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Young India - New Ideas

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 97

India today is bristling with ideas in all spheres. An India dominated by youth is putting out talent in all fields, except perhaps politics. There are hundreds of new writers coming out with books that are as varied as they are interesting. No topic is taboo and they are being backed by a new breed of independent publishers.

New art and sculpture forms are being explored by artists coming from the smaller towns. Art galleries are being opened by first timers who are not in awe of the legendary artists and are giving space to new talent with sometimes quirky ideas.

Music is being given a new idiom. Indian classical music was losing its appeal. But young new musicians have rejuvenated it by infusing it with new rhythms and beats.

Already, A.R. Rahman has won an Oscar for 'Original Soundtrack.' New kids on the block are raring to go win some more.

Songs are being written in the language of the youth. They are being sung by such a varied range of voices that one feels that the monopoly of gifted and surreal playback singers in films of yore was a drawback. It must have deprived India of many talented singers who vanished as no music director worked with them, not wanting to face the wrath of the then reigning kings or queens of singing.

Awesome dancers and choreographers are coming out of the woodwork to amaze and entertain in the many dance reality shows being aired on television. Films are being made on subjects not many could think of in the recent past. They are being watched by millions. The grammar of film making is also undergoing change. Hand-held cameras and live soundtrack is becoming main stream. Songs, hitherto the bread and butter of Indian cinema, are being given a new meaning or are being excluded.

New restaurants with exotic menus are coming up all over India. Indians are experimenting with their eating habits like never before. Japanese, Italian, Continental and even Mongolian cuisine have pushed the hitherto most popular Chinese cuisine way down the ladder. Chefs are adding their own winning variations to most dishes.

Newer subjects are being taken up by post graduate students. Despite the lack of research facilities, campuses are buzzing with new ideas. There has been a dip in takers for subjects that were popular till now. With businesses coming up with new products and processes, there is demand for professionals in new fields.

Indian dress designers have taken the world by storm and are being feted at New York, Paris and London fashion shows. The cut and work of Indian artisans on Indian materials is being retailed by all big stores worldwide. Designers like Sabyasachi are already held in awe and his shows are eagerly awaited.

If only, and that it is a big if, our politicians could see the making of a revolution in this, India will grow by leaps and bounds. But that is not happening. While the rest of India has moved on and is throwing up world class ideas, our politicians are still carrying the baggage of an Imperial past and politics of vote banks rules. There is not a single leader who has given an original idea to the country recently. That is the tragedy of India.

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