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Yugpurush, an Untold Story in World History

Pujya Gurudevshri with dignitaries at the launch of the hindi play - Yugpurush Mahatma Ke Mahatma: (L to R) Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj, Mr. Dilip Joshi, Mr. Sharman Joshi, Mr. Satish Shah, Mr. Ashutosh Gowariker, Mr. Prem Chopra, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, Mr

Still from the play 'Yugpurush- Mahatma ke Mahatma' depicting the journey of Mahatma Gandhi from Mohandas to Mahatma

Yugpurush - an inspirational & riveting play depicting the profound relationship between Mahatma Gandhi & his mentor Shrimad Rajchandraji

Prominent personalities attend the exclusive Hindi premiere show of Yugpurush - an tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and his inspiration, Shrimad Rajchandraji

I must say that no one else has ever made on me the impression that Raychandbhai did. In my moments of spiritual crisis, he was my refuge— Mahatma GandhiMUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, December 21, 2016 / -- The iconic Royal Opera House in Mumbai witnessed a premier show of Yugpurush - Mahatma ke Mahatma on Sunday, December 18, in the gracious presence of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, founder spiritual head of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur.

This convergence of history, heritage, culture and spirituality was attended by corporate, social and political leaders, celebrities from the film and theatre industry, and members of the media fraternity such as - Mrs. Tina Ambani, Reliance Group; Mrs. Indu Jain, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd; Mr. Madhur Bajaj, Bajaj Auto Ltd, Mr. Nikhil Meswani, Reliance Industries Ltd., Mr. Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, Reliance Capital & Group; Mr. Niraj Bajaj, Mukand Ltd; Mr. Mangal Prabhat Lodha –BJP Vice-President, Maharashtra; Dr. Mukesh Batra, Dr. Batra's Homeopathy, Mr. Mofatraj Munot, Kalpataru Group; Hon'ble Mr. Justice K. K. Tated; Mrs. Amla Ruia, Aakar Charitable Trust. Mr. Ashutosh Gowariker, Mr. Jeetendra Kapoor; Mr. Vishal Bhardwaj and Mrs. Rekha Bhardwaj; Mr. Prem Chopra; Mr. Sharman Joshi; Mr. Rohit and Mrs. Manasi Roy; Ms. Tanishaa Mukerji; Mr. Vivan Bhathena; Mr. Manhar Udhas; Mr. Dilip Joshi, Mr. Satish Shah, Ms. Bhawana Somaaya.

Mr. Sudhir Mungantiwar – Cabinet Minister of Finance, Planning and Forest Departments; The Maharaja of Gondal Mr. Jyotendrasinhji and his family – Owners, Royal Opera House; Ms. Asha Parekh; and Mr. Manoj Shah, were amongst those who attended the Gujarati show of Yugpurush on the same day.
Heart-touching and enlightening dialogues woven in finely directed scenes, staged with dramatic artistry and magnificent backdrops revealed a profound relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his spiritual guide Shrimad Rajchandraji, the great Indian saint, and poet-philosopher, who had a strong and formative influence on the Father of the Nation.

“I must say that no one else has ever made on me the impression that Raychandbhai did. In my moments of spiritual crisis, he was my refuge.” - Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi.

In 1935, Mahatma Gandhi had addressed a public conference at the Royal Opera House. 81 years later, this late-Victorian structure beheld Gandhi come alive, once again, albeit on stage, recounting the story of the transformation of Mohandas into the Mahatma.

Under the spiritual leadership of Pujya Gurudevshri, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur has been dynamically involved in learning, practicing and disseminating the invaluable teachings propounded by Shrimadji through various spiritual and social activities. Commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, the Mission presents the theatre production, Yugpurush - Mahatma ke Mahatma.

The 150th celebrations commenced as though from the Red Fort by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who on India’s 70th Independence Day said, “The country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, Mahatma Gandhiji’s Guru. In one of His letters to Gandhiji, Shrimadji writes ... the principle of non-violence has existed ever since the existence of violence. What is important is which one do we utilise for the welfare of mankind.”

The premiere show of Yugpurush in Gujarati was staged on November 14 in Mumbai. In a short span of 35 days, Yugpurush has taken the city by storm with 43 shows running to full houses and standing ovations. Audiences from diverse backgrounds acclaimed it as a historic and dramatic masterpiece.

Directed by Rajesh Joshi of ‘Code Mantra’, scripted by Uttam Gada of ‘Maharathi’ fame, and music given by popular composer duo Sachin – Jigar, Yugpurush will soon travel across globe over the next 12 months in English, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, and Kannada.

The play is set to inspire audiences in South India in January 2017, followed by Gujarat in February and April, East India in March, Europe in May, North America in June - July, Middle East and Africa in September, and Australia and South East Asia in November.

The initiative also supports the construction of Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital – a new 200-bed multi-specialty charity hospital in South Gujarat.

About Shrimad Rajchandraji
Shrimad Rajchandraji was the embodiment of spiritual wisdom. Born on Kartik Purnima on 9th November, 1867 in Vavania, Gujarat, Shrimadji was a perfect blend of profound knowledge, pure devotion, and complete detachment, Shrimadji attained self-realisation at the age of 23. He spent months in seclusion, absorbed in the ecstasy of the Self. His compassion for the world flowed in the form of ‘Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra,’ a masterpiece in philosophical literature. On Chaitra Vad Pancham, 9th April 1901, at the age of 33, Shrimadji left His mortal body in Rajkot. His preachings have been published in an invaluable volume ‘Shrimad Rajchandra,’ which continues to quench the thirst of true seekers. Through ashrams, temples, and institutions dedicated to Shrimadji around the world, lakhs of devotees are benefiting from His teachings and progressing on the spiritual path.

About Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur is a global movement that endeavours to enhance the spiritual growth of seekers and benefit society. With its international Headquarters at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur, the Mission has over 100 Satsang centres, 31 Youth Groups and 227 Divinetouch Centres - value-education and self-development programmes for children - spread across the globe in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care programme includes: Health Care, Educational Care, Child Care, Woman Care, Tribal Care, Community Care, Humanitarian Care, Animal Care, Environmental Care and Emergency Relief Care. Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur is playing a key role in universal upliftment by actualising its Mission Statement - Realise one’s True Self and serve others selflessly.

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