artySORTS is about
living your art,
breathing art in your everyday life,
recognizing art that permeates your very being,
bringing the artist inside you to consciousness.
Our definition goes beyond the common place understanding of art that is limited to the visual arts of a certain kind. For us, art is that which enriches our lives, gives meaning, definition and expression to the human condition.
It is a way of understanding, illuminating, and expressing our emotions, our world, and the world around us.
BE or BECOME 'an artist at being' and in that being you become aware of your very existence as an art form.
“ When what fuels your life is ART, something like this becomes inevitable. ”
‘artySORTS’ was one the many curious words or string of words that fleetingly visit my mind space unless I do bother to freeze it in writing. I am glad I did that for artySORTS, I then started dwelling on it and the little elements that define me and my purpose started coming together.
There are many things that are ‘me’, but I get this overwhelming realization that the aesthete in me takes over everything else. And I am convinced that the way I see the world is way too colourful, dramatic, and imperfectly beautiful to be true, but it probably is like that too. You just need to pick the right lens to view perspectives. I was blessed with the ‘right’ lens. I grew up living art, without even consciously realizing that. I am conscious now and this initiative is to share this consciousness of art in everyday life with you.
I have been in Delhi for quite some time now, but the way artySORTS has made us see / feel it aesthetically ..its so refreshing ..thanks for taking us to the nook and corners where art is hiding or flourishing.. looking forward to being a part of upcoming sojourns .. amazing experiences in each event meeting people from all walks of life making happy memories. - Manisha
Her keenness in getting it right and the immersion in detail while indulging in designing the concept sketch baffled me. I see that she sees what I don’t. And we so need that. Go on. Paint the world in your colours. - Christian
They had such innovative activities at Colorothon. My children had a lot of fun, they are definitely going to try this at home. - Seema
You do actually realize that art is all around you. The walks are a wonderful way to explore these places where I would not go otherwise. - Abhishek
Steven Pinker said - " Language pedants hew to an oral tradition of shibboleths that have no basis in logic or style, that have been defied by great writers for centuries, and that have been disavowed by every thoughtful usage manual."
There are stories that are wrapped in the pages of a book - to be read. And there are stories that are told visually through pictures - to be seen. And then there are stories that defined stories for us, at least in our childhood - the ones that are told.
The tradition of oral story-telling is as old as telling. All of us have stories woven within us as a part of our being but not all of us tell these tales. The ones who do, become a story-teller. They are adept at crafting a tale from their experiences at being. To listen to them is like opening up a rare treasure, one that is not accessible to all and not forever. These stories cannot be arrested in written words for eternity; they are here and now.
” When years of silence breaks; What flows out are not mere words, but stories !!”
Asif Khan Dehlvi, born and brought up under the mystical influence of Sufi fakirs of Chiragh Delhi, is one such storyteller, born out of years of silently absorbing experiences and life around him.
Like everyone else, his career too started with a typical corporate job, but his heart yearned for a deeper connect with people and places. Out of this passion was envisaged a heritage group called ‘Delhi by Foot’. In November 2013, Asif rebranded his stories and ‘Delhi Karavan’, came into shape.
Through the Karavan, Asif has taken his musafirs to a beautiful journey to Delhi’s rich heritage, culture and life of it’s people and rulers. Most people refer to Delhi as their ‘mehbooba’ (lover), but Asif begs to differ, calling this city of djinns as his ‘buzurg’ (the elderly). A buzurg under whose shade he weaves his stories.
It is his vision to make Delhi Karavan, an endless journey of stories, and he dreams of taking the karavan to the entire length and breadth of the country.
Asif Khan Dehlvi, is also a poet and speaker, having been invited to various forums to share his experiences and stories. He also loves to capture unusual stories around him and framing stories through his pictures.