Furthering art thro’ saleability
‘Art for art’s sake’ is a romantic ideal that
disregards the ‘marketability’ of the work, possibly to the extent
that ‘price tagging’ is denounced as ungainly and to be frowned
upon. But how far has that taken the artist in surviving in this
present day system,
Raymond Williams through Sri Lankan eyes
Last week I discussed the importance of the
concept of culture for Raymond Williams and how he has sought to
gloss it in his various writings. In today’s column I wish to focus
on another important concept for him - literature. He is both a
literary critic and creative writer of distinction who has produced
novels and plays that have generated a great deal of discussion.
A mystic figure?
In this series on the life and times of
Rabindranath Tagore and exploring his enduring influence on Asian
culture on his 150th birth anniversary, in this week’s column, we
explore the perception of his towering personality particularly as
seen in his time in the eyes of the West.