Thursday, 9 June 2016

Developing the Vasant Vihar Society

Virsa Vihar Society in Amritsar is a group of like-minded people who appreciate literature, art and also the heritage of Punjab. This society has been into existence since a decade and recently it was given an amount of Rs. 2 lakh by the Local Bodies Minister, Anil Joshi for its further development, so that more and more people can become a part of this inspiring society.

This cultural loving society is the heart of Amritsar and anyone related to culture, art or literature is someway or the other inspired or connected to this society. Till now the society has been managing its expenses and its existence on the basis of donations and funds from the members and other voluntary people who had love for literature. But this year, it is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a lot of cheer and happiness.

During a cultural extravaganza at the society, the minister handed over a cheque of Rs. 2 Lakh to the director of the society for its further improvement and development. Kewal Dhaliwal, the director of the society received this amount with great pleasure and happiness. The society has been asking for funds and grants from the government, so that they can further support the promotion of Punjabi language and local artistes but this is the first step that the government has happily taken towards them.

With this amount, the director plans to first and foremost get a modern light and sound equipment for the auditorium, where a number of plays are performed and with such technology, it will become an even better experience. The library of the society is very unique as it has a number of rare books of Hindi and Punjabi literature, which would be a collection of around 5, 000 books. With this money, they even plan to preserve these books and get some volunteers to help them in the same.

In collaboration with the Naitonal School of Drama, the Virsa Vihar Society is planning to host theatre workshops for the budding young talent in the city and various other surrounding areas. The workshop will take place for kids in the age group of six years to 12 years; it will be having a total number of 45 students from areas of Punjab, Haryana and Jammu. These students will get an opportunity to learn new skills from alumni of NSD, like, Partho Banerjee and Pretpal Rupana. 

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