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Shradhhanjali – 2021

Shradhhanjali – 2021

Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston along with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Unity of Houston and other organizations commemorated 73rd Anniversary of Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi for Truth and Nonviolence as Shraddhanjali – A Tribute and Memorial on Saturday, January 30, 2021. To view the event on Facebook please go to click here or on YouTube at click here

On January 30, 2021, the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, EGMH, along with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Unity of Houston, The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Houston, Rothko Chapel, Bahai’ Faith of Houston, and others virtually commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi for Truth & Nonviolence as Shraddhanjali.

It was quite a well-attended Memorial Program to help foster peace and harmony in the world.

The program began with welcome remarks by Shri Atul B Kothari, Trustee and Founder of EGMH. It was followed by an Invocation blessing the event, by Acharya Dr. Suryanarayan Nanda of Arya Samaj Greater Houston. Rev. Mindy Lawrence of Unity of Houston’s opening remarks emphasized the significance of this annual memorial tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Anusha Sathya was our charming Emcee for the rest of the evening. The event opened up with a beautiful rendering of De De Hame Azadi (Gandhi ji attained freedom for us) and Jodi Tor Daak Shune (Ekla Chalo by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore) by children of Swar Sangam School of Music, under the able of guidance of their Guru, Teacher, Smriti Srivastava. Special thanks to Mahi Tomar for providing video editing services.

City of Houston
Aseem Mahajan

The evening became more poignant by messages on this solemn occasion from dignitaries, namely, Chief Guest, City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Guest of Honor, Consul General of India Shri Aseem Mahajan, Congressman Al Green, Special Guests, Chief Justice of State of Gujarat, India, Shri Vikram Nath, Fort Bend County Judge K P George, and Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

The audience got a glimpse of what the future may hold for the next generation, from the winners of Mahatma Gandhi Week 2020 contests for Speech and i-Tribute (multimedia). They shared their thoughts on a range of issues, such as Love Never Claims; It ever gives; Change begins with me; LEED and Simple Living and Messages and Symbols of Peace. The young presenters were Zahra Latheef, Khushi Kawedia, Rahul Sanklecha and Vir Sehgal.

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