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SWABHUMI will resound with the sound of the Pena as the Manipuri Festival, A Culture of Peace, unfolds from January 14-19. On the cards are displays of ethnic dances, ballet, musical performances and Manipuri poetry readings. Visitors can enjoy contemporary Manipuri Art and watch traditional Manipuri courtyard theatre with Imphal's Sanaleibak Nachom Artistes' production of "Devdaas". A festival of Manipuri films will also take place during this period. A great opportunity to get a glimpse of a rich and ancient culture.

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IN the constellation of stars that compose India's top classical vocalists, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is one of the brightest.

To celebrate this great artiste's centenary year, the Sabrang Music Trust (named after his pen name) in conjunction with the Taj and Indian Airlines, is organising a nightlong tribute to the maestro on January 18 at Kala Mandir.

Pandit Ravi Shankar will inaugurate a star-studded evening that will feature, among others, Rashid Khan, Bikram Ghosh, Ajoy Chakraborty, Mazar Ali and Raza Ali. For Indian music aficionados, an evening that must not be missed.

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SIR ROGER PENROSE, Rouse Ball professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, delivers the first of the British Council's annual lectures with a talk on problematics in the current laws of Physics. This will be followed by a screening of British films on science at Nandan on January 14-15. The films showcase some of the most current trends in today's hi-tech world in an erudite yet accessible manner. Thus, "Building The Biggest: Skyscrapers" is the gripping story behind the making of the two tallest buildings of the world in the midst of a desert; "Futurecast: Newborn" explores artificial intelligence; "Building the Future" forces viewers to take a hard look at whether we're making the earth habitable for Generation Next; and the burning issue of cloning gets analysed in "For Spares or Repairs".

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NOBEL Laureate Amartya Sen inaugurates the annual Bangla Fest on at the Maidan from January 11-23. This cultural festival will bring together some 4,000 creative people including painters, musicians and singers. The spotlight this year is on crafts, jatra (a Bengali folk theatre form) and folk art. All night performances of classical and folk music, plays, magicians and mime artistes, round table discussions and adda will entertain all Kolkatans wanting a mega-dose of culture a la Bengal.

ARUNDHATI RAY

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