Youths show­case Ambed­kar’s con­tri­bu­tion through mod­els

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KHARGHAR: If you want to have glimpse of the life of Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar and know his con­tri­bu­tion be­yond the draft­ing of the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion, then visit the four-day ex­hi­bi­tion at Kharghar.

Started on Thurs­day, the ex­hi­bi­tion at Gharkul ground in sec­tor 15, Kharghar, com­mem­o­rates the 125th birth an­niver­sary of Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar.

Around 20 young girls and boys from Kharghar in the age group of 14 to 30 have worked for three months to show­case the life of Dr Ambed­kar through 26 con­cept-based mod­els.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been or­gan­ised by Tak­shashila Bud­dha Seva Man­dal, a so­cio­cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion in Kharghar.

Sachin Kadam, 27, core com­mit­tee mem­ber and one of the par­tic­i­pants said they have been cel­e­brat­ing Ambed­kar Jayanti only with ser­mons and dis­course on his life ev­ery year.

But this time, Kadam and his friends de­cided to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. “It all started last year in De­cem­ber when we were dis­cussing the con­tri­bu­tion of Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar. That is when we thought we would do some­thing dif­fer­ent to mark his birth an­niver­sary this year,” he said.

“More of our friends came for­ward to par­tic­i­pate. Through the ex­hi­bi­tion, we have por­trayed his en­tire life start­ing from his birth to his grow­ing years, ed­u­ca­tion, draft­ing of the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion, the law re­forms he made, Satya­graha move­ment, em­brac­ing Bud­dhism, and many more till his death,” said Amee­sha Jad­hav, 19, one of the par­tic­i­pants.

Boards ex­plain­ing the con­cept of the mod­els tell vis­i­tors about the life of Dr Ambed­kar. “Each of the con­cept model took around seven days to be con­cep­tu­alised and com­pleted,” said Gau­rav Ahire, 22, an­other par­tic­i­pant.

Par­tic­i­pants, who took great pains to make the mod­els and have been work­ing since Jan­uary, urged youth to visit the four-day ex­hi­bi­tion. “Chil­dren only know Dr Ambed­kar as the fa­ther of the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion. The mod­els are a glimpse of his strug­gles, ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions for the In­dian so­ci­ety,” said Milind Athavle, 25, an­other core mem­ber and par­tic­i­pant.


(Above) Artist Hari Pawale’s ran­goli of Dr Bhim­rao Ambed­kar, mea­sur­ing 150x52, at Vashi was an at­trac­tion. (Top right) Thane res­i­dents gather to cel­e­brate Ambed­kar Jayanti at Court Naka. Vis­i­tors looks at a model of Par­lia­ment House at Gu­rukul Sec­tor 15 Kharghar in Navi Mum­bai on Thurs­day.


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