Sangeet Natak Academy, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of India and Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, staged a motivational drama on March 4, at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall.
A drama showcasing Gandhiji’s life and inner revolution that carved India’s fate from being a powerful force, which moved the nation to march towards freedom with self- belief and courage, to being a revolution that introduced the world to the timeless principles of truth and non- violence, Mahatma Gandhiji is a beacon of inspiration to all. His life and message were a guiding light to many, including world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. His extraordinary existence not only went on to carve India’s fate, but also the World history – such an existence can be aptly called Bharat Bhagya Vidhata.
Sponsored and fervently supported by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur will be staging the play in Hindi and Gujarati at a National level across metros and major cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Raipur, Nagpur, Bengaluru, Chennai and Guwahati and others.
‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ vouches to decode this beautiful message by weaving the known and unknown elements of Gandhiji’s life, right from his childhood until his last breath. What inspired the Mahatma to uphold such a strong moral fabric? How were the seeds of these values sowed within him? Bharat Bhagya Vidhata answers these questions by exploring various events and influences from Gandhiji’s life. The play presents the viewers with an invitation to peep into the conscience of Gandhi and experience his inner contemplation, through a series of life events.
In the midst of any circumstance that Gandhiji was faced with, he displayed profound maturity and wisdom. Gandhiji underwent great inner work, as a result of which he could perceive a seemingly ordinary event differently and respond to it differently. It was these responses and choices that created the Mahatma. Each of his values- Truth, Non-Violence, Aparigraha, Brahmacharya (celibacy), simplicity, honesty etc. came were result of deep inner churning. This was the reason why, these values would effortlessly reflect in his every act, word and deed. Gandhiji who committed his life to the cause of Swaraj, also shared a unique bond with his wife, Kasturba. The play also brings forth Kasturba’s contribution and the unswerving support that she extended as an equal throughout Gandhiji’s journey.
The play was conceptualised and presented by Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur under the guidance of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, with in-depth research for scripting by the Mission. This play has been directed by the acclaimed director Rajesh Joshi of the ‘Code Mantra’ fame, who also won the ‘Best Director’ title for ‘Yugpurush-Mahatma’s Mahatma’ at the Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards. Written by acclaimed writer, Prakash Kapadia who has written for movies like Black, Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat among others, the play has been completely orchestrated by Dharmesh Mehta.
Mayor, Nanda Jhichkar, MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, Commissioner of Police, Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Presidents GO Gas, Nitin Khara, along with Nagpur Mahanagar Sangh Chalak, Rajesh Loya, Justice, Vikas Sirpurkar and many other dignitaries were prominently present at the occasion.