Reviews How the 117 year old Gujarati Classic 'Bhadrambhadra' brought humour to the fore

Ratilal Borisagar, an expert on the Gujarati classic Bhadrambhadra, explains the origin of humour in literature and shares how the Gujarati novel tackled the orthodoxy of Indian traditions using satirical narratives. Author Ramanlal Nilkanth’s legendary novel Bhadrambhadra (1900)– about a Sanskrit scholar named Bhadrambhadra who with his friend Ambaram humorously takes on Indian orthodoxy during the time of the British –surpassed its purview as a satirical novel in the 1900s to emerge as a household name, and is still read by thousands of voracious readers, possessing the same appeal it did 117 years ago. The book is an excellent example of using humour as a tool for improving society and generating awareness amongst people about the wrong practices of child marriage, dowry, and women dis-empowerment. Ratilal Borisagar, a celebrated humorist writer of books like Marak Marak (1977) and Anandlok (1983), is an expert on Bhadrambhadra and on its author. His presence on May 26, 2017, at the auditorium of Navjivan Trust, created an optimistic aura of mindful and no mocking humour, which attracted an army of young as well as senior vigilant listeners. Gujarati literature connoisseurs and adorers alike reminisced about the era of the early 1900s when the clarion call of… Poetry of Silences : Saurabh Desai's 'Visual Poetries' is a fresh take on wildlife photography

Travelling wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai portrays animals, patterns, colours and creativity all at once at Visual Poetries, an exhibition on display till 11th April that should not be ignored by visual art adorers. Here’s a Creative Yatra view for the viewers! When photographer Saurabh Desai, who hails from the industrious town of Surat, reached Ahmedabad… Heart : Beat – The Pulse of the Warli Art

Heart : Beat is an exhibition that showcases and re-imagines Warli art. Stemming from a residency programme in Bapugaon, in the Warli Heartland, it incorporates different forms of arts and crafts from the region and was on display at Kanoria Centre for Arts till the 5th of April. A flock of birds painted with rice…

  • Unadulterated Creativity and Life at Satya the Art Show

    Photo Credit : Ronak Sopariwala Eye-soothing creations of resident artists of Navajivan truly reflect life in its most unadulterated form. Touching the emotions of purity, death and beliefs in a simple way, the art show is moreover a therapy, besides being an experience. Since its inauguration, Satya Art Gallery, an initiative by Navajivan, has been consistent in curating top quality Photography Shows in the city. It has mixed shows of master lensmen alongside those of upcoming photo artists, and has been successful in building a clear image of itself as a Gallery that believes in what it displays. With ‘Satya The Art Show‘, the gallery is venturing into the curated visual arts arena. The show displays works of 8 talented artists who were invited to take up residency positions at the Navajivan Campus. This lends a…

  • A poet of lofty imagination and delicate feelings

    A Gujarati poet gets us to visualise and feel the magnificence of the Supreme Being through His extraordinary creation. A physical description of His visage and limbs of huge proportions is likely, in all probability, to be laughable. Kavi Nanalal instead conjures up with his lofty imagination in a six-line gem of a poem Virat-no…


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Yatra Archives His Pictures Tell Your Story : a Heart to Heart talk with photographer Vivek Desai

If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,… 37th Saptak Annual Music Festival peaks during the weekend!

Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by… Sleep Comes Like A Drug : Fab Fables #5

It was July. This time, the monsoon was heavy and the moisture-laden air had dampened everything. But for the streak of yellow light originating from the street lamp, the room was dark.   He got up again with his toe… પ્રાર્થના / prayer (અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા)

Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લ‍ઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લ‍ઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દ‍ઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…