Ludhiana: Legendary leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr.and Mahatma Gandhi share similar qualities that enabled them to influence and create an impact globally. The story of Mahatma Gandhi as a profound influencer is known to many, with his leadership touching and inspiring people based on universal values of non-violence and truth. Vivifying this epic saga; enters ‘Yugpurush – Mahatma’s Mahatma’, an award-winning play about the Mahatma and his spiritual guide Shrimad Rajchandraji. Having surpassed all milestones of success, Yugpurush embodies a soul-stirring depiction of the genesis of a Mahatma, from young Mohandas Gandhi.
The play was staged in the premises of Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana on Wednesday late evening. Over 1000 sell out shows in India, UK, USA, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific such as Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand in 12 months, Yugpurush has won the hearts of audiences from diverse backgrounds, ages and communities, and has been proclaimed as a historic, dramatic, and spiritual masterpiece. Ludhianvis were also enthralled to watch the play.
The play revealed about a guiding force that shaped Mahatma Gandhi’s thought process and mentored him as a leader. Yugpurush brought to light, that guiding force, a leader behind a leader – Mahatma’s Mahatma– Shrimad Rajchandraji.
Gandhiji met Shrimadji for the first time in Mumbai, India upon his return from England as a barrister in 1891. Shrimadji’s inner equipoise, knowledge of the scriptures and enlightening wisdom left a deep-rooted impression on Gandhiji, who soon proclaimed Shrimadji as his spiritual mentor. Shrimadji’s inherent adherence to the principles of satya, ahimsa and dharma soon crystallised as the fundamental tenets of Gandhism, forming the cornerstone of India’s freedom movement and soon resulting in India’s Independence.
Yugpurush took the audience to journey through Gandhiji’s internal and overt advancements on the spiritual path following interactions, letters and inspiration from Shrimad Rajchandraji. Via myriad incidents from the lives of Shrimadji and Gandhiji, the play highlighted the values of expanding one’s capacity to love and offer selflessly, respecting diversity, supporting truth, fostering trust, and building lasting communities. This play brought to forefront a powerful experience of looking within, upholding truth and fearlessness, as well as transforming character and consciousness. The legacies of Shrimadji and Gandhiji continued to offer new paradigms to global peace and human progress.
The play is currently touring in seven languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi, and in order to cater to the huge demand for the play, eight teams are performing Yugpurush simultaneously across the world.
The play has already been watched by over 6,60,000 people across the world. The stupendous grandeur of the play has been endorsed by myriad awards and accolades, namely the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2017 for ‘Best Drama’ and the Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards for the Best Drama, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Mahatma na Mahatma made a first entry into the Limca Book of Records for being a single play to be performed in the maximum number of languages (7 languages). The play’s second entry into the Limca Book of Records is for a single play performing the maximum number of shows in one single day -10 shows of one drama in one day. The Limca Book of Records is the Indian equivalent of the Guinness Book of World Records for India. It recognises significant achievements by Indians within the country and abroad.
‘Yugpurush – Mahatma’s Mahatma’ has been produced under the guidance of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s ardent devotee and the founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai.