FINE dining, good music, the mystique of a masquerade and all for a good cause too. That's what's in store for those who shell out the Rs.1,000 price tag for the Masquerade Ball organised by Calcutta Foundation on November 23 at Taj Bengal.
This is a fund-raiser for Ashray, home for girl children suffering from leprosy, whose chief patron is none other than Australian cricketer Steve Waugh.
Star of the evening is the talented and dynamic Lee-Alison Sibley, a professional vocalist from the Manhattan School of Music (and also, incidentally, wife of Kolkata's new U.S. Consul General). At the Ball she'll be enthralling guests with her renditions of Gershwin, Jerome Kern, romantic ballads and much more. Accompanying her will be the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra. A good time should be had by all!
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A MIXED fare of theatre, music and art should keep Kolkatans busy this week. The Black Coffee Amateur College Theatre Festival to be held in the city from November 20-22 is the brainchild of Sohini Haldar (currently a St. Stephen's student), a keen thespian intent on bringing back quality English language theatre to the Kolkata stage.
The first step in this mission is a three-day festival of productions by college students from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai to be performed at different venues including Oxford Bookstore and Swabhumi.
Professionals like Aparna Sen have given the project enthusiastic support while Victor Banerjee is actively involved.
The three days will also feature interactive sessions between audience and actors and prominent persons from the acting fraternity who will chip in with their professional opinions and insights.
Youth initiative matched with a social consciousness and savvy marketing skills the future of amateur English theatre is definitely in good hands!
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ART connoisseurs will get a chance to see Ganesh Haloi's latest creations at Chitrakoot Art Gallery till November 18.
These evocative paintings are a product of the artist's return to his native village Jamalpur in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, after a gap of 40 years. When he lived there as a boy, the river on whose banks the village stood was a part of life itself. of life in the homes on its edge.
Now the river is no more than a runnel, and Haloi's paintings articulate the artist's inner musings and memories. Subdued and meditative, delicately nuanced yet startlingly expressive, the paintings capture the transience and the essence of beauty.
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