Synopsis: The play is based on Virachand Raghav Gandhi’s life. Gandhi was born in Mahuva, Gujarat, India on 1864.His father, Raghavji Tejpalji Gandhi, was a businessman. A polyglot who reputedly spoke fourteen languages, Gandhi was educated as a lawyer. In 1885, at the age of 21, he became the first honorary secretary of the Jain Association of India.
During his term, he fought against a tax being levied by the ruler of Gujarat on pilgrims visiting Mount Shatrunjay, Palitana.During the course of this fight Gandhi met Lord Reay, the British colonial governor of Bombay, and Colonel John Watson of the Kathiawar Agency. With the help of these two individuals, he ultimately negotiated an annual fixed payment of Rs. 15000, rather than an individual tax on each pilgrim.
Gandhi also fought to close a pig slaughterhouse that had been started in 1891 close to Mount Sametshikhar, a holy place of Jain pilgrimage. Gandhi spent six months in Calcutta learning Bengali and preparing his case against the factory. He was eventually successful in getting the factory closed.He also participated in the National Freedom Movement
He fought injustice with Ahinsa and had represented India at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. He was very close to Mahatma Gandhi, was his friend and had stayed with him for two years. He was also Swami Vivekanand’s contemporary in the truest sense.
Cast : Chetan Dhanani, Mukund Panchal, Ashok Parmar, Sachin Shah, Vaishali Pancmatia, Naimish Dave, Jatin Jani, Vimal Upadhay, Jitendra Kotak, Charul Bhausar
Writer : Ashok Parmar
Director : Harin Thakkar
Gandhi Virudh Gandhi Gujarati Natak