Beauty · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Of Mediocrity, Beauty and Ugliness

Sometime back when going through some old notes and writings, I came across a rather interesting quote from the painter Paul Gauguin. It was one of those things that you just can’t keep to yourself, so I am sharing it on my blog.  “There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the… Continue reading Of Mediocrity, Beauty and Ugliness

Beauty · Indian Culture · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

The decluttering and reorganising continues on this space…. ***** Sometime back at the suggestion of a friend, I had expanded and revised an old blog post on Art Appreciation, for possible publication in a Sri Aurobindo related journal. The article was published in the August 2019 issue of New Race: A Journal of Integral Studies,… Continue reading Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View

Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art

Modern tendency is to depreciate the value of the beautiful and over-stress the value of the useful. Generations of Indians have been cut off from the ancient roots of their aesthetic cultural traditions, thanks to a mercenary and soul-less education. According to Sri Aurobindo, this situation can only be corrected if education can figure out… Continue reading Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Divinity in Details

The intricately carved pillars lead you into the chamber of Beauty and Divinity. Beauty in Divinity; Divinity in Beauty.  Your eyes want to linger on the details of the pillars, take in every piece of carving and beauty. At the same time the inner quietude pulls you in. Disciple: Is form inseparable from the experience of beauty? Sri… Continue reading Divinity in Details

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

An Afternoon at Ajanta

First published in Next Future, an e-magazine of Sri Aurobindo Society (July 2016) “The first and lowest use of Art is the purely aesthetic, the second is the intellectual or educative, the third and highest the spiritual. By speaking of the aesthetic use as the lowest, we do not wish to imply that it is… Continue reading An Afternoon at Ajanta

Films · Indian Culture · Inner View · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Fabulous Bahubali: Some Musings

    Late that I almost always am in watching the ‘big name’ movies, maybe everything that I thought or felt after watching Bahubali has already been said, contradicted, analysed, deconstructed, etc. But still I feel like sharing a few thoughts that came to me, as and after I watched this mega-film Bahubali. Given the… Continue reading Fabulous Bahubali: Some Musings

Indian Culture · Indian Religion

Eyes that Dance: Performance of Anguliyankam

June 12, 2014. SPIC MACAY CONVENTION, IIT-Madras, around 9:00 pm The wonderful performance by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt had just finished. The soul-stirring music of Mohan Veena was still ringing in the ears and creating a peaceful vibration within. A group of people were busy rearranging the stage for the Koodiayattam performance by Shri Margi… Continue reading Eyes that Dance: Performance of Anguliyankam

Education · Films · Indian Culture · Mother India · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

When a Movie is Not Just a Movie

A few weeks ago I watched a movie called “The Monuments Men“. Doesn’t the title itself sounds interesting? To me it did. Well, to my husband actually who picked it up from the DVD store. He saw the cover, saw George Clooney on it and he knew I would enjoy it no matter what. And… Continue reading When a Movie is Not Just a Movie