Timeout 14-04-2008

A colourful view from the top

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 14.04.08
A colourful view from the top
The significance of film (image) as an information source is increasing. Images have the power to break through indifference and hence there is a global shift towards a visual culture. The 13th European Union (EU) Film Festival, currently being held in the city, offers a bouquet of contemporary films ranging from thrillers to finger-on-the-pulse comedies and forceful modern-day dramas. Today’s screenings include I am (Poland, 4 pm) and Bye Bye Blackbird (Luxembourg, 6 pm). I Am is the story of an 11-year-old boy in search of his place in life and his identity. He lives alone on an abandoned boat and befriends a girl living in a house nearby. Bye Bye Blackbird (picture above) is a period drama set in the early years of the 20th century and features a bravura performance by James Thiérrée (Charlie Chaplin’s grandson) who choreographed the thrilling aerial sequences and shares with his legendary forebear a prodigious gift for physical business. Director Robinson Savary deftly offers a romantic view of big top life, with a poetic sensibility that speaks to the heart.

Event: 13th EU Film Festival When: Today at 4 pm & 6 pm Where:Nandan


April 14 - 23 at Artists Circle Gallery, 46 Circus Avenue; 2 pm - 7 pm: Impressions of Mandarmoni, an exhibition of the works by 13 city artists who had been to Mandarmoni for three days. Amitabha Sengupta will inaugurate the show at 6 pm with a video presentation on the Sunderbans. April 14 - 19 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F park Street: An exhibition of paintings by Kanchanmala Ghosh. n Till April 14 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Indira Halder. Till April 14 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of painting, sculpture and tapestry by Ashis Kabasi, Babita Singh, Pradip Saha, Debasish Ghosh, Debashis Kabasi, Prabir Roy, Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay and Subhankar Ray. Till April 16 at Gallery Exposure, 54B Mahanirban Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Just Figuratives, an exhibition of paintings by Nirmalendu Mandal. Till April 16 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road; 11 am - 8 pm: A collection of Somenath Maity’s works, titled Structures. Till April 17 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The ninth solo exhibition of paintings by Dr Sankar Chatterjee. Till April 17 at Gandhara Art Gallery, 1B Gurusaday Road, Flat 5A (Palm Spring), #2281 1255; 1 pm - 7 pm: A solo show of Sekhar Baran Karmkar. Till April 17 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suite 18, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #2228 9719; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Suranjit Giri. Till April 19 at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, 2nd floor, #22873377/88; 11 am - 7 pm: Image of One’s Own Self — Paintings and sculptures curated by Pranab Ranjan Ray. Participating artists: Chandrima Bhattacharya, Chhatrapati Dutta, Prasanta Sahu, Kazi Nasir, P. Bardhan, Debanjan Roy and others. Till April 22 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #24653212; 11 am - 7 pm: A group show, titled The Butterfly Effect. Participating artists: Kalicharan Gupta, Kazi Ghiyasuddin, Kishor Shinde, Partha Shaw, Pradip Rakshit, Shambhavi Gattani, Sunil Das and Yusuf. Till April 24 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park, #2464 2617; 2 pm - 7 pm: Multiple Choice — Recent paper works by Debraj Goswami. Till April 28 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2283 5394; 11 am - 7 pm, Mondays - 2 pm - 7 pm: Shifting the Logic Drawings (1977-2007), an exhibition of paintings by Dilip Ranade. Till May 3 (except Sundays) at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, #3052 3243; 3 pm - 7 pm: Staring Inscriptions, featuring art works by Jayanta Naskar, Lina Ghosh, Maneswar Brahma, Paula Sengupta, Pinaki Barua, Rajen Mondal, Romendra Nath Kasthya, Sabita Pegu, Samita Nag, Siddhartha Ghosh, Som Sankar Roy and Srikant Paul. Till May 9 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #6550 8418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Figurative Expressions, an exhibition of the works by Kamalaksha Gangopadhyay, Sanatan Dinda, Subrata Pal, Shyamal Mukherjee, Prakash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Gourango Beshai, Bratin Khan and Ramananda Bandyopadhyay. Till May 25 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road, #2455 6942/43; 2 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of the works by Somnath Hore.


April 14 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Ensemble celebrates its silver jubilee with the staging of Mahesh Elkunchwar’s Sonata, an Indian-English play directed and performed by Sohag Sen. April 14 at Star Theatre; 6 pm: As part of 7th Greenwood Spirit Theatre Festival, Aamra Sobai presents Desh Theke Durey. April 14 at Sarat Sadan-1, Howrah Maidan; 6 pm: The concluding day of a theatre fest, organised by Natadha to raise funds for the needy theatre people, features Palashi (Dir: Shib Mukhopadhyay) by Natadha. April 14 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Niva Arts presents Lagle Bolben. Drama, direction and acting: Arun Bandyopadhyay. April 16 at Sujata Sadan; 6.30 pm: Natakwala Kolkata presents Bipannata, written and directed by Shyamal Chakraborty. April 16 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Rangakarmee presents Mukti, based on Mahasweta Devi’s story. Direction & acting: Usha Ganguli.


Till April 14 at Madhuban, 2/1 Raja Naba Krishna Street, #9830170955; 10 am - 9 pm: Exhibition of sarees, kurtis, punjabi and churidar sets. Till April 15 at 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: Summer show at Paramita Viswanathan’s Design. Items: silk, tassar print, chiffan, crepe print, mull, kota, tangail print. Till April 20 at 46/18 Babu Bagan Lane, #2413 7992; 11 am - 8 pm: Ananya Boutique’s Baishakhi Mela features silk and cotton handcrafted sarees.


April 14 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Amiteshananda will speak on Practical Vedanta. April 14 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak on Kathopanishad.


April 14 at Sri Bajrang Vyayamgar, 199 Sarat Bose Road; 7.30 am - 1 pm: The concluding day of Sri Rama Navami celebrations, hosted by Sri Anjaneya Swami Temple Association, features Sampurna Narayaneeyam. Till April 21 at Sree Thyagaraja Hall, P-530 Raja Basanta Roy Road: Ved Bhavan Bhajan Samaj celebrates 68th Sri Ramanavami Mahotsavam. Today: Variety entertainment by Bala Vihar Students at 5 pm; and Harikatha on Rama Nama Prabhavam at 6.45 pm.


Till April 19 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: India Shining, India Crying - A tale of contemporary India: An exhibition of photographs by Johann Rousselot.


April 14 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, 3 Regent Park; 10 am: As part of Bengali New Year celebrations, Aniruddha Singha will offer a solo recital. April 14 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Bengali New Year celebration features reading and recitation by Bimal Dutta and Sukriti Lahari, and songs by Nupurchhanda Ghosh. April 17 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: An evening of classical music featuring Durgasankar Acherjee (dhrupad) with Tapas Das (pakhawaj), and Subrata Roy Chowdhury (sitar) with Sanjib Pal (tabla).


Till April 16 at Nandan: The European Union is holding its 13th EU Film Festival. Today: I Am (Poland) at 4 pm; and Bye Bye Blackbird (Luxembourg) at 6 pm.

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