Gandhi Katha as part of Gandhi: 150 organised

150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi Katha by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna was organized in Gandhi Darshan by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Culture and GSDS on December 24, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. With a view to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Gandhi Katha was organized that saw the participation of almost 270+ youth from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
The Katha is in a narrative style of telling episodes from the life of Mahatma Gandhi with music accompanying the narrative. Songs written by Narayan Bhai Desai (son of Mahadev Desai, the personal secretary to Gandhiji) make the katha more poignant. Each Gandhi Katha is contextual and is based on the historical connection and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in that place.
Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna emphasised her narrative on what she said, “The strength of soul, love and peace” which according to her Gandhiji advocated and practiced all through his life. She began the ‘katha’ with these words: “We are all born of truth, so long as the fear infused by the society doesn’t grips us in”, adding, “Gandhiji overcame that fear with truth and steadfastness”.
The artists who accompanied Dr. Shobhana in the Gandhi Katha included: Mr. Deepak Kalra and Ms. Swati Bhagat in the vocals, Shri Gurbej Singh on the Tabla, Shri Chetan Singh on the Harmonium and Shri Ganesh Singh on the Flute. During the narrative, Shri Rakesh spun on the charkha.
Earlier Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan felicitated the artistes with angavastrams.