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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Eldest sister of SitaraDevi ji Smt Alaknanda Devi ji
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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

sit10Dilip saheb considered as her sister? She was married to the husband of his sister, thus by our indian traditions She was his sister? we had great traditions in India. Till recently Sitara ji visited Dilip Kumar saheb ji on Rakhsabandhan, to tie Rakhi.

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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     sitara-naushad-suraiyatwo pics

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

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?

peep into Kalighat Painting-erotica; thnx to @bonhams1793

Kalighat Paintings by painters of community known as patuas, originated at Kalighat temple of Devi Kali Maa. Kalighat patas were painted on the spot- as reflected in their fluid style – where a steady flow of pilgrims provided a ready market.

With entry of East India Company prosperity too came to Bengali middle classes as more of so called educated ones had interaction with ruling class as workers, employee, traders-merchant, jagirdars etc? few were foreign returned-foreign educated? but few of these are called as Babu, with that painter’s subject-matter evolved, from Kali & other deities, to foibles of Bengali babu and urban domestic life, few innovative ideas too came up. Few humorous statement or comments of social milieu of Nouveau riche, showing of their newly acquired wealth and mannerism from British class too. Later few British too started liking or took interest in these paintings, thus began patronization of kalighat paintings by these European Babus-white mughals as they were called.

later period of time in Bengal saw renaissance of folk paintings or original traditional art of Bengal. Names comes to my mind are NandLal Bose, Jamini Roy i wrote earlier. click to read

few paintings were catering to yellow market too of that times. Human have basic instinct, that cant be denied. as literature too had yellow pulp!

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century
couple in embrace-kissing? from Bonhams
An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21720/lot/303/

Too obvious, desperate man carries woman? or groom carries bride? or a courtesan? but whatever or whoever they are, painter has beautifully painted and brought out what a patron wanted!

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century
Too obvious, desperate man carries woman? or groom carries bride?

अभी न जाओ छोड़ कर के दिल अभी भरा नहीं remember this song? Or the Immortal song in which Gem of India Meena Kumari ji acted, genious Guru Dutt ji picturized, and voice of Geet Dutt न जाओ सैयाँ, छुड़ा के बैयाँ कसम तुम्हारी मैं रो पड़ूँगी मचल रहा है सुहाग मेरा, is it not conveyed from this Kalighat Painting?

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century
अभी न जाओ छोड़ कर के दिल अभी भरा नहीं

above song applies here too? she is hugging the man, as she is shown relaxing. means she is inviting?

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

मैं तो कर आऊँ सोलह श्रृंगार रे ठाड़े रहियो ओ बाँके यार रे चाँदनी रात बड़ी देर के बाद आई है song from film Pakeezah always comes to my mind. there can be other song too.

here the heroine, Nayika could be enticing seducing her lover? or otherwise i always describe it as preparation for meeting the Lord, as a devotee i feel, that soul, the Atma or simple mortal has to be properly dressed, while meeting the Param Atma? or lover-Lord. Thus she has to decorate herself properly before she can have darshan of Lord. other way round Madhuri Bhakti says that atma-inner soul or inner-self has to be PURE devoid of any black spot before one can have darshan of Lord.

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

चोटी में गूँध लाऊँ फूलों का गजरा, मैं तो कर आऊँ सोलह श्रृंगार रे again song comes to mind? Or it can be a devotee making a garland for the Lord? or lady-wife, lover or courtesan preparing garland?

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

i could not get title of subject-purpose of this Kalighat painting. though it can be comment satire on situation of a priest-beggar? sadhu or ascetic who are considered most respected in social hierarchy, but their carnal deeds are something remained hidden? what they do in Kotha, or when they go to Tawaif courtesan or such? in film Chitralekha too such scenes were shown, where Ascetic played by Ahsok Kumar and the courtesan Chitralekha was played by Meena Kumari ji , ascetic could not control his desires? there is one song too

संसार से भागे फिरते हो  भगवान को तुम क्या पाओगे इस लोक को भी अपना न सके उस लोक उस लोक में भी पछताओगे   ये पाप है क्या, ये पुण्य है क्या,  रीतों पे धरम की मुहरें हैं हर युग में बदलते धर्मों को कैसे आदर्श बनाओगे ये भोग भी एक तपस्या है, तुम त्याग के मारे क्या जानो अपमान रचयिता का होगा रचना को अगर ठुकराओगे हम कहते हैं ये जग अपना है, तुम कहते हो झूठा सपना है हम जन्म बिता कर जायेंगे, तुम जन्म गंवा कर जाओगे

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

this painting below reminds me of miniature paintings depicting Bhairavi Ragini, where a lady shown worshiping ShivLing- Shiv

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

these two paintings are aftermath of visit? or when lady is angered, due to various reasons. in one painting man is shown as praying in front of lady who holds a broom. she has taken off his robe-the dhoti, which is symbol of his self respect? shame? in society? thus he is seeking to let him go away? second painting too depicts thrashing of well dressed man, lady beating by a broom. in both Lady is shown wearing jewellery- means she is well to do or rich? can she be a courtesan? Both of scene indicates, if it is true that she is a courtesan, then she is seeking money? when men failed to give gift or money for their visit (to brothel or kotha) then they get thrashing? in present context lady can be thrashing on eavesdropping?

An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century
An impressive group of 61 Kalighat paintings, depicting Hindu deities, various figures from Hindu mythology and domestic scenes Kalighat, Bengal, second half of the 19th Century

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this type of awareness generation campaign used to be done by govt departments but in my opinion it was not correct way- it looked like a photo opps only, where dept staff gather and spend money? on banner tea party etc. instead each one of these staff standing in this photo and similar across all PHCs must have visited areas nearby and collected data on households couples using any contraceptive methods or population control methods.

thus Health department Social welfare department with rural development departments could have a data base of households in their area, either adopting any population control methods, how many of families or women have accessed family planing schemes or reproductive health care facilities in nearby PHC primary health centre. Then these staff will say data collection is not my work? then for what purpose health workers are deputed or taken into service by Government? their primary duty is to provide health services to people.

if people are not getting health facilities as they ought to be, then who is at fault. For the last 20 years i am visiting a Government hospital that is a referral hospital now a medical college also, but not a single health worker there had asked me anything regarding contraceptive methods i use? or even i am aware of any such methods?

though at time of birth of my son i had to visit regularly labour ward as wife was admitted. somewhere i had seen a board PP ward. i could not guess what was that? days by days visiting i could guess it was something related to vasectomy and tubectomy ward where such surgery were performed.

after birth of my child no one in labour ward talked or inquired about reproductive health of my wife? i mean no one there talked to women admitted there to use contraceptive methods after birth of child? i mean to generate awareness such places provide conducive atmosphere too? as so many events happening around pregnant or expecting mothers and also mother who gave birth to their child get know about stories around them? few are related to parity or number of child born?

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A Potrait of RAM SINGH, Maharaja Jaipur

what comes to mind at first when we look at this photo, creativity?

Sawai Ram Singh II was Maharaja of Jaipur from 1835 until 1880, he was 16 months old at the time of accession, thus regent was appointed till he turned 18.

Source: A PORTRAIT OF RAM SINGH, INDIA, 19TH CENTURY

Self-portrait of Ram Singh on horseback. (Photo courtesy Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur / ACP)

Self-portrait of Ram Singh on horseback. (Photo courtesy Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur / ACP)

women in Jaipur zenana, 1870 CE, wearing Jaipur lehariya Odhni she is pardayat well dressed with jewellery/ jewelry  at Jaipur women’s chambers or zenana.

five pardayat wearing chudidar payjama & lehnga

unidentified woman from zenana, a pardayat probably? wearing saree odhni too with jewellery and sandal paste on forehead. incidentally i had read some where a controversial part, Jaipur King Ram Singh became a Shaiv thus forced others to convert to shaiv too? i don’t know if it was true? though we have heard differences between various sects  & fought also on several issues.

photo from Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum Trust

Ram Sukee or Ram Sakhi?

Of great interest in this context is a passage that the English artist Val Prinsep, who kept visiting Jaipur, wrote. 

We (the Rajah and I) became great friends ….Among the curiosities of Rajput Courts are the nautch girls, who are a kind of privileged people, and wander through the palaces unveiled and unmolested. I had noticed a number of them here, and, presuming on my intimacy, got the Rajah to order one of the girls, whose photograph (taken by the Rajah?) I saw, to sit. On Tuesday, then, I had a sitting from her. She is not young, but has a remarkably fine head …She wears a long flowing robe and winds her drapery around her with the air of a queen… Ram Sukee, this nautch girl, is a great friend of the Rajah, and soon he came to see how I was getting on, and pottered around me, arranging drapery and fancying he was of great assistance….”

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This novel Goli by Acharya Chatursen described all that one can imagine after viewing these photos. Condition of women inside palace walls was most of time pathetic and also sometimes contradictory. Goli became a caste or community. Women of this community became पड़दायत pardayat. Little more status than slave! Concubine is English word but can’t be equated with pardayat. There are many incidents written Goli novel that indicate how caged was life of girls women born in this community or even unborn wombs too! Once tagged as Goli life of girl was doomed. Main character in this novel was a Goli girl and became pardayat concubine of a King, she was half sister of princess who was married to this king. But when new groom in drunken state spent first night with this Goli girl, the bride the princess never seen her groom again for her whole life.

Surekha Sikri ji, dadisa, Bhawnri devi, Kalyani devi etc?

For me personally not many had impact other than Meena Kumari on silver screen but Surekha Sikri was one whom I watched since 1980s. In black and white era of Doordarshan I used to see s programme on plays Natak.

बहुत से कार्यक्रम प्रसारित होते थे जालन्धर दूरदर्शन केन्द्र द्वारा निर्मित। उनमे हमे याद है सुरेखा सीकरी जी का चेहरा। मतलब 80 दवक से आजतक सुरेखा सीकरी जी को विभिन्न अवतारों मे देखा

एक सीरियल आया था उसमे सुरेखा जी भंवरी बनी थीं। ठाकुर या राजपरिवार मे सबसे भरोसेमंद पात्र बनीं थीं। पारिवारिक षडयंत्रों से शालीनता से जूझते हुए खास परिवार के लोगों को बचाती थीं।

फिर तो बहुत से टीवी सीरियल मे पात्र अभिनीत किए। सबसे ज्यादा प्रसिद्ध और प्रभावशाली रहा बालिका वधू मे दादी सा का अभिनय। हमे तो लगता था जैसे कल्याणी देवी के पात्र को निभाने के लिए भगवान ने सुरेखा सीकरी जी को बनाया था।

No one else could have done justice to role of Kalyani Devi Dadi sa in TV serial Balika Badhu. Surekha Sikri ji effortlessly essayed role of dadi ji in each frame I saw Surekha ji and Dadi as inseparable. She was soul and power of that serial other than Pratyusha and pooja Gor who played balika badhu.

I need good scripts'

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I need good scripts

This photo I thought is perfect. She means Surekha Sikri ji needed good script so that her powerful effortless natural acting could be utilized with justification of role. Many times I feel we don’t have good story writers in India. Or people who can make films plays TV serials on good diversified subjects.

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Surekha Sikri could have played role of any mature character. Such as a Queen or shrewd politician? Today I thought she could have played role like one in Last Emperor. Old queen who vielded immense power in forbidden city.

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This photo I remember where she played royal lady always trying to dislodge new bride who came from commoner family. I think ek raja ek rani

File:Surekha Sikri National Award for Badhaai Ho.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

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Bimal Roy Memorial Society Felicitates Actor Surekha Sikri – Bimal Roy  Memorial Society Est 1997

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These are photo frames from Balika Badhu. Each frame depict different emotions. No where one can say that she is acting! She seems so real as Dadi sa. So natural.

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Every emotion comes naturally to her.

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Balika Vadhu actor Shashank Vyas pays visit to ailing Surekha Sikri post  her National Award win, check pictures | Tv News – India TV

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Saat Phere reunion: Aditi Pratap Deshmukh reunites with former co-stars  Surekha Sikri and Ashlesha Sawant - Times of India

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Balika Vadhu fame Surekha Sikri wins the national award; co-star Smita  Bansal congratulates her - Times of India

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♕Drashti Dhami FC♕ on Twitter: "BTS// Drashti with Arjun Bijlani & Surekha  Sikri. https://t.co/VzgZrVJKMR @drashti10 @Thearjunbijlani… "

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This next photo I found on net. It is I think from a serial on Doordarshan play based on story written by Premchand. Pankaj Kapoor too was in this serial.

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Painting Golconda

हमरी अटरिया पे आओ संवरिया देखा देखी बलम होई जाए heard this Thumri बनारसी ठुमरी from बनारस- संगीत परम्परा what we know as poorvi ang sung by great Begum Akhtar  and later same i heard Prabhati Mukherjee singing same thumri and her voice sounded exactly same as of Begum Akhtar.  on looking at this painting same thought came to mind

The Sultan of Golconda, Quli Qutb Shah (?), Seated with His Consort”

“In Urdu on verso:the name “Safiya Begum” in company of “Sultan Qul Qutb Shah” inscribed

Painting dated 1st quarter 18th century done at Golconda, Deccan now in Andhra Pradesh, Deccani style of painting

Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at The San Diego Museum of Art

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Odisha State Museum – Bhubaneswar

Established in 1932 and occupying the current building since 1960, the Odisha State Museum in Bubaneswar houses a fine collection of religious sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, armours, rare bronze age tools, natural history, geological objects, anthropological specimens and traditional musical instruments.

Odisha State Museum – Bhubaneswar

Mathura relief, sculpture

Mathura has been an important and amazing unique place. It is source of many wonders of Art, as several uncounted number of artifacts are unearthed from this region.

Relief from Mathura, 1st/2nd Century

mottled red sandstone double-sided relief
from Mathura, Kushan period, 1st/2nd century auctioned at Christies
beauty of this relief cannot be expressed in words? it has to be experienced by eyes. thought goes what could have been the scene? when she stood like this in that pose? Both male & female are wearing dhotis and adorned with various jewelry, As he kept his right hand on her shoulder it seems they are close? or he is trying to woo her? he wears an ornamented turban, she with hand on hip and arm raised clutching branch of a flowering tree, it is akin to Shalbhanjika concept? is she a dancer? or beauty-love of this man? as she kept hand on waist-this mudra-pose is usually not depicted on deities or ladies of royal status? if i may say so? beautifull hair curls-style, waist belt, and anklets-nupur.

A motted redstone relief-sculpture? from Mathura region Kushan period, 2nd century auctioned at Christie’s Lot21

here shown it seems a dancer again? he grabs her arm but she seems under influence of drink? she is unaware of her surroundings, another woman shown covers her mouth as if she saw something immoral? all quite well dressed & adorning jewellery. Similar relief i saw in National Museum, New Delhi. dhoti worn by men seems somewhat closer to previous relief but female adorns slight different waist belt. frontal decorative portion, often shorter form in form of fan is worn by Bharatnatyam dancers.

A red sandstone railing pillar with a yakshi, Mathura region, Shunga period, 1st to 2nd century BC. auctioned at Christie’s

possibly seat of learning Mathura was fully established empire having Buddhist Hindu followers, this pillar might have been part of railing of any stupa-monastery? Yakshi carved beautifully with hairs & leaves on stone

mottled red sandstone double-sided relief with yakshis
Mathura, Shunga period, 1st century BC – 1st century AD auctioned at Christie’s

both sides standing yakshi, dressed in hoti and various jewelry. hair style is unique, some cloth covering or ornamentation over hair locks is visible?

Here dress of woman is more sophisticated? looks more regal royal? earlier were more of showing off, here she can be a diety? or woman of status? if not royal then could it be any Ganika? this words reminds of Amrapali or Amapali? the Ganika, i will not use word courtesan, as She was said to have almost royal status, though Nagar wadhu is word now attached to her, i have read novel by Acharya Chatursen named as Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu वैशाली की नगरवधू. but site always says about sch sculptures as Yakshini यक्षिणी. The word also perceived as of those woman female diety having some super natural powers or super human? off track i am now-thought of a cartoon superman? why western people or thought can have SUPERMAN whereas why cannot we here have SUPERwoman Yakshini? full of power?

Here is more beautifull sophisticated sculpture with braid or plait carved in stone, it is so perfectly carved. dressed perfect with all beauty adornments. waist belt and lower dress, may be a dhoti with some more ornaments as that tied knot seems of garment of jewellery? many royal in medieval times adorned similar ornament. This sculpture indicates Yakshini is some dancing stance-mudra? so Yakshini were used as dancing symbols? or symbols of joy celebration on any festive occasions? be it any royal or depiction of event from life of Gautam Buddha. Was such depiction a tradition in Buddhism parampara? or just it was borrowed from sanatan parampara?

This beautifull sculpture shows continuous growth of Mathura Art in later periods too. Body form moved towards perfection. Often as seen it looks nude, but closely if one look there seems thin line of garment i.e. dhoti? see at waist, slightly above the belt is thin line that is garment worn on lower part of body, similarly near toe too often anklet or jewellery are carved, near to it thin line shows lining of garment. fragments of Uttariya उत्तरीय worn on upper part of body is clearly shown-carved in many sculpture. But breast area some times depicted uncovered.

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Sarpini सर्पिणी नागिन

सर्प देवी रेवती

here also mathura artists depicted beautifully dhoti lower garment.

female torso, mottled red sandstone Sculpture, kushana period, mathura area, circa 2nd century from Christie’s
Standing in samabhanga, both arms broken, wearing sari held together by a belt, shawl, armlet, necklace, her naked upper body with well-defined breasts

difference in appearance of sculptures depended on region of faith too?

काला मन

घनघोर अंधेरी रात्रि में एक अनजान शहर के किसी होटल के कमरे मे लेटा हूँ। बडे़ से पलंग जिसे किंग साइज बेड कहते हैं, पर दूसरी तरफ डासी और उनकी छोटी सी पुत्री लेटे हैं। अजीब सा सन्नाटा सा पसरा है। मूक हैं दोनों लेकिन कसी तह पर भयंकर भावनाओं का सागर भीतर ही भीतर ऊफान मार रहा है। सूनामी की सी लहरें ऊपर नीचे मचल रही हैं। औंधे मुंह लेटे अपने को चरम स्थिति मे पहचानने की चेष्टा कर रहा हूँ। ऐसी ऊहापोह की स्थिति मे अपने को जीवन मे पहले कभी नहीं पाया।

पाते भी कैसे? ऐसा दुस्साहस तो जीवन मे इससे पहले कभी करने का नहीं सोचा था।

बहुत हद तक अनजान बिना पहचान के किसी महिला के साथ अनजानी जगह पर अकेले बिना किसी को बताए चला आया।

भावातिरेक मे डुबकियां लगाते हुए यहाँ कब कैसे पहुंच गया पता ही नहीं चला था???

रात मे रेल से चले थे पर पता नहीं कितने घण्टों का सफर था? उनको कल ही नयी नौकरी ज्वाइन करना था। इसलिए रात को ही रेल पकडनी थी। हम से बोला आप को चलना है हमे छोड़ने के लिए। इस एक वाक्य मे सब कुछ था आग्रह झिड़की या आदेश? धमकी भी।

बिना कुछ सोचे समझे बिना कोई लोकलाज के एक कठपुतली की तरह व्यवहार करते हुए उनके साथ हो लिया। वैसे कहीं जाना होता है तो तैयारी करते हैं झोला बैग सम्भालते हैं पर आज तो जैसे हममे जड़ता समा गई हो बस दो कपडो़ं मे उनके पीछे हो लिए।

दूसरे शहर जा रहे हैं और घर पर किसी को बताना भी नहीं आया दिमाग में। इस बात पर ग्लानि बोध भी हो रहा था। पर हम बडे़ हो गए थे? प्रश्न चिन्ह इसलिए कि क्या सच मे हम बडे़ हो गए थे?

अभी साल दो साल भी नहीं हुए थे घर छोड़ कर इस नये शहर मे आए हूए। पहली नौकरी लगी थी। कुछ कुछ स्वयं स्वनिर्णय लेने का प्रयास आरम्भ किया था।

चूंकि उनके सामने तर्क करने की क्षमता नहीं है हमारे पास। हाँलाकि कुछ सुगबुगाहट शब्दों से करते हैं पर मर्यादा बोध हो उठता है अतः मौन ही रहते हैं ज्यादातर।

वे अभी हाल ही मे आँई थीं हास्टल मे रहने के लिए। चूंकि वे डॉक्टर की श्रेणी में आती थीं अतः स्वाभाविक झुकाव अपने समाजिक मर्यादा मे रहते हुए उस ही स्तर के लोगों के साथ उठना बैठना होता था। आरम्भ मे ऐसा ही लगा था। फिर कुछ डॉक्टर लडकों के साथ उनका हंसी मजाक भी होता था। मेस मे चाय भोजन आदि के उपरांत बैठक गप्पें किस्सागोई भी होता है।

एक शख्स आता था और घण्टों उनके कमरे में रहता था कभी दोनों घण्टों बाहर चले जाते थे। हम लोगों को यही लगता था कि वह मिलने वाला कोई है। कई बार तो कहा सुनी भी होती जान पड़ती थी।

डाक्टर साहिबा कई बार मोटर साइकिल पर सवार हो इन डॉक्टर गुट के साथ बाहर जाती थीं। तब हमें पता चला उनकी निडरता का और वे मोटरसाइकिल भी फर्राटे से चला लेती हैं लड़कों को मात देने मे सक्षम हैं। सरकारी अस्पताल में नौकरी भी करती हैं अतः स्वतंत्र रूप से अपने पैरों पर खड़ी है।

उनकी बिटिया हास्टल आती थी तब हमारी उसके साथ बातें होतीं थीं। कई बार हमने खाने के लिए भी उसके लिए कुछ बनाया था सैण्डविच जैसा। हम लोग घुलमिल से गए थे। बच्ची और मैं एक गुट बन गए। बाकी सभी लोग अलग। वैसे भी हमसे न तो कोई ज्यादा बात करता था न हीं हम कह सकते थे किसी को कि यह मेरा घनिष्ठ मित्र है। हाँ कालान्तर मे एक था वह कलकत्ता का रहनेवाला। पता नहीं उसके मन मे मेरी छवि कैसी रही होगी पर बातचीत मे मित्रवत ही था। चिढा़ने वाली बात भी करता था और अपनत्व के नाते अच्छे बुरे के बारे मे बताता भी था। कहता भी था अधिकार पूर्वक कि तुम ऐसा नहीं करोगे। अतः मेरे मन मे उसके प्रति मित्र का ही सम्मान था, संदीप का दोस्त था वह, संदिप भी बंगाली था और वह उसही कमरे में रहता था जिसमें अब वह रहता है।

हमारे विचार अनघड़ और किसी से नहीं मिलने वाले होते थे। हम धोती कुर्ता और खड़ाऊँ पहनते थे। ऐसा अक्सर होता था कि हमें इस रूप में देखकर लोग पण्डित जी कह कर सम्बोधित करते थे, मजाकिया लहजे में।

पर एक दिन डॉक्टर साहिबा ने तारीफ की हमारे इस शौक की, और कहा कि समाज में ऐसा कर पाना चुनौती पूर्ण है। अक्सर हमारी फोटो भी खीचती थीं इस पहनावे मे। तारीफ तो भव्य भी करती थी पर वह ज्यादातर मौन रह कर पास बैठकर बातें कर के जताती थी। हम मन मे उसका मेरे प्रति प्रिति व सम्मान महसूस करते थे। राजकौर भी हमारी बहुत सी बातों की सराहना करती थी। एक भवश भी थी जिसने हमारे पहनावे की तारीफ की थी। एक दिन जब हम धोती कुर्ता पहन कर मेस रात्रि भोज करने गया तो साड़ी पहन कर आई और पूछा कैसी लग रही हूं? फता नहीं क्या सोचकर उसने पूछा?

पर डॉक्टर साहिबा के व्यक्त करने का तरीका भिन्न था। धीरे धीरे हास्टल मे जब सभी लोग चाय पर एक साथ बैठते थे शाम को तब बहुत बातों का पता चलता था।

धर्मेश था उसका नाम। शादीशुदा था। और पता नहीं डॉक्टर साहिबा से शादी के पहले से जानता था या बाद मे। पर चूंकि वह अक्सर आता था तो सबको लगता था उनका सहचर ही है।

फिर बातें ही बातों उन्होंने ने बताया कि उनकी भी शादी टूट चुकी है। फर इस धर्मेश ने भी शादी कर ली है और अब ज्यादा समय नहीं देता है। तो हमनें एक दिन कहा कि उसे एक ही के साथ रहना चाहिए। कालान्तर मे अक्सर उन दोनों की लड़ाई भी होने लगी और फिर जैसे उसका हास्टल आना बंद हो गया।

अचानक इनको जाना था नयी जगह तो हमको साथ चलने को बोला। वहाँ पर एक दो दिन रुके। उस समय मे ही बहुत कुछ हुआ। उनका रोना हमारा मनाना आदि। और ऐसे कब करीबी बढ़ गई पता ही नहीं चला। हालांकि छूने की पहल उन्होंने ने ही की थी ढाढस सा बढा़या था।

वापस दिल्ली आकार एक दिन उनका पत्र आया हमे तो विश्वास ही नहीं हुआ।

सम्बोधन के पहले शब्द ने ही मार्मिक आघात करा और मन चलायमान होने लगा।

कुछ दिन बाद हमने तार भेजकर उत्तर दिया और कहा running into blood streams. पता नहीं कैसे पर उन्होंने उत्तर दिया आप जल्दी से आ जाइए ढेरों बातें करनी हैं आप से जीवन से सम्बंधित भी। पर शिराओं मे बहने वाली बात समझ नहीं आई।

मैने सोचा गल्ती पकडी़ गई अब तो मैने मर्यादा लांघ दी ऐसा क्यों लिखा मैने। हम.मौन हो गए।

कुछ दिनों के बाद पत्र आया कि पत्र मिलते ही आजाइए और नया पता भी लिख भेजा था एक नये शहर का।

वहाँ पर जाने की लालसा को ज्यादा दिन रोक नहीं पाए और बैठ गए रेलगाड़ी मे।

रेलगाड़ी सबेरे हमारे शहर के रेलवे स्टेशन पर खड़ी थी। और हृदय मे रक्त वाहिनियों मे हथौड़े से चल रहे थे। जैसे एक अदृश्य लक्षमण रेखा खिचीं हो आगे। अब आगे की यात्रा करुं या नहीं। घर पर किसी को नहीं बताया। सभी लोग यही सोचते होंगे कि लड़का दिल्ली में है और नौकरी कर रहा है। उसके बाद ऐसा लगा कि अपने को छिपाऊँ कैसे। क्या पता हमारे घर मोहल्ले का कोई रेल पकड़ने स्टेशन पर आया हो और हमको रेलगाड़ी मे बैठा देख लिया तो?? घर वालों को खबर मिलेगी तो क्या बताएंगे?

आधा एक घण्टे स्टेशन पर रुक कर रेलगाड़ी आगे बढ़ चली और हम उसमें बैठे ही रहे नीचे उतर कर घर की ओर नहीं जा पाए। इस बात से ग्लानि और बढ गई। उनके दिए हुए पते पर पहुंच गए। वहाँ के मकान मालिक तो हमारे मोहल्ले के बारे मे जानते थे।

कुछ दिन हम वहाँ रहे। जमाने से चोरी सी करते हुए। उन दिनों हर पल क्षण अजीब सी हरकतें हो रही थीं हमारे साथ। कुछ अनजाने में और कुछ बहक जाने से।

सबसे छुपते छुपाते मतलब अपने घर परिवार वालों से यहाँ स्वछन्द रह रहा हूँ और रह सकता हूँ, यह सोच भी उत्तेजक थी।

फिर उनका अचानक रात में मेरे कमरे में आकर हमारे बेड पर साथ में लेट जाना आदि ने तो जैसे हमारे होश ही उड़ा दिए।

उनका इस तरह आलिंगन करना और इस तरह निकटता बढाना हमें बहा ले जा रहा था। हमने एक बार दूरी बढ़ाई तो रोने लगीं और कहने लगी हमें पता है आप हमे अपने लायक नहीं समझते है। मतलब की यहाँ पर वे यह कहना चाह रहीं होगी कि वे तो तलाक शुदा और एक बच्ची की माँ हैं इसलिए मैं उन्हें करीब नहीं आने दे रहा हूँ।

पहले बातों ही बातों में हमारी पसंद नापसंद आदि विचार जान लिए थे? और हमें ऐसी कोई आपत्ति नहीं थी इन सब बातों से कि तलाक शुदा या बच्चे की माँ है तो हम उसे प्रेम नहीं कर सकते। यह तो दो लोगों के आपस मे मन मिलने वाली बात है।

then again and again thought comes and goes away.

Now after so many years I think over those awkward days. I had told my wife about it too. Once a program was coming in TV I telephoned at home to tell everyone. But my wife heard it. So wife might have seen her also on TV.

I have kept nothing secret from my wife. About such instances. Nothing wrong I did. So truth is with me. And human have basic instinct wisdom guides to use senses in appropriate manner.

Nature worship, Indian tradition

Pahari painting 1750 Guler

We have been hearing a mantra मंत्र that prays peace or forgiveness from everything on Earth-atmoshpere, Earth, Medicine(s), Vegetation, Godly presence and everyone present in Universe. शान्ति मन्त्र वेदों व वैदिक साहित्य में

ॐ द्यौ: शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्ति: पृथिवी शान्तिराप: शान्तिरोषधय: शान्ति:।

वनस्पतय: शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवा: शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्ति: सर्वं शान्ति:, शान्तिरेव शान्ति: सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥

ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति: ॥

यजुर्वेद के इस शांति पाठ मंत्र में सृष्टि के समस्त तत्वों व कारकों से शांति बनाये रखने की प्रार्थना करता है। इसमें यह गया है कि द्युलोक में शांति हो, अंतरिक्ष में शांति हो, पृथ्वी पर शांति हों, जल में शांति हो, औषध में शांति हो, वनस्पतियों में शांति हो, विश्व में शांति हो, सभी देवतागणों में शांति हो, ब्रह्म में शांति हो, सब में शांति हो, चारों और शांति हो, शांति हो, शांति हो, शांति हो।

Mithila paintings now have become world famous but tradition of folk paintings existed centuries ago, no one has documented since when this tradition started. We know paintings as a form of expression has been in existence since PreHistoric Era, when Human who is called as Homo Sapiens started living in caves. Caves paintings have been found world over, in India till now we know about Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh. Similar above is a speciman of Madhubani painting from Mithila, few now say mithila and madhubani there are two separate painting traditions? If so then why not they were brought to fore 70 years ago? But here i just wish to point out various aspects of nature worship in these paintings, many symbols are painted that are considered auspicious and found in nature around us. trees, birds, peacock, flowers, fish etc are painted.

This is a painting from Bikaner, dated 1700s at #Sotheby’s click to view used in this thread on twitter

Women visit a Yogi-Sadhu-Sage at his ashram, or shrine? Painting from Deccan, Aurangaba, c1660-1680 from David Collection

shivlingam, can be seen though in the site description given is different the context i am using this painting. I wish to point out worship of nature in Indian traditions, Temples/Shrines always have trees, water tanks and they give shelter to flora fauna. As these places are scared thus no one tries to offend accepted norms or non-violence-towards living creatures

For Tree worship i saw this image of worshiping a Bodhi tree a Stone carving/Sculpture from Stupa at Sanchi. Though few attach it with Buddism but at core it is sanatan parampara to worship nature, here its Bodhi Tree that is connected with Buddha getting enlightenment under this tree thus it is sacred. But considering anything sacred comes from the original faith that is sanatan. Later in the image i saw few fruits like structure for that i wanted to imagine it as Jack Fruit. it is life giving tree? thus revered. Love for Nature is prime objective

Originally tweeted by g katyan misra (@kamlesm) on June 3, 2019.

https://swayamkatha.wordpress.com/2021/06/05/nature-worship-indian-tradition/

मूर्ति शिल्प हस्तशिल्प Sculpture handicraft

There are many places where handicraft are made in India, i think not a single place in our country has one or two varieties of such craft or handicraft. Daily life is always full of such beautiful works of Arts, need is to look around.

here is collection of few soapstone or alabaster, with carved decoration, and painted with colours and gold sculptures from Jaipur made in 1880 – 1885. as i found in Ashmolean museum these are credited as Presented by the Maharaja of Jaipur. click on link to see

Folklore of our India is very rich. We don’t get to study on our schools, Many are passed on generations to generations orally. now it’s called as Oral tradition. rich traditional knowledge is also preserved in this way.

over past few decades tastes of society changed thus their preferences of Arts, particularly whatever is Indian or Bhartiya is faded away, due to western influence. Can we blame School education? what about parental guidance? during 1950s or 60s much of western influence happened and now a generation that had grown on those ideas have not cut off their roots. whatever was our traditional culture heritage is now housed in such Museums an Art galleries.

Lord Ganesh
Buddh बुद्ध
MANGAL मंगल
Shukra शुक्र
BRIHASHPATI बृहश्पति
KETU केतु
ADITYA SURYA SUN आदित्य सूर्य
SHANI Saturn शनि