Timeout 24-11-2008

Quest for spiritual experience

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 24.11.08
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Quest for spiritual experience
Appearing baffling at first glance as it seems unrelated to the real world, the art of Sunando Basu poses profound questions about life, reality and philosophy. Representing invisible, inner states of being, his works challenge viewers by confronting common perceptions in a variety of startling ways. In a fundamental sense, Basu seeks to depict his experience of the Divine. In Search of Language, the ongoing solo show of his paintings, features works that have an undeniable mystical, ideal quality. His images, consisting blocks of pure colour and esoteric shapes and patterns, try to reach some sort of a cosmic integration, which the artist attempts to achieve by venturing into a space that extends beyond the circumscribed margin of his canvas. His interesting use of colour, along with a skillful use of light and shade, render his images both alive and unrestrained. Mysterious, magical and mystical, the play of light in his works blends tastefully with rich, bold tints, creating a sense of harmony. Darkness never hold much appeal for the artist, who appears to be on an eternal quest for light, reason and understanding on a sublime, ethereal plane.

lEvent: An exhibition of paintings by Sunando Basu lWhen: Till November 29; 11 am & 7 pm lWhere: Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace

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November 24 - 30 at Jamini Roy Gallery, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 11 am - 7 pm: Calcutta Painters presents its 44th annual group show of paintings and sculptures by its members. Till November 24 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: A group show by Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak, Partha Dasgupta, Sadhan Chakraborty and Swapan Kumar Das. Till November 24 at Shree Art Gallery, 11 Gurusaday Road, Kusum Apartment, Flat no. 63, #30222040: Festive Hues, an exhibition of paintings by well-known artists. November 25 - December 10 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Liminal Figures Liminal Space — works by K.S. Radhakrishnan. Inauguration on Nov. 25 at 6 pm. Till November 25 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B Middleton Street, #2229 3886/2837; 2 pm - 7 pm: Exhibition of paintings by Phalguni Dasgupta. Till November 28 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #6550 8418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: The Voices of the Canvas — an exhibition of the works of 20 well-known artists. Till November 29 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Xpressions ’08, an exhibition of art works (paintings, glass painting, cartoons and terracotta) by the students of Nehru Children’s Museum. Till November 29 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South A Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Protul Roy, Gour Chowdhury and Sudip Podder. Till November 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Contemporary Artist Circle presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Till November 29 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road, #24484925/24497931; 11 am - 8 pm: Beyond the Dark — Recent works: Mixed Media and Sculptures by Shuvaprasanna. Till November 30 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road (#24556942/43) and at 46 Satish Mukherjee Road (near Rashbehari crossing); 2 pm - 8 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Suranjan Basu: A Retrospective, an exhibition of Basu’s works (1957-2002). Till November 30 (except Monday) at Gallery Rasa, 828/1 Block-P New Alipore, #2400 7348/8803; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Pierre Antoniucci. Till November 30 at Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35 Lansdowne Terrace, #2465 1444; 11 am - 7 pm: In Search of Language — an exhibition of paintings by Sunando Basu. Till November 30 at Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, 1st floor, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: Masters Collections featuring works by Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Chowdhury, Kartick Chandra Pyne, Manjit Bawa, Paritosh Sen, Partha Pratim Deb, Prokash Karmakar, Sanat Kar and others. Till December 3 (except Sunday) at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2460 4245; 10 am - 7 pm: An exhibition of sculpture featuring creations by Akhil Chandra Das, Amit Debnath, Anil Sen, B. Banamali Sharma, Bimal Kundu, B. Ruma Sharma, Chandan Roy, Chinmoy Karmakar, Gopinath Roy, Kinkar Saha, Pravat Majhi, Shankar Ghosh, Somnath Chakraborty, Sudarshan Pal, Subrata Biswas, Subrata Pal, Sukumar Ghosh, Tanmoy Banerjee and Tapas Sarkar.

DRAMA

November 24 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Kalyani Natyacharcha presents Meyeti, with Goutam Halder and Bindiya Ghosh in the lead. Direction: Kishore Sengupta. November 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Alokanander Putra-Kanya. Drama, direction & acting: Manoj Mitra. November 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Poshu Khamar — a Pancham Vaidic production, directed by Arpita Ghosh. November 29 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Dwandwik presents Tantia Topi. Direction: Moloy Chowdhury. November 30 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Mukhomukhi and Niva Arts present Atmakatha. Direction: Soumitra Chattopadhyay

PHOTOGRAPHS

November 24 - 29 at Chemould Art Gallery, Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: Buddhadeva Bose Centenary Committee presents an exhibition of photographs and manuscripts titled, Buddhadeva Bose: Ekti Jeevan. Inauguration today at 5 pm. Till November 30 at Photographers’ Gallery, 59A Southend Park; 3 pm - 8 pm: Third Eye Commune-I presents the second exhibition on Hampi — A Ruined City, featuring photographs taken by Atanu Paul, Utpal Dutta, Aranyak Banerjee and Somnath Mukherjee. Till December 12 (except Mondays) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #4001 0148; 11 am - 7 pm: Bose Pacia Calcutta Gallery, the Embassy of France in India, The Consulate General of France and the Alliance Françiase du Bengale present Tribute to Henri Cartier Bresson: Commented Images.

PERFORMING ARTS

November 24 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: The Jayanti Function features reading and recitation by Sukriti Lahari, Soma Mukhopadhyay and Dipak Mukhopadhyay; and song by Swapan Gupta. Speaker: Tarun Goswami. November 24 at Sri Aurobindo Shakti Centre, 532 Block-M New Alipore; 6 pm: On the occasion of Darshan Divas, an evening of devotional songs by Nupurchhanda Ghosh. November 27 at Rathindra Mancha, Jorasanko Thakurbari; 6 pm: On the occasion of Rathindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary, Rabindra Bharati Society presents an evening of Tagore songs by Soma Roy, Arpita Das, Sandip Sen, Debashrita Dey and Manini Mukhopadhyay, to be followed by a dance programme by Sruti Performing Troupe. November 27 at Science City; 7 pm: 100 Pipers presents Jethro Tull and Anoushka Shankar - Live in concert. Gates to open at 6.30 pm. November 29 at Tollygunge Club; 6.30 pm: All India Sufi and Mystic Music festival, Ruhaniyat 2008-09, features Sufi Kalam and Mystic songs by Sawan Khan, Akhe Khan and Sali Mohmad Khan (Rajasthan); Baul songs by Parvathy Baul (Bengal); Arabic Sufi songs by Mohamed Farghaly & group (Egypt); Bektashi Sufiana songs by Latif Bolat (Turkey); Jagar by Rakesh Bhatt & group (Uttaranchal); and Sufi Qawwali by Shameem Nayeem Ajmeri & group (Jaipur). Hosted by Banyan Tree Events. November 29 at Uttam Mancha; 6.30 pm: Kabir Suman will render songs of Tagore and Himangshu Dutta, and Keya Chattopadhyay will present songs of Tagore and Salil Chowdhury.

IN CONVERSATION

November 25 at Jeebabanananda Sabhaghar, Nandan complex; 6 pm: Natya Shodh Sansthan’s Baithaki features veteran actor, director and playwright Bibhas Chakraborty, who will speak on his activities other than production and acting, such as Natya Samhati, Natya Swapna Kalpo and theatre training. Debashish Majumdar will initiate the talk.

READING

November 28 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Shreecharaneshu presents Supriti Mukhopadhyay in a solo dramatized reading of his new play, Khelar Putul.

TALK

November 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 5.30 pm: Swami Omkaratmananda will speak on Yogavashisthasar. November 24 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Ritananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga. November 24 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Prof. Amalendu Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga.

EXHIBITION

Till November 24 at Soumya’s Creation, 57/9 Ballygunge Circular Road; 10.30 am - 7 pm: Jewels — an exhibition of various types of jewellery, both costume and silver. November 24 - 29 at Finesse, 11/1B New Road, Alipore; 11 am - 7 pm: Tussar Utsav — exclusive tussar printed sarees in winter hues with woven borders. Presented by Sujata Weaves and Prints. Till November 30 at 108 Raja Basanta Roy Road, #2466 4315: Paramita Viswanathan’s collection of south Indian cotton and printed tassar sarees. Till November 30 at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, 19A Gurusaday Road; 10 am - 5.30 pm: Measuring Our Planet.

QUIZ

November 30 at Haro Hall, Barrackpore; 1.30 pm: MAM-Q, Barrackpore presents Kaleidoscope ’08, the sports ’n’ entertainment quiz for two-member teams. Quizmasters: Indranil (#92319 93632), Samrat (#98302 45305) and Asit (#98301 28537).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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