Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

About Ellora and Gangaram
In the 1790s, Pune-based artist Gangaram Tambat worked for British resident Charles Malet, and the artist James Wales, who were both in attendance at the court of the Peshwa.

Portrait of Gangaram, CE 1790, Pune. Copyright: Yale Center of British Art and Holly Shaffer
Portrait of Gangaram, CE 1790, Pune. Copyright: Yale Center of British Art and Holly Shaffer

He sculpted animal figures, drew plans of the Ellora and Karla rock-cut temples, and sketched portraits of local wrestlers and religious devotees. Now, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Holly Shaffer is in Mumbai to share about this expert artist’s works that remain in a rare archive at the Yale Center for British Art.

How did Gangaram’s drawings support and alter Malet’s and Wales’s publications? How does an archive reveal and constrict how we construct the past? If these questions have piqued your curiosity, we suggest you head to the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum today.

Different strokes

Pic/Shadab Khan
Pic/Shadab Khan

Sachin Tendulkar on his way out of the Commissioner of Police (Railway) office after launching the B Safe campaign at Wadi Bandar last evening.

Talking about myths
Myths now have a strange currency with leaders proposing some of it as science and some as history. In this climate, a revisiting of myths becomes an important exercise.

The department of Sanskrit, Mumbai University, is for the second consecutive year hosting a mythology forum, Aakhyaan, which they claim, is the only such in the country.

They hope to revisit ancient wisdom to understand and interpret its relevance in the present context. The theme this time is the hero’s journey.

50 shades of pleasure
If you’re trying to take a leaf out of EL James’ erotica, Fifty Shades Of Grey, to get adventurous between the sheets, here’s something that’ll help.

That’s Personal, an e-commerce portal selling adult products, has introduced new arrivals in its Fifty Shades Of Grey collection, brought to India last year through a tie-up with UK’s Lovehoney.

While previously, it featured whips, wrist ties and bed restraint kits, the additions include pleasure gels (read: orgasm gels) for men and women, massage and bath oils and a sex toy cleaner.

Who said only Christian Grey could have all the fun, eh?

Dalai Lama at CSMVS
Fresh from hosting a grand exhibition opening, the director of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS), Sabyasachi Mukherjee is gearing up for another big-ticket event; this time, it will be for the unveiling of the re-vamped Himalayan Art Gallery.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama during an earlier visit to Mumbai. Pic/Pradeep DhivarHis Holiness The Dalai Lama during an earlier visit to Mumbai. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Slated to open in April, the space replacing the earlier Nepal-Tibet Gallery, spells a new welcoming of sorts. And, Mukherjee revealed to this diarist that there is a possibility of the Dalai Lama flying in for the opening.
“We are trying to get His Holiness for the opening, though we know that he is not keeping in the best of health,” informed Mukherjee.

Celebrate Maharashtra’s trees
Are you a nature lover or a shutterbug who loves taking photos of trees? Sunset, sunrise, shadows, light or darkness — if trees dominate your pictorial landscape, you may want to sign up for this special photography competition organised by National Society of the Friends of The Trees.

The society is inviting applications from photographers across Maharashtra to capture beautiful trees from the home state. The competition is open for submissions till January 20, following which it will declare the winners.

Interested folk can send across frames (10”x12”, mounted on white cardboard of 12”x15”) before January 20. If you think you have a shot at this, email or call 22870860.

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