Over 21,000 people from all walks of life came together on one platform in Batticaloa to sing in unison some of the key verses from the richest Tamil devotional poetry – The Thevaram.
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Batticaloa. January 22.2010. History was created in Sri Lanka as 21,000 singers gathered together to sing the ‘Thevaram’, the richest Tamil devotional poetry sung over centuries. The event was organized by several hundred youth volunteers of the Art of Living in Sri Lanka.
The grand event was attended by Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is on a three-day tour of the country. Speaking at the gathering, Sri Sri urged people to drop the past and move ahead. He emphasized the need to apply the human virtue of forgiveness in our daily life. He also called upon the people to unite in a spirit of unity and respect for all religions.
Also present on the occasion was Mr. Chandrakanthan Sivanesathurai , The Chief Minister of the Eastern Province. He thanked Sri Sri and the Art of Living for their wholehearted support in providing relief and assistance in the recent floods that had impaired life in several areas of Batticaloa.
The event had enthusiastic participation from all sections of society. Students, homemakers, executives and government dignitaries were part of the event.