To appreciate art correctly
The art appreciation camp by Rangachetana delved into the aesthetics of art. forms.
ARTISTES AND ART: The workshop aimed at teaching young journalists and artistes all about the arts
An important stream of Indian arts which is often overlooked is the intra-cultural and inter-disciplinary relationship of a variety of art forms. A painter or a theatre person hardly goes for a dance or music recital and dancers and musicians generally refrain from attending any painting exhibitions or other artistic expressions. The same is the case with other areas of performing and plastic arts and literature. Additionally, mainstream journalists are often compelled to review and report art events banking on the artist's bio-data.
In this backdrop the three-day art appreciation camp, which concluded on October 30, organised under the aegis of Rangachetana, Thrissur, as part of its one year silver jubilee celebration, was significant. The camp, arranged at the Natyagriham of the Kerala Sangeet Nataka Akademi, targeted young artists from a variety of fields like theatre, painting, sculpture and dance and young journalists who intend to specialise on writing about the arts.
Eighty art enthusiasts, including a few journalism students, attended the camp conducted under the directorship of ace art critic Vijayakumar Menon. Literary critic and Secretary of Sahitya Akademi Dr P.V. Krishnan Nair inaugurated the camp. The emphasis of the camp was to look into the subtle intra-cultural and inter-disciplinary aspects and reciprocal relationship among a variety of art forms, equally delving into its significant differences as well. The discussions were supplemented by slide shows and short films, which gave a new insight for the interesting dialogues among the participants.
Looking into the rich plastic arts heritage of the country with interesting examples, Vijayakumar Menon explained the visual and dramatic presence in painting and sculpturing using slide shows. "The art of theatre, painting, sculpture and cinema are now having a trans-disciplinary relationship rather than an inter-disciplinary connection", Menon pointed out. Film critic I. Shanmughadas looked into the relationship between theatre and cinema and gave a new insight to the participants by proving that cinema is closer to painting than theatre. Prof. C.R. Rajagopalan explained the `stage concept in folk arts' and the relationship between folk and other forms, tracing the origin of all arts to the tribal traditions and its artistic expressions. Samkutty Pattomkari of the School of Drama, discussed the artistic integration of body language into theatre language.
"One of the main drawbacks of our artists' is that they are confined to water-tight compartments without knowing the aesthetics and developments of other streams. The idea behind this three day camp is to give them insight into the inter-disciplinary relationship of our rich artistic heritage, and to enlighten young journalists who intend to specialise on art writing", says E.T. Varghese, president of Rangachetana.
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