Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya

Aug 1, 2014

TTW: Thought & Haiku of the Week and Haiku Tea Session XII

THOUGHT THIS WEEK:
BE THE BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING THAT YOU ARE… 

"Absolute love is perhaps the most difficult thing to find in life for many of us, but it comes naturally to a mother. Because, a mother allows her caring to seep deep into her soul, manifesting pure love without any expectations. Whereas most of us build walls around us, with our needs, desire and lust; and we almost always wish to own and transform our loved ones."

"To really love, we should allow love to happen. Remember affection and care almost always transforms into love in depths of our heart and soul." V.E.D





HAIKU TEA SESSION XII
A global creative co-operation of poets writing linked verses at a very popular Haiku group at Google Plus... The poets write one after the other, taking the last line of the previous poet as the link to thread their own creative output. The result is one of the most beautiful collections of verses... as below. I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as we all did.... The name next to it is the poet who has written those lines... To read the original session and see the process, please click here...



Soul prisoners search
A meaning of 'being'; In
Voids of love; Alone                                -  

Tears withheld from empty skies
under sullen summer breaths...              -  

a warbling chick
nothing but sticks, flesh, chirps, nest
the whole of one                                      

bathing in the distant flow
the ripples… they disappear...               -  

wandering within
foraging in still silence
gathering moments                               -  

an old, empty room pregnant
with memories                                     -  

that the bars cannot contain
love's fluidity...flows free                     -  

laughter of a child
a dirty, torn summer dress ...
captured memory                                -  

Safe in a bottle
Floating between images
Linked by counted breathes               -  

rising and falling like tides
forever chasing the moon                   -  

watching the night bend
and tumble amidst the stars
the cold black ocean                          -  

waves of memories lapping
ships in the night pass you by            -  

drowning tears awaken
the senses from twilight
island muses to ponder                       -  

once again the meaning of
Being, and Loving Freely                    -  

What is being free...
By my own definition(s)...
I'm a prisoner...                                   -  

To society's bleak cage
How to find self amongst crowds        -  

caged between the bars 
bruised wings of forlorn dotage
yearns to fly again                             -  

butterfly in sunshine- hating
walls every second, evading             -  

how light is the heart
that finds love without searching
soul mates hand in hand                    - 

we chart the ultimate course
sojourners in time and space            -  

until we escape
limits and predefined paths
to feel being one                               -  
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END

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HAIKU OF THE WEEK

Gopi's love...
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Krishna unfolds me

Into flowering petals
Of sweet ecstasy


IMAGE: The wild plants of Vana Tulsi at Nidhivan in Vrindavan, where Krishna used to dance with the Gopis - the village girls, whole night which is known as Raslila. It's said that this forest of Wild Basilica plants still hosts the Raslila of Krishna every night...

To know more about Vrindavan, come walk with me to the place where Krishna's love flowered... Click here
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Shashi
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya


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Haiku Session V

Jul 29, 2014

UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL: Queen of Sufi Singers - Abida Praveen

FOREMOST EXPONENTS OF SOULFUL SINGING HAS TOUCHED MY INNER SOUL...

The moment I reach the foot hills of Himalaya, the soulful Sufi songs of Abida Praveen turns into a pulsating sphere of earth colors, submerging all my consciousness into the vast sea of joy and happiness. The effect of her songs, the words of Sufi saints and the pure mountain air of Himalaya is such that all my worldly worries retreat into oblivion and only the ‘now’ exists, to be cherished as in eternity. The queen of Sufi Songs, Abida Praveen, remains to be my favorite of all times and when the chance came to meet her and hear her soulful singing, I was blissful.

Abida Praveen at Music Academy in Chennai
Abida Parveen (born 1954) is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam). She sings mainly ghazals and her forte, Kafis, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. Parveen sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian, and together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era.

Abida Praveen with her Group of Musicians... 
Abida performed on the internationally acclaimed Pakistani show Coke Studio, on which she sang three songs, including Ramooz-e-Ishq, Nigah-e-Darwaishaan, and Soz-e-Ishq

A legend both at home and abroad for her grace and soulful Sufi strains, Parveen over the years has stayed true to her classical origins, which she mastered under the tutelage of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. Having started off her career from Radio Pakistan, Hyderabad, she credits her husband, late Ghulam Hussain Sheikh, a respected director of music at Radio Pakistan, for its success. A recipient of the 1982 President's Pride of Performance Award and the 2005 Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Parveen is indeed one of the foremost exponents of kaafi poetry and ghazal singing in Pakistan.

Text Curtsy: Wikipedia, Click here to read more
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Here is one of her sound at the Coke Studio and hope you will enjoy her singing as deeply within as I do.



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Shashi
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya


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Dayanita Singh - India's foremost Photographer

Jul 25, 2014

UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL: DAYANITA SINGH – THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

A BOOK MAKER WHO USES PHOTOGRAPHY AS HER VOCABULARY…

DAYANITA SINGH is the first Indian to have a solo show at London's famous Hayward Gallery in 2013, who vehemently refuses to use Digital Cameras and computers to design and create her books. She loves making her books by her own hand, armed with scissors, knives of various form and sizes with scotch tape, instead of Cntrl+C and Cntrl+V, which is the usual way the 21st century world works in almost every field now.

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE....
Dayanita Singh and T M Krishna before
the book launch
Her latest book FILE ROOM is, in my opinion, symbolizes the Digital divide that’s making creativity into something common and superficial. Now you find smart phones capturing images, in every situation, instead of living those moments of 'now'. And as she says, in introduction for the book…

FILE ROOM
… is an elegy to paper in the age of the digitization of information and knowledge.
Image from the book File Room (Curtsy Dayanita Singh)
When I got invite from Sharan Apparao of the famous Apparoa Gallery in Chennai, for the launch of the book – File Room by Dayanita Singh, I had no clue that I am going to have an ecstatic journey through the labyrinths of creative minds. Minds? Well, I did forgot to mention that I actually went to hear T M Krishna, the famous Carnatic music vocalist, who was launching the book “File Room”.
Go Away Closer
Curtsy Dayanita Singh

I have had heard of Photo journalists, Photographers of different genre like Fashion, Sports, Digital etc. but I had absolutely no idea what is photographic artist is, till the time I heard Dayanita Singh talk about her journey. From studying to become a script designer at NID, to Documentary Photography and finally to creating books with the script of analog images (for those, who have not used or even seen those big bulky camera’s with actual ‘physical’ film rolls and the infinite wait to see the results, it’s like the difference between e-book and physical book that you can hold close to your heart, while you dreamily fill your vision of love mixed with sighs of the characters from the book).

But before I go about sharing my impressions from the talk by those two amazing artists, let me give you a brief bio…

Dayanita Singh is a bookmaker working with Photography. She was born in 1961 in New Delhi. She studied Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has published ten books: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001),Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008) Blue Book (2009) Dream Villa (2010), Dayanita Singh (2010) House of Love (2011).



T.M. Krishna (born in 1976) is a Carnatic music vocalist. Krishna's first concert was at the age of 12, at the Spirit of Youth series organized by The Music Academy, Madras. Since then, he has travelled widely in India and abroad and given over 2000 concerts all over the world, performing regularly in major international music festivals. He has performed at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Centre, Theatre de la Ville, The Esplanade, Sydney Opera House, Chowdiah Hall Bangalore, and The Music Academy, Madras.

As the program started with the launch of the book by T M Krishna where he spoke about the book and his impressions, beginning with a beautiful question. Why a particular photograph is called Black and White Photography. As an artist, he felt that the Black and White encompasses all the colors in between. It’s for the viewer to see all the colors, and they do see all the colors, that those two contrasting colors bracket in.

Then moved on to highlight, probably the best impressions that captured the essence of the book “File Room”. He says that as he went through the images, it represented something like his mind, where if you open one file, many different files opened simultaneous (just like the synaptic connections of nerves firing within) and left the viewers with a feeling of finding that story which is unique to him or her.

As Dayanita Singh rose to speak, she was visibly happy to see that some one at least know
Dayanita Singh
Pic by KVSRINIVASAN
what’s her book is all about. She spoke about her incredible journey to be what she could be. Her creative journey started with an accident as for her class project, she was asked to capture different moods of a person and she chose to shoot Zakir Hussain, who was performing in a concert at IIM Ahmadabad. As she prepared to take her first picture, she was pushed by the security in the jam-packed hall and fell on her back, which fortunately did not broke anything other than her pride. As she went out to give vent to her frustrations, she found Zakir Husain, walking around (at the time he was not so famous). She reached out to tell him, ‘Some day I will also be a great artist and then no one will be able to push me’. And Zakir Husain calmed her down and asked to her come to his morning riaz (practice) and take as many pictures as she wants. Dayanita said that night was the life changer for me and made me realize what I want to do in life. From this encounter, and travelling with his troupe for 6 winters as a student photographer her first book came out in 1986 …

ZAKIR HUSSAIN
A teacher, as she said, who instilled in her, a desire to work 18 hours a day and stay focused.

Curtsy Dayanita Singh
The other teacher that influenced her life was an eunuch, Mona Ahmed, who was staying in a cemetery. A work assignment for London times (which eventually never happened as Mona Ahmed thought that she is from New York Times and felt that if it gets published in London, where many of her friends are, will find it not in good taste, so took all the rolls from her and dumped it in trash) got them together, which lasted a lifetime. But eventually Dayanita created an amazing visual biography of a double outcast Mona Ahmed through the words written by herself and portrayed by the analogue images from Dayanita Singh, known as...

MYSELF MONA AHMED
A mix of photobook, biography, autobiography and fiction, Myself Mona Ahmed (Scalo, 2001) keeps renewing its importance in Dayanita Singh’s oeuvre because of the direction in which her work is evolving.

Curtsy Dayanita Singh

And throughout her lectures she kept the audience enthralled with her easy talk and ready wit, interspersed with her fine, overpowering images being displayed on the projector.

To read an excellent report on the launch please do read "Where Images Do The Talking" by Elizabeth Mathew

At the end of the launch, as an amateur photographer myself, I tried to capture her through my smart phone (hated it, when I realised that I forget to bring my camera). But then how do you go about taking photographs of someone who is the world’s renowned photographer herself… well here are the results.

Behind the scene ...
Dayanita Singh And T M Krishna
A cameraman prepares for the best portrait
Wondering if that's the best way...
Finally I leave you with some of the books and photographs of Dayanita Singh that captured my imagination.

GO AWAY CLOSER
Go Away Closer is a novel without words. It concerns series of opposites in Singh’s India: presence and absence, reality and dreams, tradition and progress. She is able to express the emotion underlying these often abstract concepts, because her photography springs from her own intimate experiences.
HOUSE OF LOVE
"House of Love" is a work of photographic fiction that takes the form of nine short stories. Working closely with writer Aveek Sen, whose prose follows a journey of its own, Singh explores the relationship between photography, memory, and writing.
Text and Image curtsy Dayanita Singh
DREAM VILLA
In Dream Villa Singh explores how the night transforms what seems ordinary by day into something mysterious and unsettling.

Text and Image Curtsy Dayanita Singh

BLUE BOOK
Blue Book is a series of images made during Dayanita Singh’s wanderings in the industrial landscapes of India. Presented by Dreamvilla Productions, India (an alias and nom de plume designed to mask Singh’s authorship), the book will be displayed in galleries and museums as a work of art.
Blue Book - Text and Image Curtsy Dayanita Singh

PRIVACY

What can a photographer in India capture on film other than disasters or the exotic? Dayanita Singh was preoccupied by this question after she had spent many years documenting the poverty in her homeland. Her answer was a return to the world from which she came, to India’s extended, well-to-do families and their fine homes.


Text and image curtsy for the books - Dayanita Website
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Shashi
नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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