VANDE, an initiative developed by the GBC outreach subcommittee at the GBC meetings in Mayapur in February 2010, aims to support Vaishnava arts and culture within ISKCON through a variety of different efforts. Behind the project is a core team headed by Bhakti Marg Swami, a renowned ISKCON theater director and actor who was at the center of ISKCON Toronto’s Vaishnava arts renaissance in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Assisting him is a roster of illustrious Vaishnava artists. There’s French documentary film-maker Vasudeva Das, whose first film Timeless Village of the Himalayas won first prize at Hollywood’s 1989 American Video Conference Awards. There’s US mantra rock musician Titiksava Karunika, who regularly headlines Mayapur’s Gaura Purnima festival, and who played to 80,000 youth at Utah’s Festival of Colors. There’s Nitai Priya Dasi, who has performed live on Broadway with Harry Connick, Jr, appeared on Canadian National Radio and Televison, and co-wrote the critically acclaimed devotional play “Lonely People” with Bhakti Marg Swami. Then there’s musician, singer-songwriter and poet Haridas, who also serves as the temple president at ISKCON Coventry in the UK; GBC outreach committee representative Subuddhi Krishna Das; and academic Damodara Pandit Das, with an M.E in English Literacy and Drama from the University of Sydney. Well-established in their own fields, all these devotees hope to help younger artists in various ways.