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The Artless Con-noisseur – A Skit by Vidur Sury

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Let’s welcome Vidur Sury back here. He graciously agreed to guest post for me and I am pleased to say it is an enjoyable skit he wrote for a school program.

Vidur Sury is my son and has graced this blog earlier with  book reviews and a couple of posts (here and here). He’s currently in Grade 12 and pretty busy with school work and his other hobbies which encompass a keen interest in mythology, folk tales, culture, tradition and music. He’s learning Hindustani Classical Vocal and is in his 9th year. He’s quite an accomplished artist and singer and plans to publish books related to his interests.

Welcome, Vidur!. The sun shines brighter when you smile, which is often!

Thank you, Mummy!

I am happy to be here.

The  Artless Con-noisseur

A skit by Vidur Sury

First, the background:

Old Mr.Lal suddenly started fancying himself to be a connoisseur of art. One day, he happens to visit an old abandoned war memorial where he spots in an unused corner – an ancient painting which has lost its moorings. He believes that the work is that of a master from the Renaissance period. He brings it home, frames and displays it prominently among his art collection. He proudly announces his prized possession in all the prominent newspapers. News spreads and there is no dearth of visitors.

vidur sury skit

Here is what happens.

Visitor 1 : These deft strokes of the angel’s eyelashes! They have the stamp of the master!

Visitor 2 : And did you notice the particular shade of purple used right at the end of the second horse’s tail? It is marvelous. If I weren’t a connoisseur myself, I would have missed it!

Mr.Lal (looking like a cat which has just been licking cream) : Unless you have a discerning eye, you may have missed this – look here! At the bottom of the painting, 6 centimetres from the left, there is a little red dot. Do you know what it is? It is the master’s own blood!

All visitors (suitably in awe) : Mm, yes, yes! Indeed what sacrifices greatness demands!

Visitor 3 (sotto voce) : Just showing off! (louder) : I don’t believe this is from the Renaissance period at all! I see more the hand of – how shall I say – a certain female artist from the – ahem, 19th century.

Visitor 4 : Oh No No! Did you not notice that the sleeping dog has flat feet – this is the hallmark of that great master – hmm, the name that all of us dare not speak out except to whisper in awe.

Visitor 5 : Mr, Lal, can I have a photo with you and the masterpiece?

Visitor 6 : Yes, could I have a photo also so that I could frame this momentous occasion?

Mr.Lal (looking gracious) : Indeed, it is a moment to be treasured. We do our bit by expressing our appreciation.

Visitor 7 (slightly slow on the uptake) : Excuse me! Can someone – will someone – tell me if this is the cubist style? I see a cube of cheese under the mouse.

Visitor 8 : Oh No! That cube is not cheese; it is a bit of an ear! Have you not heard the famous ordeal which changed the master’s life for ever?

Visitor 9 : Mr. Lal, if you don’t mind, would you please tell us how much this masterpiece would be worth today?

Visitor 10 : And how much did you pay for it – if you don’t mind sharing that information?

Mr. Lal (looking very important) : Well, I am sorry but I am not in a position to divulge financial details. Suffice it to say that I left no stone unturned to acquire this unique work. As you know, if this sort of information gets about, it attracts unwanted attention.

All visitors (suitably impressed) : Yes, we understand, we understand!

(Just then, a child enters).

Child : Why! There is that paper! When my lunch box spilled all over, I used that paper to clean up the mess! Why has someone framed it?!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my little skit!

Thank you, Vidur.

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  • Reply
    Cathy Graham
    July 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I love it! What fun! I had to smile after reading that. Clever and funny. Bravo to Vidur and all the best in your future endeavours!
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    Swathi Shenoy
    July 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Hehe the ending was ultimate 😀 Loved it 🙂 Your son is pretty talented 🙂
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    July 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Lovely, such a talented son you have
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    Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    July 6, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Vidur, that is a very nice skit. Life is how you look at it. Indeed our perceptions color our life. Do keep writing, you are good at it. All the best for 12th.
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    LuAnn Braley
    July 6, 2014 at 2:16 am

    We adults always try to over-think things, don’t we? I have done my fair share of acting on stage over the years and I was most amused by this piece; great job!
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    July 6, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Liked this lovely skit! All the best to Vidur!
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    July 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Well done Vidur. I enjoyed that and love the title too.
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    July 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Great awesome website i love the graphics and your site good work.

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    Proactive Indian
    July 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Even though the title was a giveaway, that was a beautiful skit, Vidur!
    Truly, most ‘art connoisseurs’ are just artful con-noisseurs!!
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    July 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Vidur, I am smiling widely:) A lovely tale, told very well.
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    Sreeja Praveen
    July 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    hehehe 😀 Lunch mess 😀 Poor Mr Lal 🙂
    An alternative view is that a child can create masterpiece with mess 🙂
    Love you, Vidur for this 🙂 And for being the wonderful son that you are 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this here, Vidya 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      July 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you, Sreeja! Yet another view? There’s art everywhere, one only has to look 😀

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