Thursday, August 6, 2009


Shot by Subhash Solanki

ASIIPC, Hon. PSI, Hon. PAI, Hon. PAB, ARP always insisted on the long list of his achievements after his name , he was proud in a humble way of his photographic accomplishments.

He worked hard to attain them, his only problem was he was not much net savvy and to my knowledge did not have a computer or internet like his best friend Mr KG Maheshwari.

It was at his house I met Bhupesh Little , and many stalwarts of photography including Anil Risal Singh both from my home town Lucknow.

The first time I was invited to Mr KG Maheshwaris birthday party, many years back, he called me up to extend the invitation , but told me quite politely that I should tone my dress code for the sake of Mrs KG Maheshwari.

Yes I was a wild dresser with a crazy sense of sartorial taste.

I met a lot of photographers here , it was an experience , and I met Anil Bhartiya another great fan of Maheshwariji.

We had lunch, the three of us Maheshwariji Jatkar Saab and me.

Than we became much closer as I was chosen to sit as a model for Maheshwariji at his house and Mr Jatkar was part of this photo shoot.

We had another photo shoot organized at Nasik at Mr Maheshwarijis Coin or Numismatic Museum , here I learnt outdoor lighting using the sun,I shot B/W those days , I used Dleta Ilford 100 ASA .

I accompanied Mr BW Jatkar to the biullock cart races , the seagull shoots across the harbor,Banganga , Haji Ali , Gokul Ashtami., Dahi Handi ..

The Presidentship of Mr BW Jatkar was one of the most creative periods in photography at my camera club PSI Mumbai.

Those days much before the camera era , I would shoot pictures B/W make contact sheets , that Mr Jatkar would mark, the ones he marked I had them enlarged to 4/6 ..I would again send them to him , for his views , from what he chose I had prints blown for Salon participation, prints were enlarged and printed by an ace Satyendra Dalvi.

Processing of my B/W was first done at Huzefar Rasiwalla, than Vishal Bhende and finally it was one of his brilliant ex students Mahindra Patil also a photographer who processed them for Shivaji Park.

Color printing those days was at Swastik Color lab Dadar, personally supervised by Late Bhai Humne.

Prof BW Jatkar was a life member of FIP Kolkatta and was very close to Mr Subroto Ray and Mr Benu Sen.

He was a member of IIPC Delhi..very close to the Sharmas.

We have all lost a very dear friend, and I think those he touched will never ever forget him.

He was extremely close to Mr Subhash Solanki , they held workshops at Sujo .

And come to think of it the first time I met MR BW Jatkar it was at Subhashjis camera shop.

I request all his friends those who have any of his personal pictures with him , to send it to me to add to my set on Flickr so that the contribution of this dynamic man will be at one place and never be forgotten..

Lastly people like BW Jatkar are not born everyday..they die but yet live in the hearts of people they loved and people who loved him will never forget him ever.

I hope his daughter Shivani in Chicago reads this and gets in touch with me.

PSI must have a special memorial service form him,and this is my personal request to Mr Prasad Pawaskar erstwhile Secretary of Photographic Society of India Mumbai .

The East Indian Fisherwomen

There might be just three of them at the Bandra Bazar fish market, , these are the original inhabitants of Mumbai , they are known as East Indians.. they are Roman Catholics , very peaceful, calm , composed and hospitable race.

They are the most non controversial people of Mumbai.
Bandra Bazar Road , Waroda Road, Veronica Street , Chapel Road ,Bandstand , Mount Mary, Chimbai , Chium,Khar Danda ,were all East Indian fishing villages , with their own patron churches equally demarcated.

East Indians or East Indian Catholics are a Marathi-speaking, Roman Catholic ethnic group, based in and around the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in the state of Maharashtra [2]. These people are of the original Marathi ethnic group and had been evangelized by the Portuguese, while retaining much of their pre-Christian traditions.

Pre-Portuguese era

Though It is commonly thought that the origin of Christianity in North Konkan, was due to the proselytizing activities of the Portuguese in the 16th Century. It was, St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, who preached in North Konkan. There are indisputable evidences of this fact by the writings of Kosmos Indicopleustes of his having seen in Kalyana a flourishing Christian Community in the 6th Century and of Jordanus, of his having labored among the Christians in Thana and Sopara in the 13th Century. The French Dominican friar Jordanus Catalani of Severac (in south-western France) started evangelizing activities in Thana and Sapora was the first work of Rome in North Konkan. Sopara was an ancient port and an international trading center. The water once extended all the way to Bhyander creek thus making the whole area extending from Arnala to Bhyander an island - referred to as Salsatte island. In the time of the Buddha, Sopara, (Ancient Shurparaka), was an important port and a gateway settlement. Perhaps this induced Ashoka to install his edicts there. Sopara is referred in the Old Testament as Ophir, the place from which King Solomon brought gold, Josephus identifies Ophir with Aurea Chersonesus, belonging to India. Septuagint translates Ophir as Sophia, which is Coptic for India. This refers to the ancient city of Soupara or Ouppara on the western coast of India.

It should then come as no surprise that contact with India dates as far back as the days of King Solomon. Pantaneus visited India about AD 180 and there he found a Gospel of Matthew written in Hebrew language, left with the Christians there by St. Barthlomew. This is mentioned by Eusebius, and by Jerome in one of his letters. The finding of a Gospel of Matthew left with the Christians by Bartholomew is very strong evidence to the existence of a Christian community in India in the first century at the time of the visit of St. Bartholomew. It traces the history of the Church in India to the first century. In fact, it is an independent confirmation of the Indian church’s ancient and apostolic origin. Most history of The Indian Church was lost between the 9th and the 14th Century, as Persia went over to the Nestorianism in 800 AD. Since the provision of Church offices and all the apparatus of public worship, was looked to a foreign source; when this foreign aid was withdrawn. the Indian Christians were reduced to "nominal" Christians.[2]

[edit] Portuguese era
Main article: History of Bombay under Portuguese rule (1534-1661)

The whole policy of the Portuguese, who came to India in 1498, was to bring the Indian Christians under their concept of Roman Catholicism. The Bramhins Prabhu and other high-class Hindus who were prudently and ceremoniously converted were treated by the Portuguese with honor and distinction. In stark contrast, was the attitude of the Portuguese to those groups who were engaged in cultivation, fishing and other rural occupations handed down to them by their ancestors. These groups were given neither education, not proper instructions in the dogmas and doctrines of the church. Among the converts the Portuguese made, it cannot be denied that a large number of them were descendants of the Christian Community founded by Apostle St. Barthmolew . But these new converts were not strangers to the old Christians. They were their own people with whom they had been living for centuries. The Portuguese however welded them into one community. Ever since then, this community has remained a separate entity, without becoming one with any of the other Christian community. In certain instances, they were even referred to as "Portuguese Christians". With the defeat of the Portuguese at the hands of the Marathas and later on the advent of the British, there came a lot of change. In the 1960s, the Archdiocese of Bombay estimated that there were 92,000 East Indians in Mumbai out of which 76,000 were in suburban Mumbai and 16,000 in urban Mumbai.[1]

[edit] British and modern era
Main articles: History of Bombay under British rule and Bombay Presidency

On 11 May 1661, the marriage treaty of Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza, daughter of King John IV of Portugal, placed Bombay in the possession of the British Empire, as part of Catherine's dowry to Charles.[3] From the early days of the East India Company, there were no other Indian Christians in the North Konkan except the East Indian Catholics. Employments that were intended for the Christians, were the monopoly of the East Indians. With development, came in railways and steamship, a boon for the traveling public. And with that came a number of emigrants from Goa which were also known as Portuguese Christians. The British found it expedient to adopt a designation which would distinguish the Christians of North Konkan who were British subjects and the Goan and Mangalorean Catholics who were Portuguese subjects. Accordingly on the occasion of The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Christian of North Konkan, who were known as "Portuguese Christians" discarded that name and adopted the designation "East Indian”. By the adoption of the name "East Indian" they wanted to impress upon the British Government of Bombay that they were the earliest Roman Catholic Subjects of the British Crown in this part of India, in as much as Bombay, by its cession in 1661, was the first foothold the British acquired in India. As the children of the soil, they urged on the Government, that they were entitled to certain natural rights and privileges as against the emigrants.[2]

[edit] Culture

Although, they have preserved their pre-Christian Marathi culture and traditions, many Portuguese and influences have been absorbed. They speak in exclusive East-Indian marathi dialects. Most of them are fluent in English as well. A village of East-Indians who to this day speak Portuguese. The language of the Kupari Christians is a dialect of Marathi known as Shamedi. The East Indian cuisine is a unique blend of Koli, Marathi, and Portuguese cuisine. They still retain many of the practises of pre-Christian tradition. Most of the East Indian women wear typical Maharashtrian saree and Koli dresses.[4] . East Indian ladies also wear the Mangalsutra. The East Indians of Vasai also practise the pre-Christian tradition of visiting the Vajrayogini temple every year.

There are five broad cultural groups of East Indians - Kulbis, Samvedi Christians, Koli Christians, Vadvals, Salsette Christians and the urbanized section.

[edit] Prominent East Indians

* Gonsalo Garcia: Roman Catholic saint from India
* Joseph Baptista: Indian freedom activist.
* Michael Ferreira: amateur player of English billiards
* Gavin Ferreira: olympic hockey player

Wife No 1 v/s Wife No 2

Wife No 2
is from Lucknow
she makes
idli sambhar
instead of pilao
wife no 1
is the internet
she says
raising the rolling pin
her eyebrows
monsoon lover
is invited
to join us even now
surfing sorrow
only pain to browse
a burning house
of matrimony
he may help to douse
she starts calling me names
scoundrel rascal and a louse
she as given me an ultimatum
either the internet or her
she will move back
to her mothers house
wife no1 v/s wife no 2
a computer a keyboard
and a frightened mouse
nothing not even karma
my frickin good luck
can ever arouse

dedicated to my dear brother sudip da/ monsoon lover

The Curse of My Computer Addiction

at home
may a time
between me and my wife
a great friction
my ass glued to the seat
the curse computer addiction
she says its an obsession
get away with it be done
address not found
cause of heart burn
a marital mishap
that gives no fun
flickr facebook
consuming time
energy of her only
surviving husband
she tells no more
internet wires
once and for all
You Telecom
take a full and final refund
get back to business
family life her
final decision
or she says
I will go back
to my mothers house
no more ever return
go live with a blog goddess
or your alaskan fern
good for nothing
she calls me
making her heart and soul burn
very angry upset and stern
pedestrian poetry
she wants me to
dump in the recycling folder
cursing each and everyone
she says it is fred glenn posey
infected her huband
with cybernetic poison
while laughing all the way
to burkina faso
with a 100000
million dollars
is lefty on the run
accompanied by a
buxom nubile
comely news person
berkershires one and only
miss nasty nicholson

Kamabakht Kam Pe Sota Hai

sethani gayi shopping
kambhakt kam pe sota hai
sethji joru ka ghulam
kismet pe rota hai
kamwali dhobi ke sath
sethji ghar pe kapda dhota hai
sethji biwi ka bezuban
paltu tota hai
sethji ki wedding anniversary
ka yeh dil se neyota hai

Death of the East Indian Ethos

by lanes of bandra bazar road
through my camera lens i spy
young relatives eagerly waiting for
old relatives to die
grab the property sell
it to the builder
who will make a tower
kissing the feet of god
in the sky
this is the case
of gaothan
fishing villages
from bandra bazar
to chimbai
a lost heritage
of the east indians
a stray tear in the eye
politicians builders
favors money
can buy
their suitcases
moving to uttan nalla sopara
the last east Indian
to bandra bids good bye
miyas marwaris bohras
gujratis punjabis
south indians
will take their place
big bucks so imply
on the other hand
the roman catholic
church of Jesus
to the east indian ethos
has forever
shut its eye

Render to Caesar what belong to Caesar and to Christ what belongs to Christ
is their biblical diplomatic apolitical reply ...Silence searching for another fall guy ..

Photographers Never Die..Prof BW Jatkar

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Wheel of Life
The Self is the hub of the wheel of life,
And the sixteen forms are only the spokes.
The Self is the paramount goal of life.
Attain this goal and go beyond death!

- Prashna Upanishad

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared...Gautam Buddha

in hurry
he forgot to say
good bye
god wanted
him urgently
for a photo shoot
god loved
prof bw jatkar
from mumbai
the marathi manoos
with his magic eye
that never fade
deep emotions
bound to PSI
his dear and loving wife
an apple of his eye
he leaves her behind
a son and shivani
for better prospects
beyond the heavenly sky
with a loud baritone voice
people thought
he was a tough guy
but he was god fearing
humble hospitable
would never hurt a fly
he taught me
how to shoot seagulls
flying high
the Alibagh
bullock cart race
on Holi
in a white safari
panning moments
passing by
dahi handi
ganpati visarjan
nothing missed
his camera eye
his only best friend
kg maheshwari
in suit boot and tie
digitally creating drama
hidden from public eye
uncoil the serpent
use kundalini in
unleash the fire
his words of wisdom
brings tears to my eye
death is for those
who are scared of living
like Prof BW Jatkar
never die

Below his application for Honours sent by Mr KG Maheshwari

application for FSIIPC



1. a) Name of the Candidate : B.W. Jatkar, GD ART, APSI, AFIAP, AIIPC,


b) Address : Ramdas Bhavan, 1st Floor, Road No. 3

Shivaji Park, Mumbai 400 028 – India
Telephone : 022-4450173

c) Membership No. : FLM 26
Nominated by KG Maheshwari

4. Occupation (give details)

Retired Professor from J J Institute of Applied Arts 1967 to 1998. Been teaching Photography and V.C. designing in Sir J J Institute of Applied Arts – Mumbai and Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya in Nagpur University. Worked as an Examiner Paper Setter in both Applied Arts and Fine Arts sections (Photography including Videography and Cinematography). Have prepared syllabus of Photography courses – M.F.A., B.F.A. Degree course, Short Term and Long Term courses – Examination Patterns and Teaching Methods leading to Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels for Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University of Hyderabad, University of Goa and University of Mumbai.

5. Photographic Honors (with year of attaining):

1. Associateship – The Federation of International De-Arts Photographic, Belgium - 1973

2. Associateship - Royal Photography Society, Great Britain - 1974


3. Associateship - Photographic Society of India, Mumbai – 1978

4. Honorary Membership – Photographic Association of Bengal 0 Kolkata


5. Associateship - India International Photographic Council, New Delhi 1988

6. Associateship to Service – India International Photographic Council - 1991

7. Honorary Membership - Photographic Society of India, Mumbai - 1997

8. Honorary Membership – Photographic Association of Indore - 1998

9. Lifetime Achievement Award - Photographic Society of India, Mumbai 1999

10. 2 Maharashtra State Awards for Creative Photographic Posters - 1973 and 1974

11. 2 1st Awards by Maharashtra State Tourism Dept. for Thematic Monochrome photographs - 1998

12. Blazer Award by University of Mumbai - 1996

13. Blazer Award by University of Mumbai - 1998

6. Photographic Lectures (with details of topic place, year, whether invited/paid)

1. “Basic Lights and Lighting and its effects” – Printing Technology – Mumbai – 1975
2. “Outdoor Modeling” – Vidarbha Arts and Cultural Centre – Nagpur – 1976
3. “Black & White Enlarging and Exhibition Prints” – I.I.T. Powai - Mumbai - 1977
4. “Product and Industrial Photography” – I.D.C. Powai – Mumbai – 1978
5. “Landscape and Building Photography” – J.J. College of Architecture – Mumbai - 1979
6. “Lights and Lighting for products, Still life and Thematic Table top” – Mumbai – 1979
7. “Use of Photography in Painting Section” - J.J. College of Fine Arts – Mumbai – 1981
8. “Basic and Fashion Photography” – University of Bombay, Club House Mumbai 1982
9. “Portrait and Figure Study Lighting” – Bandra Art Hostel – Mumbai – 1983

10. “Control enlarging and Multiple Enlarging” - S.N.D.T. University – Mumbai – 1984

11. “Thematic Black and White Photogram” – Photography Club of Aurangabad – Aurangabad – 1986

12. “Outdoor Village Photography” - Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya – Nagpur 1989

13. “Types of Commercial Photography and its use” – Goa College of Arts Panjim – 1991

14. “T.V. Talk on Photography in Gujarathi with 50 Photographs titled ‘Kalana Kasbi’” – 1992 (Relayed 2 times)

15. “Portraiture and Figure Study” – D.Y Patil College – New Bombay – 1995

16. “Thematic Multiple Images (Colour and Monochrome)” – Mumbai University – 1998

17. “Fashion and Glamour” – Orange City Photographic Club – Nagpur – 1997

18. “Fashion and Dance Multi Images” – P.A.I. Indore – (M.P.) – 1996

19. “Colour Printing and Creative Photogram” – Academy of Applied Arts Mumbai – 2000

20. Several lectures for M/s. Konica, Kodak, Fuji and Agfa were given on their new technical information during promotion of their new products.

All above lectures were given as an invitee.

7. Photographic articles published/books written (with details of the publication, name, year, month, topic, whether illustrated)

1. I.P.C. Journal - November 1983 - “B.W. Creative Photogram” – 4 illustrations.
2. Asian Photography – August 1991 – “Colour Photogram” – 5 illustrations
3. Asian Photography – December 1991 – “Creative Black and White and Colour Solarization”.
4. Asian Photography – December 1993 _ “Creative Multiple Images” – 3 illustrations.
5. Shilpanjali – April 1994 – “Creative Photography for Applied Arts – 4 illustrations.
6. Better Photography – April 1998 - “Dark Room Wonders” – 6 illustrations
7. Asian Photography – December 1999 - “New Trends in Image Photography” – 6 illustrations
8. Better Photography – December 1999 – “Glamour Nude and Sabbatier Images” – 7 illustrations
9. Asian Photography – July 2000 – “Candid Photography” – 2 illustrations

10. Better Photography – January 1999 – “Abstractions on Papers” – 7 illustrations

11. Asian Photography – February 2001 – “Visual Art is a language without Boundaries” - 3 illustrations

12. Khatak Times – August 2001 – “Candid Camera” - 4 illustrations

8. Teaching photographic subjects/courses (details of course, subjects taught, place and year)

In addition to foregoing item No. 4, have

1. Guided Honors Candidates
2. Acted as Advisor to University of Mumbai
3. Was appointed as Workshop In-charge for Applied Arts and Fine Arts subjects and got Gold Medals for Mumbai University Work
4. Was Mumbai University Senate member

5. Worked as a Judge in Art section in Mumbai University and Konkan University

6. Member of the Advisory Boards of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University at Hyderabad and of University of Goa
7. Been a member of the Teaching Staff (Professor, Demonstrator etc.) selection committee in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, for Photography

9. Judging of Exhibitions (with details of salons, sections judged and the year)

Have been on the panel of Judges for national and international photography competitions and exhibitions –

Was one of the panel judges for IIPC Honors committee for portraiture, figure study, nature and wild life, advertising, fashion and photo journalism.

10. Service to Photographic Organisations, Name of the organization: (Mention whether international body or National or Local)

Committee Member/Zonal Secretary/

Workshop Director - IIPC - 1984 - 1991

Vice President - IIPC - 1992-1995

President - IIPC - 1995-1996

Received membership drive award for many years from IIPC

11. Position held related to photography in other organizations:

1. Since 1958 Life member of P.S.I. (Mumbai) – L.M. (0161)
2. Committee Member - P.S.I. (Mumbai)]
3. Worked as a Salon Secretary, Annual Exhibition Incharge, Outing Incharge and Studio Incharge
4. Since 1970 Life Member of F.I.P. – Bangalore – L.M. (000215)

12. Photographic Products developed (with patent held, if any)


13. If in a photographic profession, give details of nature of work.

After retirement, have conducted workshops as a Faculty on Fashion, Glamour, table top, outdoor modeling in Mumbai and elsewhere. Have been conducting regular Photo workshops at Sujo Photographic Academy. Murals numbering more than 75 in B/W and colour, mountages are presently gracing the walls of–

1. Vidhan Bhavan new building of Maharashtra State, 10 Monochrome Murals (size 9’ x 12’) in side porch as a “Pride of Maharashtra and Maharashtra’s progress.
2. Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Exhibition about Mahatma Gandhi’s full life and Devotion for India and as a Freedom Fighter of the Nation – 35 big blowups – (4’ x 8’) as permanent exhibition o the walls of Agakhan palace – Pune.
3. Tourism Exhibition for Maharashtra State, size 4’ x 6’ – 15 blowups
4. Agro, Industrial Exhibition in Nagpur and Kolkata, 6’ x 8’ – 10 blowups
5. Sanjay Gandhi memorial – National Park – Mumbai permanent exhibition display of nature and wild life – colour, monochrome 28 blowups (4’ x 6’) with lamination.

14. State if involved in the filed of photographic research or in any specified technical field of photography. Give details of the nature of work done.

Not Applicable

15. Photographic workshops/seminars/tours led, organized or participated in, give details of the number of persons in the group, places visited and the year.

1. Worked as a Co-ordinator and Faculty for “B.W. Photogram”, Mumbai IIPC Conference 1984
2. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Thematic Colour and B/W Photogram” – Delhi – IIPC Conference 1985
3. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Still Life” Jaipur – IIPC Annual Conference 1986.
4. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Exhibition Prints Making, Finishing and its presentation” - Delhi - IIPC Conference 1988
5. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Dark Room Techniques, Multiple Solarization” - Coimbatore - IIPC Conference 1988
6. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for "Creative Colour & B/W Photogram, Outdoor Portraiture – Chennai - IIPC Conference 1989
7. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Creative Colour and B/W Prints Solarization and Stroke Solarization - Patna, IIPC Conference 1990
8. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Dyetoning Posterization” - Kolkata, IIPC Conference 1991
9. As a Faculty for “Multiple Exposing and Outdoor still life - Bhusawal - 1992

10. As a Faculty for “Figure Study and Portraiture – Delhi – IIPC 1993

11. Conducted workshop and as a Faculty for “Front Projection and Back Projection” – Jodhpur – IIPC 1995

12. As a Faculty for “Pictorial Section” – Delhi – IIPC – “Judging and Judges” workshop – 1997

13. Conducted 3 days workshop and as Faculty for “Multiple Images” – all India PhotoFair – Hyderabad 1999

14. Conducted 3 days workshop and as a Faculty for “Fashion and Portrait - Imagetake PhotoFair” – Asian Photography 1997

15. Tours arranged for Photography –

1. Aurangabad, Ellora Ajantha – J.J.I., Mumbai - 1980 - 50 persons
2. Jammu & Kashmir – J.J.I. – Mumbai – 1983 – 40 persons
3. Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior – Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya – 1987 – 40 persons
4. Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi – J.J.F.A. Mumbai – 1989 – 50 persons
5. Vijapur , Badami Karnataka – J.J.I., Mumbai – 1990 – 45 persons
6. Kulu, Manali – J.J.I. – 1992 - 52 persons
7. Kolkata, Puri, Bhuvaneshwar – Academy of Applied Arts, Mumbai
8. Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Geer – J.J. Arts Hostel – Bandra, Mumbai – 30 persons
9. Konkan – Ratnagiri, Savantwadi, Pen, Ganpatipule – Bombay University’s Students’ Welfare Section, Mumbai - 1996 - 40 persons.

16. Whether served as Photo Editor, Critic, Contributed illustrations in books and other related aspects.

Contributed illustrations for the following:

1. Modern Architecture Book – By Chaterjee
2. Arts and Ideas – By Dr. Rege
3. Youth Cultural Affairs – Maharashtra State (book for physical education)
4. Tourism – Maharashtra State
5. Agricultural Progress of Maharashtra – Maharashtra State.
6. Lokrajya _ Maharashtra State (Life of Shahu Maharaja of Kolhapur)

17. Exhibition performance, if any: International/National, Number of Awards/Medals/ Plaques/Certificates and Acceptances etc.

Have participated in national and international photography salons, more than 500 photographs have been accepted and above 250 awards, medals, plaques and certificates have been received.

18. Solo Exhibitions held, if any. Give details of the number of exhibitions, place, year and the number of exhibits in each exhibition.

1. Printing Technology – Mumbai – 1975 – 50 Exhibits
2. Vidarbha Arts and Cultural Center – Nagpur – 1976 – 90 Exhibits
3. I.I.T. Powai – Mumbai – 1977 – 70 Exhibits
4. I.D.C. Powai – Mumbai – 1978 – 50 Exhibits
5. J.J. College of Architecture – Mumbai – 1979 - 50 Exhibits
6. Goa College of Arts – Panjim – 1980 - 60 Exhibits
7. J.J. College of Fine Arts Gallery – Mumbai – 1981 - 75 Exhibits
8. University of Bombay – Mumbai - 1982 - 100 Exhibits
9. Jehangir Art Gallery – Mumbai - 1983 - 80 Exhibits

10. S.N.D.T. University – Mumbai - 1984 - 100 Exhibits

11. Photography Club of Aurangabad – Aurangabad – 1985 - 65 Exhibits

12. J.J. Institute of Applied Arts - Mumbai 1986 - 75 Exhibits

13. Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya - Nagpur - 1988 - 60 Exhibits

14. J.N.T. University – Hyderabad - 1991 - 40 Exhibits

15. Goa College of Arts – Panjim - 1992 - 50 Exhibits

16. J.J. School of Arts Gallery - Mumbai - 1995 - 75 Exhibits

17. D.Y. Patil College – New Bombay - 1998 - 60 Exhibits

18. Sonalika Colour Lab – Chandrapur - 2001 - 50 Exhibits

The Scarf of Death

I had written a poem , and I needed a picture and I did not want a typical jehadi terrorist picture, so I asked this young lad to model for my poems subject, ..
The poem was a comment on Akbar Simonese's picture of ladies wearing scarves on a street in Amsterdam.

Scarves are worn by quite a few communities in India, the checkered scarf is a product of the Arab states and worn as a head gear, in the early 70's the Texan Americans who worked in Daharan called this a rag head..

Than it became a kind of fashion statement as Arafat wore it, and finally , the jehaddis who kidnapped and terrorized wore it like women to hide their face , not their shame, so the scarf became a sartorial symbol of death and destruction in the name of Allah and misplaced Martyrdom..

This is the story of the male Musim scarf.. ladies wear scarves too along with the burkha or hijab, a symbol of their faith and a dress code of their ancestry as a woman in Islam.

Hindus also wear scarves called ghamchas , in tiny checks and part of a poor mans attire in Uttar Pradesh..

now my poem

head scarves always in the news
muslim women wear them
as they have been culturally
taught to do
some muslim terrorists wear it
to shame a religion
that stands for peace brotherhood
its true
a scarf into a symbol of terror
devastation and death as it grew
misplaced martyrdom
allah ho akbar
gods praise
into a war cry of hate
innocent people slew
eunuch silence
from our community
since the time of Karbala
a poisonous brew
fatwas against women
fatwas for everything under the sun
but a final fatwa against jihad
has yet to be issued
muslims killing muslims
sectarian hate
the common house of god blew
from the pulpit
the modern yazid
some more hate
against the shias spew
puritanism clawing
into the soul of humanity
giving the devil his due
why cant we live as Muslims
without arrogance
without false pride
without intolerance
they have no clue
distorting the message
of our Holy Book
the soul of spirituality
peace and brotherhood
the cry of the unborn child
a message of hate
they pursue
we liberal sane Muslims
lovers of humanity
take the rap
for what they do

Sarkozy has been cooing
into Carlas ears
once in her life time
she must wear one too
though personally
the scarf for him
a religious symbol
and taboo
his failing health
just a canard
by the media
his libido as fit
as baby kangaroo

dedicated to the greatest street photographer ever Akbar Simonese

Advocate Ashish Shelars Ganpati Pandal 2009 Bandra Reclamation

I start a new set at my Flickr photostream, the first of my Ganpati Pandal series, work is in full swing , at Advocate Ashish Shelars Ganpati Pandal 2009 Bandra Reclamation..

This year he is building the replica of the Ganpatipule Ganesha Mandir..and his right hand man Jeetu Raut is supervising the construction, workers are totally busy, trying to it ready in time for the Ganesha festival.

I have a great bond with Ashish Bhai and his wife.
Omkar his son and their dog Lucky are also very close to my grand daughter Marziya.
The other reason being , the pandal is close to my house and they are my neighbors too..

Ashish Bhai is the corporator of Khar , representing the Bhartiya Janta Party, ever since we moved to Bandra Reclamation I have been shooting his Ganesha Pandal.

However I have never been able to shoot the Immersion of his Ganesha as I follow the Lal Bagh Cha Raja barefeet , and am stuck in town.I shot the Lal Bagh Cha Raja last year too..

Ganesha workshops, Ganesha pandals and finally the Immersion I shoot with a fervor , and Ashish Bhais Ganpati Pandal is always unique for its historical and architectural background..after the Lal Bagh Cha Raja Pandal, GSB Kings Circle Ganesha Pandal that I shoot , I find Ashish Bhais Pandal vying for a top position too.

People from all walks of life politicians like Shri Gopinath Munde, Shri Raj Thackeray , Madhur Bhandrakar and other celebrities come here for the Lords darshan.

This is also a part of my Hope and Hindutva set on Flickr.

Necessity Is An Ingredient An Asshole Wont Invent

creative juices
keep flowing
upsurge of words
crisscrossed all bent
within the soul
of pedestrian poetry
lies the line of my descent
my karma riding the back
of a white elephant
to my shop he sent
hastily painted black
to a large extent
my destiny iron ore
mixed with blood cement
necessity an ingredient
an asshole wont invent
the birth of marziya
was a blessed event
he gave me
in a beggars bowl
my sons gift
as my present

A Talent Farm Called Shari Academy


Shari Luxoculus 2009
Start from 7th Aug to 9th Aug 2009
Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prbhadevi.

Shari Academy.

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A Talent Farm Called Shari Academy


Shari Luxoculus 2009
Start from 7th Aug to 9th Aug 2009
Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prbhadevi.

Shari Academy.

The Child is the Father of Man

facing the wrath of history
the evil that politicians plan
bombing the soul of humanity
nations they over ran
chaos in iraq and afghanistan
tyrannizing the freedom
of the people of free iran
hollowness of a hyperbole
child is father of man
from the fire back into the frying pan


For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou should st not grieve

Bhagavad Gita (250 BC - 250 AD), Chapter 2

Prof BW Jatkar a great creative art photographer left his mortal remains on 31 July 2009.
I was informed of his sad demise by close friend Venay Pralkar, a few minutes back, I updated my earlier post of the Prof , that I had written 24 April 2007, as a blog.

Prof BW Jatkar was one of my photo gurus , he influenced me and we were very close , though I had not met him since almost two years , after his accident and hip bone injury.

I had spoken to him a month back and we talked about old times.

His wife too was not keeping well, and as I write this I was informed by Venay she is in hospital.

I cannot get across to his house number.

All my street photography, the bullock cart race, the seagulls shot from the boat, my photo sessions shot by Mr KG Maheshwari at Maheshwari House were in the presence of Jatkar Saab as we respectfully called him.

Prof Jatkar taught Photography at JJ School of Arts once upon a time and was the ex President of Photographic Society , and led from the front , a versatile creative photographer , a great human being.

Prof Jatkar was loud , baritone voice but was meek and humble in real life, he was a tough task master , but he saw that you got was Prof BW Jakar who introduced my to Mr KG Maheshwari, and we three were almost thick , but not as thieves , we took part in National and International Salon Photography..

It was Prof Jatkar who got me enrolled at FIP Kolkatta , , IIPC Delhi.
Because of the Prof Jatkar I became a member of PSA (America ) too.

Jatkar Saab loved caps and I made sure I gave him some as I had a large collection, I once stitched a safari suit for him, that pleased him a lot, I must confess whatever I am today , it is because of this great man, he made sure I unlearnt photography, and he talked about Kundalini uncoiling the serpent within - the Indian form of Cartier Bresson's decisive moment.

There are far too many anecdotes , memories , he taught me printing, taking me personally to Mazda Color Lab, Color Art Mahim, Swastik Dadar was our haunt till Bhai Humne was alive.

Will the advent of digital , we both bought Nikon D 70 , gave our prints to Foto Fast, we kept bumping into each other at the various Photographic Society Annual day functions.

And I am sure if he was alive he would have invited me to come with him to attend the World Photography Day function on 19 August..wherever he went.

He loved his daughter Shivani and cried a lot if I ever asked about him about her , he had some emotional differences with his son , but they were sorted out, I would not want to hurt his memory by writing anything adverse.

I always told him to go and live with Shivani who is settled in America , but he was a pucca Mumbaikar..and very close to Mr Uddhav Thackeray too.

He was a photographers photographer .

I am happy that he was one of my Gurus and through this blog post I offer him Shraddanjali , may his Soul rest in Everlasting Peace..

People like Jatkar Saaab walk this planet once in a life time leaving pictures , awards , certificates of merits , and nostalgic moments as memories that Time can never erase..

I hope Shivani and her brother , their mother come to terms with the passing away of this giant of a man, larger than life but a candle burning in the wind..of timelessness.

Firoze Shakir
5 August 2009
8.36 pm
Bandra Mumbai

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