Hyderabad, Oct.30 : Member of Parliament, Konda Vishweshar Reddy inaugurated Telangana Heritage Centre in ‘Our Sacred Space’ at Dharur in Vikaraabad district, Telangana on Sunday. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secy, Commerce and IT, Govt of Telangana also graced the inauguration. Other Guests of Honour included renowned permaculture expert Narsanna Koppula, dance Guru Swati Mahalakshmi, Conservationist Raunaq Yar Khan, and Educationist Revathy Thangavelu.
Speaking at the event, Vishweswar Reddy said that one of the promises he made during his election campaign was to set up an art theatre in the district to promote local culture and art. He remarked the world over it was the initiative of private individuals that was instrumental in promoting the arts. The Government supports these initiatives. He emphasized the importance of eco- friendly work that could reduce pollution and support local resources. He later planted a tree at the centre. Vishweshwar Reddy said he was happy the Telangana Heritage Center is in his constituency and he looks forward to its work and growth.
Jayesh Ranjan hoped that the centre would serve as a resource centre for seed saving methods, local handloom production, and revive beneficial local practices. He hoped that centre would provide support to local villagers in their livelihoods, women’s self-help groups, children’s education etc.
Nayantara Nandakumar, Founder of ‘Our Sacred Space’ agreed with the suggestion and explained that Dharur centre will support ecotourism in conjunction with various activities in Kotapelly reservoir, create a village resource centre to support needs of local community. She dedicated the centre to the children of Dharur.
Narsanna said that he felt the positive vibrations from the land as he stepped into the Telangana Heritage Center, Dharur. In his address, he said that the land in Our Sacred Space was sacred because of the work and philosophy behind it. He said Dharur centre will incorporate permaculture principles. He said permaculture is permanent culture and thus Telangana Heritage Centre will be preserving heritage on multiple levels. Smt Swati Mahalakshmi compared the Telangana Heritage Center to Kalakshetra, Shanti Niketan and Nrityagram. She said that because Nayantara is an engineer she is practical and because she is a dancer she is sensitive to beauty. Raunaq Yar Khan noted that he was awed by the work Nayantara had done at Our Sacred Space in Secunderabad, and that her work was genuine. He said he was sure the Dharur centre will start a revolution in rural Telangana. Smt Revathy Thangavelu talked about the family heritage and history. Nayantara’s great great grandfather Varadaraj Mudaliar had invested in Dharur a century and half back. Over generations, the land was kept pristine by the family and with the Dharur centre, Nayantara will be taking the vision of Vardaraj Mudaliar Garu forward.
The event had a cultural programme that featured Jayawant Naidu on Hawaiin guitar, Amy Kumar and her students with an engrossing Kuchupudi performance, and a thrilling Kalaripayattu performance by Kalarigram. Friends of Snakes Society showed local snakes and explained difference between non-venomous and venomous snakes. The event concluded with Shanthi Mantra performed by Nayantara’s Odissi students, one of who was a two year old, performing beside her mother.(NSS)