Lucknow: Ram Naik, Uttar Pradesh Governor inaugurated an exhibition on wildlife photography named “Wings of Freedom” at the Raj Bhawan on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the photographs gave peace and reflected on the need for conservation of our green environment.
Organised by the state forest department, the exhibition has a collection of rare photographs of birds found in Uttar Pradesh. In all, 250 photographs in various sections have been put up on display.
There are 80 photographs of birds species in the UP wetlands, 45 of birds in the forests, 45 in the plains and 80 photographs of birds that have been spotted from time to time in the sprawling Raj Bhavan.
The exhibition will remain open for people up till January 28, said a Raj Bhavan.(IANS)
Manoj Tiwari is the BJP MP who came in media highlights for his verbal assault on a teacher
The MP who was invited to a cultural event in UP celebrating the birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand
However, he did take out time to meet some of his friends from Bollywood
August 2, 2017: “You do not have manners to speak to an MP?” (Translated) were BJP MP Manoj Tiwari’s words to a primary school teacher, enraged at her for requesting him to sing at a school function in the presence of CCTV cameras. Continuing his rant, he had asked the teacher to get off the stage and probed all present officers to take an action against her. Tiwari later received a lot of flak for the video, which had surfaced in May this year.
However, when Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma reached Varaṇasi on July 31 to promote their upcoming movie ‘Harry Met Sejal’, the BJP MP was the first in line to join them for the promotions.
Tiwari was not only gracious enough to host the event for the actors but also very willingly knelt on his knees throughout the event to perform songs for Anushka. The highlight of the event was when he sang a Bhojpuri song while the crowd rejoiced during the promotional event held at a private institute.
Need we remind you, this is the same BJP MP who had misbehaved with a female teacher over her request to sing at a school function.
If this wasn’t news enough, the MP who recognizes himself as his ‘people’s person’ got so involved with the stars that he failed to interact with locals on his visit to the PM’s Parliamentary constituency. Tiwari chose to be associated with such an event while the people of Varanasi were expecting a discussion for the development of the constituency from him, given his contacts and his high-profile image.
However, what further hurt the sentiments of the people of UP was not the enthusiasm the MP showed for the promotion of a film he is not associated with whatsoever, but his willingness to forego a cultural event scheduled at village Lamhi.
The President of the Delhi unit of BJP failed to fulfill a political commitment of attending a cultural event scheduled at village Lamhi to celebrate the birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand.
So much for being an artist, we’d say!
While these developments may not gather national attention, the people of Varanasi are sure to hold Tiwari accountable for his involvement in such foolish and murky dealings.
– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter: @SohaKala
July 31, 2017: Curated by Jitendra Padam Jain, an exhibition titled “Memesis” was a solo show of Prints and Painting by artist Rajni Sahni and was conducted at Shridharani Art Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam from July 11th- 21st in New Delhi. “Memesis”, she says, is a representation of herself and the visual perceptions she had in her mind during the time of pregnancy.
Reporter Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram spoke to Rajni Sahni on how different forms of visual arts helped her in expressing her mind s visual perceptions in reality, on how art is such a potent form of creative expression which helps in soothing her mind whenever she s going through different emotions and phases in life and on how her mother found the spark and talent in her when she was a little girl.
Tusheeta: When did you realize your passion for art? When was the first time you expressed yourself through art?
Rajni: I realized my passion for art when I passed my diploma in painting from South Delhi Polytechnic College. There, an art critic appreciated it and then there was no turning back after Santiniketan. I started expressing myself through art when I found an artist in myself and that was during my Santiniketan days.
Tusheeta: Anyone or anything that inspired you to take this art form?
Rajni:As a little girl, I was inspired by my mother since she used to appreciate my work and pushed me to never stop myself from expressing through drawings and sketches. Later, as a student at South Delhi Polytechnic College for Women, Professor Jain Gajera inspired me through his works and teachings.
Tusheeta: How did painting help you or relax you at the time of conceiving?
Rajni: Painting had a huge calming effect on me during my 9-month pregnancy! I had some critical conditions. I was there in a room for 6 months and had difficulty in moving from the bed. So, it was my husband who insisted me a lot on unleashing my pain and emotions through art. I agreed and the depiction of my imagination through the usage of different colours made me calm and composed. That s when I thought of starting a series named “Memesis” which depicts my inner feelings during the time of pregnancy. Etching, Painting, Print Making, Lithography, Paper Pulp Casting and Sculpture making are different forms of visual arts that I have worked on.
Tusheeta: You’ve mentioned about the magical relation with your daughter. How and why is it so unique and special to you?
Rajni: (Laughing) My daughter is a big critic of my art work. Her appreciation, criticism, guidance and support matters to me. She herself is great at craft making. She s in class 6th and I m glad that I m close to her and the fact that she likes sharing about her daily routine with me.
Tusheeta: You’ve talked about the complex, yet compassionate and a lovable relationship between a mother and her daughter. How this powerful relationship is depicted in your work?
Rajni: I have made a few art works showcasing my relationship with my daughter. I also have had a powerful relationship with my mother, she s been my pillar and I love my daughter immensely, that s the reason I love to showcase the beauty of a mother and daughter relationship through my art work.
Tusheeta: So, when do you usually paint and what kind of impact does painting have on you?
Rajni:See, it s not just about me as an artist. Any artist out there doesn’t t really have a regular time schedule for painting. Whenever I feel like painting, I paint. I might work on my art piece for a week then I might work on some other piece after a month. It all depends on my mood and whenever I feel like expressing something. I love painting, it has made me what I m today.
– reported by Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram. Twitter @TusheetaKaushik
Jain philosophies teach us the importance of non-violence
Governor Vajubhai R. Vala in his speech has conveyed the importance of propagating Jain philosophies in the younger generation
He also joined Garba dancers who were dancing to the rhythm of the folk music
New Delhi, July 8, 2017: Vajubhai R. Vala, the governor, said that Jainism taught us what the significance of non-violence and sacrifice non-violence is and how it helped to improve India’s rich heritage while talking on Friday at the installation ceremony of Chaturmasa Mangala Kalash at Jain Mutt at Shravanabelagola in Channarayapatra taluk.
The governor gave an instance of Mahatma Gandhi and said that he inculcated non-violence in all his struggle movements as he was highly influenced and impressed by the philosophies of Jainism. He said that there is a great need to incorporate such values belonging to Jainism in today’s younger generation as it will help us continue the culture of non-violence (ahimsa) and truth in India. Ahimsa indicates the absence of physical violence along with the absence of desire to get into any kind of violence. It will help maintain peace in the world.
He added that one of the best art works, the Gomateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola symbolizes the values portrayed by Jainism. The big event of Mahamastakabhisheka which will be organised next year has been gathering support from the rulers since past 1,000 years and the government at present.
According to The Hindu report, the governor also joined the Garba dancers performing to folk tunes as he comes from Gujrat where this dance form was originated. This gesture of the governor earned appreciations from Jain Mutt seer Charukeerti Bhattaraka Swami among others.
– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: HKaur1025