Gangadharan Nair Pulingat
(10/18/2014 10:04:00 AM)
Honorable readers may well aware of the great Kathakali an art form of Kerala in India which is unique in dresses and actions which creates a magical moments of performance by the great Kathakali artists who are trained through out their life for the performance. Their main characters are taken from stories of ancient texts and epics of Indian origin and Kathakali is a classical art which is very interesting.
(8/22/2014 4:47:00 AM)
This is a good idea. Thanks.
Gangadharan Nair Pulingat
(6/23/2014 10:35:00 AM)
I think that Kerala in India is a center of arts and artists from immemorial times and contribution to world towards arts have such an importance as far as kerala is concerned. The great artist whose pictures have world wide importance and appreciation lived in Kerala. Kerala is a destination of Mural arts related to Temple and other religious places immensely gave appreciation and encouragement to the great artists lived in this land. Mural arts are highly technical but in terms of beauty and enjoyment consisting of epic characters and stories abundantly drawn. Moreover, Kerala now having the great sculpture of Yakshi at Malampuzha dam is such a greatest contribution in art.
Gangadharan Nair Pulingat
(6/12/2014 4:14:00 AM)
Mainly I am interested to read best books on good stories, novels, articles on current affairs, politics, world affairs. It is very interesting to me to read and recite best poems of English and my regional language which gives me immense pleasure and while reciting the poem and trying to understand the meaning I experience the real beauty of poetry and its meanings together with the vibrations of recitations in my mind in a positive way. Living in a village having so much folk lore arts and grown and bought up in those circumstances of folk songs and arts with cultural background folk lore and classical arts are much interested. Particularly it is unique folklore of northern Kerala in India the mystical art or folklore art Theyyam in such diversities and the mystical art is in the open premises of village temples and small forests kept in devotional way of upkeep perfectly clean and kept without pollution or tree felling as a part of village culture. Theyyam is a wonderful art with colorful costumes and devotional dances by the artists who are upkeeping the tradition. These are all important to my life.
Reginald Jenkins Jr
(3/30/2014 11:11:00 PM)
I'm pretty much a novice at these sort of websites, but a write quite a bit and its usually after some event that has passed that for some reason i have been thinking about just my way of speaking. #BLACK INK
(1/28/2014 11:35:00 AM)
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i love writing poems and i love to draw. i think i get some of my inspiration from my poems to draw and sometimes its vice versa
(12/19/2013 7:22:00 PM)
I love art - music, literature, painting, you name it. I tried to use an art form to describe an artwork. So I wrote a poem about Mona Lisa. Enjoy! Oh, and feel free to visit my other poetry: http://www.poemhunter.com/fiona-schwartzinoff/
" Mona Lisa"
Hands folded primly,
Hair falling properly;
Delicate skin –
What about the secret within?
What lies behind those shining eyes,
Those eyes gleaming like wine at the bottom of a glass,
Sparkling in the light, darkly and...
What is your secret, Mona Lisa?
What is your secret?
With your lips upturned saucily,
You must be thinking of something naughty.
Your body is gentle; your pose is polite,
But your smile, Mona Lisa!
You are a not a lifeless painting,
You have created yourself!
Your liberal attitude, your free mind,
It’s all yours –
You peer about the museum,
What lies in everyone’s skeleton hearts.
You see what everyone doesn’t.
Why won’t you tell?
What is your secret, Mona Lisa?
What is your secret?
(8/6/2013 3:52:00 AM)
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(5/18/2013 7:19:00 PM)
As a poet and a designer and a graphic artist I find the continuous proposal that a creative person creates only to display beauty is so one dimensional as to be completely unobservant.. No doubt some artists do pursue beauty, or what seems beautiful to them, but many creative people are far more interested in exploring the various aspects of life and the possibilities of materials and techniques for whatever that reveals. Beauty and ugliness may have some consensus within particular cultures but between cultures and between individuals there are widely conflicting opinions.
(8/24/2012 12:10:00 PM)
From my notes written in November 1996
THE FUNCTION OF ART.
It is time we took a fresh look at the function of art. The M F Hussein incident has compelled me to take a fresh angle on the function of art.
Any artist expresses his inner visions through the form of his art. A writer, a poet expresses his inner world in the form of literature and poetry. All through the human history, the function of true art and literature has been the expression of heart, has been noble and lofty without being pretentious. Just as the poet is the one who sees the infinite truth and beauty of life and things and sings in their praise in their multifarious ephemeral manifestations, so too the artist sees the eternal beauty and truth and reveals in his work their myriad expressions in the world of transience. It is his special gift, just as it is the poet’s to lend to his representations of finite and temporal life and things a touch of the infinite and the immortal.
Emerson says that beauty is an invitation to what is within us. It is this beauty – and not the ugly – in us which the artist endeavors to portray through his art and through it, evoke in the public at large the awareness and the appreciation of that beauty. For art’s function, consciously or unconsciously, directly or indirectly, has been to purify, chasten and exalt our unregenerate passions and instincts through the revelation of beauty within us and in Nature. And since beauty is delight and harmony, true art cannot but heighten and deepen those attributes of Reality within us and without.
When an artist fails to perform this, he fails in his task. But who will judge an artist? The artist may be true and sincere from his own angle but if the world feels otherwise about him, what else can happen other than a cold or open war between the society and the artist?
Beyond the expression of inner beauty and truth of the artist, art in itself is a medium of communication. The artist, during his height of creation is communicating with his creation. When he finishes his work and presents his creation before the world, he is communicating with the world. He is conveying something to the world through his work. The artist speaks to the world through forms, images, lines and colors whereas a writer or poet communicates with the world through symbols, imagery, words, plots and characters.
So, all the basic concepts of communication are equally applicable to all forms of art and literature from this angle. In communication, there is the giver and the receiver concept. One speaks while the other listens. One dances while the other watches. One presents while the other observes and contemplates. Then, the reaction comes. It may be an act of response. It may be an act of maturity or immaturity. In short, in the giver-receiver concept of communication, two mental planes are at work. The giver has a field of experience. The receiver too has a field of experience. So, communication is a one to one activity. It is a communion of two spheres, two fields of experience, two mental planes in interaction. Ideas are flowing from one plane. Reactions and responses follow from the other plane in the form of thoughts and reflections, in the form of ideas and interpretations.
An artist may be at a higher plane. The people, the society may be at a lower plane. This can mislead things. Vice-versa also can happen. An artist may be standing at a lower plane of mind than the plane of society or people. One cannot take for granted that an artist is always standing at a higher plane than the society or people. It is a false notion.
An artist or a writer may mean one thing but people may take it in a different sense. It leads to a cross communication. What is the solution to avoid such a cross communication? An artist, writer, a poet uses so many assumptions, presumptions, images and symbolism in his work. In other words, he has set a tone of his mind in his work. He has thrown his thoughts and feelings into his work. He has meant something to convey to his audience.
People receive this mental plane of the artist – the creator – at their conscious, intellectual level. It is something like two mental planes in interaction – one that of the artist and the other, that of the audience. Unless the artist makes his intentions clear in his work without any doubt, the audience is given a mental task, an intellectual task in making the conclusions.
So, the artist has to be clear and sincere in his approach. He should make clear of his intentions. He should not leave any element of doubt or confusion upon the heart of people. Clarity of theme, clarity of presentation is the primary duty of any artiste. He can use simple images and symbols. It should convey directly to the heart of people. People should be able to understand the theme. They should be able to enjoy and experience the theme.
So, any art work has two planes about it. One is the intellectual plane. The other is the level of the heart or the plane of aesthetics. Finally, everything reduces to the level of heart or head or both according to our view. Any art work should appeal our heart. It should speak our language. It should elevate our spirits to the values and virtues of life. This is the fulfillment of any discipline of art. If art was only an intellectual circus, then, it is better that we read Theory of Relativity than listening to a nightingale. Even The Theory of Relativity could be learnt but it a sad tale that today’s so called Modern Art and Post Modernism in literature stand beyond the scope of our ordinary intelligence and reason. We really sweat in the interpretation of the works coming under these categories.
Any art work should be self-explanatory. Whatever is there in the art work should carry its weight directly to the hearts of people. To achieve this, the artist, poet or the writer should convey his intentions in a well-knit manner through his work. There should not be any sort of communication gap between the brush and the eyes of people; between the pen and the mind of the readers.
The function of art presupposes that an artist should not forget certain traditional, social values. People are free to follow their tradition, religion, faith and belief. Any society has its own evolutionary principles about life. An artist is free to present his innovative ideas but these ideas should not be against life giving principles. No artist is given a license to present his wayward views under the pretext of artistic freedom. There are certain areas that we must not touch in the life giving principles. If an artist claims that he has the freedom of expression, then, the society also can easily claim that it has the freedom to check such freedom of expression. This is also true. No artist can overlook the tone of the society before whom he is placing his work. If he overlooks, then, disaster is awaiting him. If the motivation, intention, of the artist is one of selflessness and impartiality and only aimed at the betterment of mankind, aimed at the co-existence of people and not aimed at challenging something in which he doesn’t believe, such a freedom of expression will be eventually challenged by the world. This is one of the principles of life.
An artist may have deviated from the common denomination of using symbols to represent an idea. People have their own general sense about images and symbols. It is intricately woven with our tradition, belief, faith, social percepts, our sense of value of life and above all, our experience. It is a simple, yet, a complex factor. It is while we present an idea, a concept by way of symbolism that we often cross-communicate since symbols may have different meanings under different contexts. Unless the intention of the artist is clear, the context becomes just like a fog to the experiencer. It leads to misinterpretation of symbols or images. It may finally end even in a controversy.
Unfortunately, both the artist and the people around him are not so sensible even though both may claim that they are. In all probability, today’s artist is more of an outlaw than a feeler of humanity. He is under the guise that employments of modern techniques in art also mean toppling the general belief of people. This is not revolution. Human belief goes beyond reason. Any immoral act should be revealed and offended and an artist is free to do that but it is not at all his duty or right to offend against simple faith and belief of people.
Why did M F Hussein draw a nude picture of one of the Hindu gods? What was his intention? Why did he go against a popular belief? If he would say that he has the freedom of expression, others also might draw nude pictures of his wife or daughter and say that they too cannot be questioned on grounds of freedom of expression. Will M F Husein settle for that?
Today, artists handle the theme of nudity with a variety of explanations. We are forced to believe their words because the society has classified them under ‘celebrities’. Today, the society has no hard and fast rules about anything and this also get reflected in art and literature. Actually, a loose society serves as a platform for any artist to escape with any kind of explanation for his craft work. Today’s artist is trying to bring about a revolution by way of perverted ideas. It won’t pay any dividends other than creating a temporary sensation. One may get some supporters to the theory of post modernism at present but it won’t be the same as always.
Remember, any artist of any discipline is ultimately a social being since he is part of a society. He cannot stand apart from the rest of humanity. Being a social creature, an artist has got a commitment towards society. No artist can escape from this framework.
Now, what is the aim of any social commitment? The aim is to bring in peace and harmony in the world by the presentation of an idea using brush or pen and not to bring divided thoughts among the people. One can really be a revolutionist by showing higher planes of truth not at the cost of the general beliefs and notions of life.
Remember, truth is always simple. The expression of truth need not be by way of an intellectual brain storm. Storms may always uproot giant trees. Storms are unfavorable for the growth of the garden of life.
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