Egyptian cartoonists to hold an exhibition on Gandhi

Cairo, Oct 1: A unique exhibition showcasing a captivating selection of caricatures by prominent Egyptian artists on the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi will be held here from next week, coinciding with his birth anniversary which is celebrated as 'International Day of Non-Violence'.

The exhibition entitled 'Gandhi through Eyes of Egyptian Cartoonists' will be held from October 4-15, and is part of an extensive collaboration between the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), Embassy of India, and the Egyptian Caricature Society (ECS).

Mahatama Gandhi

It presents a captivating selection of caricatures on Gandhi by prominent artists of the ECS, including Adham Lotfy, Emad Abdel Makksoud, Fawzi Mourssy, Mohamed Effat, Taha Hussien, Saad Al Saadawy, Khader Hassan, Omer Sadeek, Gehad Awartany and Khaled Al Merssafy, among others.

The artists used a variety of techniques – drawing in pencil, chalk, pen, ink, and even experimenting with conceptual photography – and demonstrate Gandhi's philosphy through their pictorial, thoughtful and at times satirical approaches.

Born on 2nd October 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, is known for his social, political and spiritual philosophy, which inspired people across the globe.  

Committed to non-violence (ahimsa) and promoting a simple life, Gandhi became a symbol of peace and truth not only in his native India but also internationally.

His birth anniversary is also celebrated as 'International Day of Non-Violence'. Gandhi's message is a timely memorial, it is as relevant today as it was in his lifetime.

He started promotion of Satyagraha, insistence on truth or philosophy of nonviolent resistance in South Africa; it was the main plank of India's freedom struggle and it has continued to inspire people, societies and nations, a statement released by the Embassy of India said.

Established in 1982 and operating under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, MACIC presents India's cultural riches to the people of Cairo.

The Centre offers the best of India through its extensive library, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, seminars, and yoga, dance, and cooking classes aimed at bringing Indian culture closer to Egyptian audiences. 


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