CHENNAI: The talk organised by Apparao Galleries titled Alternative Histories of Indian Art by R Nagaswamy, was a contemplation of the various factors that contribute to the making of a work of art, whether it is a painting, a sculpture or a dance form. In addition to the conventional reading of ancient art, ascribing its origin to the social, economic and political background, the talk provided an insight on the suggestiveness of aesthetic joy, beauty and rasas.
Being a noted historian, archaeologist and epigraphist, Nagaswamy not only looked upon the historical and contextual aspects of how many sculptures were created, but also delved deep into the etymology of words such as citra and silpa among the rest. He said that Bharata’s Natya Shastra has many references of how art should has to be presented and emphasised the importance of various factors such as form, line, volume, material, space and chronology. “The visual treat and the final catharsis that the onlooker witnesses through the means of suggestiveness in art forms such as dance, sculpture and painting should be the ultimate aim of the artist,” he said.