Thursday, June 28, 2012

हुसेन की आत्मकथा...सुनिये भी

Suno M F Husain Ki Kahani 
Icon and Iconoclast. Legend and Maverick. A man who (at age 88) is driven by a seemingly constant charge of inexhaustible energy. And a mind which is constantly at work reinventing itself, always seeking avenues to express itself in novel ways without ever being trapped by the glitter of ephemeral fame and fortune. Husain is a remarkable painter and more importantly an incredible human being. When such a man sets on a quest he achieves the seemingly impossible with remarkable ease.

An incurable romantic without being maudlin, Husain a few years back after living an eternity in excellence chose to write his memoirs. The text was written on myriad paper surfaces and then at some point put together by wellwishers. Vivid and visual in its essence the text has been regarded as a literary gem pushing the frontiers of Hindustani literature.

The autobiography chose to liberate itself from set norms and conventions of the form. Instead in his hand the pen served as a brush. And lines and the figures that emerged had the same superlative quality as his art. Broad, vivid and minimal. Conversational, nostalgic and humane. Hussain’s memoir is an exquisite tale of an indomitable spirit fighting heavy odds to triumph. Episodic and high on empathy, Irfan found the work eminently suitable for a radio interpretation.

Irfan, a radio professional and writer himself, understood the basic kernel of Husain’s way of story telling. That of the ancient Indian tradition of Qissagoi. The media whose presiding deity for time eternity have been the grandmothers within a family and its recipients dozens of eager ears tuned to numerous twists and turns of a multilayered tale.

He also saw a unique oportunity to present to his world a form, a work hitherto unknown to the Hindustani speaking populous of India. The Audio Book. Intimately known to the Bengali and Malayalam listeners, the form is a powerful, intimate and energetic medium to tell a story. A form which supplements and complements the written word. A medium which is not bound by a particular script and can address people who can understand a language if not read it.

New Delhi 17 September 2003

सुनो एम एफ़ हुसेन की कहानी: सिग्नेचर ट्यून

एम एफ़ हुसेन की आवाज़: इस ऑडियो बुक के बारे में

मिट्टी का घड़ा बोल उठा

बा और मां


दादा की उंगली पकड़े एक लड़का

बाप की शादी में बेटा दीवाना

प्राइमरी स्कूल

दादा की अचकन

बड़ौदा का बोर्डिंग स्कूल

रानीपुरा बाज़ार

नालेवाला मकान





मुझे क़दम-क़दम पर चौराहे मिलते हैं

बंद मुट्ठी दस रुपये की

दो करोड़: न आए की ख़ुशी, न जाए का ग़म



महमूदा बीबी

फ़ज़ीला बीबी

ब्याही ज़िंदगी

मक़बूल फ़िल्म का दीवाना

छ: पेंटिग्स का हक़दार

चार जुलाई आज़ादी का दिन


मस्कती खजूर

गेहूं का गुच्छा

हैदराबाद का लाड़ बाज़ार

पीली धूप और पीपल का ज़रा अटका हुआ पत्ता

चार लोग चार दोस्त

पुरानी बस्ती

और वो मक़बूल की तस्वीरों से बातें करती रही

लाहौर की सबा

अहमदाबाद की गुफा

चौमुंडी चांदनी


बाइस दरवाज़े

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

हर अदा, हर ख़ता हमारी

चार म्यूज़ियम

पेंटर यार गिनती के चार

बॉब ब्लैकबर्न की वर्कशॉप

एक इटैलियन ऑपेरा


Tuesday, June 26, 2012


बोस्टन का ब्राह्मण

इंद्र की रानी

बंबई का भूलाभाई आर्ट सेंटर

चौंतीस पेंटिंग्स की भेंट

बिहार की बेटी कामना

आख़िर में दो क़दम और...

... और...चलते चलते

आख़िरी हिस्सा.