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YugPurush, the Play

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<p>Come and watch the video of the drama "YugPurush" written by Uttam Gada. <br><br>Synopsis of Act 1<br>The Scene opens at Birla House, New Delhi on the fateful day of 30th January 1948, the day Mahatma Gandhiji was assassinated while he was on his way to the evening prayer meeting.<br>Gandhiji’s well-wishers are requesting him not to attend the daily prayer meeting, as there are speculations of an attack on him. Lovingly declining, Gandhiji replies that 'the body is temporal' and joyfully quotes Shrimad Rajchandraji on the brevity of life. This sparks curiosity to know more about Shrimad Rajchandraji and all request Gandhiji to tell them about ‘Raichandbhai’ to whom he has dedicated a whole chapter in his autobiography. Gandhiji says that he can never speak enough about Raichandbhai, the one who was instrumental in making this Mohan, a Mahatma.<br>Gandhiji slips into a flashback of his first meeting with Shrimadji or Kavishri as He was known then. Gandhiji says Shrimadji was truly a great spiritual luminary who constantly remained in a very elevated state of consciousness even while conducting His business as a jeweler. They talk about Shrimadji’s spellbinding poetic ingenuity, and exceptional power of retention and recollection, some of which Shrimadji demonstrates on Gandhiji’s insistence, leaving him (and the audience) awestruck.<br>Gandhiji then talks about the events during the time when he came in Shrimadji’s close and personal contact; how these instilled in him, the principles of non-violence, truth and compassion that laid the foundation of Satyagraha, a non-violent freedom movement. <br>Shrimadji’s uncompromising work ethics and a compassionate attitude towards all forms of life stirred Gandhiji’s heart. This is depicted by a heart-rending scene where Shrimadji cancels a very profitable deal with an Arab who comes back to Him realizing that the deal was a mistake that would cause heavy losses for the Arab. <br>This is followed by the scene of Shatavdhan or the ability to perform a hundred different tasks at the same time. Shrimadji first explains to Gandhiji about it and then the incredible scene of Framjee Cawasjee Institute, Mumbai is constructed where Shrimadji performed this seemingly impossible feat. Shrimadji is barraged with a series of questions and simultaneously performs tasks like playing a game of chess, a card game, counting beads thrown on His back, complicated mathematical calculations, assembling words given to him in ten languages and constructing sentences out of them, composing couplets and many more. Shrimadji’s effortless perfection in completing these tasks and His composure at the same time is truly breath-taking. What inspires Gandhiji the most is that in spite of the lure of fame and wealth, Shrimadji turns down lucrative offers for performing such unique feats, seeing the possibility that it may hinder His spiritual progress.<br>Gandhiji then recounts Shrimadji’s memory from 7 years of age where on the death of an acquaintance, little Raichand gets absorbed in profound thinking, recalling eight hundred of His previous births, an experience that leads him to unprecedented spiritual maturity and detachment.<br>Act 1 concludes with Gandhiji leaving for Africa bidding Shrimadji an emotional adieu and with a promise to keep in touch through letters.<br>***<br><br>Synopsis of Act 2 <br><br>Gandhiji’s work in South Africa brings him to work closely with Mr. Abdullah and Mr. Baker. A stage comes in the young Gandhi’s life where he is seeking answers to many questions to determine which religion is true for him. Gandhiji on seeing the prevalent inhuman practices of untouchability and casteism starts doubting his own Hindu religion. He writes to Shrimadji about his spiritual dilemma. Shrimadji replies to him asking him to delve deeper into his own religion where he would find answers to all his questions. What impresses Gandhiji the most was that not even once Shrimadji asks him to embrace Jainism, a religion that Shrimadji Himself followed. Thus for Gandhiji, Shrimadji becomes his spiritual refuge.<br>While in South Africa, Gandhiji learns about Shrimadji leaving His mortal body. On his next visit to India, he first visits Shrimadji’s memorial in Rajkot expressing his deep reverence, love and gratitude towards this Great Soul. <br>Emotional and striking scenes from the Phoenix Ashram in Durban, South Africa end up touching you deeply, inspiring and invoking a quest within. While in the process of translating Shrimadji's timeless epic treatise, Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, Gandhiji explains a few excerpts to Mrs. Polak who is spellbound to see how effortlessly, yet effectively, Shrimadji has explained the existence of the soul. <br>An important facet of Gandhiji’s life was practicing celibacy to remain steadfast in his spiritual pursuit. A scene beautifully depicts this aspect of Gandhiji’s life, showing the co-operation and support from his wife Kasturba and the constant, insightful guidance from Shrimadji, who was his strength in taking this challenging, yet important step.<br><br>The following scenes show how Shrimadji’s words and teachings help Gandhiji throughout a critical period of his life during the freedom movement, and influence his decisions at every step from the Jallianwala Bagh massacre to the Dandi March; how he learned and imbibed from Shrimadji, the values of Non-violence and truth, which played a pivotal role in India’s independence movement and set an example for the world. <br>The concluding scene moves back to Birla House and depicts the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji speaks out the Lord’s name as he breathes his last. The play ends with a heart-stirring still of the two Mahatmas and leaves the viewers in a state of trance.<br><br></p>