Indian embassies to celebrate yoga through art

New Delhi: Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to make Yoga day a huge success. From South Africa to the US and from celebrities to sportspersons, everyone will take the event to a whole new level on June 21.

Adding more galore to the event are the Indian embassies, which across 20 countries are set to hold an exhibition of photographs by art historian Benoy K Behl, all through in June, to commemorate the International Yoga Day on June 21.

The exhibition, ‘Yoga for All, Yoga for Health’, comprises 64 photographs of the finest practitioners of yoga, taken across India, Vietnam and the US.

A documentary on Yoga, shot across India and the world, will also be screened in 50 countries on World Yoga Day.

“The world is going through a serious crisis of physical and mental health. In my firm view, yoga is the only answer which is left for the world,” Behl said.

“The creation of a World Yoga Day by the Prime Minister has been a most remarkable act. Not only will the world benefit more from yoga owing to this act, but it also draws clear attention to India as the originator of yoga,” he added.

Behl has been presenting yoga through his photographs and films for the past one year.

In May, Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO, inaugurated Behl’s exhibition on ‘Yoga for All, Yoga for Health’ at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

The places where the exhibition will be held include Shanghai, Geneva, Reunion Island France, Sao Paulo, Athens, Bishkek, Beijing, Rabat, Port of Spain, Prague, Copenhagen, Birmingham, Zanzibar, Amman, Seychelles, Phnom Penh, Sri Lanka, The Hague, Armenia and Georgia.

Behl, who has in the past photographed the Ajanta and Ellora Caves and various Buddhist sculptures in India and abroad, said this has been made possible with help from the External Affairs Ministry.

Meanwhile Behl’s 60-minute documentary titled ‘Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life’ has been shot across India, Germany and the US contains interviews with leading Yoga teachers like the late BKS Iyengar besides doctors scientists and sociologists.

Representations of yoga are to be found in the Indus Valley seals of 5,000 years ago, says the photographer filmmaker and art historian.

“The Upanishads, formulated by the 8th or 9th century BC, put forward the concepts of yoga. Ancient Indian philosophy is deeply related to yoga. The best answer to the problems of the world today, appears to be this ancient answer from the Indian traditions,” he stated.

The filmmaker said he is currently making his second documentary on the subject.

The Indian government has deputed yoga teachers across the world for the June 21 event which will be marked in 192 out of 193 UN member nations, with Yemen — where India no longer has an embassy — the only exception.

Modi, a diligent yoga student, hopes to set another world record next Sunday by bringing together 35,000 people on Rajpath, Delhi’s grand government boulevard, for the largest ever yoga class.

(With inputs from PTI)


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