Grand Premiere Show of Mystic India in Pretoria, South Africa

Saturday, 25 March 2006, Menlyn Park, Pretoria, South Africa

A spectacular and colorful premiere of Mystic India was hosted at the IMAX Theatre in Menlyn Park, Pretoria, north of Johannesburg.

The many VIP guests which attended the occasion included Mr. Phakamani Mthembu - Director of Living Heritage, Department of Arts and Culture; Mr. Suresh Goel – Indian Consulate General; and various leaders of the Indian Community. Journalists from The Star, The Post and the Indo-Asian News Service were also present.

The entire area was charged with the colors and sounds of India, as the BAPS volunteer youths dressed in traditional Indian attire, performed cultural dances.

BAPS volunteer children dressed in traditional Indian costumes, welcomed the guests by showering them with flower petals as they walked down a long carpet to the entrance. There, youths wearing peacock (the national bird of India) costumes ushered them into the foyer of the cinema. They were treated to Indian snacks and refreshments prepared by the BAPS Volunteer Women’s Wing before viewing the Mystic India film at 7.00 pm.

Guests were enthralled by the inspiring story of Neelkanth Varni’s barefoot pilgrimage of India.

Mel Miller, representative of IMAX in South Africa, said "Our democracy is a very young one compared to India, and there is so much that we can learn from India."

The premiere show was also recorded by the press and showed on national television.