When someone says, “The greatest painting in the world”, a much loved femme with an aberrant smile and an old bearded man oft mentioned by Dan Brown spring to mind, no? Well, I’ll be honest in saying that I’ve often plucked at my beard, much to my chagrin, trying to appreciate the beauty in the Mona Lisa.
On the other side of the coin, I find myself wearing a smile and at ease in front of a Ravi Varma painting, say. Why, you ask? Well, I am inclined to believe that there is an inherent Indian-ness in us, although some of us seem to have conveniently immersed it under a creeping western influence. Simply saying, this is bad.
Our own cultural heritage has much to offer. In the many interesting conversations I’ve had with my grandfather, there is one thing he always smuggles in somehow and tries to impress upon me, the fact that he is scared; scared because he sees the life and cultures of his time fading away; scared because he doesn’t see many trying to uphold and revel in it.
Indigenous artisans and craftsmen are seldom recognised because the modern Indian is too suave and sophisticated to dabble in such trivial matters.
In the end, I guess what I’m trying to say is, embrace that Indian in you, he ain’t that bad a chap. If you see that cool new website called desi adda, which offers a bunch of traditional handicrafts, paintings and such other fantastic works of art, don your spendthrift mask and get ordering, is all I’m saying.
An article for desi adda by Srikar Raghavan (Assocaite Content Writer, desi adda)