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India Republic Day 2011
Mortal Men & Women and their Immortal Words

India Republic Day 2011
Mortal Men & Women and their Immortal Words
January 22, 2011

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted the 62nd Republic Day of India celebration at the Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio.

The highlight of the evening was a performance directed by Raj Pillai called "Mortal Men & Women and their Immortal Words."

Ashwin Rane came out on stage pretending to talk to a friend about a school project. He discussed his feelings with his parents (Ramesh Mirakhur and Nisha Jain) and then fell asleep.

Ashwin Rane with

Ashwin Rane with Ramesh Mirakhur and Nisha Jain



During Ashwin's 'sleep' he was paid a visit by historical figures who quoted from their famous speeches and then offered him advice.

The first visitor was Mahatma Gandhi portrayed by Raj Pillai. The performance was exceptional as Raj captured Gandhi's looks, mannerisms and voice as he recited the speech from memory.

Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi

Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi



Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi


The next speech and advice came from Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Chittranjan Jain.

Chittranjan Jain as Abraham Lincoln

Chittranjan Jain as Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln on screen at Republic Day event



Rabindranath Tagore, played by Michael Sreshta, was next to offer advice to Ashwin.

Michael Sreshta as Tagore

Michael Sreshta as Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore on screen at Republic Day event

The next bit of wisdom came from the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, portrayed by Ramesh Mirakhur.

Ramesh Mirakhur as Nehru

Ramesh Mirakhur as Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru on screen at Republic Day event



Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi, played by Nisha Jain was next to speak.

Nisha Jain as Indira Gandhi

Nisha Jain as Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi on screen at Republic Day event



Shashi Khandekar portrayed Mother Teresa.

Shashi Khandekar as Mother Teresa

Shashi Khandekar as Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa on screen at Republic Day event



The final wisdom was offered by Pastor Kenneth Knox who powerfully portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and proclaimed the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Pastor Kenneth Knox as Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Pastor Kenneth Knox as Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on screen at Republic Day in Cleveland

After Dr. King's inspiring speech, Ashwin was woken by his parents. He told them how he was inspired to make a difference in the world. The final video includes details about the famous speeches and introduction of the actors.

Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful production. Take a bow!

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow

Actors in Republic Day play take a bow



62nd Republic Day of India - Page 1
Awards and Keynote Speech

62nd Republic Day of India - Page 3
Faces in the Crowd


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