The on-going ‘Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival’ (VHAH), being held in Ramgarh, Shekhawati, with the aim to revive living heritage, has been an eye-opener for many locals and tourists alike.
Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and Shruti Foundation in collaboration with All Ladies League, the fest has focused on the healing part of our lives.
Healthy building innovator, Ajay Poddar dwelt on making our lives healthy and doing it for personal protection, explaining the emphasis on understanding energies of living and awareness on the use of technology in a utilitarian mode only. The speaker demonstrated the interaction of various kinds of energies around us and on the significance of balancing them for a healthy living.
Maths Genius Professor, C.K. Raju spoke on “Genius of Indian Scientific Heritage” to students, who were asked about the utility and heritage of mathematics in India. A master class on “Meditation for Concentration” taken up by Aditya Ahluwalia in the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by the school students who were the target audience of the day.
The session “The healing Power of Mantric Chanting” by Shruti Poddar, deliberated on the process of healing through the chanting of mantras which combined the energies to heal the body. The session ended with a collective chanting of “aum” by the speaker and audience.
The cultural evening was dotted with the spectacular classical Folk Music Performance by Maestro Pandit Chhanulal Mishra. The performance included the Kalbelia dance which receive applause from the audience.
A Heritage Walk conducted by Arvind Sharma and Shruti Poddar starting from the Ramgarh Fort, taking its first halt at the Ramgopal Poddar Chhatri, then the Natwarji temple, later Gaurisaria Dharamshala, was replete with facts and anecdotes. The areas covered in the walk included the Jai Narayan Poddar Haveli before coming back to the Ramgarh Fort.
Music and dance icons Shubha Mudgal and Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh at the Ramgarh Fort were the highlights. Music by Bute Khan and Troupe would add to the heritage fest. The festival will end today with a promise of returning again.