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Timeout 01-12-2009

Tryst with a master artist

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 1.12.09
Tryst with a master artist
Satish Gujral never fails to surprise. Even at 84 and after a career spanning close to six decades, his artistic spirit is never at rest, creating continuously in response to his ‘inner voice’. One of the pioneers of contemporary Indian art in the post-Independence era, he is internationally acclaimed for his multi-talents of painting, graphics, sculpture, murals, architecture and interior design. Entombed in silence in his early years as a result of a hearing impairment, he would draw and read Urdu literature, and in 1939 joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore. In 1944 he joined the JJ School of Art in Bombay where he came in touch with the Progressive Artists Group. Unable to accept their European vocabulary or their techniques, he searched for a more traditional Indian modernism. He is also known for his large murals, commissioned around India and abroad. Time’s Whirlwind, the ongoing solo exhibition of works by the master artist, provides art connoisseurs a taste of his genius and the opportunity to experience the magic of Gujral after a very long time. Featuring an impressive collection of eight drawings, 20 paintings and 21 bronze sculptures, as well as four of his trademark burnt-wood creations, the basic theme of all these works is mechanism and play — a theme very close to the artist’s heart, as he has a special knack for sport and loves taking the risks involved in it.

Event: An exhibition of art works by Satish Gujral When: Till December 5; 11 am - 7 pm Where: Aakriti Art Gallery, Oribit Enclave, 1st floor, 12/3A Hungerford Street


December 1 - 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 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 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 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Ja Nei Bharatey. Drama, direction & performance: Manoj Mitra. December 1 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Nandipat will stage Ballavpurer Roopkatha, directed by Prakash Bhattacharya. December 1 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Renaissance presents its latest Hindi production, Kaal-Kothri, written by Swadesh Dipak and directed by Aloke Chakravorty. December 1 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandimukh presents Tetrish Tamo Janmodibas, based on Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. Adaptation: Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay. Translated by Dr Pabitra Sarkar and directed by Ashoke Chattopadhyay. 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 Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Inauguration of a five-day festival of plays by Sayak to mark its 36th anniversary. To be staged Sayak’s latest production, Jnan Briksher Fall, based on Leo Tolstoy’s Fruits of Culture. Direction: Meghnad Bhattacharya.


December 1 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 5.45 pm: Discourse on Sri Ramakrihsna Punthi by Dr Bhupendra Nath Sil. December 1 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6.15 pm: Manoj Das of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry will speak on The Lost Stream of Folklore. December 1 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will discuss in Bengali Sri Sri Mayer Katha.


December 1 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Screening of the documentary, Heritage of Nalanda and its Continuity.

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.


December 1 at Anweshan, Dum Dum, Calcutta 80; 6 pm: An evening of Tagore songs, recitation, play-reading and dance by students and members of Aweshan. Concept: Ananya Ghosh. 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.


December 1 at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street; 5 pm - 7 pm: Oxford Bookstore Calcutta and Australia-India Council is organising an interactive and fun-filled evening for children 8 yrs to 13 yrs with two popular authors Alison Lester and Michael Panckridge. Panckridge will give writing tips and read excerpts from his book, It’s Not Just a Game - It’s Time Travel! Lester will read excerpts from her books followed by slide show.


December 1 at Meghnad Saha Auditorium of Rashbehari Sikha Prangan, University of Calcutta, 92 APC Road; 11 am onwards: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM-7) project of the department of applied psychology, University of Calcutta hosts a seminar on Issues Related to Care and Support Services for HIV/AIDS. December 1 at Science City Auditorium; 6.45 pm: Indian Chamber of Commerce hosts Rhythm for Life 2009 — the first musical jugalbandi of Remo Fernandes and Bickram Ghosh.


December 1 - 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: Die wilden Kerle (The Wild Soccer Bunch); dir: Joachim Masannek, Germany 2003.


December 1 - 15 at 8/2 Loudon Street, 2nd floor, #9830257819: Earthy Myths presents its annual exhibition of saris and outfits.


December 1 - 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. 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

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