An event aiming to spread awareness of culture and weaving traditions of India and South Asia has been organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence at the House of Lords of British Parliament recently. Titled Hasta Shilpam, the event is part of World Heritage Week celebration and was hosted by Baroness Verma of Leicester.
Engaging presentations & fascinating cultural representations of 8 regions of India/South Asia were highlighted on the occasion.
Baroness Verma rendered the opening speech and has emphasised on the importance of upkeeping artistry and heritage. She has lauded the consistent efforts of Sanskruti Centre in promoting culture, linguistic and arts heritage. Dr Anjali Sharma Tiwari has presented handlooms and folk music of Rajasthan, Dr Rosalin Mishra spoke on the weavers of Odisha, Dr Lakhumal Luhana spoke on 5000-year-old Ajrak tradition of Sindhi community, Taba Menia presented weaving tradition of Adi tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh and Dr Pritha Dasmahapatra spoke on Jamdani tradition of West Bengal/ Bangladesh. Handlooms of Santhali and Apatani tribal communities of Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh were highlighted through dances by Harsha Rani and Ananya Vilina, Ilkal of Karnataka was highlighted through Suggi dance by Madhushree Murthy, Pochampalli fabric of Telangana was highlighted by Vanamala Acha through Bonalu dance and Kuthampulli fabric of Kerala was highlighted by Manju Sunil through traditional dance. Singer-Song writer Renu Gidoomal gave the speaker introduction and vote of thanks was rendered by Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Founder-Trustee of Sanskruti Centre. The event celebrated the richness of skills and diversity, and has received exceptional feedback from the attendees.
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Textiles Piyush Goyal, Culture Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Er. Taba Tedir and Culture Minister of Odisha Aswini Kumar Patra have sent their congratulatory notes to Sanskruti Centre on the occasion.