"My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. It is the rhythmic fantasy; a restless streak which looks for its own fulfillment! A stillness that moves within! An intense search for my origin and ultimate identity". - Meena

Friday, 31 January 2020

कवि गोष्ठी में आपका हार्दिक स्वागत celebrating the growing multihued literary world of Canada

कवि  गोष्ठी में आपका हार्दिक स्वागत

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

'OPEN Doors' art show: Proshanta Karmakar art is a constant reminder of, and victoriously exudes the vital spirit of an old man or ‘father time’.

OPEN Doors runs from December 10th, 2019 till 20 th Dec 2019 and from 7thJanuary 2020 10 10th January 2020
at Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation)
(The Grange): 1921 Dundas St. W, Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2 (phone: 905-828-8411)

Curatorial note

While depicting social themes, at times, of a much-repressed society of Bangladesh, Proshanta Karmakar goes much beyond the ephemeral and fugacious. He draws the viewer’s attention to the transcendental undercurrent, that predominantly overpowers his artistic compositions, that appear to be stilled in time.

His art is a constant reminder of, and victoriously exudes the vital spirit of an old man or ‘father time’. The ageless glory of wisdom, ‘the grim reaper’ watches over the eons, surpassing the durations unlocking the ancient, classical closed doors and windows, sometimes solving the mystery at the end of a corridor. The scything and discerning eyes that are embedded in the compositions of the standstill moments in his prints and paintings penetrate through time.

All is grounded and solidified with a powerful sense of standpoint and perspective. Nothing is impermanent or fading. All this is achieved through the strong metaphorical objectivity in his work. It is a spirituous dialogue with a niggling pain, rising from day to day issues, powerfully stating that everything stays within and without, finally culminating into the vermillion touch of inner gallantry and valour.

- Nain Amyn- Lalji and Meena Chopra - Artist, Author & Poet

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Santa and Goddess Lakshmi exchanging places

Yes you are right it is the Christmas Tree at Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation) decked like an 'Indian Goddess' and now what happens if Santa gets confused .... and starts celebrating Diwali instead and Goddess Lakshmi gets fascinated lost with the South Asian flavoured Christmas tree and hides inside it......I love this multi-flvoured Canada. Now I feel, Now I feel, I do want to have grandchildren and greatgrandchildren on this soil whom I can tell these stories of Santa and Goddess Lakshmi exchanging places .
Christmas Tree with South Asian flavour has been done by Nain Amyn- Lalji and I helped her. The idea came out from Jayme Gaspar, ED Heritage Mississauga

Pic by Bhupinder Virdi. during the opening of Proshanta Karmakar's art exhibition

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

The Meaning of Art: Artist and Poet Meena Chopra

Thank you @Ivy_Reis, challenging conversation. I maintain stand on #ArtforArtSake forever if we have to evolve as a society to human excellence. @MissArtsCouncil @SaugaCulture @LivingArtsCtr @Paul_Damaso @RonStarr6 @TorontoBiennial #art #artistic

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

Uyare (To Rise): Malayalam anguage Film - Reviewed by Meena Chopra

Rising beyond the boundaries of language and artistry (“Indeed beauty is skin deep”)
This offbeat film is inspired from a spate of acid attacks against women, and gender-based violence. A powerful concept which gradually builds up a forceful storyline and characters, through remarkable performances. The entire film is an understated elegance. Each scene, frame, dialogue and gesture has been scripted strongly and is presented and expressed in a subtle and effective way. It is a rare combination of a powerful story, script, direction, editing and acting.
The music and poetic lyrics are again outstanding and arresting and well translated in English in subtitles. The depth of words and the sweetness of music compels you to dwell on them for a long time.
About 40% dialogues are in English and for rest subtitles are there. Apart from this, it has a very efficacious promo as I would not have seen this “Malayalam film”but for the promo that hooked me immensely. (I am from Hindi speaking belt of India)

Uyare, reminded me of Raj kapoor’s blockbuster SSS. (Satyam Shivam Sundaram). Though a blockbuster, SSS never impressed me even then in 1978, perhaps because the true meaning of “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” is very hard to be expressed with in the parameters of commercially viable creative pursuits. The commonality in both the films is about the disfiguration of the protagonist's face and her acceptability of this disfiguration to her ownself and within in the social system.
If compared to Raj Kapoor’s magnum opus, Uyare is a much closer depiction of the larger than life vedic concept of Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Truth, Love and Beauty, “Sat-Chit-Anand,” or “Truth-Consciousness-Bliss, from Svetasvatara Upanishad) and certainly is of much more relevance.
This unconventional film is DEFINITELY WORTH SPENDING TWO ENGAGING HOURS that deeply stimulate the senses and the mind, clearing many stereotyped cobwebs. It breaks many already set boundaries in multiple ways. Concept and theme goes much beyond the social relevance and the survival story.
The film is proof that true artistry goes beyond the boundaries of language and culture, etc.
The film is now showing on NETFLIX.
Uyare (transl. Rise) is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Manu Ashokan (in his directorial debut), written by Bobby & Sanjay and produced by the sister-trio Shenuga, Shegna, and Sherga. The film stars Parvathy Thiruvothu, Asif Ali, and Tovino Thomas. The music of the film was composed by Gopi Sundar while the lyrics were written by Rafeeq Ahammed. Cinematography Mukesh Muraleedharan. Edited by Mahesh Narayan
Release date: 26 April 2019. Running time: 125 minutes. CountryI: India
-Meena Chopra

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