There is no appreciation for creativity in India; perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that Indian society is insensitive towards creative works and art. There is no dearth of creative people with passion for creative work, but hardly there is anyone to appreciate and value it.
The lack of appreciation and recognition can lead the artist to crippling, gradually he/she stops creates art work. Alternatively, the same piece of art work gets appreciated among audience from European countries where you are feel recognized for your sense of achievement. The truth is that Indian audience is not just interested in you. Films gets banned in India, but gets appreciated in New York Film Festival. Books and Paintings get banned but appreciated and celebrated abroad.
If you are an Indian artist, you will be paid for the value of the art among visitors from the Europeans countries over Indian counterparts. No wonder Indian artists and creative folks have disappeared; after all you will be forced to look for some other work which will pay your bill. With the lack of proper appreciation and recognition, an Indian artist migrates to the west and spends the rest of their life in a different atmosphere getting recognized and paid for their work.
With the lack of proper appreciation and recognition, an Indian artist migrates to the west and spends the rest of their life in a different atmosphere getting recognized and paid for their work.
This unresponsive, stifling atmosphere will make people stripped off their creativity and talents. Bands, artists, poets, writers get the occasional chance to play in European countries in every event, where as in India they have to enter into a negotiation for getting a chance. If you decide to be the rebellious artist not to give up, well! There is no point in boxing in a ring in an empty arena. You will be gradually converted to lead the lead the life of a regular office goer with no creative instincts. Indian Audience always look at the monetary aspect, as children we are always made to believe that money is all that matters.
When we have a close at schools in India, we will get to understand the root cause of the problem. Most schools here don’t promote the idea of arts and creative subjects; it’s all about grades and marks after writing the same thing written in the school books. If the child is an creative artist but is average in academics, the child would be motivated to stop his art works and focus on studies.
The biggest mistake is that children who excel in arts and creative subjects are made to feel inferior to a child excelling in academics with flying marks and grades. I feel that both should be appreciated equally, both have made achievements differently.
When we have been doing this for ages, we look at the west and consume its art works, and sit crib saying there is no real talent in India. When there is no appreciation for creativity, there won’t be any. When we kill them at their budding age, how will they grow out to be great artist, we don’t want to face the truth at all.