EGMH observes Shraddhanjali, a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Houston: Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, EGMH, along with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Unity Houston, Ismaili Jamatkhana Center and other organizations commemorated 74th martyrdom anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for truth and nonviolence as Shraddhanjali, a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, 2022, at Arya Samaj Greater Houston.

The Shraddhanjali program started with a gracious welcome by Sanjay Jain, president of Arya Samaj Greater Houston and also a member of Board of Trustees of EGMH. Dr. Rakesh Agarwal emceed the program, which was initiated with an invocation from Rev Mindy Curtis, former Associate Minister at Unity Houston, Acharya Dr. Suryanarayan Nanda of Arya Samaj of Greater Houston and Zainab Khuwaja-Khawaja-Ali representing Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim Community.

As a symbol of purity, truth, knowledge and understanding, the symbolic ‘diya’ was lit by distinguished guests in attendance including Consul General of India Aseem Mahajan, Sita Kapadia and Atul Kothari.

The program started with a beautiful rendition of the bhajan ‘Prabhu Ji Hamey Prem Sagar Se Bhar Do’ by Smriti Shrivastava, director of Swar Sangam School of Music and the children of the DAV Montessori School and DAV Sanskriti School of Arya Samaj Greater Houston.

Sam Merchant, on behalf of Congressman Al Green’s office, presented a Certificate of Recognition to EGMH trustees.

Fifth grader Ayushi Kawedia delighted the audience with her award-winning speech, “My thoughts on global warming.”

Consul General of India, Aseem Mahajan was the guest of honor and gave a thoughtful speech on the significance of the martyrdom day and importance of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Next were inspiring video messages from Fort Bend County Judge K P George and Houston City Mayor, Sylvester Turner.

Dr. Manish Wani, co-founder and a member of Board of Trustees of EGMH, gave an informative update of the museum with a brief video glimpse of the ongoing construction and interior design of the museum.

Swar Sangam School of Music, directed by Smriti Srivastava, then sang Vaishnav Jana to and Raghu Pati Raghav Rajaram while everyone in the audience came up to the garlanded picture of Mahatma Gandhi to pay their respect.

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