The Indian community in Western Australia commemorated the 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the UN International Day of Non-Violence, in an event organised by the Consulate General of India, Perth, in collaboration with several local institutions.

The programme, attended by Indian-origin Member of WA Parliament, Councillors of local govts, Professors at WA Universities, community leaders and schoolchildren included rendition of Bapu’s favourite hymns, including ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’, and ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’ and talks on life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi, and soulful instrumental music. The painting of Bapu with many of his quotes, made by 20 Australian children under the direction of Dr Sarasa Krishnan of the Department of Visual Arts of Saraswati Mahavidyalaya, instrumental music and Shankhnaad by Australian follower of Brahmakumaris were some of the major highlights of the event.

Earlier during the day, Consul General Amarjeet Singh Takhi paid flower tributes at Gandhiji’s statue at the Indian Community Centre in Perth, together with members of the Bengali community.