I Write for Change Blog is a special space dedicated to young people (aged 11- 19) to reflect on the core values of our organization- education, equality, peace, and justice. We invite young people living in small towns worldwide to write about what "change" means to them and what kind of impact can be bought with the help of advocacy in their small community(s). In addition, we want you to reflect on how arts can help maintain inclusivity in any space, whether it is your tight-knit community!

 

Though we highly encourage submissions from small-town/indie/historically minoritized young writers, anyone can freely contribute to this blog if they want to. Submissions (not exceeding 1500 words) are always welcome at thecreativezine@gmail.com in Microsoft Word format. Please include a short bio of no more than 150 words in the body of your email. The subject line should read "I WRITE FOR CHANGE- BLOG SUBMISSION."

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How the Arts can Contribute to a Social Change in India

By Pavni Behl

Published: 25.09.2021

Nothing could've been better said than the following statement- "arts can contribute to a social change in a country like India."

As someone belonging from the beautiful country of India, I would like to comment on the statement that "arts can contribute significantly towards making a social change." This statement is partly true because wonders could occur if abundant resources and opportunities were provided to the people of a diverse country like India.

Today, the arts, mainly dance, music, painting, theatre, play an impactful role in influencing people. In ancient times, pictures depicted women walking miles to get water, raising their kids, making food for the families, stitching, etc. But today, pictures show independent women fighting for themselves against all the odds for a revolution. In every field, from dance to medicine, women have proven themselves. Therefore, exposure works as a tool where better
access to resources is given, resulting in a revolution.

Based on certain evidence and viewpoints, I believe that an Indian mind connects more with the arts than the other fields because the supplements of the arts have always been a ubiquitous part of the culture of India.

Advertisements, a source of media, also prove helpful in providing exposure to specific terms. Advertisements give an idea to influence people in a better way. To cite, in Cadbury's most recent telly commercial, a remake of the 90s' commercial with the same theme, we can observe that the Indian society is improving based on giving more opportunities to women, who were once considered non-dominant in the conservative patriarchal society.

However, we cannot deny that 74.04% of Indians are still illiterate. Therefore, to influence them towards a better India, we need to enhance the cultural and arts sector in all possible ways. Because most of the country is still literate even today, we need to ensure that arts prove beneficial to everyone. The most common media, advertisements, and television commercials should overcome naivety and be more rational. Posters can be made, banners depicting good values and notions can be included. Notable endorsements and societal messages can be shown in the form of an accessible and cohesive interface. Storytelling and writing (two of the art forms) can be used to make the most out of the ordinary.

Since art comes from medieval times, today's geologists, archaeologists, and historians have made many discoveries and published them for further generations.

Coinciding with the principles of such studies, a recent web series called 'Secrets of Sinauli' has been launched, which showcases the history of Mesopotamian and Indus valley civilizations. For anyone, such topics are fascinating to learn because of the show's unique approach to the art of storytelling.

More interest in showcasing our traditions and introducing ourselves as advanced, cultured, and educated people should be taken to lead to a large pool of resources.

To conclude, my idea of art is that it can bring a societal change when "out of the box" ideas are generated. Such ideas will add nothing but to the betterment of society, therefore revolutionizing and overcoming the challenges faced by Indian society today. An impact can be formed as an end product, resulting in better opportunities and access to resources. Such ideologies and together can resolve issues, and we can bring a change this way.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Pavni Behl is a 16-year-old student studying in grade 11 at her school. Following her passion, she has opted for the humanities stream where she studies history, economics, psychology, political science, English, and dance. Out of these, English is her most cherished subject. She loves to put her thoughts on paper, the reason why she started writing in the first place!

Purpose of Art

By Simran Nagpal

Published 06.11.2021

Art has no definition. Ambrose Bierce wrote in the devil’s dictionary in 1906 that some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking things have no definition so does that mean it holds no power? A single stroke on the canvas can reflect the past of a lonely artist or it can be an unintended splatter of colour. A unique snowflake can reflect the diverse ethnic composition or perhaps the indefinite shape of water. The Starry Night can be the best use of colours or just a twisted painting.

Bretold Brecht said that ‘art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’ Brecht’s idea compares art to a tool that can be used to build and help our society evolve. He seems to think that art shouldn’t just be the reflection of the world that we can hang on the wall for people to appreciate and applaud, rather a weapon that belongs on the battlefield. Art holds the power to develop the minds of the people, change their beliefs and ideas and shape societies. I painted an apple once, it was a beautiful piece of art but it was barely a bolt, neither a mirror nor a hammer but it still had the power to impact my skills. Then again, a Jew with a moustache tilted a swastika once and millions died under its influence. So, its influence might be direct or indirect.

John Dewey explained art to be the most effective mode of communication that exists even though most art pieces were never understood, just deduced. Similarly, most artists were never recognised. Does that mean that the lack of communication skills in their art pieces strip them of their title? Is the actual work of art what the product does with and inexperience?

It is possible that art is the expression or application of creative skills and imagination in various forms that can be observed and analysed. It might be the search of contrasting being with becoming as it often acknowledges unrealised ends.

This actively demonstrates that art can be anything and everything. Every individual can have different reactions to art pieces and different actions that follow the experience of viewing the work. The term ‘ART’ is simply a label. It is about communication, emotions, beauty and freedom. It can tell a story and/ or make a story. It is about experience and experiment. It most often tells the history. It taps into our spirits and lets us feel, think and grow. It is the map to the discovery of our souls and stories. It reflects endless possibilities and endless thoughts.

Perhaps, art is simply a spark in the dark sky that gives us hope to embrace ourselves, to be original and unique.

Art is capable of fuelling so many different emotions, making so many changes in various ways that do not just affect an individual but a community as a whole. Art is the most powerful weapon and if used in the right way it can turn the world into a beautiful, peaceful place.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Simran Nagpal is a sixteen-year-old student from India.