A total recall of the saga of freedom struggle
Poetry through images
Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu’s moment of participation in the Salt March heralded by Mahatma Gandhi, freedom fighter Appaji Rao, who played a crucial role in the liberation of Hyderabad-Karnataka, seen sporting the Indian National Army’s uniform, Jinnah deliberating over the country’s partition with the Congress leaders and an array of such photographs on display brought alive the events that led to the country’s final tryst with the destiny.
Mythri Samskrutha Samskruthi Foundation had organised the unique photography exhibition ‘Saga of Independence’ that revived the country’s struggle for independence. A majority of visitors at the two-day exhibition were students from various city schools.
B A Patil, a historian and scientist, who is from a family of freedom fighters, shared his collection of photographs at the exhibition. Several photographs of the historian’s ancestors who played a key role in the nation’s independence were on display.
In addition to rare photographs, bullets, pistols, arms and ammunition used during the freedom struggle were also showcased.
Recounting his family’s participation in the nation’s independence struggle, a proud Patil said: “My grandfather Rayappa Patil along with Doddappa Appa, a fellow freedom fighter, collected Rs 700 as donation from farmers in Gulbarga to be given to Mahatma Gandhi in 1924. Similarly, a business group under the leadership of one Heerachand collected Rs 300. Bapu who arrived in Gulbarga to collect the funds for the struggle lauded their efforts,” he said.
As many as 1,000 photographs were on display at the exhibition.
Family members of freedom fighters and the Gandhi Bhavan helped us by sharing photographs and other paraphernalai associated with the freedom struggle, said Nandakumar, marketing co-ordinator of the Mythri Samskrutha Samskruthi Foundation.
Veteran freedom fighter Sudhakar Chaturvedi was felicitated on the occasion.