One hundred Filipino cultural dancers performed alongside people of various nationalities and faiths at the recent World Culture Festival in New Delhi, India.
Wowing countless of attendees from around the globe, the Filipino dancers, who belong to the multi-awarded Buyogan Festival dancers from the province of Leyte, performed a thanksgiving dance for all volunteers and donors from around the world who helped their town recover from Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Their attendance also marked the first time that representatives from the Philippines graced a global event of such magnitude.
The Art of Living Foundation, founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, organized the event in celebration of 35 years of service to humanity.
The millions in attendance during this the three-day event included thousands of artists, business, political and spiritual leaders from around the world. All were treated to cultural buffet of dance performances, ancient chants of peace, musical numbers, and inspiring speeches from around the world. The purpose was to celebrate harmony in diversity and love in a world that is increasingly ravaged by conflict caused by regional and religious divides.
Among those who made their presence felt were the likes of Vatican representative Bishop Marcelo, His Eminence, Grand Mufti of Syria Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, and Rev. Gerald L. Durley, who is a good friend of US President Barack Obama. These leaders unanimously applauded Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for taking this spectacular step toward world peace.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his inauguration speech at the event highlighted Art of Living’s personality development programs and seminars that were at the backbone of this successful event—its programs uplift society by empowering individuals and companies world-wide: “When you need to march forward in life to achieve your goals, then that is when you need to know The Art of Living …When you need the strength to overcome difficulties and troubles in life, then that is when you need The Art of Living.”
Expressing his deep appreciation for the success of the festival, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar concluded, “To all of you, who have come from nearby and faraway destinations, from different faiths and nationalities, a heartfelt thank you. It’s your faith, love and compassion that have enabled the teams at Art of Living to present the biggest and the happiest family get-together—the World Cultural Festival.”