Abhivadan rally, lecture, songs mark Mahaparinirwan Din

Nagpur: Buddha vandana, rally, lecture and musical tributes formed part of the programme organized by Shakyamuni Samiti at Dr Ambedkar Lalit Kala Bhavan, Indora, on the eve of Mahaparinirwan Din of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, architect of the Indian Constitution, on Wednesday.
The ‘abhivadan’ rally, that had a photograph of Dr Ambedkar, was taken out from Sugat Buddha Vihar in the evening that was attended by hundreds of people. The rally passed through various areas and culminated at the venue of the programme.

A group of girls from Bahujan Hitay Vidyarthi Vastigruha beautifully performed ‘Buddha Vandana’ and ’Trishul Panchshil’ and had the entire hall singing the prayer along with them.

The musical presentation of the evening was kicked off by Kapil Deshpande who presented a Buddha song that charged the atmosphere with a feeling of reverence. Singer Akanksha Nagarkar, a reality singing show fame, performed a number of Buddha and Bhim songs much to the delight of the music lovers.

Through her songs, Nagarkar narrated the stories of greatness of Gautam Buddha and Ambedkar. Her renditions told the tales of how Ambedkar, despite facing hardships in life, uplifted the poor to have a voice of their own. She also touched upon topics of woman uplift and the various other changes that were brought about in the lifetime of the legend.

A discourse by Dhammachari Padmabodhi inspired the audience with stories of the great man. Mentioning Babasaheb’s 1936 speech on freedom, he said his philosophy was free from soul, and how a person who is not liberated from the soul is a dead person.

He stressed the importance of fraternity, equality and brotherhood, stating that if all the countrymen embodied these three virtues, India could emerge as a superpower in the world. He also spoke about the three gurus of Ambedkar — Lord Buddha, Kabir and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule — whose philosophies inspired him.

Following the principles of religion is the way to unity, he said and credited the success of Babasaheb’s thoughts to the five principles of morality of Bhagvan Buddha.

The musical programme was conducted by Dhammachari Amrutasiddhi.

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