Category: Vedic Arts
Vedas and the Arts
Practically, all forms of art as we know them today have originated from the Vedas. Indian classical music has its origins in Samaveda, known for its rich chanting tradition. Drama has evolved from the Yajurveda, which talks about acting or abhinaya and the Atharvaveda that lays down the aesthetic sentiments, which add a deeper meaning to any art form, be it dance or drama.
Note: it needs to be noted that in modern India, there are several medieval Indian art forms which have Persian and Mughal influences. Some of these have retained their original flavor, while other forms have merged with existing Indian art to morph into new styles, forms and techniques.
Other forms of art in the Vedic period, whether painting, sculpture or architectural design, all had the common purpose of conveying a higher reality. Each stroke of the brush, every color and every posture had an inner meaning that transformed it from a mere art piece to an instrument of deep contemplation and mediation.
Today a school of art called the ‘Vedic School’ has emerged that is based on Vedic principles. Not surprisingly, there is no formal training imparted in this style of art. It is all about the individual connecting with his inner self and unlocking their deepest potential.
What the person puts on the canvas is merely an expression that facilitates this.