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CIMA Gallery displays the works of 10 leading artists of Bengal in Art of Bengal: a vision defined on till March 29. The 10 artists featured in this exhibition (including Bikash Bhatacharya, Jogen Chowdhury, Somnath Hore, Meera Mukherjee, Ganesh Pyne and K.G.Subramnyan) belong to the generation that largely reworked and repositioned the stance of visual art in modern India. Art of Bengal concentrates on delineating the total creative output of a generation and capturing the spirit of individualism and energy, confidence and clarity that characterises the canvas they created.


BRITISH COUNCIL presents Heart and Minds, a series of exhibitions showcasing works of art on the compelling subject of human rights. The exhibition arrives in Kolkata after an extensive tour of other parts of the country. The show comprises panels, poster and photographs from India and the U.K. The panels depict the theme of Citizenship and Human Rights Education and are illustrated by The Guardian newspaper cartoonist Andrez Krauze. The expressive sketches are effective messages to promote the importance of citizenship and the universality of human rights.. Another diplay, Safeguarding Childhood, consists of posters made by schoolchildren from Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir as part of a project to promote the issues of child rights and child protection through creative art. The pictures, at once poignant and refreshing, are powerful reminders to the global community of its responsibilty to children. From March 3-8.


OVER the last decade or so, the Indian diaspora has found a number of worthy documentors on screen. The latest to join the ilk of Meera Syal, Mira Nayar and company is Asif Kapadia.

This graduate of film making from the University of Westminister shot into fame with his first full-length feature film, "The Warrior". On March 7, British Council screens three of his short feature films, "Indian Folk Tales", "Waiting Room" and "The Sheep Thief". The last was awarded the Judges Prize for Best Short Film at Cannes and is set in Rajasthan.

An evening for film buffs and all those interested in exploring the elusive, unending question of the Indian identity.

Arundhati Ray

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