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New Delhi : Union Culture Minister Kishan Reddy Gangapuram on September 7, 2021, launched the book “Gita Govinda : Jaydeva’s Divine Odyssey” by Dr Utpal K Banerjee , along with an exhibition on “Gita Govinda” and programme ‘Bujurgon ki Baat–DeshKeSaath’ with Union MoS for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal, at IGNCA, New Delhi.

The programme ‘Bujurgon ki Baat–DeshKeSaath’ aims at enhancing the interaction between the youth and the elder persons who are 95 years and above and thus have spent around 18 years in India before independence. The video of the interaction should preferably be kept below 60 seconds and can be uploaded at www.rashtragaan.in .

The exhibition showcases collection of paintings on the theme of Krishna from various schools of art including Amber, Kangra among others.

Gita  Govindais  was originally written by 12th century poet Jayadeya.

Launching the programme ‘Bujurgon ki Baat–DeshKeSaath’Reddy  said, “India is a nation of the young that is always willing to learn from its elders. Be it the guru-shishya parampara, the role of family or elders at work, Indians have always looked  up to their elders.Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to launch the programme “Bujurgon ke baat – DeshKeSaath”

He further added that this is a unique programme where the country’s youth will spend time and interact with the older generation and elders close to 95 years or above. They will then upload these videos and the ministry of culture will integrate them. This is a great way to involve our Elders in AzadiKaAmriMahostav, he added, according to a PIB release.

Union MoS for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal saidthat the  energy of youth and experience of elders can take the country ahead and make it stronger by 2047 as envisioned by the Prime Minister. He further highlighted the importance of family and urged the youth not to neglect the elders of the family.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the book Geet Govinda, Reddy said, “It gives me great pleasure to launch the book GeetaGovindam – a Divine Odyssey by one of our elders and Padma Shri awardee Utpal Banerjee. I have been told that this is the first-ever fully-rhymed translation of the great 12th century poet Jayadeva.” He further added that in our own culture Geeta Govindam has stood the test of time through chanting, recitation, traditional music, classical dance, miniature painting and intricate sculpture. However, by translating to English we are doing a great service to our own culture and heritage. Thr Minister also said that our cultures and traditions will flourish only if we share it with the world.

Jayadeva’s Krishna and Radha are gods in the form of humans, who show human emotions, Reddy said. Only a person rooted in India’s culture and philosophy would have been able to do justice to the translation, the Minister said.