Buddhist fest. ends on a musical note

Renowned classical artists enthral monks and locals with their performance

February 06, 2018 01:07 am | Updated 01:08 am IST - VIJAYAWADA

Traditional treat:  Artists from Arunachal Pradesh performing at the Buddhist Heritage Festival  on Monday.

Traditional treat: Artists from Arunachal Pradesh performing at the Buddhist Heritage Festival on Monday.

The performances of internationally acclaimed flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and other renowned classical artists ensured a perfect ending to the three-day Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival, Global Shanti hosted by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority.

Pandit Chaurasia, along with percussionists Pandit Subhankar Banerjee and Bhawani Shankar flautist Debopriya Chatterjee, gave a mesmerising performance with his bansuri bamboo flute for nearly 40 minutes non-stop rejoicing the gathering of monks and locals.

Later, the Carnatic vocal concert by Shanmukapriya and Haripriya, popularly known as Priya Sisters, enthralled the audience, particularly the senior citizens, who visited the festival at PWD Grounds.

The other performances include recital of Heart Sutra, famous Buddhist Scriptures by students of Maitreya School, Bodhgaya and Cham dance performance by Buddhist monks.

Speaking during the closing ceremony, Bhikku Rahul Ratna of Bangladesh Monastery called upon the officials of AP Tourism to organise the festival annually.

“We are happy to Not many people know that Andhra Pradesh has rich Buddhist heritage,” he said and lauded the efforts of the State government in protecting and promoting the Buddhist heritage sites.

The event set a world record on Sunday with the participation of over 45,000 people from across the globe via the Internet in the Viswa Santhi prayer, the organisers said. The participants chanted the Santhi mantra from their respective locations. During the three days, over four million people viewed the festival proceedings via the Internet.

Thousands of people visited the venue during the three days and experienced the culture, cuisine and handicrafts of Buddhists.

Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad, local MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority CEO Himanshu Shukla, Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati CEO Emani Sivanagi Reddy and others were present.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.