When Rhythm and Melody Blend: Swapaanam
Swapaanam, the latest film by world-renowned director Shaji N Karun is a poignant portrayal of the artists soul rendered void by the harsh realities of the exterior world. The concept of the artist, hounded by the agony of the soul, scorching him/her in the passion for his/her art, and gradually ceasing to exist, is as old as creativity itself. The great novelist Dostoevsky and the world-renowned artist Vincent van Gogh, who forfeited their lives in the service of the wild meanderings of art, are prime models. With a single Google Search, we can have at our fingertips, numerous examples of prodigies from the history of art across the world, who extinguished themselves in the pursuit of their arts. Swapaanam portrays the intoxication of art, locating it within the temple art traditions of Palakkad, through the heart-rending story of the love and sacrifice of UnniMaraar, the chenda-artist, the personification of genius, weighed down by mental conflict as well as a yearning for life, and ...