SYDNEY—Jyoti Bhardwaj found peace and comfort watching Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company bring to life China’s 5,000-year divinely inspired culture onstage at the iconic Capitol Theatre on Feb.11.
Ms. Bhardwaj owns of a major fast-food chain, Subway, an American franchise. She was seated amidst the full theatre seeing the New York-based show perform a third time.
“Beautiful, beautiful, I love the costumes … I feel at home and comfortable,” she said.
Born in India, Ms. Bhardwaj is of the Hindu faith. Through her belief, she related to the virtues that Shen Yun artists exude from the stage—benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness. These five cardinal virtues are imbedded in China’s three ancient religions, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, according to the Shen Yun website.
“It [Shen Yun] is quite spiritual. I am a very spiritual person myself,” Ms. Bhardwaj said. “I am amazed every time I see people … the drama portraying how people in China are not allowed to practice their faith. It’s quite upsetting you know … it’s the ultimate fact. Falun Dafa is the spiritual law of nature.”
Ms. Bhardwaj was referring to a dance that demonstrates the battle between good and evil—the persecution of Falun Gong in today’s China.
“It’s about humanity, love and cleansing your spiritual self. I would say that what Shen Yun is doing is just marvellous, because that’s the best way to express art.”
Ms. Bhardwaj believes that people today are “just scattered. Too much segregation, minds are all coagulated, people are not thinking, no-one is following any path or any faith, so this is why I keep coming back, because I find peace here, it’s beautiful”.
Ms. Bhardwaj keeps returning to watch Shen Yun, because “I feel directly aligned with God,” she said.
“It’s beyond description; I can’t [express] the way I feel. It’s more like meditation and it cannot be expressed in words. It’s basically, you feel it. You just feel it.”
Ms. Bhardwaj also has a passion for Bollywood dancing, a fusion of Indian classical, Indian folk dance, belly dancing, jazz, and hip hop.
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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