Vrindavan, 2017.11.22 (VT): The Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) is celebrating is fiftieth year of preserving Braj Culture. The festival begins tomorrow and will last for several days.
On November 23rd, the celebration begins with an exhibition of Sanjhi, one of Vrindavan’s famous folk art forms. Acharya Srivatsa Goswami of the Sri Radharaman Temple will enlighten the audience about folk art traditions of Braj. Temple sanjhi will be created by local masters, while children will make simpler folk Sanjhis, which are reminiscent of rangoli.
Palm Leaf Manuscript at VRI (P.C. jiva.org)
On November 24th, there will be a discourse in memory of VRI’s founder, the late Dr. Ramdas Gupta. Regional folk dances will be presented after the talk. A painting competition is scheduled for November 25th.
The Vrindavan Research Institute was founded by Dr. Ramdas Gupta in the late 1960s. Gupta was previously involved with the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. VRI is devoted to the preservation of Braj culture, and its efforts include a library of manuscripts and archival material, as well as a newly-renovated cultural museum. The University of Agra recognizes VRI as a research centre for PhD studies in Hindi and Sanskrit.
Recently, VRI made news when it came forward to preserve a neglected relic from the British era, which was about to be hauled off to the landfill.