Angels of history in the Capital

first_imgVikas Kalra, a renowned young artist also referred to as ‘contemporary Souza’ is all set for his solo show titled ‘Angel of History’ presented by Siddharth Tagore of Art Konsult in the capital. The show will be curated by noted art critic and curator Johny ML.Known for his strong visual expressionist language, Kalra has already conducted five solo exhibitions in the city and elsewhere. Inspired by the works of Pablo Piccaso and Souza, Kalra has already become an integral part of the elite art collections in the country and abroad. He has established a space of his own and has worked his ways through the dense forest of the Indian art scene.  His sense of aesthetic capability has been his forte throughout which is quite evident in his works.DETAILWhere: Visual art Gallery, India Habitat centreWhen: 16 April to 19 April Time: 11am to 8pmlast_img read more

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Act and action

first_imgThe 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav that started off on February 1 is in full swing. Many Indian and international plays are being performed every day. Here’s a summary of the performances on the ninth and tenth day.The 9th day of the event opened with the play Stage Directions of O’Neill, Vol 2 at Sanmukh. Directed by Ajeet Singh Palawat, it is a follow up to the Drama Desk nominated The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 1. Stage Directions of O’Neill, Volume 2 spans the years 1913 – 1915, and includes his plays Recklessness, Warnings, Fog, Abortion, and The Sniper. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The next play was Kurbani directed by Soumitra Chatterjee. The Bengali play unfolds at a small and significant police outpost on the Indo-Bangladesh border.  The one-hour play was staged at LTG Auditorium.The next performance was Jumleela. It is a tale of an elephant, Hathi, who dies an undue death because of the selfishness of men. A political satire, it offers a comment on the contemporary narrative of people and politics. The 1 hour 30 minute play was directed by Arjun Deo Charan and staged a Sri Ram Centre.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixStaging next was Naseeruddin Shah’s direction Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat at Kamani Auditorium. It is a collection of three stories – Amar Bel, Nanhi ki Naani, Do Haath. Mun Lean Inanna was staged next at Abhimanch. Directed by Haukur J Gunnarsson, the 1 hour 20 minute stage version of Mun lean Inanna (I am Inanna) four particular stories were staged. This stage version brings together the old lyrics from ancient Sumer in the Sami language, Sami music, Japanese-inspired movements, costumes inspired by the Middle East and textiles from indigenous people all over the world. The 10th day of the festival opened up with Anoop Joshi’s Please Mat Jao. Staged at LTG Auditorium, the 1 hour 15 minute production is inspired by two short plays of Vijay Tendulkar Ratra and Kalokh. The next was Kusha Puttalika by Asit Basu. Staged at Shi Ram Centre is about the fathomless complexity of the psyche, epitomised in the character of the protagonist Jai Chandra Prakash.  To Kill or Not to Kill was the next performance for the day at Open Lawn, NSD. Directed by Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli, the play attempts to see a male character (Hamlet) and a female character (Medea), who had gone through the power struggle of their respective genders and were also the victims of extreme violence.   The next performance was Macabre by Kamaluddin Nilu. It was staged at Kamani Auditorium. It is a tale of the desire for freedom embedded in each and every individual. It portrays the imprisonment of an individual. It also exposes and reveals the complete physical and psychological domination of an individual in the hands of an unseen and unrevealed power structure.last_img read more

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Metro railway plans to hire private security

first_imgKolkata: The Metro Railway authority is planning to hire private security personnel and install more CCTV cameras in its underground railway stations following the moral policing incident, a Metro railway spokesperson said.The incident of moral policing took place at Dum Dum metro station earlier this week.”We require more RPF personnel. We are planning to go for outsourcing security personnel. We will contact private security agencies for the purpose,” Metro Railway CPRO Indrani Banerjee said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDecision has been taken to increase the number of CCTV cameras at the metro stations, she said.”Currently there are 561 CCTV cameras (in metro stations). Before this incident we had decided to install 250 more cameras. We will install those cameras at the stations”, she said.Banerjee said a decision has also been taken to try and fit surveillance cameras inside the 13 existing air-conditioned rakes.”All our new rakes have closed circuit television cameras inside coaches. We are trying to fit Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedsurveillance cameras inside the 13 AC rakes. It has already been sanctioned,” she said adding that a final nod from the the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to finalise its specifications was awaited.According to media reports, a few people on Monday objected to a man hugging his woman friend in a metro train coach. An argument ensued between the two sides and the protestors heckled the couple, pushed them out of the train and beat them up at Dumdum metro station. Protests were held outside Tollygunge and Dumdum metro stations on Wednesday against the alleged moral policing incident.There was alleged assault of some girls protesting against the moral policing by unruly Metro Railway passengers yesterday evening near Dum Dum metro station last evening and a complaint was lodged with the police.Asked about the incident, Banerjee said it had nothing to do with the Metro Railway because it “happened outside the Metro Railway jurisdiction”.A senior officer at Sinthi Police station, where the complaint was lodged said: “We are looking into the matter. We are talking to some eye witnesses who were present at the spot that time.”last_img read more

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RIP Panchayati Raj ministry

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on his promise of “cooperative federalism”— getting the states involved in the country’s decision-making and overall development—through the Union budget. Just a few days before the budget, he accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation to increase the share of the states in the central tax pool from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. The budget also kept another promise—to give the states untied funds and letting them design their development programmes according to their priorities instead of the Centre imposing centrally-sponsored schemes. On the face of it, both the decisions are impressive and long overdue. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBut Modi’s cooperative federalism, aimed towards a smoother Centre-state relationship, has almost smothered to death India’s third tier of elected governments- the panchayats. A year ago, while campaigning, Modi wanted the panchayat to be to the village what Parliament is to the country. But that commitment has not been reflected in his push for federalism.The budget has left the fate of ongoing development programmes in the hands of the state governments. These programmes include the Backward Regions Grant Funds, which is being implemented in 272 backward districts to fund their development deficit through the involvement of local governments, and the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyaan that aims to strengthen the capacity of Panchayati Raj institutions. Both the schemes, which come under the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, have not been allocated any fund. It has been left to the states to decide whether to continue with these schemes. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeQuite unbelievably, the budget of the Panchayati Raj ministry has been reduced to Rs 95 crore from last year’s Rs 7,000 crore. It is a death sentence for the ministry on its 10th anniversary. Technically speaking, the cut in the ministry’s budget does not mean panchayats will not get money. They are now supposed to get their funds from state governments. The 14th Finance Commission has allocated Rs 2,00,292 crore to panchayats for the next five years, starting April 2015, and the states will decide on how to transfer this fund to panchayats. The states have been demanding such an arrangement for a long time. Constitutionally, they are within their rights to make such a demand. But the fact is that they have never been proactive in helping panchayats. In India’s devolution index, the states have performed spectacularly low in devolving funds to panchayats.It is the most prominent stumbling block in making the world’s largest decentralisation experiment effective. Now that the states have been empowered to allocate funds, what would happen if they continue with their step-motherly treatment of panchayats?When the Union Panchayati Raj ministry had control over the budget, it could impose conditions on the states to devolve funds. But now the central government cannot do much if the states don’t hold elections to panchayats within the stipulated time period of six months after the local body completes its term. State governments, with all the funds and the control they now have, may further cripple the local bodies.Almost all the states have the power to terminate a duly-electedpanchayat. But the fear of being denied funds discouraged them from exercising this power. The new mechanism denies this security to panchayats. It is a distinct possibility that the states will now design and develop programmes where panchayats will just be implementing authorities. This kills the spirit of local governance to make people participants in their own development. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

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Howrah Police ensure smooth traffic flow at Howrah Maidan

first_imgKolkata: The Howrah Police is taking initiative to ensure smooth traffic movement as the work of East West Metro project is on in the congested Howrah Maidan area.Steps are being taken to ensure better movement of traffic on Bankim Setu, which is taken to reach Howrah Maidan from Howrah Bridge side. Initiatives have also been taken so that no accident takes place on the flyover.According to a police officer of the Howrah City Police, steps have been taken up so that buses from Mahatma Gandhi Road near Howrah Municipal Corporation Stadium can take GT Road to reach Bankim Setu. Earlier buses from Howrah Bridge used to take Mahatma Gandhi Road to reach Bankim Setu. But with the restriction on movement of buses on the stretch of GT Road, now buses stop on Bankim Setu, resulting in traffic congestion. The Howrah Police are now taking steps so that plying of buses on the stretch of GT Road can be restored. The discussion in this regard has also been initiated with the concerned authorities. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe officer further said the location is one of the congested places in Howrah as weekly market is set up on every Tuesday in the area. Hundreds of people visit the place on every Tuesday. Moreover, there is a college and a couple of schools as well.”It was noticed that people often risked their lives to cross the flyover to take a bus from the opposite direction. It causes obstruction to vehicles on both flanks of the flyover. We have decided to approach the concerned authorities to construct a road median with proper guard rails on the flyover,” the officer said adding that people can no longer go across the road once the guard rails are set up in the middle of the two flanks.last_img read more

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Folks of Bengal puts 3000 songs within reach of a single tap

first_imgKolkata: The lovers of folk music now have reason to rejoice. Now, one can choose and listen to their favorite and even rare folk numbers, at any time from a repository of 3,000 such songs.Folks of Bengal is available at Google Play store and can be installed on Android phones. The app has been prepared by banglanatak.com.It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up schemes to help folk artistes. Many folk artistes had decided to leave the vocation because of financial constraints. Now, they are getting monthly stipend and are given programmes. Banerjee also gives musical instruments to them as a mark of respect. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBanglanatak.com is associated with a multitude of exponents, representing several genres of folk music of Bengal and their repertoire. It has been quite an arduous but heartening and immensely enriching journey.Based on the partnership with about 5,000 folk musicians in Bengal including traditional musicians like Baul, Bhawaiya, Bhatiyali, Jhumur and urban folk musicians, banglanatak.com has carried out in-depth study of the traditional music and has done both studio and field recordings, facilitated a lot of collaborations and these collections have translated into a modestly voluminous archive of folk music. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe folk artistes have got worldwide recognition. A four-member Baul music team led by Rina DasBaul performed at Armor festival in Brittany, France in May. SwarnaChitrakar of Pingla showcased Patachitra at UNESCO HQ in Paris in June. Another five-member folk music team participated at theSmithsonian Folk Life festival, Washington.A four-member team led by Debalina Bhowmick will be performing in Salfoldi Dalfold Festival in Hungary on July 7.A 12-member folk music and dance team led by Biren Kalindi of Purulia will be performing in Karlsruhe Summer Festival in Germany, on July 14-15.A five-member Chhau dance team and Chhau mask makers led by Jagannath Chowdhury of Purulia have been invited at Transform Festival in Trondheim in Norway from on October 1 to 6.last_img read more

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Fathers pay more attention to daughters needs

first_imgFathers tend to be more attentive and responsive to the needs of their toddler daughters than of their sons, finds a brain study that shows a toddler’s gender influences the brain responses as well as the behaviour of fathers.The findings showed that fathers of toddler daughters sang more often and spoke more openly about emotions, including sadness, whereas those with toddler sons engaged in more rough-and-tumble play.”If the child cries out or asks for dad, fathers of daughters responded more than did fathers of sons,” said lead researcher Jennifer Mascaro, Assistant Professor at Emory University. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, girls’ fathers used more analytical language (words like all, below and much) which has been linked to future academic success, while with boys it was more achievement-related language (words such as proud, win and top).This may be possibly because fathers are more accepting of girls’ feelings than boys’, the researchers said in the paper published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience.In addition, brain scans revealed that fathers of daughters had greater responses to their daughters’ happy facial expressions in areas of the brain important for visual processing, reward, emotion regulation, and face processing than fathers of sons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The gender-biased paternal behaviour need not imply ill intentions on the part of fathers. These biases may be unconscious, or may actually reflect deliberate and altruistically motivated efforts to shape children’s behaviour in line with social expectations of adult gender roles that fathers feel may benefit their children,” added James Rilling anthropologist at Emory.For the study, the team used data from 52 fathers of toddlers (30 girls, 22 boys), who agreed to clip a small handheld computer onto their belts and wear it for one weekday and one weekend day.ianslast_img read more

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Krishna Bose Tagores poems offer solace

first_imgKrishna Bose, author, social worker, ex-Parliamentarian, and wife of Netaji’s nephew Sisir Kumar Bose, has come up with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s poems in the album, ‘Rabindranather Bhasha, Amar Moner Katha’. The CD was recently released by Bhavna Records & Cassettes and represents Tagore’s philosophical ruminations on life and death through these poems. In many ways, the poet’s thoughts match Bose’s ruminations on subjects like life and death. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ace elocutionist speaks about how Tagore offers a refuge in human trials and tribulations. In the first poem “Jte nahi dibo,” the poet talks about the pain of separation that he experiences as a father while leaving his own wife and daughter for work. Bose’s rendition captures the emotion-laden situation with accuracy and then this pain translates into the universal pain of parting that death ultimately brings while being separated from life.In another poem, ‘Brahman’, Tagore maps out the story of a young boy, a non-Brahmin, who comes to the ashram of Rishi Gautam, to acquire knowledge which is the prerogative of Brahmins. When the Rishi wants to know his caste, he goes back to his mother who disappoints him. When Satyakam returns, he is the object of ridicule of other students of the ashram but the Rishi embraces him as the superior one, the one with true education. “This”, says Bose, is “an answer to Rohith Vemula’s letter written before he committed suicide”. Vemula was a Dalit student of Hyderabad University who was alleged to be a victim of casteist politics inherent in our educational system.In other poems like “Shesh Katha” and “Joydhwani”, Bose renders with authenticity the celebration of life which the poet talks about in the last stage of his life, the pitfalls along the way and the inevitability of death.last_img read more

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BJP rallyists clash with police choke traffic in Central Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Clashes broke out between BJP workers and police personnel in Kolkata on Wednesday during a massive rally organised by the party in protest against post-poll violence in Bashirhat.BJP supporters and leaders were marching towards the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar from the Wellington area. When multiple rallies proceeded towards Lalbazar, the police lobbed tear gas shells and used water canon to disperse the party workers and foil attempts to create chaos in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA few days ago, cops had stopped BJP leaders from bringing the bodies of party workers, who died in post-poll violence in Bashirhat, to Kolkata as the move could have triggered law and order issues. Police officers had blocked BJP leaders’ convoy and forced them to step back. Later, the BJP leaders announced that they would march to Lalbazar on Wednesday protesting the police action on them. Since Wednesday morning, the headquarters of Kolkata Police had multiple layers of security. Barricades were set up on the BB Ganguly Street to stop the rally from reaching Lalbazar. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCops stopped the rally in the afternoon and asked the leaders to control their workers and go back. But the BJP workers and leaders did not listen to the cops. They allegedly tried to overpower the police officers. BJP workers were continuously trying to break the barricades put up by police and move towards Lalbazar. Having no other way, police resorted to lathi-charge. Later, water canon was charged aiming the rally to force the BJP workers to go back. Tear gas shells were also lobbed. After facing strong resistance, the BJP workers went towards Fierce Lane. A barricade was also set up there. BJP workers tried to break the barricades but failed as the police used tear gas shells. Several BJP workers and leaders fell ill during the scuffle. Many of them were arrested and later released on bail. Due to the BJP’s protest march, there was huge traffic congestion in and around Central Kolkata.last_img read more

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A collaboration for keyhole surgery in NE India

first_imgTo benefit patients for laparoscopic surgery in four states of rural North-east India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland), Leeds Global Health Research Group, UK on Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) are collaborating with Kolkata Medical College.As a part of this initiative, seven surgeons from the North-Eastern states undertook their first training – a mix of teaching, simulation, and live demonstration at Kolkata Medical College from March 11-14, 2019. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Leeds team comprised of surgeons, researchers, and engineers who have expertise in developing new solutions to areas of clinical need and evaluating the benefits and costs in clinical practice. Laparoscopic – or ‘keyhole’ surgery is done through small cuts, rather than large incisions used in open surgery. In this process, patients suffer less pain and make a quicker recovery with fewer complications. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are well known in high-income countries but have not been evaluated in lower income countries, where the benefit may be even more apparent. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe barriers to implementing laparoscopic surgery in rural settings are a lack of resources, in particular, a lack of anaesthetists. One of the solutions is modification of the laparoscopic technique, called Gas Insufflation-Less Laparoscopic Surgery (GILLS). The GILLS technique can be used under simple spinal anaesthesia to perform laparoscopic operations at a lower cost, but with similar benefits for patients. The programme is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the UK National Health Service (NHS), with the aim of improving surgical care. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, met the Leeds GHRG-ST team in Kolkata. He said: “We are fully supportive of this exciting new initiative, which addresses a real clinical need and will help to raise the availability and standard of surgical care in the rural areas of northeast of India”. Professor Sukumar Maiti, Head of Department, Surgery, Kolkata Medical College said: “Guest surgeons and gynaecologists from different medical colleges in Kolkata had a useful session on the scope and future of safe principle of Laparoscopic Surgery. It was a programme with grand success for the hands-on training of seven surgeons working in the rural areas of northeast of India.” The next phase of the programme will consist of further workshops and a preceptorship programme providing one-to-one support. The aim is for the rural surgeons to become the GILLS trainers of the future, helping to spread laparoscopic surgery across rural areas, reducing costs , and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme.last_img read more

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