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“Being Kind”

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“Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion.”
(Siddhārtha Gautama, known as the Buddha – c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE)

This is a close-up of one of the statues of the Buddha inside the Tibetan temple in Sarnath which is located at 13 km away from Varanasi (Benaras).

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The Full Menu of Rights

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“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master.
I want the full menu of rights.”
(From “You Said a Mouthful” by Bishop Desmond Tutu – South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

Anand, our icon model since the first catalogue, is wrapped in a silk scarf made with a hand embroidery.
This artcraft is done by ladies involved in several workshops that we have settled with GURIA, a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Each scarf is unique and made in sarees provided by many women in Benaras who take this opportunity to get rid of pieces that they brought in order to celebrate happy moments, festivals or parties.
Those accessories carry traces of happiness in their yarns…
RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
(Scarf style “Kingdom” – 100% silk – Collection RED HALO)

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Anand accepted to show his body knowing that the series of pictures will be decent as usual.
He also did it for the purpose of this brotherhood and happiness chain as this is a way to catch the attention on this fight for Human Rights and human dignity.
Some of you are supporting this campaign since the biggining and we take this opportunity to thank you all.

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About Clothes

Posted in 3 - RED HALO with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2010 by designldg

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“And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.”
And he answered:
Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.
Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.
And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
(From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, 1883–1931)

This is a close-up of a woolen throw made with an aari embroidery expressing an idea of primal animality.
RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
This picture was shot on the upper terrace on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) with Anand, our model since the begining of the company.
Copying those products is against this social work.

(Collection RED HALO – Throw style “Leher” – Col. Walnut)

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Chitrakar

Posted in The artwork and the artist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by designldg

Chitrakar

 

“The oldest living city in the world”.

This is a portrait of my friend Durga who is one of the most talented artist of his generation.
In his workshop which faces river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras) he is painting amazing bodies making love or sometimes alone but always with sensuality and strength, with something special that reminds me a lot of Eugene Delacroix’s work…

I shot this picture in Delhi while we were visiting Safdarjung’s Tomb.
Durga thinks that this portrait makes him look older.

In Hindi, “Chitrakar” means painter.

Studies Under Way

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Studies Under Way

 

This is another picture shot in the new workshop of my friend Durga in Varanasi (Benaras).

Those studies in progress pinned on a wall are part of a new topic about hijras, those members of “the third gender”, neither man nor woman. 
Durga Charan Das is a young painter living in the “City of Lights”, he is painting amazing bodies making love or sometimes alone but always with sensuality and strength, with something special that reminds a lot of Eugene Delacroix’s work…
Durga has already won several prestigious awards in India and now exhibitions of his work are starting in Europe.

For more explanations concerning hijras you may see those pictures
www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/3086720616/
www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/3085797949/

The Artist at Work

Posted in The artwork and the artist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by designldg

The Artist at Work

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My friend Durga Charan Das in his new workshop in varanasi (Benaras).

When he was a child he became famous after painting the feet of Goddess Durga’s statue in a temple nearby his family house in a village located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
This reputation allowed him to become a successful Art student in the prestigious “Banaras Hindu University” (B.H.U.) of Varanasi.
He is painting amazing bodies making love or sometimes alone but always with sensuality and strength, with something special that reminds a lot of Eugene Delacroix’s work…
Exhibitions with his work are starting in Europe this season.
These are a few of the prestigious awards that Durga won in India:

– 7th North Regional Camlin Art Foundation, New Delhi 2007.
– Annual Art Exhibition (F.O.V.A., B.H.U.) 2005/2006/2007.
– Camelart Foundation’s, Art Tour, 2007.
– Kala Parva, India, 2000.
– Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, U.P., 2007.
– 6th North Regional Camlin Art Foundation, New Delhi 2006.
– Youth Festival Spandam, B.H.U., 2004.
– Umminde, Uttar Pradesh, 2004.
– Varuna Mahotsav, organized by the Art & Culture Develpment Society of the state of Uttar Pradesh, 2004.
– Ballia Mahotsav, Uttar Pradesh, 2001.
– Tulika in water colour, IT, B.H.U., 2004.
– Annual Art Exhibition, KUP, Varanasi, 2003.
– Ram Chhatpar Shilpnyas, Uttar Pradesh, 2008.
– Indian Art Gallery, Pune, 2008.
– Young Artist Art Camp, Delhi, 2008.
– Ram Chhatpar Symposium, Varanasi, 2008.
– Smviti, Young Artist of Varanasi, 2007.
– Varuna Mahotsva, organized by the Art & Culture Develpment Society of the state of Uttar Pradesh, 2007.
– Ideal Journalist Association, Uttar Pradseh, 2005.
www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile//105…

The painter’s workshop

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The painter's workshop

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This picture was shot one evening at my friend Durga’s workshop which is facing the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

Durga Charan Das is a young painter living in the “City of Lights”.
When he was 4 years old he became famous after painting the feet of Goddess Durga’s statue in a temple nearby his family house in a village located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Ever since he is considered to be the Mozart of Indian contemporary painting.
This reputation allowed him to become a successful Art student in the prestigious “Banaras Hindu University” (B.H.U.) of Varanasi.
The biggest university in Asia has a program led by some of the best Art teachers among modern India.
His training gave him a knowledge of classic Indian and European paintings while allowing him to carry on his own style.
He is painting amazing bodies making love or sometimes alone but always with sensuality and strength, with something special that reminds a lot of Eugene Delacroix’s work…
Durga has already won several prestigious awards in India and now exhibitions of his work are starting in Europe.

This is a link in order to see his portrait:
www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2190256216/in/set-72157600004147839

Art for Prabhat

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by designldg

Just a few more words about “ART for PRABHAT ” and a reminder for the opening which will be tomorrow evening in Delhi where everyone will be welcome.


Invitation

 

ART for PRABHAT 

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever” 

And this is truer when the journey that led to the creation is explored.

“Art for Prabhat” is one such journey for which the Art for Prabhat Shows are landmarks. The sparks of a dynamic synergy between the retarded and the genius unfold as our youngsters (shunned, ridiculed, and isolated by society on account of their intellectual disability) have at times not only created a canvas for the artist (creative, imaginative, loved and revered) to further develop into a thing of beauty but also worked with photographers and artists from time to time. 

 

“Art for Prabhat” is an ongoing attempt to provide opportunities for society to join hands with people with intellectual challenges.

We conduct 3-4 group shows each year. Eminent artists like Jogen Chowdhury, Anjolie Ela Menon, Yusuf Arakkal, Arpana Caur, Neeraj Goswami, GR Iranna and many others have endorsed our ‘Art for Prabhat’ handmade paper and helped make this attempt to mainstream the work of these youngsters possible. 

 

ABOUT SOCIETY FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT 

Driven by the conviction that there is a way to create a world of equal opportunities for people with disabilities, the Society for Child Development (SFCD) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1992 to establish programs and initiatives for its actualization.

In the beginning – Prabhat – a school for children with learning difficulties was launched in Shakti Nagar.

Prabhat aims to provide students with an educational and training facility that will assist them in acquiring basic living and academic skills.

At the age of 18, students transfer to the Vocational Training Center to learn market-driven skills and crafts.

Regularity, precision, innovation and creativity are the keywords at the center. 

Encouraged by the enthusiastic responses an Online Legal Aid Cell was added which provides pro-bono counsel to the disabled and their families SFCD conducts research and develops accessible reports and publications for wide dissemination.

The World Bank, National Commission for Women, and Handicap International have been among SFCD sponsors.

To expand the scope and extend our reach further, in 2004, a Parent Support Network was setup to provide a forum for parents to benefit from each others’ experience and to bring home the truth that “a well informed parent makes a better parent.”

Because of this expansion, SFCD now includes a variety of programs and initiatives to promote the rights of persons with disabilities from several angles.

Beyond the immediate grasp of our projects, we hope that SFCD has touched the lives of many more, from the generous individuals who attend the Art for Prabhat exhibits, to those who use our non-toxic Holi colors, to those who enjoy seeing a cleaner Yamuna.

We hope that this expansion will enable us to move closer towards our goal of a more equal future for persons with disabilities. 

for more details contact 

Dr Madhumita Puri 

Secretary  

http://www.sfcd-india.org 

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http://www.delhilive.com/events/art-prabhat-zaza-space-200903023737


Namaste Monsieur Monet…!

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Namaste Monsieur Monet...!

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This picture was shot in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi last May before a storm.
The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.

The lotusses in this pond were reminding me the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926).
This is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings which depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of the artist’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
During the last years Monet suffered from cataracts.
In 1923, Monet had a lens removed from his right eye, correcting this but also allowing him to see ultraviolet light (which the lens usually blocks), and he began painting the water lilies in a more blue shade.

I found funny to work on this series of images as a kind of tribute to this artist and it is a new subject for me which allows me to play with colors.
Besides I enjoy making links into that Indo-Western topic that I usualy show in my photostream even if here it’s only coming from my imagination.

Although the title is an allusion to another impressionist painting “Bonjour Monsieur Courbet”.

“There’s a moon in my body”

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

"There's a moon in my body"

 

” There’s a moon in my body…
There’s a moon in my body, but I can’t see it!
A moon and a sun.
A drum never touched by hands, beating, and I can’t hear it! ”

This is a poem from Kabīr (Hindi: कबीर, Punjabi(Gurmukhi): ਕਬੀਰ, Urdu: /Punjabi (Shahmukhi)کبير‎) (1398—1448) who was a mystic poet from Varanasi (Benaras), the social and practical manifestation of his philosophy represented a synthesis of Hindu, and Muslim concepts. 
According to Kabir, all life is an interplay of two spiritual principles, one is the personal soul (Jivatma) and the other is God (Paramatma) and salvation is the process of bringing into union these two divine principles.

Kabir is a very important figure in Indian history. 
He is unusual in that he is spiritually significant to Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims alike. 
Kabir touches the soul, the conscience, the sense of awareness and the vitality of existence in a manner that is unequalled in both simplicity and style. 
Another beauty of Kabir’s poetry is that he picks up situations that surround our daily lives. 
Thus, even today, Kabir’s poetry is relevant and helpful in both social and spiritual context. 
Following Kabir means understanding one’s inner self, realizing oneself, accepting oneself as is, and becoming harmonious with one’s surroundings.

Kabir has written much poetry and song, all verses are recorded in Hindi. 
His lyrics are characterised by a free use of the vernacular, and is unfettered by the grammatical bonds of his day and it is this quality which has made his philosophy accessible to generations of Indians.

Monsoon season is the lotus season and last June I saw this lotus pond on a road from Khajuraho to the jungle which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle book” in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Lotus always remind me French Impressionist Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (or Nympheas).