April 10, 2012 — A man who spent his first 23 years of life in the presence of Mahatma Gandhi will give a public lecture at California State University, Bakersfield about his experiences growing up with the father of Indian independence and the non-violence movement.
CSUB welcomes Shri Nayaran Mahadev Desai for a lecture, "The Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi: A Personal Memoir," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free in Lots K and L.
Desai's father was Gandhi's personal secretary, and brought Desai to live at Gandhi's ashram in India when he was a baby. Gandhi himself would sometimes teach the boy his homeschooling lessons.
After Gandhi's death, Desai continued living the principles of Gandhi. Desai was awarded the UNESCO prize for International Peace, has been the recipient of the Murtidevi Award, is an accomplished author and is the Chancellor of the university Gujarat Vidyapith Ahmedabad. He speaks to audiences of all ages around the world.
The event is sponsored by the India Association of San Joaquin Valley and the Institute for Religion, Education and Public Policy at CSUB. In addition to the CSUB event, Desai will also give three "Gandhi Katha" traditional storytelling presentations in Hindi at Chinmaya Mission of Bakersfield April 14, 15 and 16.
For more information about Desai's appearances in Bakersfield, contact Naina Patel at (661) 333-7818.
For more information:Naina Patel
Media ContactColleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs & Communications