New Delhi: After playing spoilsport for two days, weather Gods finally smiled on the final day of Art of Living (AOL) Foundation’s World Culture Heritage festival, allowing a massive gathering to witness an uninterrupted sequence of folk dances from nearly 85 countries.
The day-long event was interspersed with introduction of dozens of VVIPs from across the world, from that of Kenya to powerful Congress members of the US. The highlight of day was the grand symphony by 8,500 musicians, playing 40 different instruments, showcasing the cultural heritage of the world.
The long list of dignitaries included nearly all the bigwigs from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, including Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr Harshvardhan, and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. None other than BJP chief Amit Shah and party patriarch LK Advani were also present, apart from party’s motor-mouth MP from Bihar, Giriraj Singh.
Amit Shah and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who don’t see eye to eye, were seen sitting on the right and left of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s chair on the dais. They also lit up the lamp together, along with Sumitra Mahajan and others.
Despite the National Green Tribunal finding AOL guilty of violating green laws, ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad lauded Sri Sri for holding the event at the banks of Yamuna.
“Through media some say Yamuna is polluted…but I see it is flowing very clean, very neat, very calm, only some minds are polluted…I am sure preaching of Guruji will clean their minds of the pollution…But don’t worry, they are only a handful of people,” said Naidu.
“Where is the pollution here, I see only the current of culture here,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.
As the three day-long event came to an end, Sri Sri, in his characteristic style asked the gathering to perform meditation along with him, though while performing it he went through a bad bout of cough himself.