An extremists canvas

Sunday, September 10, 2006

If you are a non kannadiga (people who speak kannada are called kannadigas) you should read a translated version of K P Poornachandra tejasvi's any novel. and if you are a kannadiga and you haven't read Tejasvi!!!! go fall in a gutter and die.

Tejasvi is the son of legendary Kuvempu. He took a land in 'moodagere' in midst of desne thick forest and has lead a farmer's life throughout his life. There are people who say a lot about ideals. but Tejasv's life itself is a book of guidelines of how to live a great exiting, adventurous, and holistic life. His works are filled with humour, science, life and every work gives a different perspective everytime you read it. I read his books for the first time when i was 5th standard and had gone to forest searching for the tigers!! If any reader of this blog knows any other books which changed & challenged your faith and attitude, please read it once more and don't waste your precious time on net.

My story hasn't won the award in a competition. Surprisingly everyone thinks that this is the best story I have ever written and the stories that have won are not as good as mine. Well these thoughts make you feel very happy but the question remains the same. If some thing a piece of art, music, architecture, is really great than why doesn't everyone have the same opinion!? What is great!? Who decides it!? Many say it is based on our taste.! Not true. For many great work are those that have challenged what you always believed, have challenged mediocrity, have "changed" your taste! So it is not the taste. Then is it the non conventional aspects. The thing they say 'it is different' thing that matters.!?!?

May be the story didn't appease the judges. Judgements are like watches. Each tells its own time and still each believes his own!

So how do you please the judges!?!? Or should an artist or anyone do anything like appeasing the other person!? I have not believed in such things. It would be prostitution. Give them what they want and then demand what you want!? It is true that it is good for business. but art is not business! Is it!?!?

They say there is no business like show business. So all the directors and directors who write scripts do business. The stories are designed to woo the audience and the only motive of this art is to make money. What is wrong!? Why should artists always suffer? so that brings us back to the earlier question, Should I write according to the taste of the judges!?!?

Most of the artists are revered after their death! And these artists are those who didn't write for judges. They stuck to their conviction and were honest to their art. So I have to stick to my conviction and die, so people would accept me.........

Of all these thoughts one strikes me the most. Would I be telling these same things if my story had won an award!?!?!?@#&*+

On July 29, I went to Mysore to meet the freedom fighters, as their soundbytes was very necessary for our Independence Day celebration. I met 4 freedom fighters. and was enthralled by their life and struggle. Mr Seetaram Iyyengar was arrested by the police during the quit India movement when he was 17. He is now 80. He runs an old age home, works for the tribals and goes to villages to preach swadeshi and gramoddhar!!? What keeps his faith alive is what baffles. India right now is dead with gandhian ideals. But looking at thjese people, they are octagonerian and still they don't plan to retire and work till their last breath. For them gandhi is way of life!?!?!? Mysore was not the same to me that day. though I had been their couple of time, I had not walked its streets. It is a beautiful. I realised that you cannot understand history by reading about it. I strolled more and more in the area and tried to figure how the Maharajas, British and the freedom fighters must have played snake and ladders in these streets.! !!!! Lord, give me more time and strength to explore new truths.