Timeout 30-07-2008

Images of revolution

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 30.07.08
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Images of revolution
The Alipore bomb case (or Alipore bomb conspiracy) was an important court trial in the history of the Indian Independence movement. When Bengal was partitioned in 1905, it sparked an outburst of public anger against the British, leading to civil unrest. A nationalist campaign was carried out by groups of revolutionaries, led by Aurobindo Ghose, Rasbihari Bose and Bagha Jatin, and organised into groups like Jugantar. The British cracked down hard on the activists and the conflict came to a head on April 30, 1908, when Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chaki attempted to kill Magistrate Kingsford. However, the bomb missed its target and instead killed two British women. The local police immediately arrested Aurobindo Ghose on charges of planning and overseeing the attack and for some time he was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Alipore Jail. The trial soon began: 49 people stood accused, 206 witnesses were called, around 400 documents were filed with the court and more than 5,000 exhibits were produced including bombs, revolvers and acids. The trial continued for a year and Bose was found guilty and hanged. Ghose, defended by young lawyer Chittaranjan Das, was acquitted of the charges. To mark the centenary of the Alipore bomb trial, Sri Aurobindo Bhavan is currently holding Bomb in Bengal and Sri Aurobindo: The Revolutionary Years, an exhibition of rare photographs, courtesy Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. The show offers a well-researched documentation, giving an authentic account of historical facts and capturing the spirit of the freedom movement. Tracing the forces behind the event, it unveils the active and often covert roles played in it by many leading personalities of the time. Through a few hundred photographs of Sri Aurobindo and his band of firebrand youths, the exhibition poignantly brings alive the century-old inspirational tale of Bengal’s martyrs.

Event: An exhibition of photographs marking the centenary of the Alipore bomb trial When: Till July 30; 4 pm - 8 pm Where: Gaganendra Pradarshashala, 1st floor

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B> n Till July 30 at Gallery Kanishka's , 2/1 Hindusthan Road, 11 am - 8 pm: Confronting Masters – an exhibition of paintings by Paritosh Sen, F. N. Souza, Ram Kumar, Amit Ambalal, Ganesh Pyne, Kartick Pyne Ganesh Haloi, Rabin Mandal and Shyamal Datta Ray. July 30 at Gallery Chemould, 12F Park Street; 6 pm: Inauguration of an exhibition of works by Nilima Dutta. The show continues till August 2. Till July 31 at Idiyas Gallery, 15 Dover Road, #6550 8418; 11 am - 7 pm: In the Realms of Fantasy — works by Sanatan Dinda, Prokash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Sibsaday, Samir Paul, Subrata Pal, Gourango Beshai, Bratin Khan, Kamalaksha Gangopadhyay, Ramananda Bandyopadhyay and others. Till August 3 at Kanvas Art Gallery, 53 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Shivam Chambers, 2nd floor, #3052 3243; 3 pm - 7 pm: Colorscape II, a solo exhibition of paintings by Sukanta Das. Till August 3 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 2nd floor; 4 pm - 8 pm: A solo exhibition of paintings by Suman Bardhan. Till August 3 at Gallery 52d, 52d Hindustan Park, #6535 0013, 4008 6897; 12 noon - 8 pm: Returning to Bengal, the first solo show of paintings by Satyabrata Karmakar. Till August 4 at the Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3pm to 8pm: An exhibition of paintings by Monami Chowdhury. Till August 4 at the Academy of Fine Arts, New South B Gallery; 3pm to 8pm: Inner Scape II — an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Arjun Bhattacharjee, Amit Kumar Dey, Partha Sarathi Pan, Sandip Sekhar Sinha, Sudipta Dutta and Utpal Dutta. Till August 7 at Masters Collection Art Gallery, G7 Malayalay Apts, 3 Woodburn Park Road; 11 am - 7 pm (weekdays): Creativity Unlimited, an exhibition of recent creations by Anup Giri, Swapan Palley, Sachin Jaltare, Beena Pradhan, Debabrata Chakravarty, Asit Sarkar, Samir Paul, Minakshi De, Sukanata Das, Subrata Das, Dhananjoy Ghosh, Nelson Kennedy, Kajol Mondal, Sutapa Khan, Sibsaday Choudhary and others. Till August 8 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, 55 Gariahat Road, #2475 2275; 3 pm - 8 pm: Masters of Bengal — Graphic works by Somnath Hore, Ramendra Nath Chakraborty, Chittoprasad, Haren Das, Nandalal Bose, Manindra Bhushan Gupta, Prankrishna Pal, Dharmanarayan Dasgupta, Suhas Roy, Arun Bose, Amitabha Banerjee, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sanat Kar, Shyamal Dutta Roy, Ganesh Pyne, Bikash Bhattacharjee, K.G. Subramanyan and others. Till August 8 (except Sunday) at Gallery Kolkata, 41 Shakespeare Sarani, 2nd floor, Duckback House, #2287 3377/88; 11 am - 7 pm: Glimpses — showcasing paintings and sculptures by modern and contemporary Indian artists. Till August 9 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesdays - Saturdays (2 pm - 7 pm): Untiled and more recent works by Shakila. Till August 9 (except Sundays) at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Gallery Sanskriti and Apparao Galleries present The Wandering Alchemist — paintings and sculptures by Alexis Kersey, George K, and Manish Nai. Till August 16 (except Sundays) at Tejas Art Gallery, 11 Mayfair Road, #4007 6042; 1 pm - 7.30 pm: Horses, a solo show of horses in mixed media on canvas by artist Dhiren Sasmal. Till August 17 (except Mondays & August 15) at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 3 pm - 8 pm: Svikriti ’08, an exhibition of the works by six awardees in the Academy’s Annual Exhibition 2008. Participants: Bhabotosh Sutar, Bhaskar Lahiri, Gargi Das, Partha Dasgupta, Susanta Pal and Timir Brahma.

DRAMA

July 30 at Minerva Theatre; 6.30 pm: Nandikar will stage Tomar Naam (Performance: Sohini Sengupta; Direction: Swatilekha Sengupta) and Pakhi (Story: Lila Majumder; Direction: Swatilekha Sengupta). July 30 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Charbak presents Chalo Patol Tuli. Drama, music & direction: Arindam Ganguly. July 30 at Madhusudan Mancha & August 1 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Shohan presents Helmet, written by Rajat Ghosh and directed by Anish Ghosh. July 31 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Charbak will stage Apsara Theater-er Mamla, based on a story by Satyajit Ray. Drama & music: Arindam Ganguly. Direction & in the role of Feluda: Sabyasachi Chakraborty. July 31 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Nandikar presents Feriwalaar Mrityu. Drama: Arthur Miller. Direction: Rudraprasad Sengupta. July 31 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Pratham Paath, an Ajantrik production, written and directed by Ramaprasad Banik. July 31 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30 pm: Institute of Factual Theatre Arts presents Path... the waterfall. Direction: Debasish Dutta.

PERFORMING ARTS

July 31 at Sisir Mancha; 6 pm: Banglar Garbo - Bangalir Aasha - Bangla Gaan, an evening of songs of Tagore, D.L. Roy, Rajanikanto, Atulprasad and Nazrul to be rendered by Nupurchhanda Ghosh, Mita Haq and Subir Chowdhury. August 3 at Sisir Mancha; 5.30 pm: Pragna presents and evening of Tagore songs by Sreeradha Bandyopadhyay, Dipak Rudra, Damayanti Bhattacharya, Pubali Debnath, Mrinmoy Roy and Gopa Roy. Also, chorus by the artistes of Manjish. Compere: Debashis Basu.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Till July 30 at Gaganendra Pradarshashala; 4 pm - 8 pm: Bomb in Bengal and Sri Aurobindo: The Revolutionary Years — an exhibition of rare photographs on the occasion of the centenary of Alipore Bomb Trial. Till August 12 at Photographers’ Gallery, 59A Southend Park, #65406499, 98303 31556; 3 pm - 8 pm: Bouquet of Photographs, featuring images taken by Atanu Paul and members of Third Eye.

TALK

July 30 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Vivekananda Hall; 6 pm: Swami Kripamayananda will speak in Bengali on Naritver Shreshtha Abhibyakti: Sri Sri Ma. July 30 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Buddhatmananda will speak in Bengali on Bani O Bichar. July 30 at Bidhannagar Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, DD-44 Salt Lake, #2334 9265; 7 pm: Swami Somatmananda will speak on Swami Ramkrishnananda Maharaj-er Jeebani O Bani. July 30 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7.15 pm: Discourse on Life and Teachings of Srimat Swami Ramakrishnanandaji Maharaj, the apostle of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Deva, by Swami Amiteshananda.

EXHIBITION

Till July 31 at AND, Mani Square Mall, 2nd floor, Store #208; 11 am - 9 pm: The Great Monsoon Fashion Fiesta, hosted by AND brand, offers simple yet stylish clothes by well-known fashion designer Anita Dongre. Till July 31 at Cottage Emporium, 7 Jawaharlal Nehru Road: Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd hosts a jewellery exhibition. Till August 3 at Shoppers Stop, Elgin Road, City Centre & South City Mall: Monsoon Makeovers fest. Till August 14 (except Sundays) at Artisana, 13 Chowringhee Terrace, #2223 9422; 11 am - 7 pm: Display of kantha embroidery sarees and dupattas. Till August 15 at Starmark (3 Lord Sinha Road, G-202 City Centre, and South City); 10.30 am - 8 pm: An exhibition of Penguin Classics Collection covering Greek and Roman works, and Victorian literature and modern classics.

POETRY

August 3 at Rooftop, 120 Lenin Sarani; 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm: Srijan presents Open House for Poetry, where poets will read a selection from their writings not exceeding 30 lines. To be anchored by Srijato and Rimi B Chatterjee. Poets desiring to read may meet the anchors before 4.30 pm with the poems or may send them to 20 Ballygunge Circular Road, Calcutta 700 019 or at srijan2000@gmail.com

WORKSHOP

August 2 onwards every Saturday at Crossword, Elgin Road; 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm: Mad Science of Kolkata offers the Academy of Future Space Explorers ‘After School Program’ for children (7 yrs to 12 yrs). This eight-week program is developed in association with NASA and will send children on a quest for exploration while they learn about space exploration, space travel and participate in a rocket launch. For details, call #2416 4342, 98306 27921 or visit www.madscienceofkolkata.com August 2 at Regal Room, Calcutta Club; 1 pm - 5 pm: Workshop on jewellery design, diamond grading and identification. To be conducted by Sawansukha Institute of Gemology. Details with Surbhi (2289 5281-3).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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