Pune Parvati

Parvati has been the identity of pune. It us also famous for God Karthik mandir. Many enthusiasts come every day fpr daily exercise and fresh air. There are many groups of varid age groups. Every year there is a grand festival. We can watch the complete spread of city from Parvati top

Pune Parvati from Nilayam Talkis Bridge

The winter is coming

Morning mist was spread all over city, people were enjoying the morning walk and daily shuttle. The complete city has changed into winter. It inspired me click some photos and experience the beginning of winter.

It is a thrill to experience the minute changes the nature makes around us. Is pandemic which put us behind the walls, else it is mesmerizing the way this city changes its hues.

It is so wonderful to observe these changes and experience it. Poets has inked a lot over this winter. I recall the poem

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

By William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
  Thou art not so unkind
     As man’s ingratitude;
  Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
     Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
  Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
     This life is most jolly.

  Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
  That dost not bite so nigh
     As benefits forgot:
  Though thou the waters warp,
     Thy sting is not so sharp
     As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly…

Appears in As You Like It, Act II Scene VII.

The Bollywood Melodies

Bollywood films are incomplete with Bollywood film music. Song, dance, drama have been the pillars of India’s narrative for ages. The voluminous work of Bollywood films is really impossible to put in one book. Ganesh Ananthraman a non-writer and music enthusiast has done this major task.

Ganeshji has spent his life watching Bollywood films, reading a lot about Bollywood, and meeting Bollywood fraternities and music directors to render the exact history of Bollywood filmy music. Today, Bollywood music is considered an established genre. It was 1903s when sound came into cinema and it came to the era of Talkie cinema. This technological change opened many doors for music composers, playback singers, music directors and instrument players, sound recordists. This technological change builds the complete music recording industry.

It is mesmerizing to know which singes came first and then who were the early music directors. How each passing decade reflected its mark on music, How the Bollywood music industry has evolved over the years, how each music director created music with their own style and how the audience took it!

Technological transformations from analog to digitally altered the complete working style of music composition. Today when we look back and watch the films we find it a perfect blend of music, story, film, and society. It is a wonderful book for a film music lover.

The Beaches

The decade of 90s offered so many rock bands to the world. It was a particular decade which saw the rise and fall of audio cassette. The audio cd was launched as platform. CD players were costly but the sound was more sharp and clear. It soon picked up the market. Planet M was a popular chain across India. Music industry was booming.

Many promising groups were formed but with the passage of time they went in oblivion. The Beaches a Canadian rock band, who was rooted into classical rock is a rare fest to all music lovers. This band was earlier formed under the name ‘Done with Dolls’ later evolved as The Beaches’. It is 2019 Rolling Stone magazine applaud them, the recent achievement of this band is opening act of 107th Grey Cup festivities. The Kylie, Jordan, Eliza and Leandra make the band.

They are hitting giant crowds and all music lovers find the nostalgia of Nirvana, The Strokes, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, FIDLAR, and Blondie into their music.

If you are a true rock lover and looking for a classical rock. The Beaches will make a perfect choice.

Cannes 2021 and Judoka A book by Thierry Fremaux

Cannes film festival has begun today and it will revitalize the film fraternity across the globe till 17th July 2021. Nothing could stop the Cannes film festival as it is just last year it was canceled. Usually, the Cannes film festival is held in May but this year it has been postponed to July.

All film lovers, actors, and art lovers who are eying this event as the most spectacular as this year, the man who started ‘New Wave’ the proponent Jean-Luc Godard will be receiving a lifetime achievement award. It is worth reading his interviews and if possible to watch his speech.

It is Godard who created a new language of cinema and set it free from the bondage of capitalism and technicality. There were many who stood with him, his close associate Francois Truffaut, Robert Bresson, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda with legendary cinematographer Raoul Coutard.

It is their work that is taught and discussed in film schools across the world. There will millions of fans who will be accessing this festival through internet.

When I look back, technology has altered our life cinema has moved from Big screen to mobile screen and OTT is generating new content. The times are changing but what remains constant is art.

Judoka A book by Thierry Fremaux is vital to take away from this Cannes. Thierry Fremaux who has wrote on cinema aesthetics earlier, this time it is a book about how the cinema has developed from old masters to contemporary film makers. This book is a must-read for any film students or film lovers as it reveals the creative pursuits of directors and aesthetic representation.


Paint it black

In the time of the pandemic, I recall the iconic song. ‘Paint it black’ by Rolling stone.  It’s an opening track of their 4th album released in Aftermath (1966). It was hit number one in Billboard’s top 100. Mick Jagger the lead singer of the band said it just a song, it is up to you how you take it. Critics tagged it with drug songs and songs related to death.

If you ask me, I will say it is sheer poetry played with music. It becomes punchier with the falsetto style. I see it as poetry as it offers multidimensional meanings it. Hollywood fraternity used this song in the movie Full Metal Jacket and it became a song for Vietnam War.

The decade of 1960s brought many changes to the lives of society. The world changed from then onwards. As we always see the reflection of society into art. This song reflects it like a mirror. The ongoing war, technological change, and rising industry. Rolling Stone is one of the bands that carry hippie rendition with their newly developed style full mix of rock, acid, pop, and grunge. The so-called Bad boys’ group together rocked the floor for more than 50 years now. It was the first time when Brian Jones played Sitar in this song.

I see a line of cars
And they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love
Both never to come back

I’ve seen people turn their heads
And quickly look away
Like a newborn baby
It just happens everyday

I look inside myself
And see my heart is black
I see my red door
I must have it painted black

Maybe then, I’ll fade away
And not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up
When your whole world is black

It is time and it is changing, the way LP was replaced with Cassette and then came the CD, DVD replaced with free online music. I am sure the time will change but it will change for the better. There will be a better time but the mojo of this song will reign.