Gaura Pant ‘Shivani’ (October 17, 1923 – 21 March 2003)

in remembrance of a great writer in #Hindi Sahitya literature Respected Gaura Pant Shivani as she was popularly called. She wrote many novels stories and I read many of her books. In all she portrayed each women as a special soul.





जन्म: 17 अक्टूबर, 1923 को विजयादशमी के दिन राजकोट (गुजरात) में हुआ। आधुनिक अग्रगामी विचारों के समर्थक पिता श्री अश्विनीकुमार पांडे राजकोट स्थित राजकुमार कॉलेज के प्रिंसिपल थे, जो कालांतर में माणबदर और रामपुर की रियासतों में दीवान भी रहे। माता और पिता दोनों ही विद्वान्, संगीतप्रेमी और कई भाषाओं के ज्ञाता थे। साहित्य और संगीत के प्रति एक गहरी रुझान ‘शिवानी’ को उनसे ही मिली। शिवानी के पितामह संस्कृत के प्रकांड विद्वान – पं. हरिराम पांडे, जो बनारस हिन्दू विश्वविद्यालय में धर्मोपदेशक थे, परम्परानिष्ठ और कट्टर सनातनी थे। महामना मदनमोहन मालवीय से उनकी गहन मैत्री थी। वे प्रायः अल्मोड़ा तथा बनारस में रहते थे, अतः अपनी बड़ी बहन तथा भाई के साथ शिवानी जी का बचपन भी दादाजी की छत्रछाया में उक्त स्थानों पर बीता, किशोरावस्था शान्तिनिकेतन में, और युवावस्था अपने शिक्षाविद् पति के साथ उत्तर प्रदेश के विभिन्न भागों में। पति के…

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Kalighat school of Painting in Bengal: Jamini Roy

jam5Jamini Roy is not unknown name to me. Since school days i knew this name more so when i became aware of miniature painting, thus Kalighat school of painting became known to me.  We had also read in our history books that in one of the congress meeting the panels painted by Shri Jamini Roy/Nandlal Bose? were used. from there his painting became more popular or known to outside Bengal.(if i may say so?)


I had heard about a painting titled mother and child by Shri Jamini Roy. I thought to google it. in result i was drowned into sagar -Ocean of his paintings.


It became difficult to single out any original painting. I mean due to internet now it has become impossible to know or to see original paintings of JAMINI ROY ji. There are various versions of his painting. He has inspired a generation of young artists thus many of these artists have reproduced Jamini paintings.

On the theme of mother and child i got some paintings but i could not tell which one is the original painting. Until and unless any expert tells you the difference, it is very difficult to know the differences on our own.  jamini-roy-painting-mother-and-child-pa09_lThere are color differences, some paintings have different patterns, but one needs an eye to notice such minute differences, and to identify original from reproductions.

#Kalighat Paintings were there since centuries. The painters in Bengal painted almost varied subject mostly the traditional devotional subjects. But Kalighat paintings,  as they became to be known during the British period also had subjects of daily life of Bengal.

Earlier Jamini Roy was studying the Abanindranath Tagore style of paint141px-bharat_mataings. Shri Abanindranath Tagore himself was influenced by the British style or Raj or Company paintings as they are known. But later he thought to incorporate the Indian characters and subjects, ethos in his paintings. one of his famous painting was Bharat Mata, the earliest form imagined of the Bharat Mata.

Later all painters of that time influenced by the call of India and such learned painters. They also began painting Indian themes much like Raja Ravi Verma.

Jamini Roy also painted Ramayana, Mahabharat themes. He also included the subjects of local painters much like Kalighat Painters use to do



can you tell which is the original painting on left?8cd263ba5d5d7073cd2082da236ca6fe

657e7d3a647aa42b7868f06a99c69f7620oriart_195934987c0b226f2ed87f69427c5607b9d8a5-1 here also can one identify the difference, from original?

here also can one identify the difference, from original?

  And in these two can you tell which one is original painting of Jamini Roy ji?129287976726599204_5ca637e4-19e5-4a3d-a1d6-38983cdc111e_176016_570

Which is the original Jamini Roy painting from above two?

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Jamini Roy was recognised and this postal stamp was brought out to remember/recognize his contribution to the style of painting. Do painting has anything to do with the society or social development? is there any connection or is it relevant in present milieu of social fabric? has arts got their justified share of respect in our society or still our society is having Raj hangover?

#Kalighat paintings had a rich representation of social life of that times. Even the British officers were also smitten by these lively paintings and became patrons of many paintings, odoring their offices and homes. Even Kalighat painters started painting the british subjects in their paintings

which is the original Jamini Roy painting below?




it is very difficult to tell which is the original Jamini Roy painting above?

then suddenly one day i got this in twitter?



This is  huge world of Kalighat paintings. But after all it is form of expression. Given the nature of humans every one is free to express in the way suits themselves.roy-jamini-1887-1972-india-dancing-gopinis-3642950images-2jam3

Tree MotherSaalumarada Thimmakka

i read article in The Hindu can came to know about her. She is truly a Tree mother. Since she was able to conceive, she and her husband adopted trees and planted saplings in their village. She groomed tree saplings as her adopted children that indicates her devotion. And i think whole village must be knowing that very well. She is sought for her blessings. As she is the mother of #Banyan Trees that indicates her immortalness.  i had written about Burgad Banyan tree earlier click to read.




such people should be given highest civilian awards by nation/states. I dont know whether her old age pension or any other type of help is given to her by the state? Such kind of people who do the work without any prejudice must be supported by state or Government. Then to support such persons, eligibility criterion of Govt. schemes should not matter. then only we will think that we are a free independent nation.

Jai tree mother, jai kissan Jai jawan

काव्य kavya? kavitta; हमें उन राहों पर चलना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है

जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है

जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

हम है वो दिये औरों के लिये

जिन्हें तूफ़ानों में जलना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है   

जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

जब तक न लगन हो सीने में

बेकार है ऐसे जीने में

जब तक न लगन हो सीने में

बेकार है ऐसे जीने में

चढ़ना है हमें चंदा की तरह

सूरज की तरह नहीं ढ़लना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है    जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है  

हम हैं वो दिये औरों के लिये    जिन्हें तूफ़ानों में जलना है 

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है    जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

मैं पास रहूँ या दूर रहूँ

ये बात अभी तुम से कह दूँ

मैं पास रहूँ या दूर रहूँ

ये बात अभी तुम से कह दूँ

हँसना ही नहीं फूलों कि तरह

दीपक की तरह हमें जलना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है     जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है    

हम है वो दिये औरों के लिये     जिन्हें तूफ़ानों में जलना है  

   हमें उन राहों पर चलना है     जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

आकाश से आती है ये सदा

ग़म आए अगर तो जी न ढला

आकाश से आती है ये सदा

ग़म आए अगर तो जी न ढला

कभी ग़म हैं यहाँ, कभी हैं ख़ुशियाँ

हर हाल में हम को पलना है

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है     जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है    

हम है वो दिये औरों के लिये     जिन्हें तूफ़ानों में जलना है   

हमें उन राहों पर चलना है     जहाँ गिरना और संभलना है

Do we find such inspirational Kavya nowdays?

Rekha: how can we describe her??

On the eve of New year I saw on the Star Plus Channel that Rekha ji was honoured with LifeTime Achievement award at StarScreenAward Function held some time back.


Amazingly She danced at her old song with full vigour. (at this age) She was full of grace.


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Just saw a tweet about Rekha ji honoured with lifetime achievement award at a function named #SansuiColorsStardustAwards. it was presented by the Javed Akhtar ji and Shabana Azmi ji. How one can describe Rekha ji and her journey in films. She started as a novice and at very young age. Given the circumstances of family she had to act in films. it is heartening and sad that young teen was not given any option, she had to sacrifice all her freedom for employment.


As we know through media She had a troubled childhood. Now days media and internet has given opportunity to a seeker of information. But her immediate family must have struggled to survive in this harsh world.   She groomed herself and became a star on her own, she created a style. If i can say so she is evergreen glittering star.

She blossomed into a matured artists as evident from few of her films. Khoobsoorat, Umrao Jaan, Utsav to name few.

She created magic on screen. The other star which i liked before Umrao Jaan was Meena Kumari ji. I am a confirmed fan of Smt Meena Kumari ji. In childhood i epitomized her.

Her portrayal of emotions was superb on screen. Whenever she cried on screen i felt same and whenever she felt angry anguish or she felt pain, i also felt the same pain, such was the connection with her onscreen persona. She was a star bigger than the screen. She immortalized the roles she played/acted in films.images-49

But when i saw Umrao Jaan i was totally mesmerized by the sheer color, dazzling costumes, immortal music and more over the seriousness by which Rekha ji enacted the role on screen. Many times she herself had confirmed that it was UmraoJaan that discovered Rekha. Rekha and UmraoJaan became synonymous to each other. It was brilliance of Shri Muzafar Ali, the Raja of Kotwara that brilliance of Rekha ji came out so well on screen as Umrao Jaan. The film story, editing, music played the key role. And story itself was from my city Lucknow thus i became fan of the film as well.

It is really a mystery that how she has groomed herself from her first film to the present day.

in these years many opportunities came to her.

She carried her charm despite of UPs and Downs in life.


download-7download-8Each of these frames speak in volume about her skills of emoting. For that she got the award for UMRAO JAAN.



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4 then this film Utsav happened and for me no other star could have been more suited for this role other than Rekha ji.


in spite of good music well researched this film’s music could not spell magic as Umrao Jaan did. Though the songs bela mahka ri mahka dil kyo bahka and others were superb songs. But still i feel more music with dhrupad elements for dance could have been shown in this film as somehow this film centered around a courtesan. a dancer.09rekha6download-13download-14download-16download-17