At a time when Gandhiji's ideas seem to have become relegated to tomes of history textbooks, the Eternal Gandhi multimedia exhibition helps to bring his ideas back into focus in a medium that makes it easy for today's kids to relate to and understand.
The exhibits explore Gandhiji's philosophies, the books that moulded him, his ashram stays and other thoughts through computer generated designs and interactive installations. It is an attempt to explore and convey how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became the "Mahatma".
Conceptualised and directed by Ranjit Makkuni and his team at Sacred World Research Laboratory, the exhibition first displayed in Delhi and then moved to Bombay a couple of months ago. For awhile it was exhibited at the Cowasji Jehangir Hall.
But since the last month it has been displayed at the CSMVS. You still can catch it until the end of this month.
The Birla Trust has helped bear part of the costs of the exhibition.
What you can expect to see:
- Raghupati Xylophone: The notes are pre-arranged to play Gandhiji's favourite bhajan. You don't need to be a musician to play it.
- Laser India Harp: Allows the visitor to trigger music by touching the laser beams.
- Pillar of Castelessness: Embodies "United we stand and Divided we fall" by lighting up when all around the pillar hold hands and turning dark when they let go.
- Stambha: 11 rotating discs. Each triggers a visual clip of Gandhiji's principles of Satyagraha.
- A wooden replica of Sabarmati Ashram:
Each Pillar when touched starts an audio visual presentation of Ashram Life.
- A Mural of Raja Harischandra's Story
- A fibre optic Jail Cell to mimic the one Gandhi was imprisoned in, which has his Jail journal beamed across the cell floor.
- The Charaka is everywhere,
- And an extremely life-like wax figure of Gandhiji which could have you thinking its a real person sitting there (the webbed toes gave it away),
as a motif, as a theme, as a background, as an exhibit....
...among other exhibits.
The exhibition is best summed up by a kid I overheard at the exhibition "Mommy, mommy! This is so much fun!!!"
To be relevant and speak to today's generation of kids, you need to involve them in the discovery process by stimulating not just their minds but by appealing to their visual and auditory senses too. Since the experience also combines a tactile dimension, it succeeds on all counts. The exhibition is equally appealing to adults too, it shows that we can make Indian museums a better leisure experience.
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