Ekata! A cultural feast for the senses

Triveni dancer. Photo provided

PUTNEY, Vt. – Join us at the Putney Community Center Saturday, July 27, from 2-4:30 p.m., when Marygold Village, a locally-run initiative working with women and families internationally, is hosting a cultural feast for the senses. This not-to-be missed event will be a rich and unique summer outing for everyone.

“Ekata” means unity in the Telugu language of southern India. Marygold Village is located in the small village of Hemachandrapurem, home to families who, three generations prior, were affected with leprosy, and who now are interacting into the wider community in spite of continued social sigma. Locals Elia Gilbert and Teresa Savel continue the work of Marygold Village in Vermont when not in India supporting MGV’s work on the ground. This partnership began in 1995 when Teresa lived in India and worked with the Monastics teaching kindergarten and training teachers. A cultural friendship continues to grow and now is reaching out to invite and inspire our local communities to be part of this global village and join in working for the good.

Marygold Village is an inclusive nonprofit initiative, honoring the rich and diverse cultures of southern India, and takes action in partnership with the local community of Carmelite Monastics in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Since 1995, this collaboration has focused on the needs of families in the region, supporting physical health and well-being through organic and biodynamic food production, clean water, play-based education for young children, educational sponsorship for school-aged children, family support services, vocational training, and care of the elderly through multigenerational community life.

There is a suggested donation for this event. Putney Community Center is located at 10 Christian Square in Putney. For more information, email marygoldvillage@gmail.com.

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