VoW 2019 / Sessions / November 15 / Launch of book on Dr. Dwijen Sen, Founder, Kala Kendra
REMEMBERING DR DWIJEN SEN AND HIS LEGACY
The conversation began on a slightly busy, exciting tone. There were five panelists and one guy on the chair, leading the discussion and asking questions. Book launches are always fun but this one had something different, something in the air, that did mesmerize the audience. The book was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Dwijen Sen and this book launch, too was a testament to his legacy, his life of passion and commitment. All the five panelists were personal acquaintances and friends of Dr Sen. The opportunity of getting glimpses into his life through the personal anecdotes and stories from people who knew him, is indeed one of a kind and may indeed make you embark on a philosophical rant about the eccentricities of life. It is reminiscent of the experimental technique, employed by Virginia Woolf in “Jacob’s room” and “The Waves”, that highlights the gestaltic nature of life. Each of them got the opportunity to share their moments, both sad and humorous with the audience. It was, without any doubt, refreshing and the efforts to write the book are commendable.
The discussion ended with a question over how art forms of drawing/painting are unfortunately limited to the domain of the privileged and the rich. Several people highlighted how underprivileged people don’t have enough free time to be focussing on leisure activities because just the question of livelihood takes up most of their time. It left everyone pondering over the question of how we, as the privileged, could help lead the way forward, in making art forms more inclusive. This step, could definitely, add another layer of depth to the whole concept of what the arts entail. This question is part of the larger process of how VoW is trying to lead the way forward in Inclusivity and is appluadable.
The discussion itself was a great success and was quite interesting. Everyone seemed content with the whole message and must’ve approached a little nearer to the ideal of understanding the complexities of preserving a great man’s legacy.
By SCHULU DUO, St.Stephens, New Delhi