IT is not often that you get a chance to view the works of three generations of artists at one go, especially if they all hail from the same renowned Indian school of art in this case the Bengal School. "The Jewels of Bengal" exhibition, brought to the city by Dalia Chakraborty in association with Masters Art Gallery, has paintings by 21 artists from Shantiniketan. It features not only senior artists such as Subroto Gangopadhyaya, Rabin Dutta, Isha Mahammed and the late Anil Baran Saha, but younger artists such as Gita Bhattacharjee, Nirban Ash, Kausik Bose and Pulak Das. Bangalore's own resident artist of the Bengal School, Paresh Hazra, inaugurated the exhibition. At the Corridor of Colours, Hotel Central Park, Manipal Centre, till August 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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"HAPPY HOURS" instantly reminds you of signboards outside pubs, but this announcement is meant to warm the cockles of a reader's heart, not a drinker's. The Centre for Education and Documentation has announced "Happy Hours" every Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., when the public can use its reference and browsing facilities for free. You can refer library books; journals, and news clippings, view selected documentary films, and browse the Internet and the CED's intranet for up to two hours. Their space can also be used for screening a film, holding a meeting and such like. There will also be special discounts on publications. For details call CED at 5353397.
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ELIZA Doolittle is being resurrected yet again. Bangalore theatre audiences last saw a stage production of the immortal musical "My Fair Lady" over a decade ago, and this time it's for a cause. CAUSE Foundation (Co-operation of the Arts for the Underprivileged in Society and the Environment) is putting up the play based on the film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Its president Leila Alvares Lynn is directing the musical, which has Anitha Nair playing Eliza, Arvind Kasturi as Professor Higgins and Prem Koshy as Alfred Doolittle. Music director Michael D'Souza, choreographers Lucien Charanghat and Pravin Roberts. At Chowdiah Memorial Hall on August 3 and 4 at 7.15 p.m. Tickets (Rs 500, Rs 249, Rs 150 and Rs 100) at Supermarket (Brigade Road), Thom's Café (Frazer Town), Friends Fast Food (Koramangala) and Qwiky's (CMH Road, Indiranagar). Proceeds go to various charitable organisations.
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KATHAKAR, the theatre club at Alliance Francaise, presents "Antigone", a contemporary Indian rendition of the classic Greek tragedy, based on the adaptation by Jean Anouilh. The play is the culmination of SPOT 2003, the annual summer workshop organized in collaboration with Bangalore Little Theatre. The talented designer, Aliyeh Rizvi, will direct it. The training workshop director was Vijay Padaki. At the Alliance Francaise Auditorium from August 4-7 at 8 p.m. Duration: 100 minutes. Entry passes (Rs. 30) available at the AFB Cafe.
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