On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Qatar Post released commemorative stamps at an event dubbed “Celebrating Khadi: The Fabric of Freedom” at VCUarts Qatar.
The postage stamps were launched by Hamad Mohammed Al Fahida, Chief Operations Officer at Qatar Post and Indian Ambassador P Kumaran at the event which featured an exhibition and fashion show organised in commemoration of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and in line with India-Qatar 2019 Year of Culture.
“For us, this is a very special year because it’s India-Qatar Year of Culture and also the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, so we wanted to present something which projects Indian culture, Indian fashion, Indian textile industry and also link it to Mahatma Gandhi in some way,” Kumaran told The Peninsula.
The event showcased the creative use of the khadi, a fabric deeply associated with Gandhi and which played a pivotal role in India’s freedom movement, thus it has become known as ‘fabric of freedom’.
The event was organised by the Indian Embassy in association with VCUarts Qatar and the Indian Community Benevolent Forum.
Some events to mark Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have already been organised by the Indian Embassy in the last few months, including ‘Experiments with Truth’- a photo exhibition at Katara, and a rendition of “Vaishnava Jan Te”, Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan, by Qatar-based singer Abdul Rahim.
This post was originally published on 2 October 2019.