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WHEN your toddler walks into the kitchen, don't shoo him out, for he might actually be able to help in the cooking. Pramita Prasad has been running popular sessions for three-to-six-year-olds called "Foodfun" where they not only get their hands messy but also learn to clean up afterwards. Obviously, they're too young to handle fire or knives, so the learning is limited to foods that involve "flame-less cooking" and no chopping. "They have fun measuring, mixing, decorating, using the cookie-cutter, and watching how baking soda makes flat things rise in the oven," says Ms Prasad. The idea was born out of her love of cooking. Prasad plans to hold a two-day session (Saturday and Sunday mornings) of "Foodfun" in August. Call her on 5272850 for details.

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MANY homesick Bengalis in Bangalore have discovered a small restaurant tucked away in the heart of the Majestic area that gives them a taste of home-cooked food. Called "Babu Mosai" (remember Rajesh Khanna's affectionate term for Amitabh Bachchan in "Anand"?), the 28-seater restaurant is run by an unassuming couple from Kolkata who moved to the city 12 years ago. From sukta and aloo posta to fried katla and fish-head curry, you find it all here for lunch and dinner. A fish meal costs Rs 30, so that should give you an idea of the prices. Rosogolla and gulab jamun are the desserts on offer. Located on Kilari Road, Balepet Cross, off B.V.K. Iyengar Road (not far from Abhinay cinema). Closed on Monday nights. For party orders, catering, and other details, phone proprietor Jayanta Sinha or his wife Sriparna Sinha on 2208067.

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THE award-winning Kolkata-born artist Samir Mondal thinks of his watercolours as "naughty" beings with minds of their own! An exhibition of his recent paintings, titled "Confluences", is showing in Bangalore. Mondal is a well-known expert in watercolour painting, and he executes large-size watercolours with amazing dexterity. At Gallery Sumukha, BTS Depot Road (off Double Road), Wilson Garden, till July 24 from 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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THE Bangalore Society for Performing Arts will be organising the third concert in its "Young Achievers Series" in August. This event is open to the best students in Bangalore, both junior and senior, in Indian and Western music, dance, and theatre. Institutions and teachers may send details to 1094/1, Lakshmipathy Layout, Karianapalya, St. Thomas Town, Bangalore-84. Last date for entries is July 25. For more information, call or fax 5479043 or 5467421, or e-mail bspa@sify.com

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MAX MUELLER BHAVAN, in collaboration with St. Mark's Cathedral and the International Music and Arts Society, presents "Chorale Classique", a 32-member choir from the city of Trier in Germany. The choir, conducted by Helmut Hofman, has performed to acclaim in many countries. The programme theme is "Light Romantic" and comprises compositions by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Brahms. Limited complimentary passes will be available from July 21 at the Max Mueller Bhavan, Lavelle Road. The choir will perform at St Mark's Cathedral, M.G. Road, on July 25 at 6.30 p.m. For details call 2219772 or 2275435.

C.K. MEENA

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