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THE Crafts Council of India is celebrating the birth centenary of its founder, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, with a string of events in her home State, Karnataka. It includes an international exhibition on vegetable-dyed crafts of the Asia-Pacific region, and a "revival exhibition" of the Chamba Rumaal (Chamba in Himachal Pradesh has a tradition of fine embroidery done on large squares of cloth, usually on mythological themes). There will be an exhibition and sale of crafts from Karnataka's noteworthy craftspersons who have worked with Kamaladevi herself. A two-day seminar titled "Indian Crafts for a New Generation" and exhibits commemorating the grand old lady's life and work are the other highlights of the celebrations. At Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath from April 4 to 8 (inaugural April 3 evening). For details phone Crafts Council of Karnataka on 3347299 or e-mail CCI at craft@satyam.net.in or log on to www.craftscouncilindia.org

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IF you don't want to see your children glued to the TV during their entire summer vacation, what better alternative than to keep them busy in a series of creative workshops? At WordPlay, they can write stories, poems, plays or lyrics, and create with clay, paper or junk. B. Jayashree, a leading light of Kannada theatre, and her troupe Spandana will engage 8-15-year-olds in a 10-day workshop that will explore drama through theatre games, music and acting. Other short workshops include block printing, mask-making, contemporary dance, the Jataka Tales through playacting and stories, Ganesha through stories, dance and rangoli, and the Panchatantra stories with mask-making of characters. All these workshops begin in April. Call 5272850 for more details.

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IF they played in the United States, they would be dubbed a "Freedom" band, perhaps! From France comes one of its famous fusion rock groups called FDB (Faubourg de Boignard), courtesy Alliance Francaise and Radio Indigo with PRO FX. The band was started 15 years ago with R. Thierry and Christophe Raillard. D. Gris joined them in 1990, and in 1994, T. Clement and G. Sommet. Their first album "La Ravine" in 1995 showcased their world /jazz /fusion style, while "Terra Gallica" in 1998 had an ethnic and oriental flavour. On April 2 at 7 p.m. at The Royal Orchid Park Plaza, Geoffrey Lawns, off Airport Road. Bangalore jazz trio Raman & Friends will perform the opening act. Invites available at Alliance Francaise (Phone: 2258762 or 2265390) and the PRO FX showroom in Barton Centre, M.G. Road (Phone: 5594440).

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THOSE with a classical bent of mind might appreciate a string and piano recital by Trio Con Fuoco. Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and the Embassy of France in India, in collaboration with the International Music and Arts Society, present this young trio comprising Sulliman Altmayer (Violin), Gauthier Herrmann (Cello) and Samuel Parent (Piano). On April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Auditorium, Alliance Francaise. Tickets Rs 75 and Rs 50 already on sale at venue.

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MEENA C.K

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