This is a video on my father late Sri Chiluveru Ramalingam's ikat art [tie and dye weaving] shot by T NEWS. The film shows my father's hand-woven portraits of national leaders, three pallu saree[mudu kongula cheere] without a stitch, teliya rumal with vegetable colours and several experiments in tie and dye technique.
The most amazing feat was a saree woven on the bullock cart on the way to the temple. By the time he reached the temple, he would have completed the weaving!! The exclusive saree is, of course, offered to the goddess Mahankali, on the occasion of Bonalu. This annual feat in Boodan Pochampally disappeared with my father..."
at 3:33 AM
Exactly a decade ago, I went to Bangalore on the invitation of Karnataka cartoonists' association to the Telugu political cartoonists. the occasion was to felicitate Mario Miranda, Yesudasan, Bapu,Gopulu and Fudnis etc. with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The hotel was colourful with cartoonists from different states. I was busy with 'spot caricaturing' and soliciting autographs of the invitees. Then I spotted Mario Miranda at a distance. I recalled his Mumbai buildings sketches. He was more like his Rajbai Tower, Royal Opera House. Goa beaches, murals, the slanting coconut trees...scores of his illustrations passed before my eyes. "He is not a mediocre stuff like us, man. His is a royal family. He is handsome, modeled for Raymonds...entertains plenty of girlfriends..." introduced veteran cartoonist Mohan. I had tucked up a few of my caricatures and cartoons to show him. I felt mine were the dirty stones of Musi and could not dare to expose in front of the genuine pearls of Goa. I kept them tucked firmly under my arm pit.
The legend spoke about his cartoons in Mad and the Mad cartoonist Don Martin, about the pocket cartoons he did for pocket money...he spoke about many things.
During our student days, since there was no access to specialized art courses, we had copied cartoonists such as Mohan,Bapu,Sridhar, Surendra etc. And, there was no 'net culture' yet. I was introduced to Mario's cartoons in the pink-coloured Economic Times, which came to our village via an evening bus. The cartoons were totally different from the local stuff. They were even different from the RK's comman man. High-class ladies, detailed sketches of Bombay buildings, Goa beaches....they were fresh and new and different. A pumpkin head with a brinjal nose; eternally obese 'netas' with a pyramid shaped'gandhi topi'; sexy bimbos wearing polka dot nighties...they were absolutely exhilarating. Every character of his cartoons was doing something. His miss Fonseca was as close to me as was my neighbour. We were experiencing frustration when our 'copying' his illustrations did not yield even remote resemblances.
Some of his contemporaries -- RK Laxman, OV Vijayan, Kutti, Abu -- were adorning the shelves of our college library, but I was fond of Miranda.
The Sunday morning facebook message screaming 'Mario Miranda is no more' reminded me of Bombay I had witnessed in Bangalore. Miranda must be visiting the gateway of Heaven through the Gateway of India, to make a detailed sketches of the other world.
Cartoonist 'Namaste thelangana' Daily
Here is the Telugu link..
Chityala Ailamma or Chakali Ailamma is an Indian revolutionary leader during the Telangana Rebellion. She revolted against the feudal lord, Zamindar Ramachandra Reddy to save her four acres of land when he tried to occupy it. She became an inspiration for many during the Vetti Chakri Udaymam against the feudal lords of Telangana region.
'Nightingale of South India' : K.S.Chitra from Kerala with her melodious voice, has built a formidable reputation as a playback singer in South Indian as well as Hindi films. She has to her credit, over 11,000 songs in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali and Oriya.
My post - Auto jaani-Ayn Rand -- in my blog was appreciated by the American Narth Carolina State university professors. One of the professors CAT WARREN even mailed me, saying "you are incredibly talented". They procured my caricature of Ayn Rand for thier maganize's article, Ayn Rand Influence on College Curriculum, for $500 as a one time copy right!
This, I feel is a great achievement for a regional cartoonist. I am thankful to Ram Gopal Varma and Auto Jaani for being instrumental in producing the caricature...
As KNY Patanjali said, any one can give you knowledge, but food must be earned by ourselves. They bestowed me knowledge, I earned food.
A woman is like a highway. More the curves more the dangers.
Yes but I would rather risk the danger than loose out on the travel.
I was surprised to see the Indian maverick Director Ram gopal varma had responded to the post below[Highway].
I was attracted to Ramu after I came to know he was a great fan of MAD magazine.
Ramu's opinion about cartoonists: There are no better Philosophers than cartoonists in the World.
[After releasing 'AGYATH'movie,Some Woman Organizations presenting Bikinis to RGV. I wonder what they would present when RGV shoot the heroine in nude. ]
This is a portrait of S.V.Rangarao,I drew this a few minutes after watching the evergreen masterpiece -- Maayabazaar. The transformation of robust Ghatotkacha to an innocent Sasirekha is hilarious.
This movie is a text book for all filmmakers, actors and technicians. Perhaps, all positive adjectives in any language would fall short of describing aptly the movie.
If Avatar's James camaron is running 200 km/hr[According to Avatar reviews], our own Mayabazaar's director had walked at that rate long back.
I know there is nothing much we all could do except getting thrilled in the total treat called Mayabazaar.
I wish we could invite Avatar's Navi of Pandora to Earth to watch Mayabazaar.
[p.s:Sorry.. It's a daring step to review this amazing Mayabazaar..It's only for the people who donot know about this movie]
Watching Mohan sir reminds of Amitabh in Nishabd. Romancing the sixteen-year stroke with the sixty-year master is exhilarating.
While I was studying eighth class, I tumbled upon the NTR caricatures of Mohan in the daily Udayam, and I promptly fell in love with them. The stumpy, chubby NTR fetched me Rs.2/kilo later!!
Since X class, I had been literally obsessed with NTR caricatures by my future guru, Mohan, and continued to romance with them until PG.
I left my parents in my village and came in search of Mohan...I spent three years with him in Red Hills and LIC colony Flat no.73. I know Mohan sir sanitizing, and at the same time, smearing mud on "nobodys" like me, who do not know the difference between anatomy and autonomy.
An artist who worked in the team of Steven Spielberg told me: there is a perfect line hidden in the hundreds of lines you scribble.
But the only man whose single line comes out perfect is Mohan sir.
Nobody could master Mohan's line since NTR to Jr.NTR period.
The current sensation 'AVATAR'has its roots in India,particularly the characters have similarities with original sketches of Mohan.
M for Mindthing
I don't read essays of TJS George, the Indian Express columnist. I never read Telugu translations of Dastovisky.
But I still draw.
As rightly said by KNY Patanjali, 'what have we got to lose if our ignorance offends no one?'
[P.S. NTR still haunts me.My dream of seeing Mohan sir's "NTR" images in 3D remained just that - a dream [Face to Face with Mohan 8-30 to 9-00 pm 25-12-09 only on TV5]
This is vins[vijay n seth], a Mumbai cartoonist.
His work shows a pronounced European influence, he having met all the top names in Europe, including French cartoonist Andre Francois, considered the father of modern cartooning.Vins contributes for various publications such as Reader’s Digest and Indian Express.
He is now president of the Indian chapter of the Federation of European Cartoonists’ Organisation.
One day, I received a message from Vins that I should meet him.
It was followed by an sms the next day. I couldn't wait more. I went to Sheethal Enclave located in Banjara Hills.
Vins was apparently impressed by my work. Seems he told his Paris friend, Parick Pinter.
He spread out his Darvent pencil sketches, masking liquid paintings, calligraphy ink drawings. He used colors from Holland and paper from France. When I told about my father, a specialist in IKKAT art, he was visibly surprised.
Vins reminded me of my drawing teacher in high school, Sri Kalidas Rao sir, who, incidentally, is a friend of my father.
We exchanged our cartoons. His suggestion: use a better paper.
I thought to myself, "why should I spoil valuable papers?"
This is Ayn Rand caricature..i've done this with passion on Rand's philosophical quotations which are introduced by 'auto jaani'.
He is a school drop out. He ferries people around the city in his auto-rickshaw.
He is usually to be found in a liquor shop in Chilkalguda, or Anjali Theatre in
Secunderabad, or some other cinema hall. Before you jump to conclusions that he
is just another uneducated soul, check this out. He is an ardent follower of
philosophy, particularly Philosophy inspired by the likes of Friedrich
Nietzsche or the famous writer, Ayn Rand.
If anywhere in Hyderabad you come across an auto that is full of philosophical
quotes by Nietzsche or Ayn Rand, then you’ve just discovered “Auto-Jaani”. I
myself discovered Auto-Jaani on one “blog”buster. Now, I find philosophy and
all the headaches associated with it absolutely thrilling.
“Of many a proud struture’s ruins, weeds and raindrops have been the cause” –
“Of many a great people’s downfall, women have been the cause” – Auto-Jaani
All I know is Nothing —– Aristotle
All I don’t know is auto driving but I am an autodriver —– Auto-Jaani
“…..when you truly realize that you know nothing there truly can be a high
possibility of you knowing everything”
This is what I am doing…..believe me guys everyday is an exciting day.
[P.S: I couldn’t find a picture of Auto Jaani, hence I have drawn a caricature
of Ayn Rand.
This doesn’t mean I want to read Ayn Rand. It only means I like reading about
those who read Ayn Rand]
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed when his helicopter crash-landed atop the Rudrakonda hill in the Nallamalla range, about 40 nautical miles east of Kurnool.
This drawing of the RAJA is my way of saying good bye, and it was an HONOUR!
This is a cartoon video on Prajarajyam party which is going to be a big flop show,while its owner's son's film 'Magadheera' is running successfully..
This contrast itself is a base for good humour.
I have done this in only one day with one assistant..as news channels always demands speed output than quality product..
Whatever it may look like, ..poor,cheap,ugly..I did this as easy as Pocket cartoon.
Here I did four caricatures..I follow their blogs quite often.
1]Jason-He is a award winning artist from chicago[U.S.A]].Some of his clients include TIME magazine,The Newyork Times,GOLF magazine and MAD..etc.,
2]Sajith kumar-A vagabond..well educated ..cartoonist of Financial chronicle..He is from Kerala[INDIA]
3]Malovika with her hubby-She is a sponge.Owners of two blogs-malovika.blogspot.com - stereotypebusiness.blogspot.com ...she is from Karnataka[INDIA]
"Nobody is ever satisfied with their face;
Even CLEOPATRA was worried that her nose was a little longer than it should be.
MARLYN MONROE commited suicide-A beautiful woman,but not satisfied,not contented.
There is something in it.
ALL FACES ARE FUNNY BECAUSE ALL FACES ARE FALSE."
I did this Rakhi Sawanth caricature with simple brush stroke unlike my regular drawing.
Besides being in news for her daring flesh show and attitude, Rakhi is currently in the spotlight for choosing her husband..in a TV realty show. Some people go to any extent to get into news!!
I did it in one full day..don't ask me why I drew him like this..this was how I imagined him when I saw his photo..creepy...slimy and disgusting
I have been at Ram Gopal Varma's blog ever since I read Ramu's 'I hate Michael Jackson' in the newspaper which also mentioned his blog domain name.
I found more content in the blog, most of which is absent in his movies.
Better to try all our Telugu directors imitate his 'education' instead of his 'copying style'.
'his blog is the most addictive thing like sex and vodka' commented one of his blog followers.
It is absolutely correct..like all bad things, it is packaged attractively, and just like sex or vodka, should not be taken seriously
He disturbs me..
I am a victim.
I've said it once and I'll say it again...I hate Ram gopal varma.
Now I have posted some of my 'Orkutians'. I drew them whenever I found time...during lunch break or tea break.
The response is great...some are stunned, some are impressed and some are jealous (for not figuring in there!!)
Really it's always funny to draw people other than politicians..
Hopefully, I will draw all my social networking friends, if only I get more lunch breaks!!!!!
45 minute sketch..
An angel has been sent to heaven.
Rest in peace, harmony, and love.
What a Ramgopal verma's wonderful words..
"I hate Michael Jackson.
I hate him for dying and making me realize that he is finally only a human being.
I hate that I lived to see a scroll on CNN “Michael Jackson’s body sent to Mortuary”.
I truly truly hate Michael Jackson for becoming a grim reality from a fantastic fantasy."
Aishwarya Rai (Ash) is one the Bollywood's leading ladies. This light-eyed beauty was crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up. She was a hot favorite in the run for miss world title, which she won eventually.Her beauty and charm made her a darling dame in India and elsewhere.
I was actually running short of time to do this caricature. I wanted to include more features, but this is what i came out with.
...This is Preethi. I have rendered this portrait in about three hours. Girls, like most others, do love to see caricatures, so long as they are 'theirs'. I have seen many people 'hurt' after seeing their own caricatures. But I take such complaints as compliments. After all, the caricature has semblance to the person!!
This is a digital painting of Sania mirza.Sania is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India.
It is reported that Sania would be engaged to Sohrab on july 10th and would tie the not in the near..
No real purpose for this drawing,except for good practice on Wacom tablet.