Gramgita Mahotsava

Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj has been an inspiration for the organisation since the very begining. Rashtrasant has inspired Elgar's organisational work and the idea of struggle to gain the basic human rights as guaranteed in the Constitution of India. Chandrapur is the karmabhumi of Rashtrasant. He was a freedom fighter, a vocal critique of Indian socieities' obscurantist ways, a terrific organiser of people, a staunch believer in the village roots of the Indian society and an institution builder. He was a renowned poet and an excellent bhajan singer. He used the tool of bhajan to organise people and established Gurudev Seva Mandals in thousands of villages across Maharashtra. Elgar successfully conducted the prohibition movement in Chandrapur district invoking his name and the campaign was called 'Vandaniya Rashtrasant Darumukti Abhiyan'.
Gramgita Mahatsova is tribute to Rashtrasant, his philosophy and his immense work in organising village people for their rights. The organisation decided to critically engage with the voluminous literature of Rashtrasant and his work and disseminate his ideas through the annual Gramgita Mahotsava. The name is inspired from the definitive text written by Rashtrasant called Gramgeeta. In February 2019 first Gramgeeta Mahotsava was inaugrated by Shri Bandopant Bodekarji. The format of the Mahotsva allows people and members of the organisation to discuss and engage with Rashtrasant literature in the course of three days. The guest speakers spoke on a variety of themes including village reconstruction, health, and education. The evenings saw cultural programmes and performances by renowned by bhajan singers from the area.
Rashtrasant redefined relegious affiliation. He connected it with rights. His idea was to bring energy and vigour in the rural society without compromising on the rationality of the human thought. He amalgamated Gandhi's thinking on the rural reconstruction with Baba Saheb Ambedkar's revolutionary approach.