Warming up for Yoga Day: Ramdev nails the moves, Kailash Kher hits the notes, crowd breathless

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led the crowd in performing what were strictly traditional yoga poses.

Written by Jonathan Selvaraj | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2016 2:03 am
 yoga day, international yoga day, rashtrapati bhavan yoga day, ramdev, ramdev baba, kailash kher, narendra modi, delhi yoga day, indian express yoga day, indian express news At a yoga camp on Rajpath led by Ramdev Sunday.

The sun had slipped well beyond the horizon behind Rashtrapati Bhavan Sunday evening but yoga guru Ramdev was only warming up. He was already a couple of hours into a yoga camp being organised on Rajpath, two days before International Yoga Day. Ramdev had already led an estimated 35,000 practitioners in performing 28 pre-decided yoga positions.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led the crowd in performing what were strictly traditional yoga poses. This year, the programme was being organised in the evening and Ramdev had included popular musician Kailash Kher to sing for the gathering before beginning his discourse.

This time, Ramdev promised the crowd something more. His saffron dhoti knotted twice at his waist, he began by running in place, which he called ‘yogic jogging’. He urged the crowd to emulate him and they did. The guru smiled widely as he requested Kher to belt out one of his popular hits — ‘Aaj mere piya ghar aavenge’.

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As Kher’s band strummed their electric guitars and laser lights flashed across the stage, Ramdev began to perform yoga to the music. The crowd, especially the younger section, enthusiastically attempted to follow his lead. The event began to feel like a concert when Kher began to sing ‘Bam Lahiri’ — a peppy version of an old Haryanvi devotional song about Lord Shiva and Parvati.

Ramdev then unknotted his waist length hair and proceeded to do jumping jacks. He swung his arms from side to side and touched his toes. Raising the difficulty level a notch, he mixed it up with a bit of Bhujangasana. Ramdev then swung his leg over his head. The crowd, which had attempted to follow the guru’s moves during the first song, gave up and began taking selfies on their phones.

Ramdev was accompanied onstage by a number of BJP leaders including Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, MPs Manoj Tiwari, Babul Supriyo and Meenakshi Lekhi.

Lekhi, the New Delhi MP, was the only one who attempted to match Ramdev’s steps.” “Himmat wali behen hai yeh. Lagta hai aaj adha kilo kam karke jayegi,” he joked. Lekhi wasn’t the only one at the receiving end of Ramdev’s wit. When Supriyo confused which arm goes around which leg in the pose known as Vakrasana, Ramdev cheekily chided the MP. “Supriyo, you go into politics and you forget what is left and what is right,” said the guru.

It was all in good humour though and Supriyo grinned. Though Ramdev was sharing the stage with political heavyweights, he was undoubtedly the star of Sunday’s show.

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    HR
    Jun 20, 2016 at 12:57 am
    This is the sort of a report that a stani would write - someone who has connection to India or India's traditions.
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      HR
      Jun 20, 2016 at 12:58 am
      Who has no connection to India or India's traditions.
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        P.THAPAR
        Jun 20, 2016 at 3:02 am
        BABA RAM DEV DESERVES NOBLE PRIZE AND BHARAT RATNA MORE THAN ANY ONE ELSE.HE AND ONLY HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOGA AWARENESS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
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          R.Mehta
          Jun 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm
          Baba Ramdev because ofvhis yoga skills and various other qulifications has taken the limeliight from most of other soiritual gurus and that ix thdcreason that people in Indiaxand abroad are increasing aschis followerscday by day and he being involvedvin gokd wirk has the suplorg of the ruling govt. ,so that people can benefit from hiscskills and keep their problems awag by following his teachings in the form of yoga and otherwise.
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            Niladrinath Mohanty
            Jun 20, 2016 at 2:20 am
            Comment, reply, applause by the same person. Good and economical.
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              hamid
              Jun 20, 2016 at 4:37 am
              Yoga is good for all human beings. But brain dead mullahs, mullah-fearing intellectuals and journos will as usual hate this.
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