Dignitaries attend Gandhi gala dinner

1. High Commissioner of India to the Republic of SA, External Affairs and Culture Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj and David Gengan chairman of the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memorial Committee seen during the singing of South Africa's and India's national anthems.

The celebrations that are a joint venture between the Indian Ministries of External Affairs and Culture, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Pietermaritzburg Gandhi Memorial Committee kicked-off on 6 June with a Gandhi Youth Summit, followed by the black-tie invite only gala dinner.

Today,  7 June a special two-sided bust of Mahatma Gandhi and the digital museum at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station will be unveiled followed by the re-enactment of Gandhi being  thrown from the train by local actors. Commemorative stamps of Indian and ANC stalwarts, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and OR Tambo, as well as commemorative coins on Mahatma Gandhi will be released.

There was also be a mini film festival on Gandhi in Pietermaritzburg. Pietermaritzburg City Hall and Station as well as the Gandhi Statue in Church Street, was lit up in national colours as a mark of respect to the father of the Indian nation.

View pictures from the events thus far here:

 

 

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Keroshini Paltu

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