At the mayors office in Aalborg: Reveal of new portrait of Mahatma Gandhi

By: Michael Qureshi
Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen
Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen

On the 10th of September 2020 the Embassy of India in Copenhagen in collaboration with Aalborg Municipalty and International House North Denmark have the honor of revealing a new portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the mayors office, Boulevarden 13, 9000 Aalborg.

The reveal is a part of the celebration of the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhis birthday. The portrait is painted by the visual artist Nils Sloth. Prominent people of business, culture and educational institutions will be present.

Ambassador Ajit Gupte and mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen will be talking about indian-danish relations and the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi today, followed by a short speech by visual artist Nils Sloth.

Moderator of the program will be Lasse Frimand Jensen from International House North Denmark.

Father of the nation

In India Mahatma Gandhi, also known as ’Father of the nation’ was the architect behind the freedom movement of India and left a great and lasting impression on the world.

Born on the 2nd of October 1869 he was the first person to use the terms ahimsa (non-violence), satyagraha (passive resistance) and civil disobedience as strategies in the fight for independence.

In a time where the whole world was at war Mahatma Gandhi succeeded to inspire millions of people to avoid violence and make use of peaceful means to obtain freedom.

This inspired several political leaders, civil rights movements and freedom movements all over the world. The international day for non-violence is celebrated on the 2nd of October, Mahatma Gandhis birthday.

Many events in memory

The Embassy of India in Copenhagen has arranged a line of cultural events in memory of the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhis birth which includes vegetarian food festivals, planting trees, lectures in more than 20 universities and gymnasiums in Denmark and more.

Other events the Embassy of India in Copenhagen have planned in North Jutland to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi includes book donations, the opening of an ”Indian Cornor” at Aalborg University Library and a visit to Hasseris Gymnasium.

At the visit to Hasseris Gymnasium Gupte will talk about the modern India, Gandhis continuing relevance and plant trees in memory of Mahatma Gandhis 150th birthday.