Janmastami is one the most significant events on the Vedic cultural calendar. Celebrated in most countries around the world, it commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, exploring his many past times and the heritage underpinning India's culture through the preparation of exotic foods, dance, music and theatre.
The organisers for this year's Janmastami Festival of Life have been involved in organising the event since 2001, with Janmastami being held on the Sunshine Coast every year since 1997. This year's festival will be held at the Coolum CWA hall on August 30 from 5pm until 9pm.
The Janmastami Festival of Life 2008 will include the following activities:
* Classical Indian Dance. Dance is an important aspect of both traditional and contemporary Indian culture. In India dance and drama is central to the completion of the Janmastami festival with one of Krishna's most famous pastimes incorporating dance.
* Classical Indian Music. The classical music of northern India is exemplified by such instruments as the Sitar and the Tabla. Krishnapada, a local classical Indian music group, will be performing at the Janmastami Festival of Life.
* Traditional Bhajans and Kirtans. Bhajans and Kirtans are the folk music style associated with the festivals of India and the devotional tradition of Krishna. Musicians from the Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai Mandira Brisbane will be performing with traditional folk instruments such as the Mrdangam and the Cartals.
* Krsna Katha. Hear transcendental stories of Krsna's pastimes as described in the ancient Vedic literature.
* Traditional Indian Food. Traditional Indian food will be provided by Govinda's Vegetarian Cafè Maroochydore. Govinda's have been providing the food for the Janmastami festivals on the Sunshine Coast since their inception.
Janmastami Festival of Life 2008
Coolum CWA Hall
30 August 2008 from 5pm 'til 9pm
Downloadable: "Janmastami Festival of Life 2008" Card
For more information please visit the Janmastami Festival of Life 2008 website
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