Timeout 02-06-2008

Forgotten figures of Bengal art

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 2.06.08
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Forgotten figures of Bengal art
Apart from stalwarts like Abanindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose, the development of modern art in Bengal was due to the cumulative efforts of a large number of artists who, with their unique style and technique, lend a totally new dimension to contemporary artistic expression. A closer look at the art of Bengal in the last 100 years will, however, reveal the extent of our ignorance about their contribution. Exploring the Unexplored — Artists of 20th Century Bengal, the ongoing exhibition of paintings, attempts to pay tribute to those forgotten artists who have collectively taken forward the movement of art in Bengal but have not received any recognition. The works on show reflect an intense love for freedom of expression, while remaining faithful to the pictorial ideals of the ‘Bengal School’. Artists whose paintings are on display include Dwarakanath Chattopadhyay, Gopal Sanyal, Sishu Ranjan Das, Ranadacharan Ukil, Chanchal Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Annada Munsi, Sudhir Ranjan Khastagir, Sunayani Devi and Chandramohan Dawn.

Event: Annual art exhibition of The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture When: Till June 21 (except Sundays and holidays); 10.30 am - 1 pm and 2.30 pm - 6 pm Where: The Museum & Art Gallery, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park

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June 2 - 7 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of recent works by Shabbir Hasan Quazi, Siddhartha Sengupta, Sheikh Abdullah and Krishna Dey. June 2 - 8 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of drawing, painting and sculpture hosted by Bengal Painters. Participating artists: Abhijit Bhattacharya, B.V. Sikder, Dhiren Kumar Saha, Prabir Das, Sandip Bajpeyi and Swapan Paul. June 2 - 14 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, 2nd floor, Duckback House, #2287 3377; 11 am - 7 pm: Exhibition of works on paper by Prakash Karmakar and Kartick Chandra Pyne, and sculptures by K.S. Radhakrishnan. Till June 3 at The Palladian Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry; 11 am - 8 pm: A solo exhibition of paintings on canvas by Vandana Lohia. Till June 4 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: The sixth group show of painting, collage and sculpture by Young Painters. Till June 7 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 2 pm - 8 pm: Nature.., an exhibition of paintings by Deyali Mukherjee. Till June 7 at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Mondays (2 pm - 7 pm): Sculptures by Meera Mukherjee. Till June 8 (except Tuesdays) at The Halo Heritage Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, Maddox Square; 2 pm - 8 pm: Inner Eye, an exhibition of paintings on canvas by Jonaki Pal. Till June 17 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street, #2229 3886; 2 pm - 7 pm: Showcasing a host of latest works by contemporary, radical artists. Till July 5 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, #2485 8717/8509; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Summer Show featuring works by Jayasri Burman, Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Rameshwar Broota, Jogen Chowdhury, Rini Dhumal, Ramendra Nath Kastha, Paresh Maity, Uday Mondal, Santosh More, Rm. Palaniappan, Manu Parekh, Ganesh Pyne, Malay Saha, Dilip Kumar Samanta, Kingshuk Sarkar, Shambhavi, Lalu Prosad Shaw, Mayank Kumar Shyam, Sanjeev Sonpimpare and others. Till July 31 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Installation Photographs Video Art. Participating artists: Jayashree Chakravarty, Aditya Basak, Chhatrapati Dutta, Paula Sengupta, Sanjeet Chowdhury, Debnath Basu, Tapati Chowdhury and Adip Dutta. Curated by Jayashree Chakravarty. June 3 - 8 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: ISCA presents its ninth group show. June 3 - 8 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: First solo exhibition of sculpture by Sudipta Basu. June 3 - 9 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Sukhamoy Majumder.

DRAMA

June 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.45 pm: Arghya presents Bharat Katha. Concept & direction: Manish Mitra. Till June 3 at Rabindra Sadan; 4 pm: Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi is organising 5th National Children’s Theatre Fest. Today: Participating groups are Kala Niketan, Dhanbad; Children’s Theatre, Bargar, Orissa; Dakshinee, Agartala; Sonali Natya Gosthi, Dinajpur, Bangladesh; and Apurba Kala Vidaru Kannad Theatre Group, Karnataka. June 2 - 5 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Mukhomukhi 12, a festival of plays produced by Mukhomukhi on its 12th anniversary. June 2: Qurbani (acting: Soumitra Chatterjee). June 3: Pran Tapasya (acting: Soumitra Chatterjee). June 4: Aarohan (Acting: Soumitra Chatterjee). June 5: Nashta Asim (Direction: Biplab Bandyopadhyay). June 5 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sanglap Kolkata will present its latest production, Aborton. Direction: Kuntal Mukhopadhyay. June 5 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Little Thespian presents Katha Collage 3 comprising two of Tagore’s short stories in two languages: Shesher Ratri (Bengali) and Duraasha (Urdu). Design & direction: Uma Jhunjhunwala. June 7 at Rabindra Okakura Mancha, opp. City Centre; 6.30 pm: Saptarashmi presents Akhono Swapno (Dir: Prasun Kanjilal) and Shruta Sanglap presents Duh-swapno (Dir: Nirup Mitra). June 7 & 8 at Padatik Little Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Padatik and Rikh present Could Be Two Men Two Chairs, a play in English, written and directed by Vinay Sharma.

PERFORMING ARTS

June 3 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Violin Brothers Concert with String Orchestra. June 7 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Bhavna Records & Cassettes presents Tomar Banshi Baaje, an evening of Tagore songs and readings. Participants: Pubali Debnath and Rituparna in songs, and Soumitra Chatterjee in readings. Compere: Debashis Basu. June 7 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Makhla Shinjini presents Meerabai, a dance-drama in Kathak style by Keya Chanda Dance Troupe. Script, concept & choreography: Keya Chanda. June 8 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Bhavna Records & Cassettes presents a solo recital of Tagore songs by Pramita Mallick to be followed by a programme of reading, song and dance based on Tagore’s poem, Pujarini. Participants: Pramita Mallick in reading and song, and Priti Patel in dance. June 8 at Birla Academy; 6.30 pm: Shibaranjani presents an evening of Odissi dance by its students. Choreography: Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Dipanwita Roy.

TALK

June 2 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Idyananda will speak on Sri Sri Mayer SmritiKatha. June 2 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga. June 2 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Siksha, samaj O Dharma.

WORKSHOP

June 2 - July 20 at 13/1 Ballygunge Park Road: Hue ’n’ I summer art workshop specially designed for students applying for study-abroad programmes in fine art, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, animation and automobile design. Details at #98304 47150. June 3 - 6 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 2 pm - 5 pm: Four-day workshop on Kathak for the age group 10 years to 18 years. To be conducted by Ashim Bandhu Bhattacharjee. June 3 - 6 at Bharatiyam, IB 201 Salt Lake; 2 pm - 5 pm: Fun with Dance, to be conducted by Dhiman Sankar. Details at #2335 6796. June 3 - 6 at Nehru Children’s Museum; 2 pm - 5 pm: Four-day workshop on Odissi dance for the age group 9 years to 16 years. To be conducted by Arnab Bandyopadhyay. June 4 at the seminar hall of National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Trainging and Research, Salt Lake; 10.30 am: Workshop on Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy. The curtain raising programme on World Environment Day at 4 pm. Organised by Vivekananda Institute of Environment & Management, Calcutta.

EXHIBITION

Till June 2 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum; 4 pm - 8 pm: Cinepex-2008, a solo philatelic exhibition on world cinema from the collection of United Nations’ award-winning stamp designer Dipok Dey.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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