Saturday 23 July 2016

From the Director of MOG- Dr. Subodh Kerkar

I had the good fortune of meeting Syed Haider Raza a number of times.In his death India has lost an iconic person.

Apart from being a great artist Raza in my opinion was the symbol of India's pluralism. His works and his being,positioned him beyond fences of religion, cast and creed.He visited all places of religious worship to find the connectivity with the cosmic and the unknown. And spoke passionately about universalism.
In his company I felt an energy of a saint.His bindu painting exudes the feeling of Shunyata.
In 1947 when India became independent Raza Shaib was not only concerned with his personal development as an artist but also worried about what direction ART in India should take.He along with the other members of the progressive group were the torch bearers of the journey of Indian Art.
I will use Nehru's lines after Gandhi's assassination to express my feelings about Raza."The light has gone out of he Indian Art scene.However that light was no ordinary light and will continue to inspire generations of artist to come.RIP I shall not say because Syed Raza was the epitome of peace all his life and in peace he will always rest."
We at MOG join the nation to mourn Raza's death and we are grateful to God that such a one lived amongst us.

-  Dr. Subodh Kerkar

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Usha Khanna- Tremendous talent rests in peace forever!

Art and film world and was shaken at the news of demise of Usha Khanna on Saturday, 16, 2016. She was 74 years old. 

(Image copyright : Sudharak Olwe/ source fb)

Remembered as the owner of Café Samovar, at Jehangir Art Gallery at the time it was closed last year, art patrons miss her more for the strong, cheerful personality she had and that vibrated in the Samovar Café and her music. Almost every day when she would be there for hours curiously taking interest in visitors and conversing with them on vivid topics. Never airing her ownership she had mush faith in her staff and the head who looked after the delicacies and cuisines severed there. Satisfaction, be it at her Café or by listening to her music was important. Art was her life and music her soul. India prides in her talent as a third Indian woman music director and intelligent business woman. She died a natural death on her way to hospital. She is survived by two daughter and a son, who made names for themselves in their respective fields like their mother. Her children did the last rites and cremated her in presence of art patrons and film personalities. 

(Memorable Image from Café Samovar )

Text By Pankaja JK 

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Monday 18 July 2016

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