•मार्च 12, 2009 • टिप्पणी करे

INDIAN CLASSICALS

A playlist

s.n. ratanjankar -des- hori khelan ko chale Kanhaiyyaa faiyyaz khan – des- dhamar talaa — aaj hori khelat ustad ghulam mustafa khan – basant – piya sang khelu hori kesarbai kerkar – khamaj – ye shyaam mose khelana holi kesarbai kerkar – kafi – ab to khel le phaag hirabai barodekar – hori – holi khelo mose senior dagar brothers, n. moinuddin and n. aminuddin – kafi – kesara ghar ke ranga siddeshwari devi -kafi – udat abir gulaal k.l. saigal – kafi- ho brij raaj dulaare girija devi – pilu hori girija devi – mishra gara – udat abir gulaal shobha gurtu – gara – main to khelungi hori shobha gurtu – raga pilu – hori khelan kaise jauuN shobha gurtu – aaj biraj meN hori hai rasiya shobha gurtu – dadra – rangi sari gulabi chunariya chhanu lal mishra – rang darungi (his album holi ke rang tesu ke phool is available as a podcast here) shubha mudgal – khele rahe rang holi with a big thanks to rajan p. parrkar’s excellent pages at sawf, musicindiaonline.com and patrick moutal’s indian music page.

A POET DEPARTS and the other poem

•फ़रवरी 25, 2009 • टिप्पणी करे

HS delivering a lecture in an International Convention 

 

 

Hemant Shesh

 

 

 

 

 

And ultimately a poet unsung

Leaves the world silently

And shatters nothing, anywhere!

 

The world snoozes in slumber and wakes up with eternal ennui

Trudging on beaten paths planets and the Universes revolve!

Waves brim all seas

Flora breed on the plateaus…and thus the scenes grow old & older.

 

A mute scream like a lump

Plugs into throats

When sons aspiring to prosper

Leave our homes without bidding any one a good-bye and

Daughters falling in love, just fleet away

Thousands and thousands board trains to earn their daily bread

Buses carrying pilgrims collide and crash.

 

New born open their eyes in an unrelenting commotion

Ultimately the dead bodied are made to rest on the chilled floors

 

The scenes: soaked in ample of acid and affluence of salt

Strangulate inside the poet

Like a fish breathing last strangles in the net unknown

 

Catalogs of thousands of strange sorrows

Threadbare flags of feeble hopes

Helplessness mirrored in millions of images

A fathomless expanse of violet pathos

 

Within his nerves flows a counterword:

A wishful thinking

-Of finding a world full of love, set in order!

 

He was a speechless bird

A mute butterfly

A dumb honeybee

Away from his abode he is missing from a life that was

 

Once again

Staying far far from the clutches of corpse

The poet would once again feel

The secret tears of scenes peeled off

And

The world shall continue to nap

And wake up as ever before!

 

 

 

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TRANSLATED BY THE POET FROM HINDI :“KAVI -PRASTHAN“: Published in “Pratidhwani”

 

 

THE DECLINING MINAR

 

 

 

Our home was a sagging Minar

Where aspirations lived like cloths, worn,

The weathers wavering often visited it

As our bodies were just spaces to rest?

For years together the flowers would never know

The art of blooming

Weeping could be set off, any moment, anytime

Sometimes the Dal tasted bitterly salty

But hardly anyone would go on a long journey!

 

Letters dropped by relatives often came

The ritual of STD lessened their frequency

We bid farewell in youth, to some of our friends, who demised

Some dearly loved ones never turned up again once gone.

Wives and children bought expensive stuff only in the Ads

And looked contented.

Anarchy and Scarcities became natural, just as breathing!

 

Our home was ours

And we were not the inhabitants of an unknown planet- aliens,

We had full poise and pride about it

Like anyone has, or one ought to have!

 

Earlier this Minar used to quaver a bit

We were unconscious a little, then almost infatuated considered it as distinctive

 

But out of the blue it trembled

And now even with a slightest blow of wind

This could collapse off, to the earth.

 

But, you must ponder it over too-

If so happens some fateful day,

Responsible for it shall be, who?

 

 

 

 

 

H E M A N T S H E S H *

•फ़रवरी 20, 2009 • 4 टिप्पणियाँ

PERMANENT RESIDENCE: JAIPUR 302001 India

E-mail: hemantshesh@ rediffmail.com hemantshesh@gmail.com
http:// jagah jaisee jagah.blogspot.com http:// kala-prayojan.blosspot.com http://aapkoyahjaankarprasanntaahogee.blogspot.com

https://hemantshesh.wordpress.com/

A renowned Hindi poet, art-critic, editor, columnist, painter and administrator, Mr. Hemant Shesh, has been working in the supreme civil Service of the state: Rajasthan Administrative Service, since the year 1977. Even before this, when he was a student, he began contributing poems, criticisms, essays, comments, articles and book-reviews to nearly all the important literary magazines, periodicals, journals and newspapers of India, with a service as student editor of “Chetna”, the central School Magazine, as early as 1968. However, it was in 1976 that he graduated with a master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, having already published his long poem “Jaari Itihaas Ke Viruddha” through Lok Sampark Prakashan while he was a school-student.
During his studies at College/University level, he was engaged as the official Art-Critic of Daily “Rajasthan Patrika” and Weeklies “Muktadhara”, “Pratipaksha” and “Itwari Patrika. Hundreds of his art-reviews and criticism have been published in prominent newspapers, magazines and periodicals so far.

While pursuing a writing career, Mr. Shesh held the post of assistant collector & magistrate in Pali and Alwar districts of Rajasthan, during 1977- next became manager of the Rjasthan Small Industries Corporation in Jaipur, and from 1980-81, he was sub-divisional magistrate for Neem-Ka-Thana, Deeg and Jaipur. His work in the Government continued as the deputy director of the social welfare department of Rajasthan and as officer-on-special duty with the department of tourism & Art n’ culture of Jaipur in 1983.

His writing during this early period include a monograph on his own personality and poems entitled ‘Beswaad Hawaaen’. The State Academy of letters published it in 1981. Also during this, Mr. Shesh produced the poetry collection Ghar-Baahar in 1982, with contributions also made to anthologies Rajasthan Ke Kavi (1977) Great Indian World Poets (1978) and Indian Verse by Young poets (1980).

In addition, he conceived, designed and edited Samvet, a journal on South Indian culture and rituals (1976) and Prayas a publication on plastic and performing arts (1978-79). Later he was the founder Editor of Kala-Prayojana, a multi-arts bilingual quarterly art magazine of the West Zone Cultural Centre, Government of India (since 1995) while also editing Kala Yatra for the WZCC, Udaipur (1998).

On a yearly basis, Mr. Shesh spent 1985 through 1990 working as the additional collector & additional district magistrate in tonk / Bharatpur and Pali districts of the state of Rajasthan. He was assigned the responsibility of working as the founder deputy director of the Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Institute in 1988. He became the district exise officer for the district of Ganganagar in 1991, and served as the additional registrar for the Board of Revenue in Ajmer in 1992. From 1993-95 he worked as the additional director of the Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur, from 1995-96 he served as registrar of the Kota Open University, in Kota and from 1996-98 he was deputy secretary to His Excellency the Governor of Rajasthan, stationed in Jaipur. During the year 1998, he also worked as the additional director of Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration cum joint director of State Institute of Rural Development, which provided him the opportunity of writing Post Graduate text books on Indian art and culture and to teach students in the department of tourism of the J.N.V. University, Jodhpur. He is presently the Deputy Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan in Water Resources Planning Department in the Secretariat, Jaipur.
Mr. Shesh ‘s books include the long poem Kripayaa Anyathaa Na Len for Sanghi Prakashan (1999) with additional poetry collections entitled Rang Agar Rang Hen (1995) Kasht Ke Liye Kshamaa (1995), Ashudhha Saarang (1992) Neend Men Mohanjodaro (1988) and Vrikshon Ke Swapna (1988). In 2001, he has published six edited books on aesthetics, dramatics, discourses on art, the meaning of Indianness, Indian art-forms and Values in arts. In addition, he is the author of a collection of poems entitled Aap Ko Yah Jaan Kar Prasanntaa Hogee (2000). Jagah Jaise Jagah( 2007) Bahut Kucjhh Jaisa Kuchh Naheen (2008) His unpublished manuscripts include threee collections of poetry: Iti Jaisaa Shabda, Khed-Yog- Pradeep, Prapanch Saar Subodhni and a book on art-criticism: Samkaleen Kala Paridrishya.

His poems, literary and Art-criticisms, essays, comments, articles , letters and book-reviews, photographs, sketeches, drawings, have been published in Kalpanaa, Samvet (Hyderabad), Pahal, Sparsh (Jabalpur), Bahuvachan, Naya-Prateek, Saptaahik-Hindustan, Hans, Samkaleen Bhartiya Saahitya, Vaamaa, Swaagat, Namskaar, Kaadambini, Pratibha-India, Ravivar, Nandan, Vaicharikee, Jansatta, Anyatha, Aajkal, Gagananchal, Sunday Observer, Muktdhaaraa, Vishayavastu, Abhinaya, Akshar-Bharat, Sahitya-Amrit ,Vaicharikee (Delhi) Nav Bharat Times ( Bombay, Jaipur), Dharmayug, Aakalp, Anu-Abhaa, Sahitya Aakalp, Gadya-Parva, Udbhaavnaa (Bombay), Lahar, Raaviraa (Ajmer), Poorvagrah, Saakshatkar, Abhee (Bhopal), Daily Tribune (Chandigarh), Poet (Madras), Jan-Sanskriti, Raashtriya Sahaaraa, Utkarsh , Atev, Kala-Deergha (Lucknow), Dastaavez , Antar-Bharati (Gorakhpur), Dhartee (Kanpur) Sahitya-Sampark, Kathya-Roop, Pratigyaa, (Allahabad), Sambodhan (kankroli), Bindu, Madhumati Kala-Prayojana (Udaipur), Shiviraa, Chiti, Vaatayan, Teacher Today, Naya-Shikshak (Bikaner), Samkaleen Srajan, Vagarth, Avkaash, Ravivar, Amrit Bazar patrika, Anand Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Vartman-Sahitya (Ghaziabad), Aaveg (Ratlam, Indore), Tatasth (Pilani), Sameeksha (Patna), Gavaah (Muzaffarnagar), Jansanskriti, Naandi (Varanasi), Kyon (Bhinmal), Antaraal (Laxmangarh),Kriti-Or, Lok-Sampark, Disha, Bhasha-parichaya , Tantra-Kathan, Lok Vikas , Navjyoti, Navchintan, Aayam, Animaa, Sharar, Dishaa, Sampreshan, Rajasthan Patrika, Itwari Patrika, Rastradoot, Kronch, Daily Bhaaskar, Daily Samachaar-Jagat, (Jaipur), Baatcheet (Munger), Nai-Duniya (Indore)] Anchal-Bhaarti (Dewaria), Nishkarsh (Sultanabad), Natak (Ahmedabad)Yatraa (Katni), Bhojpuri-Lok(Aligarh), Sandarsh (Philibhit), Vipaashaa (Simla),Akkshar-Parv (Raipur), Madai (Bilaspur) Kavitaa, Lok Prabhaat (Alwar), etc. etc.

Along with the written word, Mr. Shesh holds a very keen and active interest in Drawing and Painting and photography. He has had six one-man-shows of his oil paintings, poster poems, and mixed media drawings, with additional works exhibited in international, national and other art exhibitions held by the Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy and other eminent institutions of art. His works are also held in many public and private collections throughout the world, and his photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout India.

He also takes an active interest in writing documentaries and Vedio-films. For instance, a full-length U-Matic documentary entitled “Kalaon Ke Aakash Men Khulee Khidkee” was conceived, scripted and directed for the Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur)

Mr. Shesh is active in a civic capacity, serving as a Convenor of “Prayaas Kala Sansthan ”since 1978. He is also a member of the Voluntary Blood Bank Organisation in Jaipur, a founder member of both the “Sajag ” Consumers’ Protection Forum and the “Indian Institute of Data Interpretation and Analysis”.

He was offered the honorary degree of “Aacharya ” by the Gemini Academy of Haryana for outstanding services in the field of Indian Literature, as well as a diploma of outstanding achievements in literature by the International Biographical Institute, Cambridge (England), with earlier honours including a commendation certificate for meritorious services rendered as the observer in the Ujjain Constituency in the parliamentary elections of 1996,a cash award and merit certificate of the Government of Rajasthan for “Excellent Creative Writing “(1986) and a commendation certificate for ‘Extra Ordinary” services as principal officer in-charge of the “Rajasthan Pavilion” at the India International Fair in 1979(organised by the Trade Fair Authority of India, Ministry of Commerce, New Delhi).In addition the President of India awarded him a Silver Medal and a commendation certificate during the census of 1991

Mr. Hemant Shesh is married to Punam Goswamy and is the father of one daughter, Neha and one son, Nimish. He is a native of Jaipur, India, born to Aacharya Bhalchandra Goswamy “Prakhar” and Jaya Goswamy on 28th December 1952.

He was selected as a “man of the Year” for 1998 by the American Biographical Institute in recognition of his many outstanding accomplishments, and his biographical profile has been included in such noted reference works as Who’s who of Indian Writers, Reference Asia: Who’s Who, Sahityakar-Kosh, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Outstanding People of the 20th Century, Leading Intellectuals of the World, 1000 Leaders of World Influence and International Authors and writers etc. etc. apart from many Indian Biograhies!

• TEXT REPRODUCED and PARTIALLY UPDATED
FROM THE BOOK: “OUTSTANDING PEOPLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY”
published by American Biographical Instt. (USA)

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