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Celebrate Gandhi Jayanti at SFU

Gandhi Jayanti at SFU

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule, and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Gandhi Jayanti is an annual celebration to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. October 2, 2019 is the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth.

In honour of this significant anniversary and to raise awareness of Gandhi’s life and ideals, Simon Fraser University is presenting free public programming.

Library displays

September 9 – October 4

There will be displays at all three SFU libraries (Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey) highlighting the 500+ Gandhi-related items in the circulating collection, including biographies and studies on non-violence and the Indian independence. The W.A.C. Bennett Library in Burnaby will also showcase related items from the Special Collections and Rare Books division.

Free public events

The following free events to celebrate the Gandhi Jayanti are presented by the Thakore Charitable Foundation,  SFU Institute for the Humanities and the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, and SFU Library.

Garlanding ceremony

October 2, 6:45 pm

SFU W.A.C. Bennett Library and AQ
Full details at: Gandhi Jayanti Vancouver

The annual Gandhi Student Peace Award and the 28th annual Thakore Visiting Scholar Award at the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture  

The 2019 Thakore Visiting Scholar award recipient is Canadian children’s performer and advocate Raffi Cavoukian.

October 3, 6:30 pm

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue  
Full details at: 2019 Mahatma Gandhi Commemorative Lecture: "Gandhi, nonviolence, and child honouring" 

Thakore Visiting Scholar workshop with Raffi Cavoukian

October 4, 10:00 am

SFU Harbour Centre
Pre-registration required. Please email:

Film screenings

September 21, 2:00 pm

Gandhi (directed by Richard Attenborough)
SFU Surrey Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre

September 25, 7:00 pm

Gandhi My Father (directed by Feroz Abbas Khan)
SFU Goldcorp Theatre  

Gandhi photo exhibition

October 3 - 7

Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre
Opening reception: Oct 3, 5:30 - 6:30 pm     



Presented by the Thakore Charitable Foundation, SFU Institute for the Humanities and the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Institute of Humanities at Simon Fraser University, the Consulate General of India Vancouver, and SFU Library, in partnership with SFU International, SFUW Cultural Programs, SFU Galleries, SFU Surrey and Mr. Kamal Sharma.


September 9 - October 4