Pune : Stroke of harmony Book felicited by Andra governor – Eminent singer Usha Mangeshkar, Anuja Rhythm Wagholikar and Mayuresh Pai were felicitated by the state Governor Hon.Shri Biswabhushan Harichandan for their contribution to the field of art through their book ‘Strokes Of Harmony’.
What happens when music compliments colours? Wouldn’t it be a great combination! One such masterpiece that was well received and appreciated globally is ‘Strokes of Harmony’ A compilation of paintings of noted Indian singer Usha Mangeshkar and the Mangeshkar family.
The book also has paintings done by Lata Mangeshkar. Its a lesser known fact that even Lata mangeshkar was fond of paintings. Every stroke in Ushajis paintings bespeaks craft, elegance, dedication, completeness and communicates a story that probably will create a space in your heart forever, as each one is unique in its own way, vastly different yet uncannily similar, both beautiful and infinitely rare.
Strokes of Harmony is one such exemplary coffee table book that has created a stir in art admirers and made its way in countries like Japan, China, Maldives, London, United States and others. The book has also bagged several laurels. The preface of the book was written by internationally acclaimed writer Rachana Shah. Its creatively designed by Nutan Asgaonkar and published by Mayuresh Pai of Latika Creations. Mayuresh has created a revolution in the world of music through his extraordinary direction! He says’ To begin with, this was a promise I had made to Lata Didi.
On receiving the award legendary singer Usha Mangeshkar said ‘ I’m surprised to see my book and the paintings in it are well appreciated. I never intended doing a book but Lata Didi insisted me on compiling them and showcasing it to people. This initiative was further propelled by my niece Rachana Shah. Today when the book bags an award in Andra Pradesh and is coveted to us by the Governor Sri Biswabhusan Harichandan ji himself it makes me realise that art is not just admired but worshipped everywhere.
Didi was a patron of art and I took that thought ahead and I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of it. And today, when I see our effort being validated by this award, I stand in deep gratitude and feel blessed.
Anuja Rhythm Wagholikar who’s creatively presented the book says ‘This book in my little way is a humble offering to our maa Sarawati the voice of the millennium Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar….who has loved me unconditionally! Her teachings, love and blessings are forever there with me.
I’m very grateful to honourable Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan for coveting us with such a prestigious award. I dedicate this award to my My Family Prashant – Savita, Sagar-Rashmi and Manda Dandawate who gifted me this extraordinary life and my husband Rhythm Wagholikar who made me realize it.
All 129 artworks in the coffee table book were meticulously put together. Usha Mangeshkar painted the majority of the pieces, utilising a variety of styles and mediums. In total, there are 35 paintings based on watercolours, 16 oil paintings, 28 pencil sketches, 7 oil pastels, 13 record covers, 21 landscapes, and 9 paintings by the Mangeshkar family in the collection. Anuja Bhosle and Ranjay Bhosle’s paintings, Usha Mangeshkar and Pt. Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s paintings as well as two masterstrokes by Lata Didi make this book a collector’s edition.
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