‘Yugpurush – The Play’ coming to the theatres across the UK. An Untold Story in Indian History of the relationship that transformed Mohandas into Mahatma….reports Asian Lite News
‘YUGPURUSH – THE PLAY’ is all set to bring to the UK a theatrical masterpiece of an untold story of two philosophical titans of Indian history, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiji and his spiritual mentor Shrimad Rajchandraji. Portraying the pivotal role played by Shrimad Rajchandraji in the transformation of Mohandas into Mahatma, this play of historic, cultural, moral and spiritual significance will mark its first International Tour with over 15 shows in the UK this spring. Highlighting the values of non-violence, truth, peace and love, the play has taken India by storm completing its 200th show today, in just 108 days, touching over 100,000 lives in 47 cities.
Celebrating the milestone of 200 successful shows of the award-winning play, YUGPURUSH – MAHATMA NA MAHATMA, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur supported by the Government of Gujarat presented a special show on 1st March in the capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, in the esteemed presence of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr Vijay Rupani and various other prominent personalities, ministers, and government officials.
Gandhinagar saw Gandhiji come alive, albeit on stage, recounting and sharing an untold story in Indian history. The story of the making of the Father of the Nation; Of the man who had captivated his heart in religious matters as no other man ever has till now; Of the one that shaped young Mohandas’ character and beliefs, transforming him into the Mahatma.
The year 2017 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji. It is in commemoration of this occasion, and under the able guidance of Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, Founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur and inspiration for the Yugpurush Drama, that SRMD presents ‘YUGPURUSH – THE PLAY’ to UK audiences.
The award winning play will tour the UK from 27th April till 11th May 2017 with performances in Hindi and Gujarati. An initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD), a charitable endeavour with all surplus proceeds from the play being used towards the building of a new state-of-the-art 200 bed multi-speciality hospital offering free treatment to the rural and under-privileged people of South Gujarat, India. Performances in UK will be in London, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham, Southampton and Bolton and tickets are now on sale available
The drama of this extraordinary relationship is gaining critical acclaim and recognition by the arts and drama Industry winning three prestigious awards at the 16th annual Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards 2017 including, Best Drama, Best Director and best Supporting Actor!
The great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar Gandhi, shared his thoughts after watching the world premiere of ‘Yugpurush in Mumbai last November. He said, “What is important for me is the humility and the selflessness that Shrimadji instilled in Bapu, because of which an ordinary man could rise to become a Mahatma. I hope you take this play all over the world, but especially to those places that need it the most – where the message of ahimsa is absent. These two greats have sown in us the seeds of becoming better human beings. It’s now upon us to irrigate it with our own experiences, and with the humility of the belief that we are nothing but instruments.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day said, “The country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, Mahatma Gandhiji’s Guru. In one of His letters to Gandhiji, Shrimadji writes … the principle of non-violence has existed ever since the existence of violence. What is important is which one do we utilise for the welfare of mankind.” A question that underlines the relevance of this profound relationship in today’s turbulent world.
Friday 10th February saw the International launch of ‘’YUGPURUSH – THE PLAY’ by Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK (SRMD UK), at the Bushey Academy in Bushey Hertfordshire. Announcing its first International Tour, Mr Mayur Mehta President of SRMD UK confirmed that the UK tour comprises over 15 shows commencing with the UK premier in Manchester on 27th April.
An audience of over 250 VIP guests from all sectors of the Gujarati and Hindi speaking community around the UK gathered at the Grand Hall in Bushey, to watch reviews, video clips and hear the latest news about this drama. Guest speakers Mr A S Rajan, Minister of Co-ordination from High Commission of India and Mr C B Patel, chairman of APBL Group addressed the audience with anecdotes underlining the importance of the key principles of compassion, non-violence and truth in the modern world.
Mr A S Rajan commented that it is vitally important at this time, that the world looks to the message of Gandhian values and the power of non-violence instead of weapons and policies that cause mass destruction. He had often wondered how a man such as Gandhiji had been empowered to achieve so much in many different disciplines, and realises now there was a spiritual guide and force behind him in the form of Shrimadji, who inspired his values and guided his journey.
Mr C B Patel, himself a keen admirer of Shrimad Rajchandraji for many years, added that he has a personal connection with Shrimadji through his great-grandfather who had met him in his home town of Bhadran in western Gujarat. He feels that this play will be a turning point in the understanding of the contribution made by non-violence and truth, values imbibed by Gandhiji, to the Indian independence struggle against British rule.
60 organisations were represented at the launch, spread across the Indian diaspora in the UK, including Shree Swaminarayan BAPS, the Anoopam Mission, Sangam Ladies Association, Brahma Kumaris, Lohana Community and the Gandhi Foundation. SMRD UK is proud to announce our partnership for the UK Tour of ‘YUGPURUSH –THE PLAY’ with Sony Entertainment Television as Television partners, Asian Voice-Gujarat Samachar as Print Media partners, Citibond Travels as Travel partners along with Lyca Radio & Asian Sound Radio as Radio Partners.