Saturday 20 May 2017


By Dr. Shiv Kumar Ojha original version in Hindi. 

Translation by: Pankaja JK. 

The book is my first complete book translation assignment and whole process was a knowledgeable journey. The book has many features other than being a language book. It highlights Indian culture and how everything in the Universe is meticulously studied by our ancient gurus and assembled in various books. Be it cosmological, astronomical, linguistics, medicinal or spiritual knowledge, we have information on every aspect studied careful and preserved through generation, till date.

Speaking about language is not only interesting but studying it in depth, applying it in regular use and admiring its beauty is a fabulous experience.

Sanskrit is the base of all Indian languages, also known as Devanagari languages. This book highlights on the scientific nature of Sanskrit-Hindi language. Unlike English where consonants and vowels are place together and in haphazard manner. Indian languages have a proper sequence, arrangement of consonants and vowels as separate entities and therefore understand these languages and remembering them are easier than any other widely used foreign language. There is proper way of pronunciation and writing. All these aspects are introduced and explained in this book. 

Interestingly, the author Dr. Ojha himself communicated in English throughout his professional period, as he is the Ex- IIT professor IN Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mumbai. He has also travelled worldwide. But still he is rooted in our culture and embraces Indian culture and language. Therefore we see that every at the age of more 83 years, he studies Indian culture and language. He is also the author of 11 more books based on Indian culture. I am proud he trusted me to translate this very important book for him. Even though there were times when we disagreed on some points of words to be used or expressions, and discussed it for days together, ultimately agreement was possible and this book was published with his sole permission and approval. 

Those people who are interested in Indian culture, Indian language calligraphy and Fine Arts should once go through this book to have an idea of vastness and beauty of Indian language. The book is available on demand and it is worth to keep it in valuable treasure of your books at home or in office. It will not only benefit you as an individual but also help impart rich Indian culture knowledge to your friends and family. In this modern and advanced world where Western culture is highly over-shadowing India’s rich culture and heritage, this is one opportunity for us to preserve it as our personal social responsibility.

by Pankaja JK. 

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Gati- Paintings by Subhash Gondhale (SuGo).

Gati is the latest series of painting by SUGO. Here Gati is that of Bramhanda or Universe.

Artist : Sudhash Gondhale

The name of the series is in Devanagari language and it means motion in English. This series is a progressive thread of the concepts that SuGo has been working on since a few years. While telling about this series SuGo revealed an interesting fact that these paintings are his unbeknownst creations that first took shapes on canvas and then he realized that this is the concept of motion of Universe. So, according to him it is his unwinding of thread from the spool of subject that he has been dealing since a few years.

It would be interesting to rewind the memories of his earlier series to understand this developed series called Gati. Following paragraph briefs us about his intellectual series of thought.

Indian Vedic culture and its impact has always been favourite subject of SuGo.  Bramha to Bramhanda beautiful and complicated concepts mentioned in Indian Vedic scriptures have now been added to his quest. Progressing in his art, he has transcended to being an artist of deeper considerations with such mysterious, awesome and mesmerizing topics. To simply put it artist SuGo has succeeded in reaching closer to merging of philosophy with art and scientific temperament with his unique concepts of painting series since a few years. Apart from his landscape and reality based paintings painted in various mediums he has touched upon the philosophical, physical and spiritual subjects in his  latest but little earlier exhibitions which dealt with Mantra or Motifs. Mantra series highlighted onthe therapeutic value they lead to peace of mind develop concentration and takes oneself away from vice motives, thus cleansing the soul and developing a sound mind that leads to a sound body. Along with this concept, he dealt with Calligraphy in Akshara series where profound impact of motifs like ‘Aum’, ‘Swastik’ and ‘Rhim- rham on body and soul. He reflected on sound but audible meditative aura was serenely created by using colours proposing mysticism and feeling of transcendence. He symbolically linked letters with every minute element that creator Lord Brahma (Supposed Creator of this universe) amalgamated together to create this Universe.  Bramhanda or Universe is made of animate and inanimate objects and these are termed as Utpatti (Creation), Sthiti (Position or Status) andLaya (Rhythm). After creation and positioning of every object Universe came live with the momentum of these objects. When objects have momentum that makes the Universe live. This motion or momentum is Gati and Gati is the main topic of this series of painting. It is one of the major factors of Trinity (Space, Time and Motion). Thorough these paintings artist reveals how Universe works and how does momentum or Gait makes Universe live.

In this series it is an interesting fact that he has reached the stage where enthusiasm to probe deeper into working of Universe or Bramhanda has unknowingly, without his own conscious efforts, got transpired on canvas.
Though translated meaning of Gati sounds easy and one interprets that it must be related to pace or speed of Universe; it is not that simple. Here he paints Gati ofBramhanda or Universe in unison with other factors that are absolutely necessary and all of them together form Trinity. They cannot be separated from the concept of motion. Motion is that part of Trinity that wholly completes our Universe. Trinity is the Space, Motion and Time.
Universe itself is a complicated matter and to understand it, its formation has to be simplified. Intellectuals right from Aristotle to Newton have purposely tried to study and analyze it. Artist SuGo has intuitively given a thought to the simplification of the concept of working and liveliness of Universe by highlighting the motion of the Universe or Gati and presented to us its omnipresent power. 

Very pleasantly he paints omnipresent power and Energy of Gati that makes everything in Universe alive and has momentum; he taps upon the core of it. Space has potential motion but it can come into action only when it has motion in successiveness or Time, otherwise it is impossible to find movement in Space. On the other hand Time exists and has value only due to Space and Motion. And speaking about Gati or motion of Universe, it is clear that it comes out of Space and passes into Time and so links Space and Time.

SuGo also reveals the creative power of Gati in the images. Each image seems to have momentum.

Along with the creative power of Gati, artist also highlights on it as Energy. The paintings vibrate with energy of light, air, sound waves etc. These activities have their own intensity of motion depicting different levels of energy in their Gati.

Motion is responsible for execution of energies and this is its very nature. Ultimately perceptibility of Gati is genuinely displayed by SuGo.
This series is a creativity added with a scientific temperament and a must watch for every art lover.

by Pankaja JK ( Art )


Namdeo Laxman Dhasal was a Marathi poet, writer, Buddhist activist and a staunch follower of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar from Maharashtra, India. He won the Padma Shri in 1999 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sahitya Akademi in 2004