Life of Pi


This is a movie I have been waiting for feverishly. But I have to bite my nails until Sunday.  The new cinematic venture by Ang Lee, Life of Pi,  promises some spectacular visuals. And to my delight it has an almost all-Indian cast, which includes the great Irrfan Khan, Tabu and newcomer Suraj Sharma in his role as Pi Patel, the zookeeper’s son, who gets stranded, shipwrecked, with a hungry, disoriented tiger as only company. [ Look who’s coming for dinner. Could it get any worse? :-) ]

Santiago-born cinematographer Claudio Miranda has worked on several movies as chief lighting technician in the past, did commercials, music videos. Light is the alpha & omega in photography and cinematography. Right off from the trailer of Life of Pi  that sensitivity becomes obvious. Miranda’s website gives a glimpse of his talent: He honed his skills as cinematographer in  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and TRON: Legacy.  Godknows, Miranda might very well become one of our most influential cinematographers in time, but that’s just a gut feeling. He seems to be the perfect match for grandmaster Ang Lee, who is directing this new 3D extravaganza. I am not a fan of 3D but this one I believe is worth the nuisance.

Ang Lee’s work speaks for itself. Eat Drink Man Woman. 94. Genius. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. Sense and Sensibility (95) based on the Jane Austen novel starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant. Lives spinning out of control in  Ice Storm (97) with Kevin Kline.  unforgettable. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) which popularized flying up walls and jumping roofs defying gravity. nough said.Oh and the Oscar winner, the epic Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, which included a lot of manly sex, longing and heartache. I can still smell the campfire, the grand wide landscapes and cowboy boots. Ang Lee always delivers. Life of Pi will be another exceptional film from this masterful filmmaker.

I feel like a kid counting the days until Christmas: 2+1/2.  My only regret is, I haven’t read the book. But maybe that’s a good thing. Sometimes it works better this way around. Movie first, book later. For me, at least. More suspenseful.

Indian photo exhibit of the work of Homai Vyarawalla at the Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

If you are visiting New York City and are interested in Indian arts and culture, a trip to the Rubin Museum of Art is de rigueur and should be your first stop.  The exhibition Candid, The Lens and Life of Homai Vyarawalla was reviewed by the NYT today and should appeal to history and photography buffs equally. Check it out.




The Lens and Life of Homai Vyarawalla

July 6, 2012 – January 14, 2013

Homai Vyarawalla; Indian (1913 – 2012) ; Jawaharlal Nehru caught by the camera at Palam airport while waiting for his sister, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, the Indian Ambassador in Moscow, 1954; gelatin silver print; Alkazi Foundation for the Arts

Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) was India’s first female photojournalist. This exhibition, the first on Vyarawalla outside of India, will present her photography from the late 1930s to 1970, and narrate her extraordinary life with a biographical film and ephemera from her career.

From early in her career, Homai Vyarawalla documented key events from the generation around Independence, including the historic meeting of Gandhi and the Congress Committee on the 1947 plan for partition, and she recorded the visits to India of world leaders and dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ho Chi Minh, and Zhou Enlai. She was revered in India and her recent death at age 98 generated tributes around the world. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi.

Curated by Beth Citron

Travel for this exhibition was supported by Rasika and Girish Reddy, and The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel.


Members-Only Reception

July 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a special event for members at the Friend level and higher on July 11! Contact Emilie Dufour at or 212-620-50000, ext. 313 for more information.

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Open to the Public

Candid is located in our Theater Level Gallery, below Serai in the colonnade. Admission to the Theater Level Gallery is free of charge, at all times.


check out the museum’s website:      1721

NYT  review:

Restrained Chronicler of Tumultuous Times

‘Candid,’ Photos by Homai Vyarawalla, at Rubin Museum


The Indian photographer Homai Vyarawalla, who died in January at 98, spoke many times, with undiminished regret, of two opportunities missed.

Alkazi Collection of Photography

Candid Jawaharlal Nehru in a Homai Vyarawalla photo at the Rubin Museum.

Alkazi Collection of Photography

Homai Vyarawalla captured Jacqueline Kennedy’s feeding a baby elephant while visiting India in 1962.

On Jan. 30, 1948, she left her home in New Delhi intending to film the elderly Mohandas K. Gandhi at his daily prayer meeting at Birla House in the city. Something distracted her, and she turned back. If she had continued on, she would have witnessed, and probably documented, Gandhi’s assassination.

Two weeks later she traveled with a party of international journalists to Allahabad to photograph the immersion of Gandhi’s ashes at the confluence the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. At the last minute the boat assigned to reporters and photographers got stuck on a sandbar. The immersion went on without them. Again, she didn’t get the shot.

But if those two crucial moments in India’s modern history eluded her, many, many others did not, as is clear from “Candid: The Lens and Life of Homai Vyarawalla,” a small, evocative, event-filled retrospective of her work at the Rubin Museum of Art.

read more here…