The multiple award-bagger film ‘Gandhi’ needs no introduction. And Ben Kingsley? Of course not! And who could forget the legendary Gandhi glasses he wore in the film!
Recently, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar attended a Celebratory Charity Gala event hosted in the honour of the director, Lord Attenborough in London. At the event, as he met the Oscar award-winning producer of the film, Lord David Puttnam, he was presented these glasses as a token of thanks for Eternal Mewar’s undiluted support during the making of this film. Speaking on the occasion, Lord Richard Attenborough, “I was in Udaipur during 1980’s for shooting a sequence for my film Gandhi. My wife, my family and colleagues were given such a warm welcome by the royal highness, I don’t think I have seen anywhere on earth as beautiful as this. The time we spent in Udaipur was simply miraculous. In my heart, my second home is India and I don’t think it will ever change. I know the famed Gandhi’s glasses have found a good home where they are likely to be appreciated by many over the coming decades.”
Udaipur’s City Palace Museum has how added this legendary piece to its vast collection with pride and pleasure. The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in its quest for preserving and protecting the rich living heritage of India has added them as a classic Indian memorabilia which is scattered around the world and brought it back to the country with which it is closely associated. “This exclusive piece is one of the biggest splashes of any legendary things that we’ve had before. Gandhi is one of the best movies that represent the epic leader and we are delighted to have the famous glasses worn by Sir Ben Kingsley in our collection. It makes the collection even more unique and adds another shining example of keeping the art, craft and music of Mewar alive on a global platform,” said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar.
The Gandhi’s spectacles will be kept on public display from 20th July in the City Palace Museum.