Timeout 08-06-2009

Vignettes of feminine mystery

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 8.06.09
Vignettes of feminine mystery
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web — Pablo Picasso. Gwalior-based artist Mustak Khan Chowdhury says he derives inspiration from his surroundings. He visits the Gwalior Fort daily and that’s how the images of archaeological structure and related mysterious elements emerge in his paintings with symbolic overtones. This post-graduate painter from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan has been painting since late 1980s, and has participated in innumerable solo and group shows, both in India and abroad. Chowdhury is a figurative artist and his works are influenced by religious mythology, inequities and atrocities perpetrated on women in our society. His recent works depict interesting vignettes of women: their thoughts and how they react to different situations. He is particularly fond of emphasising on the mythological powers of women. He uses bright red, blue, yellow and sepia colours in his paintings. In the present series, he has used acrylic and oil pastels on canvas to create a rich and bright effect, and watercolour, oil pastels and charcoal on paper to create a textural effect.

Event: Recent works by Mustak Khan Chowdhury When: Till June 13; 11 am - 7 pm (Monday, 2 pm - 7 pm) Where: Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani


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 8 at Emami Towers, 687 Anandapur, EM Bypass; 6 pm: Koj Kolkata - Emami Chisel Art International Artists’ Residency hosts an artist’s talk and open studio of Indrani Nayar-Gall (USA). The show continues till June 12. June 8 - 11 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suite 18, 3rd floor, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 2 pm - 7 pm: Linear Turmoil and Tranquility — the first solo exhibition of paintings by Ranajit Adhikary. Inauguration today at 6 pm. June 8 - 15 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road, 1st floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent watercolours by Shyamal Sen. 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 9 at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Recent works by Shyamal Dutta Ray awardees Sandip Roy and Subir Dey. 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 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 12 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Accord, a group of young artists, presents an exhibition of paintings. Participants: Bikramjit Debnath, Rubi Karmakar Ganguly, Tanmoy Hazra, Sudipto Mondal, Pravat K. Manna, Prasenjit Pal, Shib Shankar Chatterjee, Sinthia Dey and Subir Saha. Till June 13 at Spandan Art Gallery, 87 Park Street, 1st floor; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Jeet Ganguli. Till June 13 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 30 (except 2nd & 4th Saturdays and Sundays) at Emami Chisel Art Pvt. Ltd, Emami Towers, 687 Anandapur, EM Bypass, #40113182/3; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of sculptures by contemporary artists. Till June 30 (except Sundays) at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #98300 49825; 12.30 pm - 7.30 pm: Paintings by young, upcoming artists Atish Mukherjee, Arunava Mondal, Avijit Mukherjee, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Sanjay Kr Samanta, Tanay Paul, Bibek Pal, Goutam Sarkar and others.


June 8 at Sisir Mancha; 5.30 pm: Tumi Kemon Korey Gaan Karo Hey Guni — Chakrateertha’s Rabi Pranam features an evening of Tagore songs, recitation and play-reading. June 8 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 5.30 pm: Sonar Tari Kalakendra presents Kabi Pranam featuring Tagore songs and recitation. June 8 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: EZCC hosts a Kathak dance recital by Rani Karnaa and the participants of her workshop. June 10 at Kala Kunj; 6 pm: The students of Pankaj Mullick Academy of Music & Art, along with guest artistes, will present an evening of Rabindrasangeet, Bengali Adhunik, Bengali and Hindi film songs and melodies of Pankaj Mullick with intrumental music and dance. To be conducted by Jhinuk Gupta. June 11 at Birla Academy; 6 pm: On the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of Ustad Nasiruddin Khan Dagar, Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar Dhrupad Sangeet Ashram presents an evening of dhrupad and dhamar recitals by Asit Banerjee (rudra veena), Alaka Nandy (vocal) and disciples of Dhrupad Sangeet Ashram. Accompanied by Apurba Lal Manna on the pakhawaj.


June 8 at Rabindra Sadan; 4 pm: The concluding evening of 6th National Children’s Theatre Festival, organised by Kolkata Eso Natak Shikhi, features (at 5 pm): Pratibad (Dir: Navajyoti Saikia) by Takshashila, Guwahati; at 6 pm: Mujhe Mere Buzurgon Se Bachao (Dir: Mirza Hamid Beig) by Jems High School, Hyderabad; at 7 pm: Sedel Mati (Dir: Prosenjit Paul) by Chander Hat, Faridpur, Bangaldesh; and at 8 pm: Closing ceremony. June 9 - 13 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 6 pm: Natyanjali — a five-day festival of plays on pre-1857 revolts in India against British rule, organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with EZCC, Calcutta. June 9 : Bengali play 1857 — A Journey to the Ignore Past , directed by Probir Guha, to be presented by Alternative Living Theatre, Madhyamgram; June 10: Oriya play Veer Surendra Sai, directed by Satya Ranjan Behera, to be presented by Shree Cultural Association, Sambalpur; June 11: Chhattisgarhi play Pahatia, directed by Dr Yogendra Choubey, to be presented by Gudi Sanskritik Evam Samajik Sansthan, Raigarh; June 12: Bengali play Aparahata, directed by Dr Soumitra Basu, to be presented by Sandarbha, Calcutta; and June 13: Hindi play Tilka Majhi, directed by Sheikh Khairuddin, to be presented by Living Opera, New Delhi. For more details, call 2335 6796. June 9 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Aapod — Nandipat’s latest production, directed by Bimal Chakraborty. June 13 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Swapnasuchana will stage Biddho Aakash. Direction: Sudipto Sarkar. June 13 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar will stage Kachher Manush, with Debshankar Haldar and Bijoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Direction: Gautam Haldar, filmmaker.


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. June 9 - 12 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 3 pm - 6 pm: EZCC will hold Fun with Dance, a workshop to be conducted by Dhiman Sankar for the age group 6 yrs to 18 yrs. For details, call 2335 6796. June 9 - 12 at Nehru Children’s Museum: Workshop on Kathak dance (2 pm - 5 pm) to be conducted by Ashim Bandhu Bhattacharjee for 10 yrs - 18 yrs and 18 yrs and above; and workshop on Kalarippayattu (10 am - 1 pm) to be conducted by S.I. Mallick for 12 yrs - 18 yrs. June 10 - 12 at 94 Ballygunge Place; 3 pm - 5 pm: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts conducts a workshop, Healing Touch through Theatre, by Dr Sakti Ray Chaudhury, who will enact the use of emotions expressed through gestures, words and silence, and the art of using monologue soliloquy and dialogue with emphasis on voice modulation with the children of Prayasam and Udayan Care, West Bengal. For registration, call 24613145, 9830244726.


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 8 - 13 at Boi-Chitra, College Street Coffee House, 2nd floor; 3 pm - 7.30 pm: Journey to the Himalayas and Colours of Nature — an exhibition of photographs taken by Udaysankar Mukherjee and Siddhartha Misra.


June 8 at Gyan Manch; 6 pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya organises Smaran Sabha in memory of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Manipuri exponent Kalavati Devi and light designer Kaniska Sen will recount their memories with Guruji. Also, Guru Pranam through dance recitals by Diya Deb, Sharmila Mukherjee, Maya Bhattacharya and members of Nrittyangana.


June 8 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga. June 8 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Atmapriyananda will speak on Kathopanishad. June 8 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak on Ishopanishad.


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.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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