Today should be celebrated, did you know? In India, the founding father’s birthday is a national holiday; in the world, October 2nd is recognized as the International Day of Non-Violence. I’m becoming interested in Gandhian philosophy because I want to explore Nai Talim, his concept for universal and experiential education. So I wriggled my way into the day-long event held at the Hyderabadi place where some of Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in 1948, Bapu Ghat.
I’ve come to India asking for stories to be expressed through art; the technical title of my project is “To Tell A Story : How can small voices make themselves heard?” The group that gathered today to share the story of Gandhi included people from all over Andhra Pradesh (notably the Chief Minister and “Mr. India”, the no. 1 bodybuilder nationally, hm) who are interested in remembering the philosophies that formed this country. The story was told through ceremony, through discussion, and through singing, film, and painting – so eloquently that I don’t need to author the story at all.
I was told & shown –
“Bapu is the father of the nation and throughout the world; universal. Every painting here is showing the artist’s inner image of love & affection – each person feels differently, and the paintings show that.”
“Gandhi – as a central figure to the nation – replacing the chakra as the center of the Indian flag”