• Movie Review

    The 100 years show

    “Carmen Herrera is very possibly the oldest contemporary artist working today. What is extraordinary about Herrera is that ‘commercial success’ did not come until the early 2000s — after seven decades as an artist…” — Christie’s, 2014 The 100 years show is a truly inspirational story that shows – success may take time but it will come. Carmen Herrera is a contemporary artist hailing from Cuba, the recognition for her work came only in the 2000s when she was nearly 90 years old – a whole seven decades after she started painting. At 102, she still paints every single day. She says she loves straight lines and geometrical shapes. Her…

  • Chennai

    Simple Sketches of Thirukkural

    Madras Literary Society had hosted today an exhibition on Thirukkural (திருக்குறள்). Mr Dhanasekaran Muthu who is an eminent architect hailing from Thanjavur had drawn simple sketches for each of the 1330 Thirukkural couplets by classical Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar. The sketches were exhibited around the library, it was interesting to go around seeing the exhibits. Thank you Mr Dhanasekaran for making Thirukkural easier to approach for today’s kids, my son loved seeing and reading them.

  • Movie Review

    Tim’s Vermeer (2013)

    A friend of mine living in Amsterdam recommended I watch this documentary “Tim’s Vermeer“. It turned out to be a good movie experience. After the movie I am left with questions on what’s art, what’s technology and is there a line dividing them? The movie is about a research on how  famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer could have painted such photo realistic paintings in early 17th century. The lighting and shades in his paintings and the details were unbelievable. The accuracy was unseen in any of Vermeer’s contemporary artists.  The research work was a personal obsession of a wealthy video engineer in Texas by name “Tim Jenison” who was founder…

  • Lounge,  Travel Review

    Beautiful floor tiles in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

    I have noticed that countries with Islamic cultural influences tend to have beautiful patterns on their floor tiles. You can see these tiles not only in palaces or star hotels but in common pedestrian settings as well – in roads, malls, museums & pavements. Today while in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) I went to Central Market for some window shopping, I ended up buying a Batik shirt, but that is, for a different post. There are two levels in Central Market, where you get many art and craft items. While climbing the stairs (there are at least 4 of them at each side) to the second level, I noticed beautiful designs…

  • Travel Review

    My trip to Tanjore-Part 5

    This is the final post in my mini series on visit to Tanjore – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4. After our visits to must go places in Tanjore – the Palace and Museum the next day after the wedding we went to another popular destination which is the PunnaiNallur Mariamman temple which is 5Kms from Tanjore. It is always crowded, we could get darshan in about 1 hour or so. Just like in every other temple in India you have shops selling everything for Pooja (Coconuts, Flowers, Turmeric, Kumkum, BeetleNuts, Banana), Pictures of the main deity, cool drinks and biscuits. Our final destination was to shopping…

  • Faith,  Theatre Review

    Dance Ballet – “Siva Swaroopa Thandava Lahari”

    Yesterday we had a visual delight in the form of a Dance Ballet at Rama Rao Kala Mantap, T.Nagar titled “Siva Swaroopa Thandava Lahari” performed by Smt.Krishnakumari Narendran troupe. Music was scored by Rajesh Vaidya. The dance drama was about Lord Siva‘s divinity & his dance in the form of his Thandavams. There were five scenes or stories portrayed in the performance. To the benefit of audience like me, a brief story of the scene was read out in Tamil by Smt.Krishnakumari before the beginning of each scene. This really helped me to understand and explain it to my pestering 6-year-old son.  I learned that the scenes are from songs…

  • Lounge

    Listen to Mona Lisa

    What will her voice sound like – it was everyone’s imagination when they see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa Portrait. Now that puzzle has been solved by a Japanese Scientist “Dr.Matsumi Suzuki”. Based on her perceived Height, Facial Dimensions, he claims to have produced to 90% accuracy of how Mona Lisa’s voice would have sounded. If you want to hear it, go to Mona Lisa Speaks site. Dr.Suzuki also explains his method in the video. Only downside all of this is in Japanese :-)