Timeout 19-03-2009

Snapshots of Indian culture

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 19.03.09
Snapshots of Indian culture
Having shared a close, personal association with Rabindranath Tagore, Frenchman Alain Daniélou and Raymond Burnier of Switzerland developed a great love and interest for Indian tradition and culture. After retiring as director from Tagore’s school of music at Santiniketan, Daniélou went to Benares and lived there in a mansion (Rewa Kothi) on the banks of the Ganga. He stayed there for 15 years and studied Indian classical music from Shivendranath Basu, from whom he learnt to play the veena like any professional. He also studied Hindi, Sanskrit and philosophy from masters who were among the highest authorities of tradition. Greatly interested in the symbolism of Hindu architecture and sculpture, he made long trips together with Raymond Burnier to Khajuraho, Bhubaneswar and Konarak, as well as to many lesser-known sites in central India and Rajasthan. His infinite curiosity and fascination about India’s arts, philosophy and religion helped him discover the mystical East and make continuous and significant contributions to India’s cultural heritage. Lights of the Ganga, the ongoing photography exhibition, chronicles Daniélou and Burnier’s travels and experiences within India’s traditional society and is curated by Dr Samiuel Berthet. Hosted by Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Event: An exhibition of photographs by Alain Daniélou and Raymond Burnier When: Till March 20; 11 am - 7 pm Where: Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani


Till March 28 (except Sunday & public holidays) at Studio 21, 17L Dover Terrace, #2486 6735; Monday (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesday - Saturday (11 am - 7 pm): Fractals — Works by Anital Gopal. March 19 - 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Contrivance presents its 31st annual art show featuring works by nine artists. Till March 19 at Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: Puspita Ray presents her third solo exhibition of paintings on nature. Till March 19 at Chemould, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Tejas Gallery presents Adekha Dekha, an exhibition of paintings by Dhiren Sasmal. Till March 19 at Gallery Paramhansa on the Vivada Cruise, Millenium Park; 4 pm - 8 pm: Luminescence — a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Madhumati. Till March 20 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Masterstroke — recent works by Ananda Das. Till March 21 at The Indian Society of Oriental Art, 5th floor, Apeejay House, 15 Park Street; 4 pm - 8 pm: Spring at Park Street — a group exhibition of paintings. Participating artists: Tanmoy Biswas, Kuntal Dutta, Krishnapriya Dasgupta, Arup Ghosh, Ujjwal Goswami, Sourav Jana, Ramendranath Kastha, Tamal Krsna, Chinmoy Mukherjee, Santanu Mitra, Prabal Sengupta and Soumitra Sengupta. Till March 21 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suite 18, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #2228-9719; 2 pm - 7 pm: Paintings by Salil Biswas. Till March 21 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue, 1st floor; 2 pm - 7 pm: A group show by young painters Ujjwal Debnath, Subhankar Halder, Manoranjan Koiri and Samar Basak. Till March 22 at the Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal: A solo exhibition paintings by Anita Gurbaxani. The artist will be painting live from 3 pm to 6 pm everyday. Till March 22 at Galerie Karma, P-505 Keyatola Road, #2463 6731/32; 11 am - 7 pm: Fourth Dimension presents Inner Space, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Mahuya Bhattacharya, Sukla Bhattacharyya, Sumana Biswas and Ranjan Paul. Till March 22 at Proscenium’s Art Centre, 46 AJC Bose Road; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by a group of young, talented artists. Till March 26 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, Duckback House, 41 Shakespeare Sarani; #2287 3377/88; 11 am - 7 pm: Gallery Kolkata presents nav-Ratna, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, etching and lithographs. Participating artists: K.G. Subramanyan, Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Dipak Banerjee, Kartick Chandra Pyne, Sunil Das and Shuvaprasanna. Till March 26 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street, #2229 3886/2837; 2 pm - 7 pm: Expanding Horizons — an exhibition of paintings featuring works by Suhas Roy, Bhagat Singh, K. Salve, Harish Kumar, Ghulam Rasul, Shyamal Mukherjee, B.R. Panesar, Ashish Kabasi, Gautam Mukherjee, Nitya Kundu, Asit Mondal, Bratin Khan, Jiban Biswas, Joy Bhaduri, Sukanta Das, Dipankar Chanda, Dhananjay Mukherjee and others. Till March 27 (except Sunday) at Ganges Art, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Joie de Vivre — an exhibition of the works of Dhaneshwar Shah and Sunanda Khajuria. Till March 28 (except Monday) at Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1 Outram Street, 2nd floor, #22892982; 11.30 am - 7.30 pm: Bronze sculptures by Tapas Sarkar. Till March 31 at Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Exhibition of Nina Das’ works. Till April 5 (except Monday) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Birla Academy of Art & Culture presents Navarasa, an exhibition of the works of nine Delhi artists: Kalicharan Gupta, Niren Sengupta, Jay Zharotia, Amrut Patel, Nand Katyal, Shobha Broota, Prem Singh, Jagadish Chander and Suhas Nimbalkar.


March 19 at Academy of Fine Arts & March 22 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Story: Sukanta Gangopadhyay. The cast includes Sohini Sengupta, Sumana Mukherjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Sumanta Gangopadhyay, Swajan Srijan Mukherjee and Rudraprasad Sengupta. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. March 19 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ekush Shatak presents Krishna Ranga. Direction: Loknath Bandyopadhyay. March 19 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Shilpayan presents Khowab. Dir: Ashis Chattopadhyay. March 19 at Tapan Theatre; 7 pm: Rangakarmee presents Mukti. Design & direction: Usha Ganguli. March 20 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Bratyajon presents Ruddha Sangeet. Playwright & direction: Bratya Basu. March 20 at Madhusudan Mancha, 6.30 pm & March 21 at Academy of Fine Arts, 3 pm: Nandipat will stage its latest production, Aapad. Direction: Bimal Chakraborty.


March 19 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Padatik Dance Centre presents E-Mo-Ko (Who am I? - A Quest for Self). Choreographed by Chetna Jalan, the Zen dance inputs are by Dr Sun Ock Lee. March 20 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts will present a choreographers’ festival, Metamorphosis, by the students of the Centre. March 20 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: Priyadarshini Ghosh and Mohana Iyer premier their first choerographic dance presentation, Hiranya Garbha, the Golden Womb. Natyanova Performing Arts Centre’s inaugural presentation in association with Open Doors. March 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: A jugalbandi by Ganesh Mohan (sitar) and Pradeep Barot (sarod) with Ujjwal Bharati on the tabla.


Till April 14 (except Sunday) at Boi-Chitra, College Street Coffee House, 2nd floor, #22416845; 3 pm - 7.30 pm: A retrospective of rare photographs by C. Guha. This exhibition brings to life a forgotten era of old world grace, elegance and artistry in studio photography.


March 19 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 5.30 pm: Samar Sen Memorial Lecture of Anustup 2009. Subject: Philosophy of Food and Clothing. Speaker: Prof. Arindam Chakraborty, department of philosophy, Hawaii University, USA. March 19 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Vedaswarupananda will speak in Bengali on Gita. March 19 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 6.45 pm: A discourse on Life of Surendra Nath Mitra on his Birth Anniversary by Parimal Kanti Das.


March 20 at Sisir Mancha; 5 pm: The 29th Foundation Day celebration of Paschimbanga Rajya Sangeet Academy. As a tribute to Sur Sagar Himangshu Dutta, his compositions will be sung by Srikanto Acharya, Indrani Sen, Manomoy Bhattacharya, Madhurima Dutta Choudhury, Archana Bhowmick, Parimal Bhattacharya, Saikat Mitra, Debmalya Chattopadhyay, Aniruddha Singh and Swapan Som.


March 19 - 21 at All Bengal Women’s Union, 89 Elliot Road; 10.30 am - 5 pm: Spring collection of block-printed saris and table linen, embroidered baby frocks and nighties, hand-woven bedspreads, table napkins, freshly ground spices, cakes & muffins as well as items hand-made by children. n Till March 20 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Just Tees — an exhibition of smartly styled children's T - shirts in cotton and jersey for children upto 14 years. Also, ceramic cookie jars and lunch carry bags for children. Till March 21 at 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, Ballygunge Place, #2440 8926/27; 9.30 am - 6.30 pm: Weavers Studio presents a summer collection of wearable textiles and saris in pastel hues. Also, chiffon, maheswari, cotton, kota and more. Till March 21 at Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road: An exhibition of kantha-stitch items. Till March 21 at Nupur’s Boutique, 5/2 Cornfield Road, #24604734, 9830039836; 11 am - 8 pm: Nupur Boutique’s summer collection comprises Madhuboni kalamkari hand-painted saris, as well as cotton, kota and block-printed ones. Till March 28 at Finesse Gallery, 11/1B New Road; 11 am - 7 pm: A riot of colours: Cotton maheshwari/kota/tussar saris, hand-woven and block-printed from the looms of Madhya Pradesh, Bengal and Bihar. Till March 31 at Gharoa Boutique, 1/57B Dover Place, #98301 92087; 4 pm - 7 pm: Exhibition of saris and mecklas. Till April 15 (except Sunday & holidays) at 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #24664315; 11 am - 7.30 pm: Summer show of Paramita Viswanathan’s Design. Items: Silk/tussar print, chiffon/crepe print, Kota/tangail print, and south Indian cotton.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;
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