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Sayak 36
Sayak celebrates its 36th anniversary with a five-day festival of its own plays. To be performed this evening is the group’s latest production, Gnan Briksher Fall, based on Leo Tolstoy’s Fruits of Culture. Set against the background of the decadent babu-culture that prevailed at the dawn of the 20th century, it unfolds the actions that take place in the household of pseudo-liberal Brahmo zamindar Ahibhusan Bagchi. A planchet-maniac by nature, he is joined in his supernatural pursuits by the local intelligentsia including a doctor, a lawyer and a professor. His wife and children are preoccupied with their respective idle, romantic or flamboyant lives. The working-class and poor peasants of the village, on the other hand, exhibit a great optimism and zest for life. Instructed by his deceased father to do so during a planchet session, Ahibhusan promises to sell fertile land to the peasants at a very low price. The peasants work hard to save enough to buy this land, but when they finally approach Ahibhusan, he turns them away. Mrittika, the intelligent maid-servant of the zamindar family, comes to their rescue and secures for them their promised land. Yet, Mrittika has sacrficed her own values for their cause and is miserable. The play ends with the peasants consoling her that she has not sinned as her actions have saved many lives. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya. Also to be staged are: Kathay-O-Kaaje (tomorrow at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm), Dildar (December 4 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm), Dournama and Daibadhha (December 5 and 6 respectively at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm).

Event: Play in Bengali, Gnan Briksher Fall, produced by Sayak When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


December 2 - January 2 (Sundays by appointment) at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Portals of Perception — an exhibition of paintings by Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Chandrima Ray, Aditya Basak, Sanatan Dinda, Sukanta Das, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Das, Suhas Roy, Samir Paul, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri and others. Till December 2 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’; 3 pm - 8 pm: Recent works of Tanima Bhattacharya and Arup Lodh. Till December 2 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Recent work by Hugo Bonamin. Till December 2 at 94 Ballygunge Place, #24613145; 10 am - 7 pm: Windmills of the Mind — an exhibition of paintings by Ketakee Roy Choudhury. Till December 2 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Recent works by Bappa Halder and Sudip Chandra. Till December 5 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: Time’s Whirlwind — Art of Satish Gujral. Till December 5 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Paintings by Nihar Dey, Sanjoy Banerjee, Shibnath Mondal and Sambhu Nath Jana. Till December 6 at Taj Bengal Promenade Lounge: Celebrating Love — an exhibition of paintings by Dhiren Sasmal, based on the love theme found in ancient classics of Bengali literature. Till December 19 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, Duckback House, #2287 3377/88; 11 am - 7 pm: Mother and Child — an exhibition of paintings and sculptures conceptualised by Sunil Das. Participating artists: Anjali Ela Menon, Suhas Roy, Jogen Chowdhury, Prakash Karmakar, Sunil Das, Shuvaprasanna, Vasundhara Tewari Broota, Partha Pratim Deb, Sunil Kumar Das, Prasanta Sahu, Debabrata De, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Arunangshu Choudhury, Pratul Das, Murli Cheeroth, T.M. Aziz, Pradip L. Mishra, Debraj Goswami, Samir Aich, Mahjabin I Majumdar, Babu Ishwar Prasad, Ranjan Krishnan and C.F. John. Till December 20 at Sanskriti Art Gallery, 5C Alipore Park Road: An exhibition of sculptures by Debabrata De. Till December 28 at Starmark, South City Mall; 11 am - 8 pm: Paintings by Nina Das. Till January 3 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, Stephens Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: B-Swarga — new works by Jayanta Roy. Till January 16 (except Sunday) at 2/1 Hindusthan Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Experimenter presents Freedom is Notional — works of three of South Asia’s finest artists: Shilpa Gupta, Bani Abidi and Naeem Mohaiemen.


December 2 at Sujata Sadan; 6.15 pm: Ashokenagar Natyamukh will stage Kagojer Nouko, based on a story by Abul Bashar. Planning & design: Avi Chakraborty. December 2 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Theatre Point presents Amla Madhu, written and directed by Partha Sen. December 4 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Spandan and Anamika Kala Sangam present the Ragakarmee production, Sri Ganesh Mahima, a powerful play in Hindi directed by Partha Bandyapadhyay. Story: Mahasveta Devi. Concept: Usha Ganguli.


December 2 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Buddhatmananda will speak in Bengali on Bani O Bichar.


December 2 at Humayun Kabir Hall of the Asiatic Society; 4 pm: Professor Tony K. Stewart, director, North Carolina Centre for South Asia Studies & professor of South Asian Religions and Literatures, North Carolina State University, will speak on The Literary Politics of Krsnadas Kaviraja’s Caitanya Caritamrita. December 2 at Seminar Hall, P-154 CIT Road, Scheme VI-M, Calcutta 64; 6.30 pm: Icfai University, Tripura is organising a seminar on Anger Management. Speaker: Dr Sunita Chandra.


December 3 - 6 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Seagram’s 100 Pipers Pure Music presents One Man’s Musical Genius Celebrated by 17A Tribute to Ustad Karamatullah Khan. Participating artistes: Zakir Hussain (tabla solo) and Amjad Ali Khan (sarod) on December 3; Rashid Khan (vocal) and Hariprasad Chaurasia (flute) on December 4; Mashkoor Ali Khan & Mubarak Ali Khan (vocal), and Chitresh Das & Jason Samuel Smith (dance jugalbandi), and Nishat Khan (sitar) on December 5; and Raza Ali Khan & Shahid Parvez (vocal & sitar jugalbandi), and Fusion Finale featuring Gino Banks (drums), Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (mohan veena), Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam), Sabir Khan (tabla) and Pradhumanya Singh Manot (keyboard) on December 6. Organised by Showhouse. December 4 at St Paul’s Cathedral, 5.45 pm; December 5 at Tollygunge Club lawns, 6 pm; December 6 at RCTC Race Course grounds, 7 pm: Rising Stars, the music group from Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, will present concerts. Entry cards for the concert at RCTC are available at Birkmyre Hostel, 4 Middleton Row; the concert at St Paul’s Cathedral has free seating; the Tollygunge Club concert is open for members and their guests.


Till December 4 at Max Mueller Bhavan; 5.30 pm: German Youth Film Festival Einer für alle - alle für Einen (One for All - All for One). Today: Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom); dir: Tomy Wigand, Germany 2002.

BOOK exhibition

Till December 13 at Crossword, Elgin Road: Crossword-Penguin Fest (in association with t2). Attractive offers on Penguin Books for the entire period across five Crossword stores. Till December 15 at Starmark (Lord Sinha Road, South City Mall, Mani Square and City Centre); 11 am - 8 pm: Children’s book exhibition offers a wide range of titles.


Till December 15 at 8/2 Loudon Street, 2nd floor, #9830257819: Earthy Myths presents its annual exhibition of saris and outfits.


December 2 at Maharashtra Niwas; 2 pm: The Science Association of Bengal & Rastriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad: Inauguration of a five-day residential workshop on Toykits for Handicapped Students. December 6 at Eduzone campus, 112 Southern Avenue; 11 am - 12.30 pm: Free interactive workshop with audio-visual presentation on tests SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL & IELTS. One-hour diagnostic tests on these exams on request, with corrections and followup. E-mail confirmation at For details, call 9830020277, 9230613528 or visit Till December 7 at Rajya Sangeet Academy Bhavan, 36 Prince Anwar Shah Road; 11 am -3 pm: Workshop on Uday Shankar style of dance, to be conducted by Shanti Bose. Organised by Rajya Sangeet Academy, department of information & cultural affairs, Goverment of West Bengal. For details, call 24179502.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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