Krishna is known for leela, the attitude of playfulness towards life. In this, the realized being does not abstain from life realizing its falseness rather embraces it and plays it like an actor. The difference being he does not associate the temporary joys and sorrows with his identity anymore. Yet he plays those parts passionately... Continue Reading →
Saraswati, the term means one who has found the essence of ownself. Saraswati stands for truth, the core inside each one where the fragrance is. She is shown as a simple village girl, who has gathered some lotuses and is on her way to make offerings. The Sun (representing the higher self guiding with energy),... Continue Reading →
It is that space where an artist goes to looking for inspiration, a scientist goes to looking for clues, a prophet goes to looking for God, which is ourselves but a source much higher than us. It is through that darkness when one has accustomed oneself to find the way, does the illuminated self evolve... Continue Reading →
One represents the seeking of truth, the other represents the celebration of life. One represents indulgence, the other represents withdrawal. Though the material and the spiritual world apparently appear to be in contrast to one another, deeper understanding of either reveals it as reflection. The peacock at the peak of his realization looks at himself... Continue Reading →
To understand India it is important to understand its soul. This is a country with a strong spiritual core. When Krishna guides Arjun encouraging him in battle, he still discourages him in violence. Now this itself is a controversy that a mind which is not trained in this school of thinking cannot penetrate. This kind of controversy is in the lengths and breaths of India. To understand India, one has to train. This is a course outline for a design institute which could prepare its students with that stronger base.
This is the beginning of formulating a course that can enhance the understanding of India amongst the students. As I have myself gone through the education of design and knowing that this lays out a wonderful ground for it, this is where I would like to begin formulating that study which can later be taken... Continue Reading →
Jaya Mehta is an Odissi dancer with a rich background in Indian art. She has a BFA in Painting from College of Arts, New Delhi; and a Masters in ancient Indian history from JNU. Through this interview she lets us have an insight into this culture and enlightens us with how dance, music and yoga can be much more than just hobbies. She tells us why have these occupied so much of Indian tradition and what is it that makes this culture unique.
Different cultures over the period of time have developed different ways of "problem-solving". If you look at it that way then design and culture seem to follow similar routes. What is it then that the culture has to contribute to design? What is it we have missed out on? Is culture only about orthodox practices? Or can we rather add so much to "design" if we only understood its contribution.