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In PICS: Indian music, yoga and dance enthrall Berlin

Last updated on: July 6, 2011 14:24 IST

In PICS: Indian music, yoga and dance enthrall Berlin

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The event: The biggest yoga camp ever. The place: Berlin, Germany. The occasion was the 30th year celebration of the Art of Living Foundation. Around 50,000 people from around the world attended the two-day event on July 2 and 3. The event saw around 6,000 artistes performing to a cheering crowd at the Olympiastadion, even though it rained persistently.

The Olympiastadion was originally built for the 1936 summer Olympics. Interestingly, this was the first-ever Olympics with television transmission. The stadium was also one of the very few buildings which escaped the wrath of World War II.

Presently, the stadium has a capacity of 110,000 spectators.

Image: The ancient science of yoga came alive when 800 experts sychronised yogasanas and suryanamaskars to musically choreographed shlokas and chants at the World Culture  Festival in Berlin.

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About 50,000 audience members created a rainbow of colors as they smiled through the rain on Saturday at the World Culture Festival which marked the 30th anniversary of The Art of Living.

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With world peace in their hearts and minds 50,000 people led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took part in the meditation for peace in Berlin.

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A percussionist plays an African drum in one of the pavilions which encircled the Olympic Stadium where Art of Living celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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Elitsa Todorova leads 1,000 traditional Bulgarian folk dancers with her mix of folk music and electronic percussion. Her award winning composition is called "Voda," meaning "water" and was performed in the rain on Saturday, creating a magical experience. Around 6,000 artists from across the world were a part of this grand cultural event.

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Participants laugh together as they present stories from their Tunisian cultural heritage in the Africa Pavilion, one of the World Pavilions surrounding the Olympiastadion.

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Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar alongside dignitaries who spoke during the World Culture Festival. (From right): European Parliament member Mr Nirj Deva (far left), HE Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri (third from left), Mr Geoffrey Van Orden (far right).


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