Vrindavan, 2014.08.05 (VT): Meghashyam Sharma gave new shape to the Rasa Lila tradition and this is what made his reputation. Through the medium of Lord Krishna’s lilas, he spread Braj culture far and wide and, as a result of his efforts and those of his son, Swami Ramswaroop Sharma, the rasa lila tradition has been kept vigorous even in this age of modern entertainments.
Speaking yesterday at a memorial function in honor of Meghashyam Sharma that was held at the Ramswaroop Sharma Pandal in Raman Reti, MP Hema Malini said that Meghashyam Sharam created the base for the regeneration of Braj culture and his son Ramswaroop Sharma then took it and brought it to many parts of the world. “We still have a lot of work to do to keep our cultural traditions energized,” she said, “for which we need to organize workshops, schools and training camps.”
Karshni Gurusharanananda Maharaj of the Karshni Udasin Ashram in Raman Reti (Gokul) said that Swami Meghashyam Sharma was not only the leader of a Rasa Lila troupe, but a folk poet and singer. “In him, there was a confluence of poetry, song, and theatrical performance,” he said. “Literature, music and art flowed together together in him like the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Prayag.”
Other awards were given to Devidas Garg for community service, for Jyotish to Agras Tarun Kumar Rathi, for education to S.K. Sharma, for music Dr. Rajendra Krishna Agarwal, for dance to Priti Bagri, for folk theatre to Dr. Bhagavan Sharma, and for literature to Dr. Bhagwat Krishna Nangia of Harinam Press. Each was given a shawl and a certificate of honor.
The widely respected man of letters Mohan Swaroop Bhatia emceed the meeting.
Ramswaroop Sharma was awareded the Padma Shri award for his contribution to the arts in 2005. The Padma Shri award is India’s fourth highest civilian honor.
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