By- Gargee Sharma
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Gargee Sharma


Values and beliefs through the eyes of art


Art is vigorous in its existence; it instills the beliefs and values which although seem intangible but become the very purpose for our existence. 'Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.’ Of all the values one might find in works of art, it seems that creative imagination is the most

salient. It helps to shape the imagining capacity of an individual to be able to reflect through art from – his values and beliefs. Taking a wider example of our Indian culture, most of us are aware of the blind belief in god. Each one of us is a devotee in the name of one or the other god. Indian art represents a plurality of beliefs and values that have influenced the paintings, sculptures and architecture of the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism being the flag bearer of several gods and goddesses has displayed the appearance of gods by the help of imaginations and mythological beliefs. Hindu art is also characterized by several symbols including the om, an invocation of the divine; swastika, a symbol of auspiciousness; lotus, a symbol of purity, fertility and transcendence.

Art in this way influences our beliefs and change our opinion by instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Art in this way is a sense of communication; it helps us to know people from different cultures and practices and to share our culture with them through art, images and stories.Considered as a vehicle for change, art can give voice to the politically or socially disenfranchised. A film, song or a novel can arouse emotions in those who encounter it and evoke a wave of change. The connection of the human mind with art is a matter of interest to several researchers. Profound research by Newcastle University found that viewing contemporary art had positive effects on the personal lives of nursing home-bound elders. Art helps to shape us by deliberately introducing our emotions into the considerations of ideas and events. Rationality is enough to shape our skeleton of comprehension but it takes art to instill emotions and values in us.Let us talk about women empowerment. The hot topic for years. Women and their role being portrayed through art forms like music, video, paintings and even though literature has shaped the misogynist and other biased opinions into recognizing the importance of women.

Undoubtedly, art can make a colossal difference in the way we craft our beliefs and views. As David Tovey says, “Art opens everything up to such a bigger spectrum of people and this is why I personally believe art is powerful because art saved my life.” Being able to express vocally through art is an expression itself. The least we can do is use these art forms to best of our potential and eradicate the beliefs and values which clip our wings and restrict our soaring high above in the sky.Art is indeed a very flexible and vigorous approach towards a society closer to full of humanity and morals. Bring in the art in you and spread your wings for the most impacting flight ever!

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