“Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!”~Albus Dumbledore.
Being an avid Harry Potter fan (who isn’t?) and an art-lover, this quote truly speaks of my passion for the arts. The very notion that music is more powerful than a wand in terms of the magic it casts seems outrageously ridiculous at first. Yet music and every other form of art share something unique—something that makes them rise above everything else. But just what is that “something?”
I’ve noticed that in all the art events I’ve been to, whether it be Simone Porter’s solo debut with the Seattle Symphony, Bombay Jayashri’s Carnatic vocal concert or Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB)’s Nutcracker, the old and the young alike gaze entranced. People from various cultures sit enthralled. And as I watched Mallika Sarabhai’s Ted talk, Dance to Change the World, her expressive face, her vivacious gesticulations, and her bright eyes filled with passion, it finally dawned upon me what that “something” is.
Art, whether it be music, dance or painting, has the power to transcend barriers-- barriers such as age, culture, and physical limitations. Art comes directly from the heart, remaining pertinent to everyone.
And so I’d like to begin Art You’s 2016 efforts with three simple words: Art is magical.