February 6, 2009 12:33:06 am
Art and soul
Art could not have congregated in a more innovative way than this when on live music a group of five international dancers performed with varied paintings continuously being projected on them. Including dance,music and therapy as a part of painting,it was the finale of Osho Painter Training group by Japanese dancer Meera at the Osho Meditation Resort. Meera,who visits the resort every year,has been training for the last 25 years and has exhibited her paintings in Mumbai as well as Delhi. The canvases concentrated on nature and human expressions and were brought alive by 20 of her students,some of whom hadn’t even touched the brush before the training began. “I believe there is nothing that is unattainable by us. The paintings are the language of our feelings. Although I teach people a certain way of looking at things and painting them,they paint their own interpretation and that is what makes them so unique,” adds Meera. Many of the canvases were painted by two to five people and through this,Meera says,painters learn from each other and learn to dissolve into each other and make the paintings come alive.
Walking the talk
On the occasion of World Cancer Day on Wednesday,close to 200 people,including cancer patients and survivors,doctors and volunteers interested in spreading awareness about the dreaded disease,walked from Sambhaji Park to Saras Baug. Organised by Prashanti Cancer Care Mission,the walk saw volunteers from all strata of society. One of the volunteers,a former cancer patient Meher Bharucha said,”I had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005,and then for the next two years I went through it all radiation,chemotherapy and the rest,but finally I managed to come out of it. Today,through this walk,I wish to promote the message that this disease is curable and that anyone suffering from it should not lose heart but fight it out.” Dr C Koppikar,one of the organisers of the event said,”This is to tell people about the various treatments for cancer and to raise awareness about the usage of tobacco,which is one of the chief causes of cancer. We would also like to tell people through this walk that newer drugs are being introduced,which can help cure the problem completely if detected early.” Students from the Priyadarshini High School also put up a play at Saras Baug educating masses about the ill-effects of consuming tobacco. Former Bollywood actress Kimi Katkar was also present for the walk; so were doctors from the Jehangir Hospital.
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