is famous for its culture - film,
poetry, music, art and dance all have their devotees here. Programmes are listed
in the daily newspapers or in the leaflet Kolkata This Fortnight, available
free from the tourist offices.
A dance-drama performance, Bengali poetry reading or a
similar event takes place on most nights at the Rabindra Sadan on
Cathedral Rd. Foreign films and retrospectives are shown at the Nandan
complex nearby, and many of the cinemas in Chowringhee show recent release US
movies. There are often drama performances in English at the Kala Mandir, 48
Shakespeare Sarani, and musical programmes at the Sisir Mancha,
1/1 AJC Bose Rd.
Bars & Discos
In the Sudder St area, the Sun Set Bar at
the Lytton Hotel is a good place for a drink. This bar is popular with
travellers, young expatriate workers and local young people involved on the
fringes of the tourist trade. It's a friendly place and they have a good music
system. Similar is the open-air bar in the forecount of the Fairlawn
Hotel where there's always an interesting crowd.
There are plenty of other, much more basic, bars, some with
bizarre names like Off cum On Rambo Bar on Mirza Ghalib St, and Olypub,
a pretty seedy restaurant and bar on Park St near the Moulin Rouge.
Quite a few of the larger hotels have discos which go on
until early morning. The best of them is probably the Pink Elephant, at
the Oberoi Grand Hotel, where you can get down Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
night and Sunday afternoon.
Thursday is a dry's day in Kolkata and the only places where
you can get alcoholic drinks are in the four and five-star hotels, although some
places seem to disregard this ruling. Several of the licensed restaurants are
closed on Thursday.