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'Gandhi Tum Zinda Ho' to bring Bapu's ideologies alive on stage

February 15, 2012 - New Delhi

Popular Delhi theatre group, TheThespian Society, in association with Hindustan Times and NDMC is all set to stage a play - Gandhi Tum Zinda Ho - laced with Gandhian ideology and philosophy.

The play directed by Raj Upadhyay, a well-known theatre personality, will be held at Talkatora Garden in New Delhi on February 19 at 6.30 pm.

Thespian is one of the most active non-profitable, non-governmental, theatre groups/societies in the country and is completely devoted towards performing art, and providing a platform to young actors.

The play blends chapters from history, from the partition to the Babri Masjid demolition, and focuses on Gandhi's ideals on non-violence and harmony.

It was previously performed by the students of Modern School Barakhamba Road at chief minister Shiela Dixit's residence and was a huge success. It was even appreciated by Mrs Gursharan Kaur, First Lady of India and Mrs and Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The play has been adapted from "Gandhi ne kaha tha..." which expresses the values of humanity and mankind adopted by Mahatma Gandhi.

The play tracks the life of Pandey, a follower of Gandhi, from 1947 to the latter half of the century. He loses his son Suraj in the riots and is advised by Gandhi to adopt and raise Aftab, a Muslim boy orphaned in the communal clashes.

What follows is a lesson in harmony, of breaking free of the deep-rooted shackles set by caste and religion and discovering and living by the virtues of humanism.


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