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Royalty Attends the London Premiere of Mystic India


The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
at Mystic India's London Premiere

Written by: Mystic India PR
Date: June 7, 2005


Category: Press Releases

The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall Attend the Spectacular Royal World Charity Premiere of Mystic India at the Science Museum IMAX Cinema, London

London, June 7, 2005 -- Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal World Charity Premiere of MYSTIC INDIA: AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF INSPIRATION 2D (U) in the evening at the IMAX Cinema of The Science Museum, London. The event was co-hosted by the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and B.A.P.S. Care International.

A host of celebrities including Rowan Atkinson, Raghav, Sanjiv Bhasker, Meera Syal, Preeya Kalidas, former High Commissioner for India Dr L.M. Singhvi and a collection of other stars from India, together with representatives from international embassies, high profile business magnates and senior politicians joined the premiere in South Kensington.

A large crowd of people flocked to the gates of the museum in anticipation of the arrival of His Royal Highness and the Duchess, who were garlanded in traditional Indian fashion as children tied sacred threads to their wrists as a symbol of friendship. The Science Museum was transformed into an exhibition of Indian culture and art with various artefacts, dances, musicians and craftsmen creating an authentic atmosphere, providing an ideal prelude to the film.

Mystic India rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations, the one land that all desire to see. Revealing India’s ancient culture and civilization, intricate architecture, colourful festivals and fascinating people, the film follows an 11-year-old child yogi, Neelkanth, who walked for seven years and 8,000 miles across the length and breadth of this vast mystical land. Narrated by Sir Peter O’Toole, the production brings together a world-class team of large format film professionals that has also included over 1 million man hours of volunteer effort and in excess of 45,000 cast members.

The underlying message of the film is “Unity in Diversity” - We share the same sky, walk the same Earth, breathe the same air, we are a single human family. Over 50 young children from different nations across the globe assembled together waving flags from their respective countries dressed in their national attires as a symbol of such unity.

The premiere was in aid of the Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST). BYST is a charity that is actively involved with Youth Business International (YBI) UK, founded as a joint venture of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and the Prince’s Trust to enable the business community to promote youth entrepreneurship. Sizeable pledges were donated by a variety of guests in a generous show of support.

His Royal Highness praised the efforts of the B.A.P.S. volunteers and expressed his delight of the film during his public address of the evening, discussing the spectacular areas of India he wishes to visit: “Of course what it does emphasise is how remarkable India is. Before long, I hope I should be able to take my wife to the various parts of India I haven’t managed to see yet.” Touched by the values portrayed by the film, HRH emphasised the importance of the tradition and timeless wisdom and knowledge of India, “Please don’t let the world lose that, because it is the balance between modernity and tradition, and the ancient wisdom which actually is going to ensure the survival of all of us, and our grandchildren, and those who come later.”

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