Consulate General of India

New York

World Peace Festival - 2018

Bhagavan Sree Krishna Jayanthi Celebration

162st Annual Jayanthi Day Celebration for Sree Narayana Guru

131th Annual Jayanthi Day Celebration for Swami Sivananda Saraswati 

​8th Annual "Samadhi Day" Celebration for Rabbi Dr. Joseph Gelberman

50th Jayanthi (Birth Day)Celebration for Guru Dileepji Maharaj

Date: Sunday, September 30 - October 4, 2018

Time: 10am - 6pm

4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY10036, USA

Admission: By Donation


Mantra for World Peace * Interfaith Prayers * Panel Discussion * Meditation

Bhajans * Music * Dance * Kirtan * Art Show * Award Ceremony * Potluck Party

Organized by

World Yoga Community Inc.

(Not-For-Profit-Organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status)


World Peace Festival - 2017 

Art Show by Anand Patole & Art for Peace by Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan will be held from 3pm to 6pm

3:00pm: Welcome Speech by Guru Anand Veetarag (Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community-WYC)

3:05pm: Opening ceremony by Guru Dileepji Maharaj and other clergy/spiritual/community leaders

3:10pm: Native American Prayer with "PanEuRhythmy" Group Dance led by Grandmother Bishop Lygia DeCastro (Native American Elder from Yupy Guarani Tribe, Brazil) accompanied by Dr. Svetla Kalcheva (Violin)

3:25pm: Jewish Prayer & Message on H. H. Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman by Cantor Rev. Judith Steel (Executive Board Member, World Yoga Community-WYC)

3:30pm: Hindu Prayer and Message on H. H. Swami Sivananda Saraswati Maharaj by Prem Sadasivananda (Founder, Vidya-samyogah)

3:35pm: Panel Discussion on “Peace” (5-7 minutes / each presenter)
1. Ghandikota Aryama (Advisor, Sarva Dharma Service Center)
2. Dr. Ada Menakaya (Executive Director, UNESCO Center for Global Education Chief Operating Officer & NGO Representative at the UN)
3. Dr. Sarah Sayeed (Senior Advisor, Community Affairs Unit of the NYC Office of the Mayor)
4. Michael Shewchuk (Legal Officer, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations)
5. Swami Muktananda Yati (Founder, One-World School of Vedanta)
6. Q&A

4:10pm: Interfaith Prayers (2 minutes / each clergy leader)
1. Oneness - Brother Oneness Raj Bhushan Esq.
2. African Tradition - Dr. Remi Alapo (Founder, Institute for Peace and Leadership)
3. Interfaith - Rev. Dr. Kathleen Regan (Dean, All Faiths Seminary International)
4. Christian/African Tradition - Dr. Drissa Ena Kone (Chaplain & Director of Student Life, Unification Theological Seminary)
5. Islam / Turkish Tradition - Imam Dr. Ahmet M. Atlig (Chaplain, VA Medical Center)
6. Spanish Tradition - Maria L. Vargas (Executive Director, Latin Affairs of the Universal Peace federation for World Peace - NGO at the UN & United Nations International Civil Servant (Retd.)
7. Ananda Tradition - Acarya Abhiramananda Avadhuta (Ananda Marga)
8. Unification - Rev. Beryl Green (Chairperson, Womens Federation for World Peace-NYC Chapter)
9. Islam / Bangla Tradition - Imam Muhammad Shahidullah (President, Interfaith Center, USA)
10. Hindu Prayer - Swami Parameshananda (Executive member of CSVGC-NY (Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY) and the Religious NGO Committee at the United Nations)
11. Buddhism - Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Kenjitsu Nakagaki (President of the Buddhist Council of New York)
12. Interfaith - Rev. Susana Bastarrica (Founder, The Vigil for Peace & Ecology, United Nations International Civil Servant (Retd.)

4:40pm: Music Meditation (Flute) by Sundar Das Ruben Giron

4:50pm: Spiritual Songs - “Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir” led by Pastor Frank Haye (Founder, Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir)

5:00pm: Dance by Rev. Shaina Branfman & Bryan Strimpel (Co-Directors, BS Movement/Baira) & & Guruji

5:05pm: Bhajans/Kirtan - led by Prem Sadasivananda, Sumati Bates, Greg Cross, Emiliano Garcia, Guruji and chorus + All musicians

5:25pm: Peace Messages / Greetings / Felicitations (3 minutes / each presenter)
Imam Dr. Shamsi Ali (NGO Representative at the UN & President, Nusantara Foundation)
Shri. Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor, UN Women, United Nations)
Message from the New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio by Dr. Sarah Sayeed (Senior Advisor, Community Affairs Unit of the NYC Office of the Mayor)

5:35pm: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” song by Robert E. Hall & team

5:40pm: Interfaith Award Ceremony by H. E. Ambassador Isaiah Z. Chabala (Former Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations), Guruji, Anandji, Judima, Sajith Nair, advisory board members from the World Yoga Community and past awardees.
Note: We will be announce names of all awardees at the event!

5:50pm: Birthday Celebration

5:55pm: Group photo

6:00pm: Potluck Party!

Guru Dileepji Presents

  25th Annual World Yoga Festival

19th Annual  International Yoga Conference & Summit in New York City 

4th International Day Of Yoga Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018 * Time: 3pm to 6pm

Venue: 4 West 43rd Street, Social Hall, New York, NY 10036, USA

​Contact: 917 300 4004,

Those who are living in USA, please make tax - exempted donations here and support WYC's charity activities!

Meditation * Yoga Class * Asana Competition * Kirtan * Bhajans * Presenters * Panel Discussion

Art Show * Mantra For World Peace * Spiritual Dances * Interfaith Prayers * Music * Vendors

Workshop * Personal Interaction with Special Guests * Annual Award Ceremony

Organized by
World Yoga Community Inc. 
(Not-For-Profit Charitable Organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status)