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Shakti Maira is a critically acclaimed artist-philosopher from India. His work as a sculptor, painter and printmaker has been widely exhibited, and is largely centered in a Buddhism-inspired spirituality. It is in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art in India and in private collections around the world.

He has written extensively on art, design and aesthetics, and is the author of two books – Towards Ananda: Rethinking Indian Art and Aesthetics and The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters. He has conducted a number of art workshops in schools in India and abroad, and has been a guest lecturer on art and aesthetics in U.S. colleges. He has been invited to speak at several international events, including the International Arts Education Symposium in Seoul, the Mystics & Scientists Conferences in the UK, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

He was born in 1947 in Shimla, and lives in New Delhi.

Shakti Maira

Shakti Maira on The Promise of Beauty and Why it Matters In Conversation with Sanjana Shah

On 29th Nov 6.00 p.m.- 6.40 p.m.

The notion of Beauty is actually about greatness in relationality. This is another and energizing method of understanding excellence in practically all unique circumstances. Equilibrium and agreement are two significant characteristics of relationality. However, remember that relationality is by definition relevant and dynamic. Equilibrium isn't static. It can't be. Equilibrium and congruity happen in the persistent transition and development, in the push and pull, of all normal and human-made things and frameworks. Beauty can't be characterized and frozen, and it is best not to attempt to eternalize it.

Without question the thoughts of Beauty differ across societies. Indeed, even inside a culture, there is a lot of subjectivity. Different individuals and assorted societies lead to a variety of excellent encounters. Thus, indeed, obviously, the experience of excellence is an emotional marvel. However, a more profound comprehension of Beauty uncovers that excellence is both an 'encounter' and a 'condition' of things, individuals and frameworks.

To disregard or limit the importance of Beauty since it is abstract is a worldview blunder brought about by an accentuation on the quantifiable. This is seen in both science and financial aspects. Yet, this is a more extended conversation which is endeavored in the book. However, clearly the vast majority will concur that there are numerous abstract things that are truly imperative to the wellbeing and prosperity of our own lives, and the prosperity of the world, for example, love, compassion and magnificence.