“Thus art is liberated when it amazes the confused man”

4 07 2008

Guru NityaIn Januray 1995, the great spiritual master, thinker, philosopher, scholar, author – Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati visited us and stayed with us at Natanakairali. Ammannur ashan performed for him the piece ‘Parvativiraham’ from the play Thoranayudhdham. The part where Ravana narrates a lovers’ quarrel between Shiva and Parvati. This is one of those pieces that was frequently performed and popularised by Guru Ammannur. After the performance Guru Nitya said the following…

“…we are experiencing one dance.The vision of beauty of a genius who lived centuries ago has flown to us as part of tradition . Though many effected changes to it as time passed, it continues to flow like River Ganges from the Himalayas.. There is amazement and wonder in the audience when he sees its sweet vitality. Wonder is at the heart of all art. When one realises this wonder, that moment fills the heart with with the touch of the divine. Thus art is liberated when it amazes the confused man. Kutiyattam was able to nurture talent that overcomes time metamorphosis and the experience of higher realms of emotion without hindering meaning and truth”.

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4 07 2008
Palaniappan Vairam

Art inspires not only people of that generation , but for many generations to come. It simply amazing to see how movie lyricist today use theme that were used in sangam literature 2000 years ago. Though man and his surroundings life style has changed in totally different way , it still amazes person when he realizes that his basic emotions have not changed much from his ancestors. Art is a pleasant way to relate to the past.

27 03 2009
Swami Sudhi

Art purifies us as well as amazing us. Art lightens our whole being. Art enlightens, too. Art travels to meditation. Art evapourates our bodiness. Art mops up our ego. Art is, therefore, life becomes meaningful.

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