Last updated March 7th -2001. view at 800 x 600 .
Dissolution of the festival Mandala.
Monks were wonderful. This was the ultimate way to end the festival
,I found their chanting was a perfect medium by which to unwind after
the frenetic drumming and dancing that had taken place around stage
one . It seemed as though the monks suspended time for a little while
as they sang . The ceremony was held to dissolve the mandala the monks
had created to celebrate the festival .Of particular note was the
fact that the crowd of several thousand were completely silent throughout,
we were all completely mesmerised by this music .At the end of the
set the applause was sustained and totally sincere. As they stood
absorbing the applause ,the looks of contentment on the monks faces
was a joy to behold. A very special ending to the weekend .
their stage was very dimly lit and without a tripod ( and not wishing
to wreck the incredible atmosphere with the crassness of a flash shot
) I could only get blurred time-lapse shots of their set.
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