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The Hidden Artists of History

There are many people whom we have known since our childhoods and for a certain reason – their achievements in a particular field. But do we also know that these great politicians, leaders, celebrities were great fine artists too!!

Take a look to know what every one of these super famous people had been hiding away from the art lovers of the world.

1. Adolf Hitler

What he was famous for: Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Hitler was at the center of Nazi Germany, World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. And was a decorated veteran of World War I. His anti-Semitic policies and racially motivated ideology resulted in the deaths of at least 5.5 million Jews, and millions of other people deemed racially inferior


A Painting by Hitler

Hitler as an artist: Adolf Hitler was a painter and was deeply interested in art.He produced hundreds of works and sold his paintings and postcards to try to earn a living during his Vienna years (1908–1913). However, he was not successful. A number of his paintings were recovered after World War II and have sold at auction for tens of thousands of dollars. Others were seized by the U.S. Army and are still held by the U.S. government.

In his autobiography Mein Kampf, Hitler described how, in his youth, he wanted to become a painter, but his aspirations were ruined because he failed the entrance exam of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Hitler was rejected twice by the institute. Later, when he used to tint and peddle postcards featuring scenes of Vienna, Hitler frequented the artists’ cafes in Munich in the unfulfilled hope that established artists might help him with his ambition to become a painter.

He painted his first self-portrait in 1910 at the age of 21. When Hitler served in World War I at the age of 25 in 1914, he carried his paints with him to the front and spent his idle hours painting. The works he painted during this period were among his last before he became a politician. The themes of his wartime painting included farmers’ houses, dressing-station etc. These were the last artworks by him before he became a politician.

2. Bill Clinton

What he is famous for: William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. Clinton has been described as a New Democrat.. Before becoming president he was the Governor of Arkansas, serving two non-consecutive stints from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992. He was also the state’s Attorney General from 1977 to 1979.


Bill playing the saxophone

Clinton as an artist: Clinton had years of musical experience under his belt. He was actively involved in chorus and band throughout his school years, becoming particularly adept at the tenor saxophone. Clinton practiced every day and attended band camp in the Ozark Mountains every summer. He eventually won first chair in the saxophone section at the Arkansas state band. Clinton wrote in his autobiography that he briefly considered a musical career when he was around 16 years old, but later decided to another career. He explained that while he loved music and was sure that he could develop into a very good player, his skills would never reach the likes of Stan Getz or John Coltrane. In public service, however, he was sure he could excel.

One of the defining and most culturally salient moments in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign occurred when he appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. Instead of merely chatting with the show’s host and fielding questions, Clinton appeared with his tenor saxophone in hand and belted out Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Wearing wraparound sunglasses and a brightly colored tie, the performance helped Clinton solidify himself as a relaxed, self-confident candidate, and action that political analysts claim to have won him a significant degree of support from young and minority voters.

3. Winston Churchill

What he was famous for: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

Churchill as an artist: He was a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Churchill was forty before he discovered the pleasures of painting. He was an accomplished found haven in painting to overcome the spells of depression which he suffered throughout his life though in his landscapes and still lives there is no sign of depression. Churchill is best known for his impressionist scenes of landscape, many of which were painted while on holiday in the South of France, Egypt or Morocco.

Churchill was also a prolific writer of books, writing a novel, two biographies, three volumes of memoirs, and several histories in addition to his many newspaper articles. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”.

4. Johnny Depp

What he is famous for: John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II is an American actor, film producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Dissatisfied with that status, Depp turned to film for more challenging roles; he played the title character of the acclaimed Edward Scissor hands(1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Alice in Wonderland(2010) and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–present). He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor, with $75 million.

Depp as an artist: It is less well known that he is an accomplished artist and his hidden talent is oil painting.Johnny has painted many famous people including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kerouac and Marlon Brando. He also enjoys painting his children and partner, Vanessa Paradis. His style mixes Matisse’s bold palette with Tim Burton’s eerie aesthetic

In an interview with Douglas Brinkley for Vanity Fair (July 2009), he stated, “What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes. Because you want to find the emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.”

5. Meena Kumari

What was she famous for: Meena Kumari born Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian movie actress and poetess. She is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses to have appeared on the screens of Hindi Cinema. During a career spanning 30 years from her childhood to her death, she starred in more than 90 films, many of which have achieved classic and cult status today. She is regarded as one of the most influential Hindi movie actresses of all time.

highest paid actor, with $75 million.

Depp as an Artist- It is less well known that he is an accomplished artist and his hidden talent is oil painting.Johnny has painted many famous people including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kerouac and Marlon Brando. He also enjoys painting his children and partner, Vanessa Paradis. His style mixes Matisse’s bold palette with Tim Burton’s eerie aesthetic

In an interview with Douglas Brinkley for Vanity Fair (July 2009), he stated, “What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes. Because you want to find the emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.”

5. Meena Kumari

What was she famous for: Meena Kumari born Mahjabeen Bano, was an Indian movie actress and poetess. She is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses to have appeared on the screens of Hindi Cinema. During a career spanning 30 years from her childhood to her death, she starred in more than 90 films, many of which have achieved classic and cult status today. She is regarded as one of the most influential Hindi movie actresses of all time.

Meena Kumari as an artist: She was a Poet! Due to the conflicts between her and her husband which led to separation in 1960, and ultimately divorce in 1964, a highly affected Meena Kumari, who, once a happy woman, became depressed and found solace in heavy drinking. They remarried, but Meena Kumari had become an alcoholic by then.

She expressed her sorrows prominently in her poetry. About she wrote:

“Tum kya karo ge sun kar mujh se meri kahani
Bay lutf zindagi ke qissay hain pheekay pheekay”
(Why do you want to listen to my story:
Colourless tales of a joyless life)

At the time of the divorce, she wrote:

“Talaaq to day rahay ho Nazar-e-qehar ke saath
Jawani bhi meri lauta do Mehar ke saath”
(You are divorcing me with rage in your eyes
Return to me, also, my youth along with the alimony!)

So not everyone here got famous for their artistic passions but that didn’t mean they stopped being artists! They are remembered today for their art too and that proves the worth of it all!

 

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The Artists of Tragedy

Enlisting & remembering “Famous Artists who committed suicide” | People who graced 7 different Art categories with their immortal art but were defeated by life and themselves – Take a look!

#1 Fine Arts- Van Gogh

Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.

Artistic Achievements – Van Gogh began to draw as a child, and he continued to draw throughout the years that led up to his decision to become an artist. He began painting in his late twenties and in just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self-portraits, landscapes, still lives, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

However it is interesting to know that until his death, his work was known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still. It was only after his death, he achieved world fame!

Most interesting fact about Vincent- He was known to exchange letters with his brother Theo.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 27 July 1890

On that Sunday evening Vincent van Gogh set out, with his easel and painting materials, into the fields. There he took out a revolver and shot himself in the chest. Vincent managed to stagger back to his room where he collapsed in bed and was then discovered by Dr. Gachet. It was decided not to attempt to remove the bullet in Vincent’s chest and Gachet wrote an urgent letter to Theo.

Vincent and Theo remained together for the last hours of Vincent’s life. Theo was devoted to his brother, holding him and speaking with him in Dutch. Vincent seemed resigned to his fate and Theo later wrote: “He himself wanted to die; when I sat at his bedside and said that we would try to get him better and that we hoped that he would then be spared this kind of despair, he said ‘La tristesse durera toujours’ (‘The sadness will last forever.’)

Vincent van Gogh died at 1:30 am on 29 July 1890 The Catholic church of Auvers also refused to allow Vincent’s burial in its cemetery because Vincent had committed suicide. The nearby township of Méry, however, agreed to allow the burial and the funeral was held on 30 July.

Strangely throughout June (a month before his death), Vincent remained in good spirits and was remarkably productive, painting some of his best known works (Portrait of Doctor Gachet and The Church at Auvers, for example).

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Van Gogh

#2 Performing Arts/ Acting – Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Artistic Achievements- She began her career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. During her career, Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million

Most interesting fact about Marilyn- She suffered a great deal of stage fright and was not allowed to go to movies in one of his foster homes.

Suicide Story- Death Day: August 4, 1962

The final years of Monroe’s life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with.

Sometime after 10 p.m. on that night, Marilyn Monroe slipped into a coma caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She would never regain consciousness. And a bizarre set of activities took place in her home- some items were allegedly removed, including a diary and a note by the order from someone in the White House, in an attempt to prevent the presidency of John F. Kennedy (whom Marilyn was believed to be in a sexual relationship)

Marilyn is also said to be secretly taken that night by an ambulance crew to a nearby hospital before being returned again to her home. According to some accounts, Marilyn’s body was rediscovered by her house companion, Eunice Murray, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Greenson, several hours following the initial discovery of her remains.

A smart girl leaves before she is left – Marilyn Monroe

#3 Photography – Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter (13 September 1960 – 27 July 1994) was an award-winning South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan

Artistic Achievements-

In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. In 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Suicide Story- Death Day 27 July 1994

On that day, Carter drove to the Braamfontein Spruit river, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning, aged 33.

Portions of Carter’s suicide note read:

“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners … I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.

#4 Filmmaker – Tony Scott

Anthony David “Tony” Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was a British film director and producer.

Artistic Achievements- His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics and include The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987),Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) & Unstoppable (2010).

Suicide Story- Death Day: 19 August 2012

On that day, at approximately 12:30 pm PDT, Scott committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedroport district of Los Angeles, California. Police found contact information in a note left in his car, parked on the bridge and a note at his office for his family. Witnesses said he did not hesitate before jumping. His body was recovered from the water by the Los Angeles Port Police.

The two notes left behind by him, made no mention of any health issues and neither explained why he committed suicide.

Three days later the cause of death was announced to be “multiple blunt force injuries”. Although anti-depressants prescription drugs were found in Scot’s system on autopsy.

I think we are lucky because there are very few people in life who get to do what we are doing. – Tony Scott

#5 Model/Fashion – Nafisa Joseph

Nafisa Joseph (28 Mar 1978- 29 July 2004) was an Indian model and MTV video jockey.

She was the winner of Miss India Universe 1997 and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe 1997 pageant in Miami.

Artistic Achievements- Began modeling at age 12 Joseph was the youngest participant at the Miss India pageant in 1997, which she won. Joseph participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida (1997) and was among the 10 semifinalists in the pageant.

In 1999, she was a judge for the MTV India VJ Hunt. A week later she was called for a screen test to host a show on MTV. She ran the MTV House Full show for close to five years. She also acted in a television series C.A.T.S, an Indian version of Charlie’s Angels for Sony Entertainment Television.

Suicide Story- Death Day: 29 July 2004

Something went terribly wrong in just three hours. Apparently, she was upset with her fiancé behavior with which she had settled a marriage and later discovered him to be already married

She had a long talk with her mother after which she asked her mother to go into the bedroom and leave her alone. Nafisa then hung herself in her flat sometime between 9 pm and 10 pm.

Found hanged, she was then rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.

Winning is very important to me. I wouldn’t be happy with anything less. And I work towards my goal.- Nafisa Jose

#6 Writing – Virginia Wolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

Artistic Achievements- During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its famous dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

Suicide Story- Death Day-28 March 1941

After completing the manuscript of her last novel, Between the Acts, Woolf fell into a depression. The onset of World War II, the destruction of her London home during the Blitz, and the cool reception given to her biography of her late friend Roger Fry all worsened her condition until she was unable to work. On 28 March 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf’s body was not found until 18 April 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of , their home in Rodmell, Sussex.

In her last note to her husband she wrote:

“Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier ’til this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer.”

#7 Music – Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana.

Artistic Achievements- Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. , and over 50 million worldwide

Suicide Story- Death Day: April 8, 1994

On that day, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love.

Had they been alive , they would have given so much more to the world!

Guest Column writing- Why, why, why??

Writing happened to you once and since then life followed….!!

If that’s the case with you too, you are probably the class of writers who try to redefine the world with their pens!

There are many of us who have this gifted “pen” with us , we write and love to write more, to express and put our own point of views in front of the world. Our lives may look absolutely normal like anybody else’s and we might be doing the traditional IT jobs as well but that doesn’t kills the “writer” within.

But we are not the celebrated faces or the known names whose writings will be heartily read by everyone. No matter from how many years we might be writing, we still need exposure and of course appreciation to keep going.

So the best way to keep this flame alive and ignited is to write “Guest columns” . Yes, you read it right, guest columns. Maintaining a blog of your own is something which everyone might do but a guest column adds to your overall esteem in the online writing world.

Highlighting few points as to why you should take up “Guest Column” writing if you are not doing it till date:

1. The ‘big’ exposure

You might have your personal blog where you would be very regular with your posts but writing for a different platform with probably a larger readership could help you get better views and thus more eye-balls for your piece of writing. Remember, the portals which invite guest columns usually have dedicated budget for advertising and marketing of the portal and you have an excellent opportunity of leveraging on that! Additionally, you can also give link to your own blog or website there which will promote your own little space as well.

2. ‘Connect’ with like minds

Writers suffer from a problem. They don’t get appropriate audience/readers. Agree? Then writing for an already established platform where many writers like you come together might solve this problem of yours. The fellow writers reading your write-up, commenting on it, sharing their views will definitely cut down on your entire search for “like minded” people and may help you in thinking from different perspectives.

3. Business Possibilities

A guest column in plain words is a demo of your writing skills. Go ahead and pour the best of the words you know. Who knows, someone out in the world might just be looking for your talent and you might find something great where you would love to contribute.

4. Virtual Reputation

Reputation is no longer a word only in the real world. If you are online, you have to have ‘Virtual Reputation’ as well. It refers to the credibility of your work reflected by the authentic sites of which you are a member in some way. Writing Guest column for a genuine portal can add tons to it! Your name with back links to various authentic portals speaks of your virtual credibility immensely.

5. Revenue Sharing

Last but not the least, monetary benefits cannot be ignored. There are pages which are popular only because of the kind of guest columns it holds. These pages are known to share their revenue with the guest column writers. So you not only make reputation but may also make some handsome money as well!!

And eventually, it’s all about writing – your true passion!

Keep it alive, keep writing!

7 Questions About Poetry

A poem could be written with words but poetry could not be defined, just felt!!
Therefore just bringing together few questions that may arise in your mind as a poet accompanied with answers.

Why rhyming in poetry?
In ancient times we had a lot of things to be remembered and forwarded to future generations and there was no paper! Therefore poetry was employed as a way to orally remember the history, stories and other incidents that the world would like to keep in their mind-museums. Hence Poems came up as a writing art which had rhyming words at its tale, so that it became easy to sing and remember them.

Why imagery in poetry?
Have you heard of “words coming alive”, this is called imagery in poetry. When you can create a picture of the words in your mind, the poetry is in its best form of intelligibility. A good poet always chooses words which can actually create a picture in the readers’ mind so that he is able to understand well what the poet himself is able to see. Probably when you read a poem about heartbreak, you may not be able to experience the exact feelings if you have not been through yourself but reading something like ‘window glasses bursting’ might help you feel the intensity.
Difficult words: how important are they?
Poets get famous because they can play with words but poets get even more famous when they play with simple words. Flowery language is good to make things impressive but deliberate use of heavy words just to show off the size of your vocabulary is a turn off for the reader. A poet should be able to deliver intelligible things and not bouncers. A poem understood well parallel to reading has much deeper impact than a twisted tail with no tale.

What and why: Economy in poetry?
Basically it means using as few words as possible in poetry to convey the desired meaning. But that doesn’t means you create a drought of words and turn the desired interpretation upside down. Being ‘short and sweet’ is good but being ‘crisp and clear’ is equally important. It’s possible that you might have written four words which could have had a single word to express the same thought. Try it! Words are the treasure in poetry, use them wisely.
Is it good to edit my poem after finishing it?
Generally being raw is being natural and natural is always preferred over the made up one. But still a few things grow on themselves over time & effort and poetry is one of them. If you are one of those poets for whom words are self generating and you compose a poem in merely ten minutes, still it’s always good to polish and present it the dazzling way. A little adjustment here and there won’t take the natural essence away from your poem.
Is it obligatory to have poetic genes?
Of the most common notions, having poetic genes is considered necessary to possess poetic abilities in you. That’s not true. A poem comes from a game of words, beading of rhyme, a deep feeling/emotion, a sensitive heart and a great pen! One can of course be a poet even if his parents aren’t. It comes from the incidents you face in your own life and not the history of your DNA.
Why poetry at all?
Ask yourself; don’t you want to preserve the songs of your own life?

Know What Tumbhi Can Give You!

“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” Bob Marley

When Bob said this, it was clearly not for an average man who comes to work, does his routine and sleeps off to complete the cycle. It was more about the man who despite of his routine , takes out time for himself, the one who discovers himself as an artist, nurtures his talent and grows without any full stops in view.

Tumbhi, as per definition, means an online platform that seeks to transform the lives of artists, art lovers and art seekers. You are an artist if you have created some artworks in the credit of your name, out of pure imagination of your own.

If you walk in Tumbhi world as an artist, there are a lot of things that are offered to you! Some of the pointers are as under:

  • You are an instant ‘Star’: All of us know fame doesn’t walk in the window so easily but there is always a beginning to everything. Tumbhi artists who get recognized either by getting shortlisted in some of the Tumbhi’s Contests or winning those are interviewed. These interviews are opened up for reading on our blog as well as other social media platforms. Through this, the world gets to know both the personal side of the artist along with the Artistic part.
  • Featuring on Facebook: Facebook is a big deal these days. The entire world around us is there on Facebook as well and making up to something on Facebook is not a meager issue. Tumbhi has a proactive Facebook page with a huge fan base of more than 90,000 fans. Any artist who captures the attention of the Tumbhi team with his outstanding work of art (be it a photograph, poetry, story or even modeling portfolio) gets featured right there in front of thousands on Tumbhi’s Facebook page. Same goes with Tumbhi’s Twitter and blogging platform as well.
  • Expert Comments: This is something which you don’t easily get everywhere! An artist always craves for the right eye for his/her artwork and if that eye is of an expert of that field, there is nothing better than that. Tumbhi has on its board an eminent panel of advisors, who are handpicked by their respective industry itself for the kind of work they have to show to the world. These include people like Anurag Kashyap (Film Director), Irshad Kamil (Lyricist), Javed Siddiqui (Screen Writer), Sunjoy Monga (Photographer) and so on. An artist coming to Tumbhi gets an opportunity to expose his talent to such maestros and receive expert comments from them.

So the first step to discover yourself as an artist will always be your initiative but Tumbhi can take definitely take up from the following steps.

Give yourself a chance to get Explored by the world! Login to www.tumbhi.com.

5 Awesome Ways to Become An Instant Celebrity

Art in any form attracts you, you love people with creative instincts, you try attending all the art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, you love reading good writing pieces and you yourself also compose something in the night under your table lamp?? Congratulations, you qualify all the requirements of being called an artist and an art lover!

Now that you are a proven artist you can continue reading below.

An artist suffers from many difficult phases in his journey of being an artist, being called an artist and improving as an artist. And to your rescue comes our much loved child Social Media. Social media is not only about socializing these days; it has the capacity of giving you and your art the wings to fly and fly high.

Here’s how you can use it: 1 problem, 5 solutions.

#1 Make your display counter: Begin by creating a dedicated Facebook page (page and not profile) or a blog for your artworks. Love it like your personal diary which is open for public reading. Decorate it with all your chosen artworks, may it be stories, poems or photographs. Give an enhanced peek-a-boo in your own art-gallery and make it public to let all the eyes in the world see it.(Read here: Blogging your way)

#2 Audience is your God: Identify your audience and its whereabouts. Analyze what kind of people would like your artwork or be interested in it, whether such people are more active on facebook or on blogs. Two ways to carry it forward would be:

  • Grow within your circle: First becomes a star in your own group. Invite friends to visit your facebook page or blog by filling up their inboxes with constant updates about your page/blog. Share links, status messages and other updates with them by email or direct messages.
  • Go Public: Set your blogs/page for public viewing. Visit other blogs, post your comments on their posts so that they come back to check out your profile and find your blog/page instead. Every time you update your page/blog, share a link to it on your personal facebook profile, G+ and wherever else you have an account.

#3 Remember Twitter: Twitter remains the supreme of all the social networking sites being perfect place for sharing links and making the world see it. If you don’t have twitter account yet, open it right away. (Read here: Tips for artists to use twitter) Follow, get followed and share, share, and share.

#4 Visit other houses as well: Making a page/blog and inviting guest/audiences there is all about hosting. Now learn about being a wise guest as well. There are many forums, facebook groups, communities which are dedicated to individual ideas/genres. Join them now! Start posting, sharing, liking there. There will be many people out there who will be just like you and they would treat you the same way. Eventually, you will get connected to so many Likeminded friends.

#5 You v/s him: Now that you are an artist-star by every means, show some mettle elsewhere also. Search for various talent contests that go online. This doesn’t takes much on your time and effort and instead winning it or even getting shortlisted in it, adds big time to your credibility. If there is an evidence of award say a gift or a certificate, share that as well on your page/blog and express your gratitude. (Read here: Warnings before entering an online contest).

As an artist it’s very important to understand the people, the art is exposed to. Reciting a poetry in the middle of hippies would never earn you more than a laugh. Therefore connect right and connect well!!

Happy creating, sharing and applauding!!

Warning: Before you enter an online contest

So last night you were up, watching the big beautiful moon right through your window which inspired you to suddenly light up your bedside lamp and compose that wonderful poetry-masterpiece of yours!

And now you sit gazing at your computer screen for various online contests that come by your acquaintance every now and then just like those marvelous-at-marketing people appear in a local bus! And its only this time that you will entertain them because you got something which you think can go in there and who knows might win you a mightier prize as well!

The idea is not bad but needs a little carefulness. Putting up your creation on-line on a portal in the name of a contest is much more than Participation. An artist is said to be possessive about whatever he creates and therefore it is his duty to ensure that his artwork lies safe there: On-line!

Putting up together certain necessary points which a participant should look up for before Uploading his/her artwork:

1. Protecting your artwork: Your artwork is your child and nobody is going to be bothered about it getting kidnapped! Make sure the portal has clearly mentioned its copyright terms & conditions and you understand and agree to them. The portal should ideally let the copyrights reserved with you taking liberty of usage of your artwork with your due permission or within defined criteria.

2. : Experts Advice & Review: A few of the portals are associated with the veterans of the industry as their jury members. Such contests for sure portray some credibility. If you can at least get your poetry read or your photograph seen by somebody big from the field, it worth a try!

3. Peer Comments: You can also look up for portals that offer you the facility where others can come and see your artwork and are able to post their opinion about it . This helps in building up a generic point of view about the artwork’s overall appeal. And needless to mention, you get a clearer and of course a better picture of your artwork as per the junta view.

4. Exposure: This point is of a great importance as a portal hosting an online contest is bound to give you a huge exposure if not a promising gift hamper! An artist should always have a look on the fan-base of the portal, join in its social media circles and keep a track of its usual activities . The comments given by other fans are worth a read since you get to know the brand/portal in and out.

So you see, there is nothing bad in winning something really worth just by wandering your mouse a little. Be safe and Creatively-happy!! Save Paper!

Applauses Captured!

In each of us is hidden a Story teller, one who loves to open up new windows to the world, looks up beyond the horizons and dreams in the day just to mar a virgin sheet of paper with a fantastic fable. Tumbhi came up with a Short Story Writing Contest called “Somewhere Sometime” to catch hold of such beautiful birds of imagination with only one string of condition attached, i.e. the story was required to have a twist.

 

 

Each entry was individually analyzed by the jury which comprised of Kiran Khalap (author, Brand Consultant and founder of Chlorophyll Brand & Communications Consultancy); Javed Siddiqui (urdu and hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright form India, he has written over 50 storylines, screenplays and dialogues which comprises of films like DDLJ, Umraao Jaan, Taal, Pardes, Raja Hindustani and many more); and Pankaj Shukla (a film critic, a senior journalist, a book reviewer, writer, director, and a keen traveler).

Beautiful captures of visionary pieces were tracked and judges could only give some to-be-remembered-forever remarks on the entries.

The entries were judged on the basis of 4 criteria: Plot, Narrative, Language and Twist .They were looking for a perfect balance of idea and execution along with the compulsory flawless of the language used.

Although the expectations made are seldom defeated, the jury was able to make some concrete remarkes on the quality of the entries that poured in .

Following the criteria trail, the remarks are as under:

Plot: Basically considered as the idea of the story, the plan wherein all the events of the story fall in certain sequence. Some of the entries were quite surprising with their plots with good build ups and imagery. The feel was remarkable at some reading points. Some stories also came up with slight moral reflection and subtle humor which was highly admired
Narrative: what the reader sees and hears of what happens – and how he sees and hears it. The Hindi entries were almost flawless in their narration. Although a much higher level of good narrative by the use of quality dialogues was expected which was missing.
Language: The words weaving and unfolding the events in the story need to be carefully chosen in terms of their tone and elegancy. A couple of the English ones were quite poor in their use of language with the extensive usage of sms language and not-so-decent words although the Hindi stories stil scored some decent points in this respect.
Twist-in-the-tale: The surprise element in the story which changes the course of the events and takes it to a new climax, something which is not predictable by the reader. Many of the writers used GHOSTS as the only object of Twist which was kind of predictable. The twists could have been much twistier with more element of surprise in it. Because ofcourse there could be many more surprising things than ghosts alone 🙂

Tumbhi team expects the writers who participated and got a chance to run their artworks under such veterans of the writing world will surely benefit from such valuable feedback!!

Dreams That Came True!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. “- Walt Disney

Every one of us a dreamer, the difference is only that some of us remember them when we wake up and some of us let go the flow of thoughts. The dreams may vary as per night or day but the core ambitions travel along with every vision that comes to the dreamer’s mind.

An artist also dreams. He dreams to transform all his dreams into reality one day. And what if someday, somebody actually holds his hands and guides him through? A bunch of dreamers experienced something like this! They got a chance to cherish their dream: being a filmmaker, a scriptwriter, an actor.

Tumbhi came up with a scriptwriting contest back in May 2011 called “Paanch”. The prize was only a promise to transform the words into reality i.e. the winning entries would be converted to actual short films under the mentorship of none other than Anurag Kashyap.

Six Short films were made by Tumbhi. Shor and Sujata were part of those six films. Come November’2011, the film Shor goes to Abu Dhabi Film Festival (U.A.E) 2011-12, gets discovered by the right eyes for filmmaking, receives rave reviews from many critics and wins the Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize.

But Shor was made only to shout out loud what it actually was! It grabs another Best Narrative Short: Grand Jury Prize at South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Neeraj Ghayawan, Scriptwriter and director of Shor , could actually see now his dreams flying high right there in the clouds above. Making much more ‘Shor’ than its name, Shor won another Grand Jury Prize at 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

But Shor was not alone here for the accolades. Huma Qureshi, the lead actress of the other short film “Sujata” gets a special mention by the grand jury at IFFLA. Sujata, a dream-child of the scriptwriter Annie Zaidi and director Shlok Sharma, becomes just another route of bliss for its conceivers.

To Tumbhi.com, it was all about giving feathers to the dreams of artists! Looking forward to even more feathers getting added to their caps, Tumbhi takes pride in translating at least a few dreams to reality because as Dr. Abdul Kalam said, “you have to dream before your dreams can come true.”