The ‘Festival of Inspiration’ – a colourful 10-day cultural festival for the whole family marking the centennial birth anniversary of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj – opened its doors to the public over the weekend at London’s iconic Neasden Temple in the presence of several distinguished guests.
Swamis from the Temple sadhus conducted a short ceremonial ritual and aarti before Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Sujit Ghosh, officially opened the gate of the Festival grounds in the morning. Drawing upon the profound impact of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Mr Ghosh said: “I am delighted to be here. What you are doing in terms of propagating Swamiji’s [His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s] message [of culture, harmony, and spirituality] is really impressive.”
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Frontline heroes from the local NHS and emergency services inaugurated the ‘Island of Heroes’ – a children’s adventure-land where visitors will embark on an exciting journey through musical productions, theatrical shows, a 4D experience, escape room, obstacle course as well as other interactive games and activities to become ‘heroes’ of the future.
Kamlesh Patel, a lead volunteer, shared: “Now that the Festival is officially open, the atmosphere is building with tremendous excitement. The sights, sounds and flavours will bring an unforgettable experience as we bring together communities from across the country.
“The beauty of the Festival is that there is something for everyone to engage with – from the amazing children’s adventureland to a stroll through the gardens, and, of course, the sumptuous ‘Flavours of India’ food court – and much much more! It’s a free family day out, so come and join us for one of the moments of the summer.”
Amish Tripathi, bestselling Indian author and Director of The Nehru Centre in London, was present to oversee the launch of the live music and dance performances on the outdoor stage, where some of the most acclaimed and sought-after artists of Indian music, dance and singing in the UK will enthral the audience.
David Webb, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, officially opened the Health Hub, which will provide visitors with free health awareness and well-being advice, screening and interactive sessions such as yoga training and healthy cooking demonstrations.
Webb shared his reflections: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to visit and be a part of the Festival of Inspiration on the hundredth centenary of His Holiness [Pramukh Swami Maharaj]. I’ve been really impressed by the extensive programme of engagement with the community to improve health and wellbeing.”
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