He is a befitting example of a mystic who like a trapeze artist traverses through various forms of creative expression, turning each realm into a masterpiece, as if this was the task he was born for. A yoga guru, an art maestro, a pianist, poet, thinker, guide, philosopher, and a great pal to his brood who lovingly call him Sensei, Bharat Thakur defies all definitions.
He is best known as the man behind Artistic Yoga, a new form of yoga that he not just created but took to myriad shores abroad, teaching the craft to global celebrities like Vladimir Putin, the monarchy of UAE, Karisma Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and many others.
However, today after setting up hugely successful yoga studios in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Dubai, Moscow and Azerbaijan, Bharat has turned to art, making it his raison d’etre. Right through the lockdown, he lived in Rishikesh by the Ganges, sketching and painting each day. He trudges on, bringing alive his spiritually-led art, that goes from paintings mystics that emerge in his mind and faces that haunt his soul, with a few abstracts thrown in.
He had just returned after a very successful show in Dubai, his second home, when the pandemic struck. He was still nursing the happiness of how his portrait of the king had met with critical acclaim and how the show was a total sell-out. Hours before the lockdown, he drove to his home in Rishikesh where he has stayed ever since, cooking his famed aloo chokha, meeting his spiritual guru, practising yoga with a swiftly flowing Ganga as his background, and painting a new work almost every day.
Bharat is multi-dimensional, with Art being as close to his heart as Yoga and Spirituality. All of this can be attributed to Bharat’s unique upbringing. At the age of four, he was taken to the caves around Gomukh in the higher reaches of the Himalayas by his master, who belonged to an ancient lineage of adepts.
He lived in an unusual environment, which was snowbound throughout the year with almost no vegetation, and practically no contact with civilisation, where you could not take your food or even sleep for granted. It was at once a push towards survival mode as well as an immersion in meditation and silence, where the natural elements kept you company and life was lived around the fire pit or ‘dhuna’ in the caves.
What marked him out in such a world was his deep interest and fascination for sketching, which came naturally to him as a child. With no art school or art material in the caves, he was constantly drawing on the ice, using the soil, leaves and so on to create what can be called installations in retrospect. These were the seeds of the artist.
Yet his life had a mission and the mission was Yoga. After eleven years in the hills, Bharat pursued his formal education where he specialised in exercise physiology that culminated in a PhD. Following this, he started his yoga company, Bharat Thakur Artistic Yoga, and over a period of two decades, the company grew to become an internationally renowned brand spread across The Middle East, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.
Bharat’s art career was on a slow burn through this period as all his energies went in creating the yoga movement. He called his method of yoga ‘Artistic Yoga’ as art was his way of life. Art to him combined truth, beauty, spirit and passion. Through all these years, he kept up the sketching and developed a fair amount of familiarity and ease with the medium of watercolour and charcoal during his years as a student and while helming the Artistic Yoga movement.
And like art was essential to his Yoga, the soul is essential to his art. His paintings and sculptures are a visual manifestation of the beauty that springs straight from the soul. His art is also informed by his study of the human anatomy and physiology during his years at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, where he did his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Yoga and Physiology.
“It was in 2010 that I turned to art in all seriousness,” he informs, “I am self-taught, learning from the street artists of Europe, getting inspired by the mystics who emerge in my subconscious, a residual memory of my days in the Himalayas.” Add to that the frenetic schedule he maintained, a prolific schedule of visits to the museums and galleries of the world, which he could combine with ease as he travelled heavily on the yoga mission.
From 2016, Bharat started exhibiting his works in solo and group shows. Bharat straddles the world of abstraction as well as figurative art with equal ease. What marks him out as a painter is his ability to channel his unique background and experiences into his works. Having spent many years with the spiritual adepts in the mountains and being one of them, he has both knowledge and access of the kind that is unprecedented.
Throughout his life, Bharat has been evolving a unique grammar of art, drawing from his incredible understanding of both the figurative and abstract genres.
As a multidimensional artist, he works with a wide variety of mediums for his paintings and sculptures. Bharat likes to find his own expression, untethered and unbound by convention. For him, no medium is too challenging and no subject is beyond contemplation.
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Falguni Pathak remarks ‘Wish I could take action’ over Neha Kakkar’s ‘Maine Payal Hai’ remake
The renowned singer Falguni Pathak is not happy with Neha Kakkar’s recreation of her iconic song ‘Maine Payal Hai Chhankai’. She said in a recent interview that neither the producers nor Neha made an effort to get in touch with her prior to or following the release of the new song, ‘O Sajna’. The veteran singer also said that she wished to take action against the Neha Kakkar song but was unable to do so since she did not have the song rights.
Neha has come under fire from several fans for ‘ruining’ the original. The original singer of the 1990s hit song, Falguni, reshared fan posts on Instagram Story, subtly criticising Neha’s rendition of the song titled “O Sajna.”
“How long you can go Neha Kakkar? Stop ruining our old classics for us. Falguni Pathak is the OG. Stop with it already,” one of the posts on Falguni’s Instagram Story read.
The actors Vivan Bhatena and Nikhila Palat were featured in the original song, which was launched in 1999. At a college festival, the song was performed as a puppet show. The song was a resounding hit. Recently, the updated version was unveiled.
The music video for “O Sajna” features Dhanashree Verma and Priyank Sharma. “O Sajna” was written by Tanishk Bagchi, who is renowned for reinventing classic Hindi melodies.
Ayan Mukerji says that Sharukh Khan’s cameo looks like Iron man
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Entire Bollywood mourns on the legend Raju Shrivastava’s death
The legend of stand-up comedy, Raju Shrivastava, who won many hearts as a stand-up comedian and an actor, passed away at the age of 58 on Wednesday.He took his last breath in Delhi’s AIIMS hospital.He was admitted after suffering a heart attack on August 10 while working out at a Delhi hotel gym. Several Bollywood celebrities grieved his death on social media platforms and paid tribute. Taking to his Instagram Stories, Anil Kapoor posted a photo from their film together and wrote, “Om Shanti.”Film director Vivek Agnihotri shared a video message on Twitter. He credited Raju for solely shouldering the trend of stand-up comedy. He wrote in Hindi, “There is no such friend or stranger whom Raju Srivastava did not make laugh. Raju brother, gone too soon. You were a true legend of stand-up comedy. Om Shanti #RajuShrivastava.” Actor Ajay Devgn posted a black and white photo of Raju on Twitter. He said, “In your lifetime you gifted us laughs & more laughs, on & off the screen. Your untimely demise makes me very sad. RIP Raju. Om Shanti. May the Almighty give your family strength in this hour of bereavement.”Sudhir Mishra tweeted, “Raju Srivastava has gone! Hopefully, the lesson that he leaves behind is that irreverence should be our default state. To laugh in the face of authority is a fundamental right. Alvida (Goodbye)!” Rajpal Yadav shared a photo of Raju on Instagram and wrote, “I have no words to describe this loss. You have left us all too soon. You will be missed my brother. I just can’t believe this.#RajuSrivastav #RIP.” “Raju Srivastava Om Shanti RIP,” wrote filmmaker Rakesh Roshan on Instagram. Sanjay Gupta said, “Rest In Peace Raju. Thank you for all these years of fun and laughter.”Mika Singh tweeted a photo of Raju and wrote, “The great comedian, the most humble and respected @iRajuSrivastava bhai has sadly left us with his memories. May God bless his soul, rest in eternal peace. Om Shanti.” Shekhar Suman said on Twitter, “Wat I was dreading for the past one month has happened.Raju Srivastava has left all of us for his heavenly abode.Devastated to hear the news.May God grant him eternal peace. #OmShanti.”Nimrat Kaur tweeted, “Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Late Raju Srivastava ji. May God bless his journey into the light #RIPRajuSrivastava.” Divya Dutta wrote on Twitter, “Heartbreaking to hear about the sad demise of #rajusrivastava. My first film had him in an integral part. Thank you for all the smiles. laughs and warmth. RIP. May God give your family strength.”Raju Shrivastava’s brother, Dipoo Shrivastava told that he got call from the hospital at morning and he was told that Raju is no more. The legend is succeeded by his wife and two children. He was declared dead at 10:20 a.m.
MP minister wants a ban on the film “Thank God”
Vishvas Sarang, the education minister of Madhya Pradesh, has urged Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur to prohibit the upcoming film ‘Thank God’ starring Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra. In a letter to Thakur, Sarang claimed that the film depicts Chitragupta, a Hindu deity who, according to mythology, accompanies Yama, the god of death, in an inappropriate manner.
Sarang said that “for the past many years, many filmmakers and actors in Bollywood are making objectionable comments on the deities of Hindu society and including obscene scenes.”
According to the minister, Chitragupta is shown in the recently released trailer surrounded by “half naked” women, and objectionable remarks are made on his behalf by Devgn.
“Due to the objectionable remarks made by the hero of the film, Ajay Devgan, there is a lot of anger in the entire Hindu society along with the Kayastha society,” he wrote.
“It is requested to kindly prevent the sentiments of the entire Kayastha/Hindu society from being hurt by giving directions to immediately stop the telecast of the said film,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, the ministry of information and broadcasting has yet to issue an official statement. Chitragupta is said to have been assigned the task of punishing or rewarding humans based on their actions in Hindu mythology.
‘Thank God’ is a forthcoming family entertainer film starring Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra, and Rakul Preet Singh.
The film tells the story of a common man (Sidharth Malhotra) who, after an accident, finds himself in a world between life and death and meets Chirtagupta (played by Ajay Devgn). Chitragupta and Sidharth Malhotra play a game he calls the “Game of Life.”
The trailer and first song, ‘Manike,’ were recently released, and the audience responded positively.
While Sidharth and Rakul will appear as a new on-screen couple, this is Rakul’s third collaboration with Ajay Devgn, following ‘De De Pyaar De’ and ‘Runway 34.’ The film will be released in theatres on October 25th of this year.
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