May 12, 2018
By Bindiya Bakshi - (Beyond India), It was a gratified and proud moment for us in Victoria to have digital exhibition “Mahatma Gandhi – An Immigrant” launched at Immigration Museum on 5th April 2018. Compared to other states in Australia, Victoria has largest number of Indian community that make this migrant story particularly significant here. I myself as an immigrant from India feel more attached to the roots, when I get chance to be part of cultural, sports and community events celebration on the Australian Land.

Month of April brought us those celebrating and exhilarating moments, such as seeing true sportsmanship of Indian players in excelling & winning  Iconic Gold medals at Commonwealth games 2018, in Queensland. And at  the end of month on 29th April, celebration of Community day at Immigration museum where Ela Gandhi , granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi who is peace activist and has run non violence movement  in South Africa joined us for conversation to celebrate Gandhi’s Legacy and Indian tradition.

Its well known fact Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on India’s rich history is known throughout the world. The exhibition depicts his story which has intensely shaped his method of social activism. The exhibition not only depicts Gandhi’s years in South Africa as migrant, his non-violence  movement and Satyagraha but also aims at “Finding the next Gandhi”. The methods of non-violent resistance developed during Gandhi’s years as well as during this time as a migrant in South Africa is the main focus of exhibition.

(L-R,  Emily Siddons, Project Manager, Birad Yajnik, Curator, Lynley Marshall, CEO Museums Victoria, Andrew Abbot - CEO Creative Victoria, Deputy Secretary Creative Industries, Rohini Kappadath, General Manager, Immigration Museum)

In Delhi with Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews who has provided full support for this exhibition Michelle Wade, Trade Commissioner SE Asia, is also in the photo.

This digital exhibition is surely not to be missed.

This  exhibition is showing  at Immigration Museum from 5th April until 15th July 2018. Please visit with family and friends

According to Birad Yajnik (Curator of Mahatma Gandhi digital exhibition), It was relentless effort and hard work of 3 months to put the exhibition together and finally present and bring it to Melbourne. The exhibition has been curated with more than 1,000 photographs, as well as recording inspirational sound of speeches on loan from Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in India and archived footage seen in rare cases. These objects are displayed with historical and cultural artefacts, which are rarely displayed in Victoria’s permanent collections in Australia, dating to more than 150 years, reflecting Gandhi’s human diversity in.

Hats off to the dedicated and hardworking team Rohini Kappadath, (General Manger Immigration museum) , Mr Birad Yajnik , (curator), Emily Siddon( Project Manager) and Ellise McLoughlan (senior advisor,Media) for this brilliant work and bringing this digital exhibition to Melbourne.

Lynley Marshall, CEO, Museums Victoria, said “We are delighted to be presenting Mahatma Gandhi: An Immigrant at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne as part of a collaboration between Museums Victoria and the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in Hyderabad, India. Visitors will have the chance to interact with a significant collection of objects and digital material from the period of Gandhi’s life in which he migrated from India to England and then South Africa.”

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