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REACH (Rural Entrepreneurship for Art and Cultural Heritage), the parent body that painstakingly puts together the event with all its myriad hues including craft, music, dance, theatre, cinema, talks, workshops, street dancing and cuisine, firmly believes in the ability of the arts to regenerate the rural economy. By presenting rural folk traditions to people who have left them behind and yet identify with them, the festival seeks to give a new lease of life to these forms of expression. Many forms of music and dance, such as the Jagar songs of the Garhwal Himalayas, have experienced a strong revival after their presentation at the Viràsat Festival. Today the festival is a coveted stage where performers from across the world converge to display their art.

Come the festival of lights, Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, India bestowed with the nature’s beauty also comes alive. Virasat, the folklife & heritage festival brings along with it the vibrant, ethnic kaleidoscope of India’s art and culture.

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It encapsulates the vital arts & crafts of India with their attendant legends, rituals, myths and philosophy.