About Chapter

Vadodara, also known as Baroda, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and significant contributions to Gujarati culture and literature. The city has played a pivotal role in shaping the literary landscape of Gujarat and continues to be a hub of artistic and intellectual pursuits.

Vadodara has been a center of learning and patronage for centuries. The city was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Baroda, known for its enlightened rulers who encouraged arts, literature, and education. This support laid the foundation for the flourishing of Gujarati culture and literature in the region.

One of the defining features of Vadodara's relationship with Gujarati culture is its vibrant literary tradition. The city has been home to renowned Gujarati authors, poets, and playwrights who have contributed significantly to the Gujarati literary canon. Prominent literary figures such as Narmad, Govardhanram Tripathi, and Rajendra Shah hailed from Vadodara, and their works have left an indelible mark on Gujarati literature.

The city has also been a breeding ground for literary societies, publishing houses, and cultural institutions. These institutions have played a crucial role in nurturing emerging talents, organizing literary events, and preserving and promoting Gujarati language and literature. Vadodara has witnessed the birth of literary magazines, literary conferences, and literary awards that have fostered creativity and intellectual discourse.

Furthermore, Vadodara's association with Gujarati culture extends beyond literature. The city is known for its vibrant folk traditions, music, dance forms, and performing arts. The famous Garba dance, a traditional Gujarati folk dance, thrives in Vadodara during the Navratri festival, showcasing the city's cultural vibrancy.

Additionally, Vadodara is home to several cultural centers, museums, and art galleries that exhibit and preserve Gujarati art, craft, and heritage. These institutions provide platforms for artists, artisans, and performers to showcase their talents and contribute to the preservation and promotion of Gujarati culture.

Chapter Ambassador

Bharti Rathod

Bharti Rathod is a multifaceted individual with diverse qualifications and active involvement in various organizations and initiatives. Her educational background includes a B.Sc. degree in Home Science, specializing in Clothing-Textile and Food & Nutrition. She is also a Reiki Master & Healer, holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy, and has completed post-graduation in Guidance & Counselling in Psychology. Her expertise extends to youth counseling and she is recognized as a Youth Counsellor.

Bharti Rathod is married to Lion Mahesh Rathod, an architect, and is a member of the Lions Club of Kalanagri. In her professional capacity, she serves as a Health Counsellor and General Career Counsellor. She is actively involved with public sector projects focused on women and children and holds a position as a trustee of the Harmony Charitable Trust.

Additionally, Bharti Rathod contributes to various organizations and associations. She serves as a Board Member of the Baroda Roller Skating Association and the Youth Counselling Centre. She is a Life Member of the Naturopathy Centre at Arvind Ashram and is actively engaged with the Alumni Association of the Clothing & Textile Department (Home Science).

In the Lionistic sphere, Bharti Rathod has held several leadership roles. She served as the Region Chairperson in 2019-2020, District Cabinet Chairperson in 2018-2019, and Zone Chairperson in 2017-2018. Prior to that, she held esteemed positions within the Lions District and served as the Lioness District President in 2009-2010.