Timeout 24-06-2008

Friends forever

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 24.06.08
Friends forever
Revolving around the events of a Sunday evening, Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play Sonata offers an entertaining, yet discerning insight into the lives of three successful women in a modern, cosmopolitan society. Friends since their college days, they are now middle-aged. A banker, a professor and a journalist by profession, the three are well-settled in their respective careers and are single by choice. Through their lively, energetic interactions, the play examines their position in society. It articulates their relationships, aims, ideals, psychology and sexuality. In an apparently peaceful environment, the play sometimes explodes into numbing silences full of betrayals and unshed tears. What transcends all these is the love and bonding that the friends share, despite their differences. Well-knit and full of spontaneous wit and humour, the play is gracefully punctuated with Tagore songs and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Direction and performance: Sohag Sen.

Event: Play in Indian-English, Sonata, produced by Ensemble When: Today at 7 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


June 24 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 5 pm: Wasim Kapoor will inaugurate an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and graphics by Arjun De, Asish Maji, Dipankar Ghosh, Madhurima Ganguly, Senjuti Ray, Sudeb Das and Tusar Kanti Pradhan.On view till June 29; 3 pm - 8 pm. Till June 26 at Samokal Art Gallery, Gol Park; #98362 76110; 4 pm - 8 pm: The 36th group exhibition of Painters ’80. Participating artists: Alik Das, Amit Chakrabarti, Amitava Dhar, Bhabatosh Sutar, Dipankar Dutta, Debasish Chakraborty, Pradosh Paul, Tarun Dey and Tanmoy Biswas. Till June 28 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street, #22298641; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Anirban Banerjee. Till June 28 at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #98300 49825; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Summer Workshop: Acrylic and charcoal works, inspired by the Bengal countryside, by Dhiren Sasmal, Ashok Ganguly, Arunava Mondol, Biswarup Garai, Avijit Mukherjee, Tarun Chakravorty, Malay Chandan Saha, Debasish Sen Gupta and Subrata Sen. Till June 30 (except Sundays) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park; 2 pm - 7 pm: Faces of Feminine Expressions from Bangladesh — an exhibition of paintings by artists from Bangladesh. Participants: Nazlee Laila Mansur, Farida Zaman, Nasreen Begum, Rokeya Sultana, Dilara Begum Jolly, Murshida Arzu Alpana, Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Atia Islam Anne and Shulekha Choudhury. Till June 30 at Silpi Art Gallery, 32A Judges Court Road, #24792004; 1 pm - 8 pm: Vision of Variegated Life, a duet painting show of Sumana Ghosh and Suman Dey. Till June 30 at Gallery 79, 79 Raja Basanta Roy Road, 1st floor: Transparent watercolour specialist Shyamal Sen and upcoming artist Chhanda Singh unveil their latest creations in an exhibition, titled Different Strokes. Till July 3 (weekdays only) at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Shivam Chamber, 2nd floor, #98318 21507; 3 pm - 7 pm: Colorscapes — magical brushstrokes by Sanjib Roy. Till July 5 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, #2485 8717/8509; Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays: 2 pm - 7 pm: Summer Show featuring works by Jayasri Burman, Rashmi Bagchi Sarkar, Rameshwar Broota, Jogen Chowdhury, Rini Dhumal, Ramendra Nath Kastha, Paresh Maity, Uday Mondal, Santosh More, Rm. Palaniappan, Manu Parekh, Ganesh Pyne, Malay Saha, Dilip Kumar Samanta, Kingshuk Sarkar, Shambhavi, Lalu Prosad Shaw, Mayank Kumar Shyam, Sanjeev Sonpimpare and others. Till July 6 (except Mondays) at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 61, #30222040; 3 pm - 7 pm: Monsoon Collections — paintings by Ashok Mondal, Asimava Dutta, Chandidas Bhattacharya, Dhiren Sasmal, Pramathes Chandra, Ratan Acharya, Shilpi Acharya, Subrata Das and others. Till July 7 (except Sundays & holidays) at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #24651444; 11 am - 7 pm: Art and Industry, an exhibition of works by artists from West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand. Till July 11 (except Sundays) at Emami Tower, ECA, EM Bypass, 687 Anandapur; 11 am - 7 pm: Emami Chisel Art presents the art expo, Art Now-a-Glimpse, featuring works by contemporary artists of Bengal. Till July 31 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #6550 8418; 11 am - 7 pm: In the Realms of Fantasy, — works by Sanatan Dinda, Prokash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sibsaday, Samir Paul, Subrata Pal, Gouran-go Beshai, Bratin Khan, Kamalaksha Gangopadhyay, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay and others. Till July 31 (except Sundays) at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Installation Photographs Video Art. Participating artists: Jayashree Chakravarty, Aditya Basak, Chhatrapati Dutta, Paula Sengupta, Sanjeet Chowdhury, Debnath Basu, Tapati Chowdhury and Adip Dutta. Curated by Jayashree Chakravarty.


June 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 7 pm: Ensemble presents Sonata, an Indian English play written by Mahesh Elkunchwar and directed and performed by Sohag Sen. June 24 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandipat presents Ramani Mohan, with Chapal Bhaduri in the lead. Direction: Prakash Bhattacharya. June 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sansriti presents Ea, directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay. June 26 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Rangapat presents Aurangzeb. Di: Harimadhab Mukhopadhyay, who also acts in this play along with with Debshankar Haldar, Bijoylakshmi Barman and Rita Dutta Chakraborty. June 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sansriti presents its latest production, Sorjo-pora Chai, directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay June 28 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents its latest production, Helmet, a comedy by Rajat Ghosh. Direction: Anish Ghosh. June 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 2.30 pm: Nandikar presents poet Jasimuddin’s Sojon Badiyar Ghat. Music & direction: Goutam Halder. June 29 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Aneek will stage its latest production, Adventure Kaare Koy, directed by Moloy Biswas. June 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Ghnyashasur (Story: Upendrakishor Roychowdhury; Dir: Biswajit Ghosh Majumder) and Tomar Naam (Performance: Sohini Sengupta; Dir: Swatilekha Sengupta).


June 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Pradyot Kumar Mukhopadhyay will speak in Bengali on Dharma, Darshan O Vijnan. June 24 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will discuss in Bengali Sri Sri Mayer Katha. June 24 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7.15 pm: Swami Vamananandaji Maharaj will speak on Teachings of Gita and Present Society.


June 24 at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Lakshmi’s House, 3 Regent Park; 6 pm: Manomoy Bhattacharya will offer a solo recital on the occasion of 31st anniversary of installation of Sri Aurobindo’s relics. June 24 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2440 8937; 6.30 pm: Abaar Eshechhe Aashaadh — a compilation of songs that were composed by Tagore in the month of Aashaadh throughout his life. Participants: Debashis Raychaudhuri, Aniruddha Singha, Ranjini Mukherjee, Bidipta Chakraborty, Kamalini Mukherjee, Rohini Roychoudhury and Chaitali Dasgupta. Concept, script & direction: Chaitali Dasgupta. June 24 at Rabindra Sadan; 5 pm: Saraswat Kalakunj, on its 14th anniversary, felicitates singer Amar Paul along with a programme of song and dance featuring guest artistes Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Arundhati Holme Choudhury, Indranil Sen and Parimal Bhattacharya, and artistes of the institution. June 25 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Barshanmandrita Sandhya — an evening of Tagore songs and recitation. Participants: Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, Shraboni Sen, Debasree Biswas, Goutam Baran Adhikari, Ashis sarkar, Jayasree Mitra, Subrota Pal, Sikha Sanyal, Malabika Bhattacharya and others in songs, and Tapas Nag, Krishnakali Basu, Arunava Biswas and Chaitali Ghosh in recitation. June 26 at Aiktatan, EZCC, Salt Lake; 6 pm: Shruta Sanglap presents Shruti Sandhya - Tin Kanya, an evening of three audio plays. June 26 at Gyan Manch; 6.30 pm: Kolkata Kalakushali presents light classical vocal by Sohini Roy Chowdhury and recitation by Muktadhara Basu. June 27 at Rabindra Sadan; 5 pm: Darpani’s 13th annual programme features two dance items, Tomar Banshi Bajao Aashi (based on Tagore songs and poetry related to flute) and Utsav (showcasing various festivals of India). Concept & choreography: Arnab Bandyopadhyay.


Till June 28 (except Mondays) at Bose-Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street; 11 am - 7 pm: Minutes to Midnight, an exhibition of photographs by Trent Parke.


June 24 at Paschimbanga Bangla Academy Sabhaghar; 6 pm: Madal hosts a seminar on Loksangeet O Dinendra Choudhury. Speakers: Dr Sudhir Chakraborty, Sukhabilas Barma, Utpalendu Chowdhury, Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Arundhati Holme Choudhury, S.F. Karim and Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. Moderator: Dr Tapan Roy.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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