When my friends in Dehradun tell me about “Virasat,” which is happening right now, a wave of nostalgia takes over me. “Virasat” is a fifteen days long heritage festival organized in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. It is a platform to exchange national & International Folk, Art, Craft ,Culture & Heritage. And believe me, till date it has been the most culturally rich experience of my life.
|VIRASAT 12 DAY 1 BHARATANATYAM BALLET BY CHENNAI's PRASIDDHA DANCE REPERTORY, |
I have worked as a volunteer at “Virasat” in 2008, and have seen the effort put by the REACH (Rural Entrepreneurship for Art and Cultural Heritage) team closely. It breaks my heart to know, that Virasat has been facing funding problems. As a student, never had I been exposed to such art and folk forms before. To watch Orissa’s Gotipua dance, to listen to Wadali brothers sing live, to eat flavoursome "Rajisthani thali" and authentic "Sarso ka saag," all in one place had been a celebration for my senses.
|VIRASAT 12 DAY 5, SUFI QAWWALI BY SHAUKAT ALI MATOI & GROUP|
|VIRASAT 12 DAY 6,1ST NOV VILON RECITAL BY HANS VERMEERSCH FROM BELGIUM|
No doubt, I regret not being able to attend "Virasat" this year.If you are in Dehradun or anywhere nearby, do visit this brilliant folk-life & heritage festival. You can check out the schedule and more about "Virasat" here .