Timeout 25-09-2010

Legacy of creativity

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 25.09.10
Legacy of creativity
West Bengal’s rich heritage of handloom and handicraft is legendary. The fascinating handloom textiles of Murshidabad, Birbhum, Bankura, Hooghly and Nadia districts, with their exquisite colours and textures, have gained popularity worldwide. Jute products, wood and cane products, conch-shell products, brassware and puppets, along with handicrafts of different schools of art now embellish the drawing rooms of the elite. What is most interesting is that, in spite of the fact that these art and craft forms have been carried down through generations, each has still maintained its distinctive style and originality. This glorious tradition of Bengal comes alive in the two-day fair of traditional handloom and handicrafts, being held in support of the marginalised artisans of its villages. With exotic creations from Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and Midnapore, it features an alluring collection of Baluchari, dokra, bell-metal, terracotta, conch-shell and stoneware, lanterns, bamboo and wooden showpieces and more. Plus, a tribal dance performance.

Event: An exhibition of traditional handloom and handicraft products of West BengalWhen: September 25 and 26; 12 noon - 8 pm Where: Axis Mall, Rajarhat


Till October 12 (except Sunday & public holidays) at Studio21, 17L Dover Terrace, 2486 6735; Monday: 3 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 7 pm: Extend Beyond — New works by Santanu Mitra, Ashish Chakroborty, Sumantra Mukherjee, Chinmay Mukherjee and Puspen Roy. Till September 26 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of the works by Haren Thakur, Susanta Chakraborty, Sharmila Thakur, Himadri Ramani, Tapan Kar and Shilpi Ramani. Till September 29 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Nandan Shantiniketan, an association of former students of Visva Bharati’s Kala Bhavan, presents about 100 works by its 50 artists which includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art and installations. Till October 3 (except Mondays & October 2) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1st floor & 3rd floor; 3 pm - 8 pm: Besides Paris, an exhibition of works by 18 Indian artists living in Paris. Curated by Shaheen Merali.


September 25 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm & 6.30 pm: Bratyajan presents Ruddha Sangeet. Drama & direction: Bratya Basu. September 25 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Mangalik presents Manush Bhoot, directed by Samir Biswas. September 25 at Girish Mancha & September 26 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Sundaram presents Ja Nei Bharatey. Drama, direction & performance: Manoj Mitra. September 25 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Comedy Remedy presents two comedy plays: Ki Birambona by Nabanna, and Bhimbodhpala by Theatre Spandan. September 26 at Gyan Manch; 5.30 pm: Malayalam Amateur Nataka Samithy will stage the Malayalam play, Veera Shringala, directed by Parakode Sasi. September 26 at Minerva Theatre; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Madhabi. Adaptation, music & direction: Swatilekha Sengupta. September 26 at Kala Mandir; 6.30 pm: Anamika Kala Sangam and Sanskriti Sagar present Ashvin Gidwani’s Get Rid of My Wife, a comedy in English, written and directed by Paritosh Painter.


Till September 26: Sapphire Creations Dance Workshop presents Interface 2010, an international festival of Alternative and Contemporary Expressions. Today at Spring Club; 7 pm: Winddance Michel Casanovas & Sapphire, Switzerland / India (Contemporary). Video screenings: At British Council, 10.30 am: Dance & Discussions – Moderated by Sadanand Menon (part of Forward Motion ); At Ranan Studio, 2.30 pm: Adda - Meet the artistes of Interface 2010 with Calcutta performers & scholars . September 25 at The Creative Arts Studio, 23 Gobind Banerjee Lane; 6 pm: The Creative Arts presents Pujor Lekha — celebrating the spirit of Calcutta and the coming festive season through poetry-reading in different languages: Bengali, Hindi, Sindhi, German, French. September 25 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place; 6.30 pm: An evening of classical vocal recital by Sohini Roy Chowdhury, accompanied by Sanjeev Ghoshal (tabla) and Debaprasad Dey (harmonium). September 25 at Tolly Club; 7.30 pm: Seagram’s 100 Pipers Pure Music presents a tribute to Queen, the British rock band, by Rhapsody. September 26 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Rabindra Sadan organises a tribute to Tagore, Barsha Bidaye O Sharater Abahon 2010. Featuring chorus by Uttarayan, direction: Dr Chitralekha Chowdhury; inaugural speech by Shaon Sen, administrative officer, Rabindra Sadan; songs by Pramita Mallick, Abhirup Guha Thakurta, Bibhas Ghosh, Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Indranil Sen, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Srabani Sen, Sreenanda Mukhopadhyay, Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, Subrata Sengupta and Debarati Som; and dances by Mamata Shankar Dance Company, Poushali Mukherjee Dance Academy, Kashmira Samanta & Nritya Upasana, Subhashis Dutta & Meghdoot Ballet Troupe, songs by Rabichhandam (dir: Alak Roychowdhury). September 26 at Aban Mahal; 6 pm: Chhanda Chhabi Nritya Kala Bitan presents an evening of dances: Bharata Natyam, contemporary, creative and folk in the first half, and dance-drama Naari - Aparajita. Direction: Aparajita Saha. September 26 at Aikatan, EZCC, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: Shruta Sanglap presents an evening of audio-drama and recitation.


Till October 13 at CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, 2485 8717/8509; 11 am - 8 pm: Art in Life 2010 — an exhibition of saris, jewellery, exclusive fashion & lifestyle textiles, brocade handbags, T-shirts, masks, decorative arts, furniture, and carpets/dhurries. Till October 3 at City Centre, Salt Lake (Kund) & City Centre, New Town (Celebration Square); 11 am - 7 pm: City Centre, in association with t2, hosts City Centre Puja Shopping Festival 2010. September 25 at at ICCR; 6 pm: Inauguration of Ulmer Modelle, an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ulm School of Design. The show continues till October 7. Till September 25 at 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, 24408926/27; 9.30 am - 7 pm: Weavers Studio’s exhibition of garments and textiles. Till September 25 at All Bengal Women’s Union, 89 Elliot Road; 10.30 am - 5 pm: Pre-Puja show of block-printed saris & table linen, embroidered baby frocks & nighties, hand-woven bedspreads, table napkins, freshly-ground spices, cakes & muffins, and hand-made items by children. Till September 26 at Sravasti, 14/97 Golf Club Road, Tollyguge, 24734546; 2 pm - 8 pm: KeyaChaitali’s exclusive fair of kurtas, photuas, short kurtas, T-shirts, salwar-kurtas, wrap-around sets, Saradins, Nakshi Kantha, batik, appliqued, block-printed cotton & silk saris, dopattas & scarves, blouse pieces, costume jewellery and bags. Till September 26 at 218 AJC Bose Road; 11 am - 7 pm: Bombaim presents Root India, a curated exhibition of progressive design showcased through handcrafted pieces made of rocks, clay, reed and cloth. Exhibiting their creations are Shambhavi Khaitan (threaded saris & dupattas), Aditi Saraogi (clay as canvas), Bashobi Tiwari (woven reed tableware) and Usha Shah (jewellery made from lava & stones). Till September 27 at P-249 Purna Das Road, 40086878; 11 am - 8 pm: Darbari’s exhibition of handloom, embroidered & block-printed saris, fabrics, suits, tops, skirts, dupattas, stoles and men’s wear.


September 25 at Indumati Sabhagriha; 5.15 pm: Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal hosts the 25th annual Dr Labanya Kumar Ganguli Memorial Oration by Professor Pranabesh Chakraborty. September 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Saradapitha, Belur Math; 6 pm: Swami Tattwajnanananda will speak on Kenopanishad. September 25 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Professor Amalendu De will speak in Bengali on Bharater Dharmiya O Samskritik Bahuttwavad. September 25 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math; 7 pm: Swami Paramatmananda will speak on Mrityu Rahasya. September 25 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake; 7 pm: Dipak Gupta will speak on Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita.

in memoriam

September 25 at Rotary Sadan; 6.30 pm: A memorial meet to remember Dhiren Dey on his birth centenary year. Chief guest: Somnath Chatterjee.


September 25 at Emami Tower, 687 Anandapur, EM Bypass; 11.30 am: Ficci-FLO Calcutta Chapter & Emami Cooking Oil present Cook it up with Rajesh Dubey, executive chef of a speciality group of restaurants. For registration, call 66136792/836.


September 26 at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani; 5.30 pm: Aasra-Kolkata is organising a panel discussion on Domestic Violence: Causes, Consequences & Remedies - Utpal Chatterjee, Agnimitra Paul, Teesta Setalvad, Malini Bhattacharya and Mukta Nain. To be followed by an inter-college debate, Women are women’s biggest enemy, chaired by Prof. Suman Mukherjee; Participants: St Xavier’s College, IIM Calcutta, NUJS, JD Birla Institute of Management, Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society, and Presidency College.


September 26 at Vidyasagar Sabhakaksha (Barasat Municipality auditorium); 11 am onwards: Quiz Maniacs Society, in association with Rotary Club of Barasat (Dist 3291), is organising Quiz Festival 2010 for school/college/ university categories. Any two-member team can participate. For details, call Partha Gupta (9830318721) or Pijush Nandi (9830495857).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-700001; Fax: 2234-8244

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