29 January 2006

Poor Damayanti


This is a bill board I saw in Vengoor, Kerala, looks like a jewellery advertisement. The language is Malayalam. The face on the left must be a fashion model or a film actress, paid very well to pose for this commercial. The standing figure to the far right half diffused, half covered by Malayalam text is the most beautiful tall and elegant Hamsa Damayanthi. Its a famous painting of Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), please don't call her, that is not Damayanthi's mobile number, poor thing is dead.





The Ad Agency had the audasity to reverse the painting to make it unrecognisable ?? perhaps not. The painting is far too famous to go un noticed. They made it more insulting by covering her with the ugly text message or address of the company.This is the most insensitive way of promoting the product. Here to the right is the original image.

Poor Damayanthi is not alive to sue these guys.

Blunt Knife.

19 comments:

wildpic said...

princess damayanthi talking with royal swan about nalan ... is the scene. now this private conversation turning into a jewellery (i think too) ad is crazy and i want to call 2525656, which town did u see this in rauf ?(std code)! have any info on nalan ?

these sari fellows have turned the scene into a sari ! check it out ...

www.rmkv.com/ nationaward.htm

Rauf said...

Cherian gave me the translation of the first line Suresh.
Malayali mangayude swapna safallyam
(malayali women's dream come true ??
-Arya manga jewellers-AM Road
Kuruppampadi
Saw this bill board in Vengoor
Ask Nancy for the STD code.

nalan was the king of some place don't know more about him, The subject has inspired many books and dance dramas.

wildpic said...

'malayali' womans dream comes true through 'arya' woman !? ... interesting selling there !?

nancy ... nancy ... ee oorunda std coode ariya ? (am dead meat)

my google guess is 0484 (ernakulam dist)am gonna call as 'nalan' !!

Rauf said...

Yea Nancy knows its her oor.

KKV Arasoo said...

They have distorted Mona Lisa's face atleast here they only reversed the pic and kept the original intact.Art and art form is no more respected and in time to come ART will be graphically mutated and the younger generation will be left ARTless

Rauf said...

Perhaps this is evolution Aras !

When are you posting your first blog ? Eagerly waiting Aras.

Patty said...

It's sad that they didn't use their imagination to come up with something new.

Angel said...

Why bother? Why do you clutter your mind with this stuff? There is so much suffering around you to worry about a woman who had a good life and who is already in heaven.

Son of Solomon said...

Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.

Rauf said...

Patty, yes its a short cut. This has been my favourite painting since my childhood, long before I came to know of renaissance and impressionist artists

Rauf said...

Angel, wherefore art thou ?

Yea it bothers me Angel, suffering is not new, its been around since the day one. Since the moment God said ' Let there be light' and I said ' common switch it off, its hurting my eyes. Angel I think the switch came before the light.

Rauf said...

Son of Solomon, I know how you feel, Its not easy talking to a father who had 700 wives. SEVEN HUNDRED ?? yes Seven hundred. Thats vanity. I wonder if he ever got time to eat. An audience of 700 wives is enough to make him a rock star. Did he come out with any albums ?

Chinna said...

this is a bit like remixes in music. it offends some while others thrive on it, however briefly.
i see a remarkable similarity between the two models.

wildpic said...

i spoke to arya manga, a manga spoke in malayalam and i did not make the mistake of speaking the same.
i explained to her that there is a complaint about the inappropriate use of dhamayanthi in their ads and we would appreciate if they would stop it.
she seem to have understood my message and said ... ook !

Rauf said...

Yes Chinna, the remix of old songs is a real pain and an insult to the composer. I just don't understand how these guys go scotfree.

Rauf said...

Suresh ! I would like to call them too not as myself but as Raja Ravi Varma's ghost.

wildpic said...

good idea raja ... here you go ... 0484-2525656 pls get some guidance from nancy, for appropriate malayalam words and phrases ... cos, raja r.v spoke good malayalam ...

Rauf said...

Suresh, Nancy could be his coustomer, though she wears very simple jewellery, she may not like the idea of suing the owner

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