Thursday, 28 November 2013

নাটক পর্যালোচনা

আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকাThe Telegraph-এ যে সব নাটক পর্যালোচনা বেরোয়, তাতে
  • মঞ্চ ব্যবহার
  • আলোর ব্যবহার
  • আবহসঙ্গীত ব্যবহার
  • অভিনয়
  • নির্দেশনা
  • সংলাপ
এই মাপকাঠি গুলো নিয়ে আলাদা আলাদা ভাবে আলোচনা হলে ভালো হতো।

Sunday, 17 November 2013

রাহুল দ্রাভিড-এর ব্র্যাডম্যান বক্তৃতা, ১৪ই ডিসেম্বার ২০১১

শচীন তেণ্ডুলকার

ESPNCricinfo থেকে নেওয়া wagon-wheel

শেন ওয়ার্ণ: ‘ the Sydney Cricket Ground he made 241, his first Test double-century. I was injured at the time so was commentating but I had a great view of his innings from the box.
   He had been dismissed a few times in that series by Australia bowling full and wide. He nicked off to slip and the keeper and went into the Sydney Test on the back of scores of 0, 1, 37, 0 and 44. He decided he would respond by not playing a cover drive. Now the cover drive is a fairly large part of a batsman’s armoury. When bowlers are pitching it up and trying to swing it you tend to play a lot of cover drives, but he did not play a single one in more than 10 hours at the crease.
   It summed up his mental strength. He let go every ball that was pitched up outside off stump. If they dropped short he cut it, or if the bowlers were a fraction full, he would straight drive it. He would block the odd one through the covers for a single but never hit a full-on flourishing cover drive. A truly amazing innings that summed the guy up.’

Friday, 8 November 2013

Art forms in the digital world

    Which art forms are most amenable to the digital format? Performing arts such as dance and drama had never made the leap to any mechanical reproduction, unlike music. Hence dance and drama can be ruled out at the onset. Some forms are more easily ruled out than others. Sculpture for instance. Handicrafts and embroidery also belong to this category.
    Music is a more complicated form. It depends not only on the digital file but also on the hardware. If some form of music requires the music to come from the listener’s right, left, front, back, top and bottom; then one needs speakers able to produce such an effect. The performative visual aspect of music, like dance and drama, never moved successfully to mechanical reproduction. Hence they too are ruled out.
    Narration of stories, or oral literature transformed itself and created a new form when it moved to the realm of the written text. On the other hand, an audio recording of an oral narration is a form which is amenable to mechanical reproduction. Audio plays are examples of how such a format is used to its fullest potential.
    Written literature is quite amenable to the digital world. Though the handiness and quirks of a physical book (think of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy) is sometimes lost in a digital book, the digital book comes with its own benefits, such as improved searching and annotating abilities.
    Static, immobile, visual art, such as painting, is not very amenable to the digital realm. The tactile textures of the drawn/ painted medium is usually lost in the digital format. Even a three-dimensional rendering does not fully transfer the features of visual art. Think of Van Gogh’s paintings with its raised surfaces of colour, or Byzantine art with inlaid gold work and their textures. In addition to texture, is the issue of size. A digital rendering never transfers the exact impact of the size of a visual artwork. The visual impact of a Raphael canvas several metres in dimension is never fully expressed in the digital world. Even if one were to use a projector which projects digital images of very large proportions and high clarity and focus, the visual impact of size of the physical art work is still not fully transferred onto the digital rendering.
    Cinema is a form which is perhaps very amenable to being transferred into the digital world.
    Photography is an art form which, if it is to be considered an art form, is the result of manipulation of what one would have seen normally. It is by its very nature a distortion. Hence, it is also well-suited to the digital world, and is in fact enhanced by the digital realm.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

কলকাতায় কেনাকাটা

অনেক দোকানে ও ওয়েবসাইটে 'sale' ও 'discount coupon' হয়। আবার অনেক দোকানে এসব হয় না। যেরকম fabindia। ওয়েবসাইটের মধ্যে flipkart-এ 'discount coupon' এর প্রথা নেই যদিও 'sale'এর প্রথা আছে। যেসব দোকানে 'sale' ও 'discount coupon' (এবং একই সুরে স্পর্শনেন্দ্রিয় দোকানে যেখানে দরাদরি হয়), সেই সব দোকানে আমার ব্যক্তিগত ভরসা কম। সব সময়ই মন খুঁতখুঁত করে যে ঠকিয়ে নিল কি না। অন্য সময় কিনলে কি কম দামে পেতাম? আর যেসব দোকানে check-out এর সময় 'discount coupon' আছে কি না জিজ্ঞেস করে, সেই সব সাইটে মনে হয় -- এই তো! এর চেয়েও কম দামে এটা আসলে পাওয়া যায়। আমি ঠকে যাচ্ছি।  jabong, myntra, yebhi -- এই সব সাইট কলকাতার টি.ভি.তে অনেক বিজ্ঞাপন দেয়ে, কিন্তু যদি কোন সামগ্রী শুধুই এই রকম একটা সাইটে পাওয়া যায়, তখন মন অসন্তুষ্ট থেকে যায়। একাধিক সাইটে কোন সামগ্রী পাওয়া গেলে তো একাধিক সাইট তুলনা করে সব চেয়ে কম দাম যেখানে সেখান থেকেই কিনি।