Braj Kala Kendra (BKK) Endeavours to Preserve Vraj Culture
Braj Kala Kendra (BKK), the pioneer organization working for the preservation of Braj areas of Mathura and Vrindavan organized 'Radha-Ashtami' celebrations at ISKCON auditorium.
Before their main cultural program, they organized a short program on 'Sanjhi Kala' of Brij which is almost on the verge of extinction. Experts (Bhatia ji & Goswami ji) from Braj were invited along with Sanjhi artists to throw light on the origin of this art & its follow-up. Experts pointed out that Krishna started it ,in the guise of Gopi to please Radha. As it was made in evening, it was named Sanjhi. Normally it is made by Sanjhi expert Pandits in Mandirs during 'Pitra-Paksh' period.
It, on one hand, saves an artist from feeling superior & egoist as it is held only for a short period, erased & made afresh. Secondly, as new things are not supposed to be started during shraddh period & respect is offered to departed souls, one feels pure & divine & hence this is the best time for this art.Well-known Poet 'Ashok Chakradhar' -A patron of this forum also contributed by elaborating about this art & reciting few poems having Braj accent.
"It was followed by a cultural program by well-known Kathak dancer Uma Sharma & her troupe who presented many beautiful performances on 'Radha-Krishna'. The programme was moderated by Vishnu Goyal in presence of President S K Agrawal, VP Meera Goyal, Sec Vishwanath ji ,Braj Dham Samiti president Vasudev Garg, Shyam Sunder Gaur, Urvashi Mittal, Seema Khaitan & many others .H.E.Mauritius Shri Goverdhan ji graced the function as 'Chief Guest." said an official of BKK.
Braj Kala Kendra (BKK) is a forum of committed people, having an origin in Braj area (Radha Krishna era) alive. BKK is the oldest cultural organization of Braj .BKK has its Delhi chapter having members from different parts of the capital.
The Kala Kendra has taken a plethora of activities to preserve the rich heritage of the area. Of late it has been constructing a 600 seat auditorium and culture center on a land of 4000 sq yards donated by Seth Motilal Shorawala of Mathura.