Posts Tagged: creativity

Drawing to Remember: The Gift of Pause and the Benefits of Keeping a Sketchbook

The elusive illustrator-urbanist behind “Of Ink and Yellow Memories,” Neelakshi Rathore, discusses the inward versus outward worlds of a creative.    Most people start out drawing by copying things. Or they draw things as they appear before them. But for Neelakshi Rathore, things became really interesting when she began to draw things as she remembered them – when she could see a place that she…read more

Door in the Wall: How Art is Redefining Therapy for the Differently Abled

How traditional societies understood the therapeutic role of art, and what educators and therapists today can achieve with it.   “Art for art’s sake” is the famous translation of a French slogan that saw art as being an autonomous thing that has no other purpose or aim but to be for itself. Philosopher Alain de Botton…read more

Untutored Art: Writer Esther David on the Usefulness of Art as Therapy

In conversation with the Sahitya Akademi awardee on her explorations with untutored artists in prisons, slums and hospitals of Ahmedabad.   Art can often express what language cannot. A previous article had explored how our constant under-estimation of art is critically threatening our potential to become more ‘complete human beings’. In this light, it was inspiring…read more

The Death of Critical Enquiry: Is Neoliberalism Ushering in an Age of Conformity?

What the increasing dismissal of the Humanities implies about our culture at large.    Recently in Japan, humanities departments have come under attack. The government has ordered universities to discontinue these departments and shift focus, instead, towards fields with ‘greater utilitarian values’. Not only does this seem alarming, but it is indicative of a trend that…read more

The Creative Benefits of Keeping a Sketchbook

On cultivating the capacity for observation and imagination through sketching. Here are six pointers for anybody looking to trap those slippery ideas, illustrated through sketches of architecture students of Ahmedabad’s CEPT University.   While many writers have elaborated on the creative benefits of keeping a diary, designers likewise will tell you about the creative benefits of…read more

How Architecture Students are Revamping Indian Cities With Colour and Play

Interactive interventions in cities across India impart life into public spaces through creative use of colours, oil tins, tyres and recycled waste. These are some of the thoughtful and meaningful ways in which students have sought to interact with their cities, and reclaim public space for the people.   Commuters travelling via the Andheri metro…read more