Dharma and Yoga Fest in Pleasanton

Listen to Anuradha Paudwal and others over Kirtan, enjoy classical dance and music, indulge in Yoga, and for kids, they can enjoy the Balgopal Theme Park, or watch Krishna Leela, a performance by no less than 250 kids of Balgokulam. Top this with free food, free entrance, and free parking. All this at Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA on September 14, 2013 from 11 AM till 9 PM.

This well publicized pan-Bay Area event is being organized under the aegis of different organizations. The main organizers of the event is Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) with the support from local organizations. If you are in the tri valley area, you may see posters saying Sri Dutta Sai Mandir, San Ramon, and at other places its the Fremont or Sunnywale Hindu temple. The event has different sponsors for the consumption of different geographies in the Bay Area.

Ultimately, it is to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, with a tag line of Universal Peace Through Dharma and Yoga.

There is also a performance by Jay Uttal, a ‘Spiritual Music Composer and Singer’ and Karnamrita Dasi and the group Kirtaniyas.  The dignitaries expected to attend are Dr. Ved Nanda, Paramacharya Palaniswami, Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami,  Sister Denise Lawrence and  Swami Prasannatmananda. What stands out is that many of them have made a name from themselves, though they are not from India.

Supporting local Organization are Sri Datta Sai Mandir – San Ramon,  Shea homes, Geeta Society, Art of Living, and the support is rounded off by Mata Amritanandmayi Center and Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore. There are many more organizations and individuals that have a role in the program, including sessions by Brahma Kumaris, and others.

The organizers have taken care to cover every aspect of the culture – from Dandiya, Tabla, Bhangra, Folk Dances, Mrudungam, Bharatnayam, Kathak, Geeta Recital to Patriotic songs.

If it is what it promises to be, its worth a visit this coming Saturday!


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