Dr S.S Bhatti’s Experiential Expressions # 7

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Geography, Architecture, Planning-Science, Engineering, Art, and Literature

To my knowledge, no professional worth his salt has ever looked at the problem of the Built Environment as holistically as I have done. Therefore, I urge you to pay attention to what I have to say with sustained keener interest.

In everything tangible that the Homo sapiens’ species creates, invariably both the hemispheres of the human brain come into active play. The Right Brain caters to the emotional needs of Art [concepts, ideals, images] while the Left Brain responds to the rational imperatives of Science [materials, methods, construction].

It will be conceded that, without the sustained contribution of the two faculties of EMOTION [Right Brain Function] and REASON [Left Brain Function], human civilisation cannot advance. Yet the two opposed cerebral powers are seldom exercised intelligently in a balanced measure.

The result is that an overdose of EMOTION produces myths and superstitions while excessive REASON leads to Mammonism and self-centredness.

 AN EPOCH-MAKING SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY was made by the American neurosurgeon Dr Roger Sperry that there are TWO SEPARATE SIDES OF THE HUMAN BRAIN. He received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this discovery in 1981.

 According to him, “Each hemisphere of the human brain has its own private sensations, perceptions, thoughts and ideas, all of which are cut off from the corresponding experiences in the opposite hemisphere…. In many respects, each disconnected hemisphere appears to have a separate mind of its own.”

 I AM NOW GOING TO EXPRESS IN MY POETRY MY IDEA OF ARTISTS WORKING IN DIFFERENT MEDIA.

THE ORIGINAL VERSE IS IN URDU WHICH I HAVE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH POETRY.

Creativity is a Prerequisite of Humanity

 Naghma-zan sha’ir musawwar kuchh to varna tira

Ai bashar, is daihr mein aana na aana ek hai

 Be a singer, poet, painter, at least something, otherwise

O Man, your advent into the world is a living demise!

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The Sculptor is BUT-TARAASH

Fan but-taraash ka hai niraala funoon mein

Rakhta hai kya byaan ki ravaani junoon mein

Baatin se zauq-o-shauq se zaahir use kare

Duniya jo mooraton ki base is ke khoon mein

Novel among the arts is art of the Sculptor

It has the flow of expression that in passion swells

From the hidden it manifests by taste ‘n’ fervour

The world of idols that in his blood dwells