Saturday, October 23, 2010

World’s Shortest Wild Life Movie: “Torpedo Turtle”

Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya who is a teacher & writter by profession from Mumbai (India) made an experimental movie "Torpedo Turtle". This movie is unique & in real sense an experiment.

Dinesh Upadhyaya claims that "Torpedo Turtle" is world's shortest wild life movie. Reason behind his claim is strong because the length of movie is just 0.4 second i.e. 0.0067 minute i.e. 0.00011 hour.     

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World’s Shortest Movie: “Experiment With Life”

Every day we are doing some experiments with our life. Every day we are trying to fill some different colour in our life to overcome the same black & white life.
Using these philosophies of life Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya from Mumbai (India) made an experimental movie "Experiment With Life". This movie is unique & in real sense an experiment because it contain no characters, no dialogues, no sound & not even credits.

Dinesh Upadhyaya who is a teacher & writter by profession is also a serious movie watcher. After watching great classic movies from great directors like Satyajit Ray, Hrishkesh Mukherji, Guru Dutt, Roman Polanski, De Sica, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Benigni made a deep impact on him.

He always wanted to do something with movies. Since movie making is most expensive & unit work, he decided to make such a movie which requires no money but fulfill his dream.
Sometimes a single image or a single word or a slogan or a symbol enough to express the whole story. He used this formula in making his odd but unique movie. Being M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry, he spends more than 8 years in chemistry lab. So he used scientific approach to express his meaning of life. In his shortest movie, unknown hands filling Violet colour chemical from a conical flask to a test tube. Here he symbolically wants to express that test tube is our life & we are trying to fill colour from conical flask to in it. Here conical flask may be our society, our surroundings or may be whole world. Unclear background expresses the uncertainty of our life. He intentially used Violet because this "cool" colour is the highest colour in the visible spectrum & it relates to self knowledge/ spiritual awareness. It is the union with our higher self, with spirituality, and our higher consciousness.
He totally aware that most of the viewers were going to criticize his creation, going to laugh on his creation but he has faith on it.

He claim that "Experiment With Life" is world's shortest meaningful movie. Reason behind his claim is strong because the length of movie is just 0.4 second i.e. 0.0067 minute i.e. 0.00011 hour.

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Dinesh Upadhyaya registered his claim of 'world's shortest meaningful movie' to world's different record books like Guinness Book of Record, Limca Book of Record, Alternative Book of Record, Universal Record Data Base & many others.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Satish Gujral – Life, Work & His Autograph

Satish Gujral is one of the greatest as well as the most versatile artist of the Indian subcontinent.As a Painter, Sculptor, Muralist, Architect & Writer he is described as a living legend, one of the few who have consistently dominated the art scene in India for entire post-independent era.
He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
He is the brother of former Indian Prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral.
On 8th Feb 2003, I meet him at Jahangir Art Gallery (Mumbai) where his art exhibition was organised. One incident I still remember. In exhibition I really like his crafted burnt wooden works. I meet him & express my views about his brilliant works. He just saw my face & smiled. Then again I repeat my thoughts. Looking at me he smiled & then handshakes with me. On my request he gave me his autograph. Later on I learnt that, at that time he was reading my lips.
Here I gather some useful information about this great artist.
Satish Gujral, born in Jhelum in 23th Dec, 1925 in pre-partition West Punjab. He has won international recognition for his wide range of creativity that runs through painting, graphics, mural, sculpture, architecture and interior design.
 At the age of eight, a sickness terminally impaired his hearing. During his early years of sickness, "entombed in silence", as he said, he read Urdu literature and went on doodling with a pencil on paper. In 1939 he joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore to study Applied Arts. The School's curriculum included various techniques for stone and woodcarving, metal smithery, clay modeling, drawing and design, to which was added scale- drawing and copying of the ground plans and elevations of old buildings.
About three years before the partition of India, he joined Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1944 to study Painting. During 1944-47 he came into contact with the Progressive Artists Group in Mumbai, which included S.H. Raza, EN. Souza, P.N. Mago, Jehangir Sabavala, M.F. Husain and others. Satish Gujral could not accept the PAG's total adaptation of techniques and vocabulary of European Expressionism and Cubism. He searched for a kind of modernism rooted in Indian traditions.
In 1947 he had to discontinue his studies at the J.J. School of Art because of recurring illness. In 1952 he left for Mexico on a scholarship for an apprenticeship with Diego Rivera and David Sequeiros. The social content dominated his paintings and graphics, and the anguish of the nations who lost their homes and families during the partition of the country came out in angry, sweeping gestural brushwork in his paintings. His search was on for what was living and life- giving in the traditional arts and crafts of India, and he diversified his sculptural materials with machined industrial objects in steel, copper, glass, often painted in strong enamel colors. Later he tried out junk sculptures, introducing light and sound in them.
From 195 2 - 1974, Satish Gujral had scores of solo shows of his sculptures, paintings and graphics in Mexico City, New York, New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Stockholm. Since the late '80s up to the recent years, Satish Gujral's paintings and sculptures further diversified both in terms of materials and content. Satish Gujral's sculptures in burnt wood have come with a kind of visceral exposure of forms, human and otherwise.
He executed commissions to make large murals, mostly in mosaic and ceramic tiles and later in machined steel elements, simulated his interest in their immediate architectural context.
By 1977, he executed murals for Punjab University, Chandigarh, Odeon Cinema, New Delhi (1962), World Trade Fair, New York (1963), Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi (1964), Northern Railway, New Delhi (1966), Ministry of Education, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi (1968), Agricultural University, Hissar (1970, '73, '86), Oberoi Towers, Bombay (1971-72), The Palace of the Sultan of Muscat (1975), Delhi High Court (1976), Gandhi Institute, Mauritius (1 977) and World Trade Centre, New York (1980).
 The year 1977 is important because in that year Satish Gujral started actively exploring the elusive vocabulary of the International Style in modem architecture. He designed the Daryani House, New Delhi (1977), Modi House (1978), Gandhi Institute (1978-79), Datwani House (1979- 90), Modi House (1980-82), Belgian Embassy, New Delhi (1980-83), and Dass House, New Delhi (1983-85). In 1986 Satish Gujral designed the Goa University and the CMC, Hyderabad, Palace AI-Bwordy, Dubai, and the Indian Ambassador's house in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    • National Award for Painting (1956, 1957)
    • National Award for Sculpture (1972)
    • State Honor from the Government of Punjab (1979)
    • Order of the Crown, Belgium (for Architecture) (1983)
    • Padma Vibhushan (1999)
    • Leonardo Da Vinci Award
    • International award for Life Time Achievements (Mexico)
Satish Gujral wrote his autobiography titled as "A Brush with Life: An Autobiography"
Gayatri Sinha, Santo Dutta and Gautam Bhatia published a book "Satish Gujral : An Artography" which traces the aesthetic & personal journey of him over the last five decades.
Importatant links for Satish Gujral
Official Website of Satish Gujral is

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Julio Francis Ribeiro - Bullet for Bullet & His Autograph

Julio Francis Ribeiro, is a retired IPS (Indian Police Service) officer and civil servant who is best remembered for his role in ending Punjab insurgency. He is famous for his phrase "Bullet for Bullet". Actually it is his policy that he adopted in Punjab to save the state from militancy.

He held increasingly responsible positions during his career, and led the Punjab Police during part of the Punjab insurgency periods. He served as Director General of Punjab Police during its worst years of terrorism in Punjab. The New York Times reported that in the 1980s, Ribeiro led the Punjab police in a "ferocious crackdown" on Sikh militants, in a policy christened "Bullet for Bullet" by Arun Nehru.
On 30th March, 2006, Keshav Gore Smarak trust (Goregaon) organised a public debate where Mr. Julio Ribeiro along with Mumbai Railway Police Commissioner, Suresh Khopade were invitees. I got opportunity to listen his life experiences. After the function I took his Autograph. He is giant 6"+ tall person.
Let us take some information about this hard super cop.
Julio Ribeiro is born on 5th May 1929 in Mumbai. He joined the Indian Police Service in 1953. From 1982 to 1985, he was the Commissioner of Mumbai Police. He was then promoted to Director General of Central Reserve Police Force & then to Director General Police of Gujarat. He held positions such as Special Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Adviser to the Governor of Punjab.
From 1989 to 1993, Julio Ribeiro served as Indian Ambassador to Romania. In August 1991 at Bucharest, he was attacked and wounded in an assassination attempt by Sikhs gunmen.
Similarly on October 3, 1986, inside the headquarters of Punjab Police at Jalandhar (Punjab), 6 Sikh militants belongs to Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) in police disguise attacked Ribeiro. His one guard was killed. Ribeiro, his wife, and four other police and paramilitary officers were injured. Riberio's wound was minor, but his wife was hospitalized.
He is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan award in 1987.
Julio Ribeiro, after retirement lives in Mumbai & involve in different social works. He is the Executive Chairman of the Public Concern for Governance Trust which is fighting corruption in Mumbai.
In an April 2006 interview with The Tribune, Julio Ribeiro explained that "It has been a role reversal for me... from fighting militants to fighting the corrupt administration." He went on to explain that while he had been offered positions in government, "Fighting with guns was no longer my cup of tea; and I wanted to work for the people of my city, Mumbai. I wanted to be useful to lower socio-economic classes, and thus decided to work at the grass roots level."
Julio Ribeiro published his autobiography as "Bullet for Bullet: My Life as a Police Officer."
 Important links for Julio Ribeiro

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Narayan Surve – Life, Work, Handwritten Letter & Autograph

Narayan Gangaram Surve was an outstanding Marathi poet who created a unique style of writing poems using the colloquial language of workers using a conversational prose-like style.

I first meet him when I was in 1st year B.Sc. at Ismail Yusuf College, Mumbai. He was guest poet for a function & I still remember his poem "Asa patrat liha" he sang at that time. On 14th Dec, 1995, he replied to my letter. He gave me blessings & New Year greetings in his Marathi reply letter.
 On 10th Oct, 1996, I again got opportunity to meet him at a multilingual Kavi Sammelan organised at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Chawopati,Mumbai. That time I took his autograph.

In my book collection I have his famous book Majhe Vidyapeeth (My University) which is consider as his first poem collection published in 1966.

Narayan Surveji  was born on October 15, 1926. Orphaned or abandoned soon after birth, he grew up in the streets of Mumbai, sleeping on the pavement and earning a meager livelihood by doing odd jobs. He taught himself to read and write. He actively worked in the workers' union movement in Mumbai and supported himself as a schoolteacher.

In the 1970s, he was often championed in India as well as in the Soviet Union and some Eastern bloc countries as a proletarian poet.

Narayan  Surve  received for his poetry Golden Lotus Award and Kabir Sammanin 1999 from the Madhya Pradesh government. He was a Convener of the Marathi Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi. He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan at Parbhani in 1995.
In 1998, he received a Padma Shri award for excellence in Literature & Education.

The following is a partial list of compilations of Narayan Surve's poems and essays:
  • Majhe Vidyapeeth (1966)
  • Jahirnama (1978)
  • Aisa Ga Mi Brahma
  • Sanad
  • Manush Kalawant
  • Ani Samaj
  • Sarva Surve (Editor: Vasant Shirwadkar)
  • Mastaranchi savli
On the Pavemenu of Life (1973) is a compilation of English translations of Surve's early poems.

He died due to old age and after a brief illness on August 16, 2010.

Marathi Short Film "Narayan Gangaram Surve" based on his life & directed by Arun Khopkar won the Golden Lotus – National award in the Short Film category.

 कवी नारायण सुर्वे यांच्या कविता 

आई म्हणजे आई असते

आई म्हणजे आई असते

जगा वेगळी बाई असते.....

तिची हक़ म्हणजे

मन हराव्नरी असते......

तिची प्रेमळ बोली

मनाला जिंकणारी असते.....

आई म्हणजे आई असते

जगा वेगळी बाई असते.....

घरातली तुलस तिच्या

मायेने वाढत असते....

बगिच्यातला निशिगंधा....

तिच्या हसण्याने फुलत असते....

आई म्हणजे आई असते

जगा वेगळी बाई असते.....

तिच्या सुरांवर

घर रमत असते.......

तिच्या तलवार

घर चालत असते...

आई म्हणजे आई असते

जगा वेगळी बाई असते.....

आपल्या बलाचे आश्रू पुसयला

ती सतत तयार असते....

आपल्या बलाला सुखाचे क्षण मिलावे.......

म्हणुन ती सतत तलमलत असते...

आई म्हणजे आई असते

जगा वेगळी बाई असते.....
असं पत्रात लिवा

तुम्ही खुशाल समदी हावा , असं पत्रात लिवा।।

कोण्या मेल्यानं तुम्हा कळविलं, मी ठुमकते रस्त्यावर

संशय माझा आला तर , नाही जाणार मी बाहेर

पाणी आणाया जाउ का नको, काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

शंभर रूपायचा हिषोब मागता , मी काय एकटीनं खाल्ले

लाईटचे वीस दिले, पाण्याचे तीस दिले, पंचवीसचे राशन आणले

दूधवाल्याचे पन्नास देउ का नको , काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

बाळाला आला ताप अन् खोकला, प्रायवेटला घेउन गेले,

त्याला जे. जे. ला नेउ का नको, काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

बेबीला आताशा शाळेत घातलय, अभ्यास चांगला करते

आयाबायांनी शिकायला पायजे, वस्तीच अख्खी बोलते

मी बी शिकायला जाउ का नको, काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

जवापासून तुमी गेला परदेषी, माजलेत इथे लफंगे

घडून मिळून राह्याच सोडून, धर्माच्या नावावर दंगे

समद्या वस्तीला समजावू का नको, काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

नारी मुक्तीच्या मरतात सभा, मीटींगला आम्ही जातो

बहिणीला तुमच्या मारतो नवरा, सगळयाजणी धमकावतो,

तिला सोडवाया जाउ का नको, काय ते पत्रात लिवा।।

कोण्या मेल्यानं तुम्हा कळीवलं मी ठुमकते रस्त्यावर,

मीटींगला जाते, मोच्र्याला जाते, त्याविना कसं जमणार,

या तुमीबी साभ द्यायाला, असं पत्रात लिवा।।
Important Link
Marathi Short Film Narayan Gangaram Surve - Part 1
Marathi Short Film Narayan Gangaram Surve - Part 2
सुर्वे: नारायण सुर्वे यांच्या समग्र कविता