Vanagam is a non-profit organization, collectively formed by people from different strata of society, which empowers people to enrich their lives and the environment by making certain life style choices based on ecological principles. Vanagam offers hands-on training courses based on extensive study and research done over a period of several years, to propagate these ecological principles. These courses not only enable individuals to lead promising lives, but they also ensure a better life for posterity. In addition, Vanagam also offers consultancy services to those interested in sustainable agriculture.
Built in 1981 within the vicinity of Vishalla Village Restaurant, in Ahemdabad, is the VECHAAR (Vishalla Environmental Centre for Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research) Utensils Museum. A brainchild of architect Mr. Surender C. Patel, it is an effort to cherish and preserve our rich cultural heritage and rare artistic skills and wisdom of our craftsmen. It is an extensive study of utensils from thousand years old to present times, that have evolved over different periods of history as a result of our changing needs and environment. The range varies from leaves or a gourd jug, to modern stainless steel and glass utensils. The metal utensils cover everything from brass, copper, bronze, zinc to German silver.
Contributed by Aditya, CEE Ahmedabad
The Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture was established in 1993 at Guwahati under a Project of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. The purpose of this organisation is discovering the cultural continuity of the North Eastern states with rest of India. It is situated on the bank of the Brahmaputra River, Uzan Bazar area of Guwahati City.
It was more than 100 years ago that Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore started an experimental school, Brahmacharyashram, with five students, at Santiniketan. He never believed in the joyless, mechanical system of education that prevailed in the country. For him, sympathy was more important than geography and symphony more than history. By sympathy, he meant understanding among human beings, evolving into community living and world peace. By symphony, he meant living in harmony with nature so that nature's bounty could be used without being destroyed.
Vylopilli Samskriti Bhavan, the Multi Purpose Cultural Complex (MPCC), is an institution of the Government of Kerala, Department of Culture. Its aim is to function as a research, documentation, performance and preservation centre for the cultural traditions and art forms of Kerala. It is a UNESCO approved centre for the