Category Archives: Art and Culture

How Modern Art Is Different From Traditional Art


The Scream, by Edvard Munch, 1893. Image source: Wikimedia.

In an amusing short story, Satyajit Ray narrated a funny incident in the life of an artist. This artist had worked for several days on an oil painting that he titled ‘The Somnambulist’, and which he wanted to submit as his entry in a competition sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of the state government. On the last date of submission, instead of sending his painting, by mistake he dispatched the cloth that he had used to wipe and clean his brushes. However, the organizers considered that dirty cloth to be a modern art work and selected it for the first prize!

For most of us, this incomprehensibility is the underlying criterion for any work of art to be classified as ‘modern art’. It goes to an extreme that whenever we fail to understand any artwork, we label it as modern art! Continue reading

What Movie Songs Teach Us About Attitude Towards Women

What Movie Songs Teach Us About Attitude Towards WomenAn article that appeared in the Marathi magazine Chitralekha, took a note of Hindi songs from the golden era to the present time, and commented on their treatment of women. The high point was ‘Tu haan kar yaa naa kar’ — simply meaning that ‘whether you say yes or no, you are mine’. Continue reading

Has Cinema Made Us More Insensitive?

5568613591_5a88d9fea1_nI do not remember the exact title and date when that article was published; the only detail I can recall is that it appeared in The Hindu, and that it examined the role of cinema in violence and other crimes. It made an interesting observation that although people may not be immediately motivated to subscribe to violent behaviour after watching action movies, watching it played repeatedly on screen does make them callous and apathetic. No arguments; yes, we do not seem to be appalled any more while witnessing the aftermath of violence of any type in society. Continue reading

The Crazy World of Disclaimers!

The Crazy World of Disclaimers!

A time came when I started enjoying advertisements more than the TV serials during which they were shown. Most of you might have felt the same. The quality of programme was deteriorating while that of advertisements improving day by day. Once I remarked to my neighbour, “This programme is wonderful . . . except the part between the opening credits and the closing credits”. Continue reading



प्रद्योत के जीवन के इस नए चरण में आपका स्वागत है । मेरी साहित्य यात्रा में सहभागी होने के लिए आपका हार्दिक आभार । इस नए अध्याय का आरम्भ मैं प्रातःस्मरणीय महर्षि श्री अरविन्द को समर्पित करता हूँ तथा हिन्दू धर्म पर अपनी पूर्वलिखित लघु टिप्पणी आपके समक्ष प्रस्तुत करता हूँ — Continue reading

Qualifications — part 2


All said, the question that we started with, still stands. Aren’t there any essential qualifications in arts, literature, music, theater and politics, similar to other occupations? For example, can a self-taught student, or may be a student helped by a private tutor, aspire to become a CA or a scientist? No, if they do not possess the required qualification. Then why are the aforementioned occupations considered open to all? Continue reading


6b6ea-tangytuesdayWhenever we open newspapers to seek job opportunities, or log in to the job portals on the internet, one of the information we look for is the required educational qualification. Whether the vacancy is for a defence personnel, chartered accountant, professor, scientist, or a railway employee, educational qualifications, experience, and essential and desirable skills are clearly mentioned. Now the doubt arises — just like a certain minimum qualification and skill is expected for the aforementioned jobs, whether any similar criterion is expected in other fields such as arts, music, literature, drama, cinema, and also politics. Continue reading