The Bangalore International Centre in collaboration with Indian Psychiatric Society, (Karnataka State Branch) and “The Hindu” had arranged Third Event under Canvas Askew Series of Programme, a highly informative and interactive talk on “Art and the Mental Health” by Dr. Vivek Benegal, Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore on Wednesday, 6th October 2010 at 6:30 pm at the BIC Auditorium, Bangalore International Centre.
Dr. Benegal with power point presentation of slides speculated how Art affects human brain and highlighted how art serves as a clear window to mind and how painting, music and other forms of art aid the growth of brain. Art, in thought and through the creative processes, activates the imaginative and creative side, the spatial and intuitive side of our brain.
Through a series of examples Dr. Benegal elucidated how Music education is linked with the ability to control both short-term and long-term memory, geometric representation, and development of reading skills. Similarly he talked about Dance which improves thinking through mimicry and acting classes. The informative and interesting session was moderated by Mr. Abhijit Sengupta, Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and was followed by a lively question-answer session. The event was well attended by the members as well as people from various backgrounds with an interest in cultural and intellectual activities.