Censoring the Brush at Central University?
Freedom of expression is grave trouble in the Telugu states not only in media but also in the realm of arts. The Central University of Hyderabad has...
Freedom of expression is grave trouble in the Telugu states not only in media but also in the realm of arts. The Central University of Hyderabad has issued a diktat that the fine art students should send their works to a screening committee for approval before they can be allowed to be publicly exhibited. Critics and art lovers say that it was nothing but censoring the brush.
A notice, signed by the head of the department at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, was put up five days ago at the university campus has sparked a debate on free speech at the campus .
A batch of 30-odd students in their final year seeks to organize themselves and counter the efforts of authorities to regulate their work. The official move has come in wake of the final year students who are masters in painting and sculpture and their plans organize a public exhibition each year.
The exhibition scheduled to start from May 1 has been hit with the news of a screening committee set up for the first time is a worry about the possible censoring of their art works. At a department meeting on March 31, some students were informed after the screening of works of the final-year students by the committee that any work deemed to be inappropriate would be left out of the exhibition and nothing controversial will be allowed. "They said we can't do anything which is obscene or, in any way, controversial, said a student.
This is a unilateral order from the Head of Department because he doesn't want us to offend people. Students feel that such committee without any mandate can be manipulated by the people in power, according to their ideological orientations.
The fine art students of the central university have started a public campaign on Facebook which hasn’t gone down well with the department. The FB campaign has brought support for the students and brickbats to the university. With hardly ten days left for the annual event the air in the university campus has turned black and vicious spreading differences between the students and the teaching faculty.
Anonymous notes, posters and also lyrics protesting against the censoring the brush have been appearing on the campus to be promptly removed by authorities, but not before they are reported on social media.