Bridge Builders, the Youth Wing of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, dedicated the evening of the July 31, to celebrate Dada J.P. Vaswani’s 95th birthday, through a mega play in Hindi, titled, ‘The White Rainbow-Celebrating Colors of Love’.
The foot-tapping, soul stirring kirtans by the 18 year old singing star Vinay Vaswani from New York, pepped up the youth for the evening.
A short video portraying the activities of service done by the group, such as saving 100 cows from slaughter, little acts of kindness, attending to the poor, sick, blind and much more was showcased. ‘Beyond Self’ a year long project which was initiated globally in July 2012 as a birthday gift to beloved Dada by the Bridge Builders, was presented to Dada.
‘Friends Forever’, a book by Dada J.P. Vaswani was launched, as well as his ‘Kill Fear Before Fear Kills You’, translated in Oriya by Mr. Satpati was released.
Mr. Shashi Tharoor, who was to inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Management Studies, was unable to come due to ill health, but he was kind enough to send a message of encouragement and appreciation, along with warm, loving good wishes for Dada on his 95th birthday.
The play enacted that evening, by the Bridge Builders, was titled, ‘The White Rainbow’, which reminded Rev. Dada of Sadhu Vaswani’s words:
‘Love is the light of life, my child,
O, brightly let it burn each day.’
Dada further added that the sun’s light appears white, but has the seven colors of the rainbow. Similarly, the light of love, its ray passing through the prism of the heart, will show the following seven colors:
Dada asked the sea of faces before him, ‘How many colors of the light of love do you have?’ He said, ‘Today there is a famine of love. Bring love back into your lives. Not mushy, wimpy, conditional love, but universal, unconditional, sharing and caring love’. Dada reiterated the fact that his hope lies in the young Bridge Builders to bring back this kind of love in the world today.
It was this kind of love portrayed in the play that was so ably enacted, lighting within each one a flame of hope to experience such love in their lives. The play was directed by the award winning director Mr. Digpal Lanjekar and choreographed by Ms. Akshita of the ‘Dance India Dance’ fame. The play was a form of experiential theatre portrayed by the seven colors of the rainbow, each color representing a human emotion. These colors brought forth the major emotional issues faced by the people today including conflict in marriages over petty reasons, apathy towards parents and division in families due to lack of love. The climax which highlighted how Dada’s practical life changing tips were simple solutions to each of the problems, left the audience spell bound.
Everyone departed from the venue with the feel good factor brought in by the finale song on ‘Simply Love’.