‘Yugpurush’ the play which tells the story of two giants of Indian philosophy, Gandhiji and his spiritual mentor Shrimad Rajchandraji. will begin its first iternational tour in the UK running from April 27 to May 11 .
The UK tour comprises over 15 shows, planned in cities including Manchester, Bolton, Leicester, London and Southampton. A UK premier of the play will commence the tour in Manchester, on 27th April. Tickets are on sale and are available on www.yupurush.org/uk
Yugpurush portrays the relationship that helped transform Mohandas into Mahatma Gandhji.
The tour was announced to guests from the Gujarati and Hindi speaking community around the North of England gathered at the Village Hotel Cheadle, Manchester. Since its world premiere in Mumbai on November 14 2016, the play has been staged all over India, with 290 sell out shows in under 120 days in over 80 cities, with a further 200 shows already planned.
Guest speakers Mr S.M. Chakraborty, Consul and Head of Chancery High Commission of India (Birmingham), Hon. Councillor Chris Gordon, Lord Mayor of Stockport and Hon. Councillor Judith Lloyd, Lord Mayor of Trafford addressed the audience with anecdotes underlining the importance of the key principles of compassion, non-violence and truth in the modern world.
Mr S.M. Chakraborty commented on the life of Shrimad Rajchandraji and also his special relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, spiritually influencing Mahatma Gandhi at the time when Gandhiji was in deep despair on the path of non violence, using peace as a weapon of change.
Hon. Councillors Chris Gordon and Judith Lloyd and the Lord Mayors of Stockport and Trafford respectively mentioned that they were keen admirers of Mahatma Gandhi and were intrigued to find out more about his spiritual mentor, Shrimad Rajchandraji. They also emphasised on the importance of maintaining ones own culture and that every member of the community should watch the play.
Approximately 50 organisations were represented at the launch, spread across the Indian diaspora in the UK, including Jain Samaj Manchester, Brahma Kumaris, Art of Living, National Council of Hindu Temples UK, Northwest Hindu Council, Gujarat Hindu Society Preston, Shree Ram Mandir, Shree Bharatiya Mandal Ashton and the Indian Association of Manchester and Oldham. Opportunities to sponsor the UK tour and specific shows were announced with many partnerships immediately taken up.
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 Bapu, because of which an ordinary man could rise to become a Mahatma. I hope you take this play all over the world, but especially to those places that need it the most – where the message of ahimsa is absent. These two greats have sown in us the seeds of becoming better human beings. It’s now upon us to irrigate it with our own experiences, and with the humility of the belief that we are nothing but instruments.”
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. SRMD’s aim behind the year-long celebration of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th birth anniversary is to spread Shrimad Rajchandraji’s values of non-violence and truth that shaped Gandhiji’s beliefs, and to bring His spiritually uplifting teachings to the maximum number of people from all walks of life.