The week-long celebrations will benefit over 3,000 artists across eight cities
Bengaluru, India – August 8, 2023
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, today announced the commencement of the second edition of its cultural festivals across eight cities in the country, in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, to promote India’s visual and performing arts. Notably, this year marks 25 years of collaboration between the two organizations both of whom share a common vision and mission to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of India.
Aimed at preserving traditional folk and classical art forms, the second edition of the cultural festivals aim to provide a platform to over 3,000 artists from various communities to showcase their talent. The cultural festivals this year will include sculptor’s camps, musical events, storytelling workshops, history camps, dance, art, and poetry.
The first cultural festival will be hosted in Chandigarh for a week commencing on October 16th, 2023, and will subsequently be organized in Jaipur, Bengaluru, Pune, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kolkata, in a bid to strengthen, unify, and support the indigenous folk-art communities. The objective of this collaboration is to provide a platform for underprivileged artists and their communities and helping preserve traditional folk and classical art forms.
Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Trustee, Infosys Foundation, said, “Promoting art, culture and our heritage has been a valued area of work at Infosys Foundation. We are proud of this engagement through which the talent of different artists has been able to get a platform and acknowledgement. This collaboration with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, is one of our marquee efforts to preserve the cultural fabric of our country for future generations.”
H.N. Suresh, Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru Kendra, said, "I want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to Infosys Foundation for their enduring support in nurturing arts and budding artists from across the country. Through this association, we have successfully been able to showcase their talent and preserve traditional folk and classical art forms in India."
Founded in 1938, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s objective is to promote and propagate Indian values and culture spanning literature, music, dance, and other fine arts. Today, it has grown into a multifaceted, worldwide organization.
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, women empowerment, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work with the underprivileged across the country and strive towards a more equitable society. The Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with infinite care, and working in areas that are traditionally overlooked by society at large.
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