Monday, 19 June 2017

Anthropocentric?

Recently I got introduced to the word “Anthropocentric” it means regarding humankind as the central or most important element of existence. 

I am doing Photography from last 20 years and the first photograph which I took from my first SLR camera was of a young girl. In these 20 years I had took many shots other then my commercial work and 99% of them somehow had human in them, I used to call them Portraits, Street Photography, Photo Journalism and so on . . . but one thing is sure those all photographs had human in them. It was not a conscious or any kind of deliberate attempt by me but you can say it was kind of natural of unconscious thing.

I took this photograph of Anjali Shekhawat yesterday night at Jawahar Kala Kendra ( It’s a multi arts centre) at Jaipur. I was there in the evening having some chit chat with fellow artists and then I suddenly saw the shadow of tree and leaves creating this interesting pattern here on the wall and ground. I felt like capturing it in my camera and Anjali was nearby only. I just spontaneously asked her if she can just go at that point sit and give a pose to me. She said yes and here is the shot in front of you.

The question which arrived in my mind is that does this unconscious habit of mine taking Human Centric Photographs have something to do with “Anthropocentric”?

Monday, 12 June 2017

Daawat

दावत

कोई देता है दर्द-ए-दिल पे मुसलसल आवाज़
और फिर अपनी ही आवाज़ से घबराता है

अपने बदले हुए अंदाज़ का एहसास नहीं
मेरे बहके हुए अंदाज़ से घबराता है

साज़ उठाया है कि मौसम का तक़ाज़ा था वही
काँपता हाथ मगर साज़ से घबराता है

राज़ को है किसी हमराज़ की मुद्दत से तलाश
और दिल सुहबत-ए-हमराज़ से घबराता है

शौक़ ये है कि उड़े वो तो ज़मीं साथ उड़े
हौसला ये है कि परवाज़ से घबराता है

तेरी तक़दीर में आसाइश-ए-अंजाम नहीं
ऐ कि तू शोरिश-ए-आग़ाज़ से घबराता है

ज़ेहन के वास्ते साँचे तो न ढलेगी हयात
ज़ेहन को आप ही हर साँचे में ढलना होगा

कभी आगे, कभी पीछे, कोई रफ़्तार है ये
हमको रफ़्तार का आहंग बदलना होगा

ये भी जलना कोई जलना है कि शोला न धुआँ
अब जला देंगे ज़माने को जो जलना होगा

रास्ते घूम के सब जाते हैं मंजिल की तरफ़
हम किसी रूख़ से चलें, साथ ही चलना होगा

कैफ़ी आज़मी

Shot was taken somewhere in Jaipur. and Nazm Daawat by Kaifi Azmi.
#MobilePhotography

Monday, 1 May 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Somewhere at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Somewhere at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Somewhere at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Tomato of Street, Jaipur.

Tomato of Street, Jaipur.
Tomato of Street, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

A Selfie at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

A Selfie at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
A Selfie at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Chai Pani at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Chai Pani at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Chai Pani at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Yashpal Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Yashpal Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Yashpal Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

A Fly at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

A Fly at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
A Fly at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Reflection at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Reflection at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Reflection at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

A Guy performing Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
A Guy performing Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Indian Circus, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

A Guy in the attire of Joker Welcoming to Indian Circus, which was performing on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
A Guy in the attire of Clown Welcoming to Indian Circus, which was performing on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Makers.

Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Maker Guys at  Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Maker Guys at  Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Devotee at Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Devotee at Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
Devotee resting on the stairs of Sheetla Mata Temple on the Occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Scintillating Performance at the Army Pageant.

Scintillating Performance at the Army Pageant.
Horse Trick Riding at the Army Pageant and Air Force Show.
Jaipur, 29 March: As a part of the ongoing celebration of ‘Rajasthan Festival’, Army Pageant and Indian Air Force Show was held at JDA Polo Ground today. The event was organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. The Home Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria was also present on the occasion.

The two-hour long Army Pageant began with the Welcome Song (Army Symphony Band) with Band March Past, Helicopter Fly Past and Para Motor Fly Past. This was followed by AIR Warriors Continuity Drill. Amazing equestrian coordination was showcased in the following Horse Trick Riding show which was performed on music by Army Symphony Band. Next, there was Para Commandos show which included – Slithering, Hostage Rescue, Free Fall Demo, Small Team Insertion and Extrication (STIE) and Artillery Gun Drill. This was followed by Kerela style, Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Display by the Madras Regiment Centre. Next, there was a Para Motor Show and a Motorcycle Display by ‘Tornadoes’. The program concluded with Mass Pipes and Drums Display which also included Drummer’s Call. There were also several songs performed by Army Symphony Band in between the different programs.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh as the part of the Rajasthan Festival 2017.

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh as the part of the Rajasthan Festival 2017.
The view of the ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ today at the Central Park in Jaipur.
Jaipur, 27 March: The ‘Rajasthan Festival’ began today with a grand cultural extravaganza. The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The event was organized as the part of the ‘Rajasthan Festival’. The Chief Guest for the occasion were the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. N.C. Goyal. There were performances of ‘Devi Stuti’, ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’, ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’. While ‘Devi Stuti’ and ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’ were presented by Jaipur Kathak Kendra under the direction of Dr. Rekha Thakar; ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’ were presented under the direction of Harish Gangani from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.

‘Devi Stuti’ showcased the victory of good over evil when Goddess Durga slaughters Asur. This was followed by ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’. The performance presented the moods of the women of Rajasthan. A part of the lives of these women go through separation when their heroes go abroad and fight in war. The performance showcased how beauty emerges from the various activities that the women do when their men come back from war, like getting dressed up, get excited and involve themselves in auspicious activities around the house.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Call for help.

Hailey Baldwin
The way this article is presented it looked more like a “call for help” to me. I think instead of putting this article on Entertainment page it should have come on Classifieds.

According to my knowledge this article has no relevance to the local audience of Jaipur. Even if as editor had thought that this is very important information for the readers and kids of Jaipur he could have used any other sober picture of Hailey Baldwin. But his choice of picture in this article is clear indication to me that he is more interested in catering sex rather than news.

I will say this is highly irresponsible behavior from India's leading news paper and it should be condemned.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Stoned

Stoned
"Stoned" Watercolor on Paper 17 X 21.5 cm by Manav Singhi.
This watercolor painting is more or less a self portrait of today’s event. I will say basically today was the day which will decide the fate of Indian politics. Today Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister of  Uttar Pradesh, it was a kind of shock to me. Whole day I was in front of T.V. and watching the news where 50% of expert's were saying it will be good for the future of Uttar Pradesh and India and other 50% expert's were against it. Even after 6 hours of listening of the experts I was left confused and stoned.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pankhudi - Petal

Pankhudi - Petal
Shot taken on 17 March 2017 at the premises of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. where last minute decorations for “NAVRAS, a Performing Arts Festival” were on its way.

Friday, 17 March 2017

J.K.K. Presents the Second Edition of ‘NAVRAS’, a Performing Arts Festival.

Shot taken on 17 March 2017 at the premises of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. where last minute decorations for “NAVRAS, a Performing Arts Festival” were on its way.
Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. is set to host the second edition of its performing arts festival, Navras. Spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 to 26, the festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and Sufi, classical, pop and fusion music.  The varied programme has been put together, keeping in mind the interests of the audience.  

The idea, is also to give the audiences the chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises.

The festival will open on 18 March with a performance by noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music.

The days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions - Ganapati by Adishakti and Timeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, and music – sufi Kalam by Zila Khan  and classical by Shruti Sadolikar and Vidya Shah.

The premier of Phool Kesula Phool, a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal will also be hosted during the festival. Last year JKK had invited proposals from theatre directors of Rajasthan and  Panchal’s proposal  was selected out of 40 such proposals. JKK will also be presentingTilchattey ki Diary, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. 

Key to this year’s programming is a shift from proscenium based theatre.  In an attempt to introduce the audience to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras.  For example, inWhite Rabbit Red Rabbit there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision, no production design and no technical histrionics. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and s/he then has to improvise and make it interactive; Dil -o- Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamnitehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors and as the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they also taste‘Dilli ka khaana’which will be served as a part of the reading.  Directed by Anuradha Kapur this work borders between theatre and a reading. 

The Legends of Khasak directed by the dynamic Deepan Sivaraman, is a bold and independent adaptation of the famous Malayalam novel KhasakkinteIthihasam (The Legends of Khasak) by O.V.Vijayan, which acquired the stature of latter-day mythology. Set up in an open-air arena on a large rectangular pit of loose earth with extensive use of fire, soil, water, scent, sky and a symbolic  use of huge realistic puppets and masks  that allow audiences to participate and experience the pleasures and tragedies that engulf one in "Khasak", this piece of theatre has created waves across the country and we are delighted to bring this large production to Jaipur.

In addition to the various performances above, there will be a small food court offering local food and a session of‘Meet the artist’ where the artists will interact with the audiences and media.

An exhibition, ‘Women on Record’ curated and designed by Parthiv Shah on 26 March. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 till the end of April. It is a showcase of the world of incredible women of the black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs…The beginning of the world of entertainment of the gramophone era. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .

On 27 March, “The Theatre of Alkazi” exhibitioncurated by Amal Allana and designed by Nissar Allana will open as part of the Rajasthan Divas Celebrations and World Theatre Day. The exhibition will continue till the end of April in The Contemporary, JKK Museum Galleries. The exhibition is being supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Navras 2017 is also being supported by The Hilton, Jaipur as hospitality Partner.

Says Director General, JKK: “JKK is proud to present yet again, a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in music, dance and theatre to audiences in Jaipur.  If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences in Jaipur enrich themselves in experiencing theatre dance and music in new and diverse ways. We are also proud to showcase 2 commissioned theatre productions by JKK.”

Navras was launched in 2016 with music, dance and theatre programs spanning over a period of 8 days.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

बारिश की वो तीन बूंदे।

याद है तुमको बारिश की वो तीन बूंदे, जिनको मैंने तुम्हें छूने की सज़ा दी थी।

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A letter from Window.

A letter from Window.
A winter morning and time is kind of frozen. This is window of my room, when I wake up I look outside from it and in the night it basically work as partition from darkness. This window is always in front of me but I rarely look at it. It is there but not there for me. Ok now let's assume that windows have life and they have brains, heart, feelings and everything. But they don't move or they just can't communicate. But what if one day you get a letter from your Window?

Dear Manav,
Although I know you are pathetically selfish person and you are absolutely self obsessed. But still when we start a letter it's kind of formality to ask how are you. But I know you very well for all these formalities, let me straight away come to the point. You are a selfish and self centered person and you have neglected me completely. When few years back I came to your home, I had so many dreams. Do you remember how many efforts you took to design me and how much happy you were after seeing me for the first time after I got instated in your room? Do you remember initially how you use to take care of me? How you had a fight with your wife about what color I will have? Then every morning before you look outside you use to look at me and smile. But gradually you started neglecting me and developed a habit of straight away looking outside. You stopped caring about me and stopped looking at me. Everyday when you use to wake up I use to think that today might be you will look at me and again going to give me the same old smile but you never did. I never wanted much, all I wanted was little bit of love and care but I think that was too much for you to ask from. Basically you took me for granted and I am fed up of you and I would have left you long before. But I stayed, not for you but because of your kid. Whenever he sees me he smiles and feels happy, he plays with me, spend time with me and he loves me. He is the reason why I am writing to you.

Do you know today when he was playing with me he slipped because of the dust and bumped his head. He cried and cried which was very painful. His mom started shouting, if you will play with the window again you will again bump your head so stop playing with window. But it was not my fault it was you who stopped taking care of me and because of that dust collected all over me which was the reason why he slipped. Please don’t take away the only person who loves me away from me. Please clean me and let him play with me I assure you he will not going to slip again.

Your Neglected
Window

Monday, 6 February 2017

How to Take Double Exposure kind of Shot in Single Exposure?

Beyond the Truth
As I always say it’s all about Artospective. I took this shot from the basic DSLR, it is not photoshopped nor double exposure, no mirror in between or any kind of tricky element.

I was sitting with few friends at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. And we were enjoying the evening. Then I suddenly saw two beautiful frames and felt like combining them. Generally it can be done easily in the new upgraded DSLR’s  and the technique is known as Double Exposure. Or some people do this kind of thing in photoshop also. But both of these things are not considered as a photography by the old school serious photographers. Ok so I was carrying the basic 6 year old Canon 550D  DSLR with 50mm lens. I generally keep this set in my bag as a anytime – anywhere fun photography camera. So I took it out and started doing some experiments and then after few test shots I was able to take this Photograph. This is a single exposure shot which is giving effect of Double exposure. 

Exif details of this Shot is.
Shutter Speed - 10.0 Sec
Aperture – f/10
ISO – 100
Camera – Canon 550D
Lens – 50mm f/1.4

So if you want to take these kind of shots in single exposure then first you have to find two almost equal exposure frames close together only. Then put your shutter speed on long exposure like I kept it on 10 sec exposure. Then half press the shutter button and focus on the first subject and then click. Keep your camera in sturdy position, for new bees using tripod would be suggested. Keep your first frame exposed for 4.5 sec you can count the seconds in your head or new bees can use watch. Then move your camera lens towards the another frame you selected this movement has to be completed within 1sec. For next 4.5sec keep your camera in sturdy position and expose that frame. And Kaboom you will be able to get this kind of shot in Single Exposure.

If you have any questions you can post them in comments below and I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

Fly.

Fly.
Fly.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

26th January 2017 - The 68th Republic Day of India.

26th January 2017 - The 68th Republic Day of India.
सुबह जब आँख खुली तब खिड़की से देखा की बारिश आ रही थी। रजाई में से निकले बिना ही नौकरानी को चाय लाने के लिए आवाज़ लगादी। आज भारत अपना 68th गणतंत्र दिवस मानाने में मशगूल था और हम इस बहाने मिली एक छुट्टी का आनंद लेने की पूरी तयारी कर चुके थे। पुरे दिन घूमने फिरने और खरीदारी का कार्यक्रम बीबीजी ने एक दिन पहले से ही तय कर रखा था उस पर बारिश का आना, बस मजा ही आ गया। चाय पी के किसी तरह रजाई से निकले और तइयार होना शुरू किया। नहाने में आज मज़ा नहीं आया, गीज़र का पानी निवाया ही था, अगर सर्दी की सुबह गरमा गरम पानी से दस मिनट शावर में ना नहाया जाये तो ज़िन्दगी मैं रखा ही क्या है। खैर हमारे घर पे पहले से ही तय है बारिश मतलब पकोड़ियां, नाश्ता कर के बीबीजी और बच्चेजी को ले के हम पहले खरीदारी को निकले। सारे मॉल और दुकाने तिरंगे से सजी हुई थीं और गणतंत्रता दिवस के अवसर पे कई तरह की छूट भी दे रही थी। पूरा ही माहॊल देश भक्ति से ओत प्रोत लग रहा था। पुरे दिन घूमने फिरने और खरीदारी के बाद बीबीजी और बच्चेजी को शाम को घर छोड़ा और हमने कॉफ़ी हाउस जा के मौसम का आनंद कॉफ़ी के साथ उठाने का फैसला किया। दोस्तों और कॉफ़ी के साथ वक़्त का पता ही नहीं चला और रात हो गयी। रिमझिम तो दिन भर से हो ही रही थी थोड़ी ठण्ड भी बढ़ गयी थी। सभी ने एकमत में घर जाने का फैसला किया। हम सब कॉफ़ी हाउस से निकले और अपने अपने रस्ते हो लिए। मेरे एक दोस्त को ऑटो पकड़ना था तो मैंने कहा मैन रोड तक तुम्हारे साथ चलता हूँ वहां से तुम्हें ऑटो दिलवा के में निकल जाऊंगा। 

मैन रोड पे पहुंचे तो रिमझिम से बचने के लिए हम बस स्टॉप की तरफ बढ़े, मगर वहां इन् गरीब भिखारियों ने पहले से ही कब्ज़ा जमा रखा था। शर्म भी नहीं आती इन् लोगों को,रात भर यहाँ सोयेंगे और ठण्ड में कुछ हो गया तो सरकार को दोष देंगे। मैंने उनकी तरफ मुंह कर के कहा जब सरकार ने तुम लोगों के सोने के लिए रैन बसेरे बनवा रखें हैं तो यहाँ क्यों सोते हो? उन में से एक ने कहा - साहब गाँव से मेहनत मजदूरी करने आये हैं और रैन बसेरे वाले बिना आई.डी. के रहने नहीं देते। इतने में उनमें से दूसरा बोल उठा साहब अगर इतने ही कागजात होते तो हमें रैन बसेरे की जरुरत होती क्या?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Jaipur Literature Festival 2017
For me Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 was more or less like the picture above which I took there only. At the end of Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 I felt that Jaipur Literature Festival has turned into a cauliflower from a beautiful flower but I was wrong. This year the feeling became more clear to me. Jaipur Literature Festival has not turned into a cauliflower, it is still a beautiful flower but now it is a Plastic Flower. It has lost it's life.