Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | July 19, 2010

The Question of Audience


We never discuss art and literature from the point of audience. We discuss what has been produced but we don’t see it from the point of “for whom it has been produced.” When we claim our art a national art i.e. Indian contemporary art, we claim that this art is every one’s art, every one is participating in it and it stands with people side by side in their historical struggle and evolution. If we as a critic are going to evaluate art and its relevance our point of analysis should be ” for whom our works of literature and art are produced” This is directly related to the pursuit of truth because on this point we immediately go in to the heart of the matter.  There are two views  and both are interesting for us, one by theoreticians and another by politicians and revolutionaries. We will also talk about bourgeois concept of public in relation to art which is a joke nothing else. I truly want to come to  this point and discuss this from every possible point of view so that art could free itself from its narcissism and could see wider worlds and skies.

So let us begin with the people who did revolution. What they think about art and cuture#? I will put small articles on this issue on my blog from time to time so keep visiting my blog.!!

here are some links of the primary material on the issue that you can refer ->
Our main reference would be Marx and Engels writings  then the leaders who practiced his theory.

1-On Proletarian Culture-Lenin

2-Stalin On Art and Culture-Stalin

3-TALKS AT THE YENAN FORUM ON LITERATURE AND ART-Mao

4-Soviet Literature-Gorky

5-About ”Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art”-Mao

6-Notes on a Materialist Theatre-by Louis Althusser

7-Reciprocal Bases of National Culture and the Fight for Freedom-franz fanion

8-Literary and Art Workers Must Go Among the Masses

9-Literature of a Revolutionary Period by Lu Xun

–Rajesh Shukla

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