Centenary about `relevance of Gandhian ideas'
CHENNAI: More than 500 children sang of victory at an event celebrating Satyagraha here on Sunday.
They sang along with Anuradha Sriram, playback singer, who adapted the tune of `We Shall Overcome' to translated Tamil lyrics that began `Vettri Peruvom'.
They performed folk dances, watched a film on Gandhi and learnt much about his life through an exhibition of rare pictures of Sathyagraha, a painting competition and other activities.
G. Thilagavathi, Additional Director General of Police, told the children that Gandhi's life in itself was a message that they could model their lives on. Children from Thakkar Bapa Primary School, Aseema Trust, Akila Bharatiya Seva Dal, Bharathi Night School, L.N. Sharma School performed items ranging from kolattam, a folk dance form, to a Tibetan folk dance in the morning.
The event marks the centenary of the first Satyagraha or non-violent protest that fell on September 11, 2006, and Gandhi Jayanthi. "The Satyagraha centenary is about the relevance and applicability of Satyagraha," said Annamalai, director, Gandhi Study Centre, which has been holding programmes on the theme since September 11 last year.
"We seek to achieve the twin objectives on creating a positive attitude towards Gandhi and propagating the relevance on non violence."
G.R.K. Reddy, managing director, Marg Constructions, which organised the event along with the Centre, said the programme was special since it brought so many children together.
Children could choose between puppetry or magic shows, learning dance or watching a slide show
Schools, colleges or institutions interested in screening the documentary on Gandhi can contact Annamalai of the Gandhi Study Centre at 94441 83198.