Huge festival starts in Delhi, defying environment, safety fears


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi attended the opening on Friday (March 11) of a giant music and dance festival that has been criticised for environmental damage and the possible safety risks of its enormous stage. Large crowds braved heavy rain for the start of the event, crossing army-made pontoon bridges across Delhi’s main river, the Yamuna, to the “World Culture Festival”, where 35,000 dancers and musicians will perform to an expected audience of millions over three days. Modi, the star guest at the opening ceremony, sat next to organiser Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a well known guru, on a specially built…

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