“I got to learn about operas by writing one. I was lucky,” composer Philip Glass said, speaking in Skinner Hall about his opera Satyagraha (1980). His appearance at Vassar preceded a presentation of the work in the evening at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. The three-act work depicted seven events in the “creative years,” 1893-1914, of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, The text, from the Bhagavad Gita, was in the original Sanskrit, "for the simple reason," reported The Miscellany News, "that most people cannot understand words sung in an operatic style. They are distracted from the overall effect while they are straining for the words."