Daily Archives: May 18, 2008

Is this Right??????,


The photo that you see on this post is the Cover of “Axis: Bold as Love”, the second album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ were an English/American rock band famous for the guitar work, original songs and outrageous style during 1960’s. From the records on the internet it shows that Jimmy Hendrix, the lead singer/guitarist was somewhat disappointed with the album’s cover art, Although he appreciated the symbolic design, he had requested cover art that showcased his “Indian” heritage. The British art designers who created the cover assumed that he meant India the South Asian country, not the Native American people, and thus the album’s cover has a photographed copy of a cheap, mass produced religious poster of the Hindu devotional painting known as ‘Viraat Purushan-Vishnuroopam’ showing the different forms of Vishnu with a small, superimposed painting of the group by Roger Law (from a photo portrait by Karl Ferris) blended in Little Miss Lover.

That was history, I really didn’t knew about this until I noticed this photograph in one of the pub and restaurants recently. Upon finding out what it exactly meant and searching in the internet about the same I found the facts which I have mentioned in the above paragraph. Now the question is how could the British art designers take a this picture so lightly and morph it without even thinking that it could affect the beliefs of the richest culture and mythology in the world??? Was it done intentionally??? Whatever be the intentions, I feel pathetic that the gods that we believe in and worship today are morphed in photographs and are being showcased in pubs, bars, discotheques, strip-clubs and other places where there is no value for such things. Its time for us to raise our voice and see to that there is a global awareness on this and this photo has to be revoked and a strict action has to be taken on using such photos in public places. What are the politicians in India doing? For the sake of votes they will do all cheap gimicks taking the name of the religion but when our own heritage is tampered in such a way that too globally from years I feel ashamed and bad to be called as what I am today. Is this true to keep our mouth shut?????………. Hope people raise their voices against this and action will be taken so that atleast when I goto a pub next time I dont get to see our gods there……

I have compared both the photos next to each other, even after seeing this if you feel that its not strange then please let me know why??????


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