Sunday, January 06, 2008

India: 60 Years: 60 Words: [3] Art & Culture

India: 60 Years: 60 Words: [3] Art & Culture

India has competed 60 years of independence and to mark this, I am presenting this series of Articles, about the words, that are meaning a lot for the progress of the country. If you feel I missed some thing [For listing of words see the first article “India: 60 Years: 60 Words”] do inform me at I will try to include that at the end of series]

It is often said that aliveness of a country or community gets meaning and definition in the cultural heritage of the country/ community. India is the land with variety of rich cultural heritage and more importantly with unique way of artistic representation. I recall a discussion at one of restaurant in which one person was suggesting another to put “Sita Vanvas” an important and revolutionary happening of Mahabharat on the canvas, his idea was to draw two white parallel lines on the black back ground. According to him back ground will reflect the pains and sorrow of Sita for being separated from husband Shri Ram and other family members without being guilty and responsible for it. Two parallel lines will indicate passing of chariot of Sita being passed from that place. I am including this just to show how innovative Indians are when it comes to artistic expression of the culture.

As the Indian culture is going, to find place in various other writings of this series hence the main stress here will remain concentrated to art. In the vision of Indians art is just not limited to play of brush, colors and canvas but everything related to life and finds expression in attractive style falls under the heading of art, even a new and different hair style. Most of the world will take as the fashion but for Indians as this the artistic expression of self hence is an art.

Art was the hobby and not the profession for Indians over the years and thus is deeply rooted into their life, this was beyond the limitations of commercialization thus artist here were free to chose the style suited to their own mood and related with the topics. It has passed centuries know but still millions of people are finding “Ajantta Ellora Caves”, “Konark Sun Temple” and “Khajurao” as the world’s best artistic expression.

The process of global commercialization went on to expand its wings to cover almost every aspect of human life and Indian life style doesn’t remain unaffected from it. This might be the pressures and demands of commercial obligations forcing to artist like M F Hussain to go for painting nude Indians women ideals and be the reason of controversy all over the world. What else he might or not gained from this but surely his these efforts have made him popular and in the modern times popularity is working in tandem as an asset to in cash and a weapon to destroy the opponent. Recently concluded two of dancing competitions of celebrities [Nach and Jhalak] on the television can be taken as the illustration of powers of popularity, in both of these reality shows, the pair with inferior dancing skills went on to win the competition on the bases of sheer popular votes.

Global commercialization and market movers had forced Indians to learn the “economy of art” and a few institutions like the J.J. School of art Mumbai have started to be part of choice options for Indian students. Native visitors to art galleries in India started to be bulk in number and common people are finding it worth to explain the minute understandings of art to upcoming generations, fairly young kids in these art galleries.

Amrita Shergil, F N suja and Satish Gujral not only gained fame for self but also entered into territory which was taken as the traditional holding and field ground of art supremo from the Europe.

The pleasant change of post independence era of India includes the growth in the art consciousness of common citizens. Artist even from the small cities like Kolhapur are not only realizing the importance of wider exposure of art but also opting for their web presence in the form of even personal web sites. The one I know is Shri Dhairyasheel Mane [URL: ].

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