Gandhi Community Day



Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

Celebrate Gandhi's legacy and Indian traditions with a day of food, music and culture.

Bring your family and friend to visit Mahatma Gandhi: An Immigrant, the digital exhibition honouring the life of Gandhi.

As a special guest of the museum on this day, Ela Gandhi, renowned peace activist and grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi will be present. Born in South Africa in 1940, Ela has continued her grandfather's activist legacy. She was instrumental in the struggle against apartheid and was one of the members of the United Democratic Front who met with Nelson Mandala shortly before his release from prison.

Curator talks will take place throughout the day as well as traditional performances and the wonderful Babaji's Kitchen will be serving fresh dosas made on the spot, Masala Chaat and truckstop curries. Gluten free options available.

Community Day Program

Level 1, Foyer Stage, 12–4pm

"Vaishnava Jana To"

12pm, Dance, Performer: Shravyaa Shetty
"Vaishnava Jana To" is one of the most popular Hindu bhajans in the Gujarati language. This Bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi's daily prayer. I will be performing an Indian classical dance form called Bharathanatyam for this Bhajan.

BRAHMA NAAD ensemble

12.30pm, Music, Performers: Vinod Prasanna and Bobby Singh
Vinod Prasanna and Bobby Singh will perform famous melodies from Indian classical music. With their personal touch and improvisation, the pair will present some of their best pieces.

BRAHMA NAAD ensemble

1.30pm Dance and Music, Performers: Sanchita Abrol, Bobby Singh, Vinod Prasanna and Katya Sellmer.
Combined performance by the entire ensemble that explores interactions between Indian and Western Classical music accompanied by Kathak dance. This performance will touch upon some of the historical pieces such as ‘Fairy Tales’ by Dmitry Kabalevsky.

“Mohan and Rambha” Dance enactment

2.30pm Dance and Music, Performers: Sanchita Abrol, Bobby Singh, Vinod Prasanna and Katya Sellmer
This dance enactment that was scripted by late Prof Ramchandra Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) in 1992-3 when it was first staged, it is based on an incident in the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The dance piece has been choreographed by Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan, India's most celebrated Kathak Guru and Maestro of the present age. The extraordinary creative partnership touches upon several burning issues that still plague our society – issues of gender discrimination and untouchability, about fear and greed and whether incidents are straining the fabric of togetherness of the nation and such other issues. It is poignant and sensitive.

Om Jay Jagdish Hare Prayer Song (30mins)

3.30pm Music, Performers: Vinod Prasanna and Bobby Singh
Musical performance of Hindu prayer song.

Satyam Shivam Sundram & Preet Jaha Ki Reet Sada

4pm Song and Dance, Supported by Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin
Performer: ABCD Bollywood Dance School students and directed by Shweta Pandya

Garba Dance - Traditional Gujarati Dance

4pm Song and Dance, Supported by Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin
Performers: by Nathdwara Education & Cultural Centre
Traditional Gujarati Songs performed by Dharmesh Chudasama

Long Room

11am–2pm exhibition tours.
2pm & 3pm Floor Talks by Birad Yajnik, Curator of Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum, Hyderabad

Ground Floor, Theatrette

12pm–1pm Free Yoga workshop for all ages with Vasudeva Kriya Yoga
1.30–2.30pm Free Yoga workshop for all ages with Vasudeva Kriya Yoga


12–4pm Babaji’s Kitchen
12–4pm Kids Art and Craft Activities