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THE Annual All India Fine Arts Exhibition is one of the most prestigious events in the Indian art calendar. Every year, for the past 66 years, it has been hosted at the Academy of Fine Arts and is a winter treat that art enthusiasts in the city look forward to. The exhibition showcases some of the best works produced across the country in the course of the year and a panel of renowned artists and art experts does the selection. This is the 67th year, and from December 22-January 5 visitors will get to see the artistic genius expressed on canvas, in sculptures and much else. The winner of the sought-after Governor Award for the Best Exhibit is the haunting "Three Women" by Anjan Das.

Also on display will be the powerful "Massacre of Humanity" by Anup Kumar Mitra — winner of the Academy's Award for Mixed Graphic.

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THEIRS is a twin act that has been getting rave reviews in the art circles of the West and East and from January 2-16, Kolkatans get a chance to see for themselves the power of two.

Twins Amrit and Rabindra Kaur exhibit their painting at the CIMA gallery.

The sisters have exhibited widely in United Kingdom, Europe and India and their award-winning paintings combine elements from the aesthetics of both the occident and the orient to give a whole new interpretation to the tradition of Indian miniatures.

Works like "Diana- the improved version" have won them plaudits from art pundits across the globe.

Quite aptly, this exhibition, co-organised by CIMA and the British Council, is called "Past-Modern" since their works are an amalgamation of the past and present, of tradition and modernity. Theirs is a unique style in contemporary art trends, not least because it emerges from a conscious effort to challenge the prevailing notions of individualism within Western culture and art that finds it difficult to reconcile the twins' collaborative creativity with the West's typical cultural constructs of individualism.

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KOLKATA has a healthy history of local rock music groups doing both Bangla and English rock. To recognise and celebrate this living tradition, Swabhumi, the open-air heritage centre has local rock groups performing in the Sambahar courtyard every weekend this month. But today (December 29) there's a very special show as legendary rock group "Shiva" will be playing.

One of the earlier successful rock groups of the country, "Shiva" has a fan following today that's just as strong as in the good old days.

Now the group's composed of some old stalwarts like Geoffrey, but there's an infusion of new blood too.

And like the rock music they do, "Shiva's" power continues undimmed. A must for the city's rock buffs.

ARUNDHATI RAY

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