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In quest of harmony
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,/ The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/ The ceremony of innocence is drowned... — W.B. Yeats Since the onset of cubism, the disintegration of truth has been the only means for the search of truth, which albeit constantly evades exact identification. Such is the case with development of art since the 1940s. In a disjointed time, reality gets shattered and so does art. In the utopian universe, conceived and depicted in classical art, reality gets fragmented when it comes in contact with the real world. The period of modernity is a period of constant strife: between classes and communities, between coloniser and the colonised, between values, between nationalism and internationalism, between local and global, tradition and modernity, and so on and so forth. In this struggle for supremacy, a duality ensues not only in the world, but also within the individual being. This duality generates a tension, which turns to be the source of fragmentation. And as it turns out, fragmentation seems to be the inevitable fate of modernity. Young painter Aloke Kumar Paul conceives his vision of an ideal world in the current series, entitled Shades of Enlightenment, where 20 of his recent paintings in mixed media are on view. His works show his quest for his roots and how he tries to connect his art with the sojourns of our neo-Indian school.

Event: Aloke Paul’s solo exhibition of paintings: Shades of Enlightenment When: Till October 14; 4 pm - 8 pm Where: Studio Aloke, 1/4, Shahid Nagar, Dhakuria, Calcutta 700 031


Till October 6 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: The second solo exhibition of paintings by Dibyendu Bandyopadhyay. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Creation..., an exhibition of paintings, ceramics and printmaking. Participating artists: Babli Keshri, Moumita Sarkar Das, Sharmistha Roy, Sasanka Ghosh and Sudip Das. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Expressions — An exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Participants: Ashoke Roy, Kalyan Chakraborty, Lalit Maity, Pulak Mukhopadhyay and Chaitali Chanda. Till October 6 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘A’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Festive Mood — an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Rintu Roy, Abhijit Das, Tarun Purkait, Anirban Seth, Aloke Roy and Tandra Bera. Till October 9 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275, 24618812; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents 99 Names of Allah, an exhibition of oil paintings by Syed N. Azhar. Till October 10 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 2 pm - 7 pm: Forest, Flower and Folk — an exhibition of paintings by Anirban Banerjee. Till October 15 (except Sunday) at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: GenNext IV — an exhibition of works by artists below 40 from different parts of the world. Participating artists: Aharon Rothchild (USA), Amit Kr. Debnath, Atul B. Mahajan, Barun Pramanick, Debasish Dutta, Dipta Bhattacharya, Debasish Sarkar, Huma Mulji (Pakistan), Jaishri Abichandani (USA), Kondor Valéria (Hungary), Mansoor Ali Makrani, Mantu Das, Nabanita Datta Guha, Nantu Behari Das, Oli Ghosh, Paltu Barman, Partha Guin, Piyali Sadhukhan, Prafull Singh, Prandeep Kalita, Priti Kahar, Priyanka Lahiri, Pramod Kumar Singh, Punyo Chobin, Romicon Revola, Dana Lynn Kleinman and Ruth Avra Kleinman (USA), Sagar Bhowmick, Sanhita Banerjee, Siraj Saxena, Soma Das, Sujit Karmakar, Sukanya Ghosh, Tusar Kanti Pradhan and Youn Mi Ock (South Korea). Till October 16 (except Mondays) at Bose pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of new paintings by Ramakrishna Behera. Till October 19 (except Tuesdays) at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Mind’s Eye — an exhibition of paintings by Anita Roychowdhury, Prabir Sen, Krishnendu Chaki and Subhendu Sarkar. Till October 31 (except Sundays) at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #2463 0465; 11 am - 7.30 pm: In Memory of an Ideal — an exhibition of paintings by Ng. Bidyut Singha. Till November 21 (except Sundays & holidays) at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #9830049825; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Tejas Gallery is hosting its third annual Devi show by 24 artists. The exhibits, numbering approximately 70, include both gods and goddesses.


October 6 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Bratyajan presents Ruddhasangeet, with Debshankar Haldar in the role of Debabrata Biswas. Drama & direction: Bratya Basu. October 7 at Sujata Sadan; 6 pm: Ashokenagar Nattyamukh presents Kagojer Nouko. Planning & design: Avi Chakraborty. October 7 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Kalyani Natyacharcha presents Meyeti. Directed by Kishor Sengupta, who also acts in this play along with Goutam Halder and Bindiya Ghosh. October 8 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar will stage its latest production, Ajnatobass, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Story: Sukanta Gangopadhyay. The cast includes Sohini Sengupta, Sumana Mukherjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Sumanta Gangopadhyay, Swajan Srijan Mukherjee and Rudraprasad Sengupta. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. October 9 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Rotary Club of Calcutta Bhowanipore presents Apan Hain Deshpande, a play in Hindi produced by Spandan. Written by Mahesh Elkunchwar and directed by Ashok Singh. October 11 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan will stage the satiric play, Helmet, written by Rajat Ghosh and directed by Anish Ghosh.


October 7 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC’s Loknritya Samaroh will feature colourful folk dances: Thang-ta (Manipuri), Chari (Rajasthan) and Harul (Uttarkhand). October 11 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 10.30 am: Sangeet Ashram presents a vocal recital by Prof. Shruti Sadolikar, accompanied by Mangesh Mulye on the tabla.


Till October 11 at Dum Dum Motijheel College; 5 pm - 9 pm: An exhibition of photographs hosted by Photographic Association of Dum Dum.


October 6 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Upanishader Aloke Dharma, Karma O Moksha.


October 10 at Spandan, 87 Park Street (1st floor); 7 pm: Spandan presents An Evening of Shakespeare — dramatised reading of selected portions from Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. Participants: Arya Gupta, Dipika Jaidka, Keshav Roy and Shimona Gupta Chawla. Merchant of Venice enacted by Ashoke Viswanathan.


October 6 - 8 at Amoda, the spabar, 22 Camac Street; 11 am - 11 pm: Amoda, the spabar in association with Fuss, presents an exclusive retail therapy exhibition showcasing designers from across the country: an ensemble of pret lines, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. Till October 6 at Walia Hall (Bhowanipur College), Elgin Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Lioness Dist 322B2 presents Diwali Mela with jewellery, sarees, suits, bedsheets, gift items, diya, candle, handicrafts, etc. For details, call 9331978352. Till October 10 at 1 Allenby, opp. Forum, Elgin Road, #65363976, 9230569306: 1 Allenby organises Diwali festive exhibition with fashion designers Usha Bagri, Anupam Saumya, Kalyani, Rini Seal, Sandeep Sarkar, Shweta and others; jewellery and accessories section by Sarla Agarwal and others; and a range of bags, clutches and evening bags; and cusion covers, bedcovers, table runners, etc. from Neha Singh. Till October 16 (except Monday and holiday) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Somewhat Different, a design exhibition from Germany. Till October 17 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: A wide range of affordable paintings, handicrafts and objects d’ art. October 6 - 11 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 10 am - 7 pm: Romancing the Clay with the Five Elements — a ceramic exhibition by Aanupamaa G Jalan.


Till October 12 at the Waterside Cafe, Hyatt Regency: Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, in association with Hyatt Regency, is hosting the Middle Eastern Food Festival.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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