Children from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London were invited to participate in the ‘Faiths In Tune’ music festival at The British Museum on Sunday 25 March 2018.
Faiths In Tune is an all-day interfaith music festival that promotes interfaith dialogue and coexistence through music. Specifically, the Festival brings together hundreds of people of different cultures and faiths to share and experience music from their respective backgrounds.
The Mandir is committed to engaging, sharing and collaborating with different faith communities in the UK, including during the annual National Interfaith Week. The Mandir also provides a platform for children to learn and develop their musical skills and present their talent during various cultural programmes throughout the year.
The children contributed to a memorable musical festival by singing bhajans accompanied by the melodious sounds of traditional Indian musical instruments, including the tabla and harmonium. They also performed classical Indian dances.
Anja Fahlenkamp, Director of the Festival, said, “It was lovely to see and hear the dance and musical performance from the children of BAPS. They performed very well.”
Mehul Kathrani, one of the volunteers at the Mandir, added, “It was a privilege to perform at the British Museum. The students performed incredibly well in front of a large audience, and the quality of their delivery is a testimony of their dedication and the standard of teaching that they have received. Listening to music from such a diverse group of people at the Festival was a rewarding and enriching experience.”
A visiting tourist also shared, “Amazing performance of the Indian dance by the young students – wonderfully co-ordinated and hugely entertaining.”