With the aim to spread Shrimad Rajchandraji’s values of non-violence and truth that shaped Mahatma Gandhi’s beliefs, and to bring his spiritually uplifting teachings to the maximum number of people from all walks of life the Shrimad Rajchandra MissionDharampur UK (SRMD UK), launched ‘Yugpurush – the Play’ at the Bushey Academy in Bushey Hertfordshire.
The Play will also support the cause of Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital – a new 200-bed multi-specialty charity hospital for the economically underprivileged in one of the poorest rural area’s of Southern Gujarat.
Announcing its first International Tour beginning in the UK from April 27 – 10 May 2017, Mr Mayur Mehta President of SRMD UKconfirmed that the UK tour comprises over 15 shows, planned in cities including Manchester, Leicester, London andSouthampton. A UK premier of the play will commence the tour in Manchester, on 27 April..
An audience of over 250 VIP guests from all sectors of the Gujarati and Hindi speaking community around the UK gathered at the Grand Hall in Bushey, to watch reviews, video clips and hear the latest news about this drama. The play earlier had witnessed its world premiere in Mumbai on 14 November 2016.
Guest speakers at the launch included Mr A S Rajan, Minister of Co-ordination from High Commission of India and Mr C B Patel, chairman of APBL Group.
Mr A S Rajan said, ‘’It is vitally important at this time, that the world looks to the message of Gandhian values and the power of non-violence instead of weapons and policies that cause mass destruction.’’
Mr C B Patel, added that he has a personal connection with Shrimadji through his great-grandfather who had met him in his home town of Bhadran in western Gujarat. He feels that this play ‘’will be a turning point in the understanding of the contribution made by non-violence and truth, values imbibed by Gandhiji, to the Indian independence struggle against British rule.’’
Sixty organisations were represented at the launch, spread across the Indian diaspora in the UK, including Shree Swaminarayan BAPS, the Anoopam Mission, Sangam Ladies Association, Brahma Kumaris, Lyca Media, Lohana Community and the Gandhi Foundation.
Yugpurush highlights the values of expanding one’s capacity to love and give selflessly, respecting diversity, supporting truth, fostering trust, and building lasting communities. It brings to the forefront a powerful experience of looking within, upholding truth and fearlessness, as well as transforming character and consciousness. It revives an inspiring spiritual legacy and the cultural ethos of India, that lies mostly forgotten, today. The legacies of Shrimadji and Gandhiji continue to offer new paradigms to global peace and human progress.
The great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Tushar Gandhi, shared his thoughts after watching the world premiere of ‘Yugpurush in Mumbai. He said, “What is important for me is the humility and the selflessness that Shrimadji instilled in Gandhiji, because of which an ordinary man could rise to become a Mahatma.’’
For more information visit www.yugpurush.org/uk