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Religion and Art

6 Feb

Few days back a group of three young girls participated in a rock competition in Jammu & Kashmir(J&K) and were adjudged third best among all. Soon they started getting online threats which I thought might be action of few disgruntled bad losers but when the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa against the group, it was really shocking. He said that singing and dancing is “haraam”(sinful) in Islam. If it is sinful in Islam then why has he been silent for so many years when actors/actresses following Islam have been making waves in the whole world. With due respect sir, the top three superstars of our country are followers of Islam and I am sure most of other fellow Islamists would be proud of their success.

Poor girls would have thought that their hard work has finally paid off and that winning the show would make things easier for them. Little did they know that winning was probably the easiest part of struggle. Saw an interview of one of the members who said that since the grand Mufti didn’t like us performing, we have decided to disband. Being an artist(actor to be precise) I am sure it would have been the hardest sentence which came out of her mouth. I mean, I am yet to get a break and still can’t think of looking for any other career and here they are, the first taste of success has forced them to stop following their dreams.

Yesterday few members of a Hindu group went to an art gallery to shut it because the gallery was showing nude paintings and they got offended. I can understand if they were showing nude/controversial paintings of Gods/Prophets(of any religion) but simple nude paintings of men/women being hurtful for Hindus?????? Hindus have given the world masterpieces Khajuraho caves, the Kamasutra(which are much more graphic) to the world and now we are getting offended by simple nude paintings? Simply indigestible.

Before moving ahead I would like to clarify that yes, I do not endorse few paintings of  M. F. Hussain sir, I mean most of them were great work of art but not the nude God paintings. As it is said, WITH FREEDOM COMES HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. Those who support him, I would just ask one question… How many of us would like nude paintings of our own parents? Even if few of us won’t mind but majority will. Hence, we should stay away from Gods and Prophets. Religion can and must be discussed as the interpretation can vary from people to people but we should leave them, there are so many other things to paint, write songs or make movies about.

The biggest question which baffles me that despite both Hinduism and Islam having lunar calendars(that’s why none of our festivals like Eid, Diwali, Holi etc* fall on the same date in English calendar) how come we have Jumma on every Friday and Hindus have different Gods’ day on different English days? All religions have adopted so many things and that includes the hardliners too. I mean if Grand Mufti can use television to give interview, the mosques can use loudspeakers to announce the Namaz, the Hindu protesters can wear western dresses like shirt/trousers/jeans and these are the exceptions observed by a simple person like me(a learned one will find thousand more), then why can’t we allow people to sing, dance, paint the way they want(as long as they don’t insult Gods and Prophets).

Though I don’t endorse the word “RELIGIOUS LEADERS” as religion is too personal for me to be guided by others but since you all have self appointed yourself as leaders I would request you be like leaders. Please work to uplift the poor, exploited and downtrodden of our religions. Make our religion(and status people following it) become so good that other feel jealous of us and want to adopt our religion rather than making people who are following run away from it. In Hinduism(and I am sure something similar in Islam) we are told that nothing can happen without the will of God, so even if you feel that there are certain people who are breaking the rules, please remember that God wants them to do so(may be to punish them later and give example to rest of us that if we repeat this we are doomed). So, please stay away. When God didn’t stop them, who are we mere mortals????

*Makar sankranti and Vishwakarma Pooja do fall on almost same date every year but that is because one extra month added in Hindu calendar

Also, I must inform that I have equal respect for all religions. Since the day someone told me that 786 is an auspicious number, I have never used any currency note I landed up with. I have either gifted them to others or been pick pocketed in buses/trains. Rest I carry with me. In fact my purse has these notes, coins I got from Vaishno Devi and flowers which fell on me from Jesus’s procession. 🙂

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