NEW DELHI: The three-day World Culture Festival, which began here on Friday after much uncertainty for many days, was the big talking point on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"And it's raining as world culture festival begins. We can conquer man, not nature!," tweeted a noted journalist, perhaps expecting a washout of the event on its first day.
Ashoke Pandit, a film maker, viewed more optimistically the rains that accompanied the start of the event.
"Rain God Celebrating #WorldCultureFestival with the participants. Blessings," he tweeted.
The official twitter handle of the organisers -- World Culture Fest@WCF2016, said:
"Heavy showers at the venue have not dimmed the spirit of the Dhangari Dhols at the #worldCultureFestival!"
Eyewitness account said rainbow was sighted over the venue with people cheering "it's a miracle".
The cultural extravaganza, organised here by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's the Art of Living Foundation, invited controversy for the choice of the venue, namely the ecologically sensitive Yamuna flood plains, and for receiving government help.
The event was dragged to the National Green Tribunal which castigated the organisers and the government agencies for flouting environmental safeguards and fined the Art of Living Rs.5 crore.