RAJAMMA: MAKING A GALLERY OF GANDHI AND VINOBHA PICTURES
30 years ago, the founder of Vinobha Niketan at Vithura, Thiruvananthapuram, ascetic A.K.Rajamma had a dream: to organize a permanent exhibition of Gandhi-Vinobha pictures/ sculptures at the Niketan so that it would be an inspiration for the viewers.
made many trips to Raj Ghat and Gandhi Smruthi at Delhi.
The Director of Gandhi Smruthi, Dr. N. Radhakrishnan helped her by
providing many pictures.
there are about 500 pictures and sculptures in the exhibition hall.
Some of them are 150 years old.
of Vinobajiís journey through Kerala, Phoenix ashram at South Africa
where Gandhi and Kasturba stayed, Gandhijiís personal articles etc. are
represented pictorially in the gallery. Models of Gandhi and Vinobha ashrams, their birthplaces etc
stir a patriotic fervour in the visitor to the gallery.
are about 200 orphans living in the Vinobha Niketan, which was started by
Rajamma on September 11, 1954. And the 76-year-old ascetic is like a mother to these
gallery was designed by 2 artists, Poonkode Udayan and Vijayan.
Part of the exhibition
Courtesy: Manilal Vithura, Malayala Manorama, August 31, 2002
Contributed by: Administrator
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