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.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

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."

Chris Ware: "Being a cartoonist means you don’t consider yourself too fancy."

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: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

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.