Thursday, March 31, 2022
At Jawahar Kala Kendra, a week Rajasthani theatre & folk festival was organised by Rang Mastaaney. A lot of theatrical plays, storytelling performances, musical concerts were organised.
March 21.2022. I missed the first day of the festival and went ahead the next day. I got a chance to watch a play, "Mira" by Sahil Ahuja. I was heartened to see Yogesh performing in the play. This play was about love and loss of Mira Bai. The actors are in their whites and the storytelling goes in a very different format. There's a lot of poetry and also narration within the play.
I got a chance to meet some Jaipur localite, Himanshu, a PhD Scholar.
I also got a chance to watch the story reading session of Jhalkari. It's based on the real life story of dalit warrior Jhalkari Bai who became a body double and commander in chief for Rani Lakshmi Bai's women's army. There was a lot of songs and solo performances. Enjoyed it.
March 22 & 23: For the next two days, I couldn't attend the plays as I was late for the plays. I joined Parul, Swati, Pooja & Usha for a walk at Rajivika Mela. The girls went on shopping gaga while I strolled throrugh stalls attending work calls. Vaishnavi, Padma, Supriya were also present in the Mela. At the end we walked into Indian Coffee house to meet a few more colleagues, Dilip, Imran, Jagadeesh & Narendar. Looks like half of the foundation is at Jawahar Kala Kendr. After a not-so-good Dal Bati at Rajivika Mela, we dispersed and called it a day. Last minute Pooja & Somesh showed up to hand over the free passes for the festival.
Swati & I went ahead to watch the play Hind Swaraj. Vaishnavi joined. I couldn't sit for long time to watch the play as everything was going bad. Lights, sounds, actors' performance, stage design. I was constantly thinking on how actors would feel when the audience are not enjoying the play. It's very instantaneous. We react as the actor forgets the dialogue. I couldn't follow the theatre watching etiquettes. Three of us walked out of the play immediately.
Later, Swati, Jayant, Geetika & I stayed back for Piyush Mishra's performance. Chilling out on the stairs, I enjoyed watching Piyush Mishra sing his hits. For a moment, it became very boriing, as every thing seemed to be similar. He started the show late by hour and ended it early. I wondered if 500 was worthy for such performance.
Vaishnavi & I headed to watch the play, Ek Naukrani ki Diary. It's a two and hour play with a lot of flat narration and the conflicts seemed to be less interesting. This play is hosted by Gandharva theatre group- a lot of newbies and partimers. May be we're too impatient to watch a 2.5 hour play, we thought.
I was determined to check out all the plays and was heading to watch Hasya Chudamani. Vaishnavi joined in last minute. This seemed to be a famous one. It was house full play. Luckily, we got seats and began to watch the play. This play, originally was written by Mahamatya Vatrsraj in 11th Century. It was periodic but, included a lot of modernistic elements in the play. After a point, the satires on BJP were too many to notice. This play had a lot of BundelKand Hindi. Vaishnavi and I struggled to comprehend a few dialogues. As we begin to discuss, we'd miss the next dialogues and try to get back into the play.
I jumped into Vaishnavi's gang plan. A dinner at M M Khan Hotel. This time, we went to M M Khan hotel, at outskirts. A lot of M M Khan Hotels seemed to be in the city.
March 27. 2022
Sunday was packed with plays, storytelling performances, musical night. Watched Abhishek's play, Hum Bharat Ke Log, it's a play on portraying current standards of constitutional morality of Indians. Later Bheli Baatan, a marwari storytelling performance which I enjoyed to any extent.
At evening, there was a play-Banswara Company. Enjoyed it thoroughly. It's a play on how a play is performed by the theatre actors.
At last, there was a musical performance by Santoshi Joshi.
Covering a lot of plays, there was a theatre photographs exhibition by Rajesh Kumar Soni. Enjoyed it as well.
At the end, got a chance to meet the festival organisers Maulshree who seemed to handle a lot of operations on the go. Discussing with her, I was told, how this festival got started and who handle it. I enjoyed walking to JKK every evening. I wish I had watched all the plays but, due to work I couldn't attend the morning plays.
After a long week, I'm happy I got to watch a lot of plays and made a few friends and also spend good time the old friends. Thanks Jawahar Kala Kendr for the best hangout space in Jaipur and cheers Rang Mastaaney for pulling off such a huge event.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hind Swaraj-Theatre play is directed by Arjun Deo Charan. Swati, Vaishnavi and I headed to JKK for the play. 10 minutes at the play, we walked out of it. We couldn't watch it further.
It's a play on Hind Swaraj. The lights and sound were patchy. Except three actors, I couldn't find any one worth watching. The Gandhi forgets when to deliver the dialogues, the actors are clueless when to walk out of the stage as the lights guy seemed to snore in the few seconds gap he gets in the play. Sometimes, they play music, sometimes they don't. I was told, it's a good play by a big directors. Technical glitches and bad design resulted a terrible performance. Glad we walked out soon after we realized it.
Monday, March 28, 2022
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
After a long time, I visited Sirohi on an official visit. A lot of memories and experiences. As I walk down the Mandwa village, I went to few student's house. This time I visited Gerki's house. Gerki is very honest and punctual at her studies. I went while they were getting ready for dinner. Spoke a bit with their parents in little marwari I know.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Rang Rajasthan is a theatre art festival hosted at Jawahar Kala Kendr. I got a chance to watch the play, "Mira" directed by Sahil Ahuja. I was heartened to see Yogesh on the stage, a theatre fellow I met at my workplace.
The play Mira is about the Meera Bai depicting the theme of love and pain. There are four actors wearing white dresses walking around the stepped stage. The stage and the lights were to the perfection to bring an etching impression of the play. The live music by violinist, guitarist and a percussionist enhanced the emotions of the play.
In this play, the actors play the role of narrators as well as the characters. Theatre storytelling seemed to be the most powerful format.
Evocative and I'm keen to read more about Meera. I was also told that Meera is a parallel figure to the poetess Akkamahadevi, a shiva devotee.
"I'm not sure of how to write my draft and there's no clarity," I nagged with Harry.
"Great. You've realized that you lack clarity. You already are one step ahead. A lot frustrate without knowing what they're lacking at."
I gained a little confidence by Harry's words, I realised I can think through this unclarified moments. "What's next?" I asked him.
"Seek information," responded Harry, "talk to people, consider opinions, gather as much knowledge as possible on the area/project/subject around which you're working on.
"Will that give clarity?" I was impatient to reach at clarity.
"Certainly, you'll be better informed to work further. Gaining information is one way to clear out the haze towards your what you want to work on."
"I always had a lot of questions on writing. What are the do's and dont's in writing? Can I spare myself from grammar in my first draft? How important is to finish the first draft? What techniques should I use to enhance a scene? Can I think through the storyline by bits and pieces and tweak the sequences. Am I allowed to work on linear and non-linear narratives. There were a lot of doubts and I was confused where to reach.
I tried asking Google for every doubt I had and reflecting my patience, I was overloaded with huge load of opinions, tips, hacks. That didn't help at all. I began to listen to writers interviews and their processes.
Listening to the podcasts of the writers, I realized that I'm free to be acutely observe everything in my life and sharpen my skill by writing down my experiences with the help of five senses. The art of working on specific area to enhance the skill. Earlier, I always assumed that I should get the style naturally rather than impose a particular style. Now, I'm free to dabble with the styles. I'm free to take a write down a lot of notes on what I read. I'm free to maintain a writer's notebook and prepare for my upcoming books. And I also learnt that writing fiction contains character building, plotting, sequencing, narrating and much more.
The information liberated me from the fears I always had if I'm allowed to do what I'm doing.
Seeking information indeed gave me a whole confidence to take a step ahead rather than being paralyzed in doubts with little action.
Monday, March 21, 2022
This poem evoked me to reflect on all my relations. The last lines are what I strongly related to.
"And I know you don't want to say your truth
And I know it hurts to trust
But it's better to have loved and lost,
than never to have loved at all"
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Jawahar Kala Kendr is organising Rasrangam, a festival celebrating performing visual and literary arts. As part of it, there was a show by Salil Bhatt and a two other artists. All the newspaper articles about his work and the legacy were pasted on the wooden plank and placed across the entrance of the hall.
Salil Bhatt along with Abhishek and Kutle Khan was performing on stage. Contrary to the performance, the way the leading artist introduced the other artists was disappointing. The man of the hour, Salil Bhatt introduced one artist with a lot of pomp, saying he hails from Benaras, the land of traditions blah blah and didn't bother to introduce another artist who hails from a small village from Jaisalmer. Through out the show, there was more of his boasting and less of the act.
What's the point of art when there's no humility and no respect for the fellow artists?
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Pooja is a painter based out of Jhansi. By profession, she is a zoologist and has learnt painting from her master. She has come all the way from Jhansi to Jaipur for the sake of this exhbition. politely, she stays at the entrance watching the visitors observe her art. On being asked who's the artist, "I'm the artist" she mentioned humbly without any pomp. What's the medium," I ask. "Mixed Medium," she replied.
"You've painted a lot of animals, nature and also some sceneries," I pointed out. "I'm a zoologist," she replied. She always responded a question with a single line answer.
I really enjoyed the forests. With the play of distance, the forest paintings turned out to be the most exquisite ones in the show. I enjoyed it.
I attended an art show, Aheli, a female artists exhibition at Kalaneri art gallery. I glanced through a lot of art, a few hyper realistic painting, a few sketches, a lot of sculptures and a few abstract paintings. I got a chance to catch up with the artist Shwetha, whose art was exhibited.
|Shwetha and her friend|
Excerpt from our conversation:
Abhinay: "What's your painting process?"
Shwetha: I do not think and paint. I paint and then think of what I could see. What I see depends on my mood, time, and a lot of factors.
A: How do you choose particular colors when you begin to paint?
Shwetha: It depends on my mood. If I'm happy, I use bright colors, I'm angry, I use dark colors. Every color symbolises a mood for me.
As Shwetha mentioned of colors and her interpretation, I was interested on how she arrived at the abstract painting as an artist.
A:How did you arrive at the painting?
Shwetha: I began with figurative paintings, realistic and slowly, I enjoyed finding abstract as subject rather any realistic subjects. I took a lot of time. At first, I'm from Literary background and I did nothing in it. I came to this art gallery, did a few certification courses on painting and pursued masters in visual art and through out the process, I'm evolving as an artist.
A: How important is to study Art as a course?
Shwetha: Everyone can be an artist but, not everyone can appreciate art. One has to have the knowledge of art to interact with art and appreciate it. I can walk around the exhibition and say everything as good and bad. I'll state what I feel. But, when I study art, one can criticize, point out, think of the processes and much more. So it's good to have the knowledge of art. As it can help us to understand or interact with art in more deep manner rather superficially.
Walking through out the gallery, we discussed and requested Shwetha for a picture with her art work. Her friend joined in for the picture as well. Thanks Shwetha for the time and the conversation.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
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