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The Dhangar (Dhangad) are a herding caste of people primarily located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The Dhangri Dhol is the Drum of the shepherd clan in Maharashtra. The Drums also come out during their New Year known as the Gudi Padva.

About 1100 Dhangaris beat their drums during the World Culture Festival. The Co-ordinators & the Dholwadaks from various locations who had come to the World Culture Festival share with us their experiences

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When the world culture festival was announced, the mind could not perceive the magnanimity of this historic event.  I was a part of the coordination of Dangari Dhol performance of 1100 artists from a simple background known as Dhangars – the shepherd community of Maharashtra.  They are very simple, innocent, and devoted villagers.

We had so many challenges bringing 1100 people together and I wonder how Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji managed to pull off an event of 36,000 plus artists on one stage! What really moved me was in spite of the heavy rains on the first day of the event, no one budged from their seats, neither the artists nor the audience. The artists gave overwhelming performances with such zeal that it almost seemed like the rain was a part of their performance.

What left me dumb stricken was that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also stood there fully drenched.  We were almost a group of 2000 people from Kolhapur who attended the World Culture Festival.  My inbox is full of messages thanking me for inspiring them to be a part of this spectacular event.

— Dimple Gajwani, Co-ordinator- Dhangari Dhol, Kolhapur

 

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It was a dream-come-true to be a part of the World Culture Event. We have never thought that we could fulfill such a big task. This was only possible by Gurudev’s grace and blessings. It was a big and tough challenge to take such illiterate, innocent shepherd community to a big city like Delhi and make them perform at such a big global platform with the help of my 100 colleagues. I feel very proud and happy to be a part of such a “Bhooto Na Bhavishati” kind of an event.

— Prashant Patil, Co-ordinator, Kasaba Bawada

 

By Gurudev’s grace, we got a chance to show our talent to perform Dhangar Dhol at such a grand event so we are very thankful to Art of Living Foundation. We came to experience how true is the concept of Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam came to know about art and culture of 155 countries. Through this event, Gurudev has given our 1000 Dhangari Dhol performers to perform for the world peace. We were truly amazed to be a part of such a huge and grand event. Gurudev has done this job to bring simple people like us on this global platform. Once again, we are very much thankful to Gurudev and the whole Art of Living Foundation.

— Biru Oma Pujari, Dholwadak

 

Gurudev has given us such a global platform to our Dhangar Community and we are very thankful. We are highly amazed to experience this event.  Even in our seven generations, we have not experienced such a grand event. We are very honoured to be a part of such a huge and grand event of this World Culture Festival. We and even our next generations will always feel very proud and honoured for it.

–Agnu Lavate, Dholwadak, Ichalkaranji

 

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The Queen of the string instruments – The Veena, is all set to reign the country on March 19th 2016. In a spectacular initiative to mark the closing ceremony of the World Culture Festival (New Delhi, March 11th-13th), an estimated 2,000 Veena musicians are all set to shower grand musical notes at the Naadotsav program to be held at the Art of Living`s International Centre in Bengaluru, India.

 

The sound of the Veena is known to positively help the cardiovascular system while promoting a sense of gratitude, compassion and sacrifice.

 

This rare event to be held in the presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founder of the Art of Living, is also expected to see a mammoth crowd of over 1.5 lakh people attending the event.   Veena enthusiasts from India and around the world have marked their calendars to witness the event in all its glory. All the participating maestros and reputed artists are drawn from all over India, while most of them are from the five south Indian States of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Telangana.

 

Soulful renditions by the 2,000 artists promise to be one of the best evening`s under the stars. What more can one say when the Queen of the string instrument reigns? All her citizens, aficionado’s, subjects, well-wishers and ministers simply melt, tugged at their heartstrings. That`s the beauty and grace of the Veena.

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Jai Gurudev

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The World Culture Festival 2016 is a celebration of the Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity. The festival will bring together people from different cultures, nations, and faiths as a one world family in a resounding message of peace. 

But there are few known & unknown facts about this cultural extravaganza called the World Culture Festival.

  • Over 35,000 artists will showcase different art forms through 66 performances.
  • The World’s largest symphony with 8,500 musicians with 50 musical instruments, nine compositions will be led by Chitra Roy, a name synonymous with excellence in music.
  • Enacting the palanquin procession from the Vari, these 600 Mridangam players will add rhythm to the chanting of the various hyms sung and played during the Vari.
  • Under the choreographic direction of Padma Vibhushan Pt Birju Maharaj, the living legend of Kathak, 1700 dancers will present to you the sounds of nature.
  • Patricia Sosa, the famous Argentine singer; and the members of the So What Project! Who conduct ‘Yoga Rave’, with more than 500 musicians gracing the stage dressed in colourful ponchos, playing drums and guitar.
  • 1500 Garba dancers will leave you applauding for more.
  • The 1250 Mohinis will perform Mohiniattam
  • A storm of 60 Kathakali dancers, known for their large and elaborate makeup and costumes, will take to the stage and enact a story from the Legend of King Mahabali.
  • The 200+ drummers will help you unite with the rhythm of life, helping you connect with Mother Earth.
  • 1250 dancers will present before you Dashavatar, a famous piece of Odissi Dance on the ten
    incarnations of Vishnu.
  • The 370 performers before you will dance to the Samala beat – a rhythm expressing celebration with a touch of romance. This is a dance from Sikkim and Darjeeling
  • 1150 Dhangars beat their drums as they echos the Mother Nature.
  • The team of 150 artists will present Brahmastra that features an episode from the Ramakien,
    the Thai epic adapted from the Indian epic Ramayana
  • Naadswaram is a classical instrument; while listening to these 50 charmers; the rhythm will draw you into the exotic strains of !
  • 1150 Bhangra dancers dancing to Dhol (Drums), Alghoza (a pair of woodwind instruments), and Girdha will get your prana flowing.
  • 1150 Panthi dancers will perform before you to carry you away into devotion with their unique steps and rhythms.
  • The 300 vibrant, soulful, Russian dancers warm up the stage!
  • 60 Kiwis will lend their voices in a chorus to a song that speaks on the importance of self-reflection, that we are essentially one spirit experiencing human birth.
  • 75 dancers will bring to you a combination from Bali and Batavia dance
  • 125 Mongolians do the Biyelgee– the dance movements which symbolically express aspects of Mongolian herders’ everyday lifestyle
  • Kathak rangayan : Under the choreography of Padma Vibhushan Pt Birju Maharaj, 1700 dancers will present sound of nature.
  • Bharatnatyam : Oldest, most traditional classical dance style 1700 dancers describing Shiva and praising Guru!
  • The performance by 138 artists from Japan is a wonderful combination depicting acrobats and cheerleading.
  • Latin fire for peace! Mix of traditional latin folk rhythms from Native aboriginal chants to Afro Latin music by Ignacio Escribano, Particia Sosa, Yoga rave and more than 500 musicians playing drums n guitar!
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See You There !!