Timeout 19-09-2008

Suchitra Mitra 85

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 19.09.08
Suchitra Mitra 85
She had received an offer to record songs of Tagore even before she became a student of Santiniketan, but had declined it as she felt she would not be able to do them justice. Later, within weeks of Tagore’s death, she entered the hallowed portals of Santiniketan’s Sangeet Bhavan on a princely scholarship of Rs 20. Here, she had the rare privilege of learning from some of the greatest exponents of Rabindrasangeet: Indiradevi Chaudhurani, Shantidev Ghosh and Shailajaranjan Mazumdar. None other than renowned Rabindrasangeet singer Suchitra Mitra, she is today a legend in her own right in the history of Tagore songs. Today, on her 85th birthday, her numerous students and admirers have come together to celebrate the occasion through various cultural programmes. This evening, Indo Occidental Symbiosis hosts an event where the grand old lady of Bengali songs will be honoured and felicitated. One of her most distinguished students and well-known singer Purba Dam will perform solo. Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Pubali Debnath and Sushanta Mukhopadhyay will also present Tagore songs. To be followed by a performance of Suchitra Mitra’s favourite dance-drama, Chandalika (dir: Alokananda Roy).

Event: 85th birthday celebrations of Suchitra Mitra When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Kala Mandir


September 19 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Jamini Roy Gallery, 3rd floor, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 6.30 pm: Inauguration of an exhibition by young women artists from Afghanistan by Prof. Malini Bhattacharya, chairperson, WB Commission for Women. The show will be on till September 27, 11 am to 7 pm. Till September 19 at Gaganendra Pradarshasala; 2 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Netai Banik, Achintya Das, Subendu Chakraborty and Sanjay Dey. Till September 19 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245; 11 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings, sculptures, hand-blown glass and ceramics by women artists. Till September 26 at Gallery Exposure, 54B Mahanirban Road, 2 pm - 8 pm: Passion Hazards, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Subhashis Saha. Till September 19 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road, #24484925/24497931; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of sculptures and paintings. Till September 20 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #32998525, 22893027; 12 noon - 7 pm: Empty and Full, an exhibition of paintings by Akhilesh, Amitava Dhar, Manish Pushkaie, Samindranath Majumdar, Sunil De and Yogendra Tripathi. Till September 21 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road, #2455 6942/43; 2 pm - 8 pm: Second Skin, an exhibition of sculptures by Venkat Bothsa. Till September 21 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Dancing Colours, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Komala Vardan. Till September 21 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Bharat Das, Rajat Mondal, Pradip Kar, Soumen Pal, Raju Sen, Tanay Choudhury, Anna Paul (Dey), Shubha Ranjan Paul, Sanjib Gurey and Sandip Das. Till September 21 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Fertile Emotions, an exhibition of paintings by Naba Kr Chakrabarty, Subrata Debnath, Saroj Sarkar, Badal Paul and Sreejib Ganguly. Till September 22 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Prakash Maji. Till September 23 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Provas Chandra Banerjee. Till September 27 at Galerie Karma, P-505 Keyatola Road, #2463 6731/32; 10 am - 7 pm: Through the Glass Unbroken, an exhibition of the works of Rebanta Goswami. Till September 27 (except Sunday) at Galerie 88, 28B Shakespeare Sarani, #2290 2274; 11 am - 7 pm, Monday (2 pm - 7 pm): A special exhibition of the works of Sudhir Ranjan Khastagir to mark his birth centenary. Till September 27 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, #2287 3377/88; 11 am - 7 pm: In Small Format, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by well-known artists. Participants: K.G. Subramanium, Akbar Padamsee, Paritosh Sen, Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Haloi, Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Kartick Ch. Pyne, Rabin Mondal, Shuvaprasanna and others Till September 28 (except Tuesday) at The Halo Heritage Art Gallery26 Ritchie Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Recent works by Prabir Sen, Krishnendu Chaki, Reyhani Akan, Nilanjan Banerjee and Subhendu Sarkar. Till October 4 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephens Court, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Alone in the Crowd — an exhibition of paintings, installations and prints by Josh P.S.


September 19 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents its latest production, Ajnatobaas. Story: Sukanta Gangopadhyay. Music concept: Swatilekha Sengupta. Music composition: Mayukh-Mainak. Cast: Sohini Sengupta, Sumana Mukherjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Sumanta Gangopadhyay, Swajan Srijan Mukherjee and Rudraprasad Sengupta. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. Direction: Sumanta Gangopadhyay. September 19 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: PLT presents its latest production, Utpal Dutt’s Kirat Parbo. Direction: Asit Basu. September 19 - 21 at Sree Thyagaraja Hall, P-530 Raja Basanta Roy Road; 6.15 pm: As part of its 63rd anniversary celebrations, Rasika Ranjana Sabha presents a festival of Tamil plays by V.K.V. Vision, Chennai. Today: Jurassic Baby. September 20 at The Palladian Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Third Level, 6 NS Road; 7 pm: The Palladian Lounge and Prerak, in association with Department of Sports & Youth Services, Government of West Bengal, present Just 10 Days, a play on cancer awareness conceptualised by the members of Stagecraft. Written and directed by Rohit Pombra.


September 19 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre; 7 pm: Ranan presents Rangeeniyan, interlacing the moods of Indian musical genres, such as Ghazal, Geet and Thumri, along with corresponding moods of the seasons. It evokes this fluid journey through the sensuous and romantic poetry of Indian musical genres and the lyrical beauty and imagery of Kathak. Conceived and choreographed by Debashree Bhattacharya and Vikram Iyengar. September 21 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Rabi-Tirtha’s 63rd annual programme and convocation. On this occasion, Tagore’s Tasher Desh will be staged. Concept & direction: Suchitra Mitra. Assistant music direction: Kashinath Roy and Robin Mukhopadhyay. Dance direction: Aditya Mitra and Asit Bhattacharya. Dialogues: Suchitra Mitra and Subir Mitra.


September 19 at All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health auditorium, 110 Chittaranjan Avenue; 4.30 pm: The First Prof. N. Mazumdar Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Nilangshu Bhusan Basu, principal chief engineer, Calcutta Municipal Corporation. September 19 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Jushtananda will speak in Bengali on Bhagavat Katha.


Till September 22 at Photographers’ Gallery, 59A Southend Park, Gol Park; 7 pm onwards: Jugalbandi — a slideshow of a collection of photographs by Atanu Paul and Third Eye on the autumn season and Durga Puja festival blended with live ethnic music by Joy Guha and Rainbow.


September 19 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6.30 pm: Simon Wilson, British Deputy High Commissioner, will release Empires of the Indus - the story of a river (longlisted for the prestigious Guardian First Book Award 2008) by Alice Albinia. The author will be in conversation with Sujata Sen, director, British Council.


Till October 5 at CIMA Gallery; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life 2008. Till September 30 (except Sundays) at the adjacent space of the Vidyasagar Hall, The Asiatic Society; 12 noon - 5.30 pm: Annual Book Fair 2008. Till September 29 at 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents an exhibition oriented towards getting ready for the Pujas, with varied products and designs in sarees, clothes, salwar suits, jewellery, accessories, home linens, etc. This week’s (Sept. 12 - 18) special: Stitched and unstitched salwar kurtas. Till October 6 at Darbari showrooms, P-249 Purna Das Road (#24644027, 24658537) & CB 68 Salt Lake Sector I (#40043486): A Milestone, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Darbari presents a collection of designer sarees, fabrics, tunics, skirts and accessories. Till October 6 at the emporium of Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road; 10 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of sarees and ready-to-wear clothes.


September 19 at Deholi, 582A Parnasree Pally, Behala; 5 pm: Workshop on elocution, to be conducted by poet Apurba Dutta. Theme: Kobita Jokhon Abritti. Organised by Anubhab, Parnasree Pally.


September 19 at Bangla Akademi; 6 pm: Centre for Cultivation of Cognitive Science hosts discussion and presentation on (1) Hemispheric dominance of brain; (2) Life giving mechanism; and (3) Individuality and self-agency.


September 21 at Vidyasagar Mancha (Barasat Municipality Auditorium); 10 am onwards: Quiz Maniacs Society and Rotary Club of Barasat (District 3291) host Quiz Festival 2008 for two-member teams. Category: School & open. For details, call Pijush (9830495857) or Partha (9830318721) or Sarfaraj (9231664533).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

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