I am Lucky Compiler. Since my inception in September, 2012, I have evolved quite a lot. And, in the ephemeral nature of the web world I may be considered to be growing up rapidly. As it is necessary for any vigorous expansion, my growth involved steep phases of learning which still continues. From the very beginning my aim was to showcase the depth of talent available in the fields of visual art, namely painting, sculpture, photography, film, installations and so on. I intended to do so by collecting exclusive interviews and articles penned by the gifted individuals from the world of art (both traditional and digital), photography and film. Owing to the generosity of these creative minds, who set aside time from their busy schedules for answering my questions, I interviewed more than one hundred artists in the span of initial 18 months. Together with my proprietors we ensured that we ask sensible, meaningful questions that uncover not only the inherent ability but also the stupendous amount of work that is undertaken behind the scene and contributes into the making of any successful human being. I believe going through the pages of Lucky Compiler has been equally an inspiration, education and entertainment for you. The journey still continues.
Continuous development though, automatically entails uninterrupted introduction of fresh and worthy features. In that regard, my creators are now planning to delve even deeper into the world or art, photography and film and not limiting the explorations only to present time. We are seeking to bring forth the authentic yet marvellous stories from the pages of history or trace century old cultural traditions in various corners of the globe. Again, all of these will be made exclusively available to you. In due time, we would also include performance art and other less explored crafts that enrich the cultural vista of our planet. But for doing so I would require your continuous and ardent support, just like the encouragement that you have been so kind to show so far.
Today I will also divulge the secret of my name, on which I have often been quizzed about. The inspiration behind my name came from the following statement of English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson (September 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784) who said, ‘Many useful and valuable books lie buried in shops and libraries unknown and unexamined, unless some lucky compiler opens them by chance, and finds an easy spoil of wit and learning.’
Considering the treasure trove of talent I not only maintain but also enrich regularly and the adulation and blessings you, my readers, bestow on me, I truly find myself extremely Lucky.
Henri–Frédéric Amiel aptly said, ‘Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.’ It is a wonderful way of understanding human psyche where the sensitive side is often locked away into a corner of mind and may not be easily accessible or decipherable to the outside world. But by answering the question put forth by Amiel that hidden side may come to fore which in turn would aid in better understanding of the person.
A part of artist is revealed through his or her work as any creative essay tends to be tinged by the thoughts of the creator. This and the deeply introspective questions often reveal the great mind relentlessly working behind this process of innovation. I am sure the dear readers of Lucky Compiler have observed how studying the interviews and articles of these talented personalities tend to be an educative and inspiring experience in itself. Therefore, the lesson is loud and clear – to train the mind in such a way that it has the capability of clearly envisioning the purpose and persistently working towards achieving it. While interviewing these great artists my conviction has been doubly affirmed about the value of humility, honesty and hard work. And, it makes the effort undertaken so far a rewarding one.
I am sure together we will be able to make this creative journey an exhilarating experience for all.
For some time I was feeling the chasm of having a regular job and enjoying the fruits of labour after a monotonous day’s work vis-à-vis working for some creative project that could be built on my visions. Late 2012, in one of our numerous informal brainstorming sessions my brother, Dhruba, and me decided of creating the online publication of Lucky Compiler. Initially, it is almost exclusively my brother’s hard work that helped materialise the idea of Lucky Compiler. A few months later, I joined the force with him full time, providing editorial assistance, scripting interviews etc.
The initial response from the artists, when the site was not even functional, was heartening. The kind responses we received from them helped us gain confidence and we immersed ourselves in developing the platform further. It is due to that whole–hearted support that we could literally erase the geographical distance that existed between us in Calcutta, India and the talents spread all over the globe. Same could be said about our followers also who logged in from different parts of the world to read the interviews and articles the moment they are published online even ignoring the time differences!
As it has already been revealed, it is only the very few tentative steps that we have managed to take with Lucky Compiler. Courtesy your support, we could also beat many of the obvious resource limitations so far. And, in order to grow even further we will require the same zealous and active encouragement from your end.