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Diwali is the festival of lights, India’s most important holiday. Like any other festival, when the Indians celebrate, they mean business. Not only literally (on the first day of Diwali all businesses start their financial year), but mainly just by taking it into the extreme. Imagine a combination between Christmass and new years, multiply it by three and add India in the equation and you get what I found in Udaipur, the last city I visited in Rajasthan. Lighted plastick palmtrees, beard competitions, foodstalls, sweets and a lot of fireworks, all under a roof of glittering and gleaming decorations, makes the scene of Indian families visiting their relatives. Since I had no relatives in Udaipur, I decided to start searching for talent. As Udaipur is also known as one of the most romantic cities in India, my quest was aimed for creative expression with love as inspiration.
Meet Sharmila Rathore. There are a few galleries in Udaipur with nice art, but most of them sell more or less copies of the traditional miniature-paintings that you can find anywhere in Rajasthan. Sharmila’s ‘Art Issue’ drew my attention because she makes a fusion between contemporary and traditional art. Next to that, she also has a noticeable style that seems to speak directly from the hart. Her paintings are inspirational, spiritual and what’s more: the subject of many of her paintings… is love!
Music by Shariq Parvez, full version here.
It was the first day of Diwali when I took this video, but fortunately the firecracker war outside had reached some kind of temporary truce. Shariq Parvez, the musician in this video, finds that a temporary truce is sometimes difficult to negotiate when you have two young kids roaming the house. ‘And I do meditations!’. Fortunately we could make this recording in an unguarded moment at his home in Udaipur. Shariq gives meditation classes with his own made Meditation Guitar, a fusion between the slide guitar and the traditional Indian Sarod. Visit www.meditationguitar.in for more information. Contact the GTP to get in touch with Sharmila!
The Punjab always had a mysterious ring to it and when I went there to visit its most mystical attraction in Amritsar I was not disappointed. This is the land predominated by the Sikh, just as mystical to me as any other planet in Star Wars. My first encounter with a particularly large Sikh had been in the hills around Dharamsala. I had just dodged two evil-looking monkeys and must have smiled a little too happy, because for some reason the passing Sikh decided to embrace me in a deadlock, lifting me of the ground like I was a kids’ doll and swirled me around until he had me screaming for mercy. ‘WELCOME TO INDIAHHHHH!!’ He exclaimed and nearly floored me when he affectionately patted me on the back. I said it was nice to meet him and would subsequently dodge any turban in the area for the next week. It turned out the greeting of my new-made friend in Dharamsala had been exceptionally firm and the equally friendly people in Amritsar would limit their sign of affections to a mere handshake.
During my visit, Kps Gill explained to me that he believes all people are the same. Visiting the open-to-everybody golden temple I got the feeling that this welcoming attitude is shared throughout the Punjab. Still, one could say that Kps Gill is different from the people around him. He is successful in his job as a team leader in retail at the biggest ‘hypercity’ mall in Amritsar, but after practicing his painting-hobby for 10 years, he decided to give ‘talent’ a shot. And, judging from his paintings he already had made, why not? His first exhibition starts today (25 October 2011) in the S. G. Thakar Singh art gallery in Amritsar!
The song played by The Malangi’s is a typical Punjabi Jugni. Full version here!
The music is from The Malangi’s. A band that combines the traditional lyrics with a more Western tune. They are now still studying software engenering, but with multiple new songs and invitations to start recording a CD, it seems just a matter of time before they brake out of the Punjab in the land of fame and fortune. The recordings I made when I spent an afternoon with them on the country side will follow shortly!
A new year, a new talent on the Global Trade Project! What color do you picture in your head when thinking of New Year? Mine is a combination of red, almost exactly the colors that are used by this next talented artist!
Josué Hernández lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Like Alvarado, he represents a new and upcoming generation of artists that are fast on their way to the top. With his typical different style, it’s hard not to notice and recognise his paintings.
What makes Josué special? Well, I hope the video will convince you, but for me, it was just a first glimpse of one of his works that made me want to share this with you. In my search for talent I was passing by a handicraft shop with some of his paintings on the wall. I skipped the idea of featuring a total village around Xela (I hope someone else will do this in the future) and went straight for this special talent. Take a look!
The material Josué uses is manta and canvas, texture and aquarel (watercolor). The paintings in his video are for sale. Below I added three paintings that also feature in the video. Prices are around 1800 quetzal (224,57 USD, € 168,24). This does not include shipping costs (normally around € 20,-). Take a closer look at the pictures below and contact me to get in contact with Josué Hernandez!
Happy New Year!