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Mahatma Gandhi Library presented the spectacular 1000 Lights for Peace, a celebration of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on Sunday, October 1st at Miller Outdoor Theater.

Thought to Ponder!

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We also pray that please make us mentally strong that we never resort to such means for our ends and goals!

1000 Lights For Peace - 2017 - Report

2017 Walk For Peace Opening Ceremony2017 Walk For Peace Opening Ceremony. Atul Kothari, Trustee Mahatma Gandhi Library, addressing the participants. In the picture you see from left Grand Marshalls of the walk, Kristen Lee Ohanyan of Vegan Society for P.E.A.C.E., Bob Fleming of Compassionate Houston, Ramesh Shah of Ekal Vidyalaya and Walk For Peace Coordinator Sesh Bala. In the front is Vinod Arora dressed as Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi Library presented the spectacular 1000 Lights for Peace, a celebration of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on Sunday, October 1st at Miller Outdoor Theater.

The spirit of Houstonians attending the program was truly visible during this auspicious celebration. The gorgeous day started with 5K Walk for Peace, coordinated by Mr. Sesh Bala. The participants walked around Hermann Park voting for peace with their feet, many proudly displaying signs depicting peace. They visited the life size statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Houston Garden Center to pay homage to the apostle of peace. The Grand Marshalls were Kristen Lee Ohanyan, of Vegan Society for PEACE, Bob Fleming of Compassionate Houston and Ramesh Shah of Ekal Vidyalaya. The walk was led by Vinod Arora who dressed as Mahatma Gandhi for the first time.

The walk culminated on stage at Miller Outdoor Theater to kick off the 1000 Lights for Peace program.

The 1000 lights for Peace program started at 6pm with an invocation by Dr. Kavita Vachaknavee of Arya Samaj of Houston with Vedic prayer. This was followed by Rev Siedo Francavilla of the St. Nichiren Temple with the chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, translated Devotion-Mystic-Law-Cause & Effect-Sound.

Neha Srivastava and Akash Gupta, the MCs, kept the evening flowing with historical perspectives on not only Mahatma Gandhi, but also social reformers including Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Desmond Tutu.

The Gandhi Darshan Exhibit portraying the chronologically lifetime of Gandhiji with actual photographs from that era was also on display as were booths for arts and crafts, balloons, and henna painting, which the children lined up for. Annesa Patel, a 10th grader, had a display of her paintings for silent auction. The Vegan Society for Peace and the Indo-American Senior citizens club were active participants throughout the day. Youth volunteer from Arya Samaj led by Sanjay Ahuja helped out from start to finish. Kudos to all the adult volunteers, too many to name, make this yet another great celebration.

Ganesh Vandana by StudentsGanesh Vandana by students of Swar Sangam directed by Smriti Srivastava

The evening started with a melodious rendition of Ganesh Vandana by choir directed by Smriti Srivastava.

Khushi Kawedia, winner of the younger speech contest, inspired the crowd by reciting her winning speech "Love never claims, it ever gives."

Next was a fabulous performance by the adorable children from Houston's St. Catherine Montessori Catholic Choir directed by Tim and Mindy Snow. They brilliantly sang "Kumbaya."

Ballet Folklorico PerformanceAmbassadors International Ballet Folklorico Performing at 1000 Lights for Peace

Next was a high-energy, dynamic performance by the Folklorico International from Mexico, directed by Nelly Fraga.

The students of Anjali Center of Performing Arts, directed by Dr. Rathna Kumar, performed a classical Indian dance called Mahaganapathim.

Tony Jha then treated the crowd to his brilliant winning speech in the older category discussing Peace is the goal, non-violence is the way".

The Ismaili Dance Ensemble presented an elegant performance featuring Turkish and Syrian folk dances directed by Fareeda Chagani.

Contests Winners of 2017Mahatma Gandhi Week 2017 contests award winners with Guest of Honor Consul General of Bharat, India Dr. Anupam Ray and Keynote speaker Rev. Michael Gott of Unity of Houston.

The Honorable Consul General of Bharat, India Dr. Anupam Ray addressed the audience on his idea of peace and non-violence and his inspiration from the Father of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi. The Keynote Speaker for the evening Rev Michael Gott, Senior pastor of Unity Houston, spoke about how relevant the practice of Non-Violence was in today's strife ridden world and that Gandhi's message of "Be the change you want to see in the world" as his primary influence for entering public service. He said he was Christian with a Hindu soul.

Honorable Consul General of Bharat, India, Dr. Anupam Ray and Rev Michael Gott presented the awards to the many winners of the city-wide contests held by Mahatma Gandhi Library. Please see the picture.

Dr. Manish Wani, member of the Board of trustees of Mahatma Gandhi Library, announced an unprecedented collaboration of MGL with Birla group in India to bring Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum to Houston. It is one the world's first digital multimedia museums preserving the historical events of Gandhiji's life. A 3-acre parcel of land has been secured for the museum in South Houston near Beltway 8 and Hwy 59.

The last international performance of the evening was a dynamic performance called Nsati by the KoumonKe'le' African Dance & Drum Ensemble, directed by Ms. Christina Gerard.

The finale of the evening was a lighting of a candleThe finale of the evening was a lighting of a candle by all present as a pledge to practice peace in their own lives!

The spectacular evening concluded with the lighting of a candle by all as a symbolic pledge to observe peace in their own lives. The crowd reflected on how to emulate Mahatma Gandhi's life listening to the soothing song "Imagine" by John Lennon. Please see the picture.

To learn more about 1000 Lights for Peace, please visit gandhilibrary.org or contact Dr. Manish Wani at 713-829-6979.


Year-long Gandhi Sesquicentennial Celebrations

We are excited to announce the year long, October 2, 2018 to October 6, 2019 celebrations of Gandhi Sesquicentennial which falls on October 2, 2019.

The initiative is an exploration of nonviolence and the resonance of Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy by Houston's cultural, educational, faith based, non-profits and social justice organizations.

A number of initiatives have been started, namely, Vegetarian Restaurants offering "Gandhi Special" during this year, Book Club initiative where book club can read Gandhi's autobiography and discuss it, Exhibition initiative where National Gandhi Museum's "Glimpses of Gandhi" exhibition will be displayed at various locations and much much more.

If you would like to learn more about it or help out then simply reply to this e mail.

We need a large number of volunteers. If you are available then please reply to this e mail. Your support as volunteer will be greatly appreciated!

To learn more about it please click here

Land is Purchased for Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum!

Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum

Mahatma Gandhi Library purchased 3+ acres of land at Beltway 8 & Riceville School Road in Houston. It is located inside the Beltway 8 between W Airport Blvd and S Gessner Road. Please see the attached map for more information.

We are now in fund raising phase. Our goal is to raise $ 5 Million in Capital budget and $ 3 million Endowment fund corpus whose income will support operating expenses.

Your support is critical to bring this multimedia museum to life. You can help find grant sources, large donors, help write grants proposals, etc.

If you want to learn more about the plans then simply reply to this e mail to receive the package.

Please take a virtual tour by clicking here

MGL Book Club Discussions on Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi

A very stimulating discussion takes place on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Discussions cover one chapter at a time to understand in depth the life and times of Gandhiji and his relevance in today's era.

Our next meeting will be on:

Date: No meeting in November

Please visit www.gandhilibrary.org or call Manish Wani at 713-829-6979 for further information.

Vegetarian lunch served at noon.

Please click here to read this chapter online

Credit Card donations now accepted!

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