An art centre has been established for those who are passionate about performing and fine arts away from the hustle bustle of the city located in Shikohpur, Sector 78.
Urusvati- Museum of Folklore and Centre for Contemporary Art came into existence in December last year. Former IAS officer, Komal Anand founded the centre with an aim to keep different art forms alive.
In her 40 years of service she has held several positions including director general for Archaeological Survey of India, joint secretary for Ministry of Culture and Secretary of Company Affairs. “We have a rich cultural background with fantastic folktales to share with the world. I decided to develop a museum along with an art gallery so that people can unwind while understanding good music and beautiful art. We give an opportunity to painters to stay here and paint in a peaceful ambience.
These will be later displayed in our gallery,” said Anand, adding that opening up a sculpture garden in the premises is also in the pipeline.
The folklore museum displays items from states such as Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himanchal Pradesh and Bihar. It also showcases famous tales including Heer Ranjha. The centre hopes to expand by starting a skillbased design school and seeks collaboration with foreign universities in the near future.
In their endeavour to encourage art forms, a Sufi recital by Ragini Rainu and santoor recital by Abhay Rustum Sopori was held at the centre on Sunday.