We must appreciate Pranav Prakash nudity paintings and should not find fault with him.
இந்திய திருக்கோயில்களில் சிற்பிகளால் வடிவமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள நிர்வாண வடிவமுள்ள சிற்பங்களையும் பார்க்கிறோம். அவற்றைப் பார்த்து சிற்பியின் திறமையை பாராட்ட வேண்டுமே தவிர குறை கூறக்கூடாது.
Delhi-based artist Pranava Prakash has always been in the news for painting celebrities in the nude. Earlier this year, he was assaulted during his exhibition of nude paintings of Veena Malik, Poonam Pandey, etc. He says that nudity should be viewed as a celebration of the human anatomy and not as something sordid.
Criticism mostly comes from people with double standards. These women are proud of their body and are using it to influence their career graph. My paintings too stand for an idea. When I painted Arundhati Roy in the nude, it was a symbol for an idea and should be viewed as that,” Pranava says.
Nudity’s association with art is age-old. Art schools have always had models posing in the nude. “There are two ways to see nudity — one with an angle of commodification of the body; the other as a part of art,” Pranava says. The naked human form can sensationalise and attract attention. “But nobody sane should look down or frown upon it,” says film producer Rangita Pritish Nandy. “Nudity is a shout-out to the world that you’re happy, proud, fearless and (hopefully) beautiful! Like everything else that we tear into, let’s not over-think or over-analyse it,” she adds.
In fact, with easy accessibility, courtesy the digital world, the forbidden fruit syndrome has ebbed, says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. “But in our country, we’ve gone from an age of repression to an age of obsession. Yes, everybody is using the human anatomy to shock and titillate but I belong to a profession where I wouldn’t think that you are depraved if you do so,” he says. Take nudity for what it is — “I wouldn’t hide behind ‘art’ or justify generous use of sexual imagery,” he adds.
It all depends on perception, culture and cultivated tastes. The more aesthetically shot or painted, the more accepted nudity is. Dabboo says, “Poses and expressions are very important. One shouldn’t try too hard. The more comfortable you are with your body, the more aesthetic you will look in the natural form. If you do it by force, for money, for publicity, it will look vulgar and pornographic. But if it’s for the love of art or photography, you will realise that the result is beautiful.” Dabboo recalls the late Prabuddha Dasgupta’s artistic expression of nudes. “I loved his shots, especially the black and whites,” Dabboo says.
To strip or promote the idea of nudity is an individual choice, says Pranava. “Nudity grabs eye balls, attention and is a fabulous conversation starter (or concluder, if you’re lucky). And really, at the end of every promise/threat to strip is a personal choice to do so,” adds Rangita. Would she go naked? For the right reasons. Or maybe just for fun. And if I were in Vegas, absolutely, yes! But nobody other than me has the right to judge that decision,” she says.
In Temples in India we are seeing much life like nudity sculptures and paintings carved by sculptor and Artist.We must appreciate only their talent and should not find fault with them.