A BRUSH WITH HISTORY

4 10 2008

A BRUSH WITH HISTORY
Jackie Pinto
Source: Deccan Herald
A miniature painting exhibition titled ‘A hero for Modern India: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’, is on till October 5 at gallery G, Lavelle Road…


Francois Gautier is a man on a mission. His Indian connection dates back to the 70s, when he came to Auroville as a young student. A writer and journalist based in India, he strongly believes that modern day leaders should learn from icons like Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was a great administrator and warrior. “Just as the French keep Napoloean’s memory alive and celebrate his life and achievements constantly, Shivaji can be a wonderful role model for present day politicians. He respected all faiths and was a just ruler.The chief of his navy and more than 25 per cent of his armed forces were Muslims. But not all know of his greatness. In fact some think of movie stars when I refer to Shivaji,” he said speaking at a miniature painting exhibition titled ‘A hero for Modern India: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’.

The exhibition has a collection of paintings done in the Mughal miniature style illustrating the life of Shivaji, his battles,wars,conquests and sieges.Although the canvases are large the fine detailing of the features, the designs on the garments worn, the ornaments and jewellry, the flowers and the weapons are all typical of the Mughal miniature style of work. “We have commissioned artists of very high calibre mostly from Rajasthan as this school of art is very popular there. Most of them like Dr Sumahendra, Dr Dharm Singh and Sri Kanhayyalal Varma have won several awards and their work is exhibited in galleries across the country.” said Gautier.

Extensive research culled from historical archives are reflected in the beautifully reproduced drawings of ancient maps, forts, battlefields, war camps and navy warships of Shivaji. “A walk around the exhibition gives me both an unforgettable history lesson and an insight into the life of one of the greatest kings of India and these beautifully painted pictures done in natural pigments are a must see for both students of history and anyone who can appreciate what a great icon Shivaji was,”said Avinash Bhat, a Christ College history student. The exhibition is on till the October 5 at gallery G, Lavelle Road.

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An inspiring historical journey
Jyothi Raghuram
First Published : 02 Oct 2008 05:42:00 AM IST Source: Express buzz
Titled ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: A Hero for Modern India’, the pictorial representation of Shivaji’s heroics, is a f a c t u a l a n d u n b i a s e d representation of the life and times of Shivaji, drawing its source of information from the archives, whose authenticity is thus undisputed. Perhaps it is not without reason that the title of the exhibition talks of Shivaji as the hero ‘for’, and not ‘of ’ modern India. Consigned to a mere mention in history text books, Shivaji was one historical figure who was fiercely patriotic, yet truly secular, and a pioneering spirit in the fight for swarajya, centuries before it made its entry into the collective consciousness of a people.

Got up by the Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT), of which well-known French journalist and writer Francois Gautier is the trustee, the exhibition defies categorisation- paintings, line drawings and etchings are not only juxtaposed, but buttressed with contemporary documents to not only establish the unique role that Shivaji played in the history of India, but also in the preservation of her culture and spirituality. The exhibition does demand a degree of patience to go through the detailed texts, which are succinct, and as communicative as the paintings. Shivaji’s lofty ideals, his endearing traits, sense of justice, clarity of vision, and above all, his attempts to rouse the sleeping conscience of Indians against foreign domination, are depicted in flowing style. The exhibition gives much food for thought, and it is unapologetic about portraying Shivaji as one who fearlessly fought against the humiliation and oppression of Hindus.

Sumahendra, Dharm Singh, Bhanwarlal Kemawat, Kanhayyalal Varma and Jitender Singh Chandel are the artists, whose detailed work has lent artistic appeal to the theme. Gautier, considered an authority on religio-political history of the Indian subcontinet, has been a resident of India for three decades, dedicating his life to “restoring the lost glory of ancient Indian civilization”. Shivaji embodied all the qualities that an Indian leader needs today. The exhibition is also an attempt to create awareness among the youth regarding their country’s true heroes, he says. FACT has been organising exhibitions, conferences and dialogues on crucial public issues “that have been ignored by human rights agencies for whatever reasons”, and these exhibitions are a blend of history and art, and try to create human rights awareness, Veeren Chawdury, FACT all-India representative, told Expresso.

FACT has also created online exhibitions, some of which are www.aurangzeb.info , www.naxalism. info, www.bangladeshiminorities. info, www.ahilyabaiholkar.info and www.sufismexhibition.info. The current exhibition is on till October 5, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Media coverage FACT SHIVAJI Exhibition Bangalore

28 09 2008

Gallery » PictureChief Minister B S Yeddyurappa (centre), FACT Trustee Namrita Gautier and founder Maini Sadan S K Maini take a look at the paintings displayed at an exhibition of ‘A Hero for Modern India: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’ at Gallery G in Bangalore on Saturday. DH Photo
Courtesy: Deccan Herald





Shivaji exhibition inaugurated by Sri Yaddityurappa, CM Karnataka

27 09 2008

The Karnataka Leg of Shivaji Exhibition was inaugurated by Sri B S Yedyurappa the Karnataka CM along with the Irrigation minister Mr Basavaraj Bommai and the founder of Maine Group of Industries Mr Sudarshan Kumar Maine .

The inaugural programme started with Mr Sandeep Kumar Maine introducing the Gallery and welcoming the guests. Mr Francois Gautier and Mrs Namrita gautier Trustees FACT invited the CM and the minister on to the dias and introduced FACT the trust that they founded in 2003. The endeavours of FACT including exhibitions on Aurangzeb, Shivaji, Naxalism, Ahilyabai Holkar, Kashmiri Pandits, Bangladeshi Minorities, Sikhism as also the yet to be completed Gun History of India impressed the CM.
The CM felicitated Mr Sudarshan Maine for his green endevour the REVA car and called upon the industry and business persons to follow such green initiatives and include them in their business models.

The chief minister was impressed by the Art and History blended exhibition and promised all support to such endeavours including screening the same exhibition in the Vidhana Soudha and also promised to support in taking the exhibition to the schools and colleges in and around karnataka. He said Shivaji is one iconic son of India that can be ideal hero for the government and the people. Terrorism today is threatening the society and its not just the Government but a partnership with common man that can solve this menance.

for more info on the programme FACT INDIA BLOG

Sri yeddiyurappa being felicitated by Mr maine


Mr Francois gautier and Mrs Namrata Gautier


Mr maine and Mr Yediyurappa

Mr maine and Mr Yediyurappa

Mr Yediyurappa addressing the guests

Mr Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Bommai irrigation minister, inaugurating Shivaji exhibition in Bangalore (lighting a lamp).

Mrs Gita maine, Francois Gautier and Mr Maine(senior)

Mrs Namrita Gautier Showing the CM around the historic Exhibition





Exhibition on Shivaji to depict him as modern hero

12 03 2008



TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Mumbai: While Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray is busy pouring vitriol on people from Bihar, his son Uddhav has found another occasion to reaffirm the party’s belief in the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Uddhav will take part in the inaugration of an exhibition on Shivaji organised by the Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT), which will have paintings depicting the Maratha warrior as a modern hero.
The others who will share the dais with the Sena leader will be chief minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi, national general secretary of BJP and former deputy chief minister, Gopinath Munde at the [rohramme to be held at the P L Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi on March 12. The exhibition, ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: A hero for Modern

India’, which is being sponsored by Prafull Goradia, will be inaugurated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
According to the organisation, religiously-inspired acts of terror cannot be fought on the streets. “Terrorism begins at the level of idea and belief. It has to be dealt with knowledge, better ideas and broader beliefs. The acts must be tackled before it affects the lives of innocent people. Kashmir and Bangladesh are an example of what terrorism can do to to human life.’’ FACT sponsors aims to educate and provide solutions to terroraffected hot spots around the world, says the organisation.
Francois Gautier, convener of FACT, will hold a press meet on March 11 to talk about the exhibition. Born in Paris, Gautier is a French journalist and a writer who has been in India for 33 years. For eight years, he was the political correspondent in India and South Asia for “Le Figaro’’.





FACT INDIA PRESS RELEASE for Shivaji Exhibition

9 03 2008

FACT INDIA

PRESS RELEASE

Exhibition on

A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The Exhibition is blend of Art and History, Art by the Rajasthani miniature artists in water colours based on Archival records from the GOI Department of museums. History comes to life with the copies of original letters and court documents from Rajastani and Moghul courts. The exhibition has exclusive and for the first time showing the Rajastani documents that reveal something never said before and also depicted in maps are facts revealed for the first time. Thanks to Prof. V S Bhatnagar (retd) History department University of Rajastan we have some of the finest collections of 16 paintings, 7 parsi documents (Akhbarat), 9 maps (4 maps from archives), 1 naval scroll.

This exhibition will show the unique place of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the history of India, at a time when Hindus were experiencing great oppression and humiliation : their temples were being broken, and they were being discriminated against in various forms, such as in the matter of charging custom duties, restrictions on their fairs and festivals, their dismissal from government posts, large-scale conversions as a part of openly declared policy of the Mughal State, imposition of the religious tax Jiziya for being a Hindu, and these discriminatory acts were going almost unchallenged though the Hindus formed more than bout 80% of the country.

Shivaji, who was endowed with talents of the highest order and a clear vision, was the only one who stood-up to the injustice. He had also an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiery and peasants.

This exhibition is relevant today because Shivaji embodied all the qualities that politicians should possess today, but do not have: he was just, firm and stood for the weak; he was an honest and able administrator; he confronted the enemy and was not cowed into submission; he was devoted to Mother India who appeared to him as Bhavani; he was ruthless with his enemies, but spared women, children and his own people ; he would go to both Muslim and Hindu saints and endowed mosques as well as temples.

This wonderful exhibition on India’s eternal hero is brought to Mumbai by FACT, an organization, which is non-political, non-religious and unffiliated to any group. Let the spirit of Shivaji float on India again and deliver her from her present enemies.

The Exhibition stays in Mumbai

Venue: P.L. Deshpande, Maharashtra Kala Academy,Prabhadevi, Mumbai

Date: from 8th mar to 18th mar’08. Time: 10 am to 9 pm

FACT India, 41 Jorbagh,1st floor, New Delhi 110003 Tel: + 91 93435 38419, +91 98719 49094

फॅक्ट’निर्मित `आधुनिक भारताचा नायक छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज’ चित्रप्रदर्शनाला प्रारंभ !

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हिंदवी स्वराज्याच्या इतिहासाची ठळक वैशिष्ट्ये दर्शवणारे चित्रप्रदर्शन

मुंबई, ८ मार्च (वार्ता.) – हिंदवी स्वराज्याचे संस्थापक छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज यांच्या पराक्रमाचे इतिहासकालीन दाखले घेऊन `फॅक्ट’तर्फे `आधुनिक भारताचा नायक छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज’ या चित्रप्रदर्शनाची निर्मिती करण्यात आली आहे. मुंबईत प्रथमच हे चित्रप्रदर्शन भरवण्यात आले असून प्रभादेवी येथील पु.ल. देशपांडे, महाराष्ट्र कला अकादमी या सभागृहात हे चित्रप्रदर्शन आजपासून १८ मार्चपर्यंत सकाळी १० ते रात्री ९ वाजेपर्यंत जनतेसाठी विनामूल्य खुले करण्यात आले आहे.

फ्रेंच पत्रकार श्री. फ्रान्सुआ गोतिए यांच्या प्रमुख मार्गदर्शनाखाली या हिंदवी स्वराज्याच्या इतिहासाला उजाळा देणारे चित्रप्रदर्शन तयार करण्यात आले आहे. यामध्ये १६ चित्रे असून ती इतिहासकालीन दाखले घेऊन रेखाटण्यात आली आहेत. तसेच छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज यांनी देशभर कोणकोणत्या ठिकाणी आपले साम्राज्य उभे केले होते, आग्य्राहून सुटल्यानंतर राजगडापर्यंत ते कोणत्या मार्गाने आले आदींचा तपशील ६ नकाशांमधून देण्यात आलेला आहे. त्याचबरोबर मोगल काळातील सोळाव्या शतकातील अतिशय पुरातन दस्ताऐवजे मांडण्यात आलेली आहेत. राजस्थान राज्यातील बिकानेर संग्रहालयातून मोठ्या शर्थीच्या प्रयत्‍नांनी हे पुरातन दस्तऐवज श्री. गोतिए यांनी मिळवली आहेत. (भारताचा गौरवशाली सत्य इतिहास जनतेला कळण्यासाठी जी धडपड एक परदेशी पत्रकार करतो, ती धडपड भारतीय पत्रकारांमध्ये का नाही ? – संपादक) राजस्थान विद्यापिठाचे निवृत्त प्राध्यापक श्री. व्ही.एस्. भटनागर यांनी यासाठी संशोधन करून इतिहासकालीन दाखले मिळवले. त्या आधारावर चित्रकारांची समिती नेमून या चित्रप्रदर्शनाचा उपक्रम पूर्णत्वाला आणण्यात आला.
हे चित्रप्रदर्शन सध्याच्या काळासाठी अत्यंत उपयुक्‍त आहे; कारण छ. शिवाजी महाराजांमध्ये जे गुण होते, ते सध्याचे राजकर्ते व राजकारणी यांमध्ये असणे गरजेचे आहे, अशी भूमिका `फॅक्ट’तर्फे मांडण्यात आली आहे. तरी नागरिकांनी या प्रदर्शनाचा लाभ घ्यावा, अशी `फॅक्ट’च्या वतीने आवाहन करण्यात आले आहे.





Shivaji Paintings: A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

15 11 2007
A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Shivaji Exhibition 1st to 15th March at Ravindra Natya Mandir









A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Exhibition 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

15 11 2007

The Next exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which will be organised at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi and HIS HOLINESS SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR will be inaugurating.

The exhibition will be an inquisitive and exploring miniature paintings of Shivaji and his times with Historicity as well as documentation from travellers of his times and sources of his times.
The Exhibition A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a mix of History and Art blended to bring in a different angle for the man Shivaji who has changed the way we think and act. It will portray the Shivaji factor or the proactive and Do it now factors as well as his statesmanship and architectural as well as Naval and leadership qualities besides the various visions he had for the country and his subjects.

From 1st to 15th March at Ravinra Natya Mandir.

Address
Near Siddhivinayak Mandir
Sayani Marg
PrabhadeviMumbai – 400028

A Hero for Modern India : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

This exhibition will show the unique place of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the history of India, at a time when Hindus were experiencing great oppression and humiliation : their temples were being broken, and they were being discriminated against in various forms, such as in the matter of charging custom duties, restrictions on their fairs and festivals, their dismissal from government posts, large-scale conversions as a part of openly declared policy of the Mughal State, imposition of the religious tax Jiziya for being a Hindu, and these discriminatory acts were going almost unchallenged though the Hindus formed more than bout 80% of the country.

Shivaji, who was endowed with talents of the highest order and a clear vision, was the only one who stood-up to the injustice. He had also an inspiring and endearing personality which spontaneously commanded respect, loyalty and the highest sacrifices from his devoted soldiery and peasants.

This exhibition is relevant today because Shivaji embodied all the qualities that politicians should possess today, but do not have: he was just, firm and stood for the weak; he was an honest and able administrator; he confronted the enemy and was not cowed into submission; he was devoted to Mother India who appeared to him as Bhavani; he was ruthless with his enemies, but spared women, children and his own people ; he would go to both Muslim and Hindu saints and endowed mosques as well as temples.

This wonderful exhibition on India’s eternal hero is brought to Mumbai by FACT, an organization, which is non-political, non-religious and non-affiliated to any group. Let the spirit of Shivaji float on India again and deliver her from her present enemies.