The third batch of Four-day (Two weekends) workshop on Mala Grathana–the Ancient Art of Garland Making–for 16+ aged participants was conducted on 27th-28th August and 3rd-4th, September 2022 at Vivekananda Cultural Centre (VCC).
Basic Saram, types of Veni, Dindu Malai with thread and Banana Fibre, Thoranams with Coconut and Mango Leaves, Killi (parrot with leaves), Flower Petal Garland and Traditional Jadai were taught from 8:30 am to 5 pm during two weekends. 30 participants actively learned the ancient and therapeutic art of garland making from Smt. Krishnaveni ji-VCC faculty. Smt. Vijayalakshmi ji along with our VCC staff–Mr Parthiban, Mr Sivashankar & Mr Amarnath, assisted the program as volunteers.
The function was inaugurated on Saturday 27th August, by Swami Ishapremananda ji and Swami Surarchitananda ji, along with Sri Ananth Rambhaskar ji, a history and cultural enthusiast, and also founder of Katrali-a travel and educational start-up who graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
During the valedictory session on 4th September, in presence Swami Raghunayakananda ji, Director-VCC, a spiritual atmosphere was created by the feedback and sharing of joyful comradiere by all the participants who felt so happy to have learnt this ancient art at VCC.