Sunday, October 31, 2010

Music in Life, Music is Life!


The heart yearns to sing, the songs in our heart!
 
WOW! A fantastically musical Sunday it was today!

When I got to do what I love to do - sing all day long. The singing session went on from 2 PM to 7 PM with a few breaks in between! Listening to other amazing singers - some quite renowned and some newly discovered talent in our fold within the bengali community. Truly love the bengali community 'get-togethers' for being so culturally rich!! Music comprised of Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti and many other bengali genres including songs of SD Burman and other styles, several hindi oldies and melodies galore... It was actually Bijoya Sammelani - a get-together that happens post Vijaya Dashami!

Venue: Jayamahal Samiti building - the newly inaugurated 2nd Floor.

When I reached, Rishi - the newly discovered and a very talented singer was performing, I joined him for a while and then several other artists. Later on I sang a Nazrul Geeti (Aruno Kanti Ke Go which I again sang for a second time in the evening although it is in Raag Ahir Bhairav - a Bhakti song dedicated to Lord Krishna composed by the poet Kazi Nazrul Islam), Raina Beeti Jaaye from Amar Prem, 'Kehna Hain' from Padosan, Saghana Gahano Raatri (a Rabindra Sangeet again which I had heard in the voice of Kishore Kumar), Ami Chini Go Chini Tomaare (that Rabindra Nath Tagore composed in memory of Victoria Ocampo - the Argentine poetess), Yeh Jawaani and Woh Shaam by Kishore again! 'Kahin Door Jab' from Anand. I concluded with 'Chalte Chalte' but not before topping it up with 'Aaj Jyotsna Raate' (a Rabindra Sangeet) in chorus with a few other talented singers!! Although an informal gathering what enthuses me most is that this was my public performance after a long time!

Thoroughly enjoyed the day! The accolades and words of appreciation along with the company of like minded folks all drinking the same nectar of music and getting intoxicated was indeed a sight to behold! Happy to spread the joy through music, and three cheers and hope for more such sessions to follow - sooner or later!


And more performances to follow!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dhonuk's first short graphic novel has a great run during the durga pujas...


Soon available on:


Artist's inputs for the book:
http://www.dhonuk.com/page/fans-of-durga-reawakened

See what the fans of 'Durga Reawakened' are saying:
http://www.dhonuk.com/page/fans-of-durga-reawakened

Book Details and Coverage:
http://www.dhonuk.com/page/puja-special-book-durga

Book Launch photos:
http://picasaweb.google.com/shamit/BookLaunchDurgaReawakened#


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Graphic short novel 'Durga Reawakened' coverage in DNA newspaper.

A trip through Tagore's life @ Jayamahal Durga Puja

Friday, October 08, 2010

Launch of short graphic novel/book 'Durga Reawakened'




Event Sponsored by H K Kejriwal Foundation


Short Illustrated Graphic Novel - Durga Puja Special from Dhonuk!

'Durga Reawakened' 

Illustration: Mahan J Dutta, NID Ahmedabad & Concept, Adaptation: Shamit Bagchi, IIM Bangalore.

Launch event on 10th October, Sunday at 5:30 PM 
at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Kumarakrupa Road, Bangalore 
(near Golf Club/Hotel Lalit Ashok/Windsor Manor)

You are invited.

The chief guest will be Dr. Harkishore Kejriwal - one of India’s foremost art collectors and patron, founder HK Kejriwal foundation and the co-founder and vice president of Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore’s most prestigious art institute. 

The guest of honour will be Dr. Balasubramaniam Shekara Professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He handles an eclectic course on Creativity in Arts and Science in addition to teaching Thinking paradigms.

More Details on: www.dhonuk.com


ABOUT THE BOOK:

A graphical re-telling of the mythology of Goddess Durga. Contemporary in outlook and rendered in a unique graphical format, for the first time! The book depicts in rich detail Debi Durga's creation by the Gods of the Hindu pantheon and her epic battle with the demon king Mahishasura in buffalo disguise, who with a boon from Lord Brahma had wreaked havoc in the three worlds!
Her victory over the demon earned her the name Mahishasuramardini. This victory till today is celebrated all across India during the Pujas and Navaratri, culminating in Vijaya Dashami!
So is there a fresh new re-interpretation for this tradition of worshiping the fierce manifestation of energy, Shakti?
And what about her victory? Is it purely a myth? Or does it hold anything new for us to understand?


ABOUT DHONUK:

Dhonuk is an online ecosystem for art lovers, art enthusiasts and artists with an in-built online social network. It provides an online space for creativity in the arts, and a platform to connect the artist and the artsumer (art consumer
- organizational or individual)! Letting artists share, showcase, interact, learn, collaborate. Acting as a repository of fresh, interesting art content and an energetic ecosystem - it can be consumed for free. Customized or premium
content is paid for! We facilitate this monetization of the content. Dhonuk is currently in the process of actively generating collaborative content.


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Contradict Me, No Don't Please

I am reborn now,
The dead past is gone;

Left behind in slices of time,
Of years bygone.

A single root,
No wait, a few of them actually,

Remain stuck  still
In the muck of the past.

A bolus of soft vomit
Of self pity; I play with it.

Will have to now vomit it out
The over bearing stench, getting unbearable!

But it helps you,
Helps you get shorn of all that is unnecessary,

The filthy conformity, the make-believe, the ostentatious.
So what if a little smelly a medicine?

The creativity dies within,
When depression sets in. Shun it!

No way, it is nothing but that pain,
A fertile soil for creativity's gain! Treasure it.