Some notes on Aesthetics

Prashant Bhatt's notes

14-ST JAMES CENTRE OF CREATIVITY

Introduction.

After registering for a course in photography at the School of Fototechnik, Delhi under Tirtha Das Gupta, in September 2005,  I was exposed to new vistas and orientations, exercises in aesthetics and appreciation leading one to be able to perceive and also go beyond…the pains and pleasures, which escape the rest of mankind.

Logistics is the science of planning and executing an action, usually talked about in terms of military operations. But logistics, planning, and the execution of this can be applied to every branch of living. It is about the beauty of movement, of planning studies, or a race, or going to a birthday party, or a movie-as you went to a few days ago.

These were some of the impressions I got when I observed the artist and teacher, scientist and organizer Tirtha-da as we affectionately called our photography teacher. He binds and represents some of the…

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Why read Fanon?

Prashant Bhatt's notes

As we drove back from the Indian independence celebrations at India-House in Tripoli, in which our ambassador told of the challenges of every transition phase Dr.Singh asked me in an impatient tone-

“Doctor sahib! Why are you going to Frantz Fanon, after all these novels related to India we have discussed? ”

Though impatient at times, Dr.Singh is the most regular member of the reading group and endured the discussions regarding Orientalism and relevance of Senghor, Fanon in Indian and post colonial context.

This is a summary of why we should read Fanon to understand what is happening in India or North Africa today. With the rupee falling well below 60 to a dollar or the Islamic elected persons facing prison (Morsi) while the person deposed is set free (Mubarak) we need to relook at Fanon.

REFRAMING FANON

For those unfamiliar with Frantz Fanon- he is author of “The Wretched…

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