Timeout 18-02-2011

War of words

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 18.02.11
War of words
The battle lines are drawn. And the argumentative Indians are ready for the ultimate face-off — The Telegraph National Debate. The motion: “In the opinion of the house, India will be better run if politicians are left out of the government.” This year’s panel pits a chief minister-in-waiting (Mamata Banerjee) against a former cricket captain (Rahul Dravid), an economist who writes on cricket (Ramachandra Guha) against a lawyer who chose to argue in Parliament (Salman Khurshid), an actor who had dabbled in politics (Victor Banerjee) against a journalist who might have been a politician (Swapan Dasgupta), and an academician who has authored a tome on political sociology (Dipankar Gupta) against an MIT graduate who quit the boardroom for politics (Jay Panda).

Event: The Telegraph National Debate, presented by Ballantine’s When: February 18, 7pm Where: Netaji Indoor Stadium


February 18 - March 9 at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Tower (2nd floor), 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, 2485 8717 / 2485 8509: Concepts & Ideas 2011. Works by Sheba Chhachhi, Anjum Singh and Praneet Soi. The exhibition opens today at 6.30 pm. February 18 - 22 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of watercolours by Sambhu Nath Das. Opening today at 5.30 pm. February 18 - 28 at Image Craft, 56/E Block-D, New Alipore; 11 am - 8 pm: An exposition of paintings and sculptures by Choturanga. Participants: Suvendu Mondal, Asish Gupta, Anjan Bhattacharya and Banani Ganguly. Inauguration today at 6 pm. Till February 23 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Verse on Canvas, a group exhibitiion of paintings and sculptures by well-known artists. Till February 23 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The ninth solo exhibition of paintings by Subhendu Das. Till February 23 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Rough Canvas presents an exhibition of paintings by Debashis Mitra, Debabrata De, Ganesh Das, Kajal Chakraborty, Sujit Kumar Ghosh and Shyamal Sikdar. Till February 23 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The seventh solo exhibition of paintings by Uttam Kumar Roy. Till February 20 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Loneliness of an Activist, an art-residency exploration with frames, video art, installation and performance. Participants: Badal Sircar, Snakes and Ladders-Bangladesh, Rituraj Sapkota, Click Rights and Nilayan Dutta, Joshy Joseph, Toofan Rafai, Drishya with Baishampayan Saha, Nachom Academy-Manipur with N.K. Surjeet Singh, Saurav Mandal and Dead See Scrolls. Till February 20 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: Constructing Realities, an exhibition of contemporary Indian art by members of Ocular. Participants: Sayak Mitra, Prithwiraj Sen, Sabyasachi Mullick, Sadhana Naskar, Chandra Nath Dhara, Sourav Pal and Subhadip Chakraborty. Till February 26 (except Sundays & national holidays) at The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Harrington Mansions, Suite 5+25B, 2nd floor, 8 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 22829220/21; 12 noon - 7 pm: An exhibition of the recent works of Jeram Patel. Presented by Ina Puri. Till February 28 at ECA Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Gopal Ghosh. Till March 6 (except Mondays) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61; 3 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Anil Yadav, Ashok Ganguly, Anindya Shankar Chakraborty, Ajita Sengupta, Ashis Mondal, Aditi Chakraborty Sadhu, Ashimava Dutta, Arun Samaddar, Deben Laha, Debabrata Chakraborty, Dipti Chakraborty, Jibon Biswas, Khokon Raut, Milanendu Mondal, Malay Chandan Saha, Nitya Kundu, Paresh Saha, Prabal Roy, Prasun Mollick, Pramathesh Chandra, Ranjan Sarkar, Ramprasad De, Ranadip Das, Samir Paul, Subrata Das, Sadhan Sengupta, Sarbani Ganguly, Suman Dey, Sukanta Das, Tanusree Ghosh, Tapash Sardar and Tanmoy Roychowdhury. Till March 31 (except Sundays) at Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26 Lee Road, 40034974, 22894745; 10.30 am - 7 pm: World Art – with a focus on France, an exhibition of paintings by artists from France, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, Congo, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Singapore and the US from the Museum’s collection.


February 18 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: The concluding evening of Calcutta Comedy Carnival, a comedy theatre festival in memory of Ramaprasad Banik, features Patolbabu Film Star (Dir: Ramaprasad Banik) by Purba-Paschim. February 18 & 20 at Minerva Theatre; 6 pm: Minerva Natyasanskriti Charcha Kendra’s Repertory presents Raja Lear, based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, with Soumitra Chatterjee in the title role. Dir: Suman Mukhopadhyay.


February 18 - 20 at Rabindra Sadan: West Bengal Dance Group Federation presents Stars of Tomorrow, a festival of classical dance by young talents. Today, 5.45 pm: Monidipa Seal (Bharata Natyam), Debarati Banerjee, Chhavi Tewary & Radhika Samaradivakera (Kathak), Lakshmi Rani Das (Bharata Natyam), and Soumyadip Banerjee, Surajit Ghosh, Paramita Chatterjee, Indrani Das & Rajyasree Ghosh (creative). February 18 at Aikatan, EZCC, Salt Lake; 6 pm: A programme based on Tagore’s writings on science and environment and his interactions with Albert Einstein, Satyendra Nath Bose and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, interspersed with Rabindrasangeet. Concept, direction & performance: Sudeshna Basu. February 18 at Calcutta School of Music, Sandre Hall; 7 pm: Pat Martino: A Journey to hell and back.


February 18 - March 12 at CC&FC: Give in to the cricket fever with The Telegraph Cup for corporates. Matches start at 5.30pm. Till February 20 at Tollygunge Club; 6 am: The Tolly Cup golf tournament in association with The Telegraph. The game will end with a gala evening of prize distribution, cocktails and dinner on Sunday evening, 7.30pm onwards.


February 18 at Gurusaday Museum, Bratacharigram, Joka, 24676048; 10.30 am: On the occasion of its 48th Foundation Day, Gurusaday Museum is organising an exhibition, Square Pat in Rural Bengal, and a seminar on Folk Art, Folk Crafts and Museum: Emerging opportunities in the 21st century. The exhibition will remain open from february 19 to February 27, except February 21, between 11 am and 4 pm.


February 18 at ICC Tower, 4 India Exchange Place; 1 pm: Indian Chamber of Commerce is organising an interactive session with H.E. Kim Joong Keun, Ambassador of The republic of Korea to India, to discuss the business opportunities available in South Korea. February 18 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Pradyot Kumar Mukhopadhyay will speak in Bengali on Dharma, Darshan O Vijnan. February 18 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6.30 pm: Discourse on Life and Teachings of Swami Adbhutanandaji Maharaj by Swami Aghorananda. February 18 at Ramakrishna Mancha, Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, 3 Gour Mohan Mukherjee Street; 6.30 pm: Reading from the Life of Swami Adbhutanandaji Maharaj. Speaker: Swami Shivamayananda. February 18 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, Abhedananda Memorial Lecture Hall; 7 pm: Dr Sashanka Bhusan Bandyopadhyay will speak on Kathopanishad.

education fair

February 18 at Taj Bengal; 10.30 am - 5.30 pm: Australian Education Excellence Showcase 2011. Organised by the Australian government, the fair showcases the quality, innovation and leadership of Australian education and the global career opportunities it offers.


Till February 18 at Birla Academy of Art and Culture lawns; 11 am - 7 pm: Concern India Foundation, a charitable non-profit organisation, is hosting its textiles & accessories exhibition, Pause For a Cause, featuring readymade garments, fabrics, handcrafted textiles, apparels and accessories. For details, call 9830574658, 9830083083. Till February 18 at 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents an exhibition of summer ware, encompassing saris, suits, children’s clothes, light costume jewellery and home ware. Till February 18 at 16/2 Gariahat Road, 9830054718; 11 am - 9 pm: Joyita’s Selection presents Winter-Spring Fete which includes all types of hand-embroidered designer saris, dress material, lucknow chikan, costume jewellery and gift items. Till February 18 at 836 New Alipore, 9836090947; 11 am - 5 pm: Lollipop Kidswear showcases kids’ tunics, suits, frocks, lehngas, stitched saris, sherwanis, etc. Also, bedsheets, towels and home products. Till February 18 at 836 New Alipore, 9830005520; 11 am - 5 pm: Karma N Soul showcases a dazzling collection of Indo-Western tunics and designer salwar suits. Till February 19 at 20B Gariahat Road South; 11 am - 8 pm: Ananya presents spring fair of designer saris and kurtis, costume and silver gold-plated jewellery. Till February 20 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum; 12 noon - 8 pm, Sunday (11 am - 6 pm): Homage — the third solo photographic exhibition by Aniruddha Pal. Till February 20 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: Click Photography Group is organising its first photography exhibition on canvas. Till February 20 at Infocom 10-11 Exhibition, Salt Lake Stadium Grounds; 11 am - 8 pm: The Telegraph Knowhow Innovation Hub. Till February 21 at Bombaim, 218 AJC Bose Road; 10 am - 8 pm: Bombaim presents light spring classics Spring 2011 - Act 1, a whole new range of light spring collections of well-known brands, along with Akaaro by designer Gaurav Jai Gupta. Till February 24 at Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road: Art objects made of wood, brass, bronze, shola, marble, alabaster, horn and papier mache procured from master craftsmen from all over the country. Till February 28 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36c S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: On the occasion of South African artist William Kentridge’s first visit to India, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents William Kentridge: An exhibition of etchings, prints, films. Till February 28 at Verandah, 75A Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, 9831147657: Exhibition of export quality artifacts and wooden toys.


February 18 onwards at Hotel Conclave, AJC Bose Road; 9 am - 6 pm: A three-day workshop on Basic Clinical Hypnosis, conducted by California Hypnosis Institute of India. Learn how to use the power of the subconscious mind, improve memory and deal with stress. For further details, call 90512 52665.


March 5 at The Space Circle: Adverb presents Showbiz - the 4th edition for 3-member teams. Registrations start at 4 pm. Quiz starts at 4.30 pm. Entry fee: Rs 300 per team. Prizes for top three teams. QM: Biswabijoy Sen.

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