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Timeout 30-08-2007

Myth and modernism

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 30.08.07
Myth and modernism
Although works of art in traditional mediums and styles are being produced now in India, we are reluctant to call them contemporary art because of their voluntary exemption from contemporaneity. Despite this exclusion, artists try to bridge the divide by adopting the modern and combining their traditional techniques with contemporary formats, thus bringing about a newfound order. Embracing Modernity, the ongoing solo show by Ramesh Gorjala of Andhra Pradesh, features works that assimilate his modernity into his traditional roots, creating a stylised format of painting. The themes he depicts are almost entirely mythological, being based on stories from the Puranas. His compositions consist of a principal figure, which he transforms into multiple narrative sequences associated to the main. The figure is merely a silhouette, a primary means of visual communication that determines the subject of the painting. A product of the shift in trend towards modernity, Gorjala’s work responds to its time, at the same time maintaining its connection to the past and offering a way to go beyond a mere physical existence.

Event: Paintings by Ramesh Gorjala When: Till August 31; 11 am - 7 pm Where: Mon Art Gallerie, 6 Hungerford Street, 3rd floor


Till August 30 at Nehru Children’s Museum Hall; 2 pm - 6 pm: An exhibition of prize-winning paintings by the children of Nehru Children’s Museum selected from the 9th International Children’s Art Exhibition. Also, paintings by other children of the painting division. Till August 30 at Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Utopia presents an exhibition of paintings by Ranjit Kumar Sutar, Premangshu Mitra, Partha Biswas, Samir Karmakar and Jit Halder. August 31 at The Park; 7 pm: Spandan Art Gallery and The Park Hotels present Art for Giving, an exhibition of paintings by Keshav Roy. Till August 31 at Chitrakoot Art Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: Exhibition of paintings by Aditya Basak, Atin Basak, Manoj Mitra, Sadhan Chakraborty and Swapan Kumar Das. Till September 1 at Chemould, 12F Park Street; 2 pm - 7 pm; Saturday (10 am - 3 pm): An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Chaudhuri and Utpal Dutta. Till September 2 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 7 pm: Riddle of Colours, an art exhibition by Prakrit Arts and Ayya Arts Galleries of Chennai. Featuring paintings by Douglas C, Santhana Raj A.P, Senathipathi M, Chippa Sudhakar, Baala R, and Athiveera Pandian T. Till September 2 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture; 4 pm - 7 pm: A group show by Ajay Majumder, Kshadip, Papia Majumder, Sasanka Ghosh, Soma Das, Sushanta Baral and Uday Chowdhary. Till September 3 at Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: An exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics by Chitri-O-Bhaskar Gosthi. Till September 3 at Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery; 3 pm - 8 pm: The third solo exhibition of paintings by Ranajit Haldar. Till September 5 (except Sunday) at Kanvas Art Gallery; 3 pm - 7 pm: Young Expression, paintings by young artists of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Participants: Bhaskar Goswami, Ramu Das, Deepak Rajbhar, Tathagata Mukherjee, Swapna Biswas, Mirnmoy Debburman, Bilassendu Sil, Mahmud Hussain and Anirban Mitra. Till September 7 (except Sunday) at Akar Prakar, P 238 Hindustan Park; 2 pm - 7 pm: Objects, Images, Spaces — a show of installations by Chhatrapati Dutta. Till September 8 at Gallery Kanishka’s, 2/1 Hindusthan Road; 11 am - 8 pm: Dynamic Stillnes, an exhibition of paintings curated by Mrinal Ghosh. Participating artists include Anasuya Chakraborty, Anupam Das, Arun Bain, Bhaskar Aditya, Debashis Barui, Jayanta Kr Paul, Jayanta Roy, Manash Saha, Manasjit Datta, Pratap Chandra Chakraborty, Santanu Maity, Sekhar Baran Karmakar, Sourav Chatterjee, Sourav Jana and Sumana Ghosh. Till September 8 (except Sunday) at Gallery Sanskriti, 5C Alipore Park Road; 11 am - 8 pm: The 17th anniversary show of paintings and sculptures by Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Anjolie Ela Menon, Laxma Goud, Surya Prakash, Dipak Banerjee, Prabhakar Kolte, Partha Pratim Deb, Thota Vaikuntam, Shuvaprasanna, Tapas Konar, Jaya Ganguly, Shipra Bhattacharya, Jayasri Burman, Paresh Maity, Chandra Bhattacharya, Debabrata De, Tushar Kanti Das Roy, Srinivas Reddy, Samindranath Mazumdar, Rajeswara Rao and Partha Shaw. Till September 15 (except Sundays & public holidays) at CIMA Gallery; Mondays (3 pm - 7 pm), Tuesdays - Saturdays (2 pm - 7 pm): An exhibition of Jaya Ganguly’s works (1984 - 2007).


August 30 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Theatron presents Bernarda Albar Bari. Direction: Saswati Biswas. August 30 at Girish Mancha; 6.30 pm: Institute of Factual Theatre Arts (IFTA) presents Sacrifice. Direction: Debasish Dutta. August 30 at Madhusudan Mancha; 6.30 pm: Aneek presents Punorujjiban. Direction: Amalesh Chakraborty. August 31 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Tokolosh — Pancham Vaidic’s latest production, translated and directed by Arpita Ghosh. September 1 at Tapan Theatre; 6.30 pm: Purba-Paschim’s latest productiobn, Agnijal, a play by Girish Karnad. Translated and directed by Bibhas Chakraborty. September 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 3 pm: Ekush Shatak will stage Krishna Ranga. Drama and direction: Loknath Bandyapadhya. September 1 at Academy of Fine Arts; 6.30 pm: Anya Theatre presents Akhono Kshudha. Direction: Ranjit Chakraborty. September 2 at Academy of Fine Arts; 10.30 am: Sudrak presents its latest production, Purbo Nirdharito. September 2 at Mukta Angan Rangalaya; 6.30 pm: Shouvanik presents Abalilakrome. Drama and direction: Bimal Bandopadhayay.


August 30 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Aurobindo Basu of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry will speak on The Future God. August 30 at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Shivananda Hall; 6.15 pm: Swami Somatmananda will speak in Bengali on Sri Sri Mayer Katha. August 30 at Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, 19B Raja Rajkrishna Street; 7 pm: Swami Samshuddhananda will speak in Bengali on Srimad-Bhagavad. August 30 at Ramakrishna Math, Baranagar; 7 pm: Swami Vamananandaji Maharaj will speak on How the Teachings of Gita can be Practised in Daily Life.


August 30 at G.D. Birla Sabhagar; 6 pm: Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) Calcutta Chapter, in association with Jnana Pravaha, celebrates 60 years of Independence and womanhood with a performance of Rhythm and Rasa featuring Indian classical dance by Mandakini Trivedi. September 1 at Purbashree, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Salt Lake; 6.30 pm: On the occasion of the 73rd birth anniversary of Dr Manjusri Chaki Sircar, Dancers’ Guild, in collaboration with Ranjabati Foundation Trust, presents an evening of Navanritya.


Till September 1 at Max Mueller Bhavan Auditorium; 4.30 pm & 6.30 pm: Film retrospective: Helmut Käutner. August 30: Ludwig II - The Splendour and Suffering of a King (Ludwig II - Glanz und Elend eines Königs) 1955, col, 110 min, at 4.30 pm & The Devil’s General (Des Teufels General) 1955, b/w, 115 min, at 6.30 pm. August 31: Sky without Stars (Himmel ohne Sterne) 1955, b/w, 103 min, at 4.30 pm & The Captain from Köpenick (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick) 1956, col, 89 min, at 6.30 pm. September 1: The Affairs of Julie (Die Zürcher Verlobung) 1957, col, 101 min, at 4.30 pm & The Redhead (Die Rote) 1962, b/w, 90 min, at 6.30 pm. Till September 4 at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C S.P. Mukherjee Road; 6 pm: The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Bergman Evenings with Samik Bandyopadhyay, a retrospective featuring 11 of Bergman’s varied works. Film scholar Samik Bandyopadhyay will be present during each screening to share his readings and impressions on Bergman. Today: Cries and Whispers (1972; 91 min). Till August 31 at Gorky Sadan; 6 pm: Eisentein Cine Club presents a festival of the representative works of Girish Kasarvalli. August 30: Dweepa (2002; 130 min.). August 31: Marathi feature film Vastupurush, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar.


August 30 & 31 at Bangla Akademi Sabhaghar; 2 pm - 8 pm: Kavi Patra’s golden jubilee celebration features (today) poetry reading by Nirendranath Chakraborty, Aalok sarkar, Amitava Dasgupta, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Joy Goswami, Siddhartha Singha and others, followed by a discussion on the Role of Kavi Patra in Little Magazine Movement by Romanath Roy, Subrata Sengupta, Saibal Mitra and others, and recitation by Pradip Ghosh, Rajat Bandyopadhyay, Priyolal Roychowdhury and Susmita Seth.


Till August 31 at Weavers Studio, 5/1 Anil Moitra Road, # 24408937; 9.30 am - 6.30 pm: Khadi - 1947 to 2007, an exhibition of wearable textiles: saris, fabrics, classic garments inspired by khadi weavers from villages of Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Till August 31 at Darbari, P-249 Purna Das Road, #9831185193; 11 am - 8 pm: Darbari’s collection of crisp and full tunics, kurtis, skirts, dupattas, unstitched as well as readymade ensembles, and sarees, bags and silver accessories.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