About the festival:

“Jardin Planétaire” (Planetary Garden), an annual festival devoted to literature, art, music, philosophy and the environment, took place from the 16th to 19th of May at the Tapovan Centre in Normandy. The Tapovan Centre has been a partner of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation for many years, and its founder, Kiran Vyas, is a member of its Board of Directors.

Each year, the Jardin Planétaire brings together speakers from all walks of life: authors, lecturers, scientists, artists, elected representatives and political and economic stakeholders, to share their knowledge and experience on a chosen theme. These gatherings are an initiative of Kiran Vyas to develop our inner garden philosophically and our outer garden practically. The idea is to live in harmony with ourselves and with the natural world around us, and to imagine the garden as a state and a place of peace.

The Tree as a theme

The theme of “The Tree” was chosen for the 20th edition of Jardin Planétaire. This year was a special one, as it also marked Kiran’s 80th birthday, which we all celebrated together on this occasion, with a series of high-level artistic interventions that included the young dancers Swathi and Aneesh Raghavan in a recital that brought together two great traditions of Indian dance. Isabelle Maurel, artist ambassador for the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, performed an improvised dance to the tabla rhythms of Lav Sharma. The evening ended with a masterly performance by Marianne Aya Omac on vocals and guitar. Some very moving testimonies were shared during the evening, recalling the radiance, rectitude and generosity of Kiran Vyas.

Throughout the Jardin Planétaire, a number of fascinating speakers spoke on the theme of trees, presented by Olivier Germain-Thomas and Kiran Vyas, assisted by the young, dynamic Tapovan team. Marianne Poncelet spoke on the theme of the tree in Greek mythology. She then presented the animated film produced by the IYMF entitled “Why is the colour green, green?” Finally, she announced that 12 artists and 7 European partners would be coming to Tapovan at the beginning of July, as part of the “Green Tales” project coordinated by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.