Monday 5 February 2018

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 28

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Nivedita on Art - 1

Nivedita believed that the awakening of India would not remain restricted to the fields of politics and religion alone. It would be a total awakening, covering all the fields-science, education, literature, history and arts; and Nivedita directed all her energy to achieve this goal. Especially, she considered that the revival of arts was absolutely necessary for national awakening. She arranged for cultivation of arts for her own students. Nivedita used to say that, 'The rebirth of the National Art of India is my dearest dream.'

Nivedita would see the beauty in old houses of Baghbazar and ruined temples than the big utilitarian buildings. When she went to see Kali temple in Baroda with Gaekwar King she exclaimed 'How beautiful'. But when she saw the tasteless huge college buildings she said, 'How ugly'. It seems the Geakwar was shocked and exclaimed to Sri Aurbindo, 'Is she mad?' But what she was perceiving was the deep beauty that lay behind the images which was actually the essence of India. 

Initially she found little sympathy or support around her. Gradually, an Englishman E. B. Havell head of the Calcutta school of Art, who had a group of extremely promising Hindu Pupils became her supporter. In the Calcutta school of Art these Hindu pupils were taught to copy Greek Art. Nivedita was dumbfounded. But Havell explained, 'I can teach a man to draw and paint but I cannot make him an artist or a genius..' Nivedita commented, 'But I can! Love of a country, love of one's fellows, hope for the future, dauntless passion for Indra (Personification of force) and there will be such a tide of art, of science, of religion and of energy as no man can keep back!'

To be Continued

हमें कर्म की प्रतिष्ठा बढ़ानी होंगी। कर्म देवो भव: यह आज हमारा जीवन-सूत्र बनना चाहिए। - भगिनी निवेदिता {पथ और पाथेय : पृ. क्र.१९ }
Sister Nivedita 150th Birth Anniversary :
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