Where did I leave the last time I updated this page, which was a couple of years ago. I have forgotten. But I do remember I had mentioned that I would update the page every three months. But that didn't happen, Sorry!
The reason for that was I was having problems with my website, my domain provider was playing up and I was unable to find a designer who would help me out. Then Sanjeev Wadhwa came to my rescue - now a buddy of mine. He is from my School, although, much junior. I don't know what it is about Springdales but, the bonding is really amazing and it cuts through years. Anyway I am very grateful to Sanjeev. So rather than writing about the past that's gone by I thought, let me write about wazzup in the very recent past!
My twenty year old dream of singing the story of Mahabharata finally took shape, it took me two years to song write and put to music, I called it the "Song of Dharma" because that's how I looked at it "We all sometimes conflict with our moral convictions, it's like in the great epic of human contradictions..." I used the format of the traditional style of story telling in India where a scroll illustrating the story was rolled out from one end and behind stood singers and musicians to narrate the story in a song. I had commissioned an artist in Calcutta who illustrated the story in the "patta" style - a 6th century art form which was the precursor to the Kalighat painting, the Bengal school of painting and the Jamini Roy School style. The "patta" was the first stylised paintings in India.
In our production, we used a screen to project the illustrations and involved three brilliant musicians, Gautam Ghosh, Tapan Mallick and Chayan Adhikari to give the one hour long song a captivating structure . And the production looked neat.
I assumed that getting a sponsor to support this idea would not be a problem. I think I assumed too much and was so very disappointed by the Corporates, reaction that the idea was too archaic. These were some of the Corporates who shout out from rooftops to the global market about the great Indian heritage that they belong to and position themselves as Corporates with strong roots.
I was in real "dharam sankat". My mother was ailing and was bedridden, I had to look after her and then I could not find support for staging the production and, I did not want to abandon the project, so, I emptied out all that I had as savings and got "Song of Dharma" going - it was a very expensive production but we managed. Meanwhile, I lost my mother on November 10 2011 and the event was on November 16th 2011and I could not cancel it. I am an artiste and the show must go on...
Mrs Sheila Dikshit, who I admire for her cultural interests released the DVD and the book of verse and it was sheer coincidence that Delhi was celebrating its 100 years and naturally she showed a great deal of excitement, she ordered whole lot of DVD's and the book of verse and distributed it to whom she wanted to and rang me a couple of times to tell me how well the DVD and the book was appreciated. In fact while she was speaking to me she was watching the "Song of Dharma" with her colleagues she said. The Delhi Government was supposed to stage the "Song of Dharma" for the inaugural and the closing function but her cultural secretary said they could not position it because it was in English. I found that very strange, and a few weeks later I saw an advertisement in the newspaper announcing the staging of "Ramayana" with English subtitles. What an irony!
I have posted a promo of the "Song of Dharma", please watch it. I hope you will like it and order some DVD's and the book of verse.
Till next time then. Stay well! By the way also let me know what you thought of the website.