R K Laxman


Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman
An Indian cartoonist, illustrator and humorist. He is widely regarded as India's greatest-ever cartoonist and is best known for his creation The Common Man.He has never worn a wrist watch in his entire life The Common Man in his cartoons never speaks anything The Common Man has even travelled to Antarctica once in a cartoon He loves drawing crows He has worked with Bal Thackeray at the Free Press Journal He once told that he would retire when our politicians do their job the right way.

John Lennon

John Lennon (1940-1980)


LOVE

Love can be a moment's madness
Love can be insane
Love can be a life of sadness and pain
Love can be a summer shower
Love can be the sun
Love can be two hearts that flower as one It can be, fine and free
But that kind Is not so very easy to find
Love can be a dying ember
Love can be a flame
Love pledged in September May be dead in DecemberYou may not even remember it came
Love can be a joy forever Or an empty name
Love is almost never ever the same
Love can be an evil-doer
Love can be a fog
Love can make you feel like you were a dog
Love can be a snow-capped mountain
Love can be the truth
Love can be an endless fountain of youth
It can be ecstasy But it's true It doesn't always happen to you
Love can be a four-score failure
Love can bring you fame
Love fresh as the morning May be wild when it's 'borning
And then without any warning, it's tame
Oh love can be a sweet endeavor Or a dirty shame
Love is almost never ever, the same!

If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured. The so-called "smart Beatle," he brought a penetrating intelligence and a stinging wit both to the band's music and its self-presentation. But in such songs as "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," "Rain" and "In My Life," he also marshaled gorgeous melodies to evoke a sophisticated, dreamlike world-weariness well beyond his years. Such work suggested not merely a profound musical and literary sensibility - a genius, in short -- but a vision of life that was simultaneously reflective, utopian and poignantly realistic.He was shot dead by a gunman named Mark Chapman.

- John Lenon

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

Photographer, conservationist; born in San Francisco. A commercial photographer for 30 years, he made visionary photos of western landscapes that were inspired by a boyhood trip to Yosemite. He won three Guggenheim grants to photograph the national parks (1944--58). Founding the f/64 group with Edward Weston in 1932, he developed zone exposure to get maximum tonal range from black-and-white film. He served on the Sierra Club Board.

1902 - Ansel Easton Adams born on February 20, at 114 Maple Street, San Francisco, the only child of Olive and Charles.
1915 - Despises the regimentation of a regular education, and is taken out of school. For that year, his father buys him a season pass to the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which he visits nearly every day. Private tutors provide further instruction. 1916: Family Trip to Yosemite, Californina.
1925: Decides to become a pianist. Buys a grand piano.1927: First acknowledged photograph.
1940 - Teaches first Yosemite workshop, the U. S. Camera Photographic Forum, in Yosemite with Edward Weston.
1953 he collaborated with Dorothea Lange on a Life commission for a photo essay on the Mormons in Utah
In 1962 Adams moved to Carmel, California, where in 1967 he was instrumental in the foundation of the Friends of Photography
1984 - Dies April 22 of heart failure aggravated by cancer

One of the worlds best Nature photographer
- Ansel Adams

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (1921-1992)
The Master Storyteller
Satyajit Ray, the master storyteller, has left a cinematic heritage that belongs as much to India as to the world. His films demonstrate a remarkable humanism, elaborate observation and subtle handling of characters and situations. The cinema of Satyajit Ray is a rare blend of intellect and emotions. He is controlled, precise, meticulous, and yet, evokes deep emotional response from the audience. His films depict a fine sensitivity without using melodrama or dramatic excesses. He evolved a cinematic style that is almost invisible. He strongly believed - "The best technique is the one that's not noticeable".

Indian filmmaker and among the dozen or so great masters of world cinema, is known for his humanistic approach to cinema. He made his films in Bengali, a language spoken in West Bengal, the eastern state of India, and Bangladesh. In 1992, Satyajit Ray received the honorary Academy Award ©A.M.P.A.S. ® - Lifetime Achievement.

Satyajit Ray's films are both cinematic and literary at the same time; using a simple narrative, usually in a classical format, but greatly detailed and operating at many levels of interpretation.
- Satyajit Ray

Pablo Ruiz Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973)

No other artist is more associated with the term Modern Art than Pablo Picasso. He created thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics during a time span of about 75 years. For many Picasso is the greatest art genius of the twentieth century. For others he is a gifted charlatan. Undisputed is the fact that he influenced and dominated the art of the twentieth century like no other modern artist.
Picasso had an excellent business sense. He paid even small amounts by cheque: "People rather keep the cheque for my famous signature than to cash it." He enjoyed being famous and rich. He was charming and witty and he liked to confuse, to provoke and to have his fun with the public.

During his lifetime, the artist went through different periods of characteristic painting styles. The Blue Period of Picasso lasted from about 1900 to 1904. It is characterized by the use of different shades of blue underlining the melancholic style of his subjects - people from the grim side of life with thin, half-starved bodies. His painting style during these years is masterly and convinces even those who reject his later modern style.

During Picasso's Rose Period from about 1905 to 1906, his style moved away from the Blue Period to a friendly pink tone with subjects taken from the world of the circus.

Cubism,In late 1906, Picasso started to paint in a truly revolutionary manner. Inspired by C├ęzanne's flattened depiction of space, and working alongside his friend Georges Braque, he began to express space in strongly geometrical terms. These initial efforts at developing this almost sculptural sense of space in painting are the beginnings of Cubism. By 1910, Picasso and Braque had developed Cubism into an entirely new means of pictorial expression.

-Picasso

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

1832 - Lost job Defeated for state legislature1833 - Failed in business
1834 - Elected to Illinois state legislature1835 - Sweetheart died
1836 - Had nervous breakdown1838 - Defeated for Speaker
1843 - Defeated for nomination for Congress
1848 - Lost renomination
1849 - Rejected for land officer
1854 - Defeated for U.S. Senate
1856 - Defeated for nomination for Vice President
1858 - Again defeated for U.S. Senate
1860 - Elected President.

Born - USA February 12, 1809 Died - April 15, 1865 USA
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States.This man saw more failures in life than success, but never gave up.The Emancipation Proclamation (helping to stop slavery), was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth.
"...in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
- Abraham Lincoln