Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar was recently presented with the famous cultural art-sanjhi of Uttar Pradesh by renowned artist Pundrik Goswami. The two met at the Vice President’s office in Delhi, where they discussed the growing threat of near-extinction of art belonging to the land of Mathura-Vrindavan.
Sanjhi is said to symbolize the love of Goddess Radha and the gopis for Sri Krishna as they used to decorate the walls and the land with various colours, stones and flowers. This art form gained its popularity around the 15th and 16th centuries and is still preserved by the temples of Vrindavan.
As Pundrik presents Sanjhi, he also describes how the art form and artists are in danger of losing the art. This art is still worshiped but in a handful of temples, the Sri Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan is one of the prominent ones. This art form is put on display during the time of Pitru Paksha according to the Hindu calendar, when the climate gets ready to welcome winter.
The Vice President also discussed the ways in which the government can help artisans and art to not be confined to the temple, but come out and show the world its beauty. Pundrik also discussed how this art could be taught to a new generation with the spiritual inspiration a devotee would hold for the purity of love a devotee would hold for his Lord.