Monday, January 30, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The mango trees are flowering.....

....and already have fruit on them! The tree outside Mathieu's window.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In memory of the Northern Red Oak

My animation film done for LIFT (The Liaison of Independent Film makers of Toronto)'s 30 anniversary celebration. Shot on 16 mm film, using an Oxberry camera.
Or you can watch it here in a pretty decent resolution thanks to Craig Saltz who produced and arranged the music and uploaded it onto youtube.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The correspondence of Harper and Madeleine

The Correspondence of Harper and Madeleine was featured in the fiction issue of Tehelka magazine this month.
For those of you who don't know. My friend Kalpana and I have been writing letters to each other in verse of over 17 years, under the names Harper Leaf and Madeleine Weathers. These poems chronicle our lives and travels and occupy many volumes of books. Some of them have been uploaded on another blog:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

LIFT screening

My little 3 minute animation film "In memory of the Northern Red Oak", will be the first film screened on the 19th Jan, 8 pm at the Jackman Hall, AGO, Toronto.
10 films will be screened every day on the 19th, 20th and 21st.
Here's an online article about it from the Toronto Star:

Friday, January 06, 2012


Dear Twenty twelvers,

It has been a whirl wind of activity since I arrived from Toronto, and the festive season has been an enchanting and magical episode.

Bombay was a vortex of getting over jet lag, social encounters, a total lunar eclipse and acrylics on canvas.
The 'Gypsy Jazz' show in Bangalore was a blast.
Christmas with family in Chennai was a non stop food festival. (It still hasn't stopped!)
We headed to Shillong in the North East, which was full of magical happenings that ushered in the New year. A rainbow at the Nohkalikai waterfalls in Cherrapunjee and stepping down more than 2000 steps through lush vegetation straight out of 'jungle book' to see the living roots bridges..... unbelievable bridges made out of the entwined roots of ancient trees.
On New years day we walked through a sacred forest in Lawkyntang. This sanctified ancient forest hasn't been touched in centuries by the local community and the aura of the space was mystical as it was healing.

So for 2012 I wish you an extraordinarily magical, enchanting,  exciting, inspiring, joyous and peaceful new year.

Love and light from Calcutta,