Archive for May, 2020

Varsha…I wrote this three years ago…

May 15, 2020

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I thirst…
Not for love, money or
Even happiness.
I thirst for water
To quench the parched earth

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To bring green to the brown
To bring fresh hope to those
Who raise crops and food for us.

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I need water
To fill the pots
Of each slum-dweller
Who puts her (it’s never a he)
Vessel in a long line
And waits to drink, wash and live.

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I have had enough of grishma ritu.

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I want varsha…not just the odd shower
Or thunderstorm, but a steady,
Cloudy, drumming season
That will replenish the depleted
Plateau,that we live on
And call home.

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About Prasad Natarajan

May 10, 2020

When I first met Prasad, he had a pad and pencil; and since then, I have rarely seen him without something to do with his artistic endeavours.

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Prasad with his father, Sri Natarajan

In today’s competitive world, it is not easy to leave a full-time job to become a professional artist; it takes a leap of both courage and faith, both of which Prasad showed.

He reads widely, studies the work of several artists around the world, and has developed his own unique style, working in many media. His canvases sell very well indeed, with their mix of talent, technique and expressed passion.

One of the reasons why he is an unusual artist is that rather than nurture just his own talent (and that of his son), he has, from the beginning, been what I call an “umbrella artist”– gathered together other artists, and worked hard to provide the struggling creators a platform where their talents can be showcased. To organize a show is not easy, and he has taken on this daunting task several times, in a pioneering effort to highlight wildlife art.

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The first wildlife art exhibition on 27 Sept ’18. Prahlad, Sudha, Prasad, Nidhi, Sreelata.

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Prasad’s family. His wife Asha, son Dhritiman and daughter Parineeta.

He has cannily harnessed social media to build up a circle of friends and connoisseurs worldwide. He has not hesitated to help upcoming youngsters, in a field where competition can be fierce. He has his pulse of the purchasing public, introducing innovations like a show of miniatures where the prices were pegged at Rs. 5000.

He’s conducted workshops and teaching session for many children and adults, giving of his time and effort very generously. He has overcome obstacles in his life with determination…and a cheerful smile.

It’s been my privilege to be his friend, and I wish him, his art, and Art for Wildlife and Nature, the very best in the years ahead.

The Black-winged Kite

May 7, 2020

Black-winged Kite, Srikanth G, 070520

Photo: Srikanth Govindaraju

Black-winged Kite!
Beautiful sight!
Once-in-a-while you greet me.
Small and grey,
Bird of prey
You look happy to meet me!

Ruby-eyed bird,
Who’s sharp of sight,
See-ing you.. Is sheer delight!
Small and grey,Bird of prey,
May you always greet me!

Read more about the Black-winged Kite

here