learn to create and perform a play and develop skills in acting, dance, music, puppet, etc. from professional theatre personalities Manoj Mitra, Suresh Dutta, Niranjan Goswami, Bijoylakshmi Barman, Debasish Majumdar and others. There is no entry fee. Details at 9830716207, 9830503108, 25558413. n Till June 5 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium (ICCR), 10 am - 1.30 pm & at Padatik, 3 pm - 7 pm: Choreography workshop, organised by Padatik in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, under the guidance of experts Padmini Chettur (Chennai), Kumudini Lakhia (Ahmedabad), Madhavi Mudgal (Delhi), Anita Ratnam (Chennai), Ratan Thiyam (Imphal), Sadanand Menon (Chennai), Dasrath Patel (Ahmedabad), Dr Sunil Kothari (Delhi), Gautam Bhattacharya (Delhi), Ramli Ibrahim (Malaysia) and Uttara Asha Coorlawala (USA). June 4 - 13 at Rabindra Sadan terrace; 10 am - 5 pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya is organising workshops on Odissi dance (to be conducted by Aloka Kanungo, Sharmila Mukherjee and Arnab Bandopadhyaya), theatre (to be conducted by Usha Ganguli), mime (to be conducted by Niranjan Goswami) and light designing (to be conducted by Kanishka Sen). For further details, call 94330 38127 or 2464 4141. June 6 - 8 at 25 Hindusthan Road, 2nd floor: Nupurchhanda Ghosh will conduct workshops on songs of Atulprosad, Rajanikanto and Dwijendralal. For registration, call 9830873474, 32940041, 24641040. June 1 - 5 & June 8 - 12 at 18 Dover Road; 10 am - 12 noon, 4 pm - 6 pm: Alphaville - Centre for After School Solutions is conducting Summer Fiesta, a creative and funfilled summer workshop for children. For registration, call 9831185193, 9830167433, 40081906. June 1 - 7 at 1A Palm Place: Mithoo Dhar’s continental cooking classes for beginners, For details and registration, call 9830537675. June 1 - 8 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 11 am - 5 pm: EZCC will hold a workshop on Kathak dance, to be conducted by Rani Karnaa. For details, call 2335 6796. June 2 - 5 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 2 pm - 5 pm: Workshop on human figure drawing (for the age group 7 yrs to 18 yrs) to be conducted by senior faculty members of the painting department of Nehru Children’s Museum. June 2 - 5 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 3 pm - 6 pm: Workshop on Bharata Natyam - Evolution of Mudra (for the age group 12 yrs to 18 yrs) to be conducted by Suvasish Dutta. June 3 - 5 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 2 pm - 5 pm: Workshop on craft & creation (for the age group 5 yrs to 8 yrs) to be conducted by Anindita Mitra and Moutushi Roy. June 3 - 6 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 3 pm - 7 pm: Workshop on folk and creative forms (for the age group 6 yrs to 18 yrs) to be conducted by Dhiman Sankar. Enrollment details at 2223 3517/6878/1551.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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