GUWAHATI, March 6 � While an inter-cultural atmosphere has been among the positives of globalisation, a serious hazard posed by globalisation relates to the loss of the finer intricacies of one�s culture.
Observing this, eminent art historian and sculptor Deepak Kannal today said that the beauty of culture as well as languages lay in their intricacies � something that needed to be preserved and promoted.
�We are in danger of losing the finer intricacies of our culture in the face of the common culture emerging out of globalization. We ought to be serious about our language and culture, without being parochial,� Kannal said in his address at a function held at the Vivekananda Kendra where two books on art by Moushumi Kandali were formally released.
Equating the effects of globalisation to a �cerebral invasion on arts�, Kannal said that under the emerging circumstances an artiste was often compelled to remove the cultural intricacies from his creations to suit the tastes or sensibilities of a buyer from outside who cannot be expected to have an understanding of the local ethos.
�Similar is the case with language which is but an undercurrent of our culture� languages and works of art have meanings beyond the obvious and it is not a good thing to do away with these intricacies," he said.
Kannal also felt that post-modern artistic creations were employing the same methods and ran the risk of getting uni-cultural and monotonous.
The two books of Kandali � Bishoy Kala and Asomor Adhunik Shilpa Kala � were formally released by noted poet Nilamoni Phukan and Kannal respectively.
Phukan, who was the chief guest on the occasion, bemoaned the fact that there were few volumes on art in Assamese and hoped that Kanadali's books would meet a long-standing need of the State.
Kandali, in her speech, said that she would bring out an English version of her Asomor Adhunik Shilpa Kalal.
Scholar on Tai language and culture Dr Pushpa Gogoi and sculptor Ganesh Gohain, among others, also addressed the gathering.