As a tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on Sunday (October 2), as many as 2,500 schoolchildren from the city will come together dressed like Gandhi — wearing a loincloth, Gandhi spectacles and cap, and carrying a walking stick — for a rally that aims to find place in Limca Book of Records.
The rally will take place from 9 am to 11 am, the starting point being Pimple Saudagar-Rahatni Link Road near SNBP International School. The children are in the age-group of 5 to 8 years, from about 50 schools located in Pimple Saudagar area.
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Some of the participating schools include SNBP International School, Kangaroo Kids, Twinkling Star, Little Cambridge, GGIS, Master Mind School, Colours Pre-School, Yashashree Academy and so on. The rally has been arranged by Lions Club International (LCI), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. LCI is a charitable trust working in 210 countries.
“The idea was conceived in June by Chandrahans Shetty when he was appointed as the district governor of the Club. Then onwards, we had started contacting the schools. While the rest of the wardrobe for the rally like loincloth, spectacles and cap have been provided by us, the children have arranged sticks for themselves,” said Sham Khandelwal, spokesperson of Lions Club.
The children, he added, will be carrying various placards to create awareness about Gandhi’s thoughts relating to cleanliness and girl child education, among others. “As the kids are very small, the distance covered during the rally will not be much, nearly 1.5 kms to 2 kms,” said Khandelwal.
Meanwhile, city-based Aga Khan Palace, which is closely associated with Gandhi and his wife Kasturba, is organising activities to mark his birth anniversary. At 7.30 am, around 175 people associated with Kerala-based daily Matrubhoomi will march from National Institute of Naturopathy on Tadiwala Road to Aga Khan Palace, Nagar Road. Later, the members, along with Aga Khan Palace officials and workers, will attend a prayer meeting from 9.30 am to 10.30 am, followed by screening of 25-minute documentary on Gandhi’s freedom movement.
Dastkar Andhra, a 25-year-old organization which works on policy, research and advocacy aspects of the cotton handloom industry in the country, is organising hand-spinning demonstration on October 2 at India Art Galley, Plot No. 30, Bhosalenagar, at 10.30 am. Dastkar works actively with handloom co-operatives in Andhra and Telangana on promotion and marketing of cotton handloom products. These hand-woven products are woven by weavers who are members of handloom co-operatives.