‘Photography is my
|Raghu Rai put India on
the world map for creative photography. His passion for photography
goes beyond mere technique. It is the attempt to catch what lies
beyond the visible, in the area of the inexpressible, that defines
most of his collections. Charu Singh caught up with the ace lensman after his recent exhibition in
Delhi to understand the man and his passion.
other photographers can catch the inner perfection of a moment more
purely then Raghu Rai’s lens. Stark rock formations and clouds stare
out of his photographs as also the still-moist lotus petal as it
shines with dew drops.
‘odd man out’
Researchers have said that
modern human beings and not the brow-ridged, large-nosed Neanderthals
may be the oddity in the history of human evolution.
Trinkaus, professor of anthropology at Washington University,
in his study in the journal of Current Anthropology said that
study based on fossils has revealed that the straight line from chimps
to the common ancestor should go down to the Neanderthals, and modern
humans should be the off branch.
Vizag: Port of varied
thinks of sun, sea and sand and the image flashed in mind is that of
Goa and the words ringing in the ears are `Go Goa’. Well, we are not
talking about Goa but of Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag.
Apart from the location difference, one can be sure that it won’t be
buzzing with people all the year round.
leopards need their spots
With no project to take
care of the shrinking habitat of leopards in Hamirpur, the animals are
attacking villagers and being forced to come out into urban areas,
the twilight times of dusk and dawn, people living on the fringes of
forests in district Hamirpur fear to tread out. The threat of a
leopard on the prowl in the village is too dangerous to ignore. As it
is, leopards are known to be well-camouflaged, silent and stealthy
colours of prejudice
The Shilpa Shetty incident
made headlines for its racist undertones, but what about Karan
Johar’s films that expose our own desi brand of racism, asks Shakuntala
one walks through the streets of New York City as I often do, having
lived there for many years and now a frequent visitor, one is drawn to
the city’s immense diversity. It is referred to as the capital of
the world, all for the reason that people from around the globe live,
work and visit this vibrant multicultural city.
lived happily ever after
Indian cinema reflects
the social ethos from which marriage has sprung. It is not divorced
from its socio-cultural context. In quick succession, we have three
films focussed on marriage—Vivaah, Just Married and Honeymoon
Travels Private Limited, writes Shoma
is the marriage season in Bollywood and I am talking about the
celebration of the actual event of marriage, sagai, doli,
saugat, mehdi, the works, which is currently on an
overdrive in recent Hindi films. Rajashri Films set the ball rolling
with Vivaah, which appeared like a salve after the disastrous
Karan Johar bombshell Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
of the native
extreme way of achieving realism in feature films is to cast actors
who belong to the same socio-cultural background as the characters
they portray. The bill poster in Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle
Thieves and the street urchin in Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! looked
so real because Lamberto Maggiorani and Shafiq Syed, both amateurs,
actually came from the milieu that was depicted.