Play on Mahadevbhai: Secretary and Onlooker to Gandhiji at NMML
Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) invites all to a performance of MAHADEVBHAI (1892-1942 an innovative Play by WORKING TITLE, Mumbai.
The play is written and directed by Ramu Ramanathan and Performed and Produced by Jaimini Pathak.
Date: 10th December, 2008
Time: 10.30 am (especially for Colleges and schools) 5.00 pm
Venue: Teen Murti Library Auditorium
MAHADEVBHAI (1892-1942) is a reminder of a healthy
tradition that is slowly being obliterated by the devices of deep
hatred and prejudice. The character that occupies centrestage is Mahadev Desai, secretary and onlooker to Gandhiji. The play is based on the daily diary that Mahadevbhai maintained, in which he jotted down the innumerable letters to and by Gandhiji, as well as conversations and banter, lectures and discourses.
The form chosen is of lively storytelling, interspersed with humour, as one actor plays out various historical characters like Gandhiji, Mahadevbhai, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. B R Ambedkar, among others. The attempt is to understand the thoughts and principles that Gandhiji stood for; principles that are even more relevant in today’s world “non-violence, economic processes that favour the poorest of the poor, religious tolerance, removal of untouchability & discrimination, the status of women”