|Gandhiji collecting a handful of salt Dandi, April 1930google.com/|
|Dandi, Salt Satyagraha Memorial www.google.com|
|New York Times 6 April, 1930. google.com|
01. There are 24 narrative murals depicting the important interactions that Gandhi had at the 24 halts in the march. Made of clay and cast in silicon-bronze, the murals were the creation of a team of talented sculptors from Hyderabad’s Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University. To make the terrain etc look real, the sculptors travelled the original route taken by the patriots.
02. Among the murals one mural gets the attention of the visitors. It tells us how the laborers were hired to carry lights so that the marchers could find the path ahead. In another mural we learn how teenage students were sent ahead on bicycles to get valid information for the marchers. They were called ‘arun tukdi’.
|Salt march March- Apr. 1930. Sathyagrahis who accompanied gandhiji. google.com/|
04. The main attraction is Gandhiji's statue. His statue was made by well-known sculptor Sadashiv Sathe. The statue is 5 -meter tall , overlooking a lake. It is between two 40-meter tall giant pillars that hold up a heavy 2-ton illuminated glass cube., symbolic of a single salt crystal.
|Dandi. two tall pillars carrying salt crystal with lancer light..google.com|
|salt march memorial, dandi tree shaped solar panels..google.com||.|
07. IIT- Powai, Bombay’s electrical engineering staff and students were involved in this unique and thought-provoking solar project.
The solar panels sustain the entire memorial and even generate 25% surplus electricity.
08. Kirti Trivedi, former professor from IIT’s Industrial Design Centre made a sizable contributions to the design. The job was given to the team in 2011. The light pyramid, the salt cube, the lake, the main Gandhi statue, the sculptures of the 80 marchers, and the 24 murals - all these were designed by him to give a modern touch to an historic event that took place in 1930.
Any visitor to this salt memorial, having some knowledge of Indian independence movement, will go nostalgic - to relive colonial history. The salt padayatra/March was an arduous one, it happened in the hot summer time - a long stretch of 241 mile journey through semi- arid terrain to the coastal town of Dandi. On March 12, 1930, Gandhi set out along with 80 satyagrahis, unmindful of button-wielding police force who wanted to stop them. Being defiant as he was, Gandhiji concluded the 24-day march in Dandi village, and on April 6, picked up a handful of salt, thus breaking the salt law. The simple act became a sensational news across the world and the foundation of the empire had developed more cracks, by then. The British realized that India's freedom was not far off.
In Southern India C. Rajagoplachari (Rajaji; later he became the first Gov. General of India and CM of Madras state) repeated the same act and undertook padayatra toward the end of April 1930 from Tiruchirapalli city to coastal village of Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu. He collected a handful of salts along with great leaders like Kamaraj Nadar, Kakkan, Sardar Vedaratnam pillai and others. The British collector of Tanjore (Thanjavur) announced severe punishment to those who would provide the marchers with food, etc. The salt march was a great success because the natives refused to cooperate with the British. Janitor refused to clean the toilet and laundrymen refused to wash the white men's clothing, etc. The Englishmen were in the soup.