Gandhi Jayanti 2010 Celebrations
(Commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's 141st Birth Anniversary)

Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2010 (2-5 PM)
at Kailash Mital Theatre,
Southam Hall, Carleton University


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2:00 pm

Invocation Hymn (Vaishnava Jan To ... )

Welcome by Dr. J. Humar, President, Mahatma Gandhi Peace Council of Ottawa

Opening Remarks by Dr. R. Runte, President, Carleton University

Keynote address by Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Professor of Religion and College Curator at Morehouse College...more information

Remarks by H. E. Mr. S. M. Gavai, High Commissioner of India.

Children’s Performance


3:30 pm Refreshments
4:00 pm Bhajan Sandhya - Vocal concert by Dr. Vinay Bhide, a well-known vocalist and Adjunct Professor of Music at Carleton University ... more information

About the Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter.

Synopsis: In his keynote address, entitled "Nonviolent Moral Cosmopolitan Rebel," Dr Carter will expound on how Gandhi's non-violence shaped the actions of Martin Luther King. He will discuss six essential principles of Gandhian non-violence that Martin Luther King adopted. Dr. Carter observes that while avoiding physical aggression, non-violence is directed towards the forces of evil and, therefore, is not a method for cowards. However, the spirit of non-violence does not seek to humiliate the opponent; and it assumes a willingness to accept suffering on the part of the practitioner. It works to bring the disconnected aspects of reality into a harmonious whole, thus requiring the practitioner to become a nonviolent moral cosmopolitan rebel.

About the Keynote Speaker - Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.,
B.A., M. Div., S.T.M., Ph.D., D.D., D.H., D.R.S., D.H.C .

In 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. privately recruited Lawrence Edward Carter as a 10th grader to come to Morehouse College. Twenty One years later, Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter became the first Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel in 1979. Today he is a tenured Professor of Religion and College Curator at Morehouse College. For forty-six years, Dr. Carter has studied and worked in fourteen American universities, colleges, and professional schools, spoken at over one-hundred different colleges, universities, and seminaries, and received over one thousand speaking engagements from eighteen Christian denominations, including Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist communions, and traveled to thirty-five foreign countries. He has made over seventy radio and television appearances, including nationwide in The United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, India, China, Malaysia, Oceania, Australia, South Africa, and continent wide in Africa. 

About Dr. Vinay Bhide

Dr. Vinay BhideSince an early age music has been a very important part of Vinay’s life. After 15 years of rigorous traditional training of vocal classical music from Pt. Eknath Kulkarni (disciple of Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan), he gave public performances in India. As a recipient of the French Government Fellowship he pursued his research in Physics that earned him a PhD degree in France. At the same time he gave recitals all over France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland & on the French Radio. He was regularly invited to teach Indian music to French musicians at the Conservatory of Paris, particularly the aspects of voice techniques and improvisation.

In Canada and USA he has given lectures and seminars in many universities and has been teaching Indian Music in Ottawa. Since the fall session of 2002 he has been appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Music Department, Carleton University, Ottawa. Two courses on Indian Music that are now part of the curriculum are conceived and taught by Vinay.

Since September 2006, he has been conducting the Indian Music Performance group which comprises of music students from The Carleton University and other deserving participants from the community.

Music for an award winning Canadian feature film "A Passage to Ottawa" which was released in April 2002 was composed by him. CDs, LPs and Cassettes have been published by renowned recording companies in India and France.

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