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Seminars and Workshops

Allahabad based thespian Atul Yadvanshi has made Seminars & Conferences a tool for bringing Folk Arts at the Centre Stage of Art & Culture discussions. He strongly believes that Folk performance forms around the globe face forceful challenges as changing socio-economic and political factors threaten their futures. While folk forms can express a strong sense of local heritage, they are often marginalized in national cultural discourses, leaving them under-supported. Atul Yadvanshi as a speaker at any Seminar strongly advocates the issues of Folk Arts. He emphasizes focus to folk performance traditions, helps understand the value of these forms, investigates the changes taking place in them, the consequences of these change and explores new responses to change. He has immensely succeeded in creating a dialogue among scholars, policy makers, and artists that can offer folk forms new paths for the future. He has organized many Seminars and Workshops involving almost all the living legends of Nautanki in recent years. It's really a treat to listen and watch Atul Yadvanshi speaking at any of the Seminars/Conferences. By his charismatic presence and strong oratory skills succeeds in making a meaningful speech. Always speaking extempore he can thoroughly explain as How are folk traditions are changing — the art forms themselves, the lifestyles of folk artists, and the socio-economic contexts that have supported them? From his experiences he can easily draw What social, economic, and political factors have led to and continue to affect these changes? He excels at How can folk forms be both documented, to preserve their histories, and sustained as living arts for the future? Atul Yadvanshi often helps in Brainstorming of the audience by giving them insights of What strategies can help move folk forms to the center of cultural discussion and visibility, to gain them artistic recognition and help them reach new audiences? He has a deep sense of understanding of What kinds of “evolution” can folk arts support, keeping them “folk” arts while helping them to grow? What situations and responses in different international contexts allow folk arts to thrive? infact he is and has been teacher and pioneer to develop a generations of Folk Art Researchers across the country ranging from University Scholars, Folk Litterateurs, Practitioners and various Governmental and Non Governmental organizations. He excels at How do folk arts and notions of “folk” and “folk art” relate to growing urban centers? AND What relationships exist between folk arts, classical arts, and popular culture?