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AoL World Culture Festival today: Who's attending and full schedule

The stage is now set for the controversial three-day cultural event opening on Friday on the Yamuna flood plains even as Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar struck a defiant note that he will not pay Rs 5 crore fine imposed by Green Tribunal and would rather go to jail.

delhi Updated: Mar 11, 2016 11:56 IST
HT Correspondent
The preparation work being carried out for the World Cultural Festival organized by Art of Living an organization on Shri Shri Ravi Shankar at the Bank of River Yamuna in New Delhi.
The preparation work being carried out for the World Cultural Festival organized by Art of Living an organization on Shri Shri Ravi Shankar at the Bank of River Yamuna in New Delhi.(Hindustan Times)

The stage is now set for the controversial three-day cultural event opening on Friday on the Yamuna flood plains even as Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar struck a defiant note that he will not pay Rs 5 crore fine imposed by Green Tribunal and would rather go to jail.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the ‘World Culture Festival’ that plans to bring together people of talent, eminence and repute in which 3.5 million people are expected to participate.

Here is the full schedule of the event

Friday, 11 March 2016

5 to 5.15pm

Welcoming the Dignitaries on stage

Invocation by Chandrika Tandon and troupe

Lighting of the lamp of celebration

Honouring dignitaries from around the globe

Vedic chants by 1,000 Veda pandits

5.15pm to 5.35pm

Welcome address by Justice RC Lahoti

Presentation on Art of Living’s 35-year journey

5.35pm to 5.45pm

Address by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living

5.45pm to 6.10pm

The Art of Living Grand Symphony

Release of the Commemorative Souvenir

Kathak Emsemble

6.10pm to 6.50pm

Address by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

6.50pm to 8.30pm

Bharatnatyam Ensemble

Addresses by Dignitaries

Horo Dance from Bulgaria

African Beats

Mohiniyattam and Kathakali

Whirling Dervishes

Awa Odori from Japan

8.30pm to 8.40pm

Guided meditation conducted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

8.40pm to 9pm

Addresses by Dignitaries

Lithuanian Dance

Brazilian Samba

Russian Dance

A Tribute

Himachali Nati

Thai Dance

Gujarati Garba Dance

9pm to 9.10pm

The Art of Living Grand Symphony

Saturday, 12 March 2016

6am to 7.30am

Yoga and Meditation

8am to 3pm

Global Leadership Forum

Highlights include: Former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, Arnab Goswami, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

5pm to 5.20pm

Welcoming the Dignitaries on stage

Lighting the lamp of celebration

Honouring dignitaries and the spiritual and religious leaders from around the globe

Vedic chants by 1,000 Veda Pandits

Guru Puja Chanting

5.30pm to 5.50pm

Address by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Guided meditation conducted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

5.50pm to 6.50pm

The Art of Living Grand Symphony

Nadaswaram

Address by Dignataries

Blessings and Greetings by Religious and Spiritual Leaders

Oddisi Ensemble

6.50pm to 7.50pm

Latin fire for Peace

Pathni Folk Dance

Filipino Dance

Addresses by Dignitaties

Blessings and Greetings by Religious and Spiritual Leaders

Maruni Dance

Russian Dance

Kathi Folk Dance

Haryanavi Dance

Belarussian Dance

7.50pm to 8pm

The Art of Living Grand Symphony

8pm to 9pm

Address by Dignitaries

Blessings and Greetings by Religious and Spiritual Leaders

Dhangari Dhol Performance

Glow of the Earth

Showcase of the Alpine Horns

8pm to 9pm

Middle East Performance

Chinese Song

Hungarian Dance

Punjabi Bhangra

Sunday, 13 March 2016

6am to 7am

Yoga and Meditation

8am to 3pm

Global Leadership Forum

Highlights include: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sir Richdard Branson, Kiran Bedi

5pm to 5.30pm

Welcoming the Dignitaries on stage

Invocation by Smt. Bhanumathi Narasimhan, director of Women and Child Welfare Programs at the Art of Living

Lighting of the lamp of peace

Address by Dignitaries

5.20pm to 5.30pm

The Art of Living Grand Symphony

5.30pm to 6.30pm

Argentine Tango

Assamese Bihu

Address by Dignitaries

Kandyan Dance

6.30pm to 6.40pm

National Anthem of India

6:40 pm to 7.25pm

Address by Shri Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Guided meditation conducted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

7.25pm to 8.30pm

Rabindra Sangeet

Kuchipudi

Address by Dignitaries

Rajasthani Ghoomar

Mongolian Dance

Nepalese Dance

Hip Hop

Sufi Fusion

Indonesian Dance

Cheer Dance

8.35pm to 9pm

Cosmic Rhythm

Vande Mataram (National song of India)