Pictorial art and
the Indian ethos
Some thoughts on calendar
innocuous calendar fluttering on the wall is a utility item.
Interestingly, over the years it has become not only a decoration
piece that is meant to add colour to the room but also an art object
that displays the taste of the owner. Even today when the calendar is
no longer a part of drawing room decoration of the elite urban
society, it is still a cherished object d’art in towns and
villages. There calendars are exhibited on the walls and preserved for
years for the sake of religious value or even pictorial beauty.
is no longer about destinations; it’s about experience. The year
2003 could well be remembered as the time that started the process of
change. The last quarter of 2003 changed almost everything. Hotel
bookings spiralled and so also tourist arrivals. Says
Rathi Vinay Jha, secretary, tourism, government of India, "This
is a positive trend and is a result of active promotion and the return
of travel sentiment in the world as such."
with a human face
the glitzy shopping malls with fashionable garments and the glitter of
catwalks, there are many who work silently. Among them today are the
disabled too, who have discovered a new dignity of labour, reports Usman
your audience is restive," a lecture manager once advised a new
client, "It’s always a good idea to tell a story about Mark
Twain." Fresh stories about
Twain keep popping up in magazines and radio programmes (Hal
Halbrook’s enormously successful impersonation of Twain), old ones
are resurrected and refurbished and given new tag lines. Since the
great humorist is in no position to repudiate them, the Twain legend
continues to grow.
Bhandarkar dislikes stereotypes. So the maker of Chandni Bar is
busy working with Bollywood biggies for his next multi-starrer Aan-Men
at Work. The sought-after filmmaker, who has also finalised to
cast the talented Konkona Sen Sharma in his next film Page 3,
speaks to Vickey Lalwani.
girl to actress of substance
Bollywood heroines, 2003 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year of
Urmila Matondkar. After back-to-back performances in Ramgopal
Varma’s Bhoot and Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Pinjar, she
appeared in Khalid Mohammad’s Tehzeeb — soon to be followed
by Shriram Raghavan’s Ek