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Protest:Hindu’s deity Shree Ganesh trivialised in a play at Melbourne Festival !

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Scene denigrating Shree Ganesh from the play ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’:

 

Denigrating image of Shree Ganesh in the play

Melbourne, Australia: Recently, Forum for Hindu Awakening, a non-profit Hindu organisation, received a complaint from a Hindu about a play “Ganesh versus the Third Reich.” The play by ‘Back to Back Theatre’ will be performed at Malthouse Theatre from 29 September 2011 during the Melbourne Festival. Upon further investigation, Forum for Hindu Awakening came across the website showing the picture of a man with elephant head in Sumo like dress and pose behind Hitler which is not in accordance to the Scriptural description. Portrayal of Shree Ganesh is contrary to the way Hindu Scriptures describe His form and is contrary to His form depicted in Hindu temples and shrines. It is highly objectionable to Hindu religious sentiments that the revered Deity is being used in the fictitious context.

Forum for Hindu Awakening has protested this denigration by writing to the Producer and Director of the play, Organisers of the Melbourne Festival that is showing this play and the management of the Malthouse Theatre where the play will be performed, requesting them to cancel the performance of this play.

When Back to Back Theatre was contacted about the denigration of Shree Ganesh in their play, its Executive Producer, Alice Nash has responded that they are going to have meeting next week with representatives from the Hindu Community Council, facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Representatives from Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Malthouse Theatre and the Indian High Consul in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Festival organiser has also mentioned the meeting to take place and added, “We have every reason to expect that Melbourne audiences are looking forward to the production and will be able to judge it on its merits.” There is no response from the management of Malthouse Theatre.

Hindus in Melbourne and across Australia are protesting against the premiering of this play. Some proud Hindus from Melbourne have contacted government officials and the Multifaith advisory group. Forum for Hindu Awakening urges all organisations involved in the play to show sensitivity to Hindu religious sentiments and has appealed to the supporters of Hinduism to peacefully and lawfully protest to the organisers of the play.

 

Pictures of protest held in front of Malthouse theatre (Oct 05, 20011 – Vijayadashami, Kaliyug Varsh 5113):

 

 

Update: Protesting Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne

October 13, 2011 (Ashwin Krushna Trutiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

 

Namaste, dear supporter of Hinduism.

Many Hindus in Melbourne joined Forum for Hindu Awakening’s volunteers outside the Malthouse theatre in protest of the denigrating play, ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’ from October 6 to October 9, 2011. Many local Hindus, who could not come to the protests, phoned in their support for the protest. The protestors highlighted that the very theme of this play is flawed, as it denigrates Hindu Deities by humanising them. The play uses descriptions of Hindu Deities that are contrary to those in Hindu Scriptures.

The Melbourne Festival organizers, the Malthouse theatre and the creators of the play, the Back to Back Theatre, continued to show the play, despite objections from Hindus they were in a meeting with before the play’s premiere last Thursday. Their YouTube video of the play is still being shown, which contains denigrating picture of Lord Ganesh : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwI3il-0UE.

Many local Australians from varied backgrounds who had come to watch the play were curious to know about the denigration in the play. Upon understanding the nature of denigration, they appreciated the cause. Reporter of SBS Radio and a freelancing photographer gave coverage to the protests and supported the efforts. Please click this link to listen to the SBS radio interview : http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/highlight/page/id/187947/t/Ganesh-versus-the-Third-Reich/ The chief editor of Bharat Times covered the protests for his newspaper, to reflect the sentiment of the Victoria Hindu community on this denigrating play.

Melbourne Protest Picture

Photo: An elderly couple and volunteers from Brahmakumari’s took a day off work to join Forum for Hindu Awakening’s volunteers in the protest.

In the context of this protest, several passers by and play goers were also keen to learn about concepts of Hinduism (see photo below), as they found the concepts fascinating.

 

Melbourne Protest Pic2

Photo: A young Australian lady asking about the concerns of the protestors and learning about Hinduism concepts

Several students and a professor of art from a local university (see below photo) approached the protestors to learn about what is offensive and what is not offensive from a Hindu perspective. They felt that this would help them maintain due sensitivity when using Hindu sacred symbols and concepts in their works of art. They were very understanding of the protests and appreciated the educative approach taken by the Hindu community.

 

Melbourne Protest Pic3

Photo: A professor and head of arts department from a well known local university in discussion with a protestor about the denigration in the play

During this protest drive, it became clear that the concept of denigration is not properly understood even by a few Hindu leaders. This can come in the way of the Hindu community’s prompt, united action in publicly protesting the denigration. However, considering the overwhelming support of the local and worldwide Hindu community for protesting denigration, Forum for Hindu Awakening will expand its efforts to promote education about Hindu Dharma and awareness about its denigration. We welcome anyone who would like to help in this cause to create a more informed and widely accepted viewpoint on denigration.

We express gratitude to Shree Ganesh for getting these efforts done from all the protestors. We also thank all the supporters of Hinduism and local Hindus who helped in this protest drive. We appeal to everyone to remain vigilant about any denigration of Hindu Dharma, to protest it promptly and report the denigration and your protest effort to info@forumforhinduawakening.org

Seekers at Forum for Hindu Awakening
www.HinduAwakening.org


Update: Protesting Malthouse Theatre in MelbourneOctober 05, 2011 (Vijayadashami, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

 

Namaste, dear supporters of Hinduism.

Today, on the occasion of Vijayadashami (Thursday, October 5, 2011), several Hindus in Melbourne will gather at 6pm outside the Malthouse theatre in protest of the denigrating play, ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’. The Melbourne Festival organizers, the Malthouse theatre and the creators of the play, the Back to Back Theatre, are continuing to show the play, despite objections from Hindus they were in a meeting with before the play’s premiere last Thursday. During the meeting, the organizers had urged the Hindu community leaders to see the play before continuing with their protests. Accordingly, Hindu community leaders and individuals saw the play. They noticed that it has blatant denigration of Hindus’ revered Deities, Ganesh, Shiva and Vishnu, and promptly brought it to the attention of the play’s organizers. However, ever since, the organizers have not responded to the concerns of Hindus and have continued to show the play.
Pandit Abhay Awasthi, President of the Hindu Community Council of Victoria, who was at the above mentioned meeting last week, has issued the following statement: “The Australian Hindu community is extremely disappointed with the producers and directors of the play ‘Ganesh versus the Third Reich’ because Lord Ganesha, who is considered the most gracious, loving and kind Vedic deity and whose blessing is sought for the success of all human activities, has been portrayed as a thug and a warrior. This is completely objectionable and unacceptable to the peace loving and interfaith accommodating Hindu community through out Australia.”

Forum for Hindu Awakening believes that the very theme of this play is flawed, as it denigrates Hindu Deities by humanising them. The play uses descriptions of Hindu Deities that are contrary to those in Hindu Scriptures.

We appeal to supporters of Hinduism local to Melbourne to take just an hour at 6pm this evening to join us at the Malthouse Theatre in this peaceful protest demonstration, in Hinduism’s tradition of “crossing a boundary (seemollanghan)” on this auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami !

Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening
www.HinduAwakening.org


Update: Protesting Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne

October 04, 2011 (Ashwin Shukla Samptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

Update on protest campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’  at Melbourne Festival

Namaste, dear supporters of Hinduism.
The Melbourne Festival organisers and the Back to Back Theatre are continuing with the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’, which has denigration of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Our volunteers have observed denigrations in the play as follows :

  1. Lord Ganesh is shown captured by the Nazis and is shown a knife
  2. Lord Ganesh is trivialised as He is shown talking about His relationship where He ate and drank wine
  3. He is compared with fictitious comic characters such as ‘Spiderman’ and ‘King Kong’
  4. The character within the play (Brian) who plays Lord Ganesh, frequently takes off the Ganesh mask and utters obscenities like suck my d**k
  5. The play has an obscene innuendo surrounding Lord Ganesh, wherein one character asks another, whether the length of Lord Ganesh’s trunk is long enough, and the audience laughs
  6. A man with board shorts, no shirt and a garland plays Lord Vishnu in the play
  7. Lord Shiva is portrayed in poor taste and there is a scene where he plucks a human being into two

Forum for Hindu Awakening strongly believes that the very theme of this play is flawed, as it denigrates Hindu Deities by humanising them. The play uses descriptions of Hindu Deities that are contrary to those in Hindu Scriptures.

Hence, Forum for Hindu Awakening has urged the play’s organisers to cancel the play immediately. In the event of non-cancellation of the play, Hindus will stage protests in front of the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne from 6 Oct 2011 (Vijayadashami). We appeal to supporters of Hinduism to continue their peaceful protests against this play and to join us at the Malthouse Theatre for the protest. For details about the protest demonstration, please write to us at Melbourne@ForumforHinduAwakening.org
Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha !

Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening
www.HinduAwakening.org


An appeal to devout Hindus:

 

September 30, 2011 (Ashwin Shukla Chaturthi, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

Update on protest campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’  at Melbourne Festival

||Shree||

Dear supporters of Hinduism,

 

We would like to update you on our campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’ which began its show from Thursday, 29 September 2011 at the Malthouse Theatre during the Melbourne Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

On 28 September 2011, a meeting was held with all the organisations involved in the play as well as the representatives of Hindu organisations. In the meeting, the Organisers of the play had committed to removal of all the offensive promotional material from their website, flyers, etc. The Organisers of the play had requested that Hindu representatives watch the play, hence a volunteer of Forum for Hindu Awakening also watched the play.

Our volunteer noticed the following denigrations –

  1. Lord Ganesh is shown captured by the Nazi’s and is shown a knife.
  2. Lord Shiva is portrayed very badly and there is a scene when he plucks a human being in to two. Lord Shiva being the principle of destruction, every action, even in destruction, there is divinity. However this is incorrectly portrayed in the play and it really hurts ones sentiments when one sees the version of the play.
  3. The character in the play asks for opinion of Lord Ganesh’s trunk in a jocular fashion.
  4. Lord Ganesh is trivialised by being shown as a mortal and being dressed in a suite.
  5. There is a conversation between the characters in the play, that of they had to market the play, they could say, Ganesh is like a Spiderman and say it’s a modern mythology.
  6. Lord Ganesh is trivialised as He is shown talking about his relationship where he ate and drunk wine.

Other Hindu representatives who also watched the play took objections to the following –

  1. The play opens with a scene where a shadow of lord Shiva, behind a screen, angry that the swastika “has been stolen,” tears a silhouette of a person apart and is about to go and destroy the world. Lord Shiva is incorrectly depicted as a shadow with crazy hair falling over his face. A shadow of Goddess Parvati is shown cowering from him. (The implication is that women are subservient in our culture.)
  2. A man with board shorts, no shirt and a garland plays Lord Vishnu.
  3. The torture scene is still there. Lord Ganesh stands before the Nazi dr. Mengle, hands behind his back (handcuffed style) and Mengle tells him to say hello to Mr. Scalpel. Mengle tells Him how much he loves investigative surgery on dwarfs and twins and keeps asking Ganesh where he gets his elephant head.
  4. The actor who plays Ganesh removes the mask, becoming human again, and utters many obscenities, including suck my d**k. This reduces the sanctity we hold Lord Ganesh in.
  5. Innuendo: one character asks another about whether the length of Lord Ganesh’s trunk is long enough? Audience laughs.
  6. In one scene, Lord Ganesh is compared to King Kong and in another to Spiderman by the director, who is a character in the play.

Forum for Hindu Awakening found that the play is denigrating; because the root problem is the theme of the play, which involves humanisation of Hindu deities. Hence, the play will have to be cancelled to stop further denigration of the Hindu deities, if the play is not cancelled, Hindus will have no choice but to protest at the theatre.

Forum for Hindu Awakening is awaiting further details from the coordinator regarding meeting the organisers of the play about the denigrations observed in the actual play. We will update you soon whether the play will be cancelled or when we will start the protest.
We urge all supporters of Hinduism to continue their protests to the Organisers of the play.

 

With Kind Regards,
Seekers of Forum For Hindu Awakening

 


September 28, 2011 (Ashwin Pratipada, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

Update on protest campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’  at Melbourne Festival

Dear Supporter of Hinduism,

This is an update to my earlier email to you about holding a protest rally outside the Malthouse theater on the 29th September ( Thursday ).At the outset I would like to thank all of you who have shown solidarity in protesting against this denigration.

Recent developments

In the past few hours, there have been various developments that have transpired which i would like to appraise you off.

  • On Wednesday (28th of September ) at 3.00 PM, five representatives ( a representative of the Hindu Community Council of Victoria, 2 VHP youth leaders, a member of the Hindu society of Victoria) of the Hindu community on the invitation of the Victorian Multicultural Council met with the organisers of the play “ Ganesh versus the Third Reich” to express the various objections of the Hindu community.
  • After hearing all the objections, the organisers of the play were apologetic and have promised to remove the objectionable content from the websites of the Malthouse theater, Back to Back theater and the Melbourne festival. The objectionable content that will be removed includes, the denigratory images of Lord Ganesh and the disrespectful writings on the website about Lord Ganesh.
  • They have requested that the Hindu leaders in victoria see the play and then assess the play for any denigratory references to Lord Ganesh.
  • After the meeting. there was a joint statement issued in which Back to Back theater has offered to remove in appropriate references with in the website and promotional material will be amended or removed if not removed.

Protest on hold
In view of these developments, and to respect the outcome of the meeting, Forum for Hindu Awakening has decided to put on hold the protest which was organised for the 29th of September at the Malt House theater at 7.30 PM.

Proposed further action

  • Based on the request of the organisers of the play, we will be sending a representative to view the play on the 29th of September. The representative will make notes throughout the play and will watch out for any denigration and trivialisation of Lord Ganesh.
  • If we find any objectionable material in the play, On the 30th of September (Friday) we will inform the play organisers along with the Multicultural Council of Victoria with a view to cancel the play. If this request is turned down by the organisers, we will be left with no option other than going ahead with the protest. This has been tentatively scheduled for the 1st of October (Saturday) at the Malthouse theater at 7.30 PM.

We will keep you informed of any further developments after we view the play.To learn about the latest developments, please visit our website at http://www.forumforhinduawakening.org/articles/id/preserving/hindu-deity-trivialised-in-melbourne-festival-play

 

With Kind Regards,
Vamsi Krishna
Volunteer Member,
Forum For Hindu Awakening


 

September 26, 2011 (Bhadrapad Krushna Chaturdashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):Update on protest campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’  at Melbourne Festival

||Shree||

Dear supporters of Hinduism

We would like to update you on our protest campaign about the play ‘Ganesh Versus the Third Reich’ which is to be performed from Thursday, 29 September 2011 at the Malthouse Theatre during the Melbourne Festival in Melbourne, Australia. A has come across more denigration of Shree Ganesh on the website of the Malthouse Theatre.

The website includes more disrespectful writings as given below –

  • The Nazis stole the swastika, an ancient icon of Hindu culture. Ganesh wants it back. Gods, like elephants, don’t forget.
  • Only Geelong’s bold Back to Back Theatre (Food Court, Small Metal Objects) could conjure an epic journey of an elephant-headed Hindu god who seeks to go one-on-one with Hitler. As our hero Ganesh cuts a swathe through Germany we embark on a wildly inventive ride through history, where sacred icons and rituals become weapons of theatrical production.

The statements underlined above disrespect Shree Ganesh. We should not humanise a Deity who is revered and worshipped by another community. Without having any understanding of the concepts of Hindu religion, the creators of this play decided to adopt descriptions which are contrary to the Hindu Scriptures, e.g. showing Shree Ganesh with modern weapons, tanks, Nazis, etc. This is very offensive to the Hindu community. It shows complete ignorance about the Divine status of the Hindu Deity, Shree Ganesh. They have clearly not consulted Hindus and trivialised a Hindu Deity mindlessly. This demonstrates the sheer extent of the insensitivity shown towards the Hindu community. We appeal to all supporters of Hinduism to continue and intensify their peaceful protest till this play is cancelled.

 

The picture above is from the Malthouse Theatre’s website and it shows Shree Ganesh holding tanks, Nazis, Swastika flags, etc. This is a denigration of Shree Ganesh because it doesn’t portray Him in accordance with the Hindu Scriptural descriptions and functions.

Forum for Hindu Awakening has stepped up its campaign and its volunteers are mailing Hindus all across the world to join this peaceful protest. After this campaign began, thousands of Hindus have expressed their concerns and many have lodged protests with the organisations involved in the play.

As a next step, the Forum for Hindu Awakening is considering staging a peaceful protest from Thursday, 29 September 2011 at the venue (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne) of this play. We urge all Hindus, especially those who live in Melbourne, Australia, to support our peaceful protest campaign by joining us at the venue. If you would like to join us at the venue, please write to us at melbourne@forumforhinduawakening.org
“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma !)”

Warm Regards,
Seekers of Forum for Hindu Awakening.
www.HinduAwakening.org


 

September 24, 2011 (Bhadrapad Krushna Dwadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5113):

 

||Shree||

Dear supporter of Hinduism,
Namaskar

We have received a complaint from a Hindu about a play ‘Ganesh versus the third Reich’. This play will premiere as part of the 2011 Melbourne Festival. It will be performed at the Malthouse Theatre from 29 September to 9 October 2011, in Melbourne, Australia. The website of the play shows a picture of a man with elephant head in Sumo like dress posing behind Hitler which is not in accordance to the Scriptural description. Portrayal of Sree Ganesh is contrary to the way Hindu Scriptures describe His form and as depicted in Hindu temples and shrines. It is highly objectionable to Hindu religious sentiments that the revered Deity is being used in the fictitious context.

We protested this denigration by writing to the producer & director of the play, organisers of the Melbourne Festival  as well as  the management of the Malthouse Theatre where the play will be performed, requesting them to cancel the performance of this play (Please see below e-mail trail). However, the producer of the play and organiser of Melbourne Festival responded by saying that a meeting will be held next week with representatives from the Hindu Community Council, facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, representatives from Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Malthouse Theatre and the Indian High Consul in Melbourne.

Below are details of the avenues where supporters of Hinduism can express and register their peaceful protest, to all the involved organisations of the play against this blatant denigration of our revered deity Lord Ganesh.

Malthouse Theater (where the play will be performed)

Postal Address: Merlyn Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, SOUTHBANK 3006.
E-mail: admin@malthousetheatre.com.au; Media Manager (mediamanager@malthousetheatre.com.au); Media Coordinator( lucyforge@malthousetheatre.com.au)

Back to Back Theatre (management of the play)

Postal Address1: Alcoa Studio 3, Level 1, 75 Ryrie St, Geelong, Victoria, Australia 3220
Postal Address2: PO Box 1257, Geelong, Victoria, Australia 3220
Telephone: +613 5221 2029; Fax: +613 5229 0525
E-mail: Executive Producer (Alice Nash – alice@backtobacktheatre.com); Artistic Director (Bruce Gladwin – bruce@backtobacktheatre.com); Company Manager (Stacey Gladwin – admin@backtobacktheatre.com); Marketing and Relationships Manager (Alice Gerlach – aliceg@backtobacktheatre.com)

Organisers (MELBOURNE FESTIVAL)

Postal Address1: Street: Level 5, 180 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Postal Address2: PO Box 10, Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 8009
Phone: +61 3 9662 4242; +61 3 9652 8626; Fax: +61 3 9663 4141
E-mail: contact.us@melbournefestival.com.au; Head of Marketing & Communications (f.kelly@melbournefestival.com.au)

 

(Please do cc or inform us of your protest, as we strive to keep you updated about the progress of this protest by the Hindu Community)

 

“Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha | (Dharma or God protects those who protect Dharma !)”

 

Sincerely,
Sadhaks at Forum for Hindu Awakening  (www.HinduAwakening.org)


1. E-mail communication with Back to back theater:

To: aliceg@backtobacktheatre.com, bruce@backtobacktheatre.com
Subject: Denigration and trivialisation of Lord Ganesh | “GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH”
|| Sree ||
Namaste Alice,

I came to know through a news article about your play involving one of the most revered deities in Hinduism Lord Ganesh. Accordingly I happened to go to your website to understand the nature of this play and I was disappointed to see the blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh, a deity who is revered by millions of Hindu’s worldwide.  Hindu’s have temples of Lord Ganesh for Lord Ganesh devotees, there is one in Victoria in The basin. I would request you to visit the temple and understand the sentiment and the kind of reverence Hindu’s hold towards Lord Ganesh. It will help creating some sensitiveness about Hindu beliefs and culture.

I do not oppose humour which is the intention behind your play, humour is an essential part of our life, but it can’t be at the expense of hurting the sentiments of others. This blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh is against the taste of multiculturalism and tolerance towards others spiritual practices and beliefs. I would sincerely request you to please stop this play from premiering in Melbourne festival and kindly apologise to the Hindu community in Victoria for hurting the sentiments of Hindus.

In anticipation of your favourable response.

With Kind regards,
Volunteer member, Forum For Hindu Awakening.
www.hinduawakening.org

2. E-mail communication with Melbourne Festival:

To: contact.us@melbournefestival.com.au; tatia@tspublicity.com.au; mary@tspublicity.com.au; e.costello@melbournefestival.com.au

Cc: info@forumforhinduawakening.org; info@hinduccv.org.au; hindufoundation@hindunet.com.au; pravakta@hindujagruti.org

Subject: Request for cancelling “Ganesh versus the third Reich”

 

|| Sree ||

To the Organisers of the Melbourne Festival,

Namaste,

I am writing this email to bring to your attention the enormous concern in the Hindu community in Victoria about the blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh by the play “Ganesh versus the third Reich “ which is due to premier in the Malthouse theatre on the 29th of September as a part of the Melbourne Festival.

 

Lord Ganesh, the most revered deity in Hinduism is denigrated by portraying Him as one who is mad with anger and is shown in a skimpy looking elephant mask. Ones fictitious imagination in the form of a story cannot be used to portray Hindu deities, this portrays Hinduism and Hindu values in poor light and also conveys a wrong message about Hinduism to young Hindu children and those curious about Hinduism (those wanting to understand it in its true essence).

 

This portrayal has hurt the sentiments of wider Hindu community due to which Hindu leaders in the community have started a dialogue with the Victorian multicultural commission and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and citizenship (Vic) with an intention to stop this play.

The Melbourne Festival has always been one of the most esteemed events in a calendar year for Victoria and has always showcased the proud multicultural and rich ethnic background of Victorians through the means of artistic performances. However this play doesn’t serve the purpose of the Melbourne festival as it has caused great anguish within the Hindu community in Victoria. This blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh is against the taste of multiculturalism and tolerance towards others spiritual practices and beliefs.

 

I urge the Melbourne festival organisers  to cancel this event, as a show of goodwill to the Hindu community in Victoria. I hope that you will respond with some action in a favourable direction to this matter with immediate effect as the show is due to premier on the 29th of September.

In anticipation of a favourable response from you.

 

With kind regards,
Volunteer Member, Forum For Hindu Awakening.
www.hinduawakening.org

3. E-mail communication with Malthouse theater:

To: admin@malthousetheatre.com.au; mediamanager@malthousetheatre.com.au; lucyforge@malthousetheatre.com.au

Cc: info@hinduccv.org.au; hindufoundation@hindunet.com.au; info@forumforhinduawakening.org; pravakta@hindujagruti.org
Subject: Protest ” Ganesh versus the Third Reich” premiering at Malt House Theatre

|| Sree ||
To the management of the Malt House theatre,

Namaste,

I am writing this email to bring to your attention the enormous concern in the Hindu community in Victoria about the blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh by the play “Ganesh versus the third reich “ which is due to premier in your theatre on the 29th of September.

Lord Ganesh, the most revered deity in Hinduism is denigrated by portraying Him as one who is mad with anger and is shown in a skimpy looking elephant mask. Ones fictitious imagination in the form of a story cannot be used to portray Hindu deities, this portrays Hinduism and Hindu values in poor light and also conveys a wrong message about Hinduism to young Hindu children and those curious about Hinduism (wanting to understand it in its true essence).

This portrayal has hurt the sentiments of wider Hindu community due to which Hindu leaders in the community have started a dialogue with the Victorian multicultural commission and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and citizenship (Vic) with an intention to stop this play.

This blatant trivialisation and denigration of Lord Ganesh is against the taste of multiculturalism and tolerance towards others spiritual practices and beliefs. A play of this nature is surely going to upset your Hindu patrons and also send an incorrect message across the society about your stand on issues pertaining to tolerance of others faith and sensitiveness towards other cultures.

I urge the Malt House theatre to cancel the booking for this event, as a show of goodwill to the Hindu community in Victoria. I hope that you will respond with some action in a favourable direction to this matter with immediate effect as the show is due to premier on the 29th of September.

In anticipation of a favourable response from you.

 

With kind regards,

Volunteer Member, Forum For Hindu Awakening.
www.hinduawakening.org

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One Response to Protest:Hindu’s deity Shree Ganesh trivialised in a play at Melbourne Festival !

  1. shamsher says:

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