The new Shreela & Kash documentary release, SPIRITS, brings Aboriginal and Hindu people together for a historical first gathering around a sacred fire on May 7, 2017 @ 1pm at the Hindu Cultural Centre in Edmonton

EDMONTON, April 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The SPIRITS screening forms a backdrop to an inter-generational experience open to the public to witness the common spiritual practices of Hindu and Aboriginal people in Edmonton facilitated by the Vedanta Society of Edmonton, Hindu Society of Alberta and the Kohkoms Kisewatisiwin Society, where children will perform a fire ritual surrounded by grandmothers.

The sacred fire ritual and screening will be followed by ceremonial and devotional performances, and a sharing circle, featuring Chairperson Bill Shead's 25 year friendship between these communities at Winnipeg's Neeginan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

The SPIRITS documentary tells the Canada 150 story about Swami Vivekananda, whose statue is displayed at the centre, formerly the Canadian Pacific Railway station. He was a Hindu monk who traveled across Western Canada by train in 1893 on his way to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Columbus World Exposition in Chicago with a message of universal harmony. There he introduced North American audiences to the concepts of yoga, meditation and Indian classical music. The impact of this Swami's lectures continue to resonate today and has reached all corners of the globe where branch centres of the Ramakrishna Mission spread the message of universal harmony, self-realization and service to humanity.

The two groups will make a decision to take their next step so that 25 years from now, they can look back and be pleased with this effort to come together. The program concludes with a bannock and tea reception.

Dress traditional and join this free family event by RSVP. The filmmakers encourage more of these intercultural exploration circles and would be happy to facilitate a screening in other communities.

Contact Shreela at for consultation and booking interviews.


SOURCE Vedanta Society of Edmonton

For further information: Shreela Chakrabartty, Film Director, 780.716.1950

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