Kutch.. the land of offbeat composition

  India is a country where people are curious to visit different states or region. Every region has its geographical speciality. Kutch is a place which is known for it’s dry land and seashore. Over the years there have been many natural disasters on Kutch and has been adapted to drought conditions by the people. The region has many variations like Seas, hills, deserts, castles, palaces, fortresses etc.Now, It’s time for Rann festival in few days. It looks incredible  when the reflection of the moon or sun scatters on white rann. We can feel like the Moon imprint its own on the Earth. Reflections are finding the way to scattered on acceptance or purity. Weather it’s of nature or human nature. There is no world without reflection and by that it looks rhythmic and beautiful. 

Painting by me

 In Spite of salt rann in kutch there are some lands with farms and jungles in the other side. The rocky area of kutch express its’ plaster of time from the ages. Folk life of kutch has variations of colours in their living stories. We can see those colourful chaniya cholis and ornaments during Navratri festival. It’s a permanent dress in folk life of Kutch. This combination of colourful dress up and dry white land is amazing. That composition of nature and people makes a special image that looks different from other lands.  Kutch is known for beautiful craft work. The folk life of Kutch fills those colours with handicraft, Folk music, pastoral and living stories. Maybe it’s a duty of folk life that fills those missing colours.

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

The need of Sanctity in Worldly Life

 Life is a gift from Nature. Life lives between the sunrise and sunset. I always feel that the east horizon tells to every human being that the life is yours but fulfil someone’s life with few needs.In Hinduism we can read that our life has four stages which are described as ‘Ashram’. Those are Brahmcharya, Grihastashram, Vanprassthashram and Sanyas Ashram. No one can deny these stages of life and our responsibilities during that time. 

watercolour painting by me

A few weeks ago, I found one Video of young girl. She was nearly 16 years old and belonged to a very rich family. She is an only child of her parents.  I came to know that the girl decided to leave her worldly life to be ascetic. The girl gave a speech with tears in her eyes and relatives were too. I felt so much pain in her voice. To understand or feel something, she was going to sacrifice her whole Life. It was painful for me to watch that. A young age girl who could study more and gain knowledge. She could be a housewife or social worker to help others who are not able to do something. She could use those earnings of her father to help someone for an education and made her parents feel proud.. !! 

Is Sacrifice of a worldly Life to become a monk or  hermit is the right way ?? Can anyone live a life with sanctity without being a monk ? I found many guys doing a great job for the societies and nature… They live for the society, do their jobs, protect nature and work as messengers for the humane Society.  So, may we call them Worldly Monks?? The question is which way is the right one.? 

I think our life has very important stages and to stick with each phase is our responsibility. Those young energies has to do a lot for societies, Nature, Policies. Inventions etc. I am not thinking only for India but in the world that young generation has enough potential to have a change for a better society.

 A madness of wander in Nature become better than inactivity within those four walls.      

Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

To have feelings of ultimate, there is no better place than nature.              

The real strength of winning..

Congratulations to everyone on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji.

 The only thing which can completely turn-around from violence to non-violence, is Love. 

When I was writing this, one name came to my mind that is alexander.  who had madness for winning the world and he almost completed that but he could not win India. On his voyage, one time alexander was in Peshawar and stood at a corner besides a tree. A monk was sitting there on the corner and alexander came close and said to him that look…. I am alexander.!!.  I won the world and the last I will win this nation too… and saint asked him what will you do after that..?? Alexander proudly replied that I will live ‘peacefully’ and happily after winning. Monk said that but I am living very ‘peacefully’ right now!!!!..

Alex did not have any answer for that.

Then he turned and said, I am the king… what can I do for you?!! –  Saint said – do me a favour ..please go the other side with your horse.. because winter is on and I am here to take sunlight which is hidden by you right now!!! Alx could not believe the way of the monk and broke down completely.

And the light came in mind of alex and then he realized  how many humans Killed to become a king of the world.??!!! And he got nothing more than this..!!!!!!?? He felt the guilt and he could not win India and died there. So the thing is there that by killing or violence and by killing a humans one can’t achieve that he want is peace..

But, when the ways of defending a country for  a soldier is his duty and that’s why we can live peacefully in our homes. They are protecting us and a big respect to those every soldiers who are indirectly maintaining peace to live people like us. I think they are soldiers who are seeking peace and nonviolence more than anyone else.

Gandhiji also won the world  with Love, Peace and Humanity.

Thank u so much everyone.

The stripped moments to achieve dreams…

Life is all about bringing needs and fulfil dreams.. Dreams that we see with open eyes. Todays we often find every other person who has not enough sleep to achieve their dreams. Someone is not being able to sleep due to stress or too much pending work. In my case, I can’t sleep early because of thinking about art, culture, writing etc. The most important thing is when we grow up and we apply that grown up ability in our daily life. Though needs are needs and we should achieve that. But by thinking about dreams with an open eyes are affects our sweet dreams of night. One night I was in a deep thinking about art. It was late at 2:AM and I couldn’t sleep for more than one hour. Suddenly, I sat on a swing, started swinging it and all the thoughts were stopped and I slept deeply in few minutes. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj-India) , “The Night”

Many times we think too much about our business, future and we forget to live in the present. A little child who has nothing to think about anything. Children sleep in cradle in a few seconds and someone who is matured needs the whole night. Insomnia is now we found more in adults than never and because they don’t stop their mind in positive  thinking or negative. Young adults and teenagers suffering from insomnia due to depression and smartphones. It’s a really serious matter that those young guys not taking enough sleep due to negative thoughts or depression and by that they damage their physical health after some years. Taking a sleeping tablets are really harmful to our minds and we damaged our memory by that. Everyone who is suffering from insomnia should try a hammock or cradle which was our first connection of sleep!

Sometimes being a little child creates a great maturity for living a life.  

©  Jigar Soni

The Plated Celebrations…

 This is the festival of navratri. The longest festival. Every festival of any country reflects its art and culture. Art and culture defined by the people. In my opinion, Life is a longest festival.      We are eager to celebrate and struggle a bit between eagarness and celebrations. 

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj)

   A festival of Navratri is now very popular across the world. It’s a festival of nine nights. I thought about how this celebration has changed in modern times?? It was all about worship of our goddess and the feast of adoration. It was the festival of Garba. Some women met in the square near their homes. They did worship of our Goddess and played garba. Garba is an art of playing with rhythm in circularly(Perambulate). They sang together, clapped and create the ‘laya’. What would be an incredible sweetness on those sounds !! ? They never needed any heavy drums or speakers to play but the rhythm had been created by their claps, Garba sung by women and playing circularly were everything  together.!? The rhythm from their claps and sounds from their singing was wonderful to hear. It was a divine noise created to worship. Everyone naturally could get the rhythm in their play. The ultimate joy was also there.! 

    May this festival is a worship of our mother earth?? Who can know about this.?? Somebody has written that a Garba is a symbol of the universe. Is it the perambulate of the universe. !!

   Now, the whole scenario has changed. This festival has taken a form of business. The loud speakers causing noise pollution.No worship and more drama to win competitions!?? By remembering those steps taught by dance masters they actually forget to dance naturally. Following those steps are not the worship or adoration. The joy of playing is better than following the steps.

   Festivals came from a small celebrations to love, respect and have faith in God.Those festivals which were the identity of our culture is now hidden by the way of our celebrations.  
Thank you so much.

©  Jigar Soni

Art is your Inner world…

Any Art is a subject of learning first. Any performer is first a learner than anything else. To learn something, one should have a large inner world. Many newcomers are not accepting those basic things from their mentors and they struggle a lot in future. An artist should be concerned about inner world than the outer world

Before few years, my father went to one painting exhibition in Mumbai. A big place and many well known artists came there for an inauguration. Some artists introduce my father to well known artists who has a big name in modern and contemporary art. During that time they had very healthy talk about abstract art and realism.From one of those artists criticised my father for his look.He told that Soniji, you don’t look like an artist with your simple formal dress and style. You should have some long beard, different hair style or dress like kurta-pajamas.?? He then pointed to a few artists who had some different hairstyles, different beard, some had ear rings. Look, every artist has some style for their looks. You don’t look different or Artist and you look like a layman !! My father politely answered that sir, here every artist has their special outlook where I am a simple man with only a formal wear..Am I look different from you all…?? 

Everything in art is an impression from your inner world. A look of any artist depends on his/her style of painting if they deeply involved in art…

A painting is an exterior look of any artist, they don’t need to paint themselves with different styles.
Thank you So much.

©  Jigar Soni

Karma is undefined….

What is Karma? Can anyone answer? The ages have passed, but no one has been born to define karma. It is estimated that karma is related to our earth element. A body of your nature dances always that’s unknown. It is a windy body where your nature is hidden. I believe that karma cannot be evaluated. Our karma is like nature that inside of us. How can one evaluate another’s karma even when he/she is not aware of his own karma? No one has never released from the bondage of karma.

Painting by me.

No one could escape the bondage of karma and no one knows what this karma or obligation is?. It is a time when you have to show a knot and at the same time you have to play your role as a visionary. Who knows when giving a speech about karma or writing a two line, are they freed from the bondage of their karma? One is never free from karma. No-one has the strength to be free from it. Find a person who never has any problems in life!


Mostly, there is a point of an acceptance when we are running towards attainment.

Thank you so much..

© Jigar Soni

The circle of Life…

Our life is generally divided into those three parts. A one is playing, the other is making and then retiring. Mostly, we think about the future and we work hard to make better than present. Hopes are with us always and there is no end of it. A top businessman always thinks about being with same flow till to the end of his life. An employee always look for the promotions, Where an artist always think about a better creation.!Life never stops from all these. We are covered with some responsibilities, Wishes and lots of hopes. Parents wants his son get married with a good girl and then should have a child within a few years, then grandchild’s study, his/her career etc.. Life is not always beats on a same rhythm. Sometimes we succeed to achieve and sometimes we are short of achieving enough from our perspective.   

Painting by Navin Soni(Bhuj), Title – A Wish

  

Life is a sea of wishes and hopes. But we manage to fill our life with those water puddles besides us.
It is not about reacting those blank spaces, its’ for satisfying with filled spaces.

Painting of the earth…

When we wake up in the morning we find the lights coming into the room. We see different angles which are paintings of everyday. Lights are the main source to create a painting for artist and nature. Lights giving vision to an artist and and every element being visible. From the beginning of this world when lights started to land on earth, the beautiful painting had been created. Every morning sun always ready to give vision to the world and we can see those colours changing on ground with the different source of lights.

Painting By Navin Soni(Bhuj)


We can see horizontal lines on the sea and land because of the visual capacity of us but actually it’s the difference of those two elements.!? Nature never created lines, its’ invented by the humans. Every tree that firstly grown naturally and where it stopped growing, humans draw the lines!! 

 By the long vision we finds the reflections of the sky in every element and uncleared lines. This circular composition of nature remains forever. It’s always depends on the humans that how we keep a rhythm of that painting.

Thank you so much.


© Jigar Soni


The Hypocritical films…

Entertainment is becoming a mainstream for today’s generation. Even the previous generation also like to have it. Mostly, I  used to talk of knowledge and human being with my mother. We watch news and discuss about politics and other factors of the economy. One day I was finding one music channel on television but unexpectedly I found some religious channels. A new monk with long beard came to market and we saw devotees listened to his speech very consciously. After sometime that new brand of monk stopped his speech and gave directions to start music. Devotees started dancing and there after the saint also dancing on the big decorated stage. Devotees were very excited to see that dancing monk and some of them were in extra joy. We enjoyed like a comedy show of seeing arrhythmic dance by monk on stage like that. People got mad and danced more forcefully to be captured on camera !?. After all that drama, the program completed and I changed the channel to view the music show. That actual show I wanted to see was ended but we found another show with DJ rocks on the floor. A one man that is DJ in the Bar, dancing and playing like a mad where people were enjoying dance.Though he was dancing in perfect rhythm. The DJ was very famous and people loved him so much. It was an entertaining club night there.

Painting by me..


Later, one day I got the news with photo that a new monk had been arrested against the scams and cheating devotees.?! That was really surprising for me that from those two persons,how DJ of the bar is way better than monk.? Both were entertainer but the DJ was a better person. There was no curtain of any religion or cults to cheat or playing a game with someone’s emotions because DJ was doing a job in the right way. On the other side, that hypocrite monk was cheating those uneducated people and settle properties from there. ?!

        Religion is never depend by onstage entertainment, It is self-immolation.
Thank you so much.

© Jigar Soni