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The ins and outs of Olympic Games, role of an Olympian in the Games

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, thought that a true Olympian was someone who was not only athletic but also skilled in the fine arts

The Telegraph Published 16.09.23, 06:32 AM

Cricket may soon be a part of the Olympic Games. While it may be difficult to get an event added to the contemporary Olympic roster, the early Games were noted for a willingness to include many sports — even the arts. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, thought that a true Olympian was someone who was not only athletic but also skilled in the fine arts. From 1912 to 1952, juries awarded a total of 151 medals to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavours. Unfortunately, since the early editions of the Games had a ban on the participation of professional artists, the interest in art as a sport died out. Interestingly, the only country that won medals for both sport and art was Russia, which now stands banned from the Games.

Sound sculpture is an evolving form that explores the interactions between visual art and sound. The exhibition, In Between the Notes (on view at Experimenter, Ballygunge Place till October 14) showcases sonic experiences such as performative recordings, contemporary renderings, and classical music traditions through the works of artists such as Lala Rukh and Parul Thaker.

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