Jaya Mayadas By Jaya Mayadas, 29th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The piece is talking about how different meaning can be conveyed through the simple word Colours. The was used to define people and social status in the past and also to change the way people thought with respect to the time and age the lived in. Colours and painters brought about the Renissance as well as Apartheid. Thus I wanted to unravel some of the nuances of Colours.

In the beginning......

Colours is something that has always fascinated a children, men, women, musicians, artists and even God. Colour as a word has many shades to it, many applications and uses. Colour to a child would mean drawings and scratches of all different colours. When a crayon is handed to a child, it may not survive to the next day. Immediately the walls of the child's bedroom or the living room would be assaulted and there would be tell tale signs of where the child has been. Children are fascinated by the bright yellows and blues. The societal customs of 'pink for girls and blue for boys ' do not bother them. Many a artist is born in that moment when a child is handed a crayon. Colours form an integral part of a child's formative years.

Onset of discrimination based on Colour.

on a more serious note, Colour, has been a very hateful and destructive tool in the hands of some adults. It loses its childlike beauty and charm. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there existed Apartheid, racial discrimination based on the colour of the individual's skin. People were divided into 'the Blacks' and 'the Whites'. The Whites were the special class and they enjoyed special treatment wherever they went. In the word of the poet Wole Soyinka, "Are you light or very dark" was the question that defined the life of a Black individual. These people were subjected to various forms of cruelty for no fault of theirs.
During this period Japanese wee addressed as 'My little Yellow friend' and Asians as 'Brownies'. Colour was used in a derogatory manner. For such people colour could not be associated as a thing of beauty, pain would symbolize more aptly for them.

In the field of medicine

In the field of medicine Colour Blindness has been quite a problem for the affected people. These people can see only some or partial colours. Some have colour blindness with respect to specific colours such as Red or Green. They have to understand colours, their hues and shades in a different manner than others. Sometimes they cannot choose careers of their liking due to this problem. In 90% cases children with colour blindness are not given subjects such as Chemistry, Biology or Art. People who are completely blind have a tough life and with the support of those around them can succeed though, I would not be having any in depth knowledge.

Art and Culture.

Art has broken many barriers and reached across many culture. Paints, charcoal and other mediums have immortalized scenes from normal life or that of a Saviour's birth or the expressions on the face of a poor woman. Art, colour and their cousins transcends into life to male it more meaningful. Artists like Michaelangelo. Van Gogh, Picasso and M.F Hussain have all in their unique way with colours shown us how to appreciate the gift of life.

In the end

colour ha sthe ability to express emotions. In a simple children's poem, "roses are red, sky is blue and I love you", is hidden a birthday wish or a future poet's imaginative mind. Many poets have captured emotions through the play of colours. In the poem. 'A Telephone Conversation', by Wole Soyinka the lines "red omnibus" or "red telephone booth" symbolize anger at racial discrimination. In the poem 'The Lady of Shalott' by Tennyson the lines "four grey walls " symbolize confinement, depression and sadness through the use of the word Grey.
Colours represent hope. At the end of the fiercest and most terrifying storms emerges a fragile and breathtaking rainbow. After forty days and forty nights of rain God sent rainbow to Jona as a sign of reconciliation and peace. Rainbows are the best example to show us that God wants us to experience the joy of playing with colours and seeing the world as a platform to express ourselves without harming our neighbours. We should always remember to appreciate the various shade of life.


Beauty, Blindness, Colour, Emotional Expression, Emotions, Hope, Medical, Paints, Racial

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author avatar Jaya Mayadas
I enjoy wrting on current issues, I am an avid trekker and a choirist. I write about life experiences,recipies, short stories and travel-places i have see across the world.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I agree diversity makes life interesting!

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author avatar Jaya Mayadas
30th Oct 2014 (#)

yes and more exciting!

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