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Consulate celebrates the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhiji

Consulate General of India

Sao Paulo

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The Consulate General of India and the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre with the support of Palas Athena organised a Peace Walk in the morning of 02 October on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The walk, led by Mr. Joao Signorelli, a prominent artiste in Sao Paulo and a Gandhian, was from the Consulate in Avenida Paulista till the Statue of Gandhiji in the Square at Iberapuera Park. Brazilian friends of India, members of the Indian community and members of the Consulate, including the Consul General, participated in the walk. At the statue homage and floral tributes were paid to Gandhiji and speeches were made recalling the life and message of Gandhiji including recitation of his favourite song Vaishnav Jan Toh.

In the evening of 02 October, the Consulate General of India and the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre partnered with the Palas Athena in the Celebrations to mark the commencement of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the 37th Semana Gandhi  (37th Gandhi Week) at the prestigious SESC Vila Mariana auditorium on 02 October. On the occasion an Exhibition on the ‘Life and Times of the Mahatma’ as also a demonstration of the Charka by Ms. Shirelene was organised. Books on the philosophy and life of Gandhiji was also on display. About 400 persons attended the event which was addressed by Consul General Vijay Singh Chauhan, Mr. Shobhan Saxena, President of the IASP, Mr. Danilo Santos de Miranda, Director of SESC and a leading proponent of peace in Brazil as well as Dr. Lia Diskin, founder of Palas Athena recalling the life and message of of Gandhiji. A short clip of a documentary Gandhi was also screened. The event was also graced by Ms. Ana Paula Fava, Head of the Foreign Affairs in the GovernorÅ› Office and members of the diplomatic corps. The cultural segment included mantras by Laryssa Silva, dance musical about how Lord Ram had influenced Gandhiji as well as Gandhiji’s salt March by Ms. Ratnabali Adhikari and Andrea Prior. Mr. Jao Signorelli, in his Gandhian attire, gave a stirring presentation with his monologue ‘Leader who Serves’.





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