ON February 24, Kolkata will play host to the man who has been dubbed the Prince of Romance: pop pianist Richard Clayderman. This international icon whose name is simultaneous with soulful melodies and who has clocked up an incredible 267 gold and 70 platinum discs will perform at Swabhumi. At his maiden gig in Kolkata, he will play music from his own vast repertoire with tunes from Bollywood hits such as "Silsila" thrown in for good measure. The concert will also feature Rahul Sharma, son of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, doing a few solo numbers as well as performing with Clayderman. A special nine-foot grand piano has been procured (as per orders from the pianist) and the audience can expect to be mesmerised by those haunting, unabashedly sentimental melodies that is the hallmark of this contemporary king of the keyboards.
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THE Seagull Foundation for the Arts is mounting an exhibition of eminent artist K.G. Subramanyam's enamel paintings.
On till March 8, this exhibition displays new works that have not been publicly exhibited before. Subramanyam is known for his constant experimentation with new mediums and this is an opportunity for art-lovers to see his recent expressions on enamel.
Moreover, Seagull has organised a number of interesting art events around the exhibition at the Seagull Media Resource Centre. This includes an illustrated talk by art historian R.Shivakumar titled "K.G.Subramanyam in Retrospective"; a film on the artist by Ritoban Ghatak on February 22; and on March 1 a panel discussion on K.G. Subramanyam and Contemporary Indian Art.
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FOUR young artists from different parts of India come together to display their works at Gallerie 88 at an exhibition on till March 5. Anandajit Ray from Baroda, Debnath Basu from Kolkata, Walter D'Souza from Ahmedabad and Pinaki Barua from Santiniketan will be displaying prints and paintings that they have been working on recently. Each of these four young men have already made their mark on the canvas of Indian art and have collaborated with each other at different points of time in their creative careers. The exhibition is testimony to the common themes that bind them and yet the unmistakeably individual genius and style of each.
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