Tihar inmates throw light on Mahatma

A BEFITTING tribute was paid to Mahatma Gandhi, who saw "all true art as the expression of the soul'', on his 133rd birth anniversary by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti through an exhibition-cum-sale of paintings by the Tihar Central Jail inmates to mark the inauguration of Sumna Gandhi Smriti Art Gallery.

The month-long exhibition reveals the understanding of Gandhi, whose life and ideas comprise an age in themselves. Through their painting brushes, 70 inmates of Tihar Jail have highlighted the various facets of Mahatma Gandhi's life -- the triumph of his faith, his charismatic leadership and his resolve to see oneself as a "zero''.

Of the view that what Gandhi left unfinished is a bigger challenge for the present generation and the generations to come, the Samiti said the exhibition was also an understanding of the ideas which Mahatma Gandhi shared with the humankind through his autobiography, " My Experiments with Truth''.

The Samiti says it was an attempt to continue dialogue with the creative minds from the world of art which took them to the Tihar complex. A painting competition and a "Gandhi Quiz'' followed in the Tihar Central Jail; the idea being to find out what is the perception and understanding of Mahatma Gandhi in the young artists.

And through their paintings, the Tihar inmates -- who were informed by the Samiti about the contents of the autobiography -- look at India of Gandhi's dreams against the prevailing and emerging socio-political scenario.

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

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