Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Heritage Defender

Virasat Foundation

Name: Virasat Foundation

Year: 2013
Presented By: Balraj Mann, CEO Balraj Mann Group
Being able to preserve South Asian arts, culture, tradition and heritage here in Canada is so important. The Virasat Foundation was created by Bhupinder Malhi and Jaspal Randhawa for just that purpose; to ensure that the fundamental aspects of the South Asian culture such as classical and folk music, traditional medicine, language, and dance be promoted and preserved for the next generation.
The Virasat Foundation does this through initiatives such as concerts with artists like Ustad Sultan Khan, as well as social activities and educational programs.
For their efforts and accomplishments in this important endeavour, the Virasat Foundation and their creators, Malhi and Randhawa received DARPAN’s Extraordinary Achievement Award for being a Heritage Defender.
They were very pleased to accept the award. “After receiving this award, it gave us the satisfaction that we are on the right path,” says Malhi. “It is a reminder that this is a duty to be performed.”
Virasat Foundation is fulfilling an important role in keeping South Asian arts, culture and heritage in the forefront of the minds of the next generation.