Do colors too have a power of communication like we humans?
On a foggy winter day, we all were sitting in the drawing room at one of my friend’s place. I guess that was a Dejavu moment but this time I experienced an absolutely different feeling. This feel good factor made me think hard about the cause of this supreme sensation. Was that a funny conversation or a flavorsome mocktail with friends or a euphonious music in the hall? No, it was none of them but the Color scheme of the room that triggered my mood and feelings.
Life is a mosaic of Colors. I think Colors communicate invisibly. Color is a powerful and significant communication tool, and it is tied to religious, cultural, political and social influences. I am fortunate to be born in India, a country that has almost become synonymous to a “Colorful Nation.” India has always been dignified and remembered fondly as the country of Colors. To an outsider, its Colorful culture, streets, and stories seem like a page out of an ancient folk tale. But color, in essence, has been a large part of the Indian consciousness. It is a simple expressions of color that holds together the multitudes of outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions. The symbolism of color stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations.
While probing the history of Colors, I came to know that Wassily Kandinsky was one of the first pioneers of Color theory. A renowned Russian painter and art theorist, he is often considered the founder of abstract art. Kandinsky believed that colors communicate different human qualities. Colors represent different emotions. The Color Blue, for instance, is associated with Lord Krishna, perhaps one of the most favored gods in India. Today, Blue has become a primary color for both team India and its fans.
I have always been drawing an inspiration from the Nature and I think that’s what prompts me to look at the world differently. Color is a complex subject with many strands and it has the power to subliminally convey values and stories. How beautiful this world would have been had there been no one devoid of sight? Still it doesn’t matter if they can see or feel unless and until they have the vision and power to dream in Colors. I wish every creation in the world is as colorful as everyone’s dream and life will be happiest on the planet.
The idea that Colors have a universal effect has been a popular study throughout history. Perhaps one of the most poignant factors in the perception of Colors in the Indian psyche is the religious undertones that coexist at almost every phase of an “Indian’s life.” Today, colors are used as symbols of fear, conformity, and blind faith across the country monopolized by the contorted ways of politics.
Yet India remains colorful and vibrant in more ways than one. It stands strong as perhaps the most stoic example of unity in a world so divided. And the Colors that hold it together are the colors of faith, pride, and love – feelings that overcome all differences. After all, Leigh Hunt has rightly said, “Colors are the smiles of Nature”
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