Vatsalya 2010 – A festival that celebrates womanhood

The core personality of an individual is mainly determined by the culture that he is exposed to in the formative stages of his life. Incidentally, culture impacts the harmony and progress of a society and eventually the world as a whole.

Keeping in mind the enormous positive impact that effective cultural activities can have on people, ISKCON Bangalore has consistently engaged itself in promoting the rich Indian culture through various cultural events. These events are designed to effectively reach the different strata of people irrespective of age, gender, caste or economic status and help them revisit the glorious heritage of India.

December 23rd through December 26th, ISKCON Bangalore celebrated ‘VATSALYA 2010’ – a festival that celebrates womanhood – A blend of cultural events, exclusively designed to provide an opportunity for women to explore and awaken their latent creative talents and display it on a common competitive platform.

‘VATSALYA 2010’ comprised of various interesting competitions like Vocal Music, Classical Dance, Vedic quiz, Painting, Altar Decoration, Calligraphy, Cookery, Embroidery, Gita sloka chanting, Prayer composition, Pushpa-alankara, Rangoli, Skit, Vegetable-Carving, Jewellery Designing, Creative Writing and other fun events some of which, otherwise, are activities that women constantly engage themselves in.

Women above the age of 20 displayed intense enthusiasm as they participated in some of the competitions which enabled them to portray their talents. Housewives formed groups amongst themselves and took to the stage with much fervor. One such revitalizing sight was the folk dance, where women from varied background exhibited their performance at its best.

“It is a pleasure to see the spirit of participation of these women, most of whom would not have had such an opportunity before”, said one of the esteemed judges of the Folk Dance competition. It was an exciting experience for most participants as well. “It was a different experience for us. All these days we trained students in our school and now it was a thrilling experience for us to train ourselves and take part in these events”, said Veena, a school teacher who participated in the fest with her colleagues.

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