Kalakunj has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for an exciting new project, Krishna: The Mythological Hero. The educational heritage project has been given £40,900 to explore the philosophies expressed in ancient Vedic scriptures by the mythological entity, Krishna. This project shall engage volunteers in Reading through visits to museums, libraries and heritage sites, workshops, seminars and performances involving heritage dance and music interpreters, and the creation of a permanent online resource for the public.
Lord Krishna, the superhero from Indian mythology, originated in 4th century BC and has found global appeal through propagation of the philosophical precepts of love and devotion cutting across caste, creed, race, religion, nationalities and borders. After 10th century AD, Krishna came to be popularised in the realm of performing arts including dance, music, poetry, and art. Indians living in the UK are often unaware of the heritage resources available in British museums or organisations. Kalakunj will lead this effort to discover our heritage through research at UK-based museum and library collections as well as heritage dance practice and interpretation.
The new project aims to educate people about different cultural histories and spread the values of multi-cultural integration. The ultimate objective is public engagement in preservation of art and culture heritage and the promotion of the spirit of cooperation and team-work.
Commenting on the award, Ananya Chatterjee, Artistic Director, Kalakunj said: “It is wonderful news that we have been awarded a second Heritage Lottery Fund grant and we are ready to get started. Having completed a successful project, The Story of Shiva, Kalakunj wanted to seize the opportunity to capture the attention of a very responsive and enthusiastic audience based in Reading to explore another interesting heritage related theme. We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.”
Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “We are delighted that HLF support will enable Kalakunj to explore and share the cultural and artistic heritage of Krishna. Thanks to National Lottery players, the group will help communities in and around Reading to better understand and appreciate the fantastic heritage resources we have in UK museums and galleries, and their relevance to life today.”
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