Accurately describing the spectacular nature of this evening would be a futile effort. With over 200 dancers performing through the night, capped off by a finale comprising around 300, you really need to experience this event to appreciate it.
A cultural fusion of east and west, the show will feature Irish jigs, contemporary street dance, traditional dandiya raas, a drum corps and much more besides. International in nature and international in its delivery; the dances will be performed by the talented and skilled disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi from around the world. The world renowned Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band will also perform during the evening.
Dance is an integral part of religion and devotion, as it can be regarded as a form of asceticism. The origin of the word asceticism actually refers to the discipline that athletes impose upon themselves in order to achieve command over the mind and body. The dedication, routine and repetition pursuit of perfection and ultimate selfcontrol are all disciplines common to the Swaminarayan way of life, and to dance. Dance brings the mind and body together; religious dance therefore brings the mind, body and soul together in a unique way. And so religious dance is natural to a disciple of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
Recognising that dancing has this great ability to enable religious experiences, Acharya Swamishree Maharaj has established dance academies around the world as integral parts of Mandirs. Religious dance events, such as the evening of Friday 22nd August, showcase these philosophies and talents to the world.