March 6 – 7 (Rishikesh): The fourth and the fifth day of Rishikesh Art and Music Festival were dedicated to photography, yoga, and meditation.
The venue of the event was as unique and extra-ordinary as the festival itself.
RAFF team chose Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram, popularly known as the Beatles Ashram (or Chaurasi Kuttiya) for the two days.
The festival brought alive the campus of the ashram with workshops, performances and activities all over the place. Notably, the event alike every other event of the festival, was free of cost; the only charges were from the Forest Department for the tickets to enter the premises.
Pradumn Nagapal, the Executive Director of the 11-day event, spoke to team TGC to provide an insight to the event. “We see international guests so overwhelmed with the Indian experience and at the same time we run after westernisation. The main purpose of the whole event, for me, is to show people the cultural value of our nation.” He said.
Pradumn, who belongs to Gurgaon, met Deja on one of his trips to Rishikesh where they decided to come together to produce the whole event.
“Although we do not have sufficient funding from any source but we’ve put in all we’ve got to produce all of this and so, It has been a magical experience so far,” he added.
L to R: Photographer Sej Saraiya & Photographer Shekhar Rawat
The occurrence was consistently distributed all over the premises. With photographic display from Tony Ellis, Julian, Marc, Sej Sariaya, Shekhar Rawat, and Deja Cross, the exhibition was a different art experience altogether for the visitants. The artists had used the their camera to encompass and capture their stories and experiences which were speaking for themselves.
A number of other activities were also a part of the event. Handwriting and Signature Analysis by Ankur Rohatgi, Sound Healing by Shiva Giresh, Heart Healing by Yana, Transcendental Meditation by Tim Jones and team, Astrology by Dr Prateek, Chakra Healing by Anne Haack, Brasilian Music by Arnold, Nada Yoga by Shivanand Sharma, Yoga Nidra by Tara Ji were among the many workshops and events that were a part of the two-day affair.
RAFF is currently screening documentaries and short films from March 8 to 11 at the Ganga Resort, Rishikesh.