Exhibition on Dandi march

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: A special exhibition on the historic Dandi march of Mahatma Gandhi started in Udaipur on Sunday, depicting rare documents, manuscripts and photographs relating to the historic event. The Rajasthan Governor, Pratibha Patil, inaugurated the exhibition at Bagor Ki Haveli maintained by the West Zone Cultural Centre in the City of Lakes.

The exhibition has been organised by the National Archives to commemorate 75th anniversary of the march that took place on March 12, 1930, with Mahatma Gandhi breaking the oppressive British law on preparation of salt. An official release stated here that the exhibition would apprise the younger generation of one of the historic events of the freedom movement.

Ms. Patil inaugurated the exhibition by lighting lamps in the midst of the melody of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite Bhajan "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye" played on Sarangi. The photographs on the display included those of Gandhi collecting salt in his hand, his companions preparing salt in huge vessels and a huge gathering of people at Alice Bridge in Ahmedabad.

The documents exhibited on the occasion were the Indian Salt Act, copies of Young India, an 11-point memorandum prepared by Gandhi, daily diary maintained during the Dandi march and a publication providing details of the rates of salt. A Postal Department's envelope sent to Jawaharlal Nehru and a paper making public announcement of the Dandi march were special attractions in the exhibition.