Beauty and its beholder

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An architect's dream finds its expression in designing spaces. After all, architecture is a visual art

There is a close liaison between art and architecture. Dance, as an art form, also has a bearing on it. Peaceful living comes from a building that has a perfect blend of space and imagery. This is what anyone wants, be it in a house, getaway home or office. Buildings are usually planned and designed to be an extension of the natural environment. Themes and ideas are emphasised through design, accessories, artefacts and paintings.

Architects and clients draw inspiration from different sources to create concepts and give life to these structures. For many, it also means giving expression to their aspirations and dreams.

Sheila Sri Prakash of Shilpa Architects, Chennai, a trained classical dancer and veena player who represents India on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, finds balance, harmony, rhythm, and movement familiar to both, classical dance and architecture. “My sensitivity to space comes from dance,” she says.

In classical dance, one creates a notional space and characters who act in that space. In architecture, one creates the ambience and elements that give expression to the residents' dreams.

“Art and classical dance come to us mainly from the temples,” she points out. There is content and harmony when one enters the temple. Similarly, dance is meditative. Architecture too brings in the harmony and peace.

Sheila brings in concepts of classical dance into designing into buildings through several India-centric themes and use of ornaments, art works and heritage concepts. After all, architecture is a visual art.

m.soundariya preetha



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