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Gandhi statue in London
Students and teachers of the Bhavan, London, and dignitaries in front of the unveiled statue
The Bhavan in London presented a musical backdrop to the unveiling of a new statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square on March 14. Watched by television audiences around the world, three teachers and six students performed Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, Gandhiji's favourite songs, and some instrumental pieces.
The statue was unveiled by Indian finance minister, Shri Arun Jaitley. Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi and veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan graced the ceremony.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This statue is a magnificent tribute to one of the most towering figures in the history of world politics and by putting Mahatma Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country."
The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust raised more than 1m pounds to finance the creation and installation of the statue. The unveiling of the bronze statue by sculptor Philip Jackson marks 100 years since Gandhiji returned to India from South Africa to begin his struggle for independence.
The Bhavan's Executive Director Dr. Nandakumara said "We are privileged to have played a role in this historic occasion. I am grateful to Arts Council England relationship manager Milica Robson who along with the High Commission of India recommended The Bhavan to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport".
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