I am searching for a copy of one of the annual souvenirs of Bharatiya Fine Arts society, Matunga, Bombay issued in the years 1959-61 wherein the caricatures of musicians like Palghat mani Iyer, Lagudi Jayaraman, T.N.Krishnan etc drawn by T.S. Mani appeared.
Does any one have a copy of the same ? Can any one lead me to the person having a copy of the same ?
We did have a thread about Mali's caricatures of musicians which appeared in the tamizh weekly Anandavigadan (in te forties). Yes, if only someone has copies of those souvenirs! The recent caricatures of CM artistes I've seen are those by young vocalist Subhiksha Rangarajan. She has sketched some of her fellow-artistes while listening to their concerts this season. She's very good. Amruta Murali and Vidya Kalyanaraman came alive in her pictures! Pratyaksham Bala (who brought to us vintage pictures) is the one who can find a lead, I guess. Mumbai dwellers can help too.
PBala, Ah, in typical bhAgavatar mode! Thanks! Mali stole our hearts with his caricatures in the forties. Season is mega color photograph spreads these days. We had Mali to bring season's flavor to us. I was doubly pleased when I saw Mali's picture of Mali playing the flute (or not!).He captured MMI with all his spirit. Wonder if you can find one--may be from the old thread. He also illustrated SVV's stories--Swami and his Friends of RKNarayanan in its tamizh version of the story in serial form also had his illustrations. Even the thirties stories were available to us--in bound form. They elders did not throw away magazines--they picked their favorite stories and essays and put hem together when they ended in book form. The rest went to the paper merchant for a few annas! How much vintage stuff I read as a youngster, thanks to them!
Although caricatures started as political satires in the olden days, it has been made well use of in depicting cultural mellieu also. The sixties and seventies were the golden period when television had not invaded society like it has done today. A few years back in 'THE HINDU' Friday supplement, there was a huge caricature of Sanjay rendering Thodi or Kamboji I don't remember. I think it was by Keshav or Surendar. Truely it captured Sanjay's histrionics. Hope someone can find them.
A good one: what is he up to? From what I gather, he was up to something often times. Had he been around, he might have answered: give me the day and the time, I will tell you! Yes, he would have remembered!
Thanks a lot, Sreebeecane! These are extraordinary 'character' sketches indeed. Like one would think of in Dickens. It is a matter of pride that both in posture and posterior, our CM greats made a statement. Likewise in their nose, pout, profile and tuft. One question: Mali seems to have sketched them sitting on the stage. The violinists are shown from the vocalist's vantage,whereas Mani Iyer is as seen by the Khanjira vidwan. Any ideas?
Mali seems to have been a most perspicacious artist. Thanks again.
Long ago, we used to joke that nobody had seen Vellore Ramabhadran's face from the left (so proper was his demeanour), like the other side of the moon! Maybe Mali wanted us to get that unseen view in all these artistes!
May be for these two artists the cartonist sat behind the stage and drew . For some singers we find that he has taken position on the right side of the stage and for some others he has taken position to the left side of the stage(profile view)The violinists Semmangudy Narayanaswamy and T Chowdiah are aso drawn as seen from behind the stage. perhaps P.Bala who is himself a caricaturist and an artist may know better.
Prathyaksham Bala, Thanks for the cartoons of Keshav. He is new to me as I am from the Mali era. Some of them are very good like T.N.Seshagopalan, Lalgudi, Semmangudi and others. Sreebeecane, Thanks for Mali's old cartoons. We used to love seeing his cartoons in Ananda Vikatan.
"In the 1940s, Ananda Vikatan had a section called "Maamaangathukku Maamaangam". It had pictures of famous Carnatic musicians drawn by Maali. There would be two pictures — one of the vidwan as he looked then, another of him as he had looked twelve years earlier. The pictures were accompanied by an editorial note on how the musician had evolved over the years." http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/fr/2003/03/28/stories/2003032801130400.htm
Hope someone is able to locate these old issues of Ananda Vikatan. .