What can be called an art..

Dancers at See the Music Hear the Dance and quote by VP Dhananjayan, (c) Carole Edrich 2014-5

Dancers at See the Music Hear the Dance and quote by VP Dhananjayan, (c) Carole Edrich 2014-5

“All display of talents do not become an object of art; the talent that touches the hearts of onlookers and listeners only can be called an art, be it music, painting, sculpture or dance” VP Dhananjayan. I chose this quote becauselike many others I suspect – I’m intrigued by different perceptions of what constitutes art, and whether everyone agrees that art must touch the hearts of those who experience it. Some dance seems to have a direct impact on my lymbic system, but is that art or is it merely a really direct form of communication? Other dance leaves me cold but intrigues me intellectually. Should this be considered art or just the stimulation of intellectual faculties? Some dance will reach me just because I identify with it, or with one of the dancers. Does this make it art, even if it has moved me through no particular action or volition of its originator? Enough speculation, I have deadlines to meet. Better thinkers than me haven’t answered such questions so maybe it’s best not to try.

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