Art has an enormous ability to touch, motivate and inspire. In recent
years, however, art has played a major role in inciting carnal passions.
Now we will have to divert this powerful medium and engage it in
the task of helping to cultivate values that build up healthy, caring
and sharing communities. [ . . . ] The following seven points pertain
to how this can be accomplished.
49. DEVELOPMENT OF ORATORY SKILLS
[. . .] In personal life, the cultivation of cooperation from others
depends on how we talk to them. Amicable speech can bring
unknown and opposing people over to our side, whereas unpleasant
speech will turn even our friends against us. [ . . . ] For the cause of
the New Era, we will have to make constant use of this crucial skill.
Therefore, we need to be adept in it. [Jivan-Sadhaks] should receive
systematic training in the things that need to be kept in mind and
the skills that need to be developed for both conversation and public
oratory. [ . . . ]
50. REGROUPING SINGING GROUPS
Singing is just as important as oratory. A well-rendered song can
deeply touch all who hear it. Song has as much power to influence
the feelings as speach has in transforming the thoughts. Singers
need to be brought together and they should be given inspiration to
learn and sing poems echoing the sentiments of the New Era.
Devotional singing groups who have been fragmented should be
reconvened. We should also encourage individuals who sing in
private to give the public the benefit of their art. Collective musical
programs should be organized on a regular basis. The main thrust
of all these programs should be to facilitate elevating thoughts and
feelings among the masses.
51. PROVISION OF MUSICAL TRAINING
Those who have a good voice and a talent for playing instruments
may not get an opportunity to develop without an availability of a
systematic training facility in vocal and instrumental music.
52. DRAWING AND PAINTING
[ . . . ] It is of the utmost importance to inundate publications and
exhibits with pictures of great people, self-sacrificing individuals,
people with exemplary characters as well as inspiring events that can foster worthy and advantageous impressions on mind.
To achieve this, it will be expedient to receive help from those
artists who can impart uplifting feelings and thoughts among the
masses by means of their creations. Inspiring thoughts, sayings and
uplifting quotes should also be portrayed in an artistic way. Use of
cartoons and caricature can also be effective in campaigns against
immorality. [ . . . ]
53. ORGANIZING EXHIBITIONS
[ . . . ] The undesirable consequences of the present-day social and
moral evils should be displayed in the form of posters. This can prove
very effective if the pictures are clever in the way they communicate
the real facts to spectators. It is essential to make the public aware of
the alarming increase of destructive policies and behavior. This can
be done by displaying excerpts from newspapers and periodicals.
Exhibitions of graphics, excerpts and quotes are necessary to arouse
the public’s awareness, alertness, opposition and struggle against
evil. Equally important is the simultaneous display of graphics,
excerpts and quotes conveying the growing popularity of generous
and altruistic acts so that they can inspire people to commit acts of
kindness, sacrifice, love and generosity and to tread the righteous
path and lead a virtuous life. Such exhibitions, if regularly staged
in fairs, festivals and other occasions, would go a long way towards
encouraging progressive values, ideas and activities.
54. STREET PLAYS
[ . . . ] The organizers of street plays should cut down the meaningless
and solely entertaining elements and emphasize those features
that impart teachings that inspire people to walk a righteous path.
This style of performance should be used to educate the public.
Most fairs, carnivals and pageants have an underlying tradition or
history which can be highlighted with street plays, theatrical drama,
monologues, exhibitions, singing, music, posters, and the like. This
will educate people as to the main purpose of the celebration and thereby help them assimilate its core ideals. Accomplished artists
who perform in [ . . . ] street plays can help organize programs in
their locality for both education and entertainment. This will not
only attract more people to the fairs, but it will also provide a good
opportunity to communicate a message.
Theatrical performances are a more evolved form of the open air
street play. [ . . .] Here we are not talking about professional drama
companies but about small groups which can create a stage with
readily available materials and perform plays to portray inspiring
scenes from the lives of great people or historical scenarios, thereby
using them to entertain the masses. Such groups can also charge fees
to sustain themselves for the purpose of promoting noble themes.
One-man shows are also very engaging and entertaining. Solo
performance is the most popular and successful art of expression
in schools and can be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to
programs and festivals. It is desirable to write and put together such
play scripts that can adequately contribute to the moral character of
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