What began as a sincere friendship, culminated in Gandhjii’s proclamation of Shrimadji as his spiritual mentor. The play invites the audience to journey through Gandhiji’s internal and overt advancements on the path following interactions, letters and inspiration from Shrimad Rajchandraji.
Mahatma Gandhi wrote in Modern Review on June 30, 1930 ‘Such was the man who captivated my heart in religious matters that no other man has till now’. ‘Yugpurush’ has taken cities across India by storm reaching its 900th show mark in a short span of 308 days, running to full houses and standing ovations, watched by over 5,85,715 people in the world.
In addition to the Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards received previously for the Best Drama, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Yugpurush was recently bestowed with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2017 for ‘Best Drama’.
‘Yugpurush’ highlights the values of expanding one’s capacity to love and offer selflessly, respecting diversity, supporting truth, fostering trust and building lasting communities.
This year marks the 150th birth year of Shrimad Rajchandraji. To celebrate this glorious year, this play has been produced under the guidance of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s ardent devotee and the founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Pujya Rakeshbhai Zaveri.
Zaveri said, “The birth and life of the Great Ones are worth remembering. They awaken our latent strength and kindle the desire to become like them.” The Gujarati play is directed by acclaimed director Rajesh Joshi of ‘Code Mantra’ fame, scripted by well-known playwright Uttam Gada of ‘Maharathi’ fame. The music direction is by popular composer duo Sachin-Jigar.
The world premiere of ‘Yugpurush’ mesmerised an audience of over 4,000 people at Yogi Sabhagruha auditorium in Mumbai on November 14, 2016. The play is receiving standing ovations by the audiences. Just a month later, the Hindi production of the play had a grand premiere at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai.
Applauded by diverse audiences like the industry professionals, theatre and film artists, social organisations, government officials, corporates, students and NGOs, the play has been inspiring audiences to walk on the path of love and ahimsa across the globe.
The play is currently running in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Tamil and English. Having premiered in all parts of India, the US, Canada, the UAE and Oman, Yugpurush is all set to travel to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, Kenya and South Africa, to name a few, in the rest of the year.
SRMD’s aim behind the year-long celebration of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th birth anniversary is to spread Shrimad Rajchandraji's values of ahimsa and satya that shaped Gandhiji’s beliefs.
Four shows were organised: One at Indian Social Club Sohar and three shows at Al Falaj Hotel Ruwi. Out of the three shows, one was for school children, one for Hindi Wing and the third premium show was arranged and organised by Muscat Gujarati Samaj, the Gujarati Wing of Indian Social Club Oman and Muscat Jain Samaj.
Mayur Sanghani and Sanjay Mehta did a marvelous job in making this entire event a grand success. During the premium show, major sponsors of the event were honoured by Zaveri and H E Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Ambassador to Oman.
Many dignitaries were present and enjoyed the drama Sheikh Kanaksi Khimji, Anil Khimji, Bakul Mehta, Dilip Mehta, R M Parakh, Prabod Kothari, Vishal Kothari, Anil Vader, Kishore Vader, Ajay Khimji, Zaveri, Ramesh Nagardas Manji, Anil Nagardas Manji, Kiranbhai Asher and many more.
Asher highly appreciated the drama team and thanked one and all for this superior informative drama. Chandrakant Chothani, convener of the Gujarati Samaj, conveyed sincere thanks to all sponsors and committee members of the Muscat Gujarati Samaj and Jain Samaj.