Category Archive: Art

भोजपुरी फिल्म फेस्टिवल : अपने ही जाल में उलझा भोजपुरी सिनेमा

पलायन, अकेलेपन और बिना किसी सांस्कृतिक चेतना के भटकती आबादी को फूहड़ फंतासी परोसकर पैसा कमाने की होड़ मची हुई है. फिल्मों और म्यूजिक एल्बमों में कोई फर्क नहीं रह गया है. बदलते दौर की भौतिक चमक-दमक को तो भोजपुरी सिनेमा खूब दिखाता है, पर सामाजिक-सांस्कृतिक मूल्यों की जड़ता से नहीं भिड़ता. वह एक बड़े विभ्रम का शिकार है. इसी विभ्रम में वह सतही फिल्मों को ‘लिट्टी-चोखा’ और ‘माई की बोली’ के आवरण में परोसता है.

Mediocre ‘musical’ La La Land deserves to win at the Oscars – it’s a story for our uninspiring age

La La Land already plays like an awards show, before it’s won any Academy Awards – it’s a tribute reel, like one of those clever end-of-ceremony acts where Neil Patrick Harris does a song and dance and brings the house down. It’s a white male American dream, a story where the alternate version of what happened to the characters is just as persuasive and powerful, and a lot more glamorous, than what we just saw happening. It’s La La Land.

An Open Letter to Meryl Streep

When I read your speech, I thought that you should have given some more examples of bullying, particularly by those who are/were in power, and they have abused or continuously abusing that status. Let me add some to that. You may not like those examples because they are related to some of the powerful who you love, like and have campaigned for.

Om Puri, A True Acting Legend

The serious police officer of Ardh Satya can play the menacing villain of Narsimha and the comic Ahuja of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron with ease. Some of the best works of Indian Television, Bharat Ek Khoj, Tamas, Kakkaji Kahin etc. have his footprints. His talent was duly rewarded in the forms of many national and international awards as well as with enduring respects of audience. Om Puri’s deep voice accompanied by the intensity of his acting left a lasting impact. His distinct tone has been employed in numerous commentaries and voice-overs.

Begum Akhtar: The Tormented Soul Who Rose to be the Ghazal Queen

Begum Akhtar was no ordinary singer. Sarojini Naidu praised her that she was brilliant; the legendary Gauhar Jaan predicted she would be a great ghazal singer. And much later, as she became a household name with her sublime voice and mellifluous singing, she remained humble, though moody and unpredictable.

Raag and Roll : Meet Afghan Robab-Slinger, Qais Essar

Qais Essar doesn’t play in a rock and roll band, nor does he want to; he’s too cool for that. He’d rather stick to his guns and play the twangy lute he was born to strum: the robab, which, like he himself, hails from beautiful Afghanistan.

Mallikarjun Mansur: The humble perfectionist, who strode the Hindustani music firmament like a colossus

Mallikarjun always led a simple life and humble life. He worshipped music and wanted to share its purity and joy with all his listeners. Worldly success meant little to him. Even in the semi-coma condition he was in, before he bid adieu to the mortal world in September 1992, he would ask his son Rajasekhar to sing and guide him as to what he should improve.

Dreaming, scheming, never growing old: remembering Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016)

I didn’t grow up with Kiarostami’s films. I discovered Abbas Kiarostami long after he’d become Kiarostami, during the same time that I began devouring everything having to do with Iranian culture. I vaguely remember visiting the Film Museum off of Vali-ye Asr Avenue in Tehran with my friend one hot summer’s day, when I was around 16 years old. I had no idea who the man in the sunglasses was, only that he was of significance where Iranian cinema was concerned.

एक मुखरता का मौन होना

बंगाल के सांस्कृतिक इतिहास में ऐसे अनेक व्यक्ति हुए हैं, जिन्होंने न सिर्फ उस इलाके के, बल्कि पूरे देश की चेतना पर गहरा असर डाला है. महाश्वेता देवी इस सिलसिले का संभवतः अंतिम नाम है.

मराठी सिनेमा से जगतीं उम्मीदें

मुंबई फिल्म उद्योग में भी बीते सालों में प्रयोगधर्मिता का सिलसिला शुरू हुआ है तथा दक्षिण से भी कुछ उम्दा फिल्में आई हैं, पर उनका मुख्य स्वर अब भी मुनाफे और सतही मनोरंजन को ही संबोधित है. इन इलाकों में फिल्मों से जुड़े लोग मराठी से सीख रहे हैं और उन्हें सीखना भी चाहिए. इतिहास में ऐसे अवसर बार-बार नहीं आते हैं, जब कलात्मक निराशा के दौर में उम्मीद की बिजलियां लगातार चमकती हों.

Praatohkrityo

“Praatohkrityo” is a dance-theatre production that originates from the urban rituals lying beneath the surface of everyday life. The pre-designed structure of repeated actions, movements, behaviour, feelings, pushes us to look for newer signs, codes, and movements. These codes of movement have been determined by different overlapping systems of oppression such as patriarchy, fundamentalism, the State etc. It takes cue from urban ritual because our movements essentially emerge from life we live and that is our point of departure of this dance theatre. The work raises questions regarding the perfect body type expected of a dancer and dance belonging only to traditionally schooled dancers.