Chicago Indian Community Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti

Collected works of Mahatma Gandhi presented at the Skokie library, cultural program organized at the Indian consulate

The Chicago Indian community celebrated the 152nd anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth by paying tribute to India’s freedom leader at an event at the Gandhi Statue in Skokie Memorial Park.

Indian Consul General Amit Kumar, Gandhi Memorial Foundation President Ms. Santosh Kumar, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and Illinois Senator Ram Villivalam addressed the participants.

The Gandhi Memorial Foundation presented a collection of collected works by Mahatma Gandhi at the Skokie Library, according to a press release.

Read: Embassy of India celebrates 148th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth (October 3, 2017)

The Foundation also launched a program involving high school students to promote understanding of Mahatma Gandhi. Four high school students selected one of Mahatma Gandhi’s quotes and shared their understanding and the lessons they learned from it.

The event was organized by the Indian Mission in collaboration with the Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Chicago. A separate event held at the consulate was broadcast live on the consulate’s Facebook page.

In his remarks at both events, Amit Kumar recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy and its impact across the world, including the United States. He also underlined the continued relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy.

Ensuring that India moves forward on the path of inclusive, integrated, equitable and sustainable development through the collective efforts of its people would be an appropriate way to honor Mahatma Gandhi as we celebrate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, did he declare.

The event also saw the recital of Bhajans in Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil by Chicago students Tyagaraja Utsavam, trained by Margatham Sundaresan

There were Bharatanatyam performances by the students of Nrithyanjali with choreography by Sushmita Arunkumar and saxophone (carnatic music) by Anvita Hariharan.

Read: Gandhi Jayanti Celebration @ Consulate General of India, Chicago (October 3, 2021)

A short video on the Gandhi Peace Program organized by the National Indo-American Museum (NIAM) was shown. A photo exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, produced by Dr Sriram Sonty, a Gandhi scholar, was also held at the Consulate.

The Consulate also live streamed the virtual narration of Mahatma Gandhi’s global pursuit for truth, non-violence and peace by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna on the Consulate’s Facebook page.

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