Virasat (festival)

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Location(s) Educational institutions across India
Years active 1995 - Present
Founded by SPIC MACAY

Virasat is an Indian cultural festival that celebrates all aspects of the country's cultural heritage. It is held at various educational institutions across India. Organized by SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth), this week-long festival includes performances and workshops in Indian folk and classical arts, literature, crafts, theatre, cinema and yoga.[1][2]

Classical music and dance maestros and master craftsmen are invited to perform at the festival with the objective of fostering interaction between students, artists and craftsmen during the first half of the academic year.[3][4]

The name Virasat can be translated from Hindi as "heritage".


Virasat 1995[edit]

The festival was first held in Dehradun, Uttarakhand in 1995.[5] Virasat 2008 expanded the festival into a nationwide event. It took place on September 2, 2008, with concerts and events in Delhi and 300 other localities, lasting until December.

Artists such as Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, T.N. Seshagopalan, Alarmel Valli, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shovana Narayan, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Misra, Teejan Bai also participated in the series of concerts.[6]

Virasat 2017[edit]

Today, the festival is held in Dehradun, and a theatre program has been added. In 2017, it was held from April 28 to May 12.[7]

The festival, which is celebrating its 22nd edition this year, was inaugurated by Uttarakhand governor KK Paul. The 15-day long fest which will go on till May 12 will see performances by over 500 artists from across the country including Dona Ganguly, Shujat Khan, Wadali Bandhu, Warsi Brothers, Peenaz Masani etc.The inaugural event of the festival was a folk dance from the Jaunsar Bawar region of Uttarakhand performed by the Magh Mela Sanskritik Lok Kala Manch from Chakrata.

This was followed by classical singing in Khayal style by the Banaras Gharana exponents, renowned singers, Pt. Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra. Incidentally, the festival is a highlight of the winter months in Dehradun, but it was rescheduled following the demonetisation declaration in November.


  1. ^ "Activities: Virasat". SPIC MACAY website. 
  2. ^ Spic Macay's Virasat 2004 begins The Times of India, Jan 7, 2004.
  3. ^ Ravi Shankar performed in SPICMACAY "Virasat" Indian Express, August 25, 1998.
  4. ^ "Virasat 2008: a treat for music lovers". Indian Express. Nov 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ "About us". SPIC MACAY. 
  6. ^ "SPIC MACAY Inaugural Concerts". Screen. Sep 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Virasat Festival". Visarat festival in Dehradun official site. 2017-07-21. 

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