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World Culture Festival 2016- Celebrating our Diversity

Updated on March 23, 2019
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World Culture Festival

Founded in 1981 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living is a spiritual and humanitarian organization which is engaged in stress-management though the various programs it offers and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 155 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people through its happiness programs and a beautiful breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya.

This year Art of Living will be celebrating its 35th year of existence through a series of events in New Delhi. World Culture Festival 2016 is a celebration of Art of Living’s 35 years of selfless service to humanity across the globe. The festival aims at bringing together people of different nationalities and cultures as a one world global family, thus giving a resounding message of peace to this world full of strife.

WCF Venue: Grounds opposite Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Metro Station & Mayur Vihar Extension Metro Station, Delhi

Date: March 11-13, 2016

Timings: 5 PM onwards

Why World Culture Festival 2016?

Art of Living decided to celebrate this occasion as World Culture Festival to highlight its motto of a One World Family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) and Guruji's vision of making Life a Celebration. The aim of World Culture Festival is:

  1. To give the world a relevant message that all world is one big family and thus there is no need to fight petty wars.
  2. In spite of all our differences- be it national, cultural or religion, we can still co-exist peacefully along with our differences.
  3. It will provide an opportunity and a platform for all religious leaders, businessmen and politicians to come together and renew their vision to work for the welfare and upliftment of the society.
  4. Creating an awareness for the environment we live in.
  5. Encouraging the traditional musicians and showcasing the folk music/dance and take pride in it.
  6. Bringing good values like honesty, integrity, sincerity, compassion etc. to the forefront.
  7. To highlight the fact that good, dynamic people are still there in the world who care about mankind.

Making of the World Culture Festival 2016!

Interesting facts

  • The world's largest Stage of more than 7 Acres is being constructed at the venue of World Culture Festival 2016. It will be an attempt to enter Guinness World Records for the 'Largest temporary stage' in the world.
  • The venue of World Culture Festival is spread over 1000 acres of land.
  • 3.5 million people from all over the world are expected to attend this cultural extravaganza which will be spread during three days.
  • 25000 artists and performers will be performing over these three days.
  • The event will be kickstarted by energizing and powerful Vedic Chants by 1,000 Veda Pandits (scholars).
  • 40 musicians will play one of the world`s loudest non-brass acoustic instruments – The Naadaswaram from Southern India.
  • Mesmerizing performances of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Bhangra, Natti dance and many more classical & folk dances will be showcased over these three days.

When and where?

The capital of India will host the first World Culture Festival, a three-day event between March 11-13, 2016. The event is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and the National School of Drama.

The highlight of the event is that His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lead a ‘Peace Meditation’ on all the three days of the event.

The World Culture Festival emphasizes on co-existence, demonstrating the power of peace by bringing millions of people together. It is an opportunity for world leaders from cultural, social, political, business fields to come together to rekindle human values in the pursuit of happiness and peace.

— H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

World Culture Festival is the vision of H. H. Sri Sri Ravishankar who wants to give the message of peace to the world. He and thousands of volunteers from Art of Living are working day and night to make this dream a reality. From fund raising to arranging accomodation for outsiders to making travel arrangements to venue arrangements to dance and musical performances to making security arrangements to creating awareness about the event- the list of works is endless. But the volunteers are enthusiastically and relentlessly working towards making the event a great success.

Many prominent politicians and leaders from across the world including the President and Prime Minister of India are expected to attend the event. This is going to be a unique platform which will showcase the rich cultural traditions of music, dance and performing arts from across the world, giving the message of unity in diversity.

My Experience

I travelled to Delhi with three of my friends. All of us are Art of Living teachers and were quite excited to witness this historic event. Rain played the spoil sport on the first day but even rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd. The festival was inaugrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who compared the festival to 'Kumbh Mela' of Art. Prominent national leaders including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Devendra Fadnavis, Raman Singh and Manish Sisodia attended the event on the first day. Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, Vice-President of Suriname Ashwin Adhin and Karu Jayasuriya from the Sri Lankan Parliament were also present on the occasion.

The highlight of the second day of the event was an interfaith meet which was attended by religious leaders like Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Dr. Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, Mufti Mohammed Saeed Khan, Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswati among others. The last day of the cultural extravaganza was attended by many high-profile leaders including Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The three days event was marked with mesmerizing dance performances which included Bhangra, Kathakali, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Garba, Naati, Panthi, Bihu, Kuchipudi and Odissi. Some of the international performances included Contemporary Sufi (Pakistan), Kandyan dance (Srilanka) and Genesis (Taiwan). Bulgarian Folk artists and Swiss Alphorn players also performed on the stage.

For the first time in the world, 3.5 million people meditated for world peace on all three days at one physical location. Guided meditation was conducted by H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar and it was an amazing & blissful experience to be a part of it.

World Culture Festival Official Theme Song - "Sanghachhadwam"

© 2016 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Deb! If you want, you can watch the webcast of the event. The details would be available on the official website of Art of Living.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am glad that the initiative has been taken. I cannot be there, but my spirit will surround all in what they do for and during this event.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @pstraubie48 This is a step further towards my master's vision of a one world family.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Swalia we definitely need more of these ...recognizing and celebrating the differences and similarities in our cultures can be a powerful way to unify us as one rather than allowing chasms to grow and divide us even more.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Chitrangada! It's happening in your city. I hope you take out time to attend the event. I am so much looking forward to attending the event and having Guruji's darshan. It's been a year since I last saw him.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent informative hub and I am very much aware of this great cultural event being organised in New Delhi. I have seen the venue and the full fledged preparations which is going on. It is going to be a magnificent World culture festival. I have great, great regards for Gurudev Sri Sri and I learn so much from his Updeshas. His words are so motivating and one seems to forget all the worries of the Worldly life while listening to him.

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful information with everyone!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Rajan for your wishes and prayers!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Any effort towards bringing world peace on a global level is certainly a cause for celebration and I'm glad H H Sri Sri Ravishankar has taken the lead in this matter.

      I pray the efforts of all those connected with the event bear fruit.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Manatita! Who knows better than you what the Master's vision and order means for a disciple!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Dora! Guruji's vision is to see a smile on every face and everybody in the organization is committed to it.

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      3 years ago from london

      A very well-written informative Hub. You've put the message of India and it's Sages there and encouraged your readers to visit this Festival. The video is joyful, as it's meant to be, and full of love. Jai Ram!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I am impressed by all the positives in the organization and the celebration. Happy Art of Living Celebration!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Flourishanyway My spiritual master has this vision of a violence free and stress free society and he is working relentlessly towards it.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Yeah Missy. We are pretty excited about the event. I will write about the experience after attending it next month.

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      3 years ago from USA

      What an admirable vision and event. Thanks for describing it!

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      This looks like a wonderful event. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Bill Yes! This festival will truly portray my Guruji 's vision of a one world family. It would be like one big celebration.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Eric! It would be great to see thousands of people meditating together for world peace. I am so excited to be a part of this historical event.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't think of a better reason for a festival. Thank you for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is good you bring this to light. Everyone should know about this and be happy about it. Many blessings to workers and attendees.


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