Kalas of Image Management
A full one-fourth of the kalas refers directly to Image Management. The fact that they go into such detail shows the importance accorded to one’s image by the ancients.
- Forehead adornments
- Personal grooming
- Head adornments
- Costume decorations
- Jewelry making
- Artful dressing
- Personal etiquette (and animal training)
- The meanings of words
- Dictionary studies
- Prosody and rhetoric
- Physical culture
When we see drapery, in particular, we find that although men and women until the 14th century wore the dhoti, women’s clothing became more intricate with the emergence of the sari. The drapery was detailed in that it was differentiated based on the taste, occupation and social status of the person. Fabrics ranging from cotton to silk were used depending on the occasion. The way a piece of clothing was draped was an expression of the wearer’s creativity, place of origin and adherence to fashion.
Kalas of Environment Impacting the Image
Another ten kalas focused on arranging the environment to project the right image. In addition to the way we project ourselves, the way we project our immediate environment adds to our image.
- Making decorative floral and grain designs on the floor
- Home and temple flower arranging
- Making flower garlands
- Gardening and horticulture
- Making flower carriages
- Mosaic tiling
- Bedroom arrangements
- Furniture caning
- Crafting wooden furniture
- Architecture and house construction
Kalas Indirectly Impacting the Image
Many other arts help create and project a person’s image. While the previous two were about projecting the right image in the right environment for one’s self, this list is geared towards drawing in the other person into that environment and into perceiving a positive image. Another one-fourth of the kalas are dedicated to such arts.
- Skills of cooking, eating and drinking
- Beverage and dessert preparation
- Sewing (making and mending garments)
- Magic and illusions
- Ointments for charm and virility
- Manual dexterity
- Riddles and rhymes
- Poetry games
- Tongue twisters and difficult recitation
- Literary recitation
- Drama and storytelling
- Verse composition game
- Knowledge of foreign languages and dialects
- Memory training
- Game of reciting verses from hearing
In addition to these, twenty-one other kalas make up the full list, including singing, instrumental music, dancing, painting, creating music with water, precious stones and metals, spells, and charms, decoding messages, games of wager, making mechanical devices, making toys for children, warfare and victory and more. Given the cultural milieu of the ancient times, even these can be said to be related to Image Management, for example, those pertaining to the performing arts.Hence, long before Lord Krishna’s time, the 64 kalas have been taught, showing the importance of Image Management in ancient times. At the same time, it shatters the myth that Image Consulting is a new domain. Like much of ancient wisdom, the existence of the kalas has been ignored, yet they have withstood the test of time although in a different name. In seeking Image Management, people are acknowledging the relevance of the 64 kalas through all time – ancient, medieval and modern.During earlier times, learning these arts and becoming an expert in them, or gaining the benefit of these arts from experts was the privilege of a few. Hence, opportunities were limited to the privileged. In the modern world, Image Consultants work in all domains, helping people project a positive image in the many situations they face in life, thereby enabling them to make the most of their opportunities. At the same time, those who want to become Image Consultants and help others by offering their services can find the answer to their desire and ambition here.
About the Author
The author, Suman Agarwal, is the senior most Image Consultant in the Indian Sub-continent and director of Image Consulting Business Institute. Image Consulting Business Institute is pioneer in India and one of the biggest brands in the world in Image Management and Soft Skills Training Space. It offers programs for people to become Image Consultants and Soft Skills Trainers and at the same time offers Image Management and Soft Skills Training services to individuals and companies.
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