| Every one knows the
therapeutic effects of dance and music. But does
art also have healing powers? According to the artist-couple Paresh Tiwari and Swati Modi of Jabalpur, the colours used in paintings and the movements
associated with kathak together soothe
the mind and the body. The exhibition Chitra
se nritya tak which impressed art connoisseurs
of the city for a quite a few days at Kala Bhavan,
ICCR art gallery demonstrates this effect.
"Electrical bioforce of a Kathak dancer reflects
itself through different hastaks and mudras during
a performance which awakens the Bhava-samvedana
of a viewer up to the metaphysical level," says
Paresh Tiwari. His paintings use the Kathak movements
as a metaphysical perception, in this case the movements
of his dancer-wife Swati Modi.
The paintings are done in colours of the five elements
( Agni, Akash, Jal, Prithvi and Vayu)
to produce the spiritual as well as the remedial
effect. The use of blue (representing almighty),
green (life), yellow (prosperity), white (buddhi),
red (rajas element), orange (equality) and
violet (as balancing of the vikaras - disorders)
in his paintings are a result of deep meditation.
The paintings bear the logo of Shree Kathak Peeth (the dance institute at Jabalpur where he is
the director) and are done with the blessings of
their spiritual guru. The merits of this unique
combination of paintings and dance, rooted in the
metaphysical and scriptural traditions, are manifold
- provided a person watches it positively.
A viewer has to look at them for a few minutes every
day for the desired effect. The paintings are said
to help increasing brain functioning, logic and
concentration and controlling physical disorders
(body problems), stress, anger etc. They also reportedly
help in developing purity of thought and mental
The beneficial effects of these paintings have been
proved, according to the painter. Quite a few paintings
that are remedial have been sent to different parts
of the world.