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."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pune's Bamanhari Bhaskar Chandavarkar is Dead

In 1980's, I watched Ghashiram Kotwal घाशीराम कोतवाल thrice. Once at NCPA, Mumbai and twice at Kalidas Kalamandir, Nashik.

I was addicted to Kotwal's music.

I bought its music album (a double cassette) that I still have it. I could recite most of its songs. I can manage a couple of them even today.

"श्रीगणराय नर्तन करी, आम्ही पुण्याचे बामण हरी..."

On July 14 2009, I said on this blog:

"I always thought Nilu Phule नीळू फुले would have been a much better नाना फडणवीस (Nana Fadnavis)- a historical character tormented by his often losing struggle with sexuality- than मोहन आगाशे (Mohan Agashe) in विजय तेंडुलकर Vijay Tendulkar's Ghashiram Kotwal).

It might have given an opportunity to 'Kotwal' to become a dark comedy instead of just great entertainment."

Well, it was a great entertainment largely because of its music director Bhaskar Chandavarkar and choreographer Krishnadeo Mulgund. Both are now dead.

Kotwal belongs to them. Thank you, Sir.


mannab said...

Dear Aniruddha,
Your tribute to late Bhaskar Chandavarkar is most appropriately worded. We lost a great musician.
Mangesh Nabar

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Mangesh for your appreciation.