Friday 3 March 2023

Getting to know Vitasta's gift to India - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

VITASTA, the ever flowing legacy of Kashmir, a four day event, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,  held  amidst the spacious environs of Chennai’s  Kalakshetra, proved to be a once- in-a-lifetime experience. It provided intimate, vital, and ineradicable glimpses, of that part of our country, symbolising its very spirit and consciousness. A well-knit  effort, involving  a host of names like Siddharth Kak as resource person, Bharat Gupt, Trustee and Executive Member  IGNCA, Director  of Kalakshetra Revathi Ramachandran, who played an active role in laying out the basic format, Dr.Chandrakant Gariyali with her vast experience in the Centre and Tamilnadu (committed enough to come all the way from Australia where she was visiting her son, to participate in the event), the Sahitya Kala Parishad which organised seminar talks on the first day (followed by two days of lectures arranged by Revathi), the North Zone Cultural Centre which provided cultural groups from Kashmir to stage performances, the Lalit Kala Akademi which sent craftsmen to participate and organise stalls, Seerat Narendra who provided the décor for the festival, et al, in different roles - all participating in what was by any standard, an extremely well-crafted endeavour.

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