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Timeout 12-01-2009

Musical homage to Swamiji

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 12.01.09
Musical homage to Swamiji
Traditionally, music has been defined as a way to attain the four aims or purushârthas of life. Music merely as a diversion is a modern phenomenon whereas in the ancient world, it was always connected with a philosophical or ethical choice. A major function of music was to create absorption or tanmayata, which is emotionally very satisfying, and it does so more efficiently than any other art. It also provides a strong emotional expression. The philosophy of Indian music was part of the analysis of ‘sound’ or nada, which included in its ambit, along with music and dance, grammar, language and meaning. All the systems of philosophy, whether Vedic, Âgamic or Tantric, have accepted the concept of nada as struck (âhata) and unstruck (anâhata), and have held that while anâhata is for liberation and is not pleasing, the âhata is pleasing and leads to anâhata. The utility of âhata or music proper is thus established for aesthetic pleasure (rañjana), as well as for spiritual quest. Thus, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa went into a deep trance on hearing the young Vivekananda’s soulful singing. Swamiji later realised and commented “the key note running through the music is ‘I am He, I am He’ (so aham)”. This evening, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture offers homage to Swamiji with a programme of music on the auspicious occasion of his 146th birth anniversary.

lEvent: Homage through classical music to Swami Vivekananda to mark his 146th birth anniversary lWhen: Today at 9 am, 2 pm & 6 pm lWhere: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park


Till January 24 (except Sundays & holidays) at CIMA Gallery; 3 pm - 7 pm (Mondays) 2 pm - 7 pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays): Review, an exhibition of artworks that aspires to redefine our perception and understanding of art of the 20th century. Participating artists: Abir Karmakar, Alok Bal, Debraj Goswami, Farhad Hussain, Jogen Chowdhury, Kingshuk Sarkar, Mayank Kumar Shyam, Mithu Sen, Paresh Maity, Partha Pratim Deb, Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Samit Das, Santosh More, Sumitro Basak and Swarna Chitrakar. January 12 - 17 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The eighth annual art exhibition of Srijan Charu O Karu Kala Kendra. Inauguration today at 5.30 pm. January 12 - 17 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 1 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Jagadish Majumder, Mrinmay Sarma, Subrata Saha and Amit Dey. Inauguration today at 4 pm. January 12 - 31 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Monday (2 pm - 7 pm): Galerie 88 presents recent works by K. Laxma Goud. Inauguration today at 6 pm. Till January 13 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12-F Park Street; 10 am - 8 pm: The seventh solo exhibition of paintings by Arup Lodh. Till January 15 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275, 24618812; 3 pm - 8 pm: Pata — paintings of Bengal (Santhal Pat, Vishnupur Pat, Kalighat type Pat and others) from the collection of C.K. Kejriwal. Till January 15 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #22893027: Bengal 2009, an exhibition of art works by the city’s eminent artists. Till January 15 at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: sEe, an abstract solo show of Deepak Tandon in three versions: painting, photographs and video. Till January 17 at the Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, ICCR: Calcutta Painters hosts a solo exhibition of paintings by Rabin Mondal. Till January 17 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Puspen Niyogi, Tapas Gangopadhyay and Subhendu Ghosh. Till January 17 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, Stephen’s Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: Recent works of Bari Kumar: Foreign Bodies. Till January 18 (except Saturday) at Galerie La Mère, 3 Regent Park, #24712612, 24811557; 4 pm - 8 pm: Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture presents La Mère Annual, an exhibition of paintings and drawings. Till January 18 at Starmark, South City Mall; 10 am - 8.30 pm: Paintings by Santanu Ray. Till January 22 (except Sunday) at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road, #24484925; 11 am - 8 pm: Balaka Bhattacharjee’s exhibition of paintings, ...sidesteps — a personal piece as well as a narrative on the emotional state of a city. Till January 31 (weekdays only) at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G-7 Malalay Apartments, 3 Woodburn Park Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Small is Beautiful 3, an exhibition of miniature artworks by some of the greatest living legends along with some of the exciting new talents. Till January 31 (except Mondays) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #9903235566; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings, titled Festive Hues, featuring works by B.R. Panesar, Debabrata Chakrabarti, Dhiren Sasmal, Ratan Acharya, Samir Paul, Subrata Das, Sukanta Das, Soumitra Kar, Ritu Singh, Milanendu Mandal, Atin Mitra, Anirban Seth and others. Till February 1 (except Mondays, January 23 and 26) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: The 42nd Annual Exhibition 2009 featuring works by young and upcoming artists from all over India as well as works of senior eminent artists.


January 12 at Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201 Salt Lake; 10 am - 6.30 pm: Celebration of National Youth Day 2009, in collaboration with VIEM. January 12 at Darbhanga Hall, University of Calcutta; 4 pm: Role of Students and Youths on Gender Sensitization — A meet of students and youths to mark National Youth Day as part of Vivekananda birth anniversary celebration and Dr Durgabai Deshmukh birth centenary. Organised by West Bengal State Social Welfare Board.


January 12 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall: A music festival to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Inauguration by Swami Sarvabhutananda. Morning session (9 am): Bahauddin Dagar (rudraveena) with Sanjoy Agle (pakhawaj), Kaivalya Kumar Gaurav (vocal) with Udayraj Karpoor (tabla) and Ravindra Katoti (harmonium), and Hari Prasad Chaurasia (flute) with Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) and Siddhartha Sarkar (violin). Afternoon session (2 pm): Kuchipudi dance by Vempati Ravishankar & troupe of Kuchipudi Dance Academy, Rashid Khan (vocal) with Subhankar Banerjee (tabla), Jyoti Goho (harmonium) and Ramesh Mishra (sarangi). Evening session (6 pm): Alam Khan (sarod) with Swapan Chaudhury (tabla), Shaukat Hussain Khan (vocal) with Samar Saha (tabla) and Hiranmoy Mitra (harmonium). Till January 12 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: West Bengal State Music Academy, in association with EZCC, hosts Classical Music Conference 2009. The concluding evening features Manali Bose (vocal) with Tarak Saha (tabla) and Gourab Chattopadhyay (harmonium); Girija Devi (vocal) with Subhen Chattopadhyay (tabla) and Debaprasad Dey (harmonium); and Manilal Nag (sitar) with Anindo Chattopadhyay (tabla). January 16 & 17 at ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Tollygunge: ITC Sangeet Sammelan: 30 years of Guru-Shishya Parampara. January 16, 6 pm: Inauguration and presentation of ITC Award to Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan. To be followed by Manali Bose (vocal), Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan (shehnai), and Ulhas Kashalkar with Sameehan Kashalkar (vocal). January 17, 2 pm: Abir Hossain (sarod), Arun Bhaduri with Adarsh Saxena (vocal), Anindo Chatterjee with Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla), Mashkoor Ali Khan with Arshad Ali Khan (vocal), Buddhadev Das Gupta and Manilal Nag (sarod-sitar jugalbandi), and Ajoy Chakrabarty with Anal Chatterjee and Deborshee Bhattacharjee (vocal). January 17 at Kala Mandir; 9 pm onwards (night-long): Sabrang Sangeet Sammelan, organised by Sabrang Music Trust. Featuring Rajan and Sajan Mishra (vocal); Subhra Guha (vocal); Kushal Das (sitar); Arshad Ali Khan (vocal); Tarang ensemble led by Abhijit Banerjee (pakhawaj, tabla, cajun) with Snehashish Majumder (mandolin, double-neck banjo), Somnath Roy (ghatam, kanjira, duff, folk percussion), Bangalore Rajshekhar (morsing) and Goutam Shome (keyboard); and introducing Jaya Seal Ghosh in a Bharata Natyam recital. January 18 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Janhabi presents Hridkamaleshu Shreemati Hey..., a programme of songs and dance based on Tagore’s work. Featuring Manoj Murali Nair and Uttam Das Baul in songs, and Madhuboni Chatterjee in dance.


January 12 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Amiteshananda will speak on Practical Vedanta.


Till January 12 at Calcutta Information Centre; 2 pm - 8 pm: Forum Third Eye presents an exhibition of photographs, A Mystic City Hampi, taken by Atanu Paul, Utpal Dutta and Aranyak Banerjee. Till January 15 at Earthcare Books and Resource Centre, 10 Middleton Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Calcutta! — an exhibition of black-and-white photographs taken by Thomas Patrick Kiernan.


Till January 12 at 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents Collection 2009 — specially designed and woven chanderis with extra silk for party wear, unstitched salwar suits in a variety of colours and surface ornamentation techniques, jewellery (costume and in silver with semiprecious stones), durries in stripes, checks and florals. Till January 12 at Halo Heritage Art Shop, 26 Ritchie Road, #24190133; 11.30 am - 9 pm: In collaboration with Soumya’s Creation, Halo Heritage presents an exhibition of textiles, jewellery and home accessories. Till January 14 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6.30 pm: Oxford Bookstore, Calcutta and New Theatres, Saregama present Yesterday Once More, an exhibition of select films and music memorabilia. Till January 15 at Design, 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315: Paramita Viswanathan’s annual exhibition of silks from West Bengal and south India. Till January 20 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Symphony: An exhibition of Canvas and Chinese Ceramics. Featuring cermaic works and paintings by Asit Patnaik, Bhagat Singh, Gautam Mukherjee, Shyamal Mukherjee, Seema Kohli, Harish Kumar, Phalguni Dasgupta, Dhananjay Mukherjee, Gosto Kumar and others. 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

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