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Press Release: 2nd edition of “Ganga-Danube: Cultural Festival of India” and 3rd International Day of Yoga in 15 cities of Hungary from 23-25th June, 2017




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Embassy of India is organizing 2nd edition of “Ganga-Danube: Cultural Festival of India”  and 3rd International Day of Yoga in 15 cities of Hungary from 23-25th June, 2017.  Cities are:  Budapest, Balatonfured, Debrecen,  Eger, Esztergom,  Gyor, Nagykanizsa, Nagykoros,  Miskolc, Pecs,  Sarvar, Szentendre, Sopron, Szeged and Veszprem.

The festival was formally inaugurated at a glittering ceremony last evening,  jointly by Mr. Peter Cseresznyes, Hungarian Minister of State for Labour Affairs and President of Parliamentary Friendship Group with India and Ambassador of India Rahul Chhabra at the prestigious Urania Theatre.  A glimpse of Indian culture was showcased  through Indian classical and folk dances. The performances were highly acclaimed by the over 350 people present. The winners of online yoga quiz and essay competition were also felicitated on this occasion.

Today and tomorrow, 24– 25th June we are staging several cultural performances, yoga practices, yoga workshops, Indian folk art Henna, food festival and screening of Bollywood movies in 15 major cities throughout Hungary all open to the public, free of cost.

For the first time ever:


a) On the International Day of Yoga the historic and iconic symbol of Budapest, Chain Bridge was lit up with India colours and motifs throughout the night of 21st It carried animated symbols of IDY and Ganga-Danube Festival.  Video on YouTube.

b) The Festival kickstarts global celebrations of 70th anniversary of India’s independence by Ministry of Culture.

c) Embassy of India has managed to raise substantial resources through private sector sponsors including leading international corporates like Mastercard and Decathlon.

d) In Szentendre, which is a historic city on the banks of River Danube, a ceremony of mixing the waters of Ganga and Danube will be performed symbolizing the confluence of two cultures. During the ceremony Ganga Sutra and Ganga-Danube Aarti will be performed along with Shanti mantra.

e). Yoga for handicapped and blind children

f).  As curtain raiser to the event, yoga flashmobs have been organized  in 4 cities of Hungary.

g). In view of the extremely successful celebrations last year, several Mayors contacted us to requested that their cities be included in the Festival.

Other salient features of the Festival are:

i) A famous Hungarian actress, Indian origin singer and a media personality have been appointed as our three brand ambassadors for IDY.

ii). 5 Yoga teachers from India have been sent by Indian Council for Cultural Relations for yoga demonstration and for organizing  yoga workshops during the Festival.

iii). Events being organized in the open main public square to ensure maximum public participation/audience

iv). Quiz and essay contest on yoga were organized online  with the help of ‘Greycells’ an Indian quiz company.

v).  Active usage of social media to promote participation by the local community.

vi). A total of 5  Indian troupes consisting of 35 artists (i) Raasleela Troupe-folk  (ii) Mohiniyattam dance troupe, (iii) Alaknanda Dasgupta group-Kathak (iv) Ms. Baladevi Chandrashekar -Bharatnatyam  dance (v) Mr. Debashish Ganguli- sitar player will be performing during the festival.

vii) Embassy of India is also utilizing the services of 11 Hungarian groups consisting of around 50 artists proficient in Indian classical dance and music for the 15 cities.

viii) involvement of the local Indian community, particularly students, as volunteers.

ix). The entire effort is being coordinated by the Embassy without the assistance of any professional impresario.

Embassy also  organized the 3rd International Day of Yoga in 3 cities of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) i.e. Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar from 17-18th June, 2017.  Video of the event on Facebook.

For first time ever:

     Yoga workshop was also organized in Gradiska town in Police complex by visiting yoga teacher from India.
     Other salient features of the event in BiH were as below:

  • Apart from Yoga and yoga workshops, Indian cultural performances  were also organized.

  • In Banja Luka, event was part of local Festival Dukatfest and the event was opened by India with classical Indian dances and music.

For further information please visit our Facebook pages:

International Day of Yoga and Ganga-Danube Cultural Festival:

Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre:

Embassy of India, Budapest:



(Photos by Farkas-Mohi Balazs)

Date: 24th June 2017