The Promise of Beauty and Why It Matters by Shakti Maira was launched by artist Anjolie Ela Menon, dancer Geeta Chandran, poet Ashok Vajpeyi and environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who participated in a spirited discussion on beauty. This was followed by a moving dance performance by Geeta Chandran, inspired by the book, at the art gallery amidst Shakti’s sculpture.
Shakti Maira’s exhibition was held from March 4-12, 2017, at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi.
Shakti Maira introduces the ‘Formed Resonance’ sculpture in wood and bronze
Chandrahas Choudhury writes about Shakti Maira’s wide-ranging investigation into the ways in which we experience beauty, that can offer an unusual key to our civilization’s problems.
The Promise Of Beauty is idiosyncratically written: After every two-three chapters, Maira pauses to draw together some of the strands of what has been said with his own thinking on beauty. “Beauty is more than a concept,” he writes, “and is best taught through lived experiences of mind and body.” To this end, he asks each of his respondents to describe a profound “beauty experience” of their own.
Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and Ruth Padel, acclaimed poet, launch The Promise of Beauty and Why It Matters by Shakti Maira, followed by a discussion on beauty.
Namita Gokhale, Ruth Padel and Geeta Chandran to launch ‘The Promise of Beauty and Why it Matters’ on January 20th at the Jaipur Literature Festival.