World Culture Festival Curtain Raiser - Chalo Delhi

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When the Art of  Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar www.srisri.org sets his  mind to it, nothing is impossible.

As a child, he  dreamt that people from all over the world were calling out to him and he told  his companions, “I have to visit my friends in other parts of the globe. They  are waiting for me!” He is now living his dream, crisscrossing the globe,  meeting his ardent followers who are family to him.

As a loving head  of the large Art of Living family, it was natural for him to plan a  get-together of his global family diaspora in an explosion of the celebration  of life – the World Culture Festival -- which is the genesis of the rallying  call – Chalo Delhi!

To be held from  March 11 to 13, 2016, this Art of living event is being organized to celebrate  35 years of service of the Art of Living organization in the field of  spirituality and education.

This mother of  all cultural festivals will be held on a 7–acre stage in Mayur Vihar, Delhi and  will have an unprecedented gathering of artists, world leaders, peacemakers,  spiritual heads and corporate icons.

The function, to  be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will have about 36,000  artists from 155 countries showcasing the art and culture of their countries.  President Pranab Mukherjee will give the  valedictory address which points to the importance that this function has in  the higher echelons of power.

If Sri Sri  Ravishankar is there, can meditation be far behind? Meditation is one of the  foundation pillars of his teachings and the beloved guru will conduct mass  meditation for world peace, probably the single largest gathering of meditators  at one place. Can you imagine the vibrations of the place after such an event?  Surely, the much needed pulsating waves of harmony will spread around this  violent world and dispel all discord.

Yoga, India’s  popular spiritual heritage will be showcased at the event.  In fact, the early morning hours from 6 am to  8 am will be devoted to mass yoga sessions on the haloed ground which was once  the riverbed of the mighty Yamuna River in the centuries gone by.

As Sri Sri  Ravishankar says, “The wave uniting with its depth is Yoga” and all the waves  that gather at the venue will form a mighty ocean of yogic strength which will  surely sweep away all the hate that is spreading its vicious tentacles around  the world in the name of religion, colour and race.  And who knows, the spiritual waves may yet  revive the Yamuna to its pristine glory of the past!

Apart from  dances and music from around the world, a global leadership forum, keynote  addresses of the high and mighty of the land and interfaith meeting will also  be held to add a note of seriousness and depth to the celebration.

The music and  dances from over a hundred countries will reflect the teachings of  unconditional love of Sri Sri Ravishankar, who in one of his poems has said,  “Be Happy, be Playful, Be at Peace. Dance to your own rhythm.”  That is what the participants of the historic  World Culture Festival will be doing. Chalo Delhi!

The Art of  Living completes 35 years of service to humanity in 2016.  To commemorate this momentous occasion, World  Culture Festival is being organized in New Delhi on March 11, 12, and 13. The  event is open to all and the entry is free.

Write to [email protected] or call on  +9211135555 between 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST for any assistance.

Related Links
1. About the  World Culture Festival
2. To Book Your  Travel and Accommodation
3. Art of Living
4. Video on  Festival 1
5. Video on Festival  2