Timeout 06-06-2009

Devotional offering through dance

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 6.06.09
Devotional offering through dance
The love between Lord Krishna and his devoted Gopis is the yearning of the living beings (Jivatman) for unison with the Supreme Being (Paramatman). This shuddha-prema bhakti (devotion steeped in pure love) for Lord Krishna has been professed not only in spirituality but also through Indian classical music, dance and other art forms. The lotus-eyed, beautiful blue Lord, dressed in golden-yellow attire, bedecked with simple wild flowers is the sakar roop of Param-Brahma (tangible form of the Supreme Being) and also of the Antaryami (one who is a part of the human existence). The total concept of Krishna is an experience and cannot be fully perceived by the five senses only. His Hladini shakti (ecstasy-giving energy ) is Radha. The relationship of Krishna and Radha is likened to sugar (madhu) and sweetness (madhurata) that cannot be separated. The core of Odissi dance lies in this spirituality. In Odissi (and its precursors), dancing devotional numbers to Ashtapadis from Geet Govindam has been a regular part of Jagannath Temple service since the 13th century and today forms a major gamut of the Odissi repertoire. Odissi danseuse Sanchita Bhattacharya presents a solo recital, Krishnamay, this evening. The composition is based on extracts from Geet Govindam, explaining and expressing the dancer’s total devotional love and surrender to Krishna, the Srestha and Prestha (paramount and the most loved one) being.

Event: Krishnamay — Odissi dance recital by Sanchita Bhattacharya When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245


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 6 - 12 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Accord, a group of young artists, presents an exhibition of paintings. June 6 - 13 at Spandan Art Gallery, 87 Park Street, 1st floor; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Jeet Ganguli. Till June 7 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitri O Bhaskar Gosthi presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Avnandan Barua, Biswanath Chanda, Chandrasekhar Basu Majumdar, Dilip Paul, Dinesh Gain, Goutam Sarma, Jiten Roy, Prithwis Sen, Subuddha Ghosh and Tusar Kanti Pradhan. Till June 7 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: The second solo exhibition of paintings by Asit Das. Till June 8 at Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road, near Maddox Square; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of sketches and watercolours by Samir Biswas. Till June 9 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275, 24618812; 3 pm - 8 pm: Chitrakoot presents recent prints by Chaita Basu Jena. Till June 10 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Arpan Das, Subrata Barman, Susanta Adhikary and Pradipta Biswas. 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. Till June 15 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings. Till June 16 (except Mondays) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #30222040, 30535982; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of the works by Bappa Halder.


June 6 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 5.30 pm: Programme on Rabindra Jayanti. June 6 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: The inaugural programme of Dolls Society features Bodhon, a programme of recitation, dance and songs. The proceeds will go towards setting up of old age homes.


June 6 - 8 at Rabindra Sadan; 4 pm: 6th National Children’s Theatre Festival, organised by Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi. Today at 6 pm: Dalchhut (Dir: Tapas Das) by Eso Natak Shikhi; at 7 pm: Rojina Upakshyan (Dir: Sk. Mahadi Hassan) by Tokai Natyadal, Dhaka; and at 8 pm: Ek Aachil Raja (Dir: Ashok Das) by Kathashilpa, Guwahati. Tomorrow at 4 pm: Panchatantra (Sandhivigraha) and Sankellu (English & Telugu) (Dir: Rammohan Holagundi) by Sri Aurobindo School, Hyderabad; at 5 pm: Hanri (Dir: Pranab Saha) by Dakshini, Agartala; at 6 pm: Langda Raja (Dir: Kesha Ranjan Pradhan) by Sahara Trust High School, Subarnapur, Orissa; at 7 pm: Bahadur Chhele (Dir: Tapas Das) by Bandhumahal Shilpisanstha, Gajipur, Bangaldesh; and at 8 pm: Kanua Nai (Dir: Vibhas Upadhyay) by Bal Rang, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. June 6 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Rang Roop will stage Jalchhabi. Direction: Seema Mukhopadhyay. June 6 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. June 6 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents its new production, Daaho, directed by Anish Ghosh. June 6 at Howrah Ramgopal Mancha; 6.30 pm: Natadha will stage its latest production, Ebong Socrates. Direction: Arna Mukhopadhyay. June 7 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Krishti Sansad will stage Handcup. Direction: Sangramjit Sengupta. June 7 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajantrik will stage Pratham Paath, written and directed by Ramaprasad Banik. 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 7 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sayak presents Dournama. Dir: Meghnad Bhattacharya. June 7 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Purba-Paschim presents Tagore’s Chaturanga. Direction: Bratya Basu.


Till June 13 at Rabindra Sadan terrace; 10 am - 5 pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya is organising workshops on Odissi dance (conducted by Aloka Kanungo, Sharmila Mukherjee and Arnab Bandopadhyaya till June 12), on light design (to be conducted by Kanishka Sen on June 13, 10 am - 2 pm) and on mime (to be conducted by Niranjan Goswami on June 13, 2 pm - 4 pm). 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 8 - 11 at Mayur Lalit, Naktala, 12-D/4/1; 9 am - 1 pm: Odissi workshop by Debamitra Sengupta on exquisite compositions of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra along with fitness regime including yoga, dance related makeup and stagecraft. Details at 9831651531, 24711246.


Till June 8 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 6.30 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents A Pause for Pinter — screening of films based on plays by Harold Pinter. To be introduced by Samik Bandyopadhyay. June 6: The Birthday Party, directed by William Friedkin. June 7: Accident, directed by Joseph Losey. June 8: The Servant, directed by Joseph Losey. June 6 at Planet M, 5 Elgin Road, beside Bhowanipore College; 4 pm: UTV World Movies Film Club presents the screening of The White Balloon. June 7 at Priya Cinema; 11 am: Priya Entertainments Pvt. Ltd hosts the screening of Walt-Disney Pictures’ Hannah Montana The Movie.


Till June 8 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: Bangladesh Deputy High Commission Calcutta presents Far from the Madding Crowd, an exhibition of photographs taken by A.T.M. Monemul Haque.


June 6 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Suvirananda will speak in Bengali on Sharanagatir Shreshtha Adarsha Mahapurushji. Swami Sarvalokananda will preside. June 6 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Tyagarupananda will speak on Gitar Vani. June 6 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Paramatmananda will speak in Bengali on Mrityurahasya. June 6 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Parimal Kanti Das will speak on Sri Ramakrishna O Chhokra Bhaktabrinda. June 6 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7.15 pm: Amit Dey will speak on Song of Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita.


Till June 6 at Gorky Sadan: Eisenstein Cine Club and Tapan Sinha Foundation present Flash Back, Flash Forward: In Tribute to Tapan Sinha, a festival on the legendary filmmaker with films, discussion and exhibition. Today at 6 pm: Screening of Kshudhita Pashan, Jagadish Chandra Bose (documentary by Tapan Sinha) and Hansuli Bnaker Upokatha. An exhibition of rare photographs, film stills, lobby cards, film booklets, film posters and some of his personal belongings are on display from 3 pm to 7 pm.


June 8 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Baby Clothes — an exhibition of infants clothing in cottons and jersey.


June 6 at the International School of Business & Media (ISB&M), EN-22, Sector-V, Salt Lake: The World Quiz Championship, a written individual quiz that is held in multiple centres across the world, will be held in Calcutta. Registration from 3.30 pm, quiz commences at 4 pm. All are welcome. For further details, contact Gautam at 98300 44093 or Suprio at 92305 62601.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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