At Volunteer Park,Seattle
The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located in the lovely Volunteer Park and it is nestled in the Capital Hill neighborhood. It is a fantastic resource for those looking to hear lectures and conversations with authors and historians. In particular the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas presents these talks. Each Saturday from October till early September there will be speakers discussing several century’s worth of Asian history.
Pertaining to India there is a talk titled “Photography and the Uprising in India,1857″. It is scheduled for Saturday October the 12th.
Subhankar Banerjee’s photographs about the Arctic and the Desert will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 27th June till 16th September 2012.They are part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney-a massive showcase of Australian and international artists.
. . . → Read More: Subhankar’s Art at Sydney’s 18th Biennale
The film version of the novel “The Guide” was a blazing star on 1960′s Bollywood screens.It was a big hit at the box office.However it had no qualms about mincing up R K Narayan’s novel “The Guide” and delivering an A1 melodrama with resoundingly stereotypical characters.There’s the suave fallen hero, the villainous ugly husband, the sexy damsel in distress and the long suffering but loyal mother.The outline of the story has been captured but the intense,darker heart of the story has been whipped into a heady souffle of sugar and spice.One can’t deny the attractiveness of the film-the characters are handsome, the acting is consistently strong and the action rolls along seamlessly from one entertaining scene to the next. The music is also part of a memorable score. However as a lover of the literature of R K Narayan one can only be dissapointed by the turns the film version takes from the book.
As discussed in the review the main character in the novel- Raju was played by heartthrob Dev Anand.He was the golden boy of the Bollywood film industry especially in the 50′s and 60′s.With his lustrous black hair slicked across his forehead in a style reminiscent of Elvis, his regal streamlined features and his quizzical, expressive eyes it’s no wonder that audiences were taken by him. Playing opposite Dev was Waheeda Rehman- also a sparkling star of the 50′s and 60′s Bollywood galaxy.She was an undeniable Indian beauty both in looks and talent.Her passionate, trance-like snake dance scene in the film is a veritable treat.
The film storyline is predictable and ends on a heartily high note. As every successful film producer and director of the film world knows-happy endings make for even happier bank balances. Judging by the position that the film “the Guide” is held in many film goers hearts and opinions, even many years after it’s release, it is necessary to admit that the audience’s emotional high note bears no responsibility for the original author’s intended story. They are each separate creations that must have their own life.
. . . → Read More: Take a walk on the conventional side-”The Guide” becomes a film.