Gandhi's favourite songs premiered in Johannesburg

A Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kolkata (PTI Photo)

An audio-visual extravaganza to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was premiered here to spread the message of peace through his favourite songs.

The premiere held at the University of Witwatersrand's Great hall on Sept.7 was lauded by the South Africans.

"This was a deliberate strategy to appeal to youth as we send out the universal message of peace and the values that Gandhi ji espoused, but we have found that even older people in the audience enjoyed the show,” said Bharghav Purohit from the music composer duo Bhargav-Kedar.

Jeevan Ramjee, who takes care of the Hall, said: "This is such an amazing show that it needs to have a performance at our Gandhi Hall in Lenasia".

During the programme, an exhibition of 19 huge panels recalling highlights of Gandhi’s life and promoting Gujarat as a tourist destination was also organised.

"We are delighted with the response here in Johannesburg and are currently negotiating several global venues to take the show there,” said curator Varun Sutaria, who put together the programme with assistance from local events coordinator Anil Rambaran.

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