Since ancient times music has had a very deep connection with humanity! Music has defined our culture, our beliefs, and our values. From inspiring us to healing us, it has defined and refined our entertainment and our belief.
In recent times, a music band called the ‘Divine Land Marching Band’ with performers from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore travelled to India eight times to perform across eight cities. The band that solely consists of the practitioners of Falun Gong performed to spread the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a self-improvement meditation system based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992 in China. It is currently practiced by over a 100 million people in 114 countries. For more info, please visit: www.FalunDafa.org
In 1999, the Chinese regime cracked down on the practice and launched a massive campaign of inhuman persecution that has continued to this day. The band through its performance around the world lets people know about how cruelly the adherents of Falun Gong are persecuted in China.
January 2008 – Human Rights Torch Relay at Bangalore
The Human Rights Global Torch Relay was organised in Bangalore before the 2008 Beijing Olympics to give a message to China that persecution of people for their faith and belief is not in the spirit of Olympics and that the country should stop violating human rights!
The Bangalore event started with a rally at St. Joseph’s University College, followed by a march through Bangalore, and ended with a candlelight vigil on the steps of Bangalore Town Hall.
The goal of Global Relay was to bring this freedom to all groups and individuals suffering persecution under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including Tibetans, Christians, Uighur Muslims, democracy seekers and especially Falun Gong practitioners; the persecution of Falun Gong is the widest and most severe instance of human rights abuses in China today.
2008-2009 – Dussehra celebrations at Mysore and Nagpur
The Divine Land Marching Band Asia-Pacific Division, composed of Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore, premiered in Mysore, India on Dussehra. The band’s performance was a major attraction at the celebrations and was covered by various media channels.
2009, Durga Puja Celebrations at Kolkata
In October 2009, the Divine Land Marching Band of Taiwan was invited to perform in the Durga Puja Festival in Kolkata, India. The band performed at the China Town or Biretta Bazaar that was once home to 20,000 Chinese in Kolkata.
2009, Performances at 6 places including at the Lodi Garden and the National Police Academy at Delhi
2011 – ICSE Principals’ Conference at Mumbai
The Divine Land Marching Band of Taiwan was invited to perform in Mumbai, India. Members of the band were all Falun Gong practitioners. Besides the music, members of the band demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises in front of the Gateway of India.
December 2012 – First World Parliament on Spirituality at Hyderabad!
The Divine Land Marching Band, consisting of 160 Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Singapore, was invited to perform at the opening ceremonies of the First World Parliament on Spirituality held December 17-21, 2012, in Hyderabad, India.
2013, International Spiritual Conference at Mount Abu
Divine Land Marching Band consisting of Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore performed at the World Spiritual Conference at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) at Mt. Abu.
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a self-improvement meditation system based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992 in China. It is currently practiced by over a 100 million people in 114 countries. But this peaceful meditation system is being brutally persecuted in China since 1999. For more info, please visit: www.FalunDafa.org and www.FalunInfo.org.