II IDY Celebrations in Buenos Aires, Argentina Posted on : 22-06-2016 | Back | Print
II International Day of Yoga celebrations at Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 20 June 2016
The Embassy of India in Buenos Aires in collaboration with the city government of Buenos Aires and 7 yoga institutions (Art of Living, Brahma Kumaris, Hastinapur Foundation,
Indira Devi Foundation, ONG Chris Lavalle,, Shivanand Yoga Centre, University of El Salvador) organised the II International Day of Yoga at the prestigious cultural centre of Usina
del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 20 June (Monday) from 1000 – 17.30 hrs. The event saw over 3,000 people from all walks of life participating in a diverse range of activities throughout the day.
The practice sessions included demonstrations of 8 styles of yoga interspersed with meditations sessions. In addition seminars were organized simultaneously to bring out the
myriad aspects of Yoga’s philosophy. In order to connect with maximum number of Argentines and create a festive mood, Indian classical / fusion dance and music
performances were also held by local artists. Well-known personalities of Argentina were invited specially as artists and panelists for seminars to participate in the events.
Special messages for the occasion from the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, were screened at the event.
Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, Ms. Pamela Malewicz in representation of the Mayor of Buenos Aires, inaugurated the event and in her
inaugural speech recognised Prime Minister Modi’s impressive campaign to internationalise yoga. She also placed on record how deeply integrated yoga was with
Argentine ethos and the immense benefits its practice brought to the Argentine society.
Charge d’Affaires and Second Secretary of the Embassy of India, Ms. Swadha Rizvi extended a warm welcome to the large number of Argentines and the Indian diaspora,
who made the event successful with their enthusiastic participation. Outlining the three main objectives of this celebration she said, “The second edition of IDY is being
held in Argentina to celebrate the close and passionate relationship that Argentines share with Yoga, for strengthening the bridge of friendship through Yoga between
India and Argentina and finally for reaffirming the need to continue nurturing the old – age tradition of yoga by Argentina and other countries of the world”.
The closing ceremony was graced by Environment Minister, Mr. Sergio Bergman who hailed Yoga’s exemplary contribution to individual and social well-being and in fostering world peace.
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