Sunday, December 13, 2009
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The Young Entrepreneur outlined his vision for the arts saying “A social network based online Indian Art/Music /Design Ecosystem with a 3 point model whose constituents include, Source of arts, music as Individuals , Institution/Galleries, Content generation from our end, Consumers - Buyers – bring in revenue and Participants in the community.”
His venture is one of a kind and soon expanding into other areas. He speaks of his offerings saying “A plethora of art specific focus on India Art, music and design related aspects, for both knowledge function and the showcasing and access to art forms, folk, semi-classical music by young and budding talents. We help connecting the buying, access aspects for art enthusiasts with the content from artists.”
“It is a unique amalgamation of Indian Art formats, artists, designers and musicians, to transact online as well as share knowledge and showcase their talent online, as such a social network dedicated for these purposes does not exist.”
“Traditional Indian artists are known for their colorful, intricate and vivid art formats such as the varied miniature formats including Terracotta, Rajasthani, Pahari, Tanjore, Patachitra, Kalighat, and several other forms. The lack of awareness in the popular media and the social milieu of these dwindling art forms have brought us to a juncture where extinction of these formats due to unpopularity is very much in the realm of possibility. The objective of this project is to popularize some of these art formats as well as help create an ecosystem for the like minded artists to explore.”
His plans for the next step include roping in participants in his vision. He says “Yes, to include artisans, artists and galleries as the sources and feeding the data into content creation.”
“Another area to look at would be the proliferation aspects of certain art formats specifically Manga/Anime styles (Japanese origin), which are finding a great level of popularity worldwide and this ensures their growth, proliferation and subsequent experimentation with techniques and the art’s evolution. Such a movement, exposure for the Indian techniques to the public eye through caterings or offerings has not been happening. The need is to work with animation houses and conglomerates such as Reliance group’s BIG Animation or Amar Chitra Katha etc to actually tap this vast unexplored field of Indian Art formats that can see a win-win scenario – once the community gains sufficient strength in terms of numbers, it can connected to these established players may see value in this social network.”
His need to pursue and develop an online forum for Indian Arts has been because of “The Passion for Indian Art forms and making them popular through animation, graphic novels, games etc.”
“Getting the team to agree on the vision and start the market sizing” has been a pretty strenuous task for Shamit but he has put together a team that has a lot of promise.
He introduces his team with obvious pride reveling in “The gathering of a very competent team of IIM Bangalore students and graphical designer with vast prior experience and knowledge, socio-, technology entrepreneurial experience.”
The team behind DHONUK is:-
- Vikram Rai from BITS Pilani who runs a social consulting firm Sattva and a theatre group VODO.
- Anshuman Majumdar ( BFA - Advertising Art -Chitrakala Parishath ) is a digital artist & a painter and runs a Graphic design firm - SCOSSA.
- Shantanu Gudihal - currently a student of IIMB runs a knowledge mangement software startup company Meshlabs with other senior members.
- Parashar Shah currently a student of IIMB is working with Alcatel Lucent and a winner of the Intel Ultimate Geek Contest
- Naufal Kukkady - currently a student of IIMB is an allrounder - the most active participant in organizing events @ IIMB and works with Ittiam Technologies.
- Karthik Naig - currently a student of IIMB and editor of in-house magazine Xpressions at Honeywell and himself a very creative individual, has joined us and is planning to be part of the media initiative and marketing.
- Amit Bhalotia - currently a student of IIMB and also an IITian who had started up in the US earlier and with vast prior experience, part of a couple of startups - Students committee secretary and Active member of the IIM Bangalore events and students committees.
- Somnath Sinha Mahapatra - currently a student of IIMB and an alumnus of BHU & most active leader of students association and cultural committee also.
All Entrepreneurs are driven to realize their dreams and Shamit is no different he acknowledge his driving factors as “The passion and drive to see the vision of an Indian Art ecosystem which is on par with European or western styles as well as animation using the Indian Art forms which are so vibrant.”
Shamit recounts the knowledge that has stood him in good stead on his entrepreneurial journey and advises “Believe in what you want to do, and with equal parts Passion, Imagination and the Verve, pitch the idea in the right way to the right people…this will ultimately lead to total success. Clarification of ideas and evolution of ideas is natural.”
In parallel a project is planned to be running under Professor Balasubramaniam Shekar (Profile: http://www.iimb.ernet.in/user/59) who teaches a very unique eclectic course called Creativity in Arts and Sciences at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. This course indirectly gave life to and inspired the implementation of an earlier conceived idea as a framework working toward Cultural Entrepreneurship.
Dhonuk has tied up with AIM (Artists Introspective Movement) and has become the online partner for the ongoing Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2009.
YourStory wishes the young and upcoming entrepreneur Shamit Bagchi success and luck in spearheading the “Avant Garde” of Indian Art
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Am sure this book will be a good read.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This was followed by the energetic and full throated Raghu Dixit of the Raghu Dixit Project fame. He started with a Kannada folk song and then went on to the 'Hey Bhagwaan' number. Apparently he got frustrated that the folks were all seated and not standing, cheering and dancing - he threatened to not continue in his jovial-furious manner and guess what the people just stood up and that's when the 'Mysore Se Aayi' track was belted out by the members of the Raghu Dixit Project. The violinist, two guitarists and the drummer... Amazing flow of energy and the high pitch at which Raghu sings just enthralled the whole audience as they jeered and cheered to no end. Then he played a lilting Kannada number and ended it with a track from a not yet released Kannada film. Fans were disappointed that he didnt sing more. The most charged up phase of the day!
The next item was absolutely breathtaking in my view as I haven't seen anything like it before - a Kathak dance recital with diverse improvisations. Thai dance formats + background music, chanting etc fused into a performance led by Nirupama and Rajendra duo. 4-5 separate dances with a group of 20 young artistes and themes ranging from The Bhagavad Gita to The Passion and confidence of an Artist (Vir Bhaav) with the underlying theme of harmony were the highlights. The duo switched their dresses often from Bright Red to Colourful blue/green/yellow peacock combo to serene white in the end; all throughout the svelte duo performed with great verve and dedication accompanied by their group whose members ended up giving a splendid performance.
After the event I was speaking with Suma Sudhindra (she also leads the Chowdiah Memorial) and Veena Murthy Vijay who heads the Artists’ Introspective Movement (AIM), a federation of artists with a progressive look towards arts, who have organized BIAF 09. DHONUK we decided will be associated with this Festival as online partner.
Also I think Atul Chitinis was sitting a few seats away from me although I decided not to disturb him!
Thursday, September 03, 2009
On 1st September, 2009 was born the INDIAN ART ECOSYSTEM - http://dhonuk.com
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Saturday, August 01, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Genre: Digital Art, On July 12, 2009 for July 21 (marks my mother's birthday) - Click above to view larger image.
Dedicated to my mother and all mothers, past, present and future.... who bear the symbols of love and later care and nurture them!
How I wish I could roam free,
Careless of all that the world demands.
But mother, for the thoughts of thee,
And on my head thy peaceful hands.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
DIGTAL ARTWORK Titled: Black = Hope
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Life is no pleasant game,
Yet a game all the same!
Come with me, let us
Go forth to tear thus,
The occasional pall of gloom.
Awaits the dawn of consciousness.
Darn the naysayers,
Burn their demoralizing prayers.
The beats of music,
And human company, keep up
The zest for life, the trick
Is to yearn for the very best!
Enjoy every step, wait not
With bated breath,
To reach some illusory goal.
Feel the oneness of each and every soul!
Black equals Hope, since it’s
A matter of raising your eyelids.
The ennui shall vanish, Gain
You shall zest, Zest, ZEST.
Watched Vijay Tendulkar's play 'Silence the court is in session' (English version of the Marathi original Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe) by a budding and getting quite adept troupe called VODO - http://www.vodo.blogspot.com/ - at the Rangashankara on 11th June 2009.
Currently hooked to: Song - 'Tere Naina' from the movie 'ChandniChowk to China'
Currently watching: Movie - 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Is L K Advani going to do the same? The drubbings in the elections - I have to give it to him that he managed to escape an attempt yet – poor guy his party’s SMSes extolling him as the next PM itself would have turned off the electorate – I am sure that is the reason. ‘Theory of the errant SMSes’ from my end – yet another absurd reason for the BJP’s (NDA) setbacks and King Cong, UPA’s (Ulta Pulta Alliance as per BJP – Ravishankar Prasad must be kicking himself on his rear end now) unwittingly thumping victory (they were themselves surprised it’d seem).
Also no such escape hatch for us, IIMB PGSEMers – our batch of 2008 after having stretched and strained to snapping point finally touch finish line. One full year completed! Almost two more to go... With ups and downs (an understatement given the accompanying volatile job scene in the IT sector) – a volcano of activity last one year it was with studies (sleep-reading, last minute mugging??) – marketing (Prof T & Damodar Mall in the mall…:D), economics (Prof D and Prof V), operations (not one of those done in a hospital), unaccounted number of accounting courses, finance (among high-profile banks collapsing left, right and centre), business events (Convergenz & Vista) and cultural events (Pehel, Unmaad etc), ecstasies (the Outliers and acad King Kongs aka Toppers), disappointments (GPAs - Grades eluding A), gung ho about assignments at the beginning and then 'pillion riding' towards the end of the year for some assignments, a drain on the academic nerves like nothing prior. Also mails and chain mails and more mails from professors and students and certain super-enthusiast 'inbox jesters' – mails of the nature from the erudite to those bordering on the very naughty with dollops of humour thrown in – all memories to be cherished forever...
The overall IIMB experience till now has been like the taste of a semi-ripe Totapuri mango – just ripening: sweetly sweet yet as sour as to make you jump in surprise!
And yeah Rahul Gandhi - the kid is punching his fists in the air like Federer does after he wins a grand slam! Sweet victory!! And the sly Oxonian retains the PM’s chair! Let’s hope a mandate for five-year stability without coalition squabbles as is being projected (it is another issue that a baffled BJP forgot to focus and highlight the painful price rises of the most exorbitant nature and terrorist strikes and all the national issues) will lead to greater economic stability and a peaceful social scene. Bangalore seemed to have gone along the BJP way completely (poor, poor Capt Gopinath lost his deposit, having got 14000 votes in all) and the arrogant Left goons have finally tasted bitter defeat at the politico demi-goddess Mamata’s altar!
The heat is on! It never ends! What did you expect right in the middle of May – heights of summer! Sakkath Hot Magaa…
Currently Looping: Hooked to the song Arziyan from Delhi 6 with its Sufi Qawwaali feel rendition and ARR’s music and invigorating lyrics! Also just watched ‘Luck By Chance’ – nice movie I must say – top class acting overall! Konkana is also that - Sakkath Hot Magaa… :)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Star of the Quarter Award is given to an individual who has significantly contributed to PGSEM community through extra curricular activities in an academic quarter, as part of various activities done by PGSEM-SAC and committees.SAC members will nominate significant contributors for the Award and the voting will be conducted among the current batches to decide the Star along with SAC members' points. SAC member is not eligible to be nominated for this award.You will be getting a mail on voting for Star of the Quarter - Q3 2008-2009.Please take your time to vote for and decide the Star.
- Designing of posters, banners for NASSCOM event, Convergenz 2009
- Orkut.com/iimb - made it possible with frequent interactions with Srikanth (Google)
- Honeywell representation in Panel Discussion on Convergenz (Y V Prakash)
- Contributed for Alchemy business plan event in Convergenz
- High creativity coefficient. Quick to decide and do things.
It gives us immense pleasure to declare "Shamit Bagchi (PGSEM 2008 - Section A)" as the winner for "Star of the Quarter Award" for Q1 of year 2009. Shamit was awarded the certificate for the same by Professor Shankar Venkatagiri on 19th April in front of an applauding PGSEM fraternity.Shamit has been a unanimous choice amongst the votes polled by Students and the members of the SAC.Please join us to congratulate Shamit Bagchi for winning this award and simulatneously achieving peer recognition in the PGSEM fraternity.
Friday, April 03, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
- A wrong move can do you in and be very costly.
- You got to keep playing. Are you ready for the next move?
- It is often tempting to make a move – think of all the possible traps!
- One move at a time. Rarely otherwise.
- That was a sure trap. You figured it out…
- You got to follow the rules. Each piece has it's unique style.
- You have to 'sit through the match' to win it.
- Never underestimate your opponent.
- Sometimes to elicit the level of your opponent, make a reckless move.
- If the opponent is repeatedly making stupid moves unable to acknowledge - that's the sign of an unworthy opponent.
- Sometimes pawns dont matter much, but they are often the most useful.
- Often what you see on the board is not what you get.
- You can go a long way, but then your own pawns are blocking you.
- It is not easy to checkmate. More easy to check.
- Sometimes it is hard to keep playing - but the sharpest, grittiest mind wins!
- Think upto 10, 20, 30 moves ahead???
- The next move is based on a future consequence!
- Reckless playing will lead to a loss, unless the opponent is also equally reckless.
- And lastly the board is not everything; it’s all in the mind.
- What is your next move?
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
PHOTO PLAGIARISM UPDATE - Feb 04, 2009: Called up their number and I spoke to a DNA executive and placed my demands. I was also told that their people would get back to me. Nobody called back. Second time I called up in the afternoon and spoke again with the same and extremely courteous sounding lady, some positive noises were made and then they are yet to get back with concrete details. Given the fact that three (3 not just one) digital images were taken and was subsequently published in the paper and this paper was sold (naturally for commercial purposes) the gravity of the situation is much more serious and damaging.
Three days have gone by, but no apology or photo credits - not only do these guys involve in online theft they seem to be far away from truth too! Sweet and pleasant words on the outside, something very different on the inside, these guys lack professionalism it seems very clear now. Guess the gumption - they are refusing to even speak nowadays; with the receptionist informing me they are not available or busy in some meeting. Pertaining to the plagiarism itself, having claimed acceptance and suggesting an apology/photo credits is not sufficient - conveniently claiming an error as if they are not aware of the legal consequnces, absolutely irresponsible approach. Apparently even freelance photographers are paid for their photography, so the fact that my photographs were stolen (online theft) and sold as part of the newspaper, the basic courtesy of compensation should have been extended.
I could have put a legal notice but have desisted from such a decision. No clue when the photo-credit/apology will be published.
By the way the KK concert during Unmaad @ IIMB yesterday was just amazing with serpentine crowds, loud music and cheering fans - a great evening it was indeed!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Close to 8 hours of classical arts (music and dance) on a single day – usually people watch one recital in a day we watched four of them back to back. I have gone to a couple of classical recitals till date but something of this nature was a dream come true! Not that I am bragging, but then the sheer experience of it all was stupefying to say the least. Let me start from the last item which got over at 4:30 AM, yes 4:30 AM on 26th Jan, 2009, that's today, our Republic Day. The dusk to dawn musical concert 'Yamini 2009' in association with the Spic Macay chapter at IIM Bangalore was an experience for me like never before.
The last item - the flute recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar reached its crescendo in a Druta Teentaal at around 3:30 AM, when the speed of play along with Sudhir Pandey on the tabla reached so high that it was just impossible for me to keep track of the tala, which I had been trying to keep track of throughout the recitals – so I just sat in silence soaking in the musical tornado, drenched completely. It was absolute 'rogue play' of the instruments, as mesmerizing as intimidating if I may put it in jest. The ending was reached through the Shudh Bhairav - 'Jaago Mohan Pyare', Raag Bhatiyar - the strains of which are so soulful, 'Payo ji maine Ram ratan dhan paayo' – Raag Desh I guess (Pandit Ronu also sings well as he did for these two). The actual ending was 5 minutes of Raag Bhairavi – which even in deep slumber has the capacity to wake you up as your whole body is rejuvenated with the tingles of the fresh, mellifluous strains of the flute and the magic of the tabla. There were many other flute pieces (midnight ragas) earlier to that too, after an initial glitch in the monitor and sound settings. Sheer Magic. Period.
Earlier it started off at around 6:30 PM on 25th Jan 09 as we sat squatting on the mattresses layed out on the ground enjoying the performances. The first was a Carnatic classical vocal recital by the Jayanti sisters, Ranjini & Gayatri – one with a slightly smooth voice and the other with the coarser tonal quality, who brought out the Abhang at the end of the recital to life, by the force of her aural tones. The abhang (Marathi) had this concept of being a 'Nindastuti' - wherein the semi-classical bhajan is a praise for the lord even though it sounds humorous or slightly taunting. In between were 2 songs set to Adi taala, and compositions of Saint Thyagaraja and many other Tamil, Telugu and Carnatic compositions for close to 2 hours. Extremely competent artists and sometimes brilliant. The sisters were not only competent artists but equally articulate in explaining and interacting with the audience.
Next was the Mysore Brothers with their violins, jumping with ease from the most high pitched to the most low pitched, gliding from the fastest pieces to the slowest ones from number to number in a disciplined show of violin prowess. The violin maestros truly deserve an applause, for I remember one piece in which the speed of playing the violin was just mind-blowing fast along with the accompanying Mridangam, Ghatam and the Tampura.
Then at around 11:30 PM started the Bharatanatyam recital by Urmila Sathyanarayana. This started off with a Varanam, and then went into the core pieces depicting scenes, involving both Abhinaya (facial gestures and hand movements) and Nritya/Natya. One mandatory scene as is the case in most Bharatanatyam recitals the play between Radha and Lord Krishna – this was very interestingly depicted. Then one which I liked best was the one in which Kaushalya sees her son Lord Rama take his first baby steps and knows no limit of her joy – the accompanying singing 'Thumaka Chalat Ram Chandra' by the group and the flute was all very high quality. One also was a romantic sketch where the female is telling her lover to be patient and restrain himself from displaying his affection in the public, quite sensuous. It ended with a short Bharatanatyam format sketch of 'Vande Mataram' at around 1:30 AM.
Soul piercing music it was (though my technical knowledge of ragas and taalas is very less I enjoy the package as a whole - akin to chaos theory); is all I can say and only an experience will get you the feel of the accompanying joy – bliss... Me, IndraD and ShashiA were there till the end.
May the sovereign, socialist, democratic republic - INDIA stay alive till eternity...
Happy Republic Day!