Thursday, July 29, 2010

FemmeCity Exhibition

Canon Malaysia will be exhibiting some of my photographs at the Canon booth during The Star’s Clove Magazine’s FemmeCity Exhibition at KL Convention Centre starting July 30 – Aug 1 2010. 

Works of prominent Malaysian female photographers will also be showcased at the exhibition. So don’t forget to head over there to check out our work. The fair is open daily starting on Friday from 11am – 7 pm.

I will write more on the exhibited photos and the rest of the participants once I head there and get a look ;) 

ps: anyone who wants to meet me there - i may be there on Saturday afternoon ;) 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Usher! Usher! Usher!

That was the mood in the office for a week when I decided there was no way I was missing his concert. 2 colleagues jumped on the bandwagon and 4 of us were set to head for the concert. One of them was going Usher! Usher! Usher! For the whole week so we joined in for the heck of it. Okay I admit it was super fun. Then our boss brought a cd of his songs to loop on the day of the concert. Yeah the mood was electrifying in the office.

Anyway I was supposed to take the train to the concert just to miss the jam, plus I needed to come back to KL to drop the gals. But the rain played havoc, it was actually freezing on the day of the concert and then I heard the train station at Bukit Jalil was flooded. So we ditched all plans and we decided to rely on my super driving capabilities. Surprisingly besides the usual jam it was pretty clear and there was ample parking at the stadium.
The concert was the bomb. He was really an awesome performer but unbelievably naughty. Let’s just say he was strutting around ;p

Anyway the 4 of us were a bunch of screaming and non-stop dancing fans. Plus we had really good seats at the centre of the stadium from the top. Since we walked in we kinda got on the bad side of this family sitting in front of us. I mean we’re at a concert you’re supposed to jump around and scream. The moment we walked in screaming usher, usher, the family of 4, 2 teenagers and 2 mothers crinkled their nose at us and moved away. 

As far as I knew it was a pretty full concert so I told the rest wait they’ll have to move back ;p As I had predicted they had to move back and gave us a look again only to have all four of us burst out laughing.

We had so much fun screaming our heads off. Next up we’re heading to Slash’s concert ;p
  
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Aathi Dravidian

When I first heard these songs on air, I fell in love with them, but it took me sometime to find out who the singers were, coz they didn't announce the singers. Anyway its by Dr Burn and Masta K.

Aathi Dravidan just leaps in its tamil patriotism.

What I love most is the use of the bharathanatyam sollkatus in the rap. Amazing combination.

The lyrics is also pretty interesting see if you can find the reference to Ravanan ;p

Enjoy listening to Aathi Dravidan and Tamilachi.





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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Do I know you?

Winds of desire

Do I know you? Have I seen you somewhere?

I think my feet were off the ground for a few minutes when one of my favourite artist, approached me with these questions recently. I was at the Winds of Desire – Contemporary art work by Malaysian Indian and Sri Lankan artists exhibition forum in Annexe on one fine Sunday. I had gone because a few of the artists I adore were exhibiting but I come back with a room full of favourites to adore. Back to the artist who was talking to me, it was none other than renowned artist Syed Tajudeen.

Winds of desire 

Not knowing how to react, I told him about my dance background and photography. The sweet man decided he should introduce me to the whole room of artist, every time he bumped into me he’d introduce me to them and that’s how I ended up getting an introduction by most of the artists on their exhibited works. Probably explains why I spent 4 hours there.

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During the forum, one of the country’s major collector and art lover explained his love and why he collects. It was quite interesting to hear him speak on his passion for arts and how he feels it’s his duty as the owner to maintain these art pieces as a tribute to the artist.  

Winds of desire

Winds of desire

Next up was artist Jeganathan. Now I was introduced to his work in 2005 when he presented his Ganesha collection at a temple I used to frequent. I fell in love with his work and the intricate meanings of each symbol he puts into the painting. This man paints his thoughts on to canvas with the stroke of a brush. Just amazing. So I’d look out for his name every now and then so I could see more of his work. That’s how I ended up at the Stirring Odissi exhibition at Galeri Petronas in 2008.

That was such an awe inspiring exhibition and where I fell in love with the works of Syed Tajuddin. His female figures have distinct lips and no eyes yet are bursting with colour. Some of those works were shown again at the exhibition in Annexe. Syed said he loved making people happy and entertaining them hence why he loves colours. You could almost feel the dancers in his paintings sashaying across the canvas.

The curator of the show was also showing some of his pieces that were exhibited at the Stirring Odissi exhibition. Though I personally loved his works especially the photographs that were shown in the previous exhibition more than the ones on display at Annexe. I had gone for the exhibition with another photographer friend and I remember the both of us standing there drooling over the work. Perhaps the ones I liked were sitting pretty at some collectors house.

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Winds of desire 
This was the first time I was seeing the stunning pen art of Khrishnan. Yes these works were done with the stroke of the pen. He took the time to explain each of his pieces. One which I particularly was about the many faces in the story of Jentayu and how they’re all connected by the evolution of mankind. In another the unassuming man depicts childbirth. It’s interesting to listen to him talk. 

Winds of desire 
Then there was the stunning Indian portraits by Dr Chandiran which emphasised on ornaments and temples. He also had 2 works on budha and I was blown away with the simple idea. Budha seemed to radiate from the Bodhi tree.

Winds of desire

Since I knew my friend Dilip would be arriving in KL in time for the final week of the exhibition, I was hoping we’d decide to visit the exhibition. Dilip was keen on going and so we headed there after lunch on Saturday. I wasn’t expecting to see the artists there so I was pleasantly surprised to see them and to see they hadn’t forgotten me.

As we were walking down the gallery, a beautiful and simple version of one Bharathiyars song streamed out into the gallery. We just had to know who it was and it turned out to be Sikkil Gurucharan and pianist Anil Srinivasan. Wow just brilliant. Just listen to this one piece - wow wow. 


We sat down to talk to the artists for a while and before we knew it, it was time to leave.

Winds of desire

Dr Krishnan 

Winds of desire
Michel Anthony

Some of the pieces by the other artists that I also liked.

The exhibition is worth seeing more than once, plus its always nice to be able to meet the artist and pick their brain. 



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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Nerves

Now that I’m done sulking and being devastated. Let’s take a look at the game.

It was a good game in terms of excitement, nerve wrecking moments and such but to say Netherlands ousted the Brazilians because they were great– that I cannot accept. They won coz Brazil was careless in missing all those goals in the first half, careless in the second half, a confused wreck after that own goal and for taking it for granted after the disappointing performance of the dutch in the 1st half.  

We scored an own goal coz of a misunderstanding by the goalie n player – arg. We were wrecks in the second half after that goal and worst of all we gave up after that second goal. Which is so sad, we were all still rooting for you guys.

Felipe Melo deserved a red card – what the heck was he doing stamping the other guy! How stupid was he to jeopardise the team. There was just too much anger and frustration – something alien to a  team that usually never gives up. The dutch were good and suddenly sprang into life after that bloody own goal but were pretty crap before that.

The Dutch were lucky, they were playing against a stumbling careless nervy team in the second half. Gone were the calculated moves. They lost their cool and lost the game to a team full of dirty tactics and slides.
I’ll accept the defeat but I refuse to accept that the Dutch were great. We were just plain stupid on the field! Sigh


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Sigh :((

Sighh I really really have tears in my eyes - my samba boys are out :(((((((((((( yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

though i had a feeling this would happen - they played such a gd first half - sighhh

whuaaa

it was a gd game though

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Inspiring

Art has always inspired me and pushed me in the best and worst moments. I don't think I can live without any of my artistic expressions be it writing, dance, music or photography.


Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.


I have no words to express how powerful her speech is and the fact she channels her energy from what I have always looked as as my personal energiser - Ayingiri Nandini. Listen and be inspired. 


No matter what life's throw at you, it is not the end of the world. Cry as much as you want but get up and move on. Only you are capable of fighting life's battles. 



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