मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Friedrich Nietzsche: “Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse.”

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

तंबाखूचा पाईप, रिने मॅग्रिट, वसंतराव नाईक, वसंत सरवटे....C'est un Magritte@120

#RenéMagritte120   
 Tomorrow,  November 21 2018 will be  René Magritte's 120th birth anniversary


C'est un Magritte....It's a Magritte......1929

courtesy: Wikipedia 

 कै. वसंत सरवटेंनी कितीतरी प्रसिद्ध पाश्चिमात्य चित्रांवर आधारित अप्रतिम व्यंगचित्रे काढली आहेत - उदाहरणार्थ पहा "सरवोत्तम सरवटे", २००८, पृष्ठ १०८-११०, किंवा ही माझी पूर्वीची एक पोस्ट पहा - "The Persistence of Memory. Vasant Sarwate style!", सप्टेंबर २६ २०१०.

पण त्यांनी रिने मॅग्रिट यांच्या  अतिवास्तववादी (surrealistic)  कलेवर चित्रे काढलीत की नाहीत याची खात्री नाही. त्यांचे हात नक्कीच शिवशिवले असणार आहेत. विशेषतः वरील मॅग्रिट यांचा पाईप पाहून कारण महाराष्ट्राचे दीर्घकाळ मुख्यमंत्री राहिलेले (१९६३- १९७५) कै वसंतराव नाईक यांचा 'ट्रेडमार्क' हा पाईप होता.

सरवटेंचे नाईक आणि पाईप वरील खालील धमाल १९७२-७३चे चित्र पहा: "मुख्यमंत्री वाघाच्या शिकारीला जातात.". चित्राच्या मध्यभागी वसंतराव नाईक तोंडात पाईप आणि हातात बंदूक घेऊन आहेत आणि खाली वाघ ओरडून सांगतोय : "साहेब, मी आलोय!"....

 (पृष्ठ ७०, 'रेषालेखक वसंत सरवटे', २००९)


 Ceci N'est Pas Un Magritte.... This is not a Magritte.... Indeed it's Mick Stevens

Saturday, November 17, 2018

जेंव्हा वाहन चालवायचा स्कार्फ चुंबनात ओढला जातो/ रसिक किती हा स्कार्फ.....René Magritte's The Lovers@90

#RenéMagritteTheLovers90 
#स्कार्फस्त्रीआणिटूव्हिलर
अण्णासाहेब किर्लोस्कर, 'संगीत सौभद्र', १८८२
"अरसिक किती हा शेला । त्या सुंदर तनुला सोडूनि आला ॥ 

प्रेमें प्राणपतीला । मी संतोषें हा अर्पण केला ।
 दुर्मिळ जें स्थळ मजला । तें सहज मिळुनि या दुर्भाग्याला । 
तेथुनि कां हा ढळला । त्या सत्संगतिला कैसा विटला । 
कोंडुन ठेविन याला । मज दृष्टीस नलगे निष्ठुर मेला ।"

रिने मॅग्रिट (René Magritte) यांच्या खालील जगप्रसिद्ध पेंटिंग साठी कॅप्शन कॉन्टेस्ट दी न्यू यॉर्कर ने २०१४साली घेतली होती.


'The Lovers', 1928

"रसिक किती हा स्कार्फ"

जज्ज बॉब मॅन्कोफ्फ (Bob Mankoff) यांना आवडलेल्या काही एन्ट्रीज पहा:

“Love in a Time of Influenza.”

“Darling, couldn’t we go back to just turning off the lights?”  

“I’m seeing someone else.”

“If muslin be the food of love, chew on.”

माझ्या डोक्यात मात्र हे चित्र पाहिल्यावर फ्लू वगैरे काही आल नाही,  फक्त एकच आले... टू व्हिलर चालवणारी मुलगी तिच्या प्रियकराला भेटायला आलीय, त्याला पाहून डोक्यावरचा स्कार्फ काढून टाकायचे भान सुद्धा तिला  उरले नाहीय  आणि इतक्या उत्कट भावनेने ते चुंबन घेत आहेत की तिचा स्कार्फ तिच्या लव्हरच्या आणि तिच्या डोक्या भोवती गुंडाळला गेलाय...

 तेंव्हा माझे कॅप्शन आहे : "जेंव्हा वाहन चालवायचा स्कार्फ चुंबनात ओढला जातो....." किंवा "रसिक किती हा स्कार्फ."... 

कोणत्याही कलेचे रसग्रहण शेवटी आपण आपल्या आजूबाजूच्या परिस्थितीच्या कोंदणात करत असतो... हे पेंटींग मी पहिल्यांदा याच शतकात, पुण्यात राहिल्या आल्यावर पाहिलय... आणि ती स्त्री टू व्हिलर चालवत तिच्या प्रियकराला भेटायला इथे आली आहे ह्या शिवाय माझ्या डोक्यात काहीही येत नाहीये...  स्कार्फ, स्त्री आणि  टू व्हिलर हे समीकरण इतके घट्ट झाले आहे....

१९२८ साली , ज्या वर्षी हे चित्र प्रदर्शित झाले, पुण्यात एकही स्त्री टू व्हिलर चालवत नव्हती किंबहुना "India had its first set of scooters in 1948, when Bajaj Auto imported the Vespa scooters."

कला आणि मोठे कलावंत हे नेहमी प्रत्येक पिढीने नव्याने interpret केले पाहिजेत... महाकाव्ये, संतकवी पासून मर्ढेकर, जीए, वसंत सरवटे,  सदानंद रेगे, नामदेव ढसाळ, अरुण कोलटकर वगैरे.... किंबहुना ते नव्याने interpret होत असतील तरच ते महान आहेत!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

रघुवीर मुळगावकर@100...Raghuvir Mulgaonkar

#रघुवीरमुळगावकरजन्मशताब्दी

#RaghuvirMulgaonkarBirthCentenary14Nov1918to14Nov2018

Today November 14 2018 is 100th birth anniversary of Raghuvir Mulgaonkar (रघुवीर मुळगावकर) 14/11/1918- 30/3/1976



Artist: Raghuvir Mulgaonkar, August 1951

Courtesy: Vangmay Shobha , Bookganga.com and copy right holders of Mr. Mulgaonkar's work

सौजन्य :  कै मुळगावकरांच्या चित्रांचे कॉपीराईट होल्डर्स, वाङ्मय शोभा , बुकगंगा.कॉम 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

स्पायडरमॅनचा बहुप्रसव जन्मदाता....Did You Do It Yourself, Stan?



#StanLee #SpiderMan #MarvelComics
 

Gabriel Winslow-Yost, NYRB, December 2012:

“In 1988, Gore Vidal predicted that by 2015 “The New York Review of Comic Books will doubtless replace the old NYR.” It was a joke, of course, and a warning (Vidal preferred “book books,” as he called them), but we’re just a couple of years short now, and he wasn’t all wrong. The past decades have seen an unprecedented amount of serious attention paid to comics, and for good reason: they’re better—stranger, subtler, more ambitious—than ever before.

A medium that had spent most of its existence being mocked, ignored, and denounced, its books shoddily printed and sold only in specialty shops that, as one artist recalled, were “really just one step away from a pornographic bookstore to a lot of people,” began winning the awards meant for “book books,” and showing up on the walls at MoMA and the Whitney Biennial (The New Yorker called this “pant[ing] after the youth market”). Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-winning Holocaust comic Maus was nearing completion even as Vidal wrote, and there has been no shortage of successors, from the politically minded reportage and memoirs of Joe Sacco and Marjane Satrapi to the acid, unnerving fictions of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns—to, above all, the intricately bleak work of Chris Ware…”
 
टीव्ही वरच्या आतापर्यंत ऐकलेल्या थीम/ शीर्षक संगीतातले सर्वात आवडते संगीत दूरदर्शनने  १९८०-९० च्या दशकात दाखवलेल्या स्पायडरमॅन, १९६७ ह्या ऍनिमेटेड सिरीजचे. सिरीज सुद्धा प्रचंड आवडायची.

मागे लिहल्याप्रमाणे इंद्रजाल कॉमिक्स सोडले तर दुसरे कोणतेही सुपरहिरो कॉमिक्स माझ्या सारख्या कॉमिक्स भुकेल्या मुलाला पुस्तकरूपात, १९६०-१९९९० दशकात,  वाचायला मिळाले नाहीत.  

त्यामुळे स्टॅन ली ह्या शतकात, वयाच्या चाळीशीत, माहितीचे झाले.....

स्पायडरमॅन वरची आधीची एक पोस्ट इथे पहा : "ऑर्फियस आणि स्पायडरमॅनयांची दिङगमूढता.... Deaths of Eurydice and Gwen Stacy"





Artist: James Stevenson, The New Yorker, July 16 1990

Sunday, November 11, 2018

एक युद्ध जमा झाले ....A Peace To End Peace...Otto Dix's Lady with Mink and Veil

#Armistice100

World War I ended, 100 years ago, on November 11 1918.


बाळ सीताराम मर्ढेकर:
"...
पावसाळे आले गेले;
दोन युद्धे जमा झाली;
रस्त्याकडां वीजबत्ती
कितीकदां आली गेली.
...."
(पृष्ठ ६१, 'मर्ढेकरांची कविता ', १९५९/१९७७)

Simon Heffer, Literary Review, November 2018
My favourite story about Armistice Day – reported by A J P Taylor in his English History 1914–45 – is inevitably contained in Guy Cuthbertson’s superbly researched and exhaustive survey of the day the Great War ended. Taylor (who, as Cuthbertson points out, was a schoolboy at the time and in bed with flu in Buxton) observed that ‘total strangers copulated in doorways and on the pavements. They were asserting the triumph of life over death.’ One of the strengths of this fine book is that the reader has the sensation that he or she actually took part in what, at the time, was regarded as the greatest day in the history of the world, though with his or her clothes on....”

Christopher Hitchens:
...If General Pershing’s fresh and plucky troops had not reached the scene in the closing stages of the bloodbath, universal exhaustion would almost certainly have compelled an earlier armistice, on less savage terms. Without President Wilson’s intervention, the incensed and traumatized French would never have been able to impose terms of humiliation on Germany; the very terms that Hitler was to reverse, by such relentless means, a matter of two decades later....” 

David Motadel, History Today, September 2014:
....The most important of all the German missions, however, was aimed at spreading revolt from Afghanistan into the Muslim borderlands of British India – the North-west Frontier – led by the Bavarian artillery officer Oskar Ritter von Niedermayer and his rival, the diplomat Werner Otto von Hentig. Although, after an odyssey through Arabia and Iran, Niedermayer and Hentig reached Afghanistan in 1915, they failed to convince local Muslim leaders to join the jihad.Overall, German-Ottoman attempts to employ Islam for their war effort failed....”

 The people of Brighton offered a warm welcome to the Indian soldiers sent to convalesce at the Sussex resort during the First World War. But the military authorities found much to be nervous about writes Suzanne Bardgett. History Today, March 2015:
 “....In a letter from February 1915, a Mahratta medical subordinate wrote: The people are so very good & kind that they make no difference between black & white. Everyone seeks every opportunity of becoming fast friends with us & of serving us in any way in their power. In the evening we always go for a walk. The people treat us very well indeed. Men and women alike greet us with smiling faces and take great pleasure in talking with us.
One thing that struck the Indians was that the English they were meeting behaved altogether better than those they had met back in India. Sub-Assistant Surgeon J.N. Godbole wrote to his friend in Poona: We do not hear the words ‘damn’ and ‘bloody’ at all frequently as in India. But this only applies to those who have not seen India. Those who have gnash their teeth at us, some laugh and some make fun, but there are not many who do this. The people here are charming. It is impossible to ask why they become so bad on reaching India...."

Bob Dylan:
"...
The First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don't count the dead
When God's on your side.
..." 


Artist: Otto Dix, '.Lady with Mink and Veil', 1920

Lena Schipper writes about the painting in 1843 magazine:
"This unforgiving depiction of an ageing prostitute is typical of Dix, who sought to emphasise the ruin and moral degradation of Germany after the first world war. A soiled, ill-fitting night dress sliding off the woman’s shoulder to reveal a sagging cleavage makes her look ridiculous rather than enticing. Her face is painted in garish colours that succeed only in highlighting her bad teeth; the veil, meant possibly to lend an air of girlish flirtatiousness, merely emphasises the grotesque choice of colours. The mink, usually a symbol of wealth, high class or even royalty, is the final insult: piercing red eyes glare diabolically from its scruffy fur. Viewed next to works such as Jeanne Mammen’s “Ash Wednesday”, the painting illustrates the different ways in which male and female artists of the era looked at women."