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5 Most Celebrated Festivals Around the World

As we announced Tumbhi’s Photography Contest – Festivals, we looked for the wonderful festivals celebrated around the world. Here is Tumbhi’s pick of 5 most celebrated festivals around the world.

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan

The Sky Lantern Festival lasts from the 12th till 15th of the Lunar New Year. During this period more than 100,000 hot air balloons decorate the sky. Pingxi is a remote mountain town which is an hour-long drive from Taipei.

It is said that this festival originated around two thousand years ago. Made out of oiled rice paper, bamboo filaments, sheepskin, silk, or satin, the lanterns have a large candle at the bottom. With the heat of the lamp, the lantern linger in the air.

The most prominent activity for the attendees there is to buy a lantern, write their desires and ambitions on it and then send it into the heavens!

Diwali, India

The 5-day Diwali festival is the biggest festival in India and is time for celebrations and joy. It is the festival of lights, fireworks, mouthwatering delicacies and colored sand. Diwali also marks the end of harvest season in India. People worship the goddess Lakshmi, which is the goddess of beauty, wealth and prosperity because people believe that her worship will bring them good fortune.

This festival of light represents the triumph of good over evil.

Harbin Ice Festival, China

Officially, the Harbin Ice Festival starts on Jan 5th and lasts for a month. Harbin is located in Northeast China and the direct influence of cold winter wind from Siberia helps in this festival. During this time, the whole city is decorated with ice sculptures. It is the largest Ice festival in the world and is said to be photographers’ paradise.

It starts in a grand manner with a huge fireworks display. During the closing time in February, the visitors get a chance to smash the sculptures with ice picks.

More than 800,000 visitors visit Harbin during the festival.

New Year Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

New Year Celebrations are held every year over Sydney Harbour centering on the Harbour Bridge. Each year, the event has a new theme and is viewed by one million people at the harbor and one billion worldwide for the televised display. The two main features are the two pyrotechnic displays – 9pm Family Fireworks and Midnight Fireworks which are synchronized to a soundtrack.

Presented by The City of Sydney Council, this festival is a must watch on the New Year Eve.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

 

This largest hot air balloon festival in the world, is a yearly festival of hot air balloons happening during early October over a period of nine days. The festival happens in Albuquerque because of the just right temperature it offers during morning and evening. The right combination of weather and geography give the balloonists great control over their balloons and makes Albuquerque a great place to launch hundreds of balloons. With its great safety records, this is the only Balloon event where attendees and viewers can walk among the balloons.

While the Balloon Fiesta Park is spread over 360 acres, the size of the launch field is 78 acres – equivalent to the size of 56 football fields!

So here is our pick and we do know that there are thousands of such great festivals happening around the year in different parts of the world. Take a clue, capture great festive moments and send in your entries in the contest.

Ghazals and their Goddesses

The mesmerizing poetry was made even more spellbinding by their not so conventional voices!

The Ishq was made Sufiyana and the Love found more expressions than just romance!

Qawwalis were the new adult rock and lyrics found more meaning than music for a while!

– To all the gemstones who lend their voices and lives to ‘Ghazal Gayaki’

Here enlisting the female gems who have earned their places in millions of hearts by their ada and kala!!

1. Farida Khanum

Roots in Amritsar, born in Kolkata and now in Lahore, Pakistan; Farida is a Classical singer being entitled “Mallika-e-ghazal” by Times of India.

She started learning Ghazal from her sister Mukhtar Begum at age seven and later learnt Khayal, Thumri and Dadra from Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. Her sister Mukhtar Begum would take her, a seven-year-old Farida, to Khan’s place for riyaaz.

She became a star in Pakistan when President Ayub Khan first invited her to a public recital in the ’60s. Khanum was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honour.

 

Her claim to fame was the unforgettable ghazal “Aaj Jane ki Zid Na Karo”.

2. Abida Parveen

 

A Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music, she is held as one of the greatest world’s singers.

She received her musical training initially from her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, whom she refers as Baba Sain and Gawwaya. He had his own musical school where Parveen got her devotional inspiration from. She and her father would often perform at shrines of Sufi Saints. Parveen’s talent compelled her father to choose her as his musical heir over his two sons. She sang her first complete kalam when she was 3 years old.

Parveen also has a distinct clothing style which she has created out of ease and comfort. She wears long simple frocks buttoned up to the top covered with a coat. She is always accompanied by an ajrak, a sindhi duppatta,which she claims come from the dargah of Shah Bhitthai and her wardrobe are full of it. Parveen always lets her curly hair untied.

Her claim to fame were the cherished Yaar ko Humne from the album Raqs-e-Bismil and Tere Ishq Nachaya which is a rendition of Bulleh Shah’s poetry.

3. Begum Akhtar

Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, fondly known as Begum Akhtar was a well-known Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

 

Received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music, and was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan (posthumously) by Govt. of India. She was conferred upon the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal

She trained under Ustad Imdad Khan and classical stalwarts like Mohammad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan of Lahore, and finally she became the disciple of Ustad Jhande Khan.

Her first public performance was at the age of fifteen. The famous poetess, Sarojini Naidu, appreciated her singing which encouraged her to continue singing ghazals with more enthusiasm.

She was amongst the early female singers to give public concert, and break away from singing in mehfils or private gatherings. She also acted in Indian Cinema and sang all her songs herself.

She has nearly four hundred songs to her credit.

4. Noor Jahan

Noor Jahan was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai, a singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. With a career spanned seven decades, she was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum

 

She has recorded about 10,000 songs in various languages of India and Pakistan including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi languages.

Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the highest record of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema. She is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director.

In 1957, Jahan was awarded the President’s Award for her acting and singing capabilities.

5. Penaz Masani

Penaz Masani is an Indian Ghazal singer who started singing in 1981 and has made over 20 albums in following years

 

In her career, she has won a number of awards, including the title of ‘Shehzadi Tarunnam’ and the 11th ‘Kalakar Award’ for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’. Masani has worked as a playback singer for Bollywood, in more than 50 Hindi movies and sung in over ten languages. Under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in countries as far reaching as Germany South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Vietnam.

She was honored with the Padma Shree award in 2009 too!

15 Stories Which Show that Dreams Have No Age Limit

  1. How many times do we think that we have ‘crossed the age’ to do something? “Oh, I am too old to learn music now.” “Well, not now. I can’t act at this age.” “I so much wanted to learn piano, but I guess I have just missed it now…should have started when I was young.” – We say it to ourselves or hear it quite often.

    But passion knows no age. If your dreams are really big, age is just a number. Here are fascinating stories of some of the great artists who never cared for age and saw great success only in later stages of life….Read on and get inspired

    1. Remember Spider Man? Well, Stan Lee, the creator of Spider Man, was 43 when he began drawing the superheroes. Jack Kirby, his partner, was 44 when he created The Fantastic Four.
    2. The world famous cook, Julia Child didn’t know cooking till the age of 40. She launched her popular show only when she was 50.
    3. Robert Frost spent nearly a decade working on a farm left to him by his grandfather. He published a collection of his works when he was 39 years old.
    4. Rickman was 42 when he was casted as one of the leads in the stage version of the book Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The play went on to become a hit and was adapted by Hollywood as Dangerous Liaisons.
    5. Vincent van Gogh, of the most well-known artists of all time, started painting in his late 20s, but many of his famous pieces were created in his last two years. During his lifetime, Van Gogh sold only one painting.
    6. French impressionist, Claude Monet became famous at the age of 33 with his iconic work “Impressions, Sunrise”. But it was only in his early 40s, after his wife’s death, that he started creating his most known work.
    7. When Rocky was released, Sylvester Stallone was 30 years.
    8. After giving up embroidery because of arthritis, Grandma Moses began painting at 76. She continued painting until 101.
    9. Wallace Stevens was an insurance salesman before he went on to become poet in his 50s.
    10. Laura Ingalls Wilder, the famous author of “Little House in the Big Woods” did not publish her first book until she was 64! She continued writing about herself and her family, ending with “These Happy Golden Years” in 1943, at the age of 76.
    11. The famous Japanese dancer and choreographer Kazuo Ohno performed his first recital at the age of 43. After around 10 years, he and colleague achieved worldwide acclaim as the nucleus of the Butoh dance movement
    12. Singing sensation Susan Boyle achieved recognition at the age of 48.
    13. Mark Twain published Tom Sawyer at the age of 41 and published Huckleberry Finn at the age of 49.
    14. J.K Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before first Harry Potter book was published when she was 32
    15. Raymond Chandler used to work in oil industry. It was only at the age of 44 that he decided to become a writer.

Pin Up Girls

Do you still find all those enormously sensual images of women (on your social networking feeds mostly) – attractive, arousing and funny? Then for your information, you are looking at a Pin Up Artist.


Eroticism and the sexual appeal of women have been bemusing art and culture since forever! During the times of print, before these computers with internet which have tons of information and pictures available at a click of search command, the Pin Up artists (read, pin up girls) created waves throughout the world with their sexual appeal though in a funny way.

Pin-ups are basically intended for informal display, e.g. meant to be “pinned-up” on a wall. Pin-up girls may be glamour models, fashion models, or actresses. These pictures are also known as cheesecake photos. The term pin-up may also refer to drawings, paintings, posters and other illustrations done in imitation of these photos. Now days, we have several comics and posters and even those funny quotes we see making the rounds of internet, done in lieu of the same.

A brief history

The term was first attested to in English in 1941 however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

In the late 19th century, burlesque performers and actresses used photographic advertisement as business cards to promote themselves. Understanding the power of photographic advertisements to promote their shows, burlesque women self-constructed (in the form of pin-ups) their identity to make themselves visible. 19th-century era’s views on women’s potential were intricately tied to their sexuality. Being sexually fantasized, famous actresses in early 20th-century film were both drawn and photographed and put on posters to be sold for personal entertainment.

Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced and became an instant hit. As social standards changed, male subjects also began to be featured in pin-ups.

Why the pin ups?

Since women realized that society objectifies them in a certain manner, exploiting their sexuality seemed to be the only option left to them. Being Pinned up they could avoid the call for overt sexualized images; instead they could tease and restrict. In magazines, on lockers, and even on the sides of planes, these images of titillating women smiling while showing off just the right amount of skin often accompanied lonely soldiers, especially during World War II

Jotting down a brief list of the most famous pin up artists (both muses and their artists) to tease you a little more

1. Betty Grable

One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable, whose poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of soldiers during World War II.

Grable was an American actress, dancer, and singer and popular contract star for 20th Century-Fox during the 1940s and 1950s.Throughout her career, Grable was celebrated for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood. Her iconic bathing suit poster made her the number one pin-up girl of World War II. It was later included in the Life magazine project “100 Photographs that Changed the World”.

2. Fernande Barrey

In Europe, prior to the First World War, were the likes of Fernande Barrey arguably the world’s first pinup as is known in the modern sense. Miss Barrey displayed ample cleavage and full frontal nudity. Her pictures were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War conflict.

3. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was arguably the most famous pin-up girl of all time. She was also one of the first truly modern celebrities, the kind which besmirch our televisions and homepages ad museum today. She was famous for her acting, famous for her singing and famous for being an attractive blonde lady who occasionally got naked. Her troubled life was a classic, tragic tale of Hollywood excess, but one that will never be forgotten.

4.Gil Elvgren

One of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century, Elvgren was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the all-American ideal feminine but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy. In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 works. Around 1944, Gil was approached by Brown and Bigelow, a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars and advertising specialties.

5. Zoe Mozert

Zoë Mozert had the advantage of being both beautiful and talented enough to serve as a muse and artist. According to The Lingerie Addict, “when she used herself as a model, she would carefully light her studio, then use a photograph or a mirror to create the reference.” And while she preferred the more wholesome girl-next-door look over the typical bombshell, her usage of bold pastel hues made her a favorite among Hollywood.

6. Pearl Frush

Calendar artist Pearl Frush was widely celebrated during the 1950s for her true-to-life paintings that some contemporary critics have described as resembling “airbrushed photographs.” Unfortunately, her primary choice of medium, gouache and watercolors, limited her ability to create artworks on a large enough scale. Frush, an Iowa native initially enrolled in art classes in New Orleans, eventually mastered her craft in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago. She relied on her love for the outdoors to draw shapely gals getting physical, all while baring just the right amount of skin to leave viewers begging for more. Her hanger calendars were hot items in their time and are still sought after as collectibles.

Things You Didn’t Know about Your Favorite Artists

Contrary to her typecast image of a dumb blonde, Marilyn Monroe was extremely intelligent with an IQ of 168 (According to the Stanford-Binet test, a normal IQ ranges from 85 to 115).

Jackie Chan’s dream role is to play Genghis Khan.

Jackie Chan is a trained opera singer.

Oprah Winfrey’s opinions and endorsements have such powerful impact to influence consumer purchasing choices that it has been dubbed as ‘The Oprah Effect’.

Amitabh Bachchan is the first Asian actor to have his wax statue installed at Madame Tussaud in London.

Van Gogh had painted 37 self-portraits.

Van Gogh painted most of his paintings with the broken back of his paint brush – sometimes he spread the paint on the canvas directly from the tube.

Van Gogh became famous 11 years after his death – His brother’s wife collected his paintings after his death and dedicated herself to get his work the recognition it deserved. During his lifetime, he sold only one painting: ‘The Red Vineyard’.

Apart from being an admired painter, sculptor and architect, Michelangelo was also a poet and wrote over 300 poems.

Michael Jackson invented (and has also patented) special boots that allowed the wearer to lean forward so much that it seems to defy gravity. He used these in the “Smooth Criminal” music video.

In a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest, he himself once won third prize (mind you, not the first!)

Leonardo Da Vinci was obsessed with Anatomy. He created almost 240 drawings on anatomy and worked on documenting human anatomy through his dissections on corpses.

Apart from being a great composer, Mozart was also a good billiards player.

Mozart started writing his own compositions when he was 6 – he wrote his first opera when he was 14 years old. The opera was titled ‘Mitridate Re di Ponto’

Although Lata Mangeshkar attended school only for a day, she has been awarded Honorary Doctorate by six universities including the NY University

Georges Braque was the first living person whose art was displayed in Louvre museum.

Virginia Woolf wrote all her books standing.

Elvis, known for his thick black hair was a natural blond – He began dying his hair black in high school.

How to spot an Artist

And while meeting numerous different people in daily life, how do you spot an artist – these feature enlisted below surely make him/her stand out in the crowd even if you haven’t seen their art for real, these points will tell you he/she is an artist at heart!

1. Procrastinators

An artist will jump into a work that he feels moved by and will finish it no time or will not pause unless it’s finished. They might do stuff at their own convenient hours but those hours are only the hours when he has finally convinced himself to finally do it!

2. See beauty in every damn thing

  See beauty in something as simple as a new haircut

Artists are the people for whom this quote was written “Beauty lies in the eyes  of the beholder” An artist can even call a really old, half eaten by termites  door beautiful and call it vintage! Some of them who are fond of photography  can even plan an entire photo shoot around it.

 3. Appreciative

Know the value of compliments and   know how exactly to use them at the  right places for the right kind of work or  people. They know the feeling they get  when someone appreciates their art and therefore feel this moral obligation to return the favor, but despite of all this ,  they only compliment what they really feel is amazing ( But mostly they are quick at complementation coz they find beauty in almost everything – see point above)

4. Turn the meaning of hard-times upside down

The super famous “Starry Night” by Von Gogh

Hard times? Pain? Problems? = Opportunities for an artist

Trust me on this. If an artist is going through a tough phase in life you will see it all over in their work of art. And probably that’s what gives them the strength of overcoming that phase. Many of the most iconic stories and songs of all time have been inspired by gut-wrenching pain and heartbreak. This doesn’t mean that they are sad people; instead they are happier clan of people because they can see a silver lining even in their toughest times and create a master piece out of it.

 

 

5. Experimental

They are always ready to try out something new and gladly absorb anything unique that comes their way. Because they are always looking for inspiration and look forward to admire more beauty that’s spread all around in the world.

6. Not typed

They don’t have set standard templates to do thing in life. They don’t follow rules nor do they make any. They believe in spirituality and hence the freedom of mind and soul also they let their minds wander and follow their instincts. They don’t go by recipes instead mix up things that they “feel” like and present it with acute sense of art and knowledge of flavors thus almost always ending up in a great feast

7. Less confused

Seldom do they have those Brains vs Heart conflicts because they mostly think with their hearts and let their brains go to hell.  Doesn’t mean they don’t have brains but they prefer to follow what their heart coz that’s where their true self lies.

8. Value sentiments more than diamonds

Because they believe in making a handmade card to give you on your Bday rather than diamond bracelet since all the time they will take in creating that piece of art will be the time they will spend on thinking only about you! They would go and sit with a bunch of sadhus at a chai shop because their dress and everything else looks so interesting rather than fine dining in an intricate restaurant. And even if they are in the latter situation, they will talk about the ambience more than the crowd.

       Paulo Zerbato

9. Self-expressive

They are overtly self-expressive, sometimes more than required but that doesn’t count for their self-obsession. Just because they can’t keep many things in their heart and it has to come out if not in spoken words then in their art. You can easily guess their state of mind with their art and so they are just the most genuine and honest people you will find on earth.

10. Consultants

They have been through so much already , more because they have experienced every significant moment of their life twice- one how it was actually happening and another when they were transforming it into an art piece. They have deeply felt every single strand of emeotion that lufe presented wthme with and thus are an ocean of all kinds of feelings that exist. If you go to them with a problem they will not tell you to do what society will feel correct but what will make ‘you’ happy! They will also pick your call at 4am and sit up and listen to all that you have to share with attention as of they were never waken up in middle of their sleep.  Some of them might also derive inspiration from your pain for their own art 

If you know any of such people in your life – ‘have’ them! They know how to ‘keep’ their relations for million years. Don’t overlook them and definitely not their art. They can take if you don’t talk to them but they can’t be happier if you give your opinion on their every single art creation. They will love you and you will admire them! 

Famous Artists and Art Shows Around the World

In the era of Internet, TV shows and mobile entertainment, there are still few shows which manage the pull the audiences to theaters. Here we attempt to list few such popular shows which have defined a new category of entertainment and have created history.

Cirque du Soleil

A “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment” – that’s how Canada-based Cirque du Soleil describes itself. Founded in 1984, it is the largest producer in the world today. Each show is a beautiful fusion of a central theme, storyline and circus styles from around the world. There is continuous live music and performers. These shows have won many prizes including a three Drama Desk Awards, three Gemini Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The shows employ around 4,000 people from 40+ countries. The estimated annual revenue of the company exceeds US$900 million.

Lido Show

The Lido is a famous cabaret and burlesque show on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. This show is a nice mix of circus, magic and elegant cabaret.  With extravagant performances and 70 artists on the stage, the show has 23 different sets and 600 costumes. The theater where the show happens is a panoramic theatre with 1,150 seats. It is designed without columns: a single, 45-meter-long prestressed concrete beam supports the entire structure.

The Lido show was produced in 1958, at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas. The original contract was for 6 months which extended for thirty-two years!

Alcazar Show

A fine combination of music, costume and dance, Alcazar is the greatest show in Asia. The show is performed in a state-of-the-art theater with a seating capacity of around 1,200 people. Extensive use of computer technology and computerized makes it a stunning show.

The unique feature of Alcazar’s entertainment is that all the girls are boys! This show is globally famous as one of the best transvestite cabaret shows in Thailand.

Russell Peters Show

If you are a fan of standup comedies, then you must watch a Russell Peters show before you die! Russell Peters is a famous Canadian comedian who began performing in Canada in 1989 and went on to win a Gemini Award in 2008. Russell Peters’ performances feature observational comedy, where he highlight racial, ethnic, class and cultural stereotypes through humor.

He is one of the very few comedians who have set multiple sales and attendance records like – The first comedian to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (in 2007) with selling over 30,000 tickets nationally, and attracting the largest audience in Australia for a stand-up comedy show (in 2010) attended by an audience of 13,880.

He was ranked as the third-highest-paid comedian by Forbes – according to Forbes, Peters earned an estimated $15 million between June 2009 and June 2010.

Penn & Teller Show

Penn Jillette and Teller are American illusionists and entertainers who are known for their ongoing act which combines elements of magic and comedy. The duo currently headline a show in Las Vegas at The Rio. The pair performs a nice coordinated act where Penn serves as the act’s orator and raconteur and Teller generally communicates through mime and nonverbals.

In the year 2013 they were honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievement in the ‘Live Performance’ category.

Art & Politics, Art in Politics, Art of Politics

Art is everywhere – as we all know! And there is a lot of Art involved in the politics too, because art is the ultimate medium of expression and communication. And politics or rather political campaigns are all about mass communications and thus influence on the junta’s (AAM aadmi) point of view!

With the social media addicted generation, art has evolved to be the only tool which is potent of ‘attracting’ a lot of eyeballs. With the aroused sense of humor of the netizens, political campaigners have started to believe in what seems like “Any publicity is good publicity” and thus gave place to a lot of memes and political jokes! A standard netizen may not share a TOI news article but will happily do that for a cartoon/meme laughing about any political celeb for that matter.

But art in politics has to be careful or the publication will disclaim saying: “All views expressed are alone of the artist and the newspaper has nothing to do about them” (though they themselves are publishing it).

And since we at Tumbhi consider ourselves a ‘Passionate World of Arts’, we decided to discover the enormous creativity/art which goes around while a political campaign is on- here are a few art categories we can identify which have been played a major role in the Epic Indian Elections of 2014:

Memes have been the most popular of all time. A little presence of mind- combining a few totally irrelevant photos together and write a line adjoining them – thus making you laugh so hard that you are compelled to either share or tweet them- just to share the joke you see! (FYI- they also get instagrammed and pinned)

 

Cartoons have always been there! Since 1947 – that small black & white (or colored now) caricatures of a popular ministers’ enlarged head placed on a tiny body making fun of his opposing party – in the bottom left column of the newspaper have always managed to both laugh at the sarcasm as well as appreciate the art. Even Bal Thackeray, the eminent political figure of Maharshatra Govt, started his career as a cartoonist in the Free Press Journal in Mumbai.

Animated Films – Media houses equipped with a fancy team of super witty animators and TV channels with high TRPs have adapted this mode of art as well. The fillers in between news telecasts are now filled with such animated films where the contesting candidate sings a popular Bollywood song “Main hun DON” or any other such gimmick which is able to glue audience to TV and laugh like actually ROFLing!

 

But funny or not, these art gears have totally managed to

a) Troll everybody in news

b) And create a huge impact on the voter’s set of mind

We the social media people, naturally form a positive opinion about anybody who is trolled but with Respect! Art surely has managed to create awareness at a large level and so the stats say the voter turnout has been the highest ever at 66.4% since 1984 polls.

So we realized, there is a lot of Art in Politics and dude… Politics is Art too, isn’t it?

25 Incredible Quotes About Filmmaking

or all the passionate filmmakers out there, here we have gathered a beautiful collection of awesome, thought provoking quotes from great filmmakers. Enjoy the read!

Art Depends on Luck and Talent. – Francis Ford Coppola [Tweet this]

Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration. – James McAvoy [Tweet this]

To listen to your own silence is the key to comedy. – Elayne Boosler [Tweet this]

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. – Stanley Kubrick [Tweet this]

If my film makes one more person miserable, I’ve done my job. – Woody Allen [Tweet this]

Photography is truth. The Cinema is truth 24 times per second. – Jean-Luc Godard [Tweet this]

In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about. – Cameron Crowe [Tweet this]

One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges. – Ron Howard [Tweet this]

Filmmaking is such a collaborative piece of art that you can’t look to one person – you couldn’t look to me, you couldn’t say, ‘Because Vin’s in it, it’s this or that…’ It’s really all of us coming together for that period of time to try and make magic. – Vin Diesel [Tweet this]

I think maybe making films is something innate you can’t really teach to begin with. – Richard Linklater [Tweet this]

Casting is 65 percent of directing. – John Frankenheimer [Tweet this]

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student. – Edward Zwick [Tweet this]

There is no more interesting place in the world to meet characters than a movie set. – Will Rogers [Tweet this]

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself. – Peter Jackson [Tweet this]

In cinema it is necessary not to explain, but to act upon the viewer’s feelings, and the emotion which is awoken is what provokes thought. – Andrei Tarkovsky [Tweet this]

I prefer the smaller budget versus the bigger budget because the mentality that goes along with big budget filmmaking doesn’t really suit me; the mind-set that money is the answer. – Keenen Ivory Wayans [Tweet this]

As a filmmaker you get typecast just as much as an actor does, so I’m trapped in a genre that I love, but I’m trapped in it! – George A. Romero [Tweet this]

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies. – Walt Disney [Tweet this]

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians. – Francis Ford Coppola [Tweet this]

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. – Steven Spielberg [Tweet this]

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out. – Martin Scorsese [Tweet this]

Most directors make films with their eyes; I make films with my testicles. – Alejandro Jodorowsky [Tweet this]

Curiosity doesn’t matter anymore. These days people don’t want to be transported to emotional territories where they don’t know how to react. – Hector Babenko [Tweet this]

I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. – Frank Capra [Tweet this]

With a good script a good director can produce a masterpiece; with the same script a mediocre director can make a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. That is what makes a real movie. The script must be something that has the power to do this. – Akira Kurosawa [Tweet this]

Artists who brought Revolution in different ARTS

(Please read this article with relative reference to the Indian continent)

Revolution is a very powerful word. Derived from the Latin word revolutio, “a turnaround”, it means a fundamental change in the existing ways. With time and technology, the face of the art that we know today was changed once by some people. We are going to take here names of which everybody has heard of but never really got a chance to read about them better.

Enlisting here the trend setters who changed the perception in different fields of Arts:

1. Dadasaheb Falke for FILMS

Before him, films didn’t exist!

Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, popularly known as Dadasaheb (30 April 1870 – 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema.

Starting with his debut film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913, now known as India’s first full-length feature, he made 95 movies and 26 short films in his career spanning 19 years, till 1937, including his most noted works: Mohini Bhasmasur (1913), Satyavan Savitri (1914), Lanka Dahan (1917), Shri Krishna Janma (1918) and Kaliya Mardan (1919).

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to cinema, was instituted in his honor by the Government of India in 1969. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian cinema and is the highest official recognition for film personalities in the country.

Some interesting facts about the First Motion Picture – Raja Harishchanda

Advertisements seeking handsome actors for the lead role brought so much amateur and inadequate talent that Dadasaheb Phalke was forced to add a line saying “ugly faces need not apply.”
Dadasaheb Phalke was forced to cast a male actor, Anna Salunke, in the role of queen Taramati because acting was not considered a decent profession for women then.
Dadasaheb Phalke promoted his films as: “A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture two miles long. All for only three annas.”

2. Chetan Bhagat for WRITING

 

Writing and literature is a deep grounded art for which not everybody has an interest but Chetan Bhagat wrote something which sold half a million copies in Indian Book market where the sale of 10,000 copies make a bestseller. Suddenly every youth in India was found walking, travelling or curling up with a Chetan Bhagat book! n the era when technology was on its onset, he managed to hook many youths to books.

Born 22 April 1974, Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, and speaker. He is the author of bestselling novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), and What Young India Wants (2012). All the books have remained bestsellers since their release and three have inspired Bollywood films (including the hit films 3 Idiots and Kai Po Che!). The latest one inspired from “2 States” is set to release in March 2014. In 2008, The New York Times called Bhagat “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history.”

The differentiating factor was his extremely simplistic writing without demand of an extensive vocabulary of the reader. There seems to be a unanimous disapproval of Chetan Bhagat among the high-brow Indian writers but he did bring a revolution in Indian youth readers!

3. Jagjit Singh for MUSIC

 

Jagjit Singh is credited with opening up the ghazal to a whole new audience. Music composer Sanjeev Kohli sums it up:

“He made the common man’s drawing room a darbar. He brought his beloved ghazal out of the confines of the silver screen and aristocratic mehfils into the warmth of the middle class home.”

His only son Vivek died in a car crash in the year 1990. At that time he was only 21 years of age. This had a permanent shattering effect on him and his wife. Jagjit Singh’s wife Chitra Singh gave up singing after the tragic incident and ‘Someone Somewhere’ was the last album that the duo recorded together.

Poet Nida Fazil tells, after his son’s death, he was at a concert where there were many young people.

“I asked him, how come in this modern age of jeans and pop music, you had so many youngsters at the concert for ghazals? He replied, ‘It seems as if Babloo has reached heaven and told the young people to look after his father.’ “

Some interesting facts about the Ghazal Maestro

 

Singh’s 1987 album, Beyond Time, was the first digitally recorded release in India
It was Jagjit Singh who started the practice of paying lyricists a part of an album’s earnings.
In his initial days in Mumbai, Jagjit Singh used to make a living by composing jingles and performances at weddings.
It was Jagjit Singh who started the practice of paying lyricists a part of an album’s earnings.
The tickets for Jagjit Singh’s concert “Live at Royal Albert Hall” in 1982 were sold out in three hours.
4. MF Hussain for FINE ARTS

Maqbool Fida Hussain fondly known as MF Husain is known to begin the ‘modern art’ era in India.

Born into a Muslim family on 17 September 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, primarily self-taught, Hussain painted cinema posters in Mumbai early in his career. To earn extra money, he worked for a toy company designing and building toys. He often travelled to Gujarat to paint landscapes when he could afford to.

He was one of the original members of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group , a clique of young artists who wished to break with the nationalist traditions established by the Bengal school of art and to encourage an Indian tradition, engaged at an international level.

In 1967, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter which was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear (Short Film).

He was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil) in 1971. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and Padma Vibhushan in 1991.

Some Interesting Facts about Hussain

Hussain rose to become India’s most celebrated artist with many of his works commanding prices of millions of dollars.
His paintings made waves and stirred controversies across the globe. In the mid-1990s Hussain angered a section of Hindu community by painting the nude images of Hindu goddesses Durga and Saraswati.
He was even described by Forbes magazine as the “Picasso of India”.

Husain was famous for the muses he kept and the most talked about was his camaraderie with Indian actor, Madhuri Dixit. So much was his fondness for the actor and her acting credentials that the media had tagged him as ‘Madhuri Fida Husain’. His fondness for Bollywood actors continued post Madhuri’s marriage and the other actors who got an opportunity to be his muse were- Tabu, Amrita Rao and Anushka Sharma,
Controversial Work by M.F. Hussain:

Worst Controversies he was involved in

1.Bharat Mata: Tagged as Husain’s most controversial painting, ‘Bharat Mata’ was anything but a painting, it depictedMother India as a naked woman, in an exposed position with the names of Indian States on various parts of her bare body. The painting, when release for auction created quite a flutter in the country, for it was slammed for hurting the sentiments of Indians, who revere ‘Bharat Mata’. Also, it showed one of her hands (claimed to be North Kashmir) chopped off or blurred to some extent. This particular work infuriated a certain section of the society to this extent that Husain’s exhibition was vandalized and his public image went for a toss, followed by him taking a refuge in UAE, for he thought India was not safe for him anymore

2.Rape of India: As heavy as its name, Husain’s ‘Rape of India’ that was dedicated to Mumbai blasts, post the terrorist attacks on the city, caused much furor, represented India as a woman being raped, with an animal straddling her and of a man pulling her blouse away. This piece of art was taken to be nothing but a solid scorn on Husain’s part.