To preserve India’s rich heritage and culture and the performing arts, a Delhi-based NGO ‘Routes 2 Roots’ in association with the ministry of culture launched India’s largest interactive digital learning of performing arts, titled ‘VIRSA’ at Indian Habitat Centre in the national Capital. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of state for culture and tourism, inaugurated the program in the presence of Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Delhi and eminent Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and Famous Sitarist Pandit Debu Chaudhury, KK Sharma, DG-BDG.
VIRSA is a digital platform which aims to give free digital learning classes of Indian culture and music to children across India. It will be done in collaboration with renowned artists and legends like Birju Maharaj, Violinist Dr L. Subramanium, Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, Danseuse Shovna Narayan, Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, Actor Juhi Chawla apart from many other famous personalities.
Though launched for the entire country it will initially cover states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Maharashtra and Gujarat while work for rest of the states is under process, thus aiming to cover all parts of India.
Derived from ‘Virasat’ which means Heritage, ‘VIRSA’ focuses on two major art forms, i,e, dance and hindustani music. It has 10 different genres of Indian classical music and dance, which includes hindustani vocal instruments like tabla, harmonium, carnatic vocal and carnatic violin, guitar, keyboard and dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Theatre. In a five- day schedule, two cultural activities will be taken up. The classes will begin from August 8 where students will be given direct opportunity to interact with the board of advisors and teachers alike.
‘Routes2Roots’ has constantly strived to bridge the socio-cultural gap between India and the world through music, art, culture and heritage. The General Secretary of R2R, Tina Vachani is extremely hopeful about their new project and believes that it will definitely succeed in reaching out to the people who are talented as the inaccessibility was barring them from learning the things they want to but now with VIRSA there would not be any such issues and the students will easily be able to learn directly from the eminent personalities.