The High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu, welcomed President Sirisena. The Yoga celebrations started with a video message from Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
The High Commissioner highlighted the global efforts led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to spread awareness about Yoga. “Yoga brings peace by combining the body, mind, spirit and soul. Yoga brings harmony in the family, society, nation and the world”, he added. High Commissioner also underlined the interest of President in health issues and admired the continued whole hearted support of the President and people of Sri Lanka for the healthy practice of Yoga.
The event was organized by the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Government of Sri Lanka, and eminent Yoga institutes of Sri Lanka such as Astanka Yoga Mandir, Sethsada Yoga Nikethanaya, Hatha Yoga Centre, Aum Kriya Babaji Yoga Aranyam, National Youth Services Council Sri Lanka, Institute of Human Excellence, Brahma Kumari Raja Yoga Centre, The Art of Living, AAYUSH, My Yoga Lounge, Sakthi Anand Yoga School (Batticaloa).