Based on an analysis of the history of Indian art by Ashok Bhowmick, the renowned Indian artist, the seriously threatening fact that the Indian minds have been conditioned in a manner that they badly lack the ability to view an image with an open mind, is for once placed as a subject of discussion before the world of arts.

Ashok Bhowmick’s untitled

The allegation by the famous artist continues that the Indian minds tend to pre-determine the meaning of the image to scribble inferences with a stereotypical way of thinking and then associate the image with a totally different concept.

One analogy suggested for explaining the context is that when an attractive blue flower is seen one has a tendency to associate it with the people of the downtrodden castes in India or simply called Daliths and ignore conveniently all other factors. This way people fail miserably in noticing the creativity, precision as well as beauty of a piece of art.

If the brain of an average Indian has been trained to work in this manner, there is no need of second thoughts to infer that it would simply result in dominating their perception never letting their mind grow.

We have seen along the historical timeline that people in authority as well as other influencers used painting to set up an image of India that goes in accordance to the interests of religion, political rule and of course patriarchy. When the vanguards of modern Indian art came later in the nineteenth century such as Amrita Shrgil and Rabindra Nath Tagore that had fueled revolutions through their artwork besides portraying successfully the Indian society’s true picture, at least someone among the common man started viewing his own reflections in the realm of arts instead of Gods and Kings.

This projects vividly the need of the hour, which is obviously the question of how a layman should understand a painting’s in-depth meaning. A viable point here is that one need not understand a picture if he could experience it. That says if the artist has a story to share with his admirers he could well have become a story teller instead of being a painter.

As for the common man or layman as he is famous across the developed world, for valuing the work of an artist, he just needs to observe the master piece to admire its finesse as artworks can be perceived in infinite ways by different individuals. The admirer of the art must understand firstly that he is always at freedom to view the work in a different sequence from what had been followed by the artist while creating it.

The best way to conceive an artwork then should be none other than allowing the piece to touch the heart of the person in question, in various ways it could be.

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