Saturday, 23 September 2017

Review of an Ekphrastic beauty - Savour Art and Poetry meet

We all knew he illustrations of R K Laxman and their importance to R K Narayan and his stories. Always writing and images go in hand. Writer writes his imaginations which is used by painter to give it a virtual life. This is very common but creating a literary piece by taking inspiration from images is  difficult and this art is known as Ekphrastic art.

In India literary world it’s rare and such ekphrastic poems came from pen of Vijaya Gowrisankar.
 “Savour” is  Ekphrastic collection of poems. This collection consists of The book contains 58 paintings from 19 artists, including 5 Mouth and Foot Painting artists (artists who paint with their mouth and foot, due to some disability). 73 poems in 20 poetic forms have been written against 58 paintings.

Daigram 1-Shade of camels in light

Collection start with description of shades of sun in the desert describing beauty of nature and life.

Diagram -2- Mumbai Skyline
Suddenly the hue of beauty turn to civilization and describes beauty in civilized city. Description of envisions linked to nature is exclusive as the poetess call it a taste of success.

3) Flying bird
Poetess describes the bird at the top of the world with big dreams of great heights. The description of way a bird learns to fly and it’s comparison to make and break is exclusive.

Description of a brave and blessed girl who compares herself to free bird is a literary beauty.

5)Camping site
When life seems distress poets searches for a calm place and it’s description is where image meets words.

6) Kathakali
Poem beautifully exaggerates the beauty of facial makeup and head dress of kathakali dancer and describes the wonder facial expressions.

7)Lavender fields
Poem describes the beauty of lavender field and it’s fragrance. This gives you a golden touch of nature’s essence.

8) Lakeside Acrylic painting
Description of lakeside view‘s healing power is depicted in poem.

9)Shaded of horse
Poetess compares it with the journey towards the the goal.

10) Krishna
Nothing to comment, it’s just fabulous to read description of little Krishna.

11) Big hand
Poem describes door of opportunities and misses.

12) Saxophone
Chords of saxophone will chord your inner behavior just like the lines in the poem does.

13)Heart connection
This poem describes how heart connections gives happiness in our life.

13) Drift
This poem describe how change in thought and feelings causes a drift between the two.
Below are the headings I have given to the remaining paintings.

14) I seek answers
15) Beautiful Blue Mountain
16) Cute Girl
17) Beautiful artist
18) Cuteness overloaded
19) Snow at its flow
20) Traditional dance
21) Beauty of Shadow
22) Flock of Monks
23) City’s flying babies
25) Festival
26) Patrol
27) Kali parade
28) Lighting
29) Beauty hidden
30) Light in the darkness
31) Forest girl
32) Jump high
33) Fallen
34) Lake view
35) Cycle in the shade
36) Gathering
37) flower merchant
38) Sea Shore
39) Loving animals
40) Shut your mouth
50) Forest lane
51) Darkness below moon
52) Shade of green on tar
53) Who is masking whom?
54) Reality or camouflage
55) Draupadi saree
56) Utsav
57) Dance
58) Bhakti movement
59)one over the other
60) Statue in the lake
61) Waterfalls
62) Dream city
63) Ice Candy

Like this every paintings are mesmerizing, the poems showcases a new world. I feel this is one beautiful collection every book lovers will feel happy to buy.

Note: Headings are my my perceptions of the images.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Yes, We Changed Smart

In 10 years
Yes, We Changed Smart
Way back in 2008, I use to crank a joke on my friend who was having a touch screen mobile, and use it to find the routes while we go out during those golden years of graduation. We use to tease him as Ekalavya for using his thumb, the most to slither on his phone. 
It’s been 9 years and the time has reversed. We were the one who teased him during those years, and now we are so addicted to smart phones.
 We use GPS ; even to find the way the bus goes if we travel. We use Information Technology to check where we are in our journey. We check everything in mobile, Location and mobile are inseparable to us. 
For  few of my friends who are in Sales work, no need to mention. They may lose their jobs without location finder because without GEO locating their visits, they probably cannot work. More precisely they will lose their appraisal, because without GPS they can reach hardly few sites they are allotted to visit.
Yes, it’s mobile Application era, we can skip our breakfast to reach in time, but we cannot go to office if we forget to take our Smartphones.
They are not just assets for us; but, a part and partial of our life; say, a Second wife if you are married and Girlfriend if you are a bachelor. It has even gone to further where a firm can be opened just by keeping a App, travel agencies are sprouting like a green algae on a swamp. Everybody  use this mobility and the world is absolutely mobile (Locomotive).

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Shanknaad of Ilkal guys to reduce Cracker burning

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the finest festivals celebrated in India. It is a treat to watch the processions during the festival; especially during Ganesh Visarjan.

The procession always goes pomp. Music, dance, throwing colors, lights and burning crackers are very common during Ganesh Visrajan.

While we see the great enchantment in the processions of farewells of Street Ganesh idols. Individual house will not stay far behind. Every house bid adieu to their respective idols founded and worshiped in their house during the festival.

Individual house cannot afford orchestra, loud speakers. But most houses burn crackers to their financial capacity. They invite friends, relatives while leaving Ganesh.

Why reduce crackers

It’s  the burning of crackers, that has not just become an usual practice; but, the matter of pride for the individual families.

Burning crackers can be fun; but, if we think of the pollution, it is huge. When the number of people who burn crackers are huge, pollution will be automatically high. Though social workers and environmentalists spread a lot of lessons, but it’s of less use.

Apart from the awareness that environmentalists create, there are hardly any measures taken to reduce burning crackers.


Shanknaad is not new; it is an age old tradition in India. Coonch, bells, anklets, small drums were the regular instruments in orchestra in any festival celebration in Hinduism.

The same old orchestra tradition was planned to bring to their residences by 5 environment caretakers in my town Ilkal. They collected 5 Coonch’s to initiate the process. They brought back this age old tradition to the town to reduce burning of crackers.

These guys took their Coonch’s  and address the people to stop burning cracker during Ganesh processions.  They blew these Coonch’s to produce good and loud ornamental voice in the Ganesh Visarjan procession in their house along with a few of friends and their neighbor’s houses.


5 friends went to trip to Ladakh few months before Ganesh festival. On their way back to home they visited Haridwar. In Haridwar, one among these five saw a big size Coonch in one of the shops and he got astonished to see its size.

He then inquired the shop owner about conch and got interested in buying it. The shop owner told him a rate of 5000 rupees; which, he thought, was too much for the Coonch. He blamed the shop owner for telling high rate, but the shop owner justified it’s rate and explained the guy about its quality, and offered him a pamphlet printed the announcement of rupees 1 lakh on proving his  Coonch’s duplicate.  

After giving pamphlet, shop owner blew the Coonch. It’s mesmerizing sound and loudness impressed the guy and he bought it. By watching this Shanknaad; the concept was incepted in another guy; and he explained the concept to his other friends. They were impressed and each of them bought a Coonch and stayed one day in Haridwar to learn blowing it from that shop owner.


Though the effect of this concept could not achieve huge success, but till now they have stopped cracker burning in 11 houses, which avoided burning at-least 15000 rupees of crackers accumulating those 11 houses.

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