The Institute has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Culture for training of youth in this art.
VRI initiates move to revive Haveli Sangeet, Dhrupad in Vrindavan temples
There was a time, not too long ago in Vrindavan, when one could hear ‘samaj
gayan’/’haveli sangeet’ reverberating in the temples, and streets of the Dham.
However, over the years the tradition was nearly lost, with just a few noted
temples such as Tatiya Sthan, Shri Radhavallabh Mandir, Rasikbihari Mandir, and
Bhattji ki Haveli upholding it.
With the purpose of
reviving and conserving this heritage, Vrindavan Research Institute has sent a
proposal to the Ministry of Culture for training the youth associated with
temples in this art.
Commenting on the move,
Shri RD Paliwal (Chairman, VRI) said, “Samaj Gayan, which used to be an
inextricable part of Braj culture, has been relegated to a few temples with
time. We wanted to find a way to make this tradition financially rewarding for
the youth, and to help pilgrims experience the bliss of this aspect of
VRI has a collection of
rare manuscripts describing this tradition, including an ancient painting
depicting the meeting between Sangeet Samrat Swami Haridas ji and the mughal