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Chetna Dua , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 16, 2013
As the city gets ready to bask in the festival of lights soon, a four-day festival, Isha Utsav, aims to light up the lives of Delhiites by showcasing an assortment of eco-friendly handicrafts, followed by guided meditation techniques, soulful Sufi music and sumptuous yet healthy snacks.

“Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. It is also a celebration of clarity and enlightenment. May this Diwali be not just a festival of lights, but also a celebration of taking a step towards enlightenment,” says Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder, Isha Foundation, which is organising the fest.

On display will be a visual treat of eco-friendly handicrafts prepared by rural tribes in Tamil Nadu. From decorative bamboo baskets, metal lamps that spread positive energy, trendy and stylish jute bags to tea coasters, table mats and incense sticks, there is lots to choose from if you are looking for organic gift options this Diwali between `100 to `5,000. “We are trying to create sustainable living by reviving traditional crafts and bringing them to the cities,” says Maa Ekisha, a volunteer.

And, there’s more than just shopping. Stress is a common part of city life, and here, one can also learn to relax after a hectic day with short and powerful guided meditation sessions on how to attract love, peace, health and success into one’s life. The half-an-hour meditation sessions will be open to beginners throughout the day — from 11.40am to 6.20pm.

If music be the food for soul, there’s a lot of that, too. “We look forward to playing some original compositions along with famous sufi numbers,” says Ashish Chhabra, founder, Jazba, a Delhi-based sufi band that’s performing.

Catch it live
Isha Utsav — A celebration of life
When: October 17 to 20
Time: 11am to 9pm
Performance by: Jazba on October 19, 7:30pm onwards
Where: 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli Road
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on the Yellow Line