Teamwork Arts returns with Shree Cement The Sacred, a spiritual musical festival in Pushkar
Teamwork Arts, the entertainment company behind Jaipur Literature Festival, returns with the Shree Cement The Sacred, Pushkar- a festival offering a holistic and soulful experience. Pushkar in Rajasthan is one of the oldest towns in India and so also in the world. For a second year running Shree Cement The Sacred, Pushkar thus celebrates this ancient and holy city located in the heart of colorful Rajasthan with a range of activities designed to invoke your `inner divine’.
Preview of The Sacred was held at Bikaner House, India Gate, New Delhi on 2 December where musical performances by Jean-Paul Poletti and The Men’s choir of Sartene, sacred music by mellifluous devotional singer Sukriti Sen and Aafrind, a famous South African band playing scintillating melodies of Indo-western fusion entertained the guests.
Open from the 10th to 11h of December 2016, Shree Cement The Sacred, Pushkar supported by Rajasthan Tourism is a multifaceted musical event with performances by renowned Sufi singers Wadali Brothers, popular Sufi singer Daler Mehndi; Dhrupad singers Gundecha Brothers; The Soil, an acapella group from South Africa; Byambajargal Gombodorj, a singer from Mongolia; multi awardee Pakharwaj drum player Pt. Bhawani Shankar; Grammy nominated Flutist Shashank Subramanyam; folk singer Parvathy Baul; Karthal (manjira) player Bhungar Khan and Shabnam Virmani with Gopal Singh Chouhan rendering Kabir.
Meditation session with Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director Tibet House, who spent 17 years as a translator of HH Dalai Lama, Zachoeje Rinpoche who will reveal the secret of Tibetan Heart Yoga and sound healing workshop by South African acapella singing group, The Soil. Guided heritage walks with local musicians and organic cooking session will complete the experience.
Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan says “The Sacred Pushkar Festival with roots in openness and inclusiveness presents various traditions of Sacred Music, Meditation and Yoga meant to evoke the divine within us. This unique curation captures the essence of ancient Pushkar. Come to Pushkar and discover your ‘Sthan”
H.M. Bangur, Managing Director of Shree Cement Ltd. says, “Pushkar – a city that transcends time. As legend goes, it was created by the Creator himself. No wonder, it is a perfect portrayal of the kaleidoscopic history and culture of Rajasthan. A beautiful little bundle of all that Rajasthan has to offer. Our connection with this holy city dates back to more than a century. “Rang Ji” temple, one of the prime tourist attractions here, is a family heritage, and each visit to Pushkar is a trip back to our roots. It is here that we have been organizing classes of Yoga, Music and Meditation, things that our family closely identifies with. Associating with ‘The Sacred Pushkar’ is a natural extension to that. ‘The Sacred Pushkar’, a festival that has been initiated by the Government of Rajasthan to celebrate the history, culture and eternal beauty of Pushkar, is a spiritually awakening experience. As we begin its 2nd chapter, we welcome you to join us, in this celebration of Music, Yoga and Meditation, and of the city Pushkar. Come Discover!”
Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, says, “At Teamwork Arts, we celebrate the spirit of creative expression and this festival is a manifestation of all things divine that lie within us. From the beautiful and divine host city of Pushkar to the numerous soul stirring performers who’ve joined to collaborate for this experience, Shree Cement The Sacred will be an experience for visitors like never before. We’re grateful to the state of Rajasthan and to our partners Shree Cement who’ve collaborated with us to help us keep this festival a memorable experience for visitors”
The festival has its roots in openness, accessibility and inclusiveness. The programme is designed to draw the active participation of the visitors to make it a rejuvenating experience. Imagine yourself at the spectacular Maha Aarti – with international, national and local visitors all together - on the ghats against the pink hued winter evening sky. You can walk through the winding lanes of this colourful desert town, unveiling its rich architectural, culinary and handicrafts’ heritage. The walks include the music processions to discover the secrets of the old Rangi temple, the rare Brahma temple, awakening of the old stones of the Varah ghat through local music such as brass bands, Ravanhatta instrument, bhajans and nagaras.
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