Timeout 21-02-2007

Miniature marvels

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 21.02.07
Miniature marvels
The Fables of Jean de la Fontaine, written towards the end of the 17th century, comprise probably one of the most famous collections of French poems about India. The French Association, French Embassy in India, in collaboration with The Palladian Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, present Miniatures, an exhibition of miniature paintings by Imam Bakhsh Lahori, illustrating de La Fontaine’s fables. Jean de La Fontaine never set foot in the India of his fables. Nor did Imam Bakhsh Lahori, the artist from Punjab, know anything of the country from where his order originated. Yet these miniature works constitute the most accomplished and, perhaps, the most beautiful production of the Lahori School under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Interestingly, they also comprise the jewel of the collections of the Musée Jean de La Fontaine in France. Currently, these precious and exquisite paintings are back in India thanks to the initiative of the French Embassy. It is touring now in the Alliance Française network in India.

lEvent: An exhibition of miniature paintings lWhen: Till February 23; 10 am - 8 pm lWhere: Palladian Lounge, 6 Netaji Subhas Road, 3rd Level


Till February 21 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 12 noon - 7 pm: A Journey from Kolkata to Mumbai, featuring paintings by Nirupam Ghosh, Niladri Shekhar Majumdar and Subrata Saha. Till February 24 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 C.R. Avenue, 1st floor; 1 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Sulekha Banerjee and Asit Baran Kundu. Till February 24 at Anant Art Gallery, 18-A Alipore Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Close Encounters — an exhibition of artworks by Shyam Kanu Borthakur and Joyita Borthakur. Till February 24 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent paintings by Gouranga Beshai. Till February 24 at Spandan Art Gallery, 87 Park Street, 1st floor; 10 am - 7 pm: Serenity, a group exhibition by Ananda Das, Shekhar Roy, Rabin Mondal and Suvra Chakraborty. Till February 24 at Starmark, G-202 City Centre, Salt Lake; 10.30 am - 9 pm: Starmark hosts Aamar Kolkata, Tomar Kolkata — an exhibition of paintings and sketches by Samir Biswas, and books and maps on Calcutta. Till February 25 at Angan Art Gallery, 11 Fern Place; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Kolkata Canvas. Participating artists include Ranjan Mitra, Akhilendu Bhowmik, Biswarup Halder, Malay Chandan Saha, Aloke Kumar Sardar and Anirban Seth. Till February 28 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street: Indigenous Modernity Various Trends - A Tribute to Bikash Bhattacharjee. An exhibition of paintings by senior artists of Bengal. Curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Participating artists: Paritosh Sen, Dhirendra Nath Brahma, Reba Hore, B.R. Panesar, Amitabha Banerjee, Shanu Lahiri, Kartick Chandra Pyne, Sailen Mitra, Prokash Karmakar, Sanat Kar, Amal Nath Chakladar, Dhiraj Choudhury, Dipak Banerjee, Ganesh haloi, Suhas Roy, Barun Roy, Ganesh Pyne, Anita Roy Chowdhury, Jogen Chowdhury and Suchibrata Deb. Till February 28 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road; 10.30 am - 7.30 pm: Realism and Surrealism, paintings by well-known artists. Till February 28 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by the Ash Family: Gobardhan Ash, Arunima Ash, Nirban Ash, Deborshi Ash, Jyotirmoy Ash and Chinmoy Ash. Till February 28 at Artists Circle, 46 Circus Avenue; 12 noon - 7 pm: Togetherness, a thematic exposition of works by artist couples who have shared both life and art in contemporary times. Till March 10 at Gallery Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindustan Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Black & White — an exhibition of the works of Akbar Padamsee, Ganesh Haloi, Gurcharan Singh, K.R. Subbanna, Paritosh Sen, Ramananda Bandhyopadhyay, Shuvaprasanna, Wasim Kapoor and others. February 23 - 25 at the lawns of Birla Academy of art & Culture; 11 am - 7 pm: Rotary Club of Calcutta Chowrenghee and Rotaract Club of Calcutta Chowrenghee present Parampara - Just Art & Crafts, an exhibition-cum-sale (in aid of charity) of affordable art in all mediums by upcoming artists of Bengal and exquisite crafts from all over India.


February 21 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: On the occasion of its seventh anniversary, Ekush Shatak will stage Krishna-Ranga. Direction: Loknath Bandyopadhyay. February 21 at Gyan Manch; 7 pm: A Return To Monte Cristo. Script and direction: Mohd. Ali Khan. Presented by Coffee Pai Cafe and Take Five Communications. Supported by Theatrecian. February 23 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Arghya presents Bharat Katha. Direction: Manish Mitra. February 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents Helmet. Direction: Anish Ghosh. February 25 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Notun Chhele Natabar and Pakhi, inspired by short stories of Leela Mazumdar.


February 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 5.30 pm: Sitanath Goswami will speak in Bengali on Panchadashi. February 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Narendrananda will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Leela Prasanga. February 21 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Puranananda will speak in Bengali on Adhyatma Ramayana. February 21 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Buddhatmananda will speak in Bengali on Bani O Bichar.

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February 21 at Bhasha Udyan, Lalan Mancha, Curzon Park; 10 am onwards: ‘International Bengali Vernacular Day’ — Discussions by eminent personalities; Pather Panchali; Brinda Gaan, and songs by Haimanti Sukla, Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Rajasree Bhattacharya, Monomoy Bhattacharya, Anushila Basu, Papri Gangopadhyay and others; recitation by Gouri and Partha Ghosh and others; and open-air exhibition. February 21 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Aarohi presents Manna Dey in a solo recital of Bengali songs. Also, Tagore songs by Dr Srikumar Chatterjee, Irabati Bose and Sarmistha Kar Purkayastha. February 23 at University Institute Hall; 5.30 pm: UBI, CIT Road Branch Staff Recreation Club presents a variety programme featuring songs by Bivas Ghosh, recitation by Kajal Sur and play, Nakchhabita, produced by Anya Theatre and directed by Bibhas Chakraborty.


February 21 at the W BUT Auditorium, BF 142, Sector 1, Salt Lake; 10 am: West Bengal University of Technology and British Council present Professor ir Gregory Winter CBE FRS, joint head of the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology Division of Protein & Nucleic Acid Chemistry to deliver the J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture. February 22 at Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi; 6.30 pm: Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri will deliver the Sunitikumar Chattopadhyay Memorial Lecture on Bhasha, Path, Artha.


February 21 at the Crystal Room, Taj Bengal; 7 pm: Victor Banerjee will launch Dr Kavita Ajmera’s For As Long As the Skies Exist. Selected protions from the book will be read by eminent personalities including Prof. P. Lal and Victor Banerjee, Kusum Bhandari, Neelanjana and Arjun Chakraborty, and Rita and Kishore Bhimani.


February 21 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Lakshmi’s House, 3 regent Park: The 129th birth anniversary celebration of The Mother features hoisting of the Mother’s flag (8.30 am), meditation (10 am), darshan message distribution (10.30 am) and devotional songs by Swapna Ghosal (11.15 am). February 21 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: The Mother Jayanti function features reading by Sabtwana Chowdhury, recitation by Subir Bandopadhyay and Koel Ganguli, song by Prasad Sen and a talk by Amalesh Bhattacharjee. Jayanti meditation from 7.30 pm to 8 pm.


Till February 25 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Wedding Season — an exhibition of photographs by Ryan Lobo.


Till February 21 at 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Soumya’s Creation presents Dressing Up for Spring, an exhibition of light costume jewellery and unstitched ensemble sets in a variety of styles and traditional techniques.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;
Fax: 2234-8244