What is it like to be on the other side? The other side of the city called the old city. Rioted with the colors of the festival, it took no longer than few minutes for the folks to embrace me into the wholesomeness of its celebration. Armed with the digital camera, I stole as much as I could, for many welcomed me while the others gave me a quirky glance. Nevertheless, I went on with my first photography assignment with an I-have-to smile. Beads entwined with threads hung all over the pushcarts. Small and cramped shops were packed with sweet meats yet the people didn’t seem to get enough. The old city of Amdavad shone in its full glory displaying the state’s quintessential craft works. The beautifully decorated thalis, torans and framed images of gods and goddesses seemed to enrich the festive mood of the place. The shadowed lives continued to flutter under the grand sunlit Lal Darwaja and it grew larger with the onset of the evening. The clicks accelerated as I carved my way through the ever pushing streets. In the process, I too pushed others to grab my perfect moment. Indeed, the colors of materialism and life blended triumphantly.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
India, still going strong at 64 , has undergone a sea change in almost all sections of society… from Mahatma to Malls till the Naxalites to Nano…That leaves me to say that the world of art is no exception and the artists have left no stone unturned to showcase its importance. Infact, the development of arts throughout our Indian history have been affected by influences coming from other origins through trade, travel and conquest. For e.g. Moghul architecture and painting in India were born of the unique blend of Hindu, Persian and Islamic influences which resulted in new art forms unknown before. And this process has gone on throughout history right up to the modern times.
With due respects to the historical painters such as Raja Ravi Verma , Abindranath Tagore and Rabindranath Tagore etc , the modern Indian art also has produced some of the best painters such as Nandlal Bose, M F Hussain, Jatin Das, Amrita Shegill etc Very few extraordinary artists amongst the huge bunch of the talented painters have been able to make a mark both at the national as well as the international level. Mr. M F Hussain is one such example who has the privilege to be titled the Picasso of India by the Forbes magazine. Many of his works have got inspired from Mahabharata and have been internationally acclaimed as well as have broken records. His controversial painting of Mother India made him stay out of the country for a long period of time. But now he wishes to rekindle his memories with his mother land by introducing his latest venture namely, “My stories inside Ahmedabad Pol,”which is the most simple and silent of his works produced so far and perhaps his favorite too. The medium of expression is charcoal which he has used deliberately explaining the duality of his mind- the subconscious world and the reality of the physical world.
So, at the dawn of the first day of the 64th year of Independence, India welcomes Mr. M F Hussain at apnu Ahmedabad to inaugurate his new exhibition at Hussain Doshi Gufa at 4 pm on Aug 16, 2010.The exhibition will lasts till Aug 19, 2010 from 10 am to 6 pm at the same place. Thus time to get nostalgic and unfold our stories inside the pol……..