Posted by News In Motion on Monday, January 10, 2018 08:10:08The following is an extract from a article entitled ‘How to build an post game memorial: How to celebrate the death of the man who created it.’
A postgame memorial is a meaningful, fitting and moving way to remember the lives and accomplishments of those who were the subjects of an international sporting event.
In a postgame celebration, we honor the person who is remembered in the final scores of an event or in the national news.
In doing so, we remember the great sport and people who played it.
In the case of the NBA, a postmortem is a public ceremony in which the families and loved ones of the deceased are given the opportunity to express their grief and share their memories.
In India, we also commemorate the life and legacy of one of the greatest sportsmen in history, the greatest of the great.
On the morning of February 18, 1934, Mahatma Gandhi became the first Indian to win an international tennis championship.
It was a milestone for the country and for the game of tennis.
The young Indian, a self-confessed ‘fool’ with a sense of humour, had been an unapologetic, uncompromising, unassuming and unshakable opponent to the game’s elite, including world number one, Andy Murray.
The Indian Tennis Federation had been set up in 1934 in order to develop the sport and to make it popular in India.
A young man from Bihar who had arrived in New York for the tournament was given the task of organising a post-match party in the Indian city of New Delhi.
The party, known as the Mahatmas, was a huge success.
Around 500 people attended the party.
The event became known as a ‘game-changer’ for Indian tennis and it was the first occasion in the history of the sport when a postmatch event was held on the court.
The Mahatmah’s plan was for a group of players to hold a post mortem ceremony at the Mahastham Court in New Delhi where the ashes of the winner of the game would be placed on the courtside, along with the ashes left by the players who lost.
The post mortems were attended by the family of the tennis player.
The next day, the Indian Tennis Association (ITA) decided that it was not appropriate to hold the post-mortem.
It felt that it should be done in New Zealand, where the tennis was played.
However, in India, the ITA decided to conduct the postmortem at the Bombay Tennis Club, where Mahatmaras was the president.
The tennis club was located in a residential area.
The funeral procession was led by the Mahathas, who were in the habit of dressing in their clothes in honour of the occasion.
The procession started at 11:30 a.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m., the day of the funeral.
In the post mortum, the ashes would be buried at the club, where they were to be left for the next generation to bear the torch of Indian tennis.
In order to maintain the atmosphere of the postgame ceremony, the members of the family and friends of the Mahats were expected to participate in the posthumous event.
For example, a member of the team would throw a ceremonial baton into the river, while another member would throw his tennis racket in the water.
The final act of the evening was for the Mahata’s to light a candle, which would be held aloft and lit by a member from the team.
There were also fireworks which would light up the city of Bombay.
The post mortums at the Mughal Hall in Bombay, Bombay, India.
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