Timeout 25-01-2011

Touch of class

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 25.01.11
Touch of class
Perhaps the biggest annual classical music event held in the city for close to sixty years, The Dover Lane Music Conference had started as a humble get-together of a few music lovers in the bylanes of south Calcutta way back in 1952. Over the years, it has turned out to be a prominent and prestigious music gathering and is now one of the most important events in the city’s cultural calendar. Showcasing both vocal and instrumental Hindustani and Carnatic music, this festival also provides an excellent opportunity for young, aspiring artistes to share the same platform with renowned maestros. This year’s festival is specially remarkable for bringing together veteran exponents along with outstanding musicians of the future. Having witnessed performances by both seasoned and fresh talent over the last three days, today, the concluding day of the festival features Jayateerth Mevundi (vocal), Rajendra Prasanna (flute), Ashwini Bhide (vocal) and Amjad Ali Khan (sarod; picture right).

Event: The Dover Lane Music Conference presented by Desh When: Till January 25; 8pm onwards (night-long) Where: Nazrul Mancha, Rabindra Sarobar


Till January 25 at Halo Heritage, 26 Ritchie Road, 65341574; 2 pm - 8 pm: Glitters, an exhibition of paintings by Subrata Gangopadhyay, Minakshi De, Arun Kumar Samaddar, Prabal Roy, Rajib Sur Roy and Subrato Ghosh. Till January 25 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 2 pm - 8 pm: Aalo-Chhaya, a group art show. Featuring works by Arup Mondal, Ayan Saha, Kakoli Kar, Purna Chakraborty, Ritwik Kar, Sanhita Dey, Satabdi Saha, Smita Das, Sonali Chatterjee, Tanmoy Roy Chowdhury and Utpal Patra. Till January 26 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The 10th solo exhibition of paintings by Dr Sankar Chatterjee. Till January 26 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: A duet show by Sasanka Ghosh and Sk. Jamirul Rahman. Till January 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm - 8 pm: Drawings and paintings by Baniprosonno. Till January 27 at Society of Contemporary Artists, 398 Jogendra Garden (on Rashbehari connector); 4 pm - 8 pm: Refractions: Exhibition of works by Subir Hati over the last five years. Till January 28 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street; 11 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by students of College of Visual Art, Calcutta. Participants: Debjyoty Dhara, Prosenjit Biswas, Sreyashi Saha, Sanchita Mondal, Subhasis Shee, Shreya Basu, Manab Dey and Souvik Karmakar. Till January 29 at Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, 1st floor, 12/3A Hungerford Street, 2289 3027/ 5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: A Fleeting World: Paintings by Sunil De. Till January 30 (except January 26) at Birla Academy; 3 pm - 8 pm: Birla Academy of Art & Culture presents 44th Annual Exhibition 2011. Till January 30 (except January 26) at Victoria Memorial Hall, Portrait Gallery; 10 am - 5 pm: An exhibition of paintings from the collection of Victoria Memorial Hall: India: Land and People by Western Artists. Till January 31 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Shades of India (Series VI) presents Mystique Power of Shree Yantra, an art exhibition (Series III). Till January 31 at ECA Art Walk, South City Mall; 12 noon - 8 pm: Paintings by Tanmoy Roy Chowdhury. Till February 12 at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road, 24484925/24497931; 12 noon - 8 pm: Masks & Metaphors — recent works of Jaya Ganguly. Till February 17 at Genesis Art Gallery, 8B, Middleton Street; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of contemporary and traditional art showcasing the works of Ajay De, Amit Bhar, Anita Tanwar, Asit Mondal, Bhagat Singh, Chhatrapati Dutta, Dewashish Das, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Gautam Mukherjee, K Salve, Nitya Kundu, Sachin Jaltare, Shuvaprasanna, Shweta Kanoria, Subhendu Porel, Subhomita Dinda, Subrata Das, Sudip Roy, Sukanta Das, Suman Roy and Thota Vaikuntam.


Till January 27 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: A festival of plays by Niva Arts to mark its 20th anniversary. Today: Astaraag (Direction: Ashok Chattopadhyay). Till January 26 at Purbashree, EZCC, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: 13th Lokkrishti Natyotsav O Rabi Pranam. Today: Abagunthita by Ha Ja Ba Ra La. Direction: Chandan Sen. Also, Tagore songs by Indrani Sen. January 27 - 31 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Banga Natya Samhati has organised a festival of plays in memory of Ramaprasad Banik and for the aid of needy theatrepersons. January 25 & 26 at Minerva Theatre; 6 pm: Minerva Natya Samskriti Charcha Kendra’s Repertory presents Raja Lear, with Soumitra Chatterjee in the lead. Dir: Suman Mukhopadhyay. January 25 at Sujata Sadan; 6.30 pm: Niva Arts presents Katha Manabi. Direction: Shantanu Bandyopadhyay. January 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Arghya presents its latest production, Michael Madhusudan Dutt’s Meghnadbadh Kabya. Dramatised and directed by Manish Mitra. January 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.15 pm: Natasena will stage its popular comedy. Gorur Garir Headlight, written and directed by Saroy Roy. January 28 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Blank Verse presents Bhutum Bhagaban. Drama & direction: Raja Bhattacharya.


Till January 27: Nritya Natya, a festival of dance-dramas of Tagore presented by the institutions of Sangeet Natak Akademi and Visva Bharati. Today at Rabindra Sadan, 6.30 pm: Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur dance Academy Repertory, Imphal presents Bidai Abhishap (Choreography: N. Amusana Devi). Today at Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, 6.45 pm: Kathak Kendra Repertory, New Delhi presents Chitrangada (Choreography: Gitanjali Lal). Till January 30 at Sree Thyagaraja Hall, P-530 Raja Basanta Roy Road: Rasika Ranjana Sabha presents its 65th annual music festival to celebrate the 164th anniversary of Saint Thyagaraja. Today, 6.15 pm: Flute recital by J.A. Jayanth, with R. Shyam (violin) and Sumesh Narayanan (mridangam). Till January 25 at Nazrul Mancha, Rabindra Sarovar; 8 pm onwards (night-long): Desh presents The Dover Lane Music Conference: 59th Annual Conference. January 25: Jayateerth Mevundi (vocal), Rajendra Prasanna (flute), Ashwini Bhide (vocal), Amjad Ali Khan (sarod). January 26 at Nazrul Mancha; 6 pm: Tribute to Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary by The Dover Lane Music Conference. Seemar Majhe Asim: Sitar by Manilal Nag and Mita Nag. Vocals by Raghab Chattopadhyay, Shounak Chattopadhyay, Chandrabali Rudra Dutta, Jayati Chakraborty. Tabla: Subhen Chattopadhyay, Ghatam: Somnath Roy. Instrumental music: Subrata Mukherjee & party. Concept: Subhen Chattopadhyay. Shraddharghya: Rabindrasangeet by Rezwana Choudhury Banya. Sitar: Purbayan Chatterjee, Tabla: Anubrata Chatterjee. Keyboard: Indrajit Choudhury. Vocal accompaniment: Sanhita Chatterjee. Concept: Purbayan Chatterjee. January 26 at Kala Kunj (Kala Mandir basement); 6.15 pm: Anya Kantha presents an evening of Tagore songs by Srabani Sen, Dr Kakali Ghosh and Alak Roychoudhury. January 26 - 28 at Aban Mahal; 6.30 pm: Uma Memorial Kalalayam celebrates its 15th anniversary with classical dances of South India. January 27 at Sisir Mancha; 5 pm: Sarba Bharatiya Sangeet O Sanskriti Parishad presents Kabi Pranam - Ghare Baire to mark Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, Particiapnts: Kajal Sengupta, Dr Kakali Ghosh (Canada), Dr Sujata Dey, Mita Kundu (Europe) and Nargis Chowdhury (Bangladesh). January 27 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Artists for Leh presents Neepabithi and Baul and Beyond featuring Ranmoy Bose, Anusheh, Ghulam Fakir, Kartik Das. January 27 at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake; 5 pm: Chhandaseer’s Rabindra Sandhya features Tagore songs by Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, Suman Panthi, Debasree Biswas, Sukanya Nath, Ashis Sarkar, Sreeparna Chakraborty, Shampa Dhar, Seema Ghosh, Madhuchhanda Ghatak and others.


January 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 5.30 pm: Department of information and cultural affairs, Government of West Bengal celebrates Michael madhusudan Dutt’s birth anniversary. On this occasion, Rudraprasad Sengupta will deliver Madhusudan Memorial Lecture on Aajker Theatre. To be followed by the play, Meghnadbadh Kabya, produced by Kasba Arghya and directed by Manish Mitra.


January 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Dr Nirmalay Narayan Chakraborty will speak in Bengali on Sri Ramchandrer Balibadh. President: Professor Amalendu Chakraborty. January 25 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake City; 6 pm: Reading from Swamiji’s Writings by Niranjan Dutta.


January 25 at Sisir Mancha; 4 pm: Government of West Bengal and Netaji Jayanti Committee presents discussions of Bharater Swadhinata Sangramey Subhas Chander Bikalpa Netritwa (Speaker: Professor Girish Chandra Maity), Ranakshetrey Azad Hind Fauj O Desher Kshamata Hastantarey Tar Samagrik Prabhab (Speaker: Professor Atish Dashupta), and Netajir Deshprem O Tar Bartaman Prasangikata (Speakers: Ashok Ghosh and Biman Basu).


January 28 at Gyan Manch, 11 Pretoria Street; 9 am (registration), 12 noon (finals): Starmark Inter-School Quiz for three-member teams, with Charanpreet Singh as the quizmaster. For more details, call 99039 85097.


January 26 at Mahila Seva Samity, Rajpur, Gajipur; 11 am onwards: Art workshop being organised by Salt Lake Unmesh Foundation in aid of underprivileged children and women featuring eminent artists. Prof. Dhiraj Choudhury will conduct the workshop. The participating artists include Anita Roy Choudhury, Shyamashree Basu, Tapas Biswas, Tapan Mitra, Sukumar Ghosh, Sukhendu Paul, Subhankar Maitra, Shatabdi Dutta and Bratati Mukherjee. Till February 6 at Starmark, Mani Square (2nd floor); 12 noon - 1 pm: Starmark will hold Hobby Ideas’ weekend art and craft workshops for children between 3 years and 12 years: card making (January 29), origami (January 22), clay modelling (January 23), bag making (January 30), coaster designing (February 5) and glass painting (February 6). Registration fees: Rs 100 per workshop. For more details, call 99039 85097. January 30 at Eduzone, Southern Avenue; 11 am onwards: One hour free diagnostic test & a free workshop on SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL & IELTS. Certification courses in basic, intermediate and advanced French & Spanish. Public speaking, personality enhancement, spoken English and soft skill courses on offer. See www. eduzoneindia.com. Register at eduzoneindia@gmail.com or call 9830020277, 92306135278.


January 25 & 27 at Nandan-II: German Film Festival presented by Federation of Film Societies of India in collaboration with Max Mueller Bhavan, Calcutta. Today, 4 pm: Ostkreuz (Dir: Michael Klier); at 6.30 pm: Way in the Night (Dir: Andreas Kleinert).

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