Sunday, December 4, 2011

Kondee ( Dilemma)

A Marathi play which I saw along with the Music Director Anand Modak a close friend, philosopher, guide. Who coincidentally has given music to the song in the drama.”Kondee”

The germ of the play has an age old origin:- the 1882 Henrik Ibsen play, the 1989 Satyajit Ray film, see Ganashatru.

It is here that you will find a detailed explanation

This Marathi play is produced by Ms. Vishwavinayak. Written by Ashok Shahane’ , Directed by Shekhar Nawre’, Song writer Vijay Kulwekar, and the main actors are Upendra Date’, Arun Hornekar and Shekhar Nawre’.

This play was held at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune. I would like to put forward some opinions without bias …

The Production was a very good effort to make the common man aware of ‘human psychology’ in given situations due to ‘practical’ thought without ‘essence’. 1. The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something.2. The most important ingredient; the crucial element.3. The inherent, unchanging nature of a thing or class of things.

The play also wants to show the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It is the story of one brave man's struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance.

It is true that ideas grow stale and platitudinous, but one may go one step further and say flatly that truths die. There are no absolute principles of either wisdom or morality.

This play is about strength of “One” person’s conviction and strength of truth. The Corruption of people in thought and rationality is projected through the representatives of various sectors of the society.

The Play sure needs to be seen by all Marathi Stage lovers and some thought should go into finding the true solutions for this caner of bad thought in political and social values.

Now the Critique…

The play needs to be well enacted by some characters that look a miscast. The Main Cast of: Upendra, Shekhar and Arun is a class act. The Editor is also well enacted by Abhay Kulkarni. But the others need a change of pulling up too. The sets were shaky and the sleekness was a bit inept for the asking.

Sadly, Stage, Drama, Live performances are not getting the appreciation and response ‘people’ should give. Their Importance and Effective punch is undervalued by the new generation because of other commercial offerings, as “money” in TV, Movies and all electronic media attracts a lot of viewers by just sitting at home and pressing a few buttons.. The ‘‘Real” actor is missed by many of us and ‘performances’ are unreal, dubbed or patched in by help of machines. The thrill of a live enactment and the impact of personal experience is lost.

I hope the Marathi stage survives and flourishes…only we the people can do it.

I am sure if ‘Kondee” is brushed up in the sets, recasting and re-composition of the first part of the play is done …..The play will be an effective platform to do an ‘Anna’ in the Dramatics field! It has a lot to say and ponder about!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Caring Friends- Pune Chapter !

A few days ago I received a phonecall from a Pune representative of "Snehalaya" ...

The function was a get-together at the ICC Centre on Senapati Marg, MCCIA PUNE auditorium ...

To my surprise there was speakers of extreme commitment and importance.Namely...

Mr. Ramesh Kacholia, Mr. Nimesh Sumati, Mr. Girish Kulkarni, Ms Neelima Mishra,

et all........

Here is what I got to Know & what all is happening around us.....

Caring Friends !!

Starting with one person supporting one institution in 1981, caring friends is now a group of more than 300 friends from India and abroad, supporting nearly 40 institutions in 9 different States of India.

Our support can be financial or voluntary service. It is provided irrespective of caste, creed, community, religion or region. The only criteria is the quality of their work. It should really be outstanding and must help the most neglected segments of the society.

Who we are
  • We are a voluntary group of like minded and determined individuals.
  • We proactively identify outstanding but struggling humanitarian efforts, completely aligned to Gandhiji’s ‘Antodaya’ dream.
  • We carry out a due diligence and establish the bonafides.
  • We support the effort with management resources (financial, professional, technical) to ensure initial results.
  • We seek support from individuals and corporates to scale up the efforts, and provide mentorship till they are sustainable.

What we are not
  • We are not an NGO.
  • We do not have a bank account and do not accept any donations in our name.
  • We do not have any administrative overheads. All donations go directly to the NGOs.
  • We do not have any formal organizational structure and postions such as a President, Secretary, etc.

" Our sole objective is to identity and support outstanding humanitarian and comparatively little known organizations working to improve the lives of lowest strata of our society in the tribal, backward rural areas across our country" - Ramesh Kacholia,

"..We have ensured that our method of work is totally transparent. We are proactive & keep looking for truly outstanding institutions. Once we identify any such institution, we first collect all the information, & scrutinize it thoroughly, visit the institution personally & examine its work in great detail. If we find that the work is truly excellent & the institution is really in need of support, then we become closely associated with it. Before we approach anyone else to extend support to this institution, we ourselves first donate & support it. All the institutions Caring Friends is associated with are are of a very high caliber. Our greatest satisfaction is that after association of Caring Friends, the work of most of these institutions has not only expanded but the quality of work has also improved tremendously"
- Nimesh Sumati (Caring Friends)
I was floored and I was all for it. They were interested in starting a Pune Chapter, I am for it....I will be joining them soon.

Oh What a Sunday! A pleasant Surprise ! !

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Feedback to Star News

Watching Star News in Hindi on TV was a consolation of sorts! The frustration and anger of the time,money,energy,resources spent on trivial topics was put aside by the program on Anna Hazare !
I am not talking about glorifying Anna Hazare as a person/individual but about putting in front of the people of India, an Idol...whosoever it may be...Showing the way and trying to sow the seed of "good and proper" thought in the minds of the viewer of Star News.
"Lead by Example" an act to be performed by every concerned politician...'Grassroots' are not just for being eaten and hibernated but to be got energy from and "pay forward" to society and it's people who have elected and selected you to represent them to 'solve' and 'address' their problems by getting practical and real solutions".
I feel Star TV should be a STAR and lead by shining rightly and showing people how to solve rather than Show what the problems are!!!! Exposing and bringing a problem to light is easy but to do the bitter part of giving a solution would be always greatly appreciated.
Please carry on your support for the' Good Doers' and join in getting 'Dua' rather than just going for 'Rupiya'.
I am a small person not capable of advising but can only pray,plead and humbly ask for your support for the betterment of man,mankind,society and the institutions he has made....
Star news Zindabad!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Die a Log !!

I know not who made me
I know all that I live n see
I survived many a storm of feet
I grew up amongst sun, wind n sleet.

I was brought up very well
So much I have to tell
We all grew together
Come If,But or whether!!

Co habiting and Co existing
Without violence in meeting
Sharing that was given to us
Without a tear,shout or fuss!

Many a human came and went
Some plucked,picked or made a dent
Some cared,admired and even shared
Some thought , wondered but not dared!

A seed to sapling I anew
From plant to tree I grew
Insects, beasts and reptiles
Silt,sand, stones and dung piles!

Happy to flower ,bloom, fruit and shed
To the life of Happiness and Harmony wed
Living with the wind,sun,rain and earth
My happiness knew no dearth!

Growing tall was not all
For even I was bared in the fall
Priviledge wasn't a goal to meet
We all had well grounded feet!

But came there a storm
No one would be unharmed
If there was fair weather
We all swayed and sung together!

Nature is a wonderful Mother
Doesn't distinguish One from the Other
Why doesn't The Human take our example
Why does he weed,cut and trample ?

~The greens

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On Fate and Destiny

It was my 'Fate' I was born to x and y parents in --- country in a economically --- family, so on and so forth.
I was Destined to get xxx and yyy therefore so on and so forth..

So many may be 'fated' with similar things but the 'destiny 'of chosen ones could be different. 4-5 children fated to be born in the same circumstances to the same parents but may have different Destinies...
A teacher teaches the same thing to so many students so by their 'Fate' all the students are in the same class but all the children are 'destined' to be something/someone different.

How ,Why,When,Where,Which, etc.. are questions which can be Hypothetically answered and analysed but at that moment are anyone's guess.

Planning,dreaming,calculating,are methods to get the best out of the given situation but the results are only probabilities.Education and awareness along with experience or guidance does help to ease the process but not necessarily give the desired result.

Fate is unknown and so is Destiny. Human EGO comes as a hindrance to live and accept 'Nature' The Human Blames because he/she cannot fathom.Life is simple but one needs to observe 'Nature at work' first. Peace and Harmony are the Key.

If one lives with acceptance and learns to appreciate what he/she has got them LIFE become such a 'gift'.

If you are 'Fated' to read and understand this...

your Destiny may be different.....

love and Peace to all!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Man and his actions

Knowing everything and with full awareness of the 'consequences the 'Human' challenges the Creator and the Future.Posterity is conveniently forgotten and 'self' is all that matters.
How the Earth was created may e still a mystery but What it(Earth) is made of is 'Knowledge'.Yet to draw Gases,oil,ores etc... from it's belly is to use 'Resources' and invent things like 'Fuels' Great achievement!!
So now we have Global warming,Shifting of Earths plates,Quakes,Tsunamis and also what man has discovered and used to his convenience (Atom) Nuclear melt down...what a laugh!
Natural disasters? or Man made ? I wonder!!
Speed,All ,everything,fast and early! are we not going wrong? the human species has to give it a thought to last longer and more safely!
Industrialisation! Money!,real estate,precious metals(what about lives),Power,avarice,want ,want ,want, now like a dog running away from fear...pant,pant,pant,

Of what use is our previous generation/s? knowledge put in print by our forefathers?Philosophy and understanding of the great thinkers,saints and seers? I feel so sad for the Human who doesn't think of the repercussion of his Actions!!