Preparations For Art of Living Festival In Delhi Completed

The Art of Living Foundation today said that preparations for its 'World Culture Festival' scheduled to be held in Delhifrom March 11 are completed. 

Around 35 lakh people from 155 countries are expected to take part in the festival which will be also attended by leaders from various religions and artists among others. 

The three-day event will be organised at Mayur Vihar and would be attended by 35,973 performers in a grand musical symphony of 49 different instruments, the organiser said, adding that all the preparations are completed. 

"The Art of Living is completing 35 years of service to humanity and this congregation is the celebration of it. Not only serving the humanity, but also our commitment (is) towards serving spirituality and human values," Trustee of the 'Art of Living Trust' Prasana Prabhu said here. 

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony while President Pranab Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the concluding day. 

Prabhu said the event will be open to all and will be attended by political and spiritual leaders, peacemakers, artists across the globe irrespective of sects or religions. 

"By showing the rich cultural traditions of dance, music and the arts from around the world as well as yoga, the festival believes to foster a deeper understanding between people of different faiths, nationalities and background," Prabhu said. 

He said the festival will celebrate the diversity in cultures from across the world while simultaneously highlighting "our unity as a human family". 

"This would be the first time in the world that 3.5 million people will meditate for the world peace on all the three days at one physical location," said a volunteer, adding that more that 20,000 international guests from South America, Mongolia, Russia, US, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Pakistan among others are expected to attend the festival. 

"A very special highlight of the festival will be a 'peace meditation' led by humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which will be held on all three days of the festival, for the millions in attendance," he said.

Courtesy : The Business Standard