DR.AKHAYA KUMAR MISHRA
LECTURER IN HISTORY
Mankind’s instinctual desire to decorate habitants has been with us for as long as the need to have shelter. This creative process has, from time immemorial, given meaning to build spaces. Architecture, sculpture, and painting once belonged together. Indeed, they were admirably intertwined at various points in history. It is only during relatively recent times in human civilization that the separation of art and architecture has taken place.
The general value of art and architecture to society has long been assumed, while the specifics have just as long been debated. Try to imagine society without the humanizing influence of the arts, and you will have to strip out most of what is pleasurable in life, as well as much that is educationally critical and socially essential. Life without the collective resources of our libraries, museums, theatres and galleries, or without the personal expression of literature, music and art, would be static and sterile – no creative arguments about the past, no diverse and stimulating present and no dreams of the future.