60 Years of Jahangir Art Gallery


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 20, 2012           7.30 P.M.

17 October 2012 was the day when I wanted to post this blog . On that day iconic Jehangir Art Gallery completed 60 years if its existence . But I was unable to post this blog on that day because I was busy in untangling the latest maze in my professional life . I have almost thwarted the threat coming to me from some upstart , uncouth Acting Trainers of Mumbai .

You can call me Acting Trainer of Mumbai or Acting Tutor of Mumbai , it doesn’t matter much . I , as one of the most successful Acting Coach , am doing this job since 23 years . But sometimes even ants seem to overpower a lion , though temporarily .

That is precisely the reason I missed the historic opportunity . I am delayed by 3 days . Apart from the historical importance of the gallery , I was eager to write this blog because Jehangir Art Gallery was stablished in 1952 , the year of my birth . So we share the same birth year .

jahangir art gallery

Jahangir art gallery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Jehangir Art Gallery is Mumbai’s most famous art gallery and a tourist attraction. It was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir at the urging of K. K. Hebbar and Homi Bhabha. It was built in 1952. Managed by the Bombay Art Society, the entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir.

English: Sir Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney C.S.I...

Sir Cowasji Jehangir Readymoney C.S.I., Parsi Businessman, and philanthropist from Bombay. (1812-1878) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. and has four exhibition halls. The gallery was designed by G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta & Associates. A mammoth institution in itself, its history is linked with the renaissance of Indian art. The complex also has the popular cafe of Samovar, which is reminiscent of the 70’s socialist culture. It also houses Natesans, the country’s oldest licensed antique dealers. Entry is free.

The art gallery and the Samovar restaurant were featured in the 1975 Bollywood film Choti Si Baat.

The building has been designed by Durga Bajpai and is one of the early concrete structures in the city. The gallery has been turned inwards due to a combined function of an auditorium and an art gallery. Although the concept of an introvert art gallery could be questioned today, the Jehangir is an example of an early modernist notion of the inward looking art galleries in the city. Moreover, the function of the auditorium left no scope for the gallery to be open to the street. The play with concrete can be easily seen with a large wavy cantilevered entrance which embraces the street. The otherwise bland facade is articulated with relief stone cladding.

I first visited the Gallery in 1972 , when I visited the city. Then again I visited it in 1989 , when I came here and settled . Till date I have visited it many times .

The Kala Ghoda precinct is unique in many ways . It has , apart from Jehangir Art Gallery , old Watson Hotel , Prince of Wales Museum and J. J. School of Arts . Rhythm House , the well – known music store , is also situated here . Max Muller Bhawan , the cultural centre of Germany , is also here . Iconic Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India are not very far off . A mere walk in the lanes of Kala Ghoda precinct can send you into the memory lane of history . It can invigorate you , charge you to no end .

 

Watson's Hotel in Kala Ghoda.

Watson’s Hotel in Kala Ghoda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: Gateway of India in Mumbai, India. Fr...

Gateway of India in Mumbai, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India.

The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I have done it many times . I beseech you to do this once . Go there , have a lazy stroll and feel the essence of old Bombay .

[ I have taken information about Jehangir Art gallery from Wikipedia . I express gratitude . ]

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Adieu Sharada Dwivedi : A Historian Becomes History


Sharada Dwivedi

Sharada Dwivedi

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY 11, 2012           02.45 A.M.

It is sad and depressing that of late , I have to write so many obituaries . Last quarter of 2011 was full of sudden and sad demise of the so many eminent people of all walks of life . Now the first quarter of 2012 is also no less harsh .

Sharada Dwivedi , eminent historian , researcher and chronicler of Mumbai , died on February 06 , 2012 in Mumbai . She was only 69 at the time of her death .

Map of Mumbai

It is unfortunate that I could not meet her personally but I am familiar with her work . Born , brought up and educated in Bombay [ now Mumbai ] , she was in love with the city . She was familiar with every minute details of the old and neo – gothic style buildings of Mumbai . Every little piece of even hidden history was also known to her . She belonged to the city and her Bombay belonged to her .

She researched the history of all the famous monuments and buildings of Mumbai and was always caring for the conservation work and during conservation work , was very strict and particular regarding the minutest details .

English: Skyline of Mumbai from across Back Bay.

Skyline of Mumbai from Back Bay

English: The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, India.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Deutsch: Gateway of India in Mumbai in Maharas...

Gateway of India

English: Gateway of India in Mumbai, India. Fr...

Gateway of India

English: The David Sassoon Library in Mumbai, ...

David Sassoon Library

Česky: Nádraží čhatrapatiho Šivádžího v Bombaj...

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Formerly Victoria Terminus

Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Formerly Victoria Terminus

English: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumba...

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Formerly Victoria Terminus

Fort Market

Royal Asiatic Society

Museum - Formerly Prince of Wales Museum

Watson Hotel

High Court

Rudyard Kipling Bungalow

Elphinston College

Flora Fountain

A Road in South Mumbai

Eros Cinema

Capitol Cinema

Bandra Local Railway Station

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

She  was always eager to help and advise , when it came to the old buildings . She was part of Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee and was member of Urban design Research Institute . She was responsible for the inclusion of Opera House in the 2012 World Monument Watch . It was due to her efforts that Fort – Churchgate Precinct was included in the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Monument .

Chawls of Mumbai

The above mentioned chawl and this below mentioned famous Ambani building , Antilia are also a part of her beloved Bombay . She was interested in the city of Mumbai and wanted to preserve every aspect of the city . No one knows her reaction or what she actually felt about the chawls of Mumbai and what she thought about some of the present day structures like Antilia . Though her views about the centuries old Elephanta Caves are well – known and well chronicled .

Antila - Ambani House

Elephanta Caves

Apart from taking part in conservation work , she wrote and co – wrote many books on Mumbai and the historically important British era buildings . Her famous books are :

1 – Bombay , The City Within [ 1995 ]

2 – Banganga , Sacred Tank [ 1996 ]

3 – Fort Walks [ 1999 ]

4 – Anchoring A City Line , The History of The Western Suburban Railway And Its headquarters in Bombay [ 2000 ]

5 – The Jehangir Art Gallery [ 2002 ]

6 – The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind [ 2002 ]

6 – Taj Mahal Palace Hotel [ 2011 ]

Her other famous books are :

1 – Lives of the Indian Princes [ 1984 ]

2 – Reach for the Stars [ 1993 ] – the corporate history Blue Star Ltd

3 –  The Broken Flut [ 1994 ] – a Children’s Novel

4 – The Maharaja [ 1999 ]

5 – A Celebration of Style [ 2000 ] Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosa

It is sad that a chronicler and historian of this eminence left us and that too , so soon . A historian par – excellence , herself , became history .

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Vidur’s Film Diary – February 2011


NIGHT………………………………..12.15

After successful January , it is a dull month again. All the first week releases of February tanked badly. Month end release , though, did cheer up the mood of the industry.

To emphasise my point of view and to show the latest trends in the industry, I am reproducing  few relevant tweets of eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta :

Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji garners Rs. 15 crore (nett) at the box-office in its 1st weekend. More: http://bit.ly/e9Qn68
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Utt Pataang, United Six & Hum Dono Rangeen: Extremely poor opening
weekend.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Patiala House: Ordinary fare. Will face an uphill task at the box-office. Has taken a very dull start. Review: http://bit.ly/gpKO1i
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Midweek B.O.: ‘Patiala House’ appreciated, but numbers are missing http://bit.ly/bbkhW7
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Yeh Saali Zindagi: Remained rock-steady at urban centres in its 2nd wknd. Theatrical business: Above average.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Patiala House: Morn+noon shows were shockingly low, in 10%-15%-20% range, despite being a solo release, with no major film to contend with.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran ada
Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7KM: Opened to thanda response across the country. Biz was shockingly low at single screens [8%-10%], slightly better at plexes [15%-20%].
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
7 Khoon Maaf: It’s for the elite audience in the big cities only. The general masses will reject it. Review: http://bit.ly/ibeRDT
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7KM: Collected Rs 11.53 cr nett in its opening weekend, which is below the mark. The breakup:- Fri 3.30 cr, Sat 3.51, Sun 4.72 cr.
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Top 5: ‘Patiala House’ is way below the mark http://bit.ly/bbkhW6
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
7 Khoon Maaf: Satellite 9 cr + Music Rights 2 cr won’t help much. India theatrical biz is dull, while Oseas biz is dismal.
ETCBollywood Box office report: Patiala House -29.66 Cr, Angel – 0.24 Cr, Yeh Saali Zindagi -10 Cr , DTBHJ – 28 Cr
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
B.O. update: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ has respectable start in North, reports good http://bit.ly/aQZHc9
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu:Family entertainr tht hits bull’s eye.May b slow startr bt it’ll pickup by+ve wrd of mouth & bcome a hit http://bit.ly/g00ima
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu is going to prove a profitable venture for all concerned. Read more: http://bit.ly/fqshjh
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Let’s begin the day with +ve news. As per initial trends, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ is heading for 3.5 cr on Day 1. Better than Jessica & 7KM.
Komal Nahta
KomalNahta Komal Nahta
Tanu Weds Manu box-office weekend: Rs. 11.2 Crore. Full report: http://bit.ly/e1hf6k
taran adarsh
taran_adarsh taran adarsh
Midweek B.O.: ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ collects Rs. 11.05 cr in Wknd 1 http://bit.ly/bbkhW4
Obituary
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Tony Walker : Brother of legendary comedian Johny Walker, Kamaluddin Kazi aka Tony Walker passed away on 22nd February 2011 in Mumbai. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
A small time actor , he acted in films like ; ” Kaagaz Ke Phool ” , ” Gateway of India ” and ” Johny Walker “.
He was more successful as producer and made many big films like ;  Waheeda Rehman starrer ” Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya “ , Waheeda Rehman & Dharmendra starrer ” Baazi “ ,  Mala Sinha & Sanjay Khan starrer ” Dillagi “ and Mumtaz, Vinod Khanna & Shatrughan Sinha starrer ” Pyaar Ka Rishta “. In the last mentioned film he gave break to film maker Sultan Ahmad.

New Releases & Me
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First Week – February 04

1 – Yeh Saali Zindagi……………………………………………….x

2 – United Six…………………………………………………………x

3 – Utt Pataang……………………………………………………….x

4 – Tum Hi To Ho…………………………………………………….x

5 – Hum Dono – Rangeen……………………………………………x

Second Week  – February 11

1 – Angel……………………………………………………………….Maddalsa Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………..Nilesh Sahay

2 – Patiala House?????????????????????????????????????????

3 -Ashiqui.in…………………………………………………………x

Third Week – February 18
1 – 7 Khoon Maaf……………………………………………………Priyanka Chopra
…………………………………………………………………………..Neil Nitin Mukesh
…………………………………………………………………………..John Abraham
2 – Kaccha Limboo………………………………………………….x
3 – Kaho Na Kaho…………………………………………………….Sarwar Ahuja
4 – Masti Express……………………………………………………..Divya Dutta

Fourth Week – February 25

1 – Tanu Weds Manu…………………………………………………..Jimmy Sheirgill

………………………………………………………………………………Eijaz Khan

………………………………………………………………………………Namrata Jani

2 – Satrangee Parachute………………………………………………..x

In total………….14…………. films got released this month. Out of these……………14…………….films , my………..…..10……………..students were there in…………..….5……………….films. Out of these………….10……..…students ……………..9………….  are actors,…..…1……………Namrata Jani is a Costume Designer.
NOTE : 1 [ Hum Dono – Rangeen is a different phenomenon. It was released 50 years back, when I was studying in Allahabad. Its coloured version was released this week. That is why I have included this film in this week’s releases ]

NOTE : 2 [ As I have stated earlier Anushka Sharma doesn’t accept the fact that she has been trained by us. So I don’t include her in my lists. Her starrer Patiala House got released this month. ]

Hindi Film News This month :
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1 – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge completes 800 weeks at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai in the morning shows.

2 – Stardust , a film magazine published by Nari Hira completed 40 years .

T. V. Trivia This Month :

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1 – My student Hritik Roshan gets whopping 2 crores per episode for a TV show based on dance.

South Indian Film News This Month :

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[ This month there is nothing from the South Indian Film Industry ]


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