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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

Vidyut Udiaver

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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 !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delhi has 22 drains carrying 2500 million litres of waste and polluted water into Yamuna river daily. One of the drains popularly known as Bara Pullah drain emanates near Ashoka Hotel and flows through Lakshmi Bai Nagar, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Kale Khan, Bara Pullah and merges into Yamuna River. All these drains emit deadly gases and foul smell.

With the blessing of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, a project to clean Bara Pullah drain was undertaken in October’15 through Ecozyme; (an Enzyme). Awareness was created among the Art of Living volunteers, public and in schools/colleges and method of preparation was explained to them. It is totally organic and prepared with brown sugar, kitchen green waste and water over a period of three months. By Feb’16, The Art of Living volunteers and other enthusiasts prepared about 15,000 litres of Ecozyme. One litre can clean 1,000 litres of waste water, so it is expected that 15,000 litres of Ecozyme will clean 1.5 crores litres of waste water in Bara Pullah drain.

Pouring of Ecozyme commenced on Feb. 16, 2016 near Bara Pullah. Daily data is as under

 

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Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 16, 2016(60 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 16, 2016 (60 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb. 18, 2016(500 ltrs)

Pouring Enzyme dated Feb.18, 2016 (500 ltrs)

Experience 

After 6 days of pouring Ecozyme into the drain, foul smell has started reducing in the drain. As soon as Ecozyme is poured, bubbles start coming out in the drain. It is the reaction with heavy metals and chemicals and decomposing process.

Secondly, the workers constructing floating bridge on Yamuna near World Culture Festival venue; which is about one km down the stream from the pouring point felt that there was lesser foul smell and they could sleep in better air.

Thirdly, amazing experience was that birds / ducks have started coming to that area. Cattles who dared not to enter any drain in Delhi have started entering Barapullah drain. The pictures shown here are taken on March 2. They show a bird enjoying sitting over a buffalo. It happened when these birds/ducks sought fish or insects in the water as their food. In fact fish/insects will appear only when polluted water is getting cleaner.

Full view of Barapullah Drain with bridge over it (Dated March 2, 2016)

Full view of Barapullah Drain with bridge over it (Dated March 2, 2016)

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Bird enjoying sitting over buffalo in the drain (Dated March 2, 2016)

Jai Gurudev !

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