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SUNIL DAS is known for his bold, forceful images of large animals - especially for his Bull and Horse series, which was inspired by watching the Spanish matadors in action. Art lovers in Kolkata will now be treated to a display of some of his best works with a retrospective to be held at ITC Hotels Sonar Bangla's art gallery. Featuring some 130 pieces, this exhibition will also mark the inauguration of the gallery. Works on display will include street scenes, horses, bulls, goats - all depictions tinged with humour - as well as erotic drawings. Das' recent experiments with acrylic sheet, paper cutting and burnt plastic will also be there for viewing as will some examples installation art. At the opening of the exhibition, a beautifully produced book on the life and works of this accomplished artist - one of the younger winners of the prestigious Lalit Kala Academy award - will also be launched. The exhibition is on from May 24 to June 4.

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BENGALI proscenium theatre group Nandipat is known for its topical productions. On May 27, at The Academy of Fine Arts, they will be presenting "Shet Shatrash" (White Plague), an adaptation of the early 20th Century drama "The White Plague" by the famous Capek brothers of Czechoslovakia. The original play used the metaphor of the "white plague" to depict the disease of Nazism. In the Bengali adaptation, which remains quite faithful to the Czech original, the plague becomes a metaphor for the ennui and corruption that is besetting the state of Bengal and of India in general. Always topical, in this present climate of SAARS terror, the production takes on an additional edge: perhaps the epidemic is nature's terrible response to the epidemic of corruption that has insinuated itself in every artery of the country.

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ITS café au lait and ooh la la as Taj Bengal's By The Way outlet gets transformed into a Parisian café till May 31. Ten young painters from the State's art colleges will be showcasing their works here between noon and 6 p.m. Those who care to drop in can have their portraits painted while they enjoy an expansive buffet spread presented by German Chef Reinhard Hess and muse on poetry, paintings and politics in true Parisian fashion.

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Today (May 25), Kolkata kids can enjoy an evening of, quite literally, sense-less fun at the Oxford for Kids "Nonsense Verse" session to be held at Oxford Bookstore and Gallery. Dynamic young children's impressario Dana Roy will open up the wonderful, whacky world of nonsense verse with lively readings from the best in the genre — Roald Dahl, Ogden Nash and others.

ARUNDHATI RAY

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