Massive turnout at yoga day celebrations in Dhaka

first_imgNot just in India, the second edition of World Yoga Day was celebrated with huge enthusiasm in neighbouring Bangladesh too. The main event was organised by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka at the Mirpur indoor stadium. Thousands attended the event along with celebrities from the country’s tinsel town.Bangladesh sports minister Biren Sikder, Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla were among those who attended the event.  Over 2000 people attended the yoga session which began at 8 am in the morning. A similar event had also been organised last year at the National Museum in Dhaka. It was after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts during his 2014 United Nation speech that the world body finally declared  June 21 as the International Day  for Yoga. Speaking at the inauguration of the event, Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla termed yoga an invaluable gift from India to the world.”The idea of yoga day began 10 years ago when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other yoga gurus gave a call to the United Nations to declare 21st June as the World Yoga Day and it was the sincere effort from Prime Minister Narendra Modi that made this dream a reality,” Shringla explained.INTEREST GROWS IN BANGLADESH Several Bangladeshi celebrities like film actor Arifin Shuvoo and singers Ferdous Wahid and Akhi Alamgir were also present at the Mirpur stadium for the occasion to encourage people to perform various asanas. Students from various schools in Dhaka and officials from the Indian high commission also took part in the event.  Bangladesh Sports Minister Biren Sikder, who actively participated in the hour long yoga programme said he hopes it would help to further strengthen ties between India and Bangladesh. “The brotherhood between Bangladesh and India will grow stronger with yoga . We have given registration to our Yoga Association for spreading the practice of yoga in our country and developing it even further,” the minister said.advertisementOn Tuesday more than 135 countries across the globe participated in various programmes to commemorate the second edition of International Day of Yoga.last_img read more

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