My blissful childhood was spent exploring everything that my young self could get her hands on. There isn’t really any form of extracurricular activity and/or hobby left that I haven’t explored in school. Having tried out dancing, Indian Classical singing, Western Music, playing a musical instrument, painting, clay modeling, craft class, culinary class, Creative Writing, Poetry, and Theater, I finally realized the art forms that I preferred over the others. However, the whole “Jack of all trades” experience gave me an insight of every extracurricular activity and taught me to appreciate the beauty that each one displays.
In a world of science, technology, logic and reasoning, arts, culture, romanticism, and poetry aren’t given that much importance. But is it really true?
One realization that hit me one night during my regular 3 a.m. thoughts is that people always indirectly appreciate art, even if for just a few seconds. Art is often misunderstood to be the canvases hanging in art galleries and art shops, but it is much more than that. Unknowingly we are surrounded by it on a daily basis. It influences our mind, soul, moral values and feelings, shaping us in the process. It later affects how our mind perceives creativity and triggers out of the box thinking, making us a unique self.
In my opinion, this is one of the most difficult skills to achieve. It can be taught, but it can only be owned when the student learns to create his/her own style of writing. Creative writing has been spreading love since time immemorial in the form of songs, poems, Dohas and kavitas, letters and books. It truly is an art form when one has to pour out their heart and soul onto the paper to a weave magic that cannot be explained but only be felt. It’s made more interesting when the message needs to be delivered in even fewer words. Only a bookworm knows what emotions are unearthed through books.
My father was never into writing, but he rushes to us and reads the latest satirical poem sent to him by one of his friends on WhatsApp with a big smile on his face. That is the magic of creative writing.
Painting and Sketching
One of my favorites, this art form is not only for appreciation purposes but also functions as a coping mechanism. It’s often used by people to cope with stress and depression. The fun thing about it, you can splatter a bunch of colors on a paper and it will still be a painting. It’s how one perceives a painting that makes an artwork relevant. It should appeal to the mood, heart and the mind of the spectator. We often stumble across such works of art in our Instagram and Facebook feeds that do not fail to leave us awestruck. With changing times, people have begun experimenting with the new and old experiences, painting even more spectacular pictures beyond the minds of the usual public. We may not be into art and sketching, but looking at something new and colorful is never really considered a waste of time, we even enjoy it.
Music and Dance
Music and dance go hand in hand. One seems a little less relevant without the other. Both these art forms have never failed to entertain us, in deeper meaning, even enlighten us. Dance may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially classical dance forms (understandable). Music, on the other hand, is pretty much everyone’s morning coffee. Not a day goes by without music since it’s omnipresent. It’s in our ringtones, cell phones, TV jingles, car radio, bars and clubs, and even our prayers. Music is a universal language that no one forgets. When you tap your feet to your favorite soundtrack, it’s a pat on the back for the artist.
Who does like boring food? Culinary arts may not be trendy with the youth, but we light up eating anything new on the menu or daily specials. This art doesn’t end with the preparation of food but also how it is served. With the trend of social media, restaurants all around the world are trying to make the experience memorable for their customers, stepping up their game both in menu and service. Things have been developing pretty fast in the culinary world, ranging from mirror cakes, cookie shots, rainbow drinks and bagels, to serving food in bizarre ways (which include food served by robots, trains, dogs, blind people and dementia patients to name a few).
So science and technology may be the bread and butter, but art is the wine of life, and admit it, you like it too.