The #Diva- one & only #SitaraDevi ji #nrityasamragyi; #Queen of #kathak

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The moment you see Sitara Devi ji here in every frame the bright spirit comes alive.

Not only for women’s day but for my respect and remembrance I thought to “google” some images of our great Artist. From thousands of images I could select few and copied and pasted here. sitara3

I wish i can write a small booklet on her. Each frame tells a story. That story I will imagine and try to write  in my way. But for now, on women’s day, she is the true symbol to pay respect towards her (an untiring spirit of a woman).

I had seen her programs on Doordarshan all black and white broadcast from Lucknow Doordarshan Kendra during 1980s. I wish all are available in doordarshan archives? Similar programs of GopiKrishna were also telecasted.

I am not the only one who is in awe of her. The famous Dance critic writer Sunil Kothari said about her “Sitara was exceptionally talented. Full of energy and infectious spirit, her dance cast a spell on audiences, not for the nazakat (delicacy) and khubsoorti (beauty) the Lucknow gharana was known for, but for her electrifying Kathak. Sitara’s endearing way of speaking to the audience, be it in Motihari village in Bihar, or Carnegie Hall in New York, won her the affection of connoisseurs and lay people. She was a law unto herself.?       These words sum up about her in little.

The moment Sitara Devi ji used to come on stage, whole of stage seemed to be electrified.

Although SitaraDevi ji hailed from a Brahmin family, where it was a social stigma on dancing by girls of such families. But due to encouragement from her Father and guru Pt Sukhdev Maharaj, she got opportunity to learn Kathak Dance from her elder sisters Tara ji, who was mother of Natraj GopiKrishna ji. Another elder sister was Alakhnanda ji who was also a famous kathak performer of her time. I think she died nearly in 1984 ??? i dont remember exact year. But when I went to BHU to appear in an examination there i had read in a news paper that Alakhnanda ji was seriously ill and ailing in a hospital. Since I had gone to BHU to appear in an examination and i could imagine how my parents and relatives could have reacted had I requested them to take me to that hospital just to see Alakhnanda ji?? that is situation in our society. Then imagine what hardship these ladies, these legendary stars, had to face during their childhood in 1920s or 1930s?

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Sitara Devi ji was a permanent star attendance at most famous Holi Dhamal of RK Studio,.

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Has anyone thought that a  LP record of a classical dancer will be brought out in those times? HMV might have thought of her popularity among people of India for her singing and dancing capabilities.

Sitara Ji always loved the brighter side of life, i think that shows her positive attitude towards life. the zeal to live life to its fullest.sit1  sit6

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Sitara ji married at her own terms. Sitara Devi was married to Nazir Ahmed Khan then to K. Asif and then to Pratap Barot. K Asif was brother of wife of Nazir Ahmed Khan.

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In this age Dr Sitara Devi ji came up on stage and people sought her blessings, at Sur Singar Sansad. Here daughter of Sitara Devi Ji Smt JayantiMala presented her dance. After Sitara Devi ji and Gopi Krishna ji there is no one who can bear the Torch of Banaras Gharana of Kathak. I mean that charm and majesty which these star dancers carried will be missed.

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Each and every frame depicts her as lively persona

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few of videos are in other blog 

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This particular image is enough to describe her untiring spirit and ever ready to dance. She was on wheel chair and still performed on stage at a function organised in memory of women empowerment !!! is it not a symbol of untiring spirit.

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https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/uEgMMffzZns

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/sitara-devi-obituary/article6639595.ece

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitara_Devi

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CHILD ABUSE at home : Child sexual abuse, what can we call it?

While sleeping i felt something unusual, But deep in sleep i could not figure it out. I felt a human body beside me. Thus clinging to that warm body I slept again. Now i know how dangerous is to fall asleep.

After applying his liquid kisses on me, he took me into tight embrace. I also put my arms around him. He was so pleased by this that again he gave me liquid kisses. He uses his tongue to lick my cheeks. Putting his lips on my cheeks, sucked my cheeks tightly. He then as if assuring me tried to caress all over my head, my body and planted kiss on my forehead.

After that whenever i felt something i would move. He immediately took me into his grip of arms. Presented kisses as if, saying don’t worry, everything is ok. For assurance i had bounty of his liquid kisses on me. He many times would say “good child”.

I had picked up habit of imitating him. Whatever he did i did try to do same. He used to kiss on my forehead, cheeks, neck, eyes. i also tried to cling to him and try to kiss him on his chest and his cheeks. When he moved his body towards me then i kissed him. I also imitated him by placing my arms around him. All this happened in dark nights on bed.

he used to kiss me all over. His chest was over my mouth suddenly his nipples were touching  my mouth, at that moment my lips were on his nipple. He liked it. he then moved close towards me and adjusted me so that my mouth be placed on his chest, So that my lips touch his nipples. As soon as his nipples came in contact of my lips, I tried to firm up my lips as if I tried to kiss. He liked it. Actually he was trying to adjust himself so that I can do it again and again on him. He gone mad at that time with lots of groaning moaning sounds. He madly kissed me again and again. He just ate my cheeks as if he will puncture my cheeks. My cheeks were full of his saliva. He rolled his warm tongue all over my cheeks. He sucked cheeks strongly. Whole of my cheeks he pulled by making vacuum inside his mouth. as if sucking all my cheek.

When i tried to suck his nipple he laughed. I heard him laugh in that darkness. My ears were full of thumping sounds of his heart. His chest was so close to my face. He was taller and huge well built guy.

After I slept i didn’t know what happened? when he came? when he untied his cloths?. But when he placed his leg on me then the touch of his skin indicated that he is without cloths. he placed his leg on me as if keeping me under his control.

When he placed his leg on me, my hand touched his thighs. he lifted his leg and adjusted himself so that my hand touch him where both of his leg meet. He pressed his arms around me tightly, he pushed me down and funny thing was that he presented many kisses.

Again while sleeping in his arms encircling me, suddenly some movements woke me up. my hand found that he had loosened his loin cloth and he was rubbing himself against my body. there it was, a very hard erect thing. He might have also known that i have woken-up so he again encircled me with his strong arms and pulled towards his chest and tried to assure with soft kisses and started licking me. he guided my hand and placed it around that pulpy tube like organ. he guided my palm to grip it and make movements. By All that he meant as to tell me what to do??

My palm touched that stiff, erect hard thing. what was it? A hard fleshy thing. He started moaning. suddenly he took me into his tight grip, i thought he will break my bones. But he did not forget to put liquid kisses. I was made to turn halfway, now i was completely in his grip. He started rubbing vigorously his belly against me. I think he knew that i loved his liquid kisses, thus whenever i tried to stop him, softening his grips he kissed me.

with tightened arms around me, he thrust his belly on me with more force. when i tried to move he would just soften his arms. when i again start sleeping he would again do something.  All few days all this touching thing went on.

That day also he stayed in my house. Strangely i was sleeping, something happened, since by now i had become habitual of this body touching and tight grips. thus thinking that something happening as usual, carelessly i just put my arms also around him and slept.

I felt some pressure, he kissed me. He was partly naked. i felt his bare chest at my back.

when he applied force that time i might have woken up, he then forcefully took me into arms and was thrusting his belly into my back.  He had trapped me in his arms so i could not move freely, he caressed all over my body. he surveyed my back. When he forcefully pressed his belly into my back i was shocked. there he had applied his saliva, at that moment when he thrust his organ into me and When his raw flesh (devil) touched on that spot i was blown into pieces. He thrust his fly. his organ was trying to pierce into me. He was halfway through. At that moment With full force I moved a little and came out of bed. That night changed me for forever.

This incident brought some of the previous memories to fore, which i had forgotten.

These happened when i was i think 6 or 7 years old.

one dark night I woke-up due to some unknown sensation in my lower part, I found one of my cousin lying beside me. He was much elder to me. he was doing some movements holding me.  he guided my arm to hold in grip a slippery tube like bulbous structure. Holding my hand he made to do some to and fro movements with speed. After some time some strong smashing jerks felt by my hand. I could not see anything since it was a darkest night, i have ever known.

then he lifted and took me somewhere to another place. When he placed me on a bed i found there was another naked body.  i felt his skin.  It was a big body and well built. He took me into his arms, gently. Despite of a tough body he was gentle enough to kiss me several times. This was amazing and strange kiss i ever had. i never had such type of kiss ever before.

He adjusted me beside him on his bed. My cousin who brought me on that bed went back. This naked BIG body kept his arms around me as if i am a petite little chicken who has to be treated softly. he made me to cling to his body with his strong big arms. Immediately He made my left palm to hold something. It was much more magnificent than my cousin’s organ, hard, bulbous, smooth silky, wet, and erect with warmth. It also had some jerky motion within it. Only missing thing was that i could not see it. There was complete darkness of night. nothing was visible. He was holding me in arms while offering kisses. Body was wet with sweat. But that thing was much more longer than my palm. While i was guessing what this long thing is? He squeezed me, climbed on me, I felt crushed under his huge body and he was doing all his jumping motion on me, i wanted to run out. he held me strongly under his body. He was strong built… I tried to run out of the cot.   to that he said what happened my child? where are you going?

he was a tenant in my grandmother’s house. That night my grandmother was not at home. she had gone to attend a pooja at neighbour’s house which usually they do in the NAVRATRI days. Devi Jagran.

Then whenever i felt something unusual thing while sleeping i found my cousin doing something at my front. While taking nap in summer afternoons, he used to come on bed and lay beside me. I was staying alone with grandmother during summer holidays. In afternoons time, Everybody would sleep. He wore just a cloth around his waist. so he was completely naked. encircling my body with his hand around me. he would make my hand to take his organ in grip and to do some movement over it.

Was this not child molestation?  where i could have complained? these persons were known to me, trusted persons.

That person who recently did this to me was much Elder to me.

He used to stay in our house whenever he used to go city for his job. He always got chance to stay at our house. By touching and praising he made my body accustomed to his TOUCH. then slowly he had graduated on to sneaking into my bed at Nights. Then he made me feel his kisses, liquid and warm kisses, gradually he introduced me to his bare body, his strong arms, He used to encircle me in his tight grip of arms.

Even after so many years of my life those acts and touch and that piercing act,  all that just dont leave me, they come all over again to me. What I can do?

जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra

New India is now marching ahead with जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra under PMBJP!

I was standing at a medicine shop in a market at Mandhana on Kanpur Bithoor road, it’s on GT road. A very busy road. Earlier Mandhana was known as a village, there was on railway junction also. But after my marriage as my in-law’s house is in Mandhana, i dare not refer it to as a village! Anytime by slip of tongue village word comes out, a mahabharat follows. Every year, when i am visiting my-in-law’s place i have to have take medicine for stomach upset! thus when i was buying medicine, a man, visibly poor came and asked for medicine for his child, who is suffering from diarrhea. shop keeper gave him some medicine. i noticed one was loperamide tablet. i then asked shop keeper that why you are giving this? child may be having infection? Shopkeeper asked me Are you a Doctor?

i said no, but i did say that this tablet will not treat the infection. give him some lacto-bacillus and antibiotic so that his child get treated.

But thing is people dont have access to public/govt health care facilities as govt facilities are available at far distance from Mandhana. There was one i think ayurvedic centre in Ramnagar village. but not many visit, from outside village. In months of May June, when summer is on highest peak people cant travel far in scorching sun. I too was unable to go to city. Thus such poor people get caught in this type of web. they have to depend on private doctors and buy medicines from pvt shops. they are given many drugs which are costly. Shop keeper never give them generic medicines. One Doctor Shri Yashpal in Mandhana i have heard gives few medicines to poor people free of cost. Not all the times.

In one episode of Satyamev Jayate there was discussion on this generic medicine. one person told that his maid servant child cold not get cheap medicine costing only 3 or 4 rupees. no one prescribed those generic medicine, neither medicine shop provided to save life of that child suffering from Diarrhea.

Many times i dont get medicine as prescribed by doctor in GB Pant hospital. Thus I am forced to buy from market. some times for days medicines are not available in govt hospital, on asking pharmacist says medicine is not available. In last 20 years i have never claimed reimbursement for incurring on medical related expenditure, as it is available to Govt servant. But i feel it sometimes irritating also, going to windows/desk of babus-pharmacist/doctors for various certifications etc? I could afford to buy medicine from my salary, whatever small they costed me. But I dont know if amount is too high then what i will do.

But when one day i went to GB Pant Hospital on right side of gate there was a new shop type of thing- it was newly inaugurated जनौषधि केंद्र Janaushadhi kendra. I dont know if those medicines which are not available in hospital will be available in this Aushadhi kendra? If available then why they are not available in Hospital?

however, it is good initiative of govt to provide such medicine shops. I think it is private-public partnership kind of thing?

 

 

few lines taken from website medi plus?

Do not give loperamide to children under 12 years old unless their doctor has prescribed it.  Loperamide should not be given to a child younger than 2 years of age

Loperamide usually starts to work within 1 hour to make your diarrhoea better.

nonprescription (over-the-counter) loperamide is used to control acute diarrhea (loose stools that come on suddenly and usually lasts less than 2 weeks), including travelers’ diarrhea. Prescription loperamide is also used to control acute diarrhea and also ongoing diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; condition in which the lining of all or part of the intestine is swollen, irritated, or has sores). Prescription loperamide is also used to reduce the amount of fluid in people with ileostomies (surgery to create an opening for waste to leave the body through the abdomen). Loperamide is in a class of medications called antidiarrheal agents. It works by decreasing the flow of fluids and electrolytes into the bowel and by slowing down the movement of the bowel to decrease the number of bowel movements

Kaliya Dahan

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क्षीर सागर Kshirsagar or Ksheer Sagar as every one knows is abode of Lord Vishnu, one of the Trinity- Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. See again he rests on the शेषनाग Sheshnaag. Who is thousand hooded serpent.

Sheshnaag was son of Sage Kashyap & his wife Kadru. कद्रू, She was daughter of Prajapati Daksh प्रजापति दक्ष.

He was eldest son of Kadru & Kashyap. But he was not interested in materialistic world & depressed due to the humiliation of her mother in hands of step mother & cousins. Thus he left this materialistic life, instead choosen bhakti.

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what this painting on left depicts? may be Vishnu in कूर्मा Kurma avatar and saving the Prithvi-knowledge from drowning in  ocean.

it is also said that prithvi-Earth rests on the hood of Sheshnag. Slightest of tilting may lead to destruction!

Thus LIFE-DUTY Kartavya Dharma of Sheshnag is not easy.

He has to bear the Earth so that Earth remains stable.

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I had earlier written a blog on Govardhan pooja

So many centuries has gone but this legend still lives on. Through generation to generations it is passed on till date. So many invaders came to India-Bharat Varsh, they tried to destroy our traditions, later few of them ruled here, forcibly or else converted many into their religion. Still our traditions-legend are alive!

What is harm in keeping our traditions alive? until and unless they don’t harm anyone else- Outsiders, then what’s worry? Why to worry? Let them believe in their legend and let us keep ours- But don’t deny our legend as Myth- Shri Ram is there and he will live forever in India as Maryada Purushottam Raja Ram.

What’s harm in thinking in different way?

Was Krishna started questioning the established authorities-establishment? Where he proposed pooja of a Mountain Govardhan instead of Lord Rain-Indra? thus angered all in system. He became popular among commons, villagers and those who never had their own voices? he fought or voiced against established norms?

There is an episode where Kansa and his army send an Elephant to kill Krishna and Balaram. Quite possible Elephant was not quite healthy state of mind. thus he behaved in horrible manner. Krishna lived and grew up among village-jungle playing with wild animals. He knew tricks, So when Elephant marched ahead as ordered by his Mahaout, Krishna might have signaled something to Elephant and it calmed down. Krishna lived among wild animals too. so he knew how to communicate with them.  I can dream whatever I want, so do others-my criticizers!

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Krishna also spearheaded for voice of women in society! Yes I Believe so. When he over powered Kaliya Serpent and ordered him to go away, instead of killing him. It was due to the prayer of ladies-female serpents. Later when Krishna came to Mathura, as a protocol a female was sent to attend him. She was Kubja- presumably a women with a bent in her back and not so good looking. This might have been an act to insult Krishna. But Krishna since lived among villagers knew how to treat even common man or women. So he welcomed her and conversed with her politely-respectfully. Thus he gave her a respectful status-among the prying eyes! so She was uplifted as a woman of status, since Krishna accepted to be attended by her. That the other party(Kansa) was not hoping. Later Society in Mathura too saw-treated Kubja with respect.

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this is patta chitra from Odisha. so much detailing is done. As we know Kalinga pradesh was cut off for centuries. why i am saying is that even powerfull Maurya-or Magadh rulers were not able to capture Kalinga. As it is learnt that Ashok when came to power he razed a war against Kaling. It was bloodiest war. In end even Ashok-a ruler had given up taking weapons all together! thus in those part also this legend lived on. Jagnnath puri the famous temple is there since many centuries. And legend of Krishna thrived there.

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We all know about Chola- Raja Rajendra  & Krishna devraya.

If young generation dont know much about Vijayanagar, Hampi, Tanjore etc then it’s fault of our Government and Elders. As many legends we heard from our elders in family. Thus i should also pass it on to younger generation in my family. Chola dynasty is famous for creating grand magnificent Bronze sculptures. Depiction of Krishna & Kaliya Mardan is in Bronze sculpture too. Many kilometers far away from Mathura. Even ruled by separate kings. Then how come legend of Krishna-Kaliya mardan lived in Tanjore, Kaling & Mathura? Spread?

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There are various versions of Bronze statues. Later artists tried to copy them. But over all Krishna legend still alive in our Bharat.

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Doors Of India #DoorsOfIndia

door1Few Doors are beyond worldly(also wordy)  explanations. Such as this Hoyasala Dynasty (Karnatak) created beautifull gateway of temple-Abode of God. On both side Vijay? dwarpal keeps an eye? always they remain on Gaurd. But in this photo i wish to point out that even God-Lord lives here, his gate-Door of abode has no Life without these lovely colourfull followers-seekers. Thus we as seekers make this Door more beautifull- i will write in favour of women. Our Women folk, if they enter this Door, its importance is more, women of houses seldom get time to visit abode of Almighty, as they are constantly and continuously engaged in household chores. performing duty-catering needs of all family members-Husbands, relative, Children and keep their house neat and clean. Mother is first teacher-thus she has responsibility to groom her children into good citizens. Therefore, if any women-Mother enters abode of God -the temple through this Door, God feels extremely gratefull to mothers. It is He who welcomes such guest.

Doors Of India #DoorsOfIndia

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For some Doors become matter of forgotten past. Once they decide to leave home, they have to take decision of coming out of door. Once they come out Doors do not exist for them, as they become Sanyasi- to wow Vairagya. they perform ritual of Shraadh as people do for their loved ones who die. so that the soul gets freedom from this vicious cycle of World-materialistic world-physical world. they get NIRVANA, Moksh from death and Birth. Which other human are destined to follow on this Mrityulok-Bhoolok.

thus this picture as I interpret is of that moment when it is hard to take decision to come out of worldly relations-homely relations-Emotions.

here beauty of door is not important but the its importance in life of a wanderer-a Monk-A sanyasi-Sadhu is highlighted, that makes this door(photo of door) more beautifull. isn’t it? what you say?

Abstract Art

IS there any thing called Abstract Art? often we have heard of Abstract Mathematics? Abstraction? what is abstraction? In Art too i find there is lot of confusion.

When some one talks about Yantra or tantric paintings then they laugh and try to ridicule it saying all these are superstitious, blind faith, hindu paintings. following are few such images. However, these yantra images are based on centuries old science-Jyotish, or so to say Astrology.

 

Now see few of modern day paintings. Painters claim they are the most creative painters.

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following two are inspired by Mural painting s of Kerala.

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Each of above must have a story behind them, and only creator or painter can tell all those things whatever was in his mind at that time. I am also trying to interpret few of these in my words. on Twitter

now following is a Madhubani painting, this also has many symbols. but way of drawing is done by women, who have never attended any Art School. This Art as a tradition has passed down from one generation to another.

gettyimages-450781929-1024x1024karva-pic-l Often i have seen on many occasions, women of house draw or paint many such ritualistic paintings. I mean as a ritual they are painted and without these that pooja cannot be performed. On sevreal ocassions a story-legend is attached to such day of celebration. Karva Chauth, Har Chath and many more. It is sad that in India which has vast diversity of rituals traditions etc, we dont have a large database or documentation of folklores. ALongwith them all such rituals and paintings will also have to be documented. Few of our traditional arts have come to limelight, but many are vanishing. Those which have come to limelight got place in Dilli Haat, Surajkund mela, emporiums, and duplicate versions adorn large walls of either homes or galleries or govt buildings. Not much benefit to the original artists.

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This is warli painting done in villages of Maharashtra, bordering Gujarat, Rajasthan? It is said to be tribal art. but i hate using this word. Villagers i use. they paint walls using natural materials, rice paste, mud or Goru(color). that we find in our villages and it is mixed with Mud or cow dung to paint the Mud walls.

there are many surrealistic painters, few say they paint realism. But I love the work of respected Smt Anjoli Ela Menon ji. She has been multi medium artist, in times when such word never existed. When i did an appreciation course at NGMA New Delhi, there were few of her work. Later i read and saw many of her work-in news! yes. She had painted suitcase, chairs Doors etc.

 

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So it i snot good idea to praise painters of modern times. As you see there are many such things exists around us that we fail to appreciate. We need to be more observant.