AN HOUR WITH THE MAHATMA is an initiative to re discover , redefine Mahatma Gandhi and his relevance in our times. It is an INTERACTIVE BIOGRAPHY , constructed in a multimedia presentation for children from around 11-12 years onwards.
As we roll the pictures and the Audio visual , Gandhi's life philosophy is narrated by participants themselves through his life sketch.
This programme was envisaged to introduce Mahatma Gandhi in a form of narration beyond the dates . The subtle intention is not to make them follow Gandhiji but realize the process of transformation Bapu used for himself.
It has evolved into a life skills workshop where Children especially adolescents get a chance to think critically . If we are able to instill the seeds of this social concern , in due course some of these children may attempt to reinstate Gandhi’s thought .
Gandhi the humanist and the experimenter with truth appeals to young minds.
Though their minds do have a few questions (essentially out of misinformation) but a discussion on these issues makes them think and hope encourages them to read more.
Gandhi did address the issues facing the country and partly answered them too.
His solutions may not be the best fit but no one can deny that he knew the pulse of this pluralist country. His insistence on benefit for all and not the 'maximum ' probably was the right approach . The conflicts which face us now may have some answers with Gandhi.
All it needs is re interpretation. Possibly some young mind may reinvent.
I am ready to come and do this anywhere
Children , adolescents and young adults are definitely able to relate the need to rise above oneself and work to change for the better life of all and their own need to change echoes in….
'BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE'
This programme has been conducted in around 50 schools in a period of 1year in Kanpur , Lucknow , Chennai and IIT Kanpur /Chennai as also with senior groups of MBA and graduate /Postgraduate students
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