The Indian Embassy organized a function titled ‘Kalam Ko Salam’, a tribute to the distinguished 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam at its auditorium on 6 February, in association with Ayubi Arts & Motion Pictures and Writers Forum. A large gathering witnessed a stirring tribute that highlighted the many interesting facets of the former President, particularly the aspects about his life that made him popular with the public.
Kicking off the event, a documentary was screened which narrated the journey of four people in Kuwait as they explored the life of Dr. Kalam. It was produced by Ayubi Arts and Motion Pictures and directed by Ayub Ali Ayyubi who said the studio’s goal was to produce documentary films on educational subjects.
Following the documentary, well-known poets from the Writers Forum took part in a Kavi Sammelan (an informal gathering of poets) and Mushaira (a poetic symposium) to express their love for Dr. Kalam.
Another high point of the evening was the release of the second book written by Dr. Abdul Kalam and co-authored by Professor Arun Tiwari titled 'Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji' by the Kuwait chapter of BAPS Swaminaryan Sanstha. The book details Kalam’s spiritual experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj and contains many reflections on the guru and spiritual leader of the BAPS organization.
In his address to the gathering, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain lauded Ayubi Arts for creating the documentary film in Kuwait and praised Dr. Kalam referring to him as Gandhi 2. Ambassador Jain also said, “Religion is a joining force for the people with rich hearts while it is dividing force for people with narrow hearts”.
Kuwait-based Indian child prodigy Riddhiraj Kumar fondly recalled his meeting with the former Indian President and requested the government of the country to rename the train between Rameshwar to Delhi as Abdul Kalam Express.