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!"

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, August 01, 2013

I Wish Durga Bhagwat's Other Bhavmudra Was Chosen



  
Henri Cartier-Bresson:

 “The most difficult for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt”

 Marathi daily Loksatta (लोकसत्ता) reported on July 28 2013 that the late Ms. Durga Bhagwat's (दुर्गा भागवत) portrait would be inaugurated on August 2 2013, tomorrow,  at the Durbar hall of Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
 
The portrait is done by  Mr. Suhas Bahulkar (सुहास बहुलकर).

A Marathi TV news channel interviewed Mr. Bahulkar in late July 2013 and, while he was interviewed, one could see the said portrait in the background. Mr. Bahulkar said it was still not finished.

I did NOT like the work-in-progress portrait at all. I did not like the spectacles used by the model. I did not like the slight plumpness of the model...It's likely that the TV screen is deceptive in this regard but I am stating my first impressions of it.

I have seen Mr. Bahulkar's portrait (only face) of S D Phadnis (शि द फडणीस) mounted on the wall of Mr. Phadnis's drawing room and I could not take my eyes off it, even though real Phadnis was sitting next to me!

I like to think of Durgabai as a Marathi middle-class home grown Albert Camus, a young, charming rebel. 

"Camus's good looks and sex appeal, wearing a trench coat with upturned collar and the ever-present dangling cigarette"
Artist: Henri Cartier-Bresson


I don't like to see her as a wise, kind, scholarly grandma who lived a long life. I know she was both but I am in love with the former. 

Therefore, I wish the portrait was made using her following or similar picture.



 courtesy: Jaya Dadkar (जया दडकर) and Lalit Magazine (ललित मासिक)

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