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.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

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."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

S D Phadnis Turns 85 today

Artist S D Phadnis (शि. द. फडणीस) turns 85 today.

I have very little to add to what his close friend Vasant Sarwate (वसंत सरवटे) says on Phadnis's art in a masterly essay included in Sarwate's book Sahapravasi (सहप्रवासी). ( A couple of years ago I was fortunate to spend 2-3 hours with both of them at Phadnis's house.)

On this blog, in the static information on the right side, there is a quote of W H Auden:

“…though one cannot always
Remember exactly why one has been happy,
There is no forgetting that one was”

(Good-Bye to the Mezzogiorno )

Well, I sometimes exactly remember why I have been happy.

It's because I just saw Shi Da's sunlight -or moonlight as in the picture below- filled cartoon where even today a lady looks like my mother of 1970's, where there is no evil, where life is uncomplicated, where people pay attention to their surroundings instead of burying their face in mobile phone...


courtesy: Official website of S D Phadnis

4 comments:

mannab said...

आपला हा ब्लॉग आणि विशेष म्हणजे शि. द. यांच्या त्या गाजलेल्या चित्रावरील आपले भाष्य आवडले. मला त्यांचे एक हास्यचित्र अजून स्मरणात आहे. त्यात रेल्वे गाडीतील बर्थवर मोहिनी मासिक वाचत स्वेटर घातलेला एक तरुण पहुडला आहे. आणि खाली बसलेली तरुणी त्याच्या स्वेटरच्या लोकरीच्या धाग्यापासून एक मफलर विणत आहे, त्याचा त्याला पत्ता नाही.
मंगेश

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks Mangesh.

I know the cartoon you are talking about.

There are a good number of cartoons on the same theme from many artists around the world.

The one I remember is at the end of the wool-ball of a young offfice worker busy in knitting is a Post-it that reads: "You are fired."

Anonymous said...

When did Mr. Phadnis turned 85? I already feel very old since his cartoons remind me of my childhood Diwali celebrations. Many of Marathi Diwali Publications would have been colourless without his work. The picture on your blog was very familiar- thanks for sharing it.

aniruddha g. kulkarni said...

Thanks anon.

July 29.