Bollywood star coming to Shute literary festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 August 2017

Bollywood star Raageshwari Loomba

Bollywood star Raageshwari Loomba


A Bollywood star is to take part in this year's Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape.

Delighted organisers say Raageshwari Loomba, a singer, actress and yoga practitioner, has agreed to participate in next month’s event.

Raageshwari’s own story is fascinating.

At the age of 21 and in the middle of a high-pressured singing and acting career in Mumbai, she suffered a facial paralysis.

She cured herself with a combination of yoga practice, meditation and time and has never stopped practising.

Today she leads workshops on Tibetan yoga, meditation and mindfulness all over the world and is currently writing a book on the subject.

At this year’s festival she will run a workshop on Tibetan yoga and mindfulness on Sunday, September 24, followed by a Bollywood workshop for Shute Primary School on Monday, September 25, as part of the festival’s outreach.

Spaces for the yoga workshop are very limited so booking via is essential.

Festival directors Samantha Knights and Paddy Magrane said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Raageshwari to Shute Festival this year. With all other confirmed speakers, it is going to be a very exciting line-up this year.”

The Festival team is also proud to announce a number of new sponsors for individual talks including The Deer Park Hotel and Kilmington Garden Club adding to those already sponsoring: Perrott Hill School, The Pig at Coombe and Unbound.

The Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape, which runs from September 22 to September 24, aims to celebrate writing, film-making, exploration and landscape – whether local, global, physical or metaphysical.

It brings together a diverse and inspirational group of writers and broadcasters – including botanists, biographers, explorers, documentary makers, gardeners, historians, poets, travel specialists and novelists. Panellists talk, present films, lead workshops, debate and answer questions.

Shute Festival’s full programme of events is available to view on the website at:

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