Timeout 15-05-2012

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 15.05.12
What’s on in town
For the group of five (Sanjeev Sonpimpare, Roul Hemanta, Tushar Potdar, Santosh More and Pandit Khairnar), art is a big thing: art packs a punch. The works selected for this show, Punch Sena: Art from Navi Mumbai, reflect upon the instinctive understanding that art is about the power of images — and that it is critical in an age dominated by faux conceptual art. For some, this might seem quaintly utopian or even old fashioned; for the panch sena, their idealism allows them to react to the realities of the big city. Navi Mumbai represents best for them, the current materialist hysteria. However, none of them are originally from Mumbai. The diversity amongst the five artists just scratches the surface of a vastly diverse, nationscape of creative talent. Like the farmer suicides that agitate Sanjeev Sonpimpare, the lives of the migrant worker, who Roul Hemanta empathises with; or Tushar Potdar’s beleaguered loner, who depicts how he or perhaps how we all feel within a pressured city. Santosh More reconstructs frighteningly bereft cities — imagery we imagine flashing on digital screens in a lost spaceship. Pandit Khairnar’s cityscapes have a pulsating, hazy quality, as if they were suspended or floating on canvas.

Event: Punch Sena: Art from Navi Mumbai When: Till June 30 (except Sundays); 2pm- 7pm, Mondays, 3pm - 7pm Where: CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 2nd floor, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue


May 11 - June 30 at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers (2nd floor), 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, 24858717 / 24858509; Mondays: 3pm - 7pm; Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2pm - 7pm: Punch Sena: Art from Navi Mumbai. Participants: Pandit Bhila Khairnar, Roul Hemanta, Sanjeev Sonpimpare, Santosh More and Tushar Potdar. May 15 - 20 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 108 Southern Avenue, 4th floor; 3pm - 8pm: Earth Voices, an exhibition of paintings on nature and wildlife by Alka Yadav and Vinod Kumar Yadav. To be inaugurated by Bratya Basu today at 6pm. Till May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: Utsriji Artist Group host an exhibition of paintings. Till May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: Imagine, a group exhibition of paintings. Till May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts, South-B Gallery; 3pm - 8pm: An exhibition of contemporary paintings by Tapan Das, Bidyut Ghosh and Samir Ghosh. Till May 15 at Artists Circle , 46 Circus Avenue: Magical Moments with Nature, an exhibition of watercolours by Saikat Bhattacharya. Till May 20 (except Mondays) at Mirage Art Gallery, 701 Block P, 1st floor, New Alipore; 3pm - 8pm: Expressions — an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and photography by well-known artists. Till May 31 at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road: Experimenter presents Conversations in Hyperreality, Saira Ansari’s first solo exhibition in India. Till May 31 (except Sundays) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani; 11am - 7pm (Mondays, 2pm - 7pm): Summer Show 2012. Participants: Annapurna Mondal, Debasish Manna, Murali Cheeroth, Prantik Chattopadhyay, Pulak Sanpui, Riya Chatterjee, Saurav Roy Chowdhury and others. Till June 10 at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road: Objects, an exhibition of works by Paula Sengupta, Nantu Behari Das, Partha Shaw, Avijit Mukherjee and others.


May 15 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30pm: Anya Theatre presents Hamlet. Direction: Bibhas Chakraborty. May 16 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30pm: Natasena presents two plays: Tagore’s Shesh Katha (dir: Durga Chakraborty) and Agaa (based on a story by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay; dir: Saroj Roy). May 16 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7pm: Rangakarmee presents Chandalika. Direction: Usha Ganguli. May 16 at Girish Mancha; 7pm: Nirbak Abhinoy Academy presents Parulboney Rabi (from letter of Rabindranath Tagore). Direction: Suranjana Dasgupta. May 20 at Madhusudan Mancha; 7pm: Nandikar presents Anto Aadi Anto, inspired by the French play, La Musica, penned by Margurite Duras. Adaptation: Rudraprasad Sengupta. Performance: Debsankar Halder and Sohini Sengupta. Music: Swatilekha Sengupta. Direction: Debsankar Halder.

performing arts

May 15 at Purbashree, EZCC, Salt Lake; 6pm: EZCC’s tribute to Tagore on his birth anniversary. Featuring Rabindrasangeet by Ruprekha Chatterjee, Koel Adhikari, Dipanwita Sen, Abhijit Guha, Bhaskar Sen and Anima Chatterjee; readings by Dalia Basu and Manas Sinha’ and dance-drama Iti Binodini (based on Chokher Bali), presented by Nritya Bhavna.


May 15 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall Hall; 5.30pm: Symposium (in English, Bengali and Hindi): Sri Ramakrishna’s Lay Disciples. Opening song: Swami Somatmananda. Participants: Swami Sarvapriyananda, Swami Pranaramananda, Swami Divyarupananda and Swami Dhritirupananda. President: Swami Somatmananda.

album launch

May 15 at Gallery Gold, 11 Abdul Rasul Avenue, ground floor, near Menoka Cinema, Southern Avenue; 6pm: The launch of Joel’s debut album The Beginining, followed by a performance. The album shall released by Sidhu (Cactus), Srijato, Sudeshna and Rana Sen. A Purple Music and White Keys presentation.


Till May 26 (except Mondays) at CC&FC; weekends: 4.30pm; Tuesdays - Fridays: 6.30pm: CC&FC 5-a-side Invitational Football Tournament for The Telegraph Cup presented by Imperial Blue in association with Canon.


May 15 - 18 at India Kitsch, 37C Hindusthan Road; 11am - 7pm: Summer Love, showcasing the dreamy, eclectic and colourful spring-summer collection of clothing and accessories including Indian and Western wear, jewellery, bags, shoes and other knick knacks. Till May 15 at 114 Southern Avenue; 10am - 6pm: Amrisha J from Bangalore exhibits summer casuals in chic pastels and whites (kurtas and tunics). Till May 21 at Design, 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road: Stock clearance sale. Till May 25 at Sasha Shop, 27 Mirza Ghalib Street: Cotton Coolers, the latest collection of summer-friendly garments and saris in cottons and organic cottons with prints and embroidery, and accessories including jewellery, bags and shoes, home linen and more. Also showcasing summer garments and accessories for children.

food festival

May 16 - 31 at Chrome Hotel, 226 AJC Bose Road: Khanasutra, the North Indian restaurant, is organising a Kebab and Beer Festival with special kebab items for lunch and dinner.

summer camp

May 15 - 20 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 10am - 4.30pm: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts in association with Intellectree presents a six-day summer camp for kids (5-10 yrs) with exciting activities including pot painting, planting my plant, story telling, skit, serving snacks, party games, elocution, t-shirt painting, quizzing, art and crafts and more. For details, contact 2461 3145. And write us at: wsca.94@gmail.com June 4 - 9 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 10am - 4pm: Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and Intellectree presents Summer Camp — Away From Home!! Away From School — Just Be Kids!! A summer workshop for kids in the age group 5 - 10 years with loads of fun and knowledge-based activities. Last date of registration: May 20. For details contact Amita Mitra or Puja Gupta at 24613145 / 9830632197.


May 19 & 26 at 37/3 Gariahat Road (South): Free summer workshops on CAT, GRE, GMAT, Bank PO entrance and aptitude development programmes by reputed trainers. Register by sms with your name, email id and subject to 9874710395 or email to catlearnserv@gmail.com. Till May 25 at Camlin Arts, Elgin Road: A workshop in fine arts (oil /water paintings, pastels, charcoal, sketching and shading). Calligraphy, fancy writings. Certification courses in French, Spanish and English. Contact 9830647476; 9804791446. May 19 - 24 at Padatik Dance Centre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road: Kathak workshop by Pandit Birju Maharaj assisted by Saswati Sen. For details, contact 9830059978. May 20 at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, 19A Gurusaday Road; 1pm - 5pm: Workshop on magic as tribute to PC Sorcar, organised by The Society to Amateur Magicians. For details, call Magician Shyamal Kumar at 9477175341, 9831721849, 23216734. May 20 - 24 at Tagore Research Institute; 3pm - 7pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya hosts a workshop on Bandhya Nritya, an acrobatic limb of Odissi, by Guru Laxmidhar Swain, Dimirisena, Orissa. May 20 - 28 at Sangeetangan, 50B Halderpara Road; 10am - 2pm: Shinjan Nrityalaya hosts an Odissi dance workshop conducted by Aloka Kanungo. May 21 onwards at Mahila Parishad, 15 Balaram Dey Street: Artist Kalyanji Joshi will conduct a 10-day workshop on pichhwai, Rajasthani oil painting and rangoli. For details, call 22590347 / 22590489 / 9883144071.

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