Timeout 09-04-2010

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By The Telegraph Online
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A trained artist from the Government College of Art, Jamini Roy did not have an auspicious start to his brilliant career. His early life was scarred by extreme poverty and hardship, which obviously affected his work. Though his landscape painting and portrait painting had a distinct post-impressionist stamp, his early works lacked the character that his later works exuded. Initially, he was known for making life-like portraits and earned his living through drawing portraits of soldiers during wartime. Before that, he tried his hand at all type of works including painting theatre backdrops. His impressionist landscapes are outstanding, but following the Western artists of his time, he painted in various styles and drew portraits of Van Gogh, Gauguin and other artists and characters. He also painted some nudes and women in various forms. However, he soon realised that he needed to draw inspiration from his own culture and so turned to living folk and tribal art for inspiration. He was most influenced by the Kalighat pata, with its bold, sweeping brush-strokes. What he wanted to capture was the essence of simplicity embodied in the life of the rural people to make art accessible to a wider section and to give Indian art its own identity. Jamini Roy: A Painter’s Journey, the ongoing show, highlights the stylistic changes that the master artist passed through before reaching his signature style.

Event: An exhibition of paintings by Jamini Roy When: Till April 11; 3 pm - 8 pm Where: Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road

ART

Till April 20 (except Sundays & holidays) at the Museum and Art Gallery of The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park; 10.30 am - 1 pm & 2.30 pm - 7 pm: Annual Exhibition 2010 of paintings, sculptures and print-makings of late Lalit Mohan Sen. Till April 10 at Galerie 88, 28 B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Mondays: 2 pm - 7 pm: The Metaphor and Beyond — featuring works by C. Douglas, P. Gopinath, K. Muralidharan and S. Nandagopal. Till April 10 at Srimati Art Gallery, Baitanik, 4 Elgin Road; 2 pm - 7 pm: Baitanik presents Symphony 2 — paintings by Aloke Kumar Paul. Till April 10 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 2 pm - 7 pm: Creation — an exhibition of painting and sculpture. Featuring works by Siddhartha Patra, Subir Debnath, Umendra Prasad and Nitai Samanta. Till April 11 at The Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal: Paintings by Arunangshu Roy. His contemporary, semi-abstract canvases are a commentary on modern life, presented with a touch of humour, as in his Dark Ages series. The artist will be painting live between 3 pm and 6 pm on most days. Till April 12 at Halo Heritage Gallery, 26 Ritchie Road; 1 pm - 8 pm: Drawing Show presented by The Canvas Artists’ Circle. Featuring works by Alok Bhattacharya, Anjan Bhattacharya, Ashok Roy, Balai Karmakar, Chaitali Chanda, Debasish Bhattacharjee, Dipankar Ray, Gouranga Kundu, Hareet Basu, Kalyan Chakraborty, Malay Das, Prithwis Sikdar, Swapnesh Choudhury and Shyamali Mukherjee Bhattacharya. Till April 14 at Art Walk Gallery, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Dipankar Pahari. Till April 14 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘A’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The 2nd solo show of Asim’s work. Till April 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Beyond Palette — artworks by Aditi Chakraborty Sadhu, Aloke Roy, Anindya Roy, Rajarshi Dutta Roy, Rajib Sur Roy, Rupande Kaku, Sailen Ghosh, Sarada Sagar Bashuri, Soumen Saha, Sumita Acharya, Tandra Roy and Vishnu Pawan. Till April 18 (except Monday & holiday) at Birla Academy of art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: In Quest of Green, an exhibition of paintings by Rakhee Roy. Till April 30 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: Within the Grid, a solo exhibition of Avijit Mukherjee’s work. Till April 30 (Sundays by appointment) at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #98310-05003, 65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: The Voices of the Canvas, featuring works by Prokash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Bratin Khan, Subrata Das, Shyamal Mukherjee, Sukanta Das, Samir Paul, Atin Basak and others. Till May 31 (except Sundays) at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, ground floor; 12 noon - 7 pm: Ancient Love — a series of paintings by Ganesh C. Basu. Till June 30 at Srijanee, 11A & B Esplanade East; 10 am - 8 pm: God & Nature — the fourth solo exhibition of paintings by Sreesudip.

DRAMA

April 9 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nehru Children’s Museum presents Jadio Sandhya, performed by the students of the Museum. Direction: Ramaprasad Banik. April 9 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 6.30 pm: Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (in Hindi), a suspense legal drama based on Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men. Directed by Ashok Singh and produced by Spandan. April 9 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Purba Paschim will stage Patol Babu Film Star, based on a story by Satyajit Ray. Direction: Ramaprasad Banik. April 11 at Minerva Theatre; 6.30 pm: Nandikar will stage its latest production, Madhabi, directed by Swatilekha Sengupta.

BOOK LAUNCH

April 9 at Starmark, South City Mall, 2nd floor, Shop #234; 7 pm: HarperCollins Publishers India and Starmark jointly host the launch of Swami Samarpanananda’s Tiya: A Parrot’s Journey Home. The respected Swamiji will present an overview of Vedanta and how it is reflected in his popular fable.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Till April 12 at Academy of Fine arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm; April 8 & 9 at Calcutta information Centre; 2 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of photographs by Atanu Paul and members of Third Eye.

PERFORMING ARTS

April 9 at Kala Mandir; 6 pm: Spectrum, supported by Amit Kumar Fan Club, presents Live with Kishore. Featuring songs presented by Amit Kumar icluding the maestro’s unreleased songs, performances by a number of R.D. Burman’s musicians, and some of Kishore Kumar’s co-singers performing with Amit Kumar.

film Show

Till April 9 at Nandan-II: Federation of Film Societies of India, in collaboration with Embassy of Mexico in Hindi, Nandan, and Indo-Hispanic Society, presents a festival of Mexican films. Today, 4 pm: Used Parts; at 6.30 pm: The Pearl.

TALK

April 9 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Jushtananda will speak in Bengali on Bhagavat Katha. April 9 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra; 7 pm: Prof. Arup Ranjan Pradhan will speak on Devi Bhagavat.

IN CONVERSATION

April 9 at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, 8 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Harrington Mansions, 2nd floor, Flat no. 5 & 25B, #22829220; 7 pm: Wording Images — Kunal Basu in conversation with Ina Puri.

EXHIBITION

Till April 9 at Darbari, P-249 Purna Das Road, # 2464 4027: Spring show of block printed, embroidered and designer sarees, kameezes, patialas, dupattas, salwar suits, fabrics and men’s wear in cotton and fancy fabric. Till April 10 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Bally-gunge Circular Road; 11 am - 8.30 pm: Exhibition of summer prints and home accessories. Till April 10 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 10 am - 7 pm: Spring collection of textiles for Poila Boishakh from Kamala, the craft outlet of Crafts Council of India. Till April 10 at Sujata Weaves & Prints, 8/1 Esplanade East, #9831604270; 11.30 am - 6.30 pm: Handwoven sarees/dupattas in kota, cotton silks in summer colours from weavers of India. Till April 11 at Senbati (opp. Gariahat Pantaloons), #9831030737; 11 am - 8 pm: Jo’s exhibition of kurtis, patiallas and dupattas. Till April 12 at Earthy Myths, 8/2 Loudon Street, 2nd floor, #22811524: A collection of innovative cotton kurtis and unusual sarees with sensuous blouses. Till April 14 at Design, 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315; 11 am - 7.30 pm: Paramita Viswanathan’s special display of ‘Resist’ printed sarees, silks and south Indian cottons. Till April 14 at Green House, Tollygunge Metro station: Summer Surprise, an exhibition of latest summer wear, sarees, kurtis and suits. Till April 14 at 16/2 Gariahat Road (opp. UCO Bank), #98300 54718; 10.30 am - 8.30 pm: Joyita’s Selection presents summer designer boutique festival of hand-embroidered sarees, dress materials, ladies and gents kurtas & kurtis, home linen, Lucknow chikan, tupperware, costume jewellery and gift items. Till May 10 at Azura, 3 Royd Street, #2227 2219, 22298651; 11 am - 6.30 pm: Azura unveils an exquisite and stylish range costume jewellery and silhouettes for all occasions which include sarees, kurtas, dresses, blousons, tunic.

QUIZ

April 10 at International School of Business & Media, EN22, Sector V, Salt Lake: General quiz for 4-member teams. Registration from 4 pm. Entry fee per team: Rs 200. Limited to first 40 teams that register. Contact Abhijit (9830487023) or Deepanjan (9831541077).

WORKSHOP

April 10 at Jain House, 8/1 Easplanade East; 4 pm - 5.30 pm: Learn exotic salad and dressing class. For registration, contact Suman (9830019635).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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