Healing of living heritage at Ramgarh, Shekhawati


Jaipur, Nov 28 : With a nip in the air and the mellow sun setting the tone for winter, Rajasthan is all geared up for festivals, summits and fairs.
For the first time, Ramgarh Shekhawati near Churu in Sikar district will host a four-day Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival’ (VHAH) from December 6 till 9. The sponsors are the Department of Tourism (DOT), state government and Shruti Foundation in collaboration with All Ladies League.

The aim it to create awareness about reviving the heritage spaces and organise some spectacular shows, founder of Shruti Foundation, Shruti Poddar said. Poddar further informed that the launch of VHAH Fest is an opportunity for healing and resurgence of our living heritage. The underlying objective is creative, social and economic development of the local artistes of Ramgarh Shekhawati region.

The Joint Director (Marketing), DOT, Mr. Anand K. Tripathi said on the occasion that the festival, being organized for the first time in the region, is an earnest effort to promote the region.

Day 1 will witness a Vedic solo performance ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ by renowned artiste Geeta Chandran. It will be followed by a performance by maestros Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra.

On Day 2 (7 December), there will be interactive sessions – “The Healing Power of Mantra” by Shruti Nada Poddar, the ‘Genius of Indian Scientific Heritage’ by Maths Genius, Prof C.K. Raju; Master Classes will be taken on ‘Gems From Our Spiritual Heritage’ by Member of Parliament, Dinesh Trivedi; ‘Meditation for Concentration’ by Aditya Ahluwalia and ‘Ramgarh Ke Deewaron Ki Kahaniyan’ by Guru Shovana Narayan on stories painted as frescoes on Ramgarh Shekhawati Walls. The evening will witness a classical folk music performance by Maestro Pandit Chhanulal Mishra, followed by the Folk dancers Manganiyaars and Langas with the Kalbeliya dancers.

Day 3 (8 December) will begin with Ramgarh Shekhawati Heritage walk. It will be followed by Master classes on ‘Ramgarh Ke Chhatriyon Ki Kahaniyan’ by Guru Shovana Narayan explaining stories from heritage painted on Chhatris of Ramgarh Shekhawati; ‘How to make our lives healthy & Do It Yourself for Personal Protection’ by Healthy Building Innovator and Pioneer, Ajay Poddar and ‘Tabla master class’ by eminent artiste, Shri. Tansen Shrivastava. A classical and semi-classical music performance will then be rendered by music icon, Shubha Mudgal. It will later be followed by a theatrical performance ‘Natya Katha: Krishna’ by Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Sonal Mansingh.

Apart from the various interactive sessions, master classes and cultural performances — ‘VHAH Festival Mela’ will also be held during the festival at Ramchandraji Poddar Johad. For this, the registration is free and no entrance fee will be charged for the general public for the Vedaaranya Festival Mela.
A number of stalls on heritage cuisine, heritage artefacts, blue pottery, Shekhawati furniture, traditional dresses and traditional herbal medicine etc. will be put up for the tourists and visitors. Apart from this, there will be plethora of activities like heritage restoration, Ayurvedic medicine making, Mehndi applying, Khaat weaving, traditional games and sports, pottery and textile workshop among others.

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