In A Mishmash Of Languages

December 21, 2012 at 9:15 AMDec (Literature, Musings, Poetry, Slice Of Life, Soliloquy)

To indulge in dialogues on craft, art and aesthetics is a matter of luxury, it appears.

What is the aesthetics of rape? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of humiliation? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of untouchability? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of inequality? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of shamelessness? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of massacre? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of displacement? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of legitimization of violence? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of inhumanity? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of misogyny? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of apathy? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of selective empathy? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of moral-spiritual blindness? Is there any?
What is the aesthetics of helplessness? Is there any?

In a mishmash of languages, by dissimilar routes
We all come upon: Silence.

– Pablo Neruda

Advertisements

1 Comment

  1. crazymindseye said,

    I completely disagree. Craft, art and aesthetics are essential in the ugliness of reality. You cannot separate the aesthethics of art from its ethics (a very Marxist dualist approach that is flawed). Aesthetics IS ethics. Kafka’s transformation into monstrous vermin is the aesthetics of alienation and one of the few true ethics of it. His machine in ‘In the Penal Colony’ (that inscribes the law the criminal has broken on to his body as a punishment) is the most aesthetic representation of justice. Keats was an epiphany when he said beauty is truth, because more than anything else, it is beauty that brings revelation. In a world where we cannot understand how men can shove an iron rod through someone all the way to her abdomen, an aesthetics of ugliness is the only corridor to the truth. This is why I’m obsessed with the literature of the grotesque, an art of ugliness.

    – Pallavi Rao

    I think art addresses, and expresses, all of the above. The problem is the leftists in our country express their concern without aligning themselves with the tradition of dissent that has always existed. By taking the position of the-first-and-last-radical (like Arundhati Roy often does for example) they alienate themselves, and speak shrilly, as if they are the only ones privy to truth. And, also, it is not good to talk lightly about art, regardless of whether the publishing and the media machinery in our country is backing what even a discerning minority considers serious and authentic art. No one can deny that it is art which is and has always been the language of protest; art/poetry is the weapon through which change has been brought. So it is actually a society which does not have discussions on art and literature which is in a state of denial; whose “middle class” is trying to bury all its problems by indulging in the orgy of consumerism. But that said the issue of selective empathy by our culture machinery is something that needs to be addressed. And that can only start by beheading brainless (and opportunistic) “secular” intellectuals like the great maverick Kannada playwright.

    – Aknur Betageri

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: