Thursday, March 5, 2009

हेमंत शेष ने लिखा

ashok aatreya in his study


Mr. Ashok Aatreya was born on 26th December1944, in Bikaner, in a renowned family of south Indian Andhra-Pundits. Even as a college student, he showed exemplary orientation towards fine arts and literature. As a graduation-student, he started contributing short stories and articles on art and aesthetics in almost all renowned Hindi magazines and newspapers during the sixties and 70s. Soon he established himself as an off-beat short story writer in the literary circles of contemporary Hindi literature.

Mr. Aatreya, because of his familial artistic and literary background, was naturally exposed to contemporary modern trends in Art. He not only wrote sensible criticism on the art activities of Rajasthan for years together and brought into limelight, certain significant trends and potential artists, but also developed his distinct identity as a modern artist cum-art-critic.

As a keen and research oriented cultural Anthropologist, he wrote a column called " Kesar-Kyari" for more than 15 years on the art, architecture and the culture of Jaipur. Similarly he contributed another historical-cultural column in Daily "Rashtradoot" under the title "Shahar-Sawaya". Both these series contain more than 2000 exclusive articles on History, Art, Architecture, places and life and people. He has also published his Art- criticism / exhibition-reviews and articles on Indian Art and articles in English also in "Times of India" and "Hindustan Times Live".

In 1966, 1968, 1974 and 1996, he organized in Bikaner, Jaipur and Delhi his solo/ group shows of paintings done mostly in mixed media. His last show of mixed media paintings in was held at a famous art gallery in Sri fort area, at New Delhi, inaugurated by well known modern artist Ms. Arpna Kaur.

Mr. Aatreya has been an active art-organizer too. With the inspiration of his internationally acclaimed artist friend, Mr. Daniel Fillod of Carol (France), he performed a miraculous feat by getting painted a 100 feet long and 12 feet wide canvas at Jaipur in 1994. This large size canvas was painted by 14 eminent Jaipur painters including Mr. Fillod and Mr. Aatreya, and unveiled by the British High Commissioner to India at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

He also has a long experience of working with internationally acclaimed NGOs and social-work institutions like Sewa Mandir, Udaipur, Social work and Research Center Tiloniya, and Ce-Coi DeCon, Jaipur etc. for a decade.

Mr. Ashok Aatreya has also has shown his creative talent as a film Director and producer of certain art-films, focused on the life and works of renowned modern painters and poets.
Apart from making tally films on Social work institutions, Surat's Diamond cutting industry, A film on the City of Ajmer for Television, Gujrat Cyclone tragedy followed by rehabilitation -work, he has made a full length documentary film on the most secret Shakti Puja Paddhati of present Shankaracharya of Dwarika (Gujrat).
Lately in 2007-2008, he wrote a series of 13 episodes for Doordarshan ( Indian Television) tiled as "BHARTAYAN"- which consisted of the glimpses of History of glorious Indian Freedom Movement. This series, telecast on National network of Doordarshan has fetched him wide applaud from innumerable Indian TV viewers.
Mr. Ashok Aatreya has had a long innings of working as creative journalist. He was associated with numerous national level newspapers and News agencies in various capabilities as the Chief sub- editor of "Hindustan Samachar", editor of weekly "Akshar Bharat", editor of Daily Haryana Patrika, Special correspondent and feature editor- Dainik Bhaskar, and cultural-columnist of Daily Navjyoti.
Shri Ashok Aatreya was picked up by a few international publication-houses and broadcasting agencies like "Life- Time Books", as marketing Officer and "Voice of America" as North India stringer-reporter respectively.
Mr. Aatreya has published some collections of modern Hindi short stories, a book on Tantrik Tradition of Lalita Archana, a long poem on the social and cultural tribal life of 'Aboojhmaad' area, and many books on adult literacy. Some of his novels written for children, have been awarded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI.

His Permanent postal address is : 38, Dev Nagar, Tonk Road, Jaipur and Telephone Nos. are 0141-2707555. He could be contacted on his mobile number- 09825224136 and 09925044136.
His e-mail is

He is presently residing at Udaipur and writing plays and short stories for "kala-Prayojan" as a special assignment.

A brief note on the writing of Ashok Aatreya

Born on 28th December 1944 at Bikaner, hailing from a renowned Andhra pundit family of Rajgurus and Tantriks of erstwhile Bikaner state in the then Rajputana, Ashok Aatreya started writing modern short stories at a very early age. Initially a student of science, Ashok Aatreya was principally inclined towards fine arts and literature, and that propensity brought him to the main stream of Hindi fiction that was under rapid transition in 1960s.
A new trend of Nai-Kahani was setting in, with so many talented writers on the scene, yet Ashok Aatreya's originality in contemporary Hindi fiction was underlined because of the basic distinctive approach to art of story telling. He never believed in stereo-typed family-stories, conventional portrayal of human relationships, middle class romantic themes, or newer versions of popular subjects. His central-concern was an isolate, intellectual, modern man, who with all his agonies and anxieties, was destined to be lonesome. His stories are like modern poetry and modern painting which give him direct impetus for writing with a fresh, unconventional vision. With his prolific publications, he was soon recognized as an avant-garde story-writer of Hindi literature in '60s.
Ashok Aatreya's first story "Patra Ke Char Tukdon Ka Astitva" in 1964, was published in "Kahani" but his second short story "Tilchatte" instantly attracted the attention of readers. After this, there was no looking back ! From 1964 for about two decades, Ashok Aatreya published more than 150 short stories in almost every significant literary magazine through out the country. Those included "Gyanodaya", "Madhyam", "Sarika" "Kahani", "Nai Kahani", "Vatayan", "Vikalp", "Kalpana", "Lahar", "Aavesh", "Bindu", "Sambodhan", "Hastakshar" "Madhumati" and "Kala Prayojana" to name a few.
His long and active association with social work, journalism, marketing, PR, mass communication, film-making and other fields provided him an excellent opportunity of studying life from a kaleidoscopic angle. His fiction characters are authentic representatives of the self of the writer as the first person, whose prime concern is to portray and represent "time" as it is.

His major published works are "Mere pita kee Vijay", "Udaharan Ke liye"(both short-story-collectins), "Time-fever" (writer's monograph) "Aboojh-maad" (Long poem) etc. Some of his books have fetched awards and honours.

"All the beautiful Daughters of Mara"

A novel written by Ashok atreya is an attempt of embodying the para-psychological, ethereal and day-to-day experiences of the hero. The Key to this novel is very clearly explained in the 54th chapter with the same title " All the beautiful Daughters of Mara", in which Anand, the hero, tells us the story of his previous births, where he visualizes the past and present where his unfulfilled desire for eternal love accentuates with unending lust for life, get freely expressed.

The myth of "All the beautiful Daughters of Mara" existing parallel to his own span of life, of which only present is visible and the rest of the episodes in his previous births, Anand experiences as and when he encounters them.

The overall development of this novel could only be examined with the help of a "Tantrik-based parody", where not only the sequence of Janma-Janmantra is added for an additional fervor, exposing the hero's passion and lust through and through but also his predicament of being a helpless victim in the hands of mystic destiny.
The author has picked up an apparently mystic theme. Unconsciously, as he has inherited the tradition of religion, Indian mythology and Tantra from his ancestors, but the beauty of the work lies in the fact of a secular approach to life omitting the bondages of caste and creed. In this background, this work of fiction becomes para-modern!

The libidinal instinct of Anand in his present and previous births, attaches with himself a number of voluptuous women belonging to various ethnic backgrounds. Tantra, as a distinctive sect of Hindu worship tradition, has very significant role of "Panch-Makars" and, therefore, the Omni-presence of women around the hero is the internal necessity of the theme, which results into many neo-vam-margi experience. This is, thus, a novel-departure in the field of contemporary Indian English writing.
The novelist has very aptly casted valid comment on the degeneration of present political scenario by elevating the police -shooter, an encounter-specialist to the supreme office of the President. (this is just like The then President of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf (Who started his career as an ordinary military commando) These are not mere fiction fantasies but all around us, we find such absurdities taking shape !

The sub-titles attributed to 58 chapters lucidly establish the internal consistency of unbelievable episodes full of love, lust and crime, tied with an unseen threads of births and rebirths.
Naturally such a theme has interminable prospective of constructing stories -interesting and unending, of which Ashok Aatreya, as a fiction writer, has all the potential.


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