Floral tributes, peace march mark Gandhi Jayanti in London

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The Indian mission, with the support of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, also used the occasion to launch virtual Sanskrit Speaking Classes for 10 weeks, running until December 4…reports Asian Lite News.

The Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar, led Gandhi Jayanti celebrations in London with floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square.

The 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday also covered bhajans and talks on the enduring legacy of the life and teachings of the Father of the Nation.

At Tavistock Square Gardens in London, which also has an iconic statue of Gandhi, Deputy High Commissioner of India Sujit Ghosh welcomed the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Sabrina Francis, for a special ceremony attended by the Heads of the Defence Wings of the Indian High Commission and community leaders.

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and the Sargam Cultural Institute collaborated to perform Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans, followed by a peace march organised by the Gita Foundation and the National Association of Patidar Samaj being flagged off.

‘The High Commissioner inaugurated an illuminating exhibition of Gandhi’s life illustrated in photographs, curated by Mr Pandey from Benaras. She also announced the curation of a special volume of essays by prominent Gandhian scholars,’ the Indian High Commission said in a statement.

The Indian mission, with the support of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, also used the occasion to launch virtual Sanskrit Speaking Classes for 10 weeks, running until December 4.

At the Nehru Centre in London, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India, a virtual talk was hosted by Nehru Centre Director Amish Tripathi with filmmaker Raju Hirani on the concept of ‘Gandhigiri’ ‘ as popularised in his ‘Munna Bhai’ films.

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