All our art forms are basically methods of meditation. Hence there is a oneness among the goals of Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar (the greatdhrupad exponent), late Smt Ganga Devi (the great madhubani painter)and Guru Ammannur Madhav Chakyar (the great kuttiyattam actor). Ourancestors have developed many meditative routes and each has taken manycenturies to be perfected.Kutiyattam, one of the oldest dramatic forms of the world in Sanskritfrom Kerala, is becoming extinct because of a lack of patronage.
A report in the newspaper once stated that a sum of Rs 19 crores had been raised for Narain Karthikeyan, the Formula One car driver, in endorsement for him. On the other hand Kutiyattam, declared as one of the masterpieces of the oral traditions of humanity not by the Indian Government but by UNESCO, stands on very shaky grounds due to a lack of support. A large amount of media space is given to Sania Mirza when she goes past the first round of a tennis tournament but late Ustad Bismillah Khan got just a small mention when he performed.
For most of us, politicians and politics are to be kept at a distance. The direct consequence of this has been that corrupt, criminal, communal and casteconscious elements of today’s society have increasingly taken over our political domain. The silent majority has not only stayed away from joining politics but has also distanced itself from the electoral process by not casting its vote. The turnout in an election is large when over only 50 per cent of the electorate casts its vote. Isn’t that strange?
One human being killing another just because he belongs to a different faithis an indicator of the hollowness within the perpetrator of violence. Weall know that no religion would justify such an action. Why then does ithappen? When we are ourselves incomplete, we look for excuses outside.Anger directed at someone else, if examined closely, is actually anger atone’s own inadequacies.If we were equanimous, negative thoughts and actions would not even arise.How does one reach such a state?
There is a lot of experimentation going on in the field of art nowadays. With the anniversary of the Nirbhaya tragedy approaching, a number of artists have jumped onto the band wagon of bringing out artistic works to throw light on the horror of the incident. It is very good that social issues are being increasingly highlighted in creative works of art.
My association with SPICMACAY began, almost furtively, when I spotted an advertisement for its GURUKUL Scholarship Scheme and decided to apply for it. Slowly, I became more aware about the movement and its spirit. I realised that SPIC MACAY is all about making us aware about OUR cultural heritage.
For a generation which is accused of being blissfully unaware about the beauty and depth of Indian classical music, the organisation has taken a bold initiative by giving a platform to virtuosos and prodigies, and bringing them to the youth.