Timeout 27-10-2009

A strange celebration

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 27.10.09
A strange celebration
Ablack comedy, which tends to sacrifice credibility to the horrors of the subconscious, Nandimukh’s production Tetris Tamo Janmodibas is an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. An absurd drama in Pinter’s sense of the term, the play explores themes related to identity, alienation, relationships and the futility of existence.The action of the play takes place in the living-dining area of a seedy, squalid seaside hotel. A very proletarian Everyman called Samrendra has closeted himself here, detaching himelf from the outside world. Suddenly two people enter the scene: Gagan and Mahesh, agents of our imperious society, who come to claim him as one of them. In the sinister scene of Samrendra’s birthday party in which a terrifying game of blind-man’s buff is played, Gagan and Mahesh reduce their victim to speechlessness. On the next day, they dress him up as a clown and he is marched off in a bowler-hat as an animal to the slaughter, a man without identity or self. Direction: Ashoke Chattopadhyay.

Event: Play in Bengali, Tetrish Tamo Janmodibas, produced by Nandimukh When: Today at 6.30 pm Where: Academy of Fine Arts


Till November 7 (except Sundays and holidays) at CIMA Gallery, #2485 8717/8509, Monday (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesday - Saturday (2 pm - 7 pm): An exhibition of recent works of Yusuf. Till October 27 at Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street, #2229 8641; 2 pm - 7 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Rajib Sur Roy. Till October 28 at Academy of Fine Arts, New South ‘B’ Gallery; 4 pm - 8 pm: A solo exhibition of paintings by Sudatta. Till October 28 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of recent paintings by Sukti Roy, Samir Bhattacharya, Chayan Roy and Nilotpal Sinha. Till October 28 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Paul, Malay Datta and Tapan Karmakar. Till October 31 at Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A Hungerford Street, #2289 3027/5041; 12 noon - 7 pm: GenNext IV — an exhibition of works by artists below 40 from different parts of the world. Till October 31 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #24752275; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings by Soma Halder. Till October 31 at G.C. Laha Centenary Fine Arts Gallery, 7 Chittaranjan Avenue; 4 pm - 7 pm: Bangio Sanskriti Parisad presents a children’s art exhibition. Till October 31 at Ambo Art, 3 Pretoria Street, 2nd floor; 12 noon - 7 pm: Paintings featuring the works of Abhijit Das, Aninda Mukherjee, Apurba Majumdar, Nikhil Biswas, Rintu Roy, Samir Roy, Tanuj Sardar and Tapas Sardar. Till October 31 at Experimenter, 2/1 Hindusthan Road, #2463 0465; 11 am - 7.30 pm: In Memory of an Ideal — an exhibition of paintings by Ng. Bidyut Singha. Till November 6 at Gallery Exposure, 54B Mahanirban Road; 3 pm - 8 pm: Vibgyor presents Affordable Art — paintings featuring the works of Aditya Basak, Ashok Mullick, Bijon Chowdhury, Chhatrapati Dutta, Dilip Choudhury, Gopi Gajwani, Jahar Dasgupta, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Manu Parekh, Manoj Dutta, Partha Bhattacharjee, Prokash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Samir Aich, Sekhar Kar, Sekhar Roy, Syam Kanu Borthakur, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Sumon Roy, Swapan Polley and Tapan Mitra. Till November 15 (except Monday) at Bose Pacia, Stephen Court, 18 Park Street, #4001 0148; 11 am - 7 pm: Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle, a group show curated by Bhavna Kakar. Till November 21 (except Sundays & holidays) at Tejas Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #9830049825; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Tejas Gallery is hosting its third annual Devi show by 24 artists. The exhibits, numbering approximately 70, include both gods and goddesses. Till November 28 (Sundays by appointment) at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #9831005003, 65508418; 10.30 am - 6.30 pm: Color Immersion — an exhibition of the works by Atin Basak, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Subrata Saha, Aditya Basak, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Pal, Suhas Roy, Bratin Khan, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri and others.


October 27 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandimukh presents Tetrish Tamo Janmodibas. Original play: The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. Translated by Dr Pabitra Sarkar and adapted by Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay. Direction: Ashoke Chattopadhyay. October 27 at Girish Mancha & October 30 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Blind Opera will stage its latest production, Kamalasagar. Direction: Ashok Pramanik. October 28 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Mangalik will stage Manush Bhoot to mark the completion of 20 years of staging this popular play, based on a story by Syed Mustafa Siraj. Direction: Samir Biswas. October 28 at Madhusudan Mancha & October 31 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Hattamela will stage Hetamgarhe Hoi Choi. Direction: Gurudas Bandyopadhyay. October 28 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Viva Arts presents Astaraag. Direction & performance: Ashok Chattopadhyay. October 29 at Sisir Mancha; 6.30 pm: Little Thespian will stage Lohar. Playwright: Balwant Gargi. Light design: Tapas Sen. Music: Ain Rashid Khan. Design & direction: S.M. Azhar Alam. October 29 at Academy of Fine Arts & October 31 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Gandhar will stage Kachher Manush, with Debshankar Haldar and Bejoylakshmi Barman in the lead. Direction: Gautam Haldar, filmmaker. October 30 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Purba Paschim presents Patolbabu Film Star, based on a story by Satyajit Ray. Dramatised and directed by Ramaprasad Banik. October 30 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Titumeer — a PLT production, written and directed by Utpal Dutt.


October 27 at Nazrul Mancha; 5 pm: Renaissance Artists’ & Writers’Association (RAWA) presents a programme of Prabhat Samgiita by Maitreyi Majumdar, Mihir Basu, Ac. Ragatmikananda Avadhuta and Asitima Debnath. Also, a dance item based on Prabhat Samgiita by RAWA artistes from Bhubaneswar, and drama Banchar Adhikar by Rudra Bhattacharya and his troupe. October 27 at Birla Academy; 6 pm: Pandit Mantu Banerjee Memorial Music Circle presents an evening of music and dance featuring Pandit Maharaj Banerjee (harmonium solo), Alpana Roy (vocal) and Sayanee Chavda (Kathak). October 27 at Bangla Akademi Sabhaghar; 6 pm: Uchchaaran presents an evening of recitation by Krishna Mukhopadhyay, Tapasi Ghosh, Reena Deb, Ramchandra Pal, Somnath Nath and Soumitra Bandyopadhyay. October 31 at Calcutta School of Music, Sandre Hall; 7 pm: A piano recital and Broadway songs by Bernice Da Gama Rose and Neecia Majolly. November 1 at Rabindra Sadan; 6 pm: Shree Ranjani presents The Enchanting Seven, an instrumental and vocal ensemble based on folk and Hindustani classical music. Conceived and directed by Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and Manasi Majumder.


October 30 at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94 Ballygunge Place, #2461 3145: Mahul recitation band celebrates Sukumar Ray’s 122nd birth anniversary. Featuring an exhibition on Sukumar Ray (3 pm to 5 pm) and performance by Mahul from 5 pm to 7 pm. October 31 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Anya Theatre presents Sukumar Sandhya. Featuring workshop-based production Lakshmaner Shaktishel, directed by Goutam Halder, and screening of the documentary, Sukumar Ray, by Satyajit Ray.

BOOK exhibition

Till November 23 at Worldview Bookstore, Jadavpur University campus, Subarna Jayanti Bhawan; 11 am - 7 pm: Penguin Books India, in association with Worldview Bookstore, presents Penguin Classics Library. This month-long exhibition also includes talks, discussions and readings at the venue. Today at 4 pm: Discussion on Tagore and Beyond: Modern Masters in Translation. Participants: Reba Som, Sukanta Chaudhuri, Uma Das Gupta and Tathagata Banerjee.


October 27 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Somatmananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Mayer Katha. October 27 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Atmabodhananda will discuss in Bengali Sri Sri Mayer Katha.


Till October 30 at Ganges Art Gallery, 33A Jatin Das Road, #2465 3212; 11 am - 7 pm: Skin — an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by Sanjib Sen.


Till November 1 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 6.30 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Food Film Fiesta. Today: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and her Lover (Peter Greenaway/ 1990/ English/ 124 minutes)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