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
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.
ZIKR band presenting Lab Pe Aati hai Dua
Zahra Latheef delivering her speech “Change Begins with me”
The evening had three musical presentations to help spread peace and harmony. One was by ZIKR band of The Ismaili Jamatkhana Center of Houston, directed by Kamal Haji. ZIKR band presented a melodious rendition of Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua, roughly translated as, “when the kindness rises to your lips”.
Unity of Houston Choir directed by Dr. David York, presented Desiderata, a wonderful production, that simply elevated the audience to just another level of peacefulness.
Dr. Manish K Wani, Trustee of Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, EGMH, provided an overview of the status of the construction of Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, slated to open in 2022. Shri Ajit Paralkar, a Trustee of EGMH, gave the vote of thanks to everyone, and especially to the audience for attending the memorial tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and helping to foster peace and harmony.
Rendering of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram by Children of Swar Sangam School of Music
Unity of Houston Choir rendering Desiderata
The evening reached a climax when children of Swar Sangam School of Music presented a melodious rendering of Gandhi’s favorite devotional song, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, (Oh Lord, please bless positive thoughts to all, to make this a world a better place to live) – with the beautiful image of Shraddhanjali, a tribute from the heart, as illustrated above by Ms. Namita Sutaria, Trustee of EGMH. The rendering attempted to illustrate what peace and harmony feels like, when one dedicates oneself to Truth & Nonviolence, the everlasting legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.