The Place of Art in Education – Question and Answer for Class XI English

The Place of Art in Education – Nandalal Bose

  1. Question : How did Nandalal  Bose attempt to revive the aesthetics sensibilities of earth in India?

Answer:-   Nandalal Bose makes a distinction between literature and other forms of art. Nandalal maintains that education in art moulds the aesthetic experience and facilitates the various expressions of man. He insists that a training in art should be given parallel importance with reading and writing. He remarks that the absence of a sense of beauty detracts from man’s physical and mental well being. He seeks to correct the notion that art belongs to the domain of the rich. He says that the beauty and order found in a work of art is universal property of mankind. To support his argument, he cites the example of the poor Santhal who keeps his hut tidy and beautifies it. In contrast, a rich man without a sense of art, displays bad taste in fashion by wearing jacket with dhoti.    

2. Question : Discuss the place and importance of Art in education as mentioned by Nandalal Bose in his The Place of Art in Education. 

Or,How does Nandalal Bose measure the importance of Art in education in India ?

Answer:-     Nandalal says that an education in art is essential for preserving our traditional heritage. He suggests certain remedies. He advocates the display of good works of art in the classrooms to engage the attention of the students. The students should also visit museums and picture galleries. He emphasizes observing of nature to discover the beauty contained in our environment. Nandalal puts special emphasis on the celebration of nature festivals, so that children may familiarize themselves with the bounties of nature. Nandalal maintains that education in art moulds the aesthetic experience and facilitates the various expressions of man.            

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