Acknowledging Arts in Society

According to E.M. Forster:

“Works of art, in my opinion are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order and that is why though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in art for art’s sake.”

What I personally believe is that in order to recognize our own origin, we must appreciate the beauty within and around us. The Rotaract club of TIP held an interactive session on ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ARTS IN SOCIETY on 8th May 2009 at Mughal-e-Azam at around 5 in the evening.

The speaker for the evening was Mr. Saqlain Zaidi, who is an enormous contributor in the field of art history, world cinema history, 2D/3D animation and Digital sculpturing.

He is a lecturer at TIP, KU and Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture.

The session started off with a simple question: “Do you think art is controlled by a certain class in society?”

Through much thought, indeed it is controlled by the elite class and has long since the time of Renaissance.

We discussed on different issues as to why there are taboos and contradictions when it comes to view a simple painting on self-expression but at the same time we all are okay with a movie on an extremely obscene issue such as the Indian movie Dostana.

And do we really produce art for the sake of art or has it turned into just another entertaining way of earning? We need to ponder over things like this. Mr. Saqlain also highlighted how colors and their symbology play a significant role in our life, and I never knew that red was never meant to connote love and yellow meant something that might drag you but we have taxis with that color!

The audience was frequently asked questions as to what they think of art, media and culture. The one thing that really took me by the edge was the point Mr. Saqlain made that the ultimate duty of a true artist is to simply kill time. We need a forum as to express our reaction to all the happenings in the world that somehow plays a crucial role in constructing our lives, be it, the chaos one has to go through in the time of war or a joy of motherhood.

We had among us the senior Rotarians, Mr. Mustafa Kamal and Mrs. Shireen Kamal, who presented Mr. Saqlain a token of gratitude. The session lasted for around two hours, followed by Hi-Tea and fellowship.

The evening was filled with yet another moment of joy when Nida Yousuf DRRN of Jinnah Zone presented Ahmed A. Rehman with the award of the “Best Rotaractor” which was awarded to him at the district conference held in Lahore from the 1st till the 3rd of May 2009.

I would like to thank all, who took out time to attend this session although I know that these days everyone is busy with their examinations around the corner.

I believe it is equally important to think about aspects of our society that could actually make a difference and that helps us to know who we really are.

Thank you all especially Mr. Ali Hafeez for being there and encouraging us for our efforts and how can I not mention my friend Ahmed A. Rehman for truly supporting me in this event and for all the arrangements.

We look forward to the same passion and hope in the future so that when one day we look back we feel proud of ourselves that we indeed made a difference.

Our ultimate goal is to be a better person.

2 Replies to “Acknowledging Arts in Society”

  1. i would appreciate if you upload some pics also, it will become kind of an eye catching article when anyone will open this website.

  2. Great write up Amna!

    One thing I seriously liked from the session was:

    “Hear what you see and see what you hear”

    After this, no one needs no explanation I guess.

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