To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Directorate of Art and Culture in association with the Raj Bhavan organised a Gandhi Katha which was recited by chief functionary, Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance India, Shobhana Radhakrishna.
Based on the popularity of the oral narrative of the Katha in India the Gandhi Katha has the Kathavachan along with the bhajan and dhun to reinforce the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. Radhakrishnan chose the medium of the katha to reach out to people because of its roots in the Indian culture. The Gandhi Katha focused on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, life in his ashrams, environmental credo and voluntary service of humanity, the ‘quit India movement’ and its influence on the freedom struggle in Goa. Through the Katha, Radhakrishna also spoke about how Mahatma Gandhi is an example of a role model in modern times.
In his address, the Governor of Goa, Satya Pal Malik gave an insight into Gandhi’s ideologies and how he led his life. “Bapu was true to his words and he did what he believed in. He was a simple man who introduced morality into politics. What Bapu has given us isn’t ordinary he has given us respect, a solution to so many problems and he has taught us to live with dignity,” said Malik.
Deputy Chief Minister, and guest of honour, Chandrakant Kavlekar urged everyone to follow Gandhi’s teachings about non-violence. He also mentioned how Gandhi’s teachings are relevant even 150 years after his death. “Indians cannot forget what was taught to us by Gandhi, especially his teaching about non-violence. It is because of his teachings, his thoughts and his work that India is free today and one can’t forget what he has done because he has achieved so much without being violent,” said Kavlekar.