Gandhi Memorial Center

The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, was founded in the United States of America in 1959 by Swami Premananda. The purpose of the Foundation is to disseminate and represent the philosophy, ideal, life, service and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as well as the cultural heritage of India. The Foundation is a legally independent, nonprofit cultural and educational organization. View their website.


Winter Programs

A lesson for kids on Rabindranath Tagore
A short introduction to the life of poet-composer Rabindranath Tagore by singer, Sudeshna Basu with song lyrics to learn to sing along: Purano Shei and Phule Phule
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, World Languages/Global Studies
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Hands-On/Lab
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: This activity integrates engagement with Tagore's music, with a history lesson concerning his life.
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Gandhi's Ashram Life and Ideals
This is an educational video detailing Mahatma Gandhi's ideals of Ashram living. In it, students will learn about Gandhi's ideal of truth, and how he used the setting of the "Ashram" (spiritual community) to bring the value of truth into everyday life. Specifically, this video explains how Gandhi carried out this endeavor through the “Guru-Disciple” tradition, as well as the embodiment of ideals such as purity of mind and the attitude of silence.
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Philosophy
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design)
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: This video will allow students to experience some of Gandhi's core ideals within video format.
Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Gandhi For Kids Brochure
Information and activities about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Content Areas: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies
Discipline: Humanities
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds Activity
Enjoy this activity at home or at school. Artist, Shanthi Chandrasekar presented this activity for kids who visited the Gandhi Memorial Center. In it, she guides people of all ages in an exercise aiming to help us find positivity and joy through good thoughts, actions and words. Now you can do it at home with your family and friends.
Content Areas: Social interaction, building value of respect
Discipline: Hands-On/Lab
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: This activity allows children to integrate a practical art project with a lesson in building respect.Global Studies, Arts
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (this activity is suitable for adults as well)

Introduction to Indian Classical Music and Sitar
This educational video is the first in a series of installments by Bangladeshi musician Alif Laila. In this video, Ms. Laila provides an overview of South Asian (specifically Indian) classical music, as well as the basics of the popular Indian instrument, known as the Sitar.
Content Areas: World Languages/Global Studies, Arts
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: In this video, students will experience Indian Classical music, specifically the Sitar, by observing the musician play this instrument, and by receiving instruction from the musician on how this instrument is played. Students will also learn about the history of Indian classical music, and the traditions which influenced it.
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Kolam Patterns by Shanthi Chandrasekar
In this video, self-taught artist Shanthi Chandrasekar demonstrates the process of creating a piece of South Indian art, known as Kolam. Kolams are symmetrical designs of geometrical loops composed around a series of small dots, created with white and colored rice powders. A Kolam can often be found directly outside the home, created on the ground, to emphasize its impermanence, and bring prosperity to the household. In addition to this video, Mrs. Chandrasekar has also included an activity in pdf form, explaining the mathematical significance of Kolams, as well as an exercise students can follow to create their own Kolams.
Content Areas: World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Arts
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Hands-On/Lab
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: This activity will allow students to both experience art through Mrs. Chandrasekar's video on creating Kolam, as well as to learn to create these art pieces themselves, through both her video and activity. Mrs. Chandrasekar's activity also involves subjects such as math, geometry and history, through her explanations of the mathematical and geometrical structures her designs follow, as well as the history of this art form.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Satya and Ahimsa (Truth and Love) Activity
This activity introduces the themes of Truth and Love as twin sides of the same coin, according to Mahatma Gandhi. Children will enjoy creating their coins and playing coin toss to see which side comes up… “Satya” or “Ahimsa” - “Truth” or “Love”.
Content Areas: World Languages/Global Studies
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Hands-On/Lab
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: Arts Integration
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Singing of Ram Dhun in Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education
Listen to this group of musicians singing of one of Gandhi’s favorite devotional songs: Ram Dhun. Additionally, enjoy these lessons (in Pdf form) from Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education edited by William M. Anderson and Patricia Sheehan Campbell, as well as an interview with the musicians, as they reflect on their unique opportunity to sing this piece on Gandhiji's birthday (Gandhi Jayanti). The section that refers to Ram Dhun is created by Kristin Olson Rao along with these interviews with perspective on the singing of Ram Dhun by Kristin Olson Rao.
Content Areas: World Languages/Global Studies, Arts
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: This video will allow students to experience classical Indian Music being played on many. traditional instruments. The accompanying activities will give students a brief overview of key features of the Indian subcontinent, as well as its music, and it will even allow them to attempt singing the featured song, the "Rām Dhūn" themselves. Additionally, it will allow them to think critically about this music in relation to Mahatma Gandhi, as well as how it differs from the westernized music they are often surrounded with.
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Previous Lotteries

The World of Gandhi
Presented by: Gandhi Memorial Center

Students will explore and discover the power of Truth and Nonviolence in Gandhi's universal message.
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Philosophy, Diversity
Dates: 05/15/2020, 05/29/2020
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: 4748 Western Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816
Curriculum Connections: Standard 11: relate artistic ideas with societal, cultural and historical concept to deepen understanding
Grades: Pre K-4th
Ticket capacity 45 per date

The World of Gandhi
Presented by: Gandhi Memorial Center
Students will explore and discover the power of Truth and Nonviolence in Gandhi's universal message.
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Philosophy, Diversity
Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/21
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: 4748 Western Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816
Curriculum Connections: Standard 11: relate artistic ideas with societal, cultural and historical concept to deepen understanding
Grades: Pre K-4th
Ticket capacity 45 per date

Dancing Stories
Presented by: Gandhi Memorial Center

Join Chitra and Lavanya on an exciting journey to India through the South Indian Classical dance form Kuchipudi. They introduce students to the different elements of technical and expressive dance, and show them how to tell stories using hand gestures, body movement, and facial expressions. Students get to see an Indian fable come to life through dance in this fun and interactive assembly.
Date: 2/28, 3/1
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: 4748 Western Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: Philosophy, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), Foreign Language, History/Geography
Grades: 1st-3rd
Ticket capacity 45 per date

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