Organizes Infosys Foundation Anupu Festival 2016, a three-day cultural extravaganza
India CSR News Network
HYDERABAD: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, today announced the inauguration of the ‘Infosys Foundation Anupu Festival 2016’, a three-day cultural festival aimed at reviving the lost glory of Anupu and promoting the traditional art forms of Andhra Pradesh. In partnership with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), the festival fosters the vision of the Foundation to provide a platform to deserving artists and endorse endangered art forms of India.
Anupu, located on the banks of the Krishna River near Nagarjunasagar dam, is an expansive archaeological wonder of Buddhist learning and culture dating back to the third century. Discovered during the construction of the dam, the ruins of the ancient Buddhist center were unearthed, thus surfacing a site of architectural interest complete with a Vihara (Buddhist University), Harati temple and a large amphitheater. Anupu was meticulously reconstructed in detail by the Archaeological Survey of India, bringing to life the 80 hectares of the site as a historical and cultural world monument of Buddhism.
The Infosys Foundation Anupu Festival 2016 is a celebration of India’s rich Buddhist heritage, where the ancient monument will reverberate with traditional performing arts events. In this unique festival, there will be fifteen events featuring more than 350 distinguished artistes who will present different art forms including music, dance, folk art and theatre.
The festival was inaugurated by Prathipati Pulla Rao, Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Processing, Marketing & Warehousing, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development & Fisheries, Shri Ravela Kishore Babu, Minister for Social Welfare & Empowerment, Tribal Welfare & Empowerment, Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, and Binod H R, Executive Vice President & Global Head – Talent & Technology Operations, Infosys Ltd, in the presence of other government officials.
Speaking on this occasion, Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation said, “Historical monuments bear testimony to the rich cultural legacy of ancient India – its architectural intricacies, opulent customs and traditional art forms. At the Foundation, our humble effort is to re-create this past glory through annual cultural festivals at archeologically significant sites, thus presenting Indian traditional arts against a historical backdrop. Anupu, a cultural world heritage site with its magnificent architecture is a true reflection of India’s glorious history. We are truly honored to be able to curate the Infosys Foundation Anupu Festival 2016 and grateful to the Archeological Survey of India and the Government of Andhra Pradesh for being our partners in this unique initiative.”
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India. The Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with infinite care, and working in areas that traditionally overlooked by society at large.