Timeout 20-03-2009

Ancient philosophy for modern living

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 20.03.09
Ancient philosophy for modern living
Hiranya garbha purusha pradhana avyakta rupine (I bow to Him, the one with the golden womb, who is both the eternal soul [Purush] and nature [Prakriti], the subtle and hidden.) The Yoga-Sankhya philosophy regards the universe as consisting of two eternal realities: Purusha, the centre of consciousness, and Prakriti, source of all material existence. Together, they formulate the golden womb (hiranya garbha) — the human potential. Inspired by the concepts of spirituality and yoga in dance and its physical representation, Hiranyagarbha — The Golden Womb represents the culmination of the workshop endeavours of the dancers of Natyanova Performing Arts Centre. An interactive performance based on the principles of yoga, it is presented in contemporary style and aims to demystify the intricacies and complexities we generally associate with ancient philosophy, besides helping us manage our lives better. Based on the concept of the Yoga-Sankhya philosophy of the Chakras, the choreography is an interplay of the idea of Shakti as Kundalini, uncoiling as it absolves each Chakra to unite with Shiva. Choreography by Priyadarshini Ghosh, assisted by Mohana Iyer.

Event: A choreographic presentation by Natyanova Performing Arts Centre When: Today at 7 pm Where: Gyan Manch


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 20 - April 18 (except Sundays and public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Through the Eye of a Needle — recent works by Shreyasi Chatterjee.Opening today at 6.30 pm. March 20 - April 5 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #40076042; 12.30 pm - 7.30 pm: Adekha Dekha — an exhibition of paintings by Dhiren Sasmal. 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 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Contrivance presents its 31st annual art show featuring works by nine 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: 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 20 - 29 at Bijon Theatre; 6.30 pm: All India Full Length Drama Competition organised by Sayak. Today: Aajker Theatre (Burdwan) presents Raktakarabi, directed by Jayanta Ghosh. March 20 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Bratyajon presents Ruddha Sangeet, with Debshankar Halder in the lead. 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 22 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Ajnatobass Nandikar’s latest production, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta.


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 Kala Mandir; 6.30 pm: Dakshinee presents Tagore’s fantasy Phalguni. March 20 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 6.30 pm: Exploration in Odissi Dance — a performance by Padma Shri Dr Ileana Citaristi. March 20 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, 3 Regent Park; 6 pm: A special cultural programme to celebrate Basanta Utsav. Songs conducted by Aniruddha Singha and dance directed by Guru Giridhari Nayak. Recitation by Agnimitra Ghosh and Sharmila Ghosh. March 20 at Soho; 9 pm onwards: Cocos and Curry brings together Jaaz, Latin and World Music styles . Featuring Latin Jazz percussionist Monoojit Datta, musicians Camila Celin and Ehren Hanson from New York and whizkid Paddy. 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.


March 20 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Jushtananda will speak in Bengali on Bhagavat Katha.


March 20 at Bharat Sabha Hall, 62 Bepin Behary Ganguly Street; 6 pm: A seminar on The Role of Shama Churn Sircar in Bengal Renaissance. Speakers: Dr Sankar Kumar Nath and Debasish Sircar. To be followed by patriotic songs.


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.


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 20 at Abanindranath Sabhaghar; 6 pm: Release of five audio CDs: Tumi Aami, Sfulinga, Abagaahan, Neel Megh Jhoro Aakash and Tabu Mone Rekho. Produced by Sristi Cassettes.


Till March 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. 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

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Time out, The Telegraph, 6, Prafulla Sarkar Street, Calcutta-700 001;
Fax: 2234-8244