Dandi Marchers' Sculptures Workshop I, IIT Bombay

Dandi Marchers' Sculptures Workshop II Participants, Resource Persons, Technicians, Workshop Assistants and Dandi Memorial Project Staffs in front of the life-size sculptures of 80 Satyagrahis of 1930 Dandi Salt March at Dandi Sculptures' Workshop Venue, IIT Bombay. The two-week long Workshop which started on December 7, 2013 brought together experienced sculptors from different parts of India and abroad.

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Dandi Marchers' Sculptures Workshops
Implement 'Gram Swaraj' model for governance to make the most meaningful
cultural monument at Dandi: Ven Prof Samdhong Rinpoche

This was the last of the lecture series organised during the Dandi Marchers' Sculptures Workshops held in IIT Bombay. This report covers two talks by Ven Prof Samdhong Rinpoche delivered on 21-22 December 2013, during the concluding ceremonies of the Dandi Marchers' Sculptures Workshops.

Prof Kirti Trivedi, Convener, Dandi Memorial Project, IIT Bombay, formally introduced the acclaimed speaker and distinguished guests. Prof Devang Khakhar, Chairman, IIT Bombay chaired the meeting and Prof Juzer Vasi, Convener, Institute Dandi Memorial Project Committee offered the Welcome Speech. While delivering the welcome speech, Prof Vasi gave a brief introduction about Ven Prof Samdhong Rincpoche emphasising that it is a blessing for all to have him for the concluding ceremonies. Prof Khakhar in his address expressed his gratification for the distinction enjoyed by IIT Bombay of being selected as the Nodal Agency for coordinating the project. He also shared that the project has personally benefited the faculty and students of IIT who got to see and be a part of the immortalisation of a great movement taking shape within the campus. The audience consisted mainly of Dandi Memorial Sculptors and artists from different parts of the country and abroad. There were several others from different walks of life.

After the formal welcome and introduction, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche began his speech, and his opening remarks revealed his unassuming modesty and humility, qualities that are rare among the accomplished. He is an authority on Gandhian Philosophy and Satyagraha; he is a staunch, dedicated Gandhian; he held fast to non-violence in the Tibetan Struggle: yet he stated that he does not qualify to speak anything about Gandhiji or Satyagraha! And, when he spoke, the audience was pinned to his words in complete silence and attention, and was wonderstruck at the depth and breadth of his knowledge about Gandhian thoughts and ideology. The session lasted for exactly one hour followed by 55 minutes of Q&A session, which showed how much he valued time and punctuality, as a true and disciplined Gandhian. Accustomed only to the non-stop bellowing and noise pollution by the present day political speeches, his lecture on "Satyagraha, Insistence on Truth" was truly a refreshingly new experience to the audience at IIT Bombay.

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A Project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, advised by a High Level Dandi Memorial Committee co-ordinated and implementated by IIT Bombay in association with a International Design Team.
Dandi Salt Satyagraha Memorial, Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076, Maharashtra, India. Email: info@dandimemorial.org