(Saju Nair - Dubai) 'Ruminism' is a new word added to the English vocabulary by Funun arts and this word was quick to gain immense popularity as it became trending by the growing second ever since its' origin. The founders of Funun Arts, Ms. Shiba Khan and Ms. Farah Khan has never failed to leave the art fraternity speechless event after event by designing unique and spectacular concepts and executing them in the highest standard of professionalism. One such exhibition, which has turned heads in glory, is the virtual gathering titled 'Ruminism: Bridge to soul' which was presented to the world on 25th June 2020. This exhibition was a plethora of extremely talented and enthusiastic souls united under the banner of art and the ambience of the evening was further proliferated by the presence of several distinguished personalities.

Before diving deep into details of this exhibition, it is mandatory to let our readers know about the deep roots which brought the creation of this exhibition title 'Ruminism' and for that we need to know about Rumi - a fabled poet. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmīwas a 13th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. He is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects. Born in 1207 AD, he belonged to a family of learned theologians. He made use of everyday life circumstances to describe the spiritual world. The quotes by Rumi has significant importance in our daily life and his thoughts touch every single aspect of life, be it spiritual, that gives the sense of eternal peace, inspiring, that fuels our motivation to fight the challenges we face in life and love and care that extends our courtesy to humanity. This was the key aspect from which FUNUN derived the concept of relating artworks to the poetries and quotes of Rumi, thus the title of 'Ruminism' came to be.

                                                            Virtual Gallery View - 'Ruminism'

Funun announced an open call for participation through online platforms and the response from the art world was staggering. Funun's concept of synergizing literature and art acclaimed immense appreciation since the announcement of this virtual exhibition. From hundreds of entries from across the globe and the founders of Funun Arts had a tough time selecting artworks as each entry radiated pure talent and dedication but, conclusively 90 artists were finally selected to be a part of 'Ruminism' and the instructions given was to create an artwork that can be related to a poetry or a quote by Rumi in tribute to his massive contribution to the literature of today.

                                                       Artworks displayed @ 'Ruminism'

As we all know, art is something that is brought to life through imagination, it acts as a mirror which reflects the truest parts of an artists' soul in all its glory and that is what makes each artwork glorious and unique. The artworks displayed in this exhibition witnessed a wide range of splendid creations, each of which was displayed along with a line of poetry of Mevlana Rumi. Elegantly created postures of Sufi dancers incorporating various complex techniques gifts a bewitching sensation while beautiful landscapes portraying places of worship took the spectators to the world of spirituality, many inspiring subjects what we see around us were beautifully painted by immensely talented artists that gifts some inspiring moments to cherish. The creative designer of Funun arts, Ms. Farah Khan has multiplied the beauty of the artworks manifold by making short videos that displays the artwork, artist and a short bio of the artist along with soothing Persian music which has received huge appreciation from the community.

                                                          Artworks displayed @ 'Ruminism'

This online art exhibition and interactive session by Funun Arts which unifies art & poetry also spreads the message of peace, love & harmony. "Art, the simple three-lettered word in any form has a broader definition which is a universal language by its own, creating something to express and relay the emotions that speaks to people is those feelings that enlighten the path. Even when we see art in everyday life, the beauty and important factor is how we conceive them. Be it photography, music, dance, poetry, painting or anything. Our idea of correlating literature with art was to give an opportunity for artists to reach beyond their imaginations and to bring out the best of what's hidden in them. Poetry is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. Poems frequently rely for their effect on imagery, word association, and the musical qualities of the language used and same goes for painting where the artist portrays their emotions. The interesting part and the reason behind this events uniqueness is the correlation of poetry and painting. They both are forms of art one is literature and the other is visual. The famous painter Lessi said that painting and poetry are similar in the way that they make "absent things present" they also both imitate reality." Says founder and curator of this show Ms. Shiba Khan

Creative director of Funun art, Ms. Farah Khan has played a lead role in the PR activities and she says "The ability of the artist to transmute paints into forms, shapes and feelings has always been a source of wonder to me. Equally fascinating is the interplay between art forms - the way poetry, sculpture, music and painting relate to each other. I feel the relationship between painting and poetry is a particularly close one. Both come out of a desire to make something new of the familiar, to capture an experience in a living, concentrated way. Both share a harmony, structure, color and rhythm in compositional balance of a painting, one can almost speak of one color rhyming with another. Ninety artists from twenty-five different nationalities worldwide sharing their artwork with Rumi's quote is a unique experience. For centuries, art has inspired poets and poetry has inspired artists as well. Discover a myriad of lessons, ideas and multimedia that explore creative expressions and inquiry at the crossroads of poetry and visual art. "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." - This quote of Leonardo da Vinci has in fact expressed the complete essence of feelings and this was our objective when we designed this concept."

The exhibition which is scheduled till the end of July will be an experience of a lifetime. Our readers have the opportunity to admire the beautiful creations with a simple click on the below link.


                                                      Online interactive session @ 'Ruminism'

To ensure, equal attention was given to the magnificent creations of all artists, the event was split into two days wherein all 90 artists shared their experience and stories behind their creation and the factor that has inspired them to create works which were visual treats. 'Ruminism', inaugurated by Ms. Sultana Farooq Kazim, also witnessed some inspiring speeches that has vocalized the concept of this exhibition and the presentation of many inspiring quotes of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. Eminent personalities from the art industry and different walks of life ensured their participation to support Funun, congratulate the artists and to admire their phenomenal artworks.

It would be poetic to conclude this report with a quote by the fabled poet which instills inspiration and fascination. "Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths." and this is exactly what the artists have portrayed during these times of great difficulty. Even though they were confined to the four walls of their houses, their wings were open and ready to soar to the heights and depths of their imagination that resulted in creating some impressive works.

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