The World Culture Festival to celebrate peace, diversity and commonality

By: Amith Rahul             Dated: March 09, 2016

People from over 150 countries are ready to witness the mega event as the stage is all set for Art of Living mega fest.


People from over 150 countries are ready to witness the mega event as the stage is all set for Art of Living mega fest. The stage is said to be 80% complete, building the excitement of the event in public. The World Culture Festival 2016 is a celebration to mark The Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity, spirituality and human values and will take place from 11th March 2016 to 13th March 2016 in New Delhi. Spread over seven acres, the stage is all set to hold around 35,000 musicians, drummers from South Africa and tribal artists from Chhattisgarh and Sikkim who will perform concurrently to make a world record.

The World Culture Festival has also got itself their very own Bollywood style theme song with the help of eminent Bollywood music composers and singers like include Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Lalit Pandit, Shaan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Babul Supriyo, Javed Ali, Kanika Kapoor and so on. The World Culture Festival will bring world leaders and people together as one world family and celebrate peace.

“Celebrating our diverse cultures binds us together and expands our perspectives. The WCF emphasizes upon co-existence," says Art of Living founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. "The event will demonstrate the power of peace by bringing millions of people together. It is an opportunity for world leaders from social, political, business fields to come together and renew their vision to work towards the welfare of society," he adds.

They have built six access roads to the venue from Barapulla, Sarai Kale Khan, Mayur Vihar and through DND. The Indian Army was called in to help build two pontoon bridges over the main Yamuna river channel. The work on the venue is going full throttle with statues of giant elephants have already been erected for the welcoming of guests to the stage where the performances will be held. With not so many days left for the event, the public is all set to witness the grand celebration and experience the gamut of culture that India houses, with a riot of colors, festivity, celebration, joy, happiness and smiles all around.

On all 3 days of the festival, Art of Living Founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lead a ‘Peace Meditation’ which would be joined by millions from across the globe at once, touted to set another Guinness World record. The guest list also includes senior BJP leader LK Advani, Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, senior Congress leader Karan Singh and the Delhi culture minister, Kapil Mishra of the Aam Aadmi Party.

At the Art of Living, they believe that traditions and cultures are an important aspect of every individual's life. Whether its music, food, or arts, they need to be introduced to the world and the world to them. The event is a much awaited and forseen one with lots of promotions going around and all the controversies it has tangled into.

A legal complaint was filed by Manoj Misra, a retired Indian Forest Service Officer against Art of Living stating that any construction activity or event on Yamuna floodplain is against NGT’s judgement, the famed ‘Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna’ order dated January 13, 2015. It had directed that Yamuna's banks be left undisturbed and in (wild) vegetation to serve as pollution cleansing and recharge zone for the river.  But the Art of Living founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has denied the reports and clarified that his event has not disturbed any environment protection norms. NGT is now hearing the case on a daily basis.

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