Suman Bhattacharya

Sitarist from Imdadkhani Gharana


Performing Arts and Creativity

Posted by suman-bhattacharya on June 20, 2011 at 5:25 AM

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind,
from inner stillness.

- Eckhart Tolle

Performing arts is just another way by which a musician paints their pictures on melody. All over the world to many people in many cultures, music and other performing arts like dance, drama, etc. are inextricably intertwined into their way of life. Music itself has a great power for bringing people together. Through the various forms of performing arts, one is introduced to the richness and diversity of their vast culture and to the myriad rhythms of life. Every form of performing art has its uniqueness in aesthetic  understanding, its immediate association with religious thought and its all prevading spirituality. The aesthetic idea of a performer must not only be the idea of artistic perfection, but also its potency in terms of spiritual expressiveness. Its fanaticism, conflict , drama and expressiveness that makes a performer interesting to an audience. The wonder of an artist's performance grows with the range of his penetration, creativity and his abilities to dramatise his performance .Performing arts is not only about expressing ones ideas and talents, but its also a bridge for connecting souls. The thing about a performance, even if its only an illusion is that its a celebration of one fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.


Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.


Creativity is all about allowing yourself to make mistakes; and art is , knowing which ones to keep. Any form of creative art is immensely valuable in an emotional, sentimental and cultural way. Art enhances an ability to communicate ideas and feelings in ways that words fail. Being creative is the true value of being artistic, and its in itself a valuable talent and trait. An artist expresses his ideas through innovation, inspiration and imagination, to which there is no restriction. The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, i.e. life by artificial means so as to hold it fixed , so that after a hundred years later , when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is ‘life’.

The artiste’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere,far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

– Paul Strand.

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art etc.) that has some kind of value. What counts as "new" may be in reference to the individual creator, or to the society or domain within which the novelty occurs. What counts as "valuable" is similarly defined in a variety of ways.


It is generally thought that "creativity" in Western culture was originally seen as a matter of divine inspiration. In Greek culture, for instance, Muses were seen as mediating inspiration from the Gods. Romans and Greeks invoked the concept of an external creative "daemon" (Greek) or "genius" (Latin), linked to the sacred or the divine. This probably came closest to describing what the modern age views as creative talent. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, creativity was the sole province of God; humans were not considered to have the ability to create something new except as an expression of God's work.


The traditional Western view of creativity can be contrasted with the traditional Eastern view. For Hindus, Confucianists, Taoists and Buddhists, creation was at most a kind of discovery or mimicry, and the idea of creation "from nothing" had no place in these philosophies and religions.


The article has been contributed by Miss Megha Chowdhury

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