Renaissance Artists and Writers Association

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Renaissance Artists and Writers Association
RAWA logo.jpg
Abbreviation RAWA
Motto Art for Service and Blessedness
Formation 26 January 1958
Founder(s) Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
Purpose/focus Promotion of art as a method of self-realization and as a service to humanity
Official languages Multilingual
Location in Sarkarverse
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Renaissance Artists and Writers Association or RAWA is an international organization of artists and writers, founded by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar in 1958. Sarkar founded this organization with the mission to utilize and promote art as a method of self-realization and as a service to humanity. The slogan of RAWA is "Art for Service and Blessedness".[1]

Foundation

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar founded Renaissance Artists and Writers Association on 26 January 1958[2] in order to restore art to its true role as an instrument for social and spiritual awakening. He envisioned an artistic renaissance where artists and writers would unite and inspire society to move forward in a progressive direction.[1]

Objectives

RAWA has the following objectives—

  1. to promote the ideal of "service and blessedness;" (When ones motives of expression are directed towards the upliftment of society, there is, in return, a sense of fulfillment in that person that cannot be equaled by any level of meaningless creation. That sense of fulfillment is termed here as 'blessedness'. RAWA rejects the idea of “art for art's sake.”
  2. to improve the psycho-spiritual development of society through art and literature;
  3. to suggest solutions to the outstanding problems of human society through art and literature;
  4. to inculcate the ethical and spiritual values of life in the human society;
  5. to create a proper psychological environment for the establishment of universalism by staging a powerful crusade against all sectarianisms;
  6. to arrest the trend of excessive commercialization of modern art and literature, and to create a healthy trend of utilizing both art and literature for the growth and evolution of human civilization;
  7. to create a strong moral movement through art and literature against all sorts of immoral forces responsible for the degradation of modern society;
  8. to provide encouragement and opportunity to the new generation of writers and artists by creating a powerful literary movement based on the higher values of life;
  9. to attend to the various social, political, and economic handicaps confronting talented writers and artists;
  10. to inculcate a positive philosophy of life in the society, which is presently haunted by a negative and pessimistic outlook.

Sub-sections

RAWA consists five sub-sections—[1]

Artists' and Painters' Association

This is the artists' and painters association of RAWA. The functions of this sub-section are—

  1. To raise funds through public collections for the economic security of the artists.
  2. To impart proper training in the higher art and painting of members and to search for markets.
  3. To act as a liaison between the member-artists and institutions patronizing fine arts and paintings and those devoted to training in fine arts.
  4. To make provisions for the employment of the member-artist.
  5. To deal with socio-political problems confronting the member-artists,
  6. To arrange for mass education to arouse public interest about art and to change the attitude about art.

Dramatists' and Cinema-Artists' Association

RAWA dance event at Visakhapattanam

This sub-section consists dramatists, cinema-artists and photographers. Their function are—

  1. To produce progressive dramas, films and plays in conformity with the ideology of RAWA, thereby fighting against obscene plays, dramas, films and photography.
  2. To construct theatre halls, cinema hallsand studios on a Cooperative basis.
  3. To train the younger generation in staging dramas, films and plays.
  4. To fight against all sorts of corruptions in the field of drama and cinema.
  5. To raise funds through public collection in order to provide the poor and at the same time talented actors and actresses with financial help.
  6. To encourage the open air theatre, folklore and folk songs.

Musicians' and Dancers' Association

This sub-section contains musicians and dancers. Their functions are—

  1. To produce progressive music, songs and dances in conformity with the ideology of RAWA, thereby fighting against obscene music and dance.
  2. To construct theatre halls and studios on a cooperative basis.
  3. To train the younger generation in producing music and dance.
  4. To raise funds through public collection to subsidize performances, recordings, written music and choreography of economically handicapped musicians and dancers.
  5. To search for employment for unemployed musicians, singers, and dancers.

Writers' Association

This is the writer's association of RAWA. Writers' Associations' functions are—

  1. To conduct a weekly literary sitting to find the best talent.
  2. To raise funds through public collection to publish the books of economically handicapped writers.
  3. To act as a liaison between writers and magazines or periodicals.
  4. To inspire the members to write progressive literature for the psycho-spiritual development of the human race and to take effective steps to boost up universal brotherhood.
  5. To fight against the immoral tendencies in literature and to take effective steps for the enrichment of literature and language.
  6. Mass education for the development of a new attitude towards literature.
  7. To search for literary talents among the younger generation through educational institutions.

Journalists' Association

This is the journalists' association of RAWA. Their functions are—

  1. To create new journalists through proper training.
  2. To search for employment for unemployed journalists.
  3. To fight for the just causes and grievances of journalists.
  4. To fight for absolute freedom of the press.
  5. To keep the member-journalists informed about the different systems of journalism of the world.
  6. To provide economic protection to other economically handicapped journalists.
  7. To fight against sectarianism, communalism, casteism, and to promote the cause of universalism through the use of the press.
  8. To make journalism an effective medium for mass communications and the right type of social, political and economic education.

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