"RETAKE of `Amrita' 2001-2002" is the title of Vivan Sundaram's digital photomontages based on photographs by Umrao Sher-Gil (1870-1954) and the Sher-Gil Archive. Sundaram has been engaged with the Sher-Gil Project over a 30-year period, taking the role of curator, editor, and archivist. He has collaborated on a film script and worked on the subject as an artist.
The Sher-Gil Archive has been shown in a number of countries including Cuba and Japan. This digital photomontage series, "Re-take of `Amrita'" has also been exhibited widely, the venues including Amsterdam, Budapest and Montreal. Now Kolkata gets a chance to experience this intriguing exhibition at Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre from March 13-23.
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CAUGHT in weft and woof of India's looms are stories of ancient skills, artistry and tradition. The Craft Council of West Bengal showcases the country's rich, multi-textured heritage of weaves in an exhibition on at the Renaissance Gallery from March 8-14. The exhibition "Kamala" marks the birth centenary of Kamala Devi Chattopahyaya. The display aims at showcasing a collection of Indian weaving traditionswith a special focus on the lesser known weaves of North Bengal such as the designs and techniques of the Rava tribe. A high point is the demonstration of Rava weaves on the traditional loom. Also of interest is the collection of Orissa tribal saris using natural tie-and-dye and mudprinting.
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TWO things that are closest to the Kolkataan's heart come together on March 9 at Swabhumi: cricket and adda that form of seamless discussion and debate which is reputedly the city's favourite pastime. At a talk show centred around well, what else the World Cup, leading personalities from the media, Tollywood and sports will explore the cricket phenomenon. With scribes, stars and sportspersons collaborating on a subject they feel passionately about he event should turn out to be a great innings fit to bowl the audience over!
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