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Events mark Gandhi's birthday, Oct. 1

Lectures, photo exhibitions and a classical Indian dance and music performance are part of events scheduled to mark the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

An event honoring the father of India's freedom movement, who was born on Oct. 2, 1869, is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Fields Center. Gyan Prakash, a Princeton professor of history and director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, and Robert Holmes, a professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester and an expert on issues of peace and nonviolence, will deliver lectures.

The celebration will include a photo exhibition related to Gandhi's life and a presentation of the first Mahatma Gandhi Awards to high school and middle school students by the Association of Indians in America's South Jersey chapter, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Fields Center and the International Center.

Also on Oct. 1, sitarist Dipanjan Guha and dancer and choreographer Baladevi Chandrashekar will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center theater. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for others. They are available through the Frist ticket office, 258-1742, or online through University Ticketing. Proceeds will be donated to organizations promoting development in India. The performance is sponsored by the Princeton Association for India's Development and the International Center.

A separate photo exhibition on Gandhi's life will be on display on the 100 level of Frist from Monday, Sept. 26, through Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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