Celebration of Cultures: Colours of Asia
"We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviours, belief, rituals."
From the ‘Khokhloma’ painting symbolizing the high importance of forests and nature in Russian culture and its history; to ‘Liwa’ the traditional dance performed in Eastern Arabia; from the traditional Chinese ‘Qipao’ dress, to over 720 dialects and 22 official languages in India; form ‘yakuniku’ a Japanese style of cooking, to ‘Teochew opera’ in Singapore; a deep vein of history courses through all the countries of Asia. Culture has ever since been the lifeblood of any vibrant society to tell their stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain and envisage the future. The variant forms of art, architecture and language, folk music, invigorating dance and eclectic cuisines, marks off even various regions in a country characterizing their inherent traditional origin through different civilizations. Melding of culture and traditions through globalisation and technological advances have increased their historically grounded and validated contributions and brought about much needed futuristic changes. Through the theme “Celebration of Cultures-Colours of Asia” BITOTSAV’19 procures to contribute in its own distinctive way to celebrate the rich, large, complex and variegated cultures of humanity.
If we trace the trails of time, we come across various art forms, be it music, dance or the fine arts, which have, over time, lost their sheen and significance. But their grandeur and pageantry are unparalleled. From the Madhubani painting of Bihar to he Toda embroidery of the Nilgiri hills, these art forms, which show us our glorious past are gradually attriting and it is about time that we do something about it. In an effort to revive the magnificence of our rich culture, we at BITOTSAV'19 have pledged to bring to the fore, such art forms via various awareness campaigns, workshops and talks.