Rukmini devi dasi is a disciple of Kadamba Kanana Swami. She serves as the South African Minister of Student Outreach. As the Creative Director of Bhakti Theatre, she has written and directed 14 dramas, one of which was selected to be performed at The Playhouse Company’s community arts festival. She is a founding member of Bhakti Cloud; an arts-based outreach initiative that partners with poetry groups, conscious musicians and visual artists. She is based at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban where her main service is student outreach at universities. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
Creative and Performance Arts: For Dynamic Youth Cultivation and Societal Relevance
Do your ISKCON youth find temple events tedious and un-engaging, feel insecure in their devotional identity and lack in nourishing friendships?
Creative and performance arts can help them
- Connect to service and increase their sense of belonging,
- Relate to and understand scripture,
- Apply spiritual principles in everyday life
- Experience the joy of sankirtan
How can devotional arts help us be accessible to seekers and conscious artists? Can they provide us with platforms to showcase our philosophy in the secular world and remain relevant? How can we maintain purity whilst doing so?
This seminar will give examples and formulas of how creative and performance arts can help us cultivate devotee youth and access the secular community in a vibrant, non-invasive and relevant way.