While the international community is backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for World Yoga Day, the district administration here (Varanasi) is going to start a daily yoga session followed by ‘Sangeet sadhana’ (music recital) with daybreak at Assi Ghat from November 22.(TOI)Subah-e-Banaras

The programme ‘Subah-e-Banaras‘ will begin with one-hour yoga session at 5am followed by two-hour music recital from 6 to 8am. District magistrate Pranjal Yadav said the programme has been named so with a view to sunrise from the ghats is popular world over. Besides yoga and music, ancient practices like yajna would also be added. The programme will begin with morning Ganga Aarti with shehnai and ‘mangalacharan’ in morning ragas.Ganga Aarti Subah-e-Banaras

Motto of Subah-e-Banaras


  • A mystic blend of nature’s grandeur and human existence. Rising Sun- Golden Ganges and illuminated Ghats inspire man to enchant, sing and conjure (Yoga).
    • Come and feel the spiritual fragrance of human existence.
    • Daily at Assi Ghat, Varanasi, Before Sunrise.
  • A morning of Varanasi full of life, light and spiritual essence perpetuating the eternal beauty of nature along with vedic enchanting, music and yoga.
  • Come live with joy- forever- start the day with new hopes, aspirations and internal strength with vedic enchanting of Richas, enthralling Golden Ganges, Ghats and vibrant soulful Indian music.

Its a good way to rejuvenate old traditions of Varanasi. Some may find it soothing while some may disagree.Saraswati Nandini Majumdar from thinks-

I also suspected that this vision would not materialise. I turned out to be right. Just like in Ganga Mahotsav, which took place between November 3 and 6, Ganga mayya hardly seemed to be the focus of an event that claimed to pay tribute to her. The stage on Malviya Ghat seemed unnecessarily large. The red carpeting was fast soiling under the feet of the listeners, who sat stiffly in plastic chairs. There was an aarti in the new, showy style with choreographed movements performed by young pandits-in-training. There were the usual speeches by this and that official. The entire event began and ended late. The sound was too loud, so that Revati Sakalkar’s rich voice sounded sharp, and there was too much “echo” mixed in, spoiling the subtle intricacies of Hariom Hari’s tabla. There were four bright halogens surrounding the audience.

Its definitely a bright idea if done right, otherwise it will end like many mismanaged projects