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Bella Ciao – Good Bye Beautiful

August 16th, 2020, posted in LYRiCS, WORKiNG iN GRAPHiCS
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Bella Ciao (pronounced “Bella Chow”) is an old folk song that served as an anthem against fascism during World War II from 1843-1945. The song was used by members of the Italian resistance as a symbol of their struggle against the puppet fascist government in Italy and its allies in Nazi Germany.

Although mostly known for being used in World War II, the song has much older origins. Its history traces back to the 19th century, when it was used by oppressed female workers in Northern Italy.

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The word Bella means pretty or beautiful, and Ciao means “so long”Bella Ciao translates to Good Bye Beautiful.

The original writer of the song is unknown.

As the name suggests, the song is in Italian language.

The song was first used in the late 19th century by women in Northern Italy.

These women were called Mondinas(Rice weeders) and they worked in rice-paddy fields.Their job was to plant the rice and remove weeds harming the rice fields.

Mondinas had to bend down to pull out weeds from the rice fields, while standing with their bare feet and knees in the water. They had to do this for several hours. This was a very tiring job and these women belonged to the poorest social classes, which left them with little choice and so they kept working under these inhumane conditions.

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Despite, engaging in this tiring and exhausting job the Mondinas were paid very low wages and since they were poor they had no other choice but to keep working to feed their families.

This often led to riots and rebellions. And since there was an abundance of people ready to work as rice-weeders, workers protesting or demanding for more would be easily replaced by new ones.

‘Bella Ciao’ was sung by these women as an expression of their protest. They used the song as an anthem for their struggle.

The song remained popular with the Mondinas until the early 20th century, when the protests and riots finally paid off and the Mondinas’ demands were met.

This Mondinas’s version of the song had different lyrics than the one used by anti-fascists in Italy.

The song was very popular among Italian Partisans during World War II. During the war, resistance members fought for their freedom against Italian dictator Mussolini’s puppet regime and Nazi Occupation of Italy. The song served as an anthem for their cause.

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Una mattina mi son svegliato
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Una mattina mi son svegliato
Eo ho trovato l’invasor

One morning I woke up
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
One morning I woke up
And I found the invader

O partigiano porta mi via
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
O partigiano porta mi via
Che mi sento di morir

Oh partisan, carry me away,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Oh partisan, carry me away,
For I feel I’m dying

E se io muoio da partigiano
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
E se io muoio da partigiano
Tu mi devi seppellir

And if I die as a partisan
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
And if I die as a partisan
You have to bury me

Mi seppellire lassù in montagna
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Mi seppellire lassù in montagna
Sotto l’ombra di un bel fiore

But bury me up in the mountain
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao,
But bury me up in the mountain
Under the shadow of a beautiful flower

E le genti che passeranno
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
E le genti che passeranno
Mi diranno: “Che bel fior”

And the people who will pass by
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao,
And the people who will pass by
Will say to me: “what a beautiful flower”

È questo il fiore del partigiano
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
È questo il fiore del partigiano
Morto per la libertà

This is the flower of the partisan
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
This is the flower of the partisan
Who died for freedom

 

Bella Ciao’ was first recorded in audio form by Italian singer Giovanna Daffini in 1962.

Since then it has been recorded in 32 other languages from artists all over the world.

Over the years, Bella Ciao has become more than just a song of resistance. It’s now regarded as an international anthem about freedom and rights of people.

The song is also a very popular among football fans, and has been sung by Italian, Portuguese and most recently by Brazilian fans during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

It recently regained popularity after it was featured in a Spanish T.V show called Money Heist (La casa de papel).

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Change In Saudi Woman

November 12th, 2019, posted in Art, GiRLs, Kingdom
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Every generation rediscovers and re-evaluates

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Ghassan Kanafani About The Palestinian Cause

July 8th, 2019, posted in Art, ChARACtERs, DAtEs iN a YeAR, POEPLes, Scarface'S DIARY, WORKiNG iN GRAPHiCS
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The Palestinian cause is not a cause for Palestinians only, but a cause for every revolutionary, wherever he is, as a cause of the exploited and oppressed masses in our era.” These are the words of Ghassan Kanafani (1936-1972), a Palestinian author, teacher, revolutionary and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. His journalism and writings were deeply rooted in Arab-Palestinian culture, and inspired a whole generation both during and after his lifetime. On 8 July 1972, he was assassinated by Mossad as a response to the Lod airport massacre although he had played no direct role in this. He was murdered for his commitment to Palestinian resistance and seen by the Israeli occupiers as a threat to the racist occupation regime. His legacy lives on in every Palestinian and internationalist willing to fight for the anti-imperialist cause. 

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Live Longer And You Will See

June 9th, 2019, posted in MOViES, Words, WORKiNG iN GRAPHiCS
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PAINTING THE ICONIC MARILYN MONROE WITH A PAKISTANI TWIST

June 1st, 2019, posted in Art, GiRLs, PAKiSTAN, POEPLes
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Karachi-based artist, Summaiya Jillani, took a little over two weeks to paint her version of the iconic, beautiful, Marilyn Monroe.

Featured in colourful ethnic wear, with her braided, blond hair draped on one side of her shoulder, in addition to chunky earrings, the painting is pop art eccentric, animated and pretty darn brilliant. In a mere few days, an image of the painting went viral over Facebook. Jillani, a graduate from Karachi University remains baffled by the attention her painting seems to be generating.

Initially wanting to be a GD Pilot, Jillani couldn’t make the cut due to weak eyesight. However, the artist’s father was keen on his daughter becoming a doctor. “I was very good at Biology,” Jillani says regarding her consistent inclination towards the field of art, “Making nice diagrams, etc., therefore, this career used to be in the back of my mind like a haunting beast.”

Currently teaching Art at Beaconhouse, Jillani spoke with HELLO! Pakistan about her painting, art, how she approaches a project and more:

When did you paint this piece and what was it for?

I started working on this piece early this year but I left it 15% done as I got busy with a series of family events. Then on being contacted by the VM Gallery, here in Karachi, asking for some fresh work for a show called ‘Attaining Heights,’ I resumed working on it and finished the remaining 85% in a week alongside my job. Initially I was making the painting for myself. I start things very whimsically; not knowing where and how they would end up – but then they make their own way out. I feel very lucky.

 

How long did it take?

If I had to count to the exact number of days, I can say it’d have taken me about 15 days.

Did you have any other ideas in mind regarding what you’d like to see Monroe wearing?

I always have a lot of options for one single image and I pick one of them up quite intuitively, not thinking too much about it! Too much thinking overcooks the idea and also wastes time, I believe. The dress (angarkha) that you see Monroe wearing in the painting is a creation of a very young designer, Nabiha Hassan, who also studied at Karachi University. The first time I saw the dress, I had a thing for it…not for wearing it, but for painting it somehow! That dress has a life of its own and that certainly has made the painting what it is and the credit must also go to the person who designed the clothes.

What medium did you use for this painting?

I used a locally made cloth as the base with acrylic paints.

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My only inspiration was to throw a pleasant visual at the viewer. I’m never looking for something too deep; rather, I look for an instant BANG effect! I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing, all I know is that it works best for me. I can’t even say if I like Monroe or not. I have a taste for rather different things in movies such as dark British comedy, etc. Monroe is something I know almost everyone falls for in a jiffy and that is exactly what I enjoy bringing to light in my work.

What has the response been like so far?

The response has been simply overwhelming! I uploaded a photo of the painting (on Facebook) that was taken by my brother at the gallery and I’d forgotten that my wall photos were open to the public. And the very second it was uploaded, ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ went wild! The image went viral and in less than 12 hours it had almost about 600 shares directly from my profile.

Have there been any interested buyers?

Many!

Is this a one-off painting, or are you open to making identical paintings for interested buyers?

The idea is still in progress. Even before starting the painting I had a series of images in mind. So yes, in the near future we will be seeing more of Monroe with more surprising elements and a lot more than just Monroe!

How do you approach a project, what does the process entail?

My process is when I work, I sleep with it, I wake up beside it, and I listen to music constantly. I cannot work without music. I can’t tell how many hours exactly, but when I’m working I’ll keep at it until the need of a nap takes over me. And I’m not even a workaholic.

 

 

 

 

Source : https://sonyarehman.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/painting-the-iconic-marilyn-monroe-with-a-pakistani-twist/
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