To mark the 150th birth anniversary of our ‘Bapuji’ Mahatma Gandhi, the Karnataka state government is organizing cultural and educational programmes centered on the iconic figure today (October 2). As a part of this programme, they will be offering free comics on the ‘Father of the nation’, reported by Economic Times.
The government has planned a series of events around Gandhi for the next two years under different themes.
Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will open the celebrations at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The Information Department has brought out books on Gandhi in English and Kannada with illustrations by artist B.G.Gujjarappa, targeting school children. The department is going to provide these books free of cost according to Kannada information and culture director N.R. Vishnukumar.
“The CM has asked us to organize plays focussing the life and times of the Mahatma in all the districts. We have two theatre teams holding these plays, and will be adding two more soon. They will tour across the state, and stage plays at the request of schools or colleges free of cost,” the director said. An exhibition showcasing the pictures of the Mahatma’s visit to Karnataka and stamps brought out by other countries on him will also be part of this theatre activity,” Vishnukumar was quoted as saying.
Apart from the comics, an exhibition showcasing the pictures of the Mahatma’s visit to Karnataka and stamps brought out by other countries on him will also be part of this programme.
Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born on October 2, 1869. It is celebrated annually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays in India. The UN General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.