Friday, March 31, 2006

Ugaadi Madness

0. Happy Ugaadi! Pachadi was had after ages, thanks to kindly neighbour. The Ugaadi pachadi, upon reflection, is a fantastic concept. Somewhat thrilled and glad to belong to a part of the world that could invent this concoction. What better way to begin a new year than to remind yourself that it won't always be rosy, and that the bitter, sour, salty, spicy, astringent and sweet all have their place in the scheme of things. A plausible excuse for eating neem, tamarind, salt, green chillies, mango and jaggery in one go. Peace to the world in Sri Vyaya Naama Ugaadi.

1. Carefully avoid music stores on weekday holidays. Money (too much) was blown yesterday on a weirdly messed up mixture of things.
  • Swathikiranam and Subhasankalpam - We admit it freely. We bought the first VCD to see (again?) what Mammootty looks like in a Telugu movie, and the second because we want to have the damn hailesso song close at hand. Besides, they were really cheap.

  • Ghalib ke kalam se - "Why?", you ask. Not really sure. One reason - to find out what baaziichaa-e-atfaal sounds like when Mohd. Rafi. sings it. Another - to find out what hazaaron khwaaishein aisi sounds like when Lata Mangeshkar sings it. That's about it, really.

  • Entharo Mahanubhavulu, Jon Higgins - Even more curious, why this one? Admittedly Higgins Bhaagavathar is an interesting character and all that. But we really have no clue about 7 out of 9 songs on the CD. But, 9 minus 7 = 2 and there lies the rub. Higgins' endaro mahaanubhaavulu is quite nice (whose isn't?) and we have come to know and love this thillana in Hindolam, so why not? All the krithis on the CD are available at Musicindiaonline.

  • Bluffmaster - That man Keynes and his homosexual intrigues are responsible for this one. The last time he was in Bangalore, he ended up filling our head with febrile visions of Priyanka Chopra's midriff. And then dragged us off to Belur, Halebid and parts west. Leaving us moderately thirsty in the matter of Priyanka Chopra's midriff. What to do? We are like this only.
2. We may have put the caboose before the locomotive, but ended up seeing our first Ingmar Bergman movie last night. It (unfortunately?) turned out to be Bergman's last feature film, Fanny and Alexander. In retrospect, this might be a cardinal mistake. To start off on a director with his last film, without knowing anything whatsoever about the man and his work, seems a bit nonsensical. The commentary track left us with some misgivings about this screwing up of chronology.

Nevertheless, "Fanny and Alexander" is a captivating (albeit rather long) movie, a somewhat autobiographical meditation. Bergman seems to use this film as a chance to tell the world about his formative years (with its fascination for the theatre, the moving image, story telling, fantasy), and also tries to convey what he thinks of life and art, and what is worthwhile and what isn't. A summing up of his own life and philosophy, one imagines. Various theatrical devices are used. Nostalgia, melodrama, horror - all play their part. On the whole, quite satisfying. May need to be borrowed again...

7 comments:

Falstaff said...

Ludwig: Congratulations. And welcome to the Bergman universe. And yes, Fanny and Alexander is not the movie I would have picked to start with. Did you watch the edited film version or the original TV series? (the latter is so much better). If you've never seen any other Bergman, may I recommend watching Smiles of a Summer Night next. It's so unusually light-hearted for Bergman that if you see it after you've seen most of his movies you spend most of your time wondering what happened to him. The only way to really enjoy it, I suspect, may be to watch it before you watch everything else.

P.S. Btw, Fanny och Alexander isn't quite Bergman's last film. Last year Sarabande made it to the theatres here in the US. A stunning film. But only to be watched after Scenes from a Marriage.

Ludwig said...

[falstaff] *sigh* Suspicions re: 'Fanny & Alexander' are true, eh? Ah well... Watched the film version, not the TV series. Thanks for the recos, will try to latch onto 'Smiles of a Summer Night'. Although I think the store didn't have it...

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That Man Keynes and his Bollywood Intrigues said...

At least I had the decency to only leave it up to the imagination. The picture ensures that PC's midriff is seared upon my brain pan. Work is, therefore going to be difficult today. I'll have you know that if I get fired it'll be your (and her) fault.

goody! padwa said...

you and your plain priyankas!

Ludwig said...

[tmkahbi] Dear fellow, we hasten to assure you that the movie appears to not have the divine midriff in evidence all that much. It is all marketing and packaging. Capitalism and the MBA work ethic.

[goody! padwa] Plain? You did take a gander at the photograph, one takes it...

Shankari said...

Ayyo BegumPetter, how could you pass over the mandated pets and strokes for Begum A?

You heard Ghalib ke kalam se for hearing Lata, na???

*confounded profounded*