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A dozen quotes which will make you want to bring home some Art

 

Feeling inspired? Bring home some art from Tumbhimall

Selling Your Art: Galleries versus Online Channels

With the growing advent of online channels for artists to expose and sell their art, many are still stuck to the traditional medium of going through galleries only. It’s the internet age and when artists can create supremely innovative artworks based on technology, why not expose/sell them through technology itself!

Here a few pointers to consider Online channels of selling your art over Galleries only:

1. Create your own Brand and Fanbase  #sellthestory

It’s not just about the Art that you created in your studio. There is a story behind it. There are more and more people that are interested in behind-the-scene saga and want to connect with the artists than just picking up an artwork based on its visual appeal. A gallery will not be interested in telling your story – you need to do that yourself.

While a typical gallery might have several thousand online followers or maybe somewhat more, it’s not at all unusual for an artist to have tens or even hundreds of thousands of fans. Working on creating your own brand and promoting so, is a long term affair.

2. Communicate & advertise yourself #socialmediapower

Earlier only galleries could reach out to a lot of potential buyers with their contacts and manpower. Now we have social media. Artists can now communicate directly with the public and advocate on their own behalves in ways that only galleries could do for them pre-Internet. The best news is that the best art is still what attracts the most attention, regardless of where it’s being made or shown or who’s doing the showing.

3.Galleries are not the only place to sell your Art #ecommercepower

The two primary functions of galleries– providing artists with exposure for their art and providing collectors and buyers with access to that art– are no longer necessary or even relevant to doing business as an artist. People in the know search and shop online all the time including collectors, curators, investors, speculators, gallery owners and anyone else who has an interest in art… including museum personnel. Everyone’s on the hunt for the next great art stars and they know they can cover far more territory far faster on their computers or phones than they can by physically shopping the galleries or visiting artists at their studios.

 

 

4. Get dirty yourself #DIY

Earlier artists only created art in their studios and had galleries to do the dirty work – handling sellers, marketing and communtaction for them. The new motto is to do it yourself. Internet age demands an artist not to just be an artists but an entrepreneur as well. If you think your art deserves to be shown in public and owned by buyers or collectors or anyone else, you have to make a case for yourself.

5.  More exposure

For artists, the chances of being discovered online are better than ever. All kinds of art websites, blogs, publications and other online venues are continually beating the bushes for fresh new quality art and artists to introduce to their readers and feature in articles, interviews, videos and more. As a result, more and more artists are being recognized for their skills, talents, personalities and art without traditional galleries playing any role whatsoever in that recognition.

Fact: The majority of gallery owners will tell you that most new viewers find their websites not by searching their galleries by name, but rather by searching for artists they happen to represent.

Looking to sell your art online? Register today as a seller on www.artoreal.com

You have walls, we have Art

Home is one space that we own, and reflect ourselves, a bit of our personality in our walls. There is nothing better than art to make those walls of your abode come alive. Here is a little light based on your personality for bringing the perfect art home

Personality Types

1. The Geek

A handmade bookshelf can be your artwork. And more importantly don’t look at the bookshelf only as a space for your favorite books but also small folk art figurines can go pretty well there.

2. The Musician

                                                                      

                                                         “Sitar Player” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Gajanan Dandekar

We suggest Art Prints and Posters of your favorite musicians, handmade sketches nicely framed or minimalist paintings of the kind of musical instrument you find your solace in.

3.  The Cultural

                                                                    

                                                              “Radhe – Krishna” by #TumbhiArtist – Pradip Sarkar

The history maniacs or the heritage lovers should go straight in picking Art prints of the likes of Raja Ravi Verma or Folk Paintings like Tanjores, Madhubani, Warli etc. For sculptures there are folk art styles like Okra. You want some vintage value right there in your space and investing in traditional art forms could only be the best idea.

4.  The Funky

                                  “Weapon of Peace” & “The Royal Car” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Deelip Khomane

Pop Art Posters, Abstract paintings and Framed Candid Photographs framed are your answer. You would definitely like a lot of colors to be around and to add that extra edge, try some monochrome frames to highlight your as colorful personality.

5.  The Divine

“Flute Players” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Pradip Sarkar & “Lord Ganesha” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Vinay Sane

Mythological paintings, both abstract and folk would be something that you might want to be see every day on your walls. Sculptures are another great way of reflecting this bit of your personality as they fill your corners with all the divine energy.

6.  The Contemporary

                    Paintings by #TumbhiMallArtist – Arup Lodh & Sculpture by #TumbhiMallArtist – Jitendra Sutar

Monochromes and minimalistic artworks will delight you and your classy taste.  Posters, Art Prints, Still life paintings, cityscape sketches , digital art, glass and metal sculptures is what you might want to look at to make your home feel more home!

7.   The Earthy Soul

                                                Photo prints available for sale on www.artoreal.com

Nature Paintings and Photographs are your treasure. Also clay sculptures and pottery or ceramic items can fill your home as well as your green soul.  Plants in hand painted vases /pots could also be your way to paint your world in art and green.

8.   The Traveler

“3rd Floor” & “A Sunny Afternoon in Kolkata” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Arup Lodh

There is nothing like a traveler’s collection. Picking up small art like tiles, postcards, miniatures or small souvenirs can adorn not just your walls well but will also give an instant insight of your travelling soul. Quotation posters or handmade maps could also be your way of voicing your nomadic spirit. To top it, you have your memories attached to them off course. Cityscapes of the cities you have visited is also a wonderful idea to keep those memories alive.

9.  The Beauty Admirer

                                                                     

                                                       “Classic Collection” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Ipshita Shetty

Since you see beauty in almost everything it might get a little difficult for you to choose. However a mix of Portrait & Figurative Paintings and photographs should be able to put your vision to wall. You should also consider wood and fiber sculptures that suit your humor and ideas.

10. The Family Guy

                                                                             

                                                              “Lovers” by #TumbhiMallArtist – Shankar Ghosh

Apart from your walls covered in the pictures of your family you might also want to reflect the interest of the family in your home. Artifacts and collectibles, handwoven upholstery, decorative tableware are also a means of reflecting your artistic taste in your home.

How to Price your Artwork sensibly so it sells

You are the best judge of your art, undoubtedly, but when you are putting it out for sale, you need to consider several perspectives than yours’ alone. Here are a few insights to help you decide in the most sensible manner

Basic Art Pricing Fundamentals:

Step 1: Define your market. Where do you sell your art? Do you sell locally, regionally, nationally or internationally? The art, artists and prices in your market are the ones you should pay the most attention to.

Step 2: Define your type of art. What kind of art do you make? What are its physical characteristics? In what ways is it similar to other art? How do you categorize it? If you paint abstracts, for example, what kind of abstracts, how would you describe them? This is the type of art that you want to generally focus on for comparison purposes.

Step 3: Determine which artists make art similar to yours either by researching online or visiting galleries, open studios or other venues and seeing their work in person. Pay particular attention to those artists who also have career accomplishments similar to yours, who’ve been making art about as long as you have, showing about as long as you have, selling about as long as you have and so on.

Step 4: See how much these similar artists charge for their art. Their prices will be good initial estimates of the prices you should charge for your art.

What you should do

Think like an employer

Here’s a simple formula to start with. You need to hire yourself and decide for a reasonable wage for creating that artwork.

Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost Rs.1000, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself Rs.1000 an hour to make it, then you price the art at Rs.21,000 (Rs1000 X 20 hours + Rs1000 cost of materials).

Think like a businessman

You need to have a basic understanding of how the art business works and how collectors/art-buyers shop and buy. Evaluate the significance and quality of your art in relation to the vast quantity and variety of art that’s on display and available for sale.  The price quoted by you should be approximately in the same range as your ‘comparables’.

For example- If the price quoted by your ‘comparables’ are in the range of Rs10,000 to Rs. 35,000 and you have a comparatively lighter portfolio in terms of number of years, previous work sale history etc., you should price your artwork approximately between Rs.10,000 to Rs. 15,000

And when you price by comparison, compare to what sells and not to what doesn’t.

Think like an Artist

No matter how you set your prices, be competitive. It can’t be too high or too low. Be realistic, price it for the worth of it. When you price your art, you must be able to show that your prices make sense, that they’re fair and justified with respect to certain art criteria such as the depth of your resume, your previous sales history and the particulars of the market where you sell.

What you shouldn’t do

Common mistakes artists make when setting prices
  1. Too much attention on yourself and pricing what you feel right instead of comparing it with the standard market trend.
  2. The mistake of equating price values with vague or psychological factors like how emotionally attached they are to various works of their art or how much angst they experienced while creating them. Placing special meanings and therefore special asking prices on certain pieces that may make sense to you alone but have little or no relation to the selling prices of your art in general. If your buyer doesn’t understand art prices, they tend to shy away.

And lastly, try to offer something for everyone. There might be people out there who love your art and are your biggest fan but can’t afford it. But they should also at least have the chance to take back home a little something. Who knows? They may one day be able to afford your top-of-the-line masterworks.

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Choosing the right kind of Print and Frames for the Picture you like!

When it comes to customizing and building an artwork to go on your home/office walls, it takes a lot of thinking and consideration of various elements of the scene.

Below are a few insights to give you a basic idea of different kinds of papers, frames and finishes to go ahead:

A. Print Size

First element to consider is the size of the painting/photograph to go one your wall.  The size of the artwork will decide other factors considerably. For smaller sizes sleek frames will suit and so on. So first decide on the exact size considering other furniture items in the scene etc.

B. Different kinds of Papers

1. Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

Glossy paper is the most common paper for printing photos. It produces a sharp and vibrant image. Glossy paper is also very smooth to touch.

2. Photo Paper – Satin Finish

A satin Photo paper is a result somewhere between matte coated paper and glossy paper. The colors are still vibrant, but the shine is reduced. This can go for both paintings and photographs with a not so glossy effect and yet tints of shiny look and feel.

3. Laminated Photo Paper – Gloss Finish

The best example of a gloss laminated paper is in the form of a postcard. The main photo is on the front, along with a gloss laminate coat applied, which makes it even shinier. The back has the texture of plain card stock.

Laminating the paper makes the colors even more vibrant. It makes the image pop out of the print making it lively.

4. Laminated Photo Paper  — Satin Finish

A lamination is to provide protection to your print – a satin finish lamination on the top of your print will give it a semi-glossy edge. It should be considered when the intent is to make the image sharper and to alter the touch and feel to a lustrous side.

5. Canvas

Canvas is an extremely durable plain-woven fabric and the most popular surfaces to print photos and paintings. It retains the original painting effect and doesn’t necessarily require the glazing for protection.

6. Archival Paper

Archival paper is a specialized type of paper designed not to yellow or deteriorate with age. Excellent for preserving artworks of significant value, it is a cotton rag paper made from cotton pulp. Archival paper or Museum grade paper will ensure durability of the artwork printed on it.

C.      Mount

In the picture framing industry, a mount is a thin, flat piece of paper-based material included within a picture frame, which serves as additional decoration and to perform several other, more practical functions, such as separating the art from the glass.

Photos printed on paper will always be prone to warping or buckling. Mounting aims to prevent this and give photos a solid basis for display by fixing them to a firm backing.

Mounting and matting also give photographers more options when it comes to frame sizes. Instead of being forced to make a photo fit standard frame dimensions or being limited to standard frame sizes for wall display, a mounted photo can be inserted into a much larger frame – or a frame of non-standard dimensions – by cutting the mounting board to fit the frame.

D.     Frames

An artwork should always be framed to give it the right definition and to distinct it on your wall!  The choice of frame depends on the color of the wall and the prominent colors of the artwork. You can either match it or go contrast or go for a standard wooden brown color. Currently two types of frames which one can use are as below:

1. Aluminum Frames

More metallic looking, these frames are suitable for contemporary pictures . They  are plain and are ideal if there is already too much in the picture and you don’t want to draw the focus away from the picture itself.

2. Fiber

Fiber frames can easily replicate the need of a wooden frame without being wooden for real. They come in various textures, sizes, colors and prints and cam go with both a pop art piece and an elegant one depending on the artwork!

All the above mentioned printing and framing options are available on www.artoreal.com once you have bought a photograph and want to give it a customized finish.

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Five Essential Points to Consider Before you Start Selling your Art

So you are an artist and you want to sell your art? Great!
But you are a newbie in this field and you don’t know how to! Not so great…
The good news is, we are here to help you out!

With our brand new e-commerce website www.tumbhimall.com which focuses on selling unique art to art lovers, we have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to get useful insights about this phenomenon

1. Understand your Art

First touch point is to know what you are selling here. If it is a painting, ask yourself below questions:

  • What kind of painting is it ? Nature landscape or portrait or Still life or Illustration or Sketch or Folk Art etc.; have you used any specific technique or is it your own style?
  • What is the medium it is in? Have you used a canvas or wood or paper
  • What is the size in scale of your art? Is it a small A4 size or a big bulky frame?
  • What according would be the best price of your artwork?

2. Who is your Target Audience?

After understanding your art, it’s time to understand the people you want to sell it to. Not anyone will buy anything. There are going to be specific segments of buyers who will be interested in your art. For e.g. a homemaker might be interested in a folk art or religious art for home décor, whereas a youngster might indulge in quirky pop-art poster. Understanding your audience will also be influenced by the size of your art – a big bulky painting will attract buyers with bigger homes and deeper pockets, similarly unframed pictures can be easily picked by middle class art lovers.

3. Face value is market value – Positioning your Art

#Photograph- Stick to “Jo dikhta hai , wo bikta hai” mantra! Understand the importance of creating a positive first impression and convert it into sales. Since you are an online seller, photographing your art/product is going to be the most important aspect. It’s advisable to hire a professional product photographer to do so. If that is not possible ask a friend with a decent camera to help you with it. Focus on the lighting so that every color, every stroke of your art is clearly visible. Remember, a tacky photo will shut all the opportunities of your art getting sold.

#Price- what according would be the best price of your artwork?

#Title – what is the name you have given to your artwork? Have you titled it too randomly that your prospective buyers will not be able to find or understand it on the website? We suggest you to keep it standard- generic but attractive. This will make it easier for people looking for a specific kind of artwork. For e.g. If it’s a painting of Buddha you can use a title like “Peaceful Buddha” which is both generic and attractive.

4. Why should people buy your art?

This point is going to test your writing skills just like photography section. But it is very crucial since this is the only scope of connecting with your buyers, making them understand your work so that they end up buying it! You simply need to write the story behind the Art and give the buyer more reasons to bring it home. A long essay is not required; a simple explanation in 2-3 lines about the inspiration or meaning of the art should work just fine.

 

 

5. Where can they buy it?

Since you are selling your art on the website, your customers have to come to the website. Your job here is to bring them to the website where your art is. Word of mouth till date is the best way of marketing, hence spread the word in your network! Making the marketplace popular will only benefit you in the longer since the probability of getting more and more visiting buyers will increase the chances of getting your own art sold.

 

 

If these insights were helpful you can register yourself as a seller on our exclusive website for Artists to sell their Art www.tumbhimall.com and start your commercial artistic journey today

TumbhiMall @JJ School of Arts, Mumbai #AnnualFest

Sir JJ School of Art- with more than 150 years of history sprawling around famous name son the art world, a building housing all the great talent itself counted as a Heritage of India and which has contributed immensely to the Art Scene of India and International – needs no further introduction.

JJ, which conducts its famous Art Festival every year which sees World fame Artists will open its gates this year on 17th Feb 2016 and Tumbhi made its presence felt out there by offering opportunities to young artists to Sell Their Art!

Young JJ Artists queue up to register themselves as sellers on TubmhiMall

And our first Seller on-board!

And it was so amazing to see Artists already using our gifts, even created a beautiful sketch in matter of no time and waved the books all together! #woah

After the amazing response received at JJ School, we urge you too to register as seller and commercialize your art! Visit http://www.tumbhimall.com/ and start selling NOW!

Why you should write in हिन्दी when you are writing in Hindi

Hindi – the mother tongue of India is trying real hard to not loose grip of its roots. Thanks to all the writers who still prefer Hindi as their medium of expression but with the rising advent of technology, every gadget by default in English and the ease with our QWERTY keyboards sometimes does major damage to our Hindi manifestation . Roman Hindi is the new “Cool” way of writing things in a jiffy and call it an artwork! If we were to write Hindi also using English words, why were all these dedicated fonts created in MS word or Google translate was conceived?

 

Let’s understand why we should use only appropriate fonts for any language that we use to write it:

1. You know its hindi in the first look Using the appropriate font (for e.g Mangal for Hindi) is the best way to write in a dedicated language. At least you don’t go all the near to the write up piece and then feel ditched, realizing its Hindi written using English- let’s not do that!

2. Correct Pronunciation You might have wanted to write something else when in the lieu of spelling it in English and adding the tadka of sms lingo, the original meaning of the word absolutely flips. Better if you want people to read it the way you have written it, use Hindi font. This way those who are reading hindi will understand hindi only and not Hebrew.

3. Devnagri Script Hindi as we widely know originates form Devnagri Script. And Hindi is an amalgam of many languages which includes Sanskrit, urdu and even a couple of English words. Using appropriate font will also reflect your overall commitment to that language you chose to write your feelings in. Being a writer, let’s have some personal ethical standards

4. Easy to read

Anyone choosing to read in Hindi will also definitely be able to understand it in Hindi font. Don’t think that if you write in Roman Hindi, intelligibility will be better, No it doesn’t work like that. If you want to attract the right people to your write- up , use the right font

Note: You can either download Mangal font on your MS word or just go online to Google Transliteration and type out in your favorite Roman Hindi and it will give you the Hindi Font.

Let’s give each language their due respect by using the font they are married to!!

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! 

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.