Vrindavan, 2018.01.28 (VT) The Yogi Goverment has released funding for Braj’s Gita Institute. During a program at GLA University, Minister for Religious works and culture, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said that Rs 1 crore funding has been released from his department to get the project started and it is likely that the institute will be built close to the Vrindavan Research Institute.
The minister said that people come to Vrindavan to visit the temples, but Braj’s literature is being forgotten, so his department requested CM Yogi Adityanath to create an institute to preserve and promote devotional literature in Braj Bhasha (the language of Braj), including ancient folk songs and descriptions of Sri Krishna’s qualities and childhood pastimes.
The announcement about the funding release for the Gita Institute was made during GLA University’s annual Braj Literature Festival (BLF), a two day program in which Braj’s writers are given the opportunity to showcase their works.
Addressing the audience at the BLF, which was held on 27th and 28th January, MP Laxminarayan said that the Yogi Goverment also plans to issue instructions to have Braj’s local literature and folk art taught in schools.
The Yogi Government’s plans to set up a Gita Institute were announced late last year at the at the 144th anniversary celebration of the Government Museum, Mathura.
“For research on Gayan (singing), Vadan (the art of music) and Nratya (dance) of the Krishna age, the government is setting up the institute”, said Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary who is the member for the Chatta area of Braj and the Additional Charge of the Dairy Industry, Culture, Minority Welfare and Religious activities. The minister also commented that Braj Bhasha is the “sweetest” language in the world.
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