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A "mystic" look at the mind and soul of India

From tomorrow (February 1) until July 30, the Hong Kong Space Museum's latest Omnimax Show“Mystic India” will rediscover India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations, through the incredible story of an 11 year old boy, Neelkanth.

Home of the Himalayas, the tallest mountains, India is the world's largest and oldest democracy, containing an amazing wealth of wisdom, culture and spirituality. Within this earliest civilisation known to mankind, there lay hidden mystical secrets and silent spirituality, making India a mystic land of meditation, contemplation and enlightenment.

For thousands of years, many have willingly left the comforts of their home and family and set off across the spiritual land in search of these secrets. Their aim is to reach a deeper understanding of existence and share the meaning of life that would elevate the rest of humanity. Of all such journeys, perhaps none is greater than the true story of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth, who took an extraordinary journey through the wonders of mystic India. This is an adventure of hardships and survival, faith and fearlessness which is regarded as only one of its kind in the history of mankind. He later became a great reformer of India, dispelling violence and social divisions while stressing a reverence for all forms of life.

From 1792 to 1799, Neelkanth walked alone, barefoot and bare body - 8,000 miles through the length and breadth of India. Carrying no maps, no food and no clothing, how he crossed the roaring rivers, faced ferocious animals and survived the freezing winter of the Himalayas, is still a mystery. It is a story of struggle, of kindness and of courage even when facing a man-eating lion.

“Mystic India” will take audiences through icy peaks to cool blue Lake Mansarovar, into the wild jungles of Sunderbans and the rainforests of Assam, through barren deserts and to the silent shores of South India. Explore and learn from the majesty and mysticism of India’s art and architecture, music and dance, faces and festivals, customs and costumes which are brought to life on the giant screen.

The 45-minute Omnimax Show,“Mystic India”, will be screened daily at 1.30pm, 5pm and 8.30pm at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. The Space Museum will be closed at 5pm on Chinese New Year’s Eve and is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year.

Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets for $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls). Full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities will receive a half-price concession.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the website at .

Ends/Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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