Exploration Of Creative Process: Creative Indians

Did you know that belly dancing is an art form that's passed from mother to daughter in the middle eastern countries? It is encouraged to practice belly dance in private, as it helps prepare the body for pregnancy. It is the only dance form that can be practiced till the ninth month of pregnancy, and it helps strengthen the uterine wall along with minimizing the labour pains. Where did I come to know about this? Creative Indians.

Creative Indians is one of a kind TV show which launched sometime in 2014 on NDTV Good Times, where Manil and Rohit, brothers and artists themselves, meet and greet other Indian artists who have made a mark in their field of expertise and have taken their art form to the masses. It has already completed three seasons. The episodes have also aired in TLC and some of them are available on YouTube too.

“If you know where you want to go, then there is no point to go there, it’s best that you leap into the unknown and discover things.” - Atul Dodiya, Artist

This is an interview/ talk show that I truly enjoy watching. The artists included here are from various backgrounds and fields- fashion, photography, sculpture, acting, multimedia, ad industry, etc. They share what inspires them, how they approach their work, and how they keep at it even after facing failures. The episodes also includes exploration of the exclusive creative processes of the artists, in their own studios and factories. The inclusion of the inner workings of their minds, their philosophy towards life and their art, is what makes this show worthwhile.

“Advertising is nothing but common sense. And common sense comes when you respect and learn from common people.”- Piyush Pandey, AdMan

My personal favorite episodes are of Anita Dongre, Anoushka Shankar, AdMan Piyush Pandey, the Banjara Group and underwater photographer Sumer Verma. I was enamored by Piyush Pandey’s talks on how to narrate an unforgettable story. Anoushka’s take on how to let your soul seep into your art, was very interesting. And the second and third seasons were much in depth exploration of the artists than the first one.

“All deep things are silent. The mountain, the Ocean and mother’s love.” - Resul Pookutty, Oscar Winning Sound Designer

I like inspiring chat shows, where celebrities don't take dig at other celebrities, but reminiscence the journey with humility, and offer bytes on their struggle along with words of encouragement to those still struggling.

“Phoonk de khud ko jwaala-jwaala, bin khud jale hoye na ujala.” - Prasoon Joshi,

Every episode here begins with a quote, nuggets of wisdom from the guest, whose imaginations are so powerful that it paves way for generations.

“I just keep making work. And I feel the urge to unlearn from time to time and revisit what I am doing. It keeps me from becoming stagnant.”- Sameer Kulavoor, Artist

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  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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