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Art must go beyond market dictates: Ansari

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 23, 2011

New Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) Criticising commercialisation of indigenous forms of art, Vice President Hamid Ansari today said the challenge for its conservation lay in going beyond the dictates of the market.

We must continue our effort to preserve that which makes us Indian ? to be able to enjoy Indian art, sing, dance and play music as our ancestors did,” Ansari said while addressing the investiture ceremony of Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Talking about the challenges in the fields of art and music, Ansari said, “The challenge is to be able to go beyond the dictates of what can loosely be termed ”the market”. The form, format and grammar of art itself is sought to be tailored to the medium and the taste of the market.”
Purists worry about trend while sticking to tradition and shunning experimentation that dilutes the essence of art forms. While others cite the necessity to adapt and preserve classical and indigenous art forms in a globalising world that flattens cultural diversities, he said.

Congratulating the awardees, Ansari said these awards have played an essential role in preserving and carrying forward the multifarious expressions of our cultural identity.

Four eminent personalities were conferred the Akademi?s fellowships, while thirty-six artists and two scholars received the Akademi awards for 2010.

Akademi fellowship was conferred on vocalist Girija Devi, classical dancer Nataraja Ramakrishna, Dhrupad artist Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, and mridangam artist T K Murthy. PTI AD

(Source: 07/23/2011 – MSN News (India))
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