Showcases life teachings of Mahatma to follow
As part of Global Art Festival by Gujarat Tourism Department, an exhibition of paintings by Indian African artists on Mahatma Gandhi starts in Vadodara. Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu the exhibition displays the art work of Indian and African artists on the life messages of Mahatma Gandhi.
The exhibition showcases the life teachings given by Mahatma Gandhi through paintings by the artists from both the countries. The whole country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and as part of it an art workshop was organised at Saputara. Artists from India and Africa attended the workshop and draw 22 informative paintings of Mahatma Gandhi. These paintings are on display at the exhibition hall of Fine Arts Faculty as part of the Global Art Festival. The exhibition was inaugurated by Collector Shalini Agarwal on Tuesday morning.
“The teachings and values of Mahatma Gandhi will always be there to guide the generations in the world. The paintings exhibition is organised as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations and the paintings relived the relations of Mahatma Gandhi with Africa. The Indian and African artists displayed 22 paintings of Mahatma Gandhi and refresh his life events before the viewers. Everyone shall follows his life teachings of “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and implement in life,” said Agarwal.
Artist from Bhuj Deepak Antani dressed as Mahatma Gandhi became special attraction during the inauguration of the exhibition. On the 150th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel a play was written and his friend told him that he looks like Gandhi. Antani played the role of Bapu in the same play in Gujarat, Delhi, Mumbai, Assam and Itanagar.
Antani also plays Bapu in Yugpurush a play based on Shrimad Ramchandra. There was seven teams for the play and with more than 1000 shows it find the place in world record in 2016-17. He also took part in Walk with Gandhi at Rajbhavan in Delhi and Talk with Gandhi in Rajkot. He also was part of Shyam Benegal documentary in Punjab and other documentaries. He also acted in Gandhiji My Mentor and Familyman on Amazon Prime in US and UK. The show was curated by Shilpa Joshi.
Deepak Antani dedicated his life to spread the messages of Mahatma Gandhi was also remain present at the opening day of exhibition and appreciated the initiative by the artists. He holds the India Book of Records for Maximum performances of Gandhiji and continues to spread awareness in people about his teaching through dramas and plays.
“Since last 15 years I am playing the character of Mahatma Gandhi and spreading the teachings of his life in people. We accept the Swachhata message of him but there is lots of things to learn from his life. Presently I am working on the play ‘M.K. Gandhi Hazir Ho’ where Bapu will answer all the questions regarding the controversies. We will do the shows all across Gujarat as part of the play,” said Antani.
He further said playing Mahatma Gandhi also change his life as since last 15 years he don’t turn to any addiction and managed his anger. His way of thinking changes and also the appearance to play the role of Mahatma Gandhi in dramas and plays. He appreciated the efforts of the artists as it gives him something interesting to know about the life of Bapu.