IT IS not important to put up tall statues of great leaders, martyrs and social activists at every corner in the country. Holding them in high regards and learning about their lives is the correct way to honour them.
Creator of the mega play ‘Janta Raja’ on Chhatrapati Shivaji, Baba Saheb Purandare, said the above while addressing a ‘Meet the Press’ programme in Indore Press Club today. Baba Saheb said that the country’s education system and syllabi are such that some of the characters and leaders get importance but many great people are neglected.
He claimed that very few people know about the rulers or martyrs from states like Kerala and Assam. “People from these states also played important roles in the freedom struggle but books and literature have no mention of their lives,” said Baba Saheb.
According to him, plays and dramas could convey a lot to the public and educate them but very few ‘Natak Mandlis’ remained now. He talked of his plans to develop Shiv Srishti about the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji over a 38-acre land near Pune.
Baba Saheb emphasised on need for national-level project to bring theatre artists on one platform.
He shared some of his experiences and his meetings with Guru Golwalkar. Baba Saheb said that people like Guru
Golwalkar are visionaries and they think about the development of every human being rather than concentrating on their own intellectual progress.
Speaking about one of his meetings with Guru Golwalkar, Baba Saheb said that the Guruji always took suggestions from everyone and followed them. “He even took pain to collect manuscripts on ancient literature to give them to me”, said Baba Saheb.
According to him visual education is the best form of education and students remember it better than when they read from books.
Baba Saheb said that his friends in Britain claim that their leaders like Winston Churchill are in their blood but Indians hardly know about the life history of their leaders. He quoted one example when a youth from Assam asked him who Shivaji was. He said that common people could find a lot of solutions to their day-to-day problems in this play ‘Janata Raja’.