Articles


I wish that several voices be heard through this website on matters related to art.  Many an artist, journalist, filmmaker are researching and writing on matters vital to the arts and humanities.  I hope that by sharing their written articles in this post, I am able to contribute in providing a more comprehensive view of the arts; the known and unknown treasure troves of human creativity and inspiration, its place in the lives of people and communities and simply, why there is a need to research, write and know more about them!

 

[*] A traditional art form still practiced in Bengal… (October 2016) Suruchi Gupta

Floor designs known by various names such as Rangoli, Kolam, Aripanas, Alapana are an inseparable part of Indian festivities, celebrations and several other joyous and auspicious occasions.  Some or the other floor designs or Bhumi Chitra  can be seen adorning the front of many a homes as a daily ritual.  From simple to highly intricate patterns, made by men and women of the household, these floor patterns offer a peek into the beliefs and traditions of many a communities while serving to beautify and adorn the surroundings.

This is one article on the Alapanas of Bengal.

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[*] Walking with Ram Kinkar Baij  (May 2016) – Maitreyee Chowdhury

“Making sculptures had not been common in Shantiniketan before Kinkar.  (….) His presence, unlike that of Tagore or even KG Subramanyan’s predominant murals, is rather more blended in with the premises itself. In fact had it not been for the tin shades erected recently to protect the sculpture pieces, you’d think they are more part of the environment, less, stand-alone pieces of art.”

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[*]  Bhatiyali: A short survey of the subcontinent’s eternal river songs (May, 2016) – Parineeta Dandekar

I did not know, until I read this article, that my favorite song could very well be a Bhatiyali.

शाम ढले सखियाँ सब लौट गयी सारी

अकेले हम नदियाँ किनारें

अरे माझी तेरा नाम तो बता

अरे कैसे पुकारे तुझे, कैसे पुकारे

अकेले हम नदियाँ किनारे।  (Film: Raincoat. Music: Debjyoti Misra)

This article, by Parineeta Dandekar, ferries us to the edge of the vast genre of folk music called the Bhatiyali.  I say ‘edge’ and ‘vast’, as after reading it, one is welcome, in fact tempted to plunge into the innumerable songs of the Bhatiyali genre.   An informative and beautiful read that takes the reader from Bengal, Bangladesh, Maharashtra to China and the Mississippi.

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[*] The man who captured shades of Bapu’s dream (October 2015) – Chitra Padmanabhan 

Long fascinated with natural dyes, and keen to embark upon that journey seemingly full of biological, chemical, artistic and other creative wonders, I was delighted to read this article.  “Born in 1921 in Amreli (Gujarat) in a fakir’s family, Toofan went on to become an acclaimed artist and internationally renowned master of vegetable dyes and printing techniques that he was called upon to popularise through workshops in India and abroad. The 300 shades that he created, many out of waste like onion or pomegranate peel, were, in his own telling, the reflection of a great man’s influence on his life: Gandhi.”

 


 

 

 

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