Timeout 25-04-2009

Poetry and the stage

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 25.04.09
Poetry and the stage
Theatre and poetry have always shared a fascinating relationship, each contributing to and depending on the other for creating optimum aesthetic effect. From Dramatic Poetry to Poetic Drama: An evening with Rabindranath Tagore and Buddhadeva Bose, this evening’s presentation by Theatron is an exploration of this exciting, often intriguing interface between the two, through the works of these two literary figures. It will attempt to explain through readings and performances how Buddhadeva Bose wrote the play Tapaswi-o-Tarangini inspired by Tagore’s poem Patita. A fascinating recreation of an age-old myth, its narrative also has its origins in the myth of Risyasringa (the horned sage) in The Mahabharata. Conversely, Tagore’s poem Karna Kunti Sambad inspired Bose to compose his play in free verse Pratham Partha. This, too, is essentially a modern play, with the low-born Karna as its existential protagonist. Participants: Sumanta Mukherjee, Babu Datta Roy, Papiya Adhikari, Dwijen Bandyopadhyay and Goutam Halder, along with a team of enthusiastic newcomers.

Event: An evening of dramatic performance and poetry reading presented by Theatron When: Today at 7 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


April 25 - May 24 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #40010148; 11 am - 7 pm: The Vase and The Lines — new works by Tarshito. Opening today at 6 pm. Till April 25 at Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Paintings by Sougata Chattopadhyay, Shibsankar Kundu and Joy Chattopadhyay. Till April 25 at Artists Circle Gallery, 46 Circus Avenue, #2283 3176; 3 pm - 8 pm: Parampara — an exhibition of recent works by Anita Roy Chowdhury and Subhendu Sarkar. Till April 26 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 4 pm - 8 pm: Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria present an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by modern artists of Bengal. Till April 26 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 4th floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent paintings by Suhas Kumar Hore. Till April 26 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 8 pm: Inner Rhythm — an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Abhijit Guha, Gautam Paul, Samir Karmakar, Premangshu Mitra and Tapan Bhattacharya. Till April 26 at Metropolitan Art Salon, Suite 18, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, #2228 9719; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by eight young artists. Till May 2 at Galerie Karma, P-505 Keyatala Road, #2463 6731/2: Destiny — recent drawings and paintings by Basudeb Pal Majumdar. Till May 15 at Gallery with Difference, 152 S.P. Mukherjee Road, near Rashbehari crossing: Narrative Movements 2009 — an exhibition of group show, curated by Bibekananda Santra. Till May 20 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 2 pm - 8 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Somnath Hore: Bronzes, Drawings, Watercolours — an exhibition of the works of Somnath Hore.


April 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Swapnasoochana will stage Biddha Aakash. Direction: Sudipto Sarkar. Till April 30 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: A drama festival to mark Annkul Banerjee Centenary Celebrations. Today: Nandikar will stage Ajnatobass, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. Tomorrow: Sundaram will stage Galpo Hekim Saheb. Direction: Monoj Mitra. April 25 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Padatik and Stage Passion present Mukhia Manoharlal, directed by Pradip Roy. April 26 at Girish Mancha; 10 am & 2.30 pm: Nandikar’s Children Theatre: At 10 am: Aahare Shaisab (Dir: Parthapratim Deb) and Satyi Rajputra (Dir: Sohini Sengupta). At 2.30 pm: Batasmamar Galpo (Dir: Anirban Roychowdhury) and Indian Idol (Dir: Debshankar Halder). April 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Natadha will stage its latest production, Shakuntala. Drama & direction: Shib Mukhopadhyay. April 26 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Nandikar’s presents its latest production, Ajnatobass, directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay. Directorial adviser: Rudraprasad Sengupta. April 26 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Bohurupee will stage Pati-Paksha. Direction: Tarapada Mukhopadhyay. April 26 at Padatik’s Buildwell Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road; 7 pm: Padatik and Brainchild Theatre present the Hindi comedy, Late Lateef. Direction: Kunal Padhy.


Till April 26 at Bhowanipur Sangit Sammilani Hall, 4 Ramesh Mitra Road; 5.30 pm: Classical music programme to mark 108 years of Bhowanipur Sangit Sammilani. Today: Dhrupad by Sudip Paul, vocal by Uttara Dutta, and harmonium solo by Sohanlal Sharma. Tomorrow: Thumri by Tapati Ghosh, harmonium solo by Maharaj Banerjee, and vocal by Leena Chakraborty. Till April 26 at Town Hall; 6 pm: Krishnayam presents Dhrupad Utsav. Today: Rudraveena by Bahauddin Dagar, followed by vocal by Uday Bhawalkar. Tomorrow: Vocal by Nirmalya Dey and Gundecha Brothers. April 25 at Rabindra Sadan; 5.30 pm: Swatantra’s third annual programme features dance, dance-drama and recitation. April 25 at Indumati Sabhagriha; 5.45 pm: Rabichhabi presents Kabi Pranam, an evening of Tagore song, recitation and reading. April 25 at Calcutta Club; 7 pm: Calcutta Club presents Barshabaran Sandhya. Featuring a solo performance by Biswarup Rudra.


April 25 at Oxford Bookstore, 17 Park Street; 6.30 pm: Oxford Bookstore, Calcutta and Aryan Books International host the launch of Dialogues of Civilization — William Jones and the Orientalists, written by Mohandas Moses and Achala Moulik. The book will be released by Prof. Barun De and Prof. Bharati Ray.


Till April 25 at 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, Ballygunge Place; #9831283201; 9.30 am - 6.30 pm: Weavers Studio and Rehwa celebrate the classic Indian paisley collection of Ambi — on Maheswari dupattas, sarees and fabrics. Till April 25 at Finesse, 11/1B New Road, Alipore; 11 am - 7 pm: Calcutta Fashion Week designer Sujata Sarawgi showcases tussar printed / kantha / woven saris. Till April 28 at Seagull Bookstore, 31A S.P. Mukherjee Road, opp. Bhowanipore Police Station: An exhibition of books on poems. Till April 30 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2461 3145; 10 am - 7 pm: Rangeen presents Constructing the Unexpected — fibre and textile art using the basics of nature with contemporary techniques. Till April 30 at P-249 Purna Das Road, #24644027; 11 am - 8 pm: Darbari is holding an exhibition, Agomoni, showcasing a summer collection of saris, salwar-suits, kurtis, skirts, accessories and an all-new men’s chic ethnic collection.


April 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Brahmananda Hall; 10.30 am: University Women’s Association of Calcutta hosts a seminar on The Human Face of Sustainable Development. April 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6 pm: Pradyot Kumar Mukhopadhyay will speak in Bengali on Dharma, Darshan O Vijnan. April 25 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Paramatmananda will speak on Siksha, Samaj O Dharma. April 25 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7 pm: Discourse on Yugacharya Swami Vivekananda by Amiya Prasad Chakraborty.


April 25 at Gorky Sadan: Gorky Sadan and Eisenstein Cine Club present Cinema Continental, a festival of films in celebration of life. At 3 pm: Chronicle of a Disappearance (Dir: Elia Suleiman; Palestine). At 5.30 pm: The Medusa Raft (Dir: Karpo Godina; Yugoslavia). At 7.30 pm: Death of Mr Lazarescu (Dir: Cristi Puim; Romania).


Till April 29 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Members of the Association of Freelance Photographers and Art Pictorialists present their 7th annual exhibition of photography. Participants: Animesh Basak, Asish Gopal Mazumder, Asoke Sen, Barun De, Mohan Chandra, Pranab Kumar Burman, Sankar Dasgupta, Somnath Mukherjee and Sushil Kumar Dutta.


April 25 at Sri Aurobindo Hall, Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 5 pm: Members of Sri Aurobindo Samiti, Calcutta pay homage to departed Mahamohopadhyay Govindo Gopal Mukhopadhyay.


April 25 at Science City Auditorium; 5 pm: Delhi Public School Ruby Park, Calcutta presents its annual day programme, Reverence. The annual prize distribution will be followed by a cultural programme (by its students from class II to X) featuring Arabian Dreams (orchestra), Our Beloved Bapuji (English play) and Seasons (group dance).


April 26 at Kalpan Centre, The Chopras, Room no. 308, 3rd floor, Shantiniketan Building, 8 Camac Street: 10 am: The Kalpan Study Centre is organising a Mock SAT test. Details at 40061591 / 22821555 / 9330880577.


April 26 at Starmark, 3 Lord Sinha Road; 5 pm: Under its Startrekkers programme for children, Starmark will hold a story-telling session on the Mahabharata, to be conducted by Mira and Daleep Kakkar of the Kathakars. For more details, call 99039 85097.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