David Cameron invites Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to address House of Commons

  • Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2016 01:05 IST
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar interacts with journalists on the 3rd day of the World Culture Festival in New Delhi. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The Art of Living’s World Culture Festival ended on Sunday with a number of colourful performances, entertaining nearly three lakh people from India and abroad.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union minister of communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP president Amit Shah and Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra were among senior politicians who attended the festival on Sunday.

Along with the international dignitaries came an invitation from British Prime Minister David Cameron. The British PM sent his invitation in a message through his Conservative Party’s parliamentarian Matthew Offord.

“British Prime Minister David Cameron has invited you to address the House of Commons whenever you visit the UK next time,” Offord said.

“People say that no one can change the world but Sri Sri has already started,” Cameron was quoted as saying in his message to the spiritual leader.

One of the highlights of the day was ‘Cosmic Rhythm’, where over 4,600 artists presented a performance comprising 30 dance forms, followed by a soulful rendition of Tagore songs by 1,000 artistes.

Over 452 dancers from Assam performed Bihu, 1,250 artistes from Rajasthan showcased Ghoomar and 1,050 artistes from Andhra Pradesh performed Kuchipudi, among other events. The international performances were led by 50 Pakistani Sufi dancers. The other international artistes who enthralled the audience included 148 Tango dancers by Argentina, 75 artistes from Indonesia and hip hop dancers from the US.

For 10-year-old Amit Sethi, it was an experience of a lifetime. “It took us nearly three hours to reach this place from our home in Saket. However, it is great to see a fiesta which is as grand as an Olympic ceremony. So many people from so many countries, it is really exciting,” said Sethi, who came with his parents and grandparents.

Day 3 had the maximum number of footfall with people from all corners of the city gathering in this section of East Delhi to be a part of the grand picnic.

“Every Sunday people go to India Gate or Qutub Minar for a good time with the family. This Sunday, we are at World Cultural Festival,” said Manish Kumar, a resident of Dilshad Garden.

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