Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Gandhi’s personal items to go under the hammer

A prayer book and a pair of spectacles are among items belonging to Mahatma Gandhi which are set to be sold at auction, according to the Daily Mail.  
The auction will be conducted by Mullocks Auction House in Shropshire which is expected to raise more than GBP80,000 from the sale of the items.
Another significant lot in the sale is a handful of soil on which the Father of the Indian Nation fell when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948.
Moments after Gandhi was felled by Godse a bystander, PP Nambiar, collected some dirt and blades of grass, placing them in a container where they have remained since, becoming an item of curiosity and worship.
Mr Nambiar even wrote a book in which he described how he came to gather the soil.
The spectacles were purchased by Gandhi in about 1890 while he was studying law in London.
His prayer book for sale is written in Gujarati and there are some important hand-written letters, some signed ‘Bapu’.
Another item is Gandhi's Chukra that he had with him when he travelled to London for the second Round Table Conference in 1931.
The archive had been the property of a collector of historical memorabilia and will be auctioned on 17th April.
-    Staff Reporter.  Edited by Vijitha Alles

Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam to light up London’s East End

  
If evidence was ever needed that not only could India and Pakistan merely get along but make beautiful music together, one need not look any further than the pairing of Atif Aslam and Sonu Nigam.
And the dynamic duo – arguably the finest singers in their respective countries – are all set to return to the O2 this April, bringing with them a musical ‘Dhamaka’ that will light up the East End and put all that Olympics nonsense to shame.
Aslam and Nigam will each perform live for 90 minutes during the show, set for Sunday 22nd April, and will be supported by – among others – the Bolly-Flex dance troupe off TV’s Got to Dance.
 The event is a bit of a coup for organizer Naz Choudhury who failed to secure investment for a Bollywood events company on the BBC’s Dragon Den in 2010.
Two years later, he’s managed to bring together two sub-continental music superstars to perform at what is possibly the world’s greatest stage.  Choudhury says, "Dhamaka doesn't represent race, faith or culture, it's about the passion for music, dance and unity. I'm proud to say it's about time a show of this calibre has come to my home town, the East End of London.,"


Atif Aslam, Sonu Nigam to light up London’s East End