The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we must integrate Art and Culture into our education system. He was addressing the gathering after giving away Lifetime Achievement Awards to Painter and Sculptor, Shri Satish Gujral, renowned Violinist, Shri T.N. Krishnan and Theatre personality, Shri Ratan Thiyam, organized by the Legends of India, here today. The Vice President said that culture plays an important role in improving the quality of our lives. He further said that it has a direct impact on every facet of our life - from education to tourism. The Sanskrit word for culture in ‘Sanskriti’ signifying a special creation and a transformative experience, he added.The Vice President said that refinement, sublimation and the ability to see ‘extraordinariness’ in ‘ordinariness’ is at the root of art. We need to preserve this ability that brings a creative and artistic touch to our lives through music, dance, theater, sculpture and other arts, he added.
The Vice President said that the younger generation should be made aware of the importance of creative art forms and must be made sensitive to what is aesthetically good. We should at the same time focus on nurturing talent and providing enough opportunities for our youth to learn music, dance, sculpture, painting and other fine arts, he added.The Vice President said that while the governments at the Centre and in various States have been promoting culture and different art forms, he urged the private sector to contribute its might in propagating India’s culture, heritage and various art forms.The Vice President said that Share and Care is the core philosophy of our nation. Environmental peace is a prerequisite for the development of the nation and we should Love and Live with Nature, he added.