Infosys Foundation’s Anupu festival begins

Vijayawada, December 9: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, today launched ‘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 15 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 Andhra Pradsh ministers Prathipati Pulla Rao, Ravela Kishore Babu and Chairperson, Infosys Foundation,Sudha Murty.

 “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,” said Sudha Murthy.

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