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Tollywood Actress Rituparna Sengupta And Richa Sharma Inaugurate Imparting Creativity 2


Imparting creativity 2, an art show of 150 affordable artworks by aspiring artists of Impart was inaugurated by Tollywood Actress Rituparna Sengupta and model-actress Richa Sharma. The exhibition started at ICCR, Kolkata on the 24th of April. The curator of this exhibition was Samir Desai.


The exhibition featured sixty aspiring artists. The sketches, the brush strokes have been done in such a detailed manner that you may be puzzled to know that this has been done by amateur artists. The people who have put up their works have been practicing painting just for a few years. But that will hardly be understood by a viewer from the detailed way that they have drawn the pictures.


Rituparna Sengupta was highly surprised and amazed on seeing such beautiful pictures. The actress was even more awestruck when she learned that this has been done by amateurs. “I also have a latent interest in painting. You never know maybe next time I will also be participating in the exhibition” said the actress with a smile.


This four day exhibition has been supported by Faces. Imran Zaki of Faces said “We are supporting the exhibition. A part of the proceeds would go to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute. The exhibition therefore has a noble cause”.


Namita Lakhotia, Anukta Ghosh, Raka Mittra, Richa Dalmia, Harshit Jain, Prithwish Kumar Sarkar are some of the participants of the exhibition. Harshit Jain, a class seven student of La Martiniere for Boys started painting at the age of five. The student also added that he would have pursued this art even if he had to do something else. For Namita Lakhotia, Richa Dalmia and Raka Mittra, taking up painting has helped them to express themselves better and they also have made new friends at the IMPART classes.


Anukta Ghosh, wife of director Anindya Ghosh is also a participant at the exhibition. She left her job two years ago to pursue her dream of becoming a painter. Rituparna Sengupta praised Anukta for the bold strokes in watercolor.



Richa Sharma looked pretty in a white sari and was full of praises for the paintings. The model-actress even liked a few paintings and she planned to buy them too for her house.

The exhibition will continue till the 27th of April at ICCR.

Priyanka Dutta



Circus in India; The Art Form that Evolved, Shone and Eventually took the Back Seat (Sholoana Bangaliana Feature)

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Do you love going to the circus? Then knowing about the origins of the circus would interest many of you too. For those who have not gone to the circus, this exhaustive account of all that happens in the circus arena will surely spark some interest about this very interesting form of entertainment.

Circus shows are all about various acrobatics, jokers, stunts, jugglers, animas and many more such awe inspiring and breathtaking spectacles. Not just these, various items are often added and removed as per the changing tastes of the audience. The entrance of the circus tradition in the country is a debatable issue. Many historians believe that this art form was present in the society of the late nineteenth century. India with its rich cultural heritage had many traveling entertainers in similar lines to the circus artists which has gradually evolved and taken the shape of the present day Circus in India.

According to Philip Astley, the first Indian circus came into being in 1880. Philip Astley was an English riding master. Vishnupant Chatre was a multi-faceted individual who was in charge of the stables of the Raja of Kurduwadi. He used to perform various stunts on the horses. One must thank him as he was the initiator of the circus tradition in the country.

Chatre and the Raja of Kurduwadi had once visited the Royal Italian Circus which was popular for Chiarini, who was an Italian director. Though Chatre was impressed with the performance, he was angered by the comment that India at that time was not ready to have a circus of its own and will need another ten years to get an audience for the circus. Chatre along with his wife decided that they will start a circus of their own. The first show of the circus took place in 1880 and was shown before a select group of people including the Raja. Following the footsteps of Chiarni, Chatre’s, the Great Indian Circus traveled all over the country. This circus also visited other countries but came back as they could not match with the expertise and standards of the circus troupes over there. Chatre understood this and continued with his pursuit in the country.

In one of his visits to Kerala with his circus troupe, he met Keeleri Kunhikannan, a who was an expert in martial arts and was also an efficient teacher of the art. Chatre asked Keeleri to train acrobats for the circus. In the year 1901, Keeleri started a circus school in Chirakkara near Kollam. This school gained popularity and churned out good performers. Keeleri Kunhikannan is often referred to as the Father of Indian Circus. Many of his students like Kannan Bombayo gained great fame apart from becoming entrepreneurs themselves. India has many active circuses in recent times due to the efforts of these individuals.

The Ajanta Circus that was recently stationed in Kolkata is one such institution holding on to the tradition of the Indian circus in the country. The circus returned to the city after four winters at the Park Circus Maidan. The circus has a troupe of about three hundred artists with eleven gymnasts from Russia and Africa. The other countries from which gymnasts have come include Vietnam, Mongolia, Belarus and Ethiopia. Elephants, horses, exotic birds and dogs perform amazing feats to entertain the audience coming to this popular entertainment arena. The company owner Mr. B. N. Patra said “There is a good collection on the holidays like 25th December, 31st December, 1st January and so on. The ticket prices are also cheap and affordable for the audience. Sixty, hundred, two hundred and three hundred rupees are the ticket prices of the shows”. Apart from the regular acrobats, there are jokers, animals and stunts performers in the troupe who specialize in various forms of entertainment. This circus entertained Kolkata all the way till February 20, 2014.

Hence for those who have not yet visited the circus and have become interested in this art form, sit back and enjoy some interesting circus videos on You Tube till Ajanta Circus comes back to the city again.

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Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.


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National Student’s Film Awards Encourages Budding Film Makers; Eminent Directors Grace the Occasion

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The National Student’s Film Awards were instituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India to promote the talents of emerging film makers in film schools around the country. This will also provide them with a platform to realize their artistic vision as they undertake the exciting but different journey into professional film making.

Kolkata Film School

The second edition of the National Student’s Film Awards was held from 27th February and continued till 2nd March. The venue for this festival was the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. Fifty one institutes participated for NSFA while nineteen institutes participated in the Clapstick International Student’s Film Festival. The inauguration of this festival was done by eminent film makers Gautam Ghosh and Saeed Mirza. Speaking on the occasion, Saeed Mirza said “This is a great opportunity for budding talents to showcase their skills in film making. They must make the most use of this scope provided to them”.

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Seventeen awards for the four categories of films in the competition were given away for sections like short fiction (up to ten minutes), non- fiction, animation and short fiction (films above ten minutes and less than thirty minutes). The award money of fifteen lakh was distributed among the winners.

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Ketan Mehta and Ashok Vishwanathan were some of the eminent directors who graced the closing ceremony of the National Student’s Film Awards. “Cinema is one of the most effective means of globalization. With the help of cinema one will be able to get an idea of the culture of another country by sitting back at home” said Ketan Mehta.

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Apart from the screenings of the films, master classes, open forums and workshops were also conducted by the faculties and directors from abroad. Some of the important individuals who took classes include Leonard Helmrich (Dutch cinematographer), Miriam Joseph, Jyoti Kapur, Neil Sadwalkar and Nandini Ramnath.

Clapstick is SRFTI’s endeavor to celebrate the great art form and its continuous reinvention. We hope SRFTI continues with this film festival for students in the coming years too.

Priyanka Dutta

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New Bengali Film Singur Ready for a February 7th Release; Tale of Emotions and the Sufferings of a Child

New Bengali Film Singur

New Bengali Film Singur which is an emotional thriller is set to release on February 7th and just before the grand release, in a press conference organized at the Calcutta Punjab Club, the cast and crew of the team came together to speak at length about this action and emotion packed thriller.

Singur is all about the emotional upheaval that a family goes through when their little son Poltu falls into a bore well dug near the house. The movie which primarily centers on the rescue operation and the prompt action of the Indian Armed Forces also has an intricately woven tale of relationships, social stigmas and the mother child relationship.

Mainak Banerjee

Model turned actor Mainak Banerjee, Anushree Basu, Pritha Sur and others shall be seen performing key roles in the movie. Gargi Banerjee who plays the role of a commando in the movie has also given her best and is quite hopeful that the audience will appreciate the effort that the team has put in. The child artist Bitan who plays the role of Poltu in the movie was also present at the press conference and as expected was the center of attraction. Stranger anxiety which is otherwise very common at the age in which the child artist Bitan is, seemed to be absolutely non-existent in the child and he was seen happily posing for the shutterbugs with his crew members.

New Bengali Film Singur

This emotional thriller has been directed by Rajeev Gupta and produced by Ms. Ruby Agarwal who was also present at the press conference. Director Rajeev Gupta who has to his credit a lot of telefilms and cinema scripts has made this movie with a lot of passion which is quite evident from the trailers of the movie that was shown during the press meet.

With this bilingual film the team has not only tried to make good cinema but has also made an effort to create awareness amongst people so that such accidents can be avoided in future.

New Bengali Film Singur

The movie is slated for release on February 7th and the makers are expecting a good response from the critics and audience alike.

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Indian Chhau Dance – Brief History and Nuances of the Art

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My first encounter with Indian Chhau Dance was in a village of Puruliya District where I had the opportunity to see a village function in which two dancers were performing the eternal tale of love of Radha-Krishna wearing huge ornamental masks and traditional dance dresses and it was this encounter with Chhau that sparked of the interest to know more about this ancient art form.

This dance form has its origin in the Indian states of Odhisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal.  Basically, Chhau dance has been distinguished in three types based on its place of origin and development, Seraikella Chhau, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Purulia Chhau. The word Chhau ideally draws its name from the word Chhauni(Military Cantonment) as this dance, which is infused with a lot of Raudra Ras and mostly tells stories of wars used to be performed by and for the soldiers in their camps for entertainment. The word Chhau, as some say, may also have been derived from the words Chhau (which denotes the number six) or even Chhabi (which denotes an image).

Chhau is not only a war dance but also a spiritual preparation. The dance is performed by many religious associations on the eve of the lunar month, the last day of Chaitra which as per the English calendar usually falls on April 12. The performance usually starts with the worship of Shiva and Shakti as this dance is all about invoking a sense of valour and pride with the portrayal of victory of Good over Evil.

The biggest attraction of the Indian Chhau Dance is the mask which is made of clay, Silver and golden foils cut into different shapes, string of beads, pith works, and coloured paper flowers, feathers of hens and peacocks are used for decorating the masks and the use of these materials again can be traced back to the arts’ popularity in the rural areas of Bengal, Jharkhand and Odhisa. The final fine finish comes with a coat of oil and glitter. A finished Chhau mask weighs up to 3kg and costs upto 2000 INR.

The Chhau dance is a very colourful fare as it has a heady mix of theatrics and the tribal beats of the Dhol and Dhumsaa that accentuate the overall presentation of this very ancient form of dance drama. A cylindrical drum called Chadchadi and small hemispherical drums called Tikraa are also used to create the right kind of sounds for this dance.

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Since the Chhau dance mostly depicts acts of wars and war preparations, its texts are primarily taken from the Ramayana and Mahabharat. Modern choreographers and performers are however trying to bring about a variation in the tales told to make the dance form more acceptable to today’s generation.

In most tribal areas from where this dance forms originates, it is considered a way of life so much so that children born in these villages start learning this dance form at a very tender age as part of their basic education.

The influence of martial arts in this dance form is very evident and a few Chhau styles would even compel one to trace its roots to South Indian dance forms such as Kathakali. The masks and head gears worn in this dance form the most crucial part of the entire performance as dancers perform some marvellous acrobatics on stage wearing these heavy elaborate gears. Doing cartwheels and such other gymnastic feats without the elaborate mask touching the ground is supposed to be one of the high points of Chhau.

Dancer Prakriti Kashyap in one of her article says” The children are taught and disciplined in the art of Chau from a very young age, not as an occupation, but as an intrinsic part of their very being. Due to years of ethnic tradition, Chau dancers are simply born into the Chau Society, and from birth are taught to accept their vocation of dance as an unquestionable given. Every single part of their lives reflects in their art, since dance for them is not just a means of existence; it is the meaning of their life”

This fascinating Indian art form has been appreciated world over and has even been shown in Indian Cinema time and again. Bangla Movie Lal Pahare’r Katha made in 2007 where Mithun Chakraborty plays the role of a former Chhau dancer who teaches disabled boys the art form and transforms both of their lives in the process has been appreciated by the audience and critics alike. Chau Dance was also shown in Anurag Kashyap’s latest Bollywood Hindi Movie Barfi and even formed an integral part of young Bengali director Raj Chakroborty’s Bangla Movie Proloy.

Indian Dance forms have always garnered huge appreciation from audiences and art lovers from all over the world and the Chhau dance and its dancers have made the country proud in more ways than one.

Article Compiled By: Krishna Deb

Image Credits: Google Images

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