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76th martyrdom anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for Truth and Nonviolence commemorated as Shraddhanjali at EGMH

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, EGMH, commemorated 76th martyrdom anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for truth and nonviolence as Shraddhanjali, at its brand-new facilities by paying a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday, February 3, 2024. It was a full house with standing room only. 

Mahatma Gandhi said “I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.” He was never afraid of death. 

Currently, the world is encountering several challenges including intolerance, impatience, and terrorism. It is essential to follow the ideas and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, especially truth and non-violence, not only to achieve world peace and prosperity, but achieve the same within one’s own heart. 

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the universal values of truth, nonviolence, love, and service. It is the first of its kind museum in the Americas dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi to preserve and promote his ever-lasting legacy of nonviolent conflict resolution.  Girl in a jacket The appreciative audience at the Shraddhanjali event

The Shraddhanjali program started at 3:00 pm with the Universal Prayer and a gracious welcome by EGMH board of Trustee member, Manish Wani.

Mrs. Tina Khatri was a brilliant emcee as she guided the audience through the auspicious program. 

Ms. Raji Krishnamurthy and her daughter Yamini started the program with a beautiful rendition of the bhajan “Vaishnav Jan to,” Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan, spiritual song, written in the 15th century by Gujarati poet Narsinh Mehta. 

Next, on behalf of Congressman Al Green’s office, Globe Beavers presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Trustees of EGMH.  Girl in a jacket DAV Sanskriti, DAVSS, children performing medley of songs

DAV Sanskriti School of Houston or DAVSS presented a medley of dances to the tune of several songs about Mahatma Gandhi such as Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram and De di Hame Azadi bina Khadag bina Dhal. DAVSS is operated by Arya Samaj of Greater Houston. 

Fort Bend County Judge KP George, a supporter of the museum since inception, addressed the crowd and advised how the values and principles of Mahatma Gandhi are more relevant today than ever. On behalf of Fort Bend Conty, Judge KP George presented a Proclamation to EGMH Co-founder, Mr. Atul Kothari.  Girl in a jacket On behalf of Fort Bend County, Judge KP George presented a Proclamation to EGMH Co-founder & Trustee, Mr. Atul Kothari

Ishaan Jha from Ann Sullivan Elementary School, the 2nd place winner of the annual Mahatma Gandhi Week speech contest in the 10 years and younger category, delighted the audience with his winning speech, “Do video games lead to violence.”

On behalf of the Consul General of India’s office, Sandeep Choudhary, Consul, addressed the audience with his thoughtful speech on the significance of the martyrdom day and of Gandhi’s values and principles. 

Representative Suleman Lalani, M.D., from House District 76 in Fort Bend County, Texas presented to EGMH the actual flag that was hoisted over the Texas Capitol on October 2, 2023, and spoke about Gandhi’s message of “Be the change you wish to see.”  Girl in a jacket Co-founder & Trustee Dr. Manish Wani accepting Texas flag from Representative Dr. Suleiman Lalani

The talented T. Raja Banga, Director of the Tagore Society of Houston, and their musical band presented a beautiful rendition of Vedic Chant Sangachadhwam, and Amar Mukti. Partha Chatterjee, Founding Patron of Durgabari Houston presented Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Where the mind is without fear” followed by “Ekla Chalo Re,” presented by the group. Debleena Banga presented a letter from Gandhi ji to Tagore.  Girl in a jacket Tagore Society Musical Band

Keynote Speaker, Rev. Michael Gott, from Unity Houston, delighted the audience with his inspiring speech regarding Gandhi’s relevance in today’s society and also displayed his amazing vocal talent. Girl in a jacket Keynote speaker Rev Michael Gott, from Unity Houston

Next, talented students from Sreepadam Performing Arts and Cultural Education including Supriya Ramanatham, Tarini Kumar, and Sharanya Dutta, performed 2 beautiful Bharatanatyam dances titled “Hari Hari”, a bhajan in praise of Lord Vishnu and “Charishnu” which literally means the desire to move.  Girl in a jacket Sreepadam Performing Arts and Cultural Education dancers

Ramya Elangovan, winner in the 11 years and older category of Mahatma Gandhi Week speech contest, presented her compelling speech on the “Role of Social Media in promoting peace.”  Girl in a jacket Ramya Elangovan, presenting her winning speech

Dr. Manish Wani, Co-Founder and a member of Board of Trustees of EGMH, gave an informative update on the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston which opened its doors to the public on August 15th, 2023. Since then, many community programs and events have been sponsored  by the museum. He also announced the upcoming Wisdom of Gandhi classes, a 4-week free event discussing the book by Eknath Easwaran, “Gandhi the Man.” 

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Board of Trustee member Mr. G.V. Krishnan. 

A short reception followed with tea and snacks and then docents led group tours of the galleries of the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston. 

EGMH is Open to The Public

Good news! Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is now open 6 days a week! The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Thursday hours are extended to 7:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum or by visiting us at www.egmh.org

India Independence Day Celebration

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston attended the Independence Day Celebration at the Stafford Center on August 20, 2023. To help celebrate and spread the news of the museum’s opening, volunteers distributed over 500 flyers to attendees during the event.

A special thanks to (pictured left to right) Krishna Merchant, Pankaj Desai, Khushi Kawedia and Ayushi Kawedia for volunteering at the booth.

EGMH meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston received an honored invitation to meet Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian, spiritual leader and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

Pictured left to right: Ajit Paralkar, Rita Kothari, Atul Kothari, Sri Sri Ravi, GV Krishnan, Dr. Bhuvaneshwari Krishnan, Prabha Bala, Sesh Bala and Allen Lea.

Volunteer Spotlight

Every month we will spotlight one of our amazing EGMH volunteers in the newsletter. This month, we would like to introduce Rani Chilukuri!

Where are you from?
Houston, but originally the Southern part of India. We moved here from Hyderabad in 1976.

Why did you join EGMH?
I like volunteering at this museum as I have been waiting so long for the project to be completed.

What do you like most about volunteering?
I like to meet new people and answer all their questions.

What is the last book that you read?
Becoming Michelle Obama

What is your favorite hobby?
Walking

What is the next place on your travel bucket list?
Greece and Barcelona

If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Salad and fruit.

What is one item that you could not live without?
My Phone

A huge thank you to Rani! We appreciate your continued support and the positive energy you bring to EGMH.

Visit the Museum Giftshop!

Stop by the museum today and visit the gift shop. From jewelry and books to souvenirs and home decoration, the EGMH gift shop has something for everyone!

Cannot make it in-person? Check out www.egmh.org to browse all the special and unique items in the gift shop.

EGMH Partnering with 2023 Jaipur Literature Festival.

Get ready for the exhilarating return of the Jaipur Festival to Houston! The 6th edition of JLF Houston will be taking place from September 15th-17th, 2023.

Please find the schedule below or click here for more information. Registration is required. On September 15th:

– Afternoon Session followed by an Opening Reception at University of Houston: 3 PM onwards On September 16th:

– Full day of Sessions at Asia Society, Texas: 10 AM – 5:45 PM, followed by a Reception. On September 17th:

– Morning Session at Rothko Chapel: 9 AM onwards

– Reception followed by a Film Screening and a Session at Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston: 5 PM onwards

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