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Commissioned by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in 1993, Ishara’s Images of Truth broke the boundaries of conventional puppetry and inspired generations of puppeteers. Choreographed to music from across the world, it’s a mesmerizing, non-verbal, musical adaption on one of the mankind’s most iconic figures – Mahatma Gandhi.

One of India’s foremost and innovative puppeteers, Dadi D. Pudumjee established the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust in 1986, which is now one of the leading platforms for innovative puppet theatre across the world. Ishara uses puppetry as a medium to entertain as well as address various social issues through their performances and workshops.

The Power of Peace Festival: Celebrating Global Mahatma Gand

28 to 29th October 2017 in Queensland, Australia

The Festival will commence with an Official Reception featuring a Forum over Dinner on “Peace, Nonviolence and Inclusiveness: Are Gandhi Values Relevant in 21st Century?” at the Queensland Art Gallery on Saturday 28 October 2017. The “Images of Truth” by Ishara Puppet Theatre will feature at this event.

The Forum will be represented in a Panel Discussion by distinguished speakers from diverse background including ethnicity, religion and gender from industry and academia in Australia and overseas.

The Panel members will share insights, discussion and deliberation on the relevance peace, nonviolence and inclusiveness to shape up a humanitarian society in the 21st Century.

The confirmed speakers are: Ms Maxine McKew, Mr Neville Roach AO, Ms Rabia Siddique, Mr Peter Varghese AO and Prof Amitabh Mattoo. Dr Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi will participate from South Africa. This event will be live streamed across the word to the members who are signing the “Support Power of Peace” web page.

Official Welcome, Forum & Dinner draft outline:

  • Date and Time: Saturday 28 October, 4.30 pm to 8.10 pm
  • Venue: Queensland Art Gallery at Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank, Brisbane
  • 4.30 pm for 4.45 pm start – Guest Arrival, collect name batches
  • 4.45 to 5.15 pm – Guest networking over canapes and drinks
  • 5.15 pm – 5.25 pm – Usher to be seated
  • 5.25 – 5.40 pm – Welcome by MC and Key note speaker(tbc)
  • 5.45 pm to 7.45 pm – Forum begins with Panel Discussion, Debate Q&A
  • 7:45 pm – 8:10 pm – Images of Truth by Ishara Puppet Theatre
  • 8:10 – End of Session

This is a paid event. The cost is $150 per person (gst included) , $1300 per table of 10 (gst included)

For Forum inquiries, contact: Tamanna Monem, Strategic Advisor & Forum Convenor at

Power of Peace Festival is supported by: The Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Rail, Department of Education & Training, Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Indian High Commission, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Australia India Institute, Australia India Business Council, Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland, Global Organization of People

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