Dehradun, December 15
The popular Afro-Asian Art and Craft Cultural extravaganza, “Virasat”, will begin on December 19 at the Ambedkar Stadium here.
The fortnight-long festival, organised by the Rural Entrepreneurship for Art and Culture (REACH) will consist of music and dance performances of renowned artistes from across the country as well as participation of award-winning artisans who will display their crafts for sale.
For more than a decade and a half, the REACH has been organising, among other events, Virasat, the largest Arts & Crafts festival at Dehradun. This year, Virasat will play a host to artists from across the country.
Doonites will have the opportunity to listen to Quwwalis by the Warsi brothers, Sitar recitals by stalwarts like Ustad Shahid Parvez and vocal recitals by Dilraj Kaur, Manoj Tiwari and the Wadali Brothers. Troupes from the North-Eastern part of the country will also present choir singing and dances from their states.
In at least 150 stalls put up, there will be Phoolkari items created by Lajwanti Devi of Patiala, Terracota items by Mamchand of Chandigarh, Khurja Pottery by Raisuddin and for the first time ever, Terracota Jewellery made by Tapan of Calcutta. There will also be the best of Banarasi fabrics and natural colour and woollen fabrics. “An added attraction this year will be live demonstration by artisans.