Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious - have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

Tributes/ Highlighting Distuingshed people

Remembering Husain

Khaleej times 11 June 2011-LE

With reference to Khaleej Times, June 9 news story, ‘Artist MF Hussain dies in London’, the death of India’s legendary and theworld’s most celebrated painter/artist Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F.Husain) is not only a great loss to the world of art/painting but to one and ..... Read More

Remembering Husain
Khaleej times 11 June 2011-LE

With reference to Khaleej Times, June 9 news story, ‘Artist MF Hussain dies in London’, the death of India’s legendary and theworld’s most celebrated painter/artist Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F.Husain) is not only a great loss to the world of art/painting but to one and all. His death has created a big vacuum in the world of art which is hard to fill. He was a wonderful human being as well. In his life he earned both accolades as well as backlash over his art. It is said we all carry a pen in our pockets but Husain always carried a painting brush in his pocket.
He was a painter/artist par excellence as his paintings made waves across the globe but these carried some controversies as well. Even Forbes magazine honoured him with title of “Picasso of India”. The Indian prime Minister has rightly said that Husain’s death is a great loss to the nation and he will always be remembered for bringing Indian art to the world. His painting were not only on Indian civilisation but recently he had started painting the Arab civilisation as well.
By heart Husain was Indian to the core though he was in self imposed exile in Qatar due to threats from some organisations and had taken Qatar nationality. However, he always wanted to return to India and was working towards that but destiny willed otherwise and he died in London.
In recognition of his great artistic talent he was bestowed with many national awards by the government of India like the Bharat Vibhushan and Raja Ravi Varma Award and was nominated to Rajya Sabha (upper house of parliament).
The most fitting tribute to this legendary artist will be if the government of India posthumously honour him with the Bhushan Ratna award, the highest civilian award and release a postal stamp in his honour.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Tribute to M.F Hussain

Arab News-10 June 2011

The death of India’s legendary painter/artist Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F. Husain) is a great loss to the world of art/painting.He has left a legacy that is hard to match and void that is hard to fill. In his life he earned both accolades as well as backlash over his .... Read More

Tribute to M.F Hussain
Arab News-10 June 2011

The death of India’s legendary painter/artist Maqbool Fida Husain (M.F. Husain) is a great loss to the world of art/painting.He has left a legacy that is hard to match and void that is hard to fill. In his life he earned both accolades as well as backlash over his art. It is said we all carry a pen in our pockets but Husain always carried painting brush in his.He was painter/artist par excellence as his paintings made waves across the globe and created some controversies as well. The Forbes magazine honored him with the title of "Picasso of India." As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rightly said, the death of Husain is a great loss to India and will always be remembered forbringing Indian art to the world forums. His painting focused on Indian civilization. Recently the Arab civilization also started figuring in his works.
Husain was an Indian to the core though he was on self-imposed exile in Qatar due to threats from some Hindu rightistorganizations over some of his paintings. Though he had taken the Qatar nationality, he always wanted to come back to India and was working for his return but destiny willed otherwise and he died in London.
The government of India should posthumously honor him with a Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award and release a postal stamp in his honors.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Yusuf Arakkal will be missed

Arab News, Oct 8, 2016 ,L.E

With the passing away of iconic Bangalore-based artist/painter, sculptor and poet Yusuf Arakkal, an era has come to an end. He was the last of the doyens of Indian art whose work was recognized globally.... Read More

Yusuf Arakkal will be missed
Arab News, Oct 8, 2016 ,L.E

With the passing away of iconic Bangalore-based artist/painter, sculptor and poet Yusuf Arakkal, an era has come to an end. He was the last of the doyens of Indian art whose work was recognized globally. Recently, we have seen the death of legends in field of Indian art like M.F. Hussain, R.K. Laxman, Ganesh Pyne, Manjit Bawa, Syed Haider Raza and now Yusuf Arakkal. Yusuf Arakkal was a multifaceted artist who created artworks across all mediums ranging from oils and watercolors to murals and sculptures. His artwork always had human angle. One of the most celebrated Indian artists, Arakkal’s artwork was exhibited not only in India, but at art exhibitions in France, London and New York. An alumni of Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad, he was accorded due recognition in his lifetime in the arena of art. He was awarded with Raja Ravi Varma Award, Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy Award (1978, 1986), prestigious Lorenzo de Medici Gold Medal among others. He was an inspiration for young artists and always encouraged young artists. He has left behind a legacy that is hard to match and void that is hard to fill. We all hope young artists will definitely follow his footsteps. His colors will never fade. He was legend in his lifetime.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Artist Painter(Ganesh Pyne ) "Losing a legend"

The Telegraph 18 March 2013--LE

Sir — Ganesh Pyne’s death is a loss for the global art fraternity. He will be remembered as an iconic painter of modern times. Painters, critics and writers remember him best for his tempera paintings, which were rich in imagery. In his works, he created angular.... Read More

Famous Artist Painter(Ganesh Pyne ) "Losing a legend"
The Telegraph 18 March 2013--LE

Sir — Ganesh Pyne’s death is a loss for the global art fraternity. He will be remembered as an iconic painter of modern times. Painters, critics and writers remember him best for his tempera paintings, which were rich in imagery. In his works, he created angular figures with lots of shadows through crosshatching.
Even though he lived and worked in Calcutta, his works were displayed all around the world. Pyne won many prestigious awards and accolades during his life for his phenomenal achievements.
He is an inspiration for young artists even now. It is now the responsibility of painters, art lovers, ordinary citizens and the government to ensure that good work in the tradition of Pyne continues to be produced.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Legendary cartoonist (R.K.Laxman)

We will remember Legendary cartoonist RK Laxman ,as one who immortalised the hapless 'Common Man' with his devastating swipes at politicians but without malice, Sir... Read More

Legendary cartoonist (R.K.Laxman)

We will remember Legendary cartoonist RK Laxman ,as one who immortalised the hapless 'Common Man' with his devastating swipes at politicians but without malice,

Sir, An era has come to an end in the cartooning world with demise of Iconic caricaturist ,illustrator,and humourist R K Laxaman, He was best known for his creation of cubiquitous mute spectator for iconic "Common man",which occupied central place in a leading news paper Times Of India TOI, in his career spanning about six decades,Laxman fearlessly drew cartoons on big politicians like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and several others leaders.through his iconic character"common Man,

He took dig at politicians ,Laxman had held a mirror to the society by creating satire targeting politicians for more than five decades with courage and humour as a cartoonist,in those days there was no electronic media and internet,it was through only newspaper which connected readers,

Versatile and Iconic cartoonist was bestowed many honours and accolades at home and abroad those include are B.D.Goenka award-Indian Express, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan for Journalism, Literature and creative communication arts.he was also Magsaysay laureate

R.K. Laxman, considered by many as one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, was an institution unto himself, indisputably the uncrowned conscience keeper of the nation. No politician or minister, however high or mighty, escaped his pointed satire, conveyed through a few deft strokes of his brush, especially if they committed an act of impropriety or indiscretion.

His death is indeed a national loss, India will miss the genius who made common man into national Icon and his death brings to an End to vibrant literary cartoonist scene which now seems to be in the memory lane ,"Laxman was an intellectual giant who will be greatly missed for decades to come and his legacy will serve as an inspiration to many,

Great people die leaving Legacy to be proud of and achievements that will be are long remembered even after their death that will remain in the heart and mind of people ,he will greatly missed and forever remembered ,

His death is an irreparable loss. May his soul rest in piece,

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Precious laughter(Cartoonist/Artist),

The Telegraph - 15th Aug 2014-LE

Sir — A memorable era in the history of Indian comics has come to an end with the death of Pran Kumar Sharma,the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain behind Chacha dies”,Aug 7). Sharma... Read More

Precious laughter(Cartoonist/Artist),
The Telegraph - 15th Aug 2014-LE

Sir — A memorable era in the history of Indian comics has come to an end with the death of Pran Kumar Sharma,the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain behind Chacha dies”,Aug 7). Sharma, who had been suffering from colon cancer for awhile,had created several well-loved characters apart from the witty old man,Chacha Chaudhary, and his Man Friday Sabu. People will remember the inimitable Chacha,whose “brain was faster than a computer”,for years to come, The humour in the comic strip made it unique.

Pran began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for a Delhi-based newspaper; his career spanned almost five decades. When Sharma started out, the Indian comics scene was flooded with reprints of foreign titles. Very few Indian artists sketched cartoons.Sharma created characters that people could easily relate to. The series of cartoons about Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo and Channi Chachi were regularly published; these characters became household names. Billoo was seen as the boy next door, and Chacha resembled the man one would bump into on the streets. Pran received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in 2001. In 2014, the World Encyclopedia of Comics dubbed him the “Walt Disney of India”.

Artists like Pran will be always be remembered for making readers smile. The popularity of cartoons is waning; something must be done to arrest this decline.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Syed Haider Raza,"legend of Art"

Sir,An Era comes to an end with passing away of one of the most celebrated modern artist of our time Syed Haider Raza,He was last of generation of Doyens of indian art... Read More

Syed Haider Raza,"legend of Art"

Sir,An Era comes to an end with passing away of one of the most celebrated modern artist of our time Syed Haider Raza,He was last of generation of Doyens of indian art,

In recent past,we have seen many doyens of art leaving us for eternity, F.M Husain,R. K. Laxman,Ganesh Pyne, Manjit Bawa and many others,

But Syed Haider Raza will be best remembered as a legendary and iconic painter who popularised globally Indian concepts,iconography and built a towering legacy of modern art .

Raza was one of the grand old master of Indian modern art,an institution unto himself,who will be best remembered for popularizing indian art globally for which he was greatly passionate,even in his last days of his life ,he will go to studio on wheelchair to paint,

Though his paintings were sold for record high price of Rs 15.9 crores(2.35 US Million $) but artist remained unfazed by this materialistic value, He was founding member of Bombay progressive Artistic group(1947) which challenged the existing art establishment

As Internationally acclaimed Artist,he was bestowed with many honours and accolades at home and abroad those include are Lalit kala akademi fellowship(1981),Padma shri award(1981),Padma Bhushan (2007),Padma Vibhushan (2013) and French governmnet honoured him the highest civilian honour Commander of legion of Honour (2015) .

His unparalleled contribution towards art fraternity will continue to inspire young artists for generations to come, he leaves behind a towering legacy of modern art,His death is a big loss. He will always be remembered as an artist who brought international attention to Indian art.

May soul rest in piece

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Artist/painter( Ganesh Pyne )

THE LEGEND’S COLOURS WILL NEVER FADE
The Statesman--13 March 2013--LE

SIR, ~ With the passing of Ganesh Pyne, the global art fraternity has suffered a loss. The void will be difficult to fill. Amazing was his output, range of subjects and the use of colour. Well and truly, he was an iconic painter of our times. His small.... Read More

Famous Artist/painter( Ganesh Pyne )
THE LEGEND’S COLOURS WILL NEVER FADE
The Statesman--13 March 2013--LE

SIR, ~ With the passing of Ganesh Pyne, the global art fraternity has suffered a loss. The void will be difficult to fill. Amazing was his output, range of subjects and the use of colour. Well and truly, he was an iconic painter of our times. His small tempera paintings are generally regarded as phenomenally rich in terms of imagery and symbols. His works of art were strongly influenced by the great painters, pre-eminently Abanindranath Tagore, Hals Rembrandt and Paul Klee. He was based in Kolkata throughout his long career spanning five decades, but his paintings were exhibited around the world, notably in Washington, Paris and London.
Ganesh Pyne was accorded his due recognition in the global arena of art. He received many awards, including the Raja Ravi Varma award given by the Kerala government, the Shiromani Puraskar, the Artist of the Year award, the Sangeet Shyamala, the Birla Academy award for art and culture, the award by the Academy of Fine Arts and Culture, and one instituted by the Calcutta Art Society. The rich tradition that he has bequeathed must be preserved and continued. His almost unrivalled contribution will surely inspire young artists. His colours will never fade. He was a legend in his lifetime.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Artist/painter( Ganesh Pyne )

Bawa will be sorely missed ( Ganesh Pyne )
DNA-jan2,2009-L.E

Sir, The Death Of Manjit Bawa ,the legendary indian artist who revolutionised indian paintings with his bold use of vibrant colours ,is a great loss to the artists fraternity. Manjit was a through gentleman ,thoughtful human being and always ready to help new artists.... Read More

Famous Artist/painter( Ganesh Pyne )
Bawa will be sorely missed ( Ganesh Pyne )
DNA-jan2,2009-L.E

Sir, The Death Of Manjit Bawa ,the legendary indian artist who revolutionised indian paintings with his bold use of vibrant colours ,is a great loss to the artists fraternity. Manjit was a through gentleman ,thoughtful human being and always ready to help new artists with his guidance.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Artist/painter(Tyeb Mehta )

A great Loss
The Indian Express-july 13,2009-L.E.

Sir, The passing away of Painter Tyeb Mehta is a great loss to the art community,The Indian governmnet has bestowed this legendary artist with Padma Bhuashan, for his immense contribution towards Indian art..... Read More

Famous Artist/painter(Tyeb Mehta )
A great Loss
The Indian Express-july 13,2009-L.E.

Sir, The passing away of Painter Tyeb Mehta is a great loss to the art community,The Indian governmnet has bestowed this legendary artist with Padma Bhuashan, for his immense contribution towards Indian art. Tyeb Mehta wa an aluminus of J.J.School of Arts,the same place which gave India another legendary painter in M.N Hussain,

He will always be remembered as an artist who brought international attention to Indian art.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous painter

Great Loss (Manjit Bawa)
The Indian Express-jan 2 ,2009-L.E

The passing away of legendary artist Manjit Bawa is a great loss to artistic fraternity in India.Manjit was through gentlemen and thoughtful human being who was always ready to help new Artists with his guidance.... Read More

Famous painter
Great Loss (Manjit Bawa)
The Indian Express-jan 2 ,2009-L.E

The passing away of legendary artist Manjit Bawa is a great loss to artistic fraternity in India.Manjit was through gentlemen and thoughtful human being who was always ready to help new Artists with his guidance.

Governmnet of India honoured him with Lalit Kala Award,manjit was the first painter who took courageous and opted traditional Indian colours ,like red and violent rather than grey and brown.

His unparalleled contribution towards art will continue to inspire young artists.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

FAMOUS BOLLYWOOD-PHOTOGRAPHER ("RAJADHYAKSHA”)

"PHOTOGRAPHER SANS COMPARE" ( "RAJADHYAKSHA”)
The Pioneer-Wednesday, 14 September 2011-L.E.

Sir — This refers to the news report “Bollywood mourns untimely demise of Rajadhyaksha” (September 14). The sad demise of veteran fashion photographer.... Read More

FAMOUS BOLLYWOOD-PHOTOGRAPHER ("RAJADHYAKSHA”) "PHOTOGRAPHER SANS COMPARE" ( "RAJADHYAKSHA”)
The Pioneer-Wednesday, 14 September 2011-L.E.

Sir — This refers to the news report “Bollywood mourns untimely demise of Rajadhyaksha” (September 14). The sad demise of veteran fashion photographer and celebrated portraitist Gautam Rajadhyaksha is an irreparable loss for the world of photography. Gautam Rajadhyaksha brought sophistication to portrait photography and gained popularity for his breathtaking shots of Bollywood stars. He also mentored many aspiring photographers, leaving behind a priceless legacy. The void created by his demise will be hard to fill.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

PHOTOGRAPHER MURTHY

DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD WINNER "RECOGNITION AT LAST"
The Pioneer--22nd Jan 2010--LE.

Sir—This refers to the report, “Cinematographer Murthy gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award” (January 20). The 2008 Dadasaheb Phalke Award to legendary photographer VK Murthy is a befitting recognition of his outstanding..... Read More

PHOTOGRAPHER MURTHY
DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD WINNER "RECOGNITION AT LAST"
The Pioneer--22nd Jan 2010--LE.

Sir—This refers to the report, “Cinematographer Murthy gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award” (January 20). The 2008 Dadasaheb Phalke Award to legendary photographer VK Murthy is a befitting recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry. In the 40-year history of this prestigious award, this is the first time that photography’s role in filmmaking has been recognised despite Murthy will remain an inspiration for aspiring photographers.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

CINEMATOGRAPHER (VK Murthy)

The Statesman-10 April 2014-L.E.
DNA,15th Oct 2009-L.E.

Sir, Passing away of internationally renowned photographer TS Satyan,who was credited with being one of a few Indian journalists to enter in the field of photojournalism , is not only a great loss to the field of journalism , but for all lovers of photography. .... Read More

CINEMATOGRAPHER (VK Murthy)
The Statesman-10 April 2014-L.E.
DNA,15th Oct 2009-L.E.

SIR, An age ends in India’s celluloid history with the passing of the renowned cinematographer, VK Murthy. He worked without the aid of modern technology and is credited with several memorable shots. The loss is irreparable not merely for the film industry, but the nation as a whole.

Murthy was always considered to be the doyen of Indian cinematography, who won the Dada Saheb Phalke award. Among the particularly notable films are Kagaz Ke Phool and Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam.

He has left behind a legacy of excellence which should be a benchmark for future cinematographers who have the advantage of modern technology. Yours, etc.,

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Photographer.

TS Satyan was a inspiration
DNA,15th Oct 2009-L.E.

Sir, Passing away of internationally renowned photographer TS Satyan,who was credited with being one of a few Indian journalists to enter in the field of photojournalism , is not only a great loss to the field of journalism , but for all lovers of photography. .... Read More

Famous Photographer.
TS Satyan was a inspiration
DNA,15th Oct 2009-L.E.

Sir, Passing away of internationally renowned photographer TS Satyan,who was credited with being one of a few Indian journalists to enter in the field of photojournalism , is not only a great loss to the field of journalism , but for all lovers of photography.

Satyam will always be remembered for enriching the world of photojournalism.

He has left behind a pristine of radiant and beautiful legacy that words fail to describe.His photo books on Hampi, the fabled capital of Vijayanagara kingdom, and his book Exploring Karnataka were widely appreciated not only by photographers but also by lay people who were left mesmerized by his master frames.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Famous Woman Journalist

Homai vyarawala was a class aprt
DNA-Jan 18 2012-L.E

Demise of Homai vyarawala, widely regarded as India’s first woman photojournalist,is a sad news She had the credit of photographing many historical events the country before as well after independence.She covered events such as June 3 meeting of regarding ... Read More

Famous Woman Journalist
Homai vyarawala was a class aprt
DNA-Jan 18 2012-L.E

Demise of Homai vyarawala, widely regarded as India’s first woman photojournalist,is a sad news She had the credit of photographing many historical events the country before as well after independence.

She covered events such as June 3 meeting of regarding partition ,independent India’s first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort in August 15 1947,and departure of viceroy,Lord Mountbatten. She even covered the funeral of Mahatma Gandhi ,Jawaharlal lal Nehru and Lal bahadur shastri, She extensively chronicled India’s struggle for Independence . Her achievements gain even more significant in the light of fact that too few women have made mark field of journalism.

The country’s second highest award , Padma Vibhushan , was bestowed on her in recognition of her contribution .The void created by her death would be hard to fill.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

TRIBUTE TO FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

A "LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER"
Arab News Oct 5/6 2013-L.E.

The demise of, Bill Eppridge, one of the greatest photojournalists of his generation and the photographer who famously captured Robert Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles in 1968, is an irreparable loss to the world of journalism..... Read More

TRIBUTE TO FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
A "LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER"
Arab News Oct 5/6 2013-L.E.

The demise of, Bill Eppridge, one of the greatest photojournalists of his generation and the photographer who famously captured Robert Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles in 1968, is an irreparable loss to the world of journalism. Eppridge was a man of vision, integrity and passion.

He is remembered for numerous stories he shot for LIFE magazine -- but his most recognizable single photo is surely that of a fatally wounded Bobby Kennedy on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Other iconic highlights of Eppridge career include an assignment to photograph a group of British musicians arriving in the US -- the Beatles. He also worked for high profile magazines such as Sports Illustrated and National Geographic. He remained a photojournalist till his last breath and always carried a camera with him. He was honored with National Press Photographers Association's (NPPA) highest award and with the President's Award in 1995.

Eppridge brought sophistication to photojournalism and gained popularity for many of his breathtaking shots. He also mentored many aspiring photographers, leaving behind a priceless legacy. The void created by his demise will be hard to fill.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Artist (Yakshahagana Keremane)

A great Artist departs( Yakshahagana Keremane Shambhu Hegde )
The indian express-Feb 13, 2009

Sir, The Passing away of well known exponent of of Yakshahagana Keremane Shambhu Hegde Is a great loss to art all lovers . He hailed form family of artists who had popularised Yakshahagana art for 50 years in India.he had... Read More

Artist (Yakshahagana Keremane)
A great Artist departs( Yakshahagana Keremane Shambhu Hegde )
The indian express-Feb 13, 2009

Sir, The Passing away of well known exponent of of Yakshahagana Keremane Shambhu Hegde Is a great loss to art all lovers He hailed form family of artists who had popularised Yakshahagana art for 50 years in India.he had held the post of President of State Janapada and nataka academy .Keremane Shambhu Hegde was bestowed with many state and national awards like Rajyotsava awards and National sangeet natak akademi awards and honourary doctorates for his contribution to yakshagana.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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