Sunday, January 30, 2011

A tribute to Bapu

                                                           Me with Arathi

This is about the program organised today on the occasion of Gandhiji's 63d death anniversary in Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru.
The program featured the screening of two documentaries on Gandhiji namely,
  1. Gandhi-5:17 and
  2. Gandhi- The 20th century's prophet
and an interactive work by Arathi H.K, artist.

The first film(5:17 is the time of assassination of Gandhiji) is an account of Gandhiji's assassination by Shri Krishna Dev Madan, who was a program officer with AIR and was present on 30th January 1948, at the lawn of Birla House preparing to record Gandhiji's speech, before he was shot.
On 10th Nov 2010, a meeting was organised with people from all walks of life, where Sri Madan recollected the incident of that day, which was made into a movie.

The second film is a rare documentary on Bapu, made by A.K. Chettiar in 1940, after extensive research and travel over one lakh kilometers across four continents. All versions of this eighty-one minute film were thought to be lost after the British had banned the film, until a Hollywood-made version was uncovered recently.

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I really appreciate Arathi's effort in making the program a grand success. The way she managed to take the responsibility to convey the message of audience regarding peace, to anybody via postcard was impressive.
What a great idea to pay tribute to our Father of the Nation on his 63rd death anniversary!

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