Vasantharatna Foundation for Art was set up by renowned Bharatnatyam Dancer Mrs Subhashini Vasanth, in the memory of her husband, Col Vasanth Venugopal, who was awarded the Ashok Chakra (Posthumous), India's highest gallantry award for exemplary bravery in action in Jammu & Kashmir in 2007. He became the first recipient of the Ashoka Chakra from Karnataka State when the award was presented posthumously on Republic Day 26th Jan 2008 by the president of India.
Using arts as a medium for covering projects in education and empowerment, the foundation aims to create a support system for the spouses and families of our Armed Forces personnel.
When Col. Vasanth was martyred on 31st July 2007 during an encounter with militants at the line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, Col. Vasanth and Subhashini were working on a play "The Silent Front" celebrating the strength of the women of these families.
The overwhelming public response to the theme of the play led to the conception of the Foundation and its goals.