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Since 1996 Mahatma Gandhi's birthday has been annually celebrated in a joyful manner with concerts of classical music and/or dance in Bangalore. From 1999 onwards such concerts have also been held in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi & Jammu. Since 2001, the Confederation of Indian Industry & Godrej Industries have cosponsored all these concerts as their respectful tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Many educational instiutions, banks, industrial and commercial firms have also been supporting these concerts with ads. In the souvenir brochures.

Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom day has been observed in a solemn manner with programmes of inter denominational prayers, concerts of Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajans and Christian hymns and or peace marches at each of the above mentioned places.

Simple and impactful quotations of Mahatma Gandhi have / are being diffused nationally and internationally, by making / selling pens, posters, greeting cards and T-shirts. Besides, essay contests, debates, seminars, music concerts, radio talks are also used to propagate Gandhian ideals.

A book titled 'Gandhi's Outstanding Leadership'(GOL) authored by its Managing Trustee Ambassador (Retd) Alan Nazareth and published by SIT in 2006 has come out already in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Oriya, Rajasthani, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. Before the end of 2013, it is also to come out in Kashmiri, Marathi, Malayalam, Nepali, Urdu, Arabic, Indonesian and Russian. The last mentioned edition is being brought out by the Mahatma Gandhi Chair of the prestigious Institute of Philopsophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

As preservation of Gandhi’s memorabilia is one of the objectives of the Trust financial grants have been made from time to time to Sevagram Ashram Prathisthan, the Aga Khan Palace Gandhi Memorial Museum at Pune and Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Bangalore

Financial assistance has /is being provided to Gandhian and like minded organizations, particularly Gandhi Peace Foundation at New Delhi & Bangalore and NGOs in various parts of India which are doing laudable work in promoting Gandhian ideals, inter religious understanding, communal harmony and humanitarian service as in the list here under, hereunder:

Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi

Gandhi Peace Foundation(Karnataka), Bangalore

Sewagram Gandhi Ashram, Wardha

Sarva Seva Sangh, Wardha

Institute of Gandhian Studies, Benares

Karnataka Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Bangalore

Inter Religious Harmony Movement, Bangalore

CREST, (Centre for Research, Education & Training), Bangalore

Bosco Oniyavara Seva Coota, Home for Destitute Boys, Bangalore

Asha Deep, Home for Destitute Girls, Bangalore

Swami Vivekananda Tribal Centre,Kenchanahalli, Mysore

Sumangali Seva Ashram, Cholanayakahalli, Karnataka

Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal

Mohalla Committee Movement Trust, Mumbai

Public Concern for Governance Trust, Mumbai

Nayi Azadi Andolan, Mumbai

Sabr Majlis –e- khawateen, Hyderabad

Maharogi Seva Samiti, Warora

Shanti Ashram, Kovaipudur, Coimbatore

Kalahandi Vikas Parishad, Sunbaheli,Agren, Naupada Dt.Orissa

Missionaries of Charity, Bhubaneshwar

Acharya Harihar Educational Trust, Bhubaneshwar

Rashtriya Yuva Sangathan, Bhubaneshwar

Ahmedabad Muslim Womens’ Association

Kutch Artisans Relief Fund, Ahmedabad

Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangatan, Village Devdoongri, Dt. Rajasmand

Gram Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS), Jodhpur

Gandhi Shodh Sansthan, Gaunaha, Champaran Dt. Bihar

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narainpur, Bastar Dt. Chattisgarh State.

Notre Dame Girls High School, Musgutri, Chattisgrah.

Kasturba Mahila Utthan Mandal, Laksmi Ashram, Kumaun

Aarohi, Hill People's Education and Health Centre,Satoli, Nainital Dt

Loyola College, William Nagar, East Garo Hills, Meghalaya,

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narainpur, Bastar Dt. Chattisgarh State.

Notre Dame Girls High School, Musgutri, Chattisgrah.

Rahat Ghar, Srinagar, J & K State

Gandhi Ashram, Candi Dasa, Bali, Indonesia

National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore (donation of Books)

Kenya National Library, Nairobi (donation of books)

Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado, USA(donation of books)

In October 1996, SIT Trustee Mrs. Mrinalini Sarabhai set up a Centre for the promotion of Non-Violence through the Arts, at the Darpana Academy for the Performing Arts, Ahmedabad, which since then has been actively promoting Non-Violence through music, dance and theatrical presentations.

After the devastating Gujarat earthquake of January 2001, the Gujarat Chapter launched a programme for the rehabilitation of the artisans of Kutch who were victims of this earthquake. They also provided relief and rehabilitation to the victims of the February /March 2002 communal carnage in Gujarat.

During the 2001 – 2005 period SIT in collaboration with its Karnataka Chapter organized ‘Teachers Training Workshops for the Promotion of Ethical Leadership’ among the youth in various schools of Bangalore. Over a thousand teachers participated in these workshops.

Since 2001 the Karnataka Chapter has collaborated with a local NGO in constructing multi-purpose community centres in multi-community Bangalore slums The first of these community centres was opened by the Mayor of Bangalore in March 2002. Since then two more such Centres have been built.

SIT's international activity is focused on networking with Gandhian organisations abroad and collaborating with them in establishing an international movement based on Gandhian ideals. SIT's website has links to a number of these organizations. In 2000 and 2001 SIT Managing Trustee was invited to participate in its Executive Seminars as a special invitee. In 2005, 2007, 2009, April 2012 and May 2013, Indian Council for Cultural Relations sponsored lecture tours by the SIT Managing Trustee to the Phillipines, Indonesia, the Caribbean countries, Mexico and Brazil, and China. The texts of some of the lectures he delivered on these tours are carried in the Lectures on Gandhi’ section of this website.
 

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