July to December 2007

Anjum Katyal, with Sumit Ramachandran and Dominic Saldanha,23rd July, Seagull Bookstore
Anjum Katyal went back to her first encounter with the Black heritage of singing the Blues in a session called Black & Blue, and the changes it wrought in her own approach to singing and music, especially her identity as a female singer. From early country blues to the electric rhythm n blues of today, she demonstrated the evolution of blues singing over the years.

Amit Chaudhuri with Madhav Chari, 6th August, Seagull Bookstore
Amit Chaudhuri is a writer and musician. This Is Not Fusion, an unplugged concert with acclaimed jazz pianist, Madhav Chari was an attempt to see if musical empathy can be translated into something creative.

Sankho Chaudhuri 2001-2006
3rd May to 12th May
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
An exhibition of sculpture created by the late Sankho Chaudhuri between the years 2001 and 2006.
Sankho Chaudhuri had been a noted figure in the art scene of India for nearly a quarter of a century as a sculptor and a teacher and through his unrelenting advocacy of the cause of sculpture.

The Prison Manuscripts
11th May
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
The book release of The Prison Manuscripts: Socialism and its Culture by Nicholas Bukharin. Samik Banerjee, Professors Amiya Deb and Sobhanlal Dutta-Gupta took part in a discussion on the book.

new works on paper, canvas and enamel by Arunima Choudhury
19th May to 12th June
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
Arunima Choudhury received her Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian Art College, Calcutta. Currently working as a music, art and craft teacher at Patha Bhavan, Calcutta, Arunima, along with her husband Goutam, runs Bihan, a centre for visual and performing arts for children, and Bihan Pathshala, a school for pre-primary children in Naihati, 24 Parganas.

Ustad Rashid Khan / Ustad Shahid Parvez
19th June
G.D. Birla Sabhagar
On the occasion of the twenty-fifth year in publishing Seagull Books Pvt Ltd. presented a midnight concert by Ustad Rashid Khan followed by Ustad Shahid Parvez ushering in the morning

The Phobic and the Erotic
11th May
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
The book release of The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India edited by Brinda Bose and Subhabrata Bhattacharya.

new works on paper, canvas and enamel by Faiza Huma
9th July to 29th July
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
An exhibition of new work and the first solo show by the Bhopal-based artist.

Subhen Chatterjee Bandish Fusion
19th July
G.D. Birla Sabhagar
Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate twenty-five years in publishing Seagull Books Pvt Ltd. presented Lagi Barsaat by internationally acclaimed tabla/world music exponent Subhen Chatterjee and Karma, the world music ensemble with special appearances by Lew Hilt and Amyt Datta.

Anu Matthew Memories of India and An Indian from India
1st August to 12th August
Seagull Arts & Media Resource Centre
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Associate Professor of Art (Photography) at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. This was the sixth and final exhibition of the first season of Tasveer.

14th August G.D. Birla Sabhagar
On the occasion of the release of A FRANK FRIENDSHIP GANDHI AND BENGAL: A DESCRIPTIVE CHRONOLOGY (compiled and edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi), Seagull Books presented an evening with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Bergman Evenings with Samik Bandyopadhyay
This retrospective featuring 11 of Bergman’s varied works, was presented by noted film scholar Mr. Samik Bandyopadhyay who shared his readings and impressions on Bergman with the cinephiles of Kolkata. His commentaries introduced each film which, arranged chronologically, facilitated the reading of Bergman synchronically.

The package of films included
• 25 th August The Seventh Seal (1957, 96 min.)
• 26 th August Wild Strawberries (1957, 91 min.)
• 27 th August Winter Lights (1962, 81 min.)
• 28 th August Silence (1963, 96 min.)
• 29 th August Persona (1966, 85 min.)
• 30 th August Cries and Whispers (1972, 91 min.)
• 31 st August Fanny and Alexander (1982, 188 min.)
• 1 st September Saraband (2003, 120 min.)
• 2 nd September Scenes from a Marriage (1973, 167min.)
• 3 rd September Face to Face (1976, 114 min.)
• 4 th September Autumn Sonata (1978, 99 min.)

NY below the belt

An exhibition of photographs by Pradeep Dasgupta
17th September to 27th September
Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre

Asked about the photographs Pradeep Dasgupta says “I have tried to give free rein to my instincts rather that my head . The photographs are all shot ‘off the hip’ in order to escape my advertising photography anchors of manipulated images, slick lighting and crafty but still compositions”

Anjum Katyal & Los Amigos

19th September G.D. Birla Sabhagar
Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate twenty-five years in publishing Seagull Books Pvt Ltd. presented Fine and Mellow by Blues singer Anjum Katyal joined by Latino jazz ensemble Los Amigos an evening of music which ranged from blues-jazz classics to originals by the band.

Music of Colours and Textures
Recent work by Jacob Jebaraj
1st October to 14th October
Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre
Jacob carries within his sensibility the influence of the Madras Art Movement particularly in its decorative qualities, the play of line and a predilection towards experimentation in all media since he could not escape the vitiating influence of living in Cholamandal and surrounded by veterans of the movement. The line as an element has great valence for Jacob since it is subconsciously nurtured through exposure partially to works of Ramanujam or Paniker or others. He has a mindset that invites constant indulgence in experimentation and innovations.

The Gundecha Brothers
27th November G.D. Birla Sabhagar
Continuing a series of concerts to celebrate twenty-five years in publishing Seagull Books Pvt Ltd. presented Dhrupad an evening with the Gundecha Brothers, Umakant and Ramakant, accompanied on the pakhawaj by Akhilesh Gundecha.

The Magic of Making K.G Subramanyan
5th December to 12th January
Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre
Featuring over 320 works by the master painter the exhibition was spread over three floors of the Centre, the Bookstore and included screenings of documentaries on the artist. It may be of interest here to note that the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre has emptied the entire library on the ground floor for the duration of the exhibition in order to showcase this extensive collection of the artist’s old and new works.
The Magic of Making travelled to Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Bombay between January and April 2008.

6th December Rotary Sadan
The artist took part in a public conversation with eminent scholar Samik Bandyopadhyay.

Mathieu Sapin
15th December Seagull Bookstore
Mathieu Sapin, a French cartoonist conducted an interactive workshop with 13 participants on graphic narrative. At the end of the session each participant had created and designed an original comic strip.
Studying illustration in the well known Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg (France), Mathieu Sapin adapted eight literary classics into comics for “Je Bouquine” publications, and worked at the same time for the Museum of Comics in Angoulême.
The workshop was presented in association with the Alliance Francase du Bengale.

Christopher Taylor

26th December to 6th January
46 Satish Mukherjee Road.
The first exhibition at the new space at 46 Satish Mukhejee Road there were 128 black & white photographs on display shot in various architectural locations in Calcutta and Bombay.
The exhibition opened with a sarod recital for a select audience by Buddhadeb Dasgupta.



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