Father’s Day is that special day of the year when children remember what having a father means to them and express their feelings of gratitude, love and respect for their fathers with cards, gifts and heartfelt words. Father’s Day originated in the USA when Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart, a veteran of the American Civil War, learnt about the newly begun Mother’s Day.She felt the contribution of fathers should also be recognized. Her feelings on this matter may have been strengthened because her mother had passed away and her father was raising her and her four brothers on his own.
Father’s Day is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June since 1910 and this year will see its observance on 21 June 2020.
Let us look at some Father-child relationships and how they have grown and developed over the years.
Motilal Nehru and Jawaharlal Nehru: A leading lawyer and President of the Congress Party Motilal Nehru was the founder of a political dynasty, whose son Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of independent India. This powerful father and son duo were at the forefront of India’s struggle for independence and their political and social thinking continues to impact India today.
Sukumar Ray and Satyajit Ray:Sukumar Ray was a creative writer whose contribution to Bengali children’s literature is remembered even today. His son, the filmmaker Satyajit Ray continued his father’s legacy and created an oeuvre of his own. Together these creative geniuses have left behind a body of work that continues to delight, inspire and entertain readers and viewers even today.
Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan:A significant poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement, known for his impactful works such as Madhushala and Agneepath, Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s legacy literary contributions are matched by the cinematic achievements of his son the actor Amitabh Bachchan, who has attained legendary fame in his lifetime. Amitabh often credits his father with inspiring and guiding him through life, frequently quoting his father’s poems as motivating messages in difficult times.
Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar:This world-renowned sitar maestro and his talented daughter have performed together on some of the world’s most eminent music stages. Anoushka Shankar has attempted to carry forward the musical legacy of her father, who popularized the sitar around the world, collaborating with prominent western classical musicians such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin and popular performers like George Harrison.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan: Commenting on his teaching his sons the nuances of his instrument, the sarod, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan says, “In the course of Amaan and Ayaan’s training (which is an ongoing process for a classical musician), I never encouraged them to copy my style of playing beyond a point. As they developed and matured as musicians, I was relieved to see both brothers developing a very distinctive and rather different approach to what was taught. This I feel is only natural, as the music is a reflection of an individuals’ mind and soul. Over the years, as a father and as a guru, I have a very unique equation with Amaan and likewise with Ayaan.”
Dhirubhai Ambani and his sons Mukesh and Anil Ambani: A visionary businessman, Dhirubhai Ambani set up Reliance industries, which was worth $25.6 billion upon his death in 2002. The business conglomerate was divided between his two sons, who continue to collaborate in the growth and diversification of Reliance industries into new domains.
Prakash Padukone and Deepika Padukone: A world-class sportsman and an actor, this father and daughter pair have both made their mark upon their chosen fields. Deepika Padukone has often credited her father with helping her develop the discipline, focus and desire to excel that led her to begin her career as a sportsperson, only to make the move to modelling and films thereafter.
Perhaps the greatest gift a father can give his children is the gift of his presence and his time. By being there, sharing his knowledge, skills, and life learnings he helps his children face the challenges of growing up and becoming functioning adults, as well as equips them with the skills and confidence required to face the future. We at Niyogi Books celebrate the spirit of fathers with a selection of books featuring the deeply felt bond between fathers and their children.
Some of the books we had published on these legends are as follows:
Beyond Music: Maestros in Conversation: Ever wondered, how did Ustad Amjad Ali Khan fight emotional and financial setbacks to settle into musical harmony with destiny? Beyond Music – Maestros in Conversation delves into candid opinions on issues, revealing thoughts on music-making and emotional sagas of some of the most accomplished, revered classical musicians. A must read for all Hindustani classical music connoisseurs.
Inner Recesses Outer Spaces: Memoirs by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: 1903-47 marks a period of fundamental change in India. A strong force swept the country, which compelled the world to recognise the power of spiritual energy. Mahatma Gandhi evolved the spiritual methods, and a rare band of individuals adopted them. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay is such a person as a member of the National Working Committee of the Congress. Kamaladevi writes about her close association with fascinating leaders of the nationalist movement including Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Acharya Kriplani, Jayaprakash Narayan.
In Amitabh Bachchan: A Kaleidoscope, Pradeep Chandra and Vikas Chandra Sinha have embarked on the near-impossible task of chronicling the course of Amitabh Bachchan’s life, from his early days till date. Filled with personal anecdotes from the man himself; quotes from his immediate family, closest friends and colleagues who have been witness to his rise to mega-stardom.With a collection of rare and never-seen-before photographs, beautiful paintings, sketches and movie stills, the book is a must-read for every Bachchan fan.
The Prakash Padukone Story:Not content with becoming the best in the country, Prakash Padukone embarked on a journey of excellence—a journey that took him to the summit of many tournaments across the world. The best-remembered of these is the All England title that he won in 1980 which decisively changed the history of Indian sports. His conquests included the World Cup in 1981, the Swedish and Danish Opens in 1980, the Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1978, the Hong Kong Open in 1982. These were apart from medals won at the Asian Games, World Championships and Asian Championships. His victories gladdened the hearts of Indians at a time when it had few world-class professionals in any field; his sportsmanlike conduct meant that he was seen as an excellent ambassador for India at the world stage. After his retirement, he has continued to champion the cause of Indian sports.
Timeless Tales from Bengal: An Anthology of Bangla Children’s and Young Adults’ Stories
This unique anthology of 34 translated stories invites the reader to a feast that offers most of the sub-genres in the realm: from fantasy, folk tales and animal stories through comic tales, detective fiction and adventure and suspense stories to ghost stories, historical narratives, sports narratives and tales of social consciousness. This volume presents an enjoyable and fairly comprehensive picture of Bangla children’s and young-adults’ short fiction to the non-Bengali readership for the first time in publishing history. It includes the work of Rabindranath Tagore, Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay,Sukumar Ray, Satyajit Ray and many others.