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Art as an Investment

Art as an Investment

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The Global Art Market is worth over $67.4 billion, and growing. The Indian Art Market has also experienced strong growth, with a growing demand of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, both at home, and abroad.
This brings forth the question, is investing in art a surefire way to get rich, fast?

Diversifying your portfolio is crucial to building long-term wealth, so as to balance risk. If you want to look beyond stocks, bonds and mutual funds to potentially lucrative alternatives, investing in art may help you in expanding your portfolio horizons. The art market has no relationship with the stock market, the price of an artwork might rise even if the market crashes.

Buying works of art are an attractive investment since it is very clear what you are buying. Unfortunately, myths in investing art have kept the average person away. Investing in art is not solely for the rich. The fears of investing in art can be broken down by research and knowledge.
Even if you purchase some pieces solely to decorate your home, it is profitable to educate yourself.

How to decide what to buy?

Choose what kind of art you would be interested in buying. Art is not only limited to paintings, it includes drawing, digital, photography, mixed media, prints, sculptures, glass-blowing and even video. Pick the niche you love, also keeping in mind the financial aspects of owning art. There are more options you need to look into before investing.

Be aware of the differences between the original piece, and copies. An original work of art is one-of-a-kind, justifying its high value. Copies are also considered a work of art, and may carry value. Prints are a way for those with limited funds to start investing in a new collection. It has to be kept in mind, however, not all prints will appreciate in value. Limited edition prints, or those with the artist’s autograph raises the value of the artwork.

Before starting an art collection, thoroughly research the artist and the artwork.

Does the artist have an agent or a gallery representing them? If the artist has an exclusive representation in a gallery, it indicates that the gallery is interested in the growth and development of the artist’s work. Further research into the gallery is also important. Does the gallery mainly represent emerging artists, or more established ones? Is the gallery committed to the development and growth of the artist? Does the gallery have global or local reach?

Before you buy a piece, thoroughly investigate it’s authenticity. Protect yourself by obtaining a certificate of authenticity by an expert. Getting an appraisal of the piece is the next important step, keeping in mind that the appraisal of a piece may vary, depending on the demand at the time of sale.
Where to buy?

Now that you have an idea of what to buy, the question of where to buy is also of equal importance.

Auctions houses are exciting places to bid for a piece. However, do not get caught up in the moment while bidding. Be sure to weigh the price,condition and value and bid accordingly. Also, keep in mind that the final price includes a buyer’s premium.

Galleries provide a much more relaxed environment to thoroughly evaluate your purchases. Some galleries choose to work in the primary market, working with new artists, and some galleries focus on secondary markets, reselling artwork without having any ties to the artists.

Art fairs can be a great place to develop an eye for art. You can even interact with experts and compare prices of pieces. Art fairs often display works of art which can rival those sold at art galleries and auctions.

Artworks are being sold on the Internet in large numbers. Buying art online eliminates the high overheads of museums and auction houses. Before buying from a website, make sure there is a reputed gallery or museum behind it.

Is Investing in art worth it?

Investing in art has its advantages. Art is, first of all, an asset that can be displayed and appreciated Art being a physical asset, you can control it, without leaving it in the hands of investment firms. If you choose a piece carefully, the value will appreciate steadily, unlike the volatility of the financial markets.

One should also keep in mind the disadvantages. Art is not a liquid asset, so it takes time and effort to get the best price for your piece. Art being a physical asset, needs to be taken care of- the art should be stored and cared for, and must be insured. Most importantly, there is no guarantee that an artwork will appreciate over time. Emerging artists may quickly fall out of favour, so make sure you appreciate every piece in your collection since you may be stuck with them for longer than you anticipated.

All being said, investing in art is not for everyone. It can be lucrative, but a lot of research is imperative to be successful in acquiring artwork that will appreciate in value in the future.

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Must watch : Korean dramas

Must watch : Korean dramas

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With the current trend of foreign music slowly encroaching international music taking over, people are becoming more receptive to trying out new ventures of the international aspect. Recently, Korean music is making waves through the industry, namely via a group named BTS. This made people more aware of Korean media and more receptive to it too. A lot of individuals have started to wander into watching the movies and dramas made in Korea.
Korean dramas, k-dramas for short, are known for their unique out-of-the-box ideas. With genres ranging from romantic comedies to mystery thrillers to historic fiction, these dramas are often quite different from each other, meaning that there is a new concept every time. Some of the stories may be just simple romances or there might even be those that keep you on the edge of your seat. Below are some k-dramas to try watching:
1) Healer (Genre: Action/Thriller)
This tells the story of three different individuals brought together in a unique way to solve an old case. An old murder investigation makes a famous journalist approach the people related to the case together in order to solve it. Along the way, he joins with a second rate journalist and a mysterious errand man, a “secret spy” of sorts, possessing extra-ordinary skills. Along the process, the latter two grow into honest reporters, dealing with the conflicts thrown at them.
2) W (Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Suspense)
This series gained critical acclaim due to its unique plot. Depicting the love story different two people, what makes this different from the average romance is the fact that the two live in different worlds. The girl is a surgeon in our current world, whereas the boy is extremely rich but exists in the world of webtoons, Korean online comics. A situation arises which often puts the both of them in grave danger while trying to solve it.
3) Goblin: The great and lonely God (Genre: Fantasy/Drama)
Based on loosely on Korean mythology, Goblin tells the story of a man cursed to be immortal due to the jealousy of another. Doomed to live for so long, he can only wait for his human bride to show, the only one who can free him from his curse. This introduces a young high school student, a girl equally plagued by various events. Still trying to hold onto to a positive outlook, the girl comes across the goblin. They soon discover that they are tied in various ways, making friends with various other people and beings along the way, including a grim reaper.
4) While you were sleeping (Genre: Fantasy/Thriller/Legal)
Coupled with an almost supernatural feel, While you were sleeping depicts the life of a female lawyer who always dreams at night. Only difference is that these dreams do come true but she never knows when it might come true. These dreams seem to always be in the future. However, the grim truth is that most of these dreams depict the death of others so she always tries to prevent them. One day, she dreams about the death of her mother.
5) I am not a robot (Genre: Romantic Comedy/Sci-Fi)
A young successful business tycoon lives in selected isolation. This is due to a severe allergy which causes him to break out into rashes and suffocation every time he comes into contact with another human being. He prefers the company of robots and hence purchases a humanoid robot developed by a group of scientists that he heavily invested in. However, before delivery, the robot faces severe malfunction and hence all plans go awry. The scientist, the master mind behind the robot, approaches his ex-girlfriend, the very muse for the robot, to take its place, promising to pay her for her troubles.
6) Memories of Allhambra (Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Suspense)
This series brings with it a completely unique story idea, receiving a lot of praise. After receiving a mail at night about a marvellous AR game, the president of a gaming company travels to Granada, Spain to meet the creator of the game in order to purchase it. However, the creator is missing and instead, he finds the creators sister. The president spends his time in Spain searching for the missing creator while playing the game and stumbling across mysterious situations. Soon, the line between reality and AR gets blurred and grave and dangerous incidents begin to occur.
7) Mr Temporary/ Class of Lies (Genre: Drama)
Plagued by a case that causes him to temporarily lose his license and get barred, a lawyer poses as a temporary teacher and enters a school in order to solve the mystery and find the truth behind a murder of one of the female students. While in the school, he discovers that there are a lot more secrets and a much more sinister plot at play at the prestigious school. He soon races against time to find out the mastermind and unravel the mystery, before he has to return to being a lawyer and is hence restricted.
All of the above dramas above are available for view across various platforms, equipped with English subtitles. The most helpful of these would ne the Viki app, which often streams old and currently on-going dramas with subtitles in various languages. Watching Korean dramas is sure to blow your mind away with the dedication and unique story-telling that just reels the viewers in, keeping them on the edge of their seats or going crazy over the plots. Go ahead, take your pick and make yourself comfortable.

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The Time Lord

The Time Lord

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British television isn’t really all that widely known. Admittedly, there are quite a few handfuls that make it to fame and eventually, make their way around the world. A few like Sherlock , black Mirror and the most renowned Game of Thrones , a series that became the obsession of many and eventually ended on a disappointing note. However, there is one series that not many know of. This series is the oldest running series, with the first episode being run with a delay of sixty seconds, after the news coverage of the assassination of then president, President John F. Kennedy, the previous day. This meant that the show did not receive much attention in the beginning. However, this was rectified when the pilot episode was re-run before the second episode was run. This delay implies that yes, the first episode ran on Saturday, 23 November 1963.
The series, Doctor Who, has about two parts, the original run and the newer, more modernised runs. The original series ran for about 26 years, from 1963 to 1989. Thanks to its unique story-line and the special effects for its time, this scientific fiction series captured the hearts of many and went on to become a symbol of television in Britain, and eventually, the world. The series was picked up in the year 2005 and the storyline picked up from where it ended in the first run. Till date, there are many fan-clubs around filled with dedicated and enthusiastic fans.
The show depicts and follows the life of a man, called the Doctor, from the fictional planet of Gallifrey, the residential planet of the time lords. The Doctor steals a machine called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension in Space) and makes his way across galaxies. The TARDIS is a time machine and is quite a unique one on its own. The machine has a large interior, betraying the small size displayed on the outside. Capable of taking the shape and form of anything it wants, the TARDIS can easily blend with its surroundings. However, this particular TARDIS was slightly malfunctioned thus having a constant appearance of a blue police box.
The Doctor has the ability to regenerate. This means that every time he dies, he manages to reincarnate into a new body, while retaining his previous memories. This ensured that many actors could play the role of the famous and most loved Doctor. With each regeneration, the new Doctor would have a different personality and a new companion. Every season, each new Doctor seeks out to find a companion; one would travel along with him across time and space to new universes and planets. These companions are usually humans and love to travel with the Doctor. The pair move around through adventures and mysteries, making new friends along the way. However, being a Time Lord and having the ability to travel wherever he wants, whenever he wants, does not mean he gets to do so peacefully. Over his lifetime, the Doctor has managed to get a fair collection of alien enemies, out for his neck. The Daleks, the Doctors oldest enemies, are the most notable among the list of adversaries. These mutated creatures house themselves within metal armour resembling octopuses and move around consorting to defeat the Doctor, making it their life’s goal.
Perhaps the most vital aspect of this show would be the values of loyalty and friendship displayed throughout this show by the Doctor. The lengths the Doctor would go through to save those in trouble and his most faithful companions. There have been plenty of times that the Doctor has saved the Earth and humanity from extinction, from getting completely destroyed. Filled to the brim with creativity, each episode leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat, filled with excitement and anticipation for the next episode, for more. This show is definitely a must watch for those looking for something out-of-the-box and uniquely original.

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Space race

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By experience , we could postulate that our journey of life is a bit intricate with power and pride winning them all.When this was the case, US and USSR(Russia) were in a conflict during the cold war which boosted the technological need in cosmic space.So obviously the result would be the source of power that gives them pride.All started there.Seeing the success of russian rockets like Soyuz , Apollo missions were aimed to continuously achieve greater goals than it’s foe.Subsequently US became the space runners pushing USSR behind by ,successfully landing humans on our natural satellite.Further, a group of developed countries built a space station which orbits the earth using gravitational force.ISS was not left unoccupied since it was built.lot of experiments are being performed in ISS till date due to differential behaviour of all the phenomena in absence of gravity which is microgravity.Unfortunately India was not a part of that group of countries but ,it emerged as a separate nation to build efficient rockets and space technologies very cheaply .This low budget gave ISRO a humongous boost to be unique and encourage even the underdeveloped countries to participate in such space programmes which may tickle the mankind towards an enigmatic stage (life on mars).

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Museum of sex

Museum of sex

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We all are familiar with the world famous Le Loure, The British museum, The prado , The Vatican and many more. But have you ever heard about MUSEUM OF SEX? yes Museum of sex located in the state of New York. Well if not then you must check out the museum. It has amazing sex’s display of over 15,000 artifacts that capture the perspective of sexuality from scholars and artists of the world. There they organize interesting exhibitions too. The last three exhibitions includes ”Comics stripped “, ”The sex life of animals” and the ”sex lives of robots”.
And don’t forget to stop by the store which carries good collection of clothing, toys and many more things. Different things to discover on every floor. The museum have three deer art statue, panda couple art, dolphin art and the skeleton of human Male and female in sex position all are worth visiting once. The mission of the museum of sexism to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.

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FADE AWAY

FADE AWAY

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The days we lived as a soulful person don’t carry much importance thesedays.A persons smile length judges how happy she is.The internal struggle is not seen ,the internal struggle being shared is not appreciated.I fought with it.I lived with it.No one to help me.Tried my best to divert myself from it. Approached a wrong route and ended up in a rehab.no mental support to help me ,no moral support to help me .Fought with it unless my mind gave up. Quitting seemed easy and here i am seeing my self slowly fade away from people and world!

Image details-hand drawn by me via a source

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Caste in Indian cinema- A comparative analysis of films “ India untouched,stories of a people apart” by Stalin K and “The invisible other:Caste in Tamil cinema” by Suresh E.T

Caste in Indian cinema- A comparative analysis of films “ India untouched,stories of a people apart” by Stalin K and “The invisible other:Caste in Tamil cinema” by Suresh E.T

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Caste in Indian cinema- A comparative analysis of films “ India untouched,stories of a people apart” by Stalin K and “The invisible other:Caste in Tamil cinema” by Suresh E.T

Ann Mary Biju
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The democratization of public spaces with respect to freedom of expression irrespective of any social divisions in the society has been an emancipatory tool especially within the sphere of arts, specifically with respect to films and theatre. There has been a revolutionary transition in the areas of playwriting and performance based arts towards addressing social issues by using the creative lens of artistic freedom to do the same. With such a treatment of vital issues disrupting the society, art has elevated into being much more than a get away from reality but something that creates unrest in its viewers by way of mentally situating oneselves in unsettling social realities which constantly victimises individuals and communities through a smoke screen portrayed to be real. In such a context, I would like to discuss how art has been used as a means of expressing reality via raw treatment of the subjects it seeks to address and how in the process it has enhanced social awareness. For the same purpose I will be engaging with two documentaries revolving around the topic of caste- “India untouched,stories of a people apart” directed by Stalin K and “The invisible other:Caste in Tamil cinema” directed by Suresh ET. Both the documentaries portray caste as a social structure that continues to address the Indian society without much change despite the revamping of societies and confirmation with democratic values.

The documentary “India untouched” which released in 2007 revolves around the narratives of people from eight Indian states and their lived stories of caste realities that still persist.Through the narrative treatment employed by the director of intermittently interviewing persons from the privileged sections and those from the unprivileged sections, the viewer undergoes a process of a pressing imagination of the caste system from stories of both sides. As one side legitimises the system by holding onto scriptures and trying to portray Indian society as distinct from modern values laid down in the constitution, the other constantly gets subjected to menial lives which are legitimises by the former’s view of the world. This helps the viewer to form an imagery of a loop in which one would find itself no accurate beginning or end but its each constitutive segment would have to position itself un-congruously in the loop. Hence personally this documentary expressed to me via this imagery the persistent issue of caste by the use of consistently interwoven negating narratives. It also reaffirms the viewer that our conditioned minds have a certain historical context by occasionally displaying verses from the manusmriti that directly connotated to the views displayed by Brahmins.

The second documentary released in 2017 had on the contradictory a different appeal to me although both of them at the first instant seemed to take a similar treatment using narratives of people from varied domains. The documentary largely featured the views of students and scholars of film and media studies who evaluated tamil cinema to have been bombarded with stories that glorified the upper castes while typically portrayed the dalits and lower castes as the needy praisers of the upper caste hero who often acted as their saviour. Dalits also occupied the roles of the erroneous goon or persons that delegitimised the otherwise so-called just system. The mostly single narrative treatment of the documentary appeared quite rhetorical and emphasising on the single narrative of the caste documents on popular mediums.While the first film intermittently incorporated negating perspectives on caste, the latter film incorporated a treatment of validating the viewpoints of persons by following it with clips from tamil cinema that had elements of caste embedded within it.

It would be useful to analyse whether the films acted as propaganda pieces of art or to evaluate the change in scenario over the years regarding the topic as both documentaries were released at a gap of 10 years. Both the documentaries wouldn’t qualify all the conditions of a typical propaganda films but there were certain features of the same which could be related to both. In the span of ten years between 2007-2017, there as been a 66% hike in the number of cases registered as atrocities against dalits (Sengupta,2017). The later film takes a narrower arena of examining caste by looking into the influence of the popular medium which often put forward a moral element of sanctifying the upper castes. By looking into caste in the in a medium enjoyed by masses, the second documentary was able to situate the same in an arena that was implicitly present in a media but which we unconsciously internalised as well as appreciated.This can be seen as a good propaganda attempt to understand the implication of caste in other previously unthought of or “invisible” ways as the title suggests. This also helps us to understand the other side of liberty and equality being antithetical concepts in the face of who it gets entitled to. In such a sense both the documentaries would qualify as being good propaganda art given their time of release was at junctures were crimes against dalits saw a rampant rise and it was a period were there was an increase in case of reporting of such atrocities.

On the critical side, the first documentary had an inherent bias of stereotyping the village as the pivot of caste violence. Even though it becomes evident that the village is not free of such discrimination even now, the choice of interacting with villagers alone mostly in all of the eight states comes from ruling out the possibility of caste violence in a more invisible manner in urban and peri-urban areas. The second documentary, also due to its choice of topic, had a wider spectrum of nuances within its shorter extend which was less stereotypical compared to the first piece.
One can also observe that the second documentary emphasises on the question of how certain cultural appropriations take place and seeks answers in popular culture. In this way it seeks to answer the roots of cultural appropriation that unconsciously got manifested in the minds of the lower castes who seeked upper mobility by imitating the upper castes and tried to adopt the nitty-gritties of their lifestyles. It hence also poses a question of identity where one struggles with his/her identity by birth but in the attempt to negotiate with life adopts a suitable identity to serve their purpose. However the first documentary rawly portrays caste system while also instilling hope at the end that it could be a tedious process to break away from it but with certain efforts it is nevertheless possible.

By problematising the issue of caste in a popular arena and by the merit of coming up with it in an area not profoundly thought by many previously, E.T Suresh’s documentary personally stands out to me as a better piece of art that creatively unsettles us. However both the pieces provided a convoluted understanding of the operationality of caste in present India where it functions at a psychological level. The influence comes from the sanctity provided by age old religious scripts on one side but on the other hand modern society also manifests it in a populist regime that visibly emphasises upon equality while invisibly normalises violence in elements by which it is surrounded with. Thus art that closely examines the lived realities of people by its raw portrayal definitely functions as the medium through which any society can think, evaluate and intervene in social systems that do not safeguard the principles of social justice.

REFERENCES

1.K, Stalin, director. India Untouched,Stories of a People Apart. 2007.
2.E.T, Suresh, director. The Invisible Other:Caste in Tamil Cinema. 2017.
3.Sengupta, Rai. “2017 Timeline of Atrocities Against Dalits: UP, Rajasthan Top The List.” The Citizen, 2 May 2019, www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/newsdetail/index/2/12381/2017-timeline-of-atrocities-against-dalits-up-rajasthan-top-the-list.

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Film(Reel Version of a Real wolrd )

Film(Reel Version of a Real wolrd )

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Light , Camera , Action :-

Film is a combination of Comedy , Love , Action , Tragedy , Revenge and many more .It’s a virtual version of real world because for 3 hours only seat it ,takes us to an imaginary world , which is away from our tensions and problems.
India is the only place where we find movies in every language like Hindi , Punjabi , gujrati , Telgu , Malyalam , Marathi , Bhojpuri etc, People not only love to watch movies of their mother tounge but also of different language it’s due to diverse group of people living in India ,which gives choice to every language to come up.

Past Charming :-

The era of movies started in 1890.The movies were very long ,At that time outdoor shooting was not use to take place .The movies were made on sets only,
The era of Indian movies started with “Black & white ” film .Some of the famous movies were “Sholay” , “Phool aur Kantey ” .The technology was not so updated ,So they have to wait for the favourable season to shoot.

Present Scenario:-

In the 21st century so many things are changed ,Now the actors complete their projects or movies in just 1 month ,That earlier used to take about a whole year to complete .There are many movies based on the true and inspiring event like the movies “Manikarnika ‘” , Marrykom , Dangal etc.So in the end I want conclude that people may come and go ,But the series of movies never end ….

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