Kali Travel Home can arrange highly recommended three-hour Bengali cooking courses (US$14) led by local housewives in their homes. Three-days advance notice is usually required.
The peaceful Aurobindo Bhawan (22822162; 8 Shakespeare Sarani) offers free, half-hour meditation sessions (7pm Thu & Sun) and various classical Indian dance lessons (Rs 100-150; 4pm): Orissan (Monday), Bharatnatyam (Thursday), Kathak (Friday and Saturday).
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