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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.

Erotic Trendsetters of Bollywood

Erotica has been the primary subject of attention in India cinema since forever! Even in the times of purdah and naqaab, there have been daunting actresses who have set trends- raised the temperatures, increased the heart beat rates, and took the nation by storm by doing something which was never done!

Taking you to a quick journey of all these #Trendsetters

#1. Sharmila Tagore was the first Indian actress to sport a bikini in a 1967 film!

#2. Remember Dimple Kapadia sending waves through the nation in her Bobby Avatar!


#3.Zeenat Aman was probably the boldest yesteryear actress. The actress’ bold display in ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ took the nation by storm.


#4.Remember the “westernized girl of 80′s” in Bollywood? Sarika Thakur totally redefined beauty and boldness at the box office.


#5.No matter we belonged to 80′s era of cinema or not, we all know very well about the epic white-saree-under-a-waterfall scene of Manadakini!


#6. Bhanurekha Ganesan better known as REKHA or the Bollywood Diva ablazed the cinematic hearts many a times with her oozing performances in films like Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love or just a simple scene filled with emotions like that of Silsila


Rekha still rules the hearts in all her Golden Glare

#7. Helen – the queen of Cabaret in #Bollywood who made the nation scream and not just sing “Monica, Oh my Darling” and “O Haseena Zulfon wali”


#8. These two divas of Bollywood who we won’t introduce and disgrace, totally sent a shiver down the Indian spine with their “dhak dhak” and “katey nahi kat te” !


#9.The Bong Bombshell Bipasha Basu who blew off everyone with her #erotic thriller JISM.



#10. Remember the hotness benchmarks Mallika Sherawat and Imraan Hashmi settled in Murder??


#11. The Oo-la-la girl – Vidya Balan definitely took the nation by storm taking hotness & #erotica to another levels!


#12. The last and latest in our #Erotic #Trendsetter series remains Sunny Leone for her recent horrex performance!


Tumbhi is recently on to making an Erotic theme based short film with Ram Gopal Varma -and runs a Script Writing Contest – open to all! Catch all the details here

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Protecting Copyrights – What Artists Need to Know

We at Tumbhi are blessed to be surrounded with an amazing community of artists worldwide. We spend a lot of time interacting with them (through online as well as offline mediums) and talk to them about enhancing their art form, nurturing their talent and helping them get opportunities to showcase their talent. With the increase in distribution of art in the online world, lot of times, we get questions about protection of artworks. So we thought of compiling an article to give a snapshot of various ways of protecting artworks in different categories.



As a photographer, if you want to take advantage of the millions of opportunities the online world offers, then you can’t avoid putting up your pictures online. There also exists a category of web users who are not very particular about copyright information and tend to use any photograph from the Internet without giving due credits to the photographer. To protect your photos from such users, here are some of the ways you can use:

  • Put copyright notice directly on your photos. You can use statement like “Copyright <<Year>> All Rights Reserved”
  • Watermark the images – Yes, the quality and impact of the image might get hampered, but at least your image is protected
  • Disable the ‘right click a copy’ option on the web pages
  • Crop images into multiple pieces and place the pieces in such a way that it appears like one photo but any web user will need to download individual photos and combine them together before using the picture.
  • Always upload compressed images
  • Upload smaller images or thumbnails


Remember, you, as the original author of your work, own all the copyright for your work, unless you assign the rights to a third party. Your work is automatically protected the moment you write it down in tangible format. Until March 1989, for receiving copyright law protections, a formal copyright notice was required to be placed on the work but that is no longer the case. However, it is always recommended that you add a copyright notice with your own name and year – this will tell the readers that you are serious about copyright. Secondly, you can register your script with associations such as the Writers Guild of America or Film Writer’s Association in India. The registration helps members in protecting their work in case there is any copyright violation.

Short Films

In case of films, to qualify for protection under copyright laws, your film must be your original creation. Additionally, it should be attached into a medium. Copyright laws are applicable even without registration, however, if you register your work with Copyright office and make it available in public record, you become eligible for additional rights and protection. The copyright begins as soon as you create your work and continues for your lifetime. It is recommended that you put a copyright notice in the end-credits of the film. If you want to grant access to someone else to use your film, you must first give them license to use it and it is suggested that you use a written license. If someone uses your work without your permission, its infringement and you can take legal action against that person.


Your music creation is protected under copyright law if it is written in music notation or recorded on tape or in some other form. Here we provide some more recommendations for music composers and singers to protect their work:

  • Always write the international copyright symbol ©, your name as the copyright owner and the year in which the work was written or published.
  • Put your music creation in some tangible form – This could be on a CD, DVD, tape, or written as sheet music
  • Register your work with National Copyright office
  • Date stamp your creation
  • Many publishers including iTunes already use a technology called DRM which protect the music composition from being copied to other devices
  • When you are uploading your work online, use digital watermarking
  • If possible, upload a low quality work and provide users an option to buy or contact you for high quality work

We do hope that these tips help you in knowing your rights and available protection methods to assist you in protecting your art work.

Take advantage of the vast world of Internet to reach out to a wider audience while being cautious and aware of your rights!

Rains are way too sensual for Bollywood audience


When Malaika’s item dance and Yo Yo Honey Singh Punjabi blasts were not there, there were Rains for the rescue! Yes, almost every Bollywood movie from 90’s had a super sensuous rain song in which the lead actors give their supreme PDA performance, romance and dance around each other wearing mostly matching shirts and the heroine is especially is a true Indian “nari” in a skimpy chiffon plain sari with a voluptuous blouse deep enough to arouse many of the men watching them!

Rains are a sudden emergency situation in Bollywood movies when the duo (actor & actress) are walking through a road where there is no shelter and even if they have, something happens and both are out there dancing in the showers to escape an awkward situation which could have happened under that shed , only making it more awkward further!

All trends die a natural death after dominating almost a decade of films but Rain Songs are something which are here to stay forever and ever!

Take a look at the epic Rain Songs of Bollywood which have aroused then and will continue doing that forever:

#1. The most Ancient & Epic- Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua – Raj Kapoor & Nargis

#2. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein – Rajesh Khanna & Zeenat Aman

Zeenat sporting a pink night gown (with overcoat) only shows off half her leg while drying her clothe and Rajesh’s desperate expressions with sultry lyrics make it top the chart with minimal exposure and maximum impact.


#3. The invisible seduction – Kate nahi kat te – Sridevi & Anil Kapoor

On a sadder note situation wise but not at all appearance wise, Sridevi totally mesmerizes in a turquoise sari which as per tradition becomes transparent after getting drenched in rain and makes love to her invisible hero

#4. Tip Tip Barsa Paani – The burning Raveen Tandon and a melting Akshay Kumar

#5. Gale Lag Ja – Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar

Even the British beauty – Katrina Kaif follows the Rain culture and dances around the sexy beats of this rain number in 4 different shades of chiffon sarees!

Sunny Leone’s Bathroom Shower Song

Just because everything is on a move of rapid evolution and due to enough Global warming we aren’t getting balanced rains, a shower song could very well come to the rescue!

We are just predicting here – there is nothing we can show you right now in this category but this is surely the modern future of Bollywood Rains!

Happy Monsoon 😛

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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?

Capturing Colors in Photography – #MustRead Article

Tumbhi recently launched a photography contest with the theme “Color in Focus“. Apart from the amazing entries which we are receiving for the contest, we also received some questions where the photographers asked us to share with them some tips which can help them capture the best possible pictures. So we thought of putting on our research hat and have curated some really awesome articles to help you beautifully capture colors in your camera.

Enjoy the read!
#1: 10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

This useful article on Nikon USA website describes how location, light, exposure, support, elevation, water, lenses, fog and mist and Subtleties matter in taking the most gorgeous photographs.

#2: 5 Tips for capturing color

This article shares some basic color tips for capturing the essence of a place, even those with softer and more mundane hues. With very apt examples of pictures from Bermuda – Pink Sand Beaches, Limestone Caves, pastel buildings and sunset, the author shares some very useful tips.

#3: Photography tips: capturing colour on camera

In this article, the writer Steve Davey, sums up the key rules of capturing color with your camera. Steve shares some handy, practical tips as well as describes the 3 key rules of shooting better snapshots.

#4: Get Vibrant Color in Camera

How many times have you tried capturing the beautiful sunrise or sunsets in your camera and have been disappointed by your results? This is a common problem, but one that is easy enough to put right. In this article, the writer shares three ways to make sure your pictures pack a colorful punch the next time you attempt to shoot the sun – morning, noon or dusk!

#5: Tips for Capturing a Vibrant Holi Powder Session

Bright, vibrant, beautifully colored photography sessions are beautiful to see. In this article, the photographer writer shares her tips for a successful Holi powder portrait session.

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.

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It is very simple:
– Check out new Tumbhi at
– Go to our Facebook page and tell us what are the 2-3 things you love about Tumbhi and its new look

3 selected Entries will get passes for Yatri’s 500th screening of its popular play – ‘Hadh Kar Di Apne’ on 26th Jan. (couples allowed on one pass)

3 selected Entries will get passes for the hilarious comedy drama – Raavanleela on 27th Jan. (couples allowed on one pass)

Hurry, contest is open only till 25th January 4:00 PM IST. Winners will be announced on 25th Jan

For more details about Yatri Festival and its schedule, click here.