Prof R R Kelkar’s Marathi Article about the Upcoming Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar has published an article in Marathi in the 22 April 2018 issue of Sakal Saptarang. It discusses the prospects of the 2018 monsoon in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of IMD. Click on the thumbnails to read.





Prof R R Kelkar’s Interview on DD Sahyadri About the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by DD Sahyadri channel on 17 April 2018 in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of monsoon rainfall. Click on the link below to watch.


Filmy Weather (38): “What’s Up Lagna”, with a Monsoon Song

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While I am proud as an Indian citizen of the tremendous progress we have made from the “khat likh de sawariya ke naam babu” era to the present internet age, I am happy as a meteorologist that Indian films still follow that old practice of having at least one rain scene. The new Marathi movie, What’s Up Lagna, is no exception. It has that mandatory rain song Tu Jarashi showing Aakash (Vaibhav Tatwawaadi) and Ananya (Prarthana Behere) getting drenched on their honeymoon night. They invoke the monsoon, and lo and behold, the monsoon obliges, along with chilly winds, starry skies, soft shadows and moist soil. The singers are Hrishikesh Ranade and Nihira Joshi. Music is by Nilesh Moharir. Here are the lyrics composed by Ashwini Shende:

Man paavsali vaare Sparsh Olasar Maati
Mag Savalya Sukhachya An Ghatta Bilgun Yeti
Hi Raat Othatali Darvalate Chandane
Aahe Aturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

Ya Savalya Nashechi Hava Gaar Oghalate
Lay Aaj Dehachi Alvaar Viraghalate
Tu Sodvun Jashi Tari Majhe Guntane
Aahe Aaturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

Ya Pavasala Jara Mag Aarjave Karavi
Aapuli Tahaan Vedi Ardhi Ardhi Vhavi
Man Utu Jaate Aata Ase Tayche Saandane
Aahe Aaturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

The movie has three more beautiful songs but the video promos are better than those actually picturised in the film.

Article on Cyclone Ockhi by Dr Ranjan Kelkar

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An article in Marathi on Cyclone Ockhi written by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the weekly Zee Marathi Disha on 16 December 2017.

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Filmy Weather (37): “Monsoon Shootout”, More Blood than Water

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“Monsoon Shootout” was released in theatres in India, not during the monsoon season, but in the winter of 2017. It had in fact been shown at the Cannes film festival way back in 2013, but like a grossly delayed monsoon, it arrived here only in 2017. There are some monsoons that make no sense to a meteorologist. “Monsoon Shootout” was a film that made no sense to me either as a meteorologist or as an average moviegoer. The camera did succeed in capturing some of the fury of the Mumbai monsoon. But besides that redeeming feature, there was nothing much in the film to write about.

The monsoon has been known to evoke emotions of love and romance, and it has inspired great minds to cerate great works of poetry and literature, music and dance. But the point that “Monsoon Shootout” is perhaps trying to prove is that the monsoon influences the base instincts of criminal minds as well. The film has louder gunshot echoes than the thunder in the sky. Instead of raindrops, there is blood splashing all over. There are more streams of blood than the rain water on the streets. Crime, lawlessness, killing, lust, greed, corruption, are all what the monsoon is shown to bring along with it.

Here and there, the film throws in some philosophy for a change. At regular intervals, there is a dialogue about the right path, the wrong path and the middle path. But the film apparently has not been able to understand the path of the monsoon. I watched the movie second-day-second-show. There were just ten people in the hall, including me!

An Article on “The Music of the Monsoon”

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An article by Prof R R Kelkar entitled “The Music of the Monsoon” has been published on 8 September 2017 in the IAPT-IISER journal Physics Education. Click on the link to read.


New Marathi Article by Dr Ranjan Kelkar


An article in Marathi entitled “Monsoon Samjoon Gheuya” by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the newspaper Agrowon dated 29 June 2017. 

170629 Article Agrowon Monsoon Progress

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