Monday, October 27, 2014

K V Haridasan: The neo-tantric identity of Indian art

Kannur: An artist who searched for the Indian identity not only in art but his life too. That was K V Haridasan, pioneer of the neo-tantric art movement in India, who died in Bangalore on Sunday.
Haridasan gave identity to modern art in south India, remembers R B Bhaskaran, veteran artist and former chairman, Lalita Kala Akademi. “He was one of the major contributors to the evolution of modern art movement in Chennai. He believed that Indian art should look Indian and that was why he was attracted towards tantric art, which came to be known as neo-tantric art.”
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Long live the MCPs!

What Yesudas has said is the reflection of a typical male chauvinistic society, which has no ‘sense of sin’ is ‘devouring’ the beauty of the women in the so-called 'aristocratic' settu mundu, or the sari for that matter, which incidentally expose the ‘feminine contours’ more than the jeans or the churidar!
It is up to a woman to wear what she likes, because one’s dressing is more about personality than sexuality.
In my opinion, jeans attributes kind of a masculine element to the appearance of a woman and it does not act as an ‘added catalyst’ to turn on a normal man, as it is just like any other dress. And for the abnormal, the attire doesn’t matter either!
The poor women dwelling in the streets are raped not because they wear tight jeans. The vultures and wolves in the society have enough reason to outrage the modesty of a woman, which has nothing to do with the dress, personality or even the sexuality of a woman.
And I don’t think the purdah can save a woman from such people, because concealment can also arouse dangerous curiosity.
We are a society that long lost the beauty of healthy sex life. And the same is with drinking too. Nowhere in the world you can see men drinking liquor with the ‘ritualistic fervor’ of black magic, and I think all these secret affairs are interlinked and it points to the some serious psychological ailment of the society, which the Ganagndharvan failed to understand.
We have heard enough about the young girls and toddlers getting raped, and the jeans are not the culprit there too.
Recently, a senior police officer told about a personal experience during the sitting of a Commission. He had to question a tribal woman in connection with some human rights issue. When the woman came near the Commission, her body was literally stinking and her dresses were all tattered. When he asked her about it, she said she decided not to take bath because she was afraid if her body was neat and clean, the wolves in the garb of the human beings will tear her off to satisfy their carnal interests. And this too happens in this society, because life is not like music here.

But sadly enough we need a reason for every criminality and when it comes to outraging the modesty of a woman, it is easy to blame the jeans. Long live the MCPs!