Friday, January 28, 2011

Vodka please?

Shamit Bagchi

Delhi Winters and Art

Straight out of fashion houses!
Delhi's folks have a dressing sense that's impeccable
Inspires you too to don anew ...

Art circles mix with social circles.
Vodka and wine flow... 
I gather the 'nasha' from the artworks though.

Cold, chilly winds, 
Send shivers down the skin
I gaze around, warming myself.

The cycle rickshaw with the auto
Taxi and Metro, signal
The two worlds apart, side by side.

Delhi Metro is speedy quick.
Time saved, time well-spent.
Bengaluru Namma Metro soon ...

Video, New media art, sound and installation
Colors, style and passion 
Art, artists and art buyers...

Flights are always delayed in Delhi
Every time I have experienced - without a fail.
Good bye Delhi, A good buy...that piece of art, valued at a few lakhs.

Delhi Winters and Art - II

I'd rather showoff!
The exterior matters most!
Who cares what's within?

Art whether I understand it or not
I like it! Put it up in my house.
Thats why I buy...

What were you expecting 
25 degrees celcius in January?
In Delhi? You fool!

Yeah so there are two worlds
Dont state the obvious
Be oblivious, enjoy the Metro ride!

Art is evolving, with the times
And the mood of the people.
Contemporary - no longer new age...

You want to get back to Bengaluru 
As fast as you can? The pleasant weather beckons
Warm it feels when I reach back at 1 AM - BIAL.

Delhi Winters and Art - III

Sheila Deewani is from Darbhanga
She runs a gallery there,
She is soft spoken and gorgeous!

Ritu Jawaani is from Delhi - runs a gallery here.
She has an obnoxious tongue.
She is always busy (with nothing too of course)

Maybe really busy, I have a biased view you see
Ritu is definitely less 'hot' than Sheila, 
Perhaps thats why the irksomeness in her demeanor, lesser male gaze.
They are working together on a project.

Welcome to the art world, Vodka Sir?

Then there's Mrs Extravaganza, from Saucewitsch, Germany
She finds irksome that students are spending time at her well done up art stall at the art fair
3rd world country houseflies... She'd bat them if she could. 
Instead she frets and fumes...

The chubby grey haired daughter
Of a famous artist from the Bengal school of Art
Seems happy in oblivion, not the least bit bothered
By the lack of attention...

We always sell online I get admonished
What are you talking about?
How will I sell art in foreign countries without high-res jpegs?

Talks and risque jokes,
Writers and speakers, a cocktail of voices
Onlookers and the art enthusiasts!!

There is a buzz from a sculpture made up of a thousand or more mikes
A fluorescent green chappal shaped installation talking about use of condoms
A mini train chuggs along as yet another exhibit.

From the absurd to the sublime... It's Delhi Art time!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dhonuk conducts fine arts events at IIMB Culfest Unmaad 2011

22 January at 11:00 - 23 January at 19:00

LocationIIM Bangalore Campus, Banerghatta Road

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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.

Among the various events being organized by Dhonuk at Unmaad 2011 are:

An art exhibition involving some very creative artists affiliated to Dhonuk including Anand Bedrala (Acrylic, Oil) and Kiran Kumari (Acrylic, Pen, Oil), Usha Nithyananda (Watercolors, Oils) and Murali A (Oils, Acryclic). Select artwork will be on display and available for sale.

Caricature Camp - Caricaturists Raghupathi Sringeri and Satish Sringeri who are known for their cartoons in the dailies and for their caricatures will do caricatures on the spot and also discuss about art and the wit and humour involved in cartoons!

An Art Jam will be where multiple artists will come together to work live on the spot on a series of independent artwork and a joint artwork on a canvas. This will be involving Dhonuk artists in association with Penjciljam - an art training organization.


Dhonuk & Developing your Creativity Quotient - Towards a new CMM - Creativity Maturity Module for organizations !!

Shamit Bagchi, founder Dhonuk and a research associate at IIM Bangalore will talk about the journey of having started up Dhonuk. What motivated him to move out of his cushy IT job - the passion, the pull and then the final decision. The talk will also elaborate on what creativity entails, how organizations can utilize the creative potential of their employees better and why it was felt that a Dhonuk like online platform was missing in the Indian Art ecosystem.


Artistic Photography Workshop by Vamsi Krishna - The workshop will mainly focus on artistic lan
dscape photography covering aspects of composition, colours and depth.

There will also be a short talk about composing images in a controlled environment – still life, flowers etc. How to process images using Photoshop to get the colours in case of colour artwork and the shades in case of B&W. (I’d like to know if I could get my laptop to the workshop)

The pre-requisites for attending the workshop would be:
The participant should know the basic features of a prosumer/SLR camera. It is recommended the participant own a prosumer/SLR camera to understand the concept better. I will be getting my equipment also.

A short graphic novel created jointly by a Dhonuk artist and writer as part of the new area of content creation that Dhonuk is pursuing will be on sale at the venue.

More details - on Unmaad:
Unmaad on Dhonuk:

Hindustani Classical at Bengaluru Habba 2011

Santoor recital by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was of course no doubt enthralling with his 'Ati Sukshma' playing of the instrument, it was the Hindustani Vocals performance by Keerti Kumar Badseshi which was the real surprise. He brought tears to my eyes within 2 minutes of his bhajan rendition, of course an effect of his superb singing prior to that for about an hour. #BengaluruHabba @ Chowdaiah Memorial on 17 Jan 2011.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Development: A conundrum & its effects...

How is it that places such as US/Europe/MiddleEast/Japan 'developed' (as in material and consumer terms) like crazy - is it industrial revolution as a result of scientific spirit and the agency theory? 

Why has Africa/Asia not been that 'successful' or gung ho - is it because of subjugation of their populace by imperialist forces? Or was it a conscious decision? Some even put forth racial/genetic reasons, climate etc which I dont think is true. And are we now getting sucked in -  blindly following the West - taking the same damned route - these are making me think ....

We just follow MIT - Harvard Biz School and want to settle down in US etc. since we are able to get a 'good life' there? Am wondering... why this is so. 

Many are saying the 1991 liberalization in India has actually caused immense damage and increased the gap between have nots (life is tougher now) and haves in India due to the skewed development. However majority beneficiaries will not agree.

It is one thing to utilize the best resources and facilities (opportunistic/each takes care of themselves so everyone is happy story) - however what about the future? All the environmental devastation is now being replaced with 'green' tech - needed maybe, but in the first place greedy industrialization created all the devastation. A capitalist mindset, rapacious mindset from the time man had machines.

Some shining feats of engineering and technological marvels have come to the fore. However has it reached levels inhuman now? The workers and the managers - always way apart in all terms. Education itself again is like a means or a ticket to riches, is that the reason for education - standardized minds as output.  

And what about the recent financial mess... We cannot conveniently forget - something is to be changed in the system as a whole! Learning financial complex jugglery is fine when these financial instruments wreak havoc in the economy - isn't something wrong with the logic behind it all?

Qualified minds need to consciously think of reforms (which I am sure they are capable of) rather than use the same textbook formulas (with deep flaws) to continue running an ailing system - although this is easier due to the instant benefits available (milking the system). The rules are created by the people who can get richer by implementing them - finding economic value in everything and an economic angle to everything is quite obnoxious.

And the statement that I remember distinctly from Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park - We can only destroy ourselves (species) and not the world! Where are we going - greed and speed - the fatal keywords!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Each of us are a gift to this world!

Each of us are a gift to this world - the very fact that we exist!
Beautiful thought put forth by Prof DVR Seshadri during the REIL class yesterday based on his personal experiences.

A guest lecture prior to his class was a serious inspirational tale on resilience!
There is no need to prove ourselves or feel like failures - these are the wrong feelings of inadequacy that we often times imagine (guess those with greater imagination do so more often) ...
We always crave for 'becoming' instead of just 'being'.

The antenna must start receiving the divine signals ... Often our antenna is pointed elsewhere, realign.
Let us go back once more, O mind, to our own abode!
Here in this foreign land of earth. Why should we wander aimlessly in
stranger's guise? (From a beautiful song that Swami Vivekananda used to sing)
Greed and Lust - the thug and robber on the highway to realization!
Self belief and faith will see us through!