Monthly Bulletin of 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda : January 2014

The following centers held various programs to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programs conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)

India:

Chennai Math: A special program at Vandavasi, Tiruvannamalai district, on 1 December in which nearly 700 students of the free coaching centers run by the Math participated.

A meeting of about 650 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Tamil Nadu on 15 December.

Cherrapunji: Three youth conventions in November and eight in December in which altogether 5983 youths participated.

An inter-school football tournament from 2 to 14 December in which students from 23 secondary and higher secondary schools took part.

A classical music concert on 19 December which was attended by about 500 people.

Coimbatore Mission: A regional youth convention from 28 to 30 November in which 1502 delegates from South India participated.

Cooch Behar: A two-day program, in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Lokashiksha Parishad, Narendrapur, for the promotion of tribal and folk culture on 22 and 23 December which was attended by about 1400 people.

Delhi: Forty-one puppet shows on Swami Vivekananda from 8 November to 12 December in Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh with the help of our centers in those states.

A value education workshop on 7 December which was attended by nearly 500 principals and teachers of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools.

Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata: A devotees’ convention on 21 November which was attended by 375 devotees.

Hyderabad: Final round of Swami Vivekananda Youth Leadership Contest – 2013 on 23 November in which 16 students selected out of 290 students from 24 senior secondary schools and junior colleges participated.

Two youth conventions on the theme Transforming the Youth to Transform India on the Math premises on 9 November and 18 December and another youth convention on the same theme at Bhimavaram on 5 December. Altogether 4150 youths participated in the conventions.

Institute of Culture, Kolkata: An international seminar on Cultural Unity of India from 16 to 18 December. There were 6 academic sessions in which 14 scholars presented their papers. The inaugural session was attended by 400 people and the academic sessions by 100 delegates and 35 observers.

Jamshedpur: Six puppet shows on Swami Vivekananda from 5 to 7 December. Altogether 3400 people, mostly students of the schools run by the centre, watched the shows.

A chhau dance performance on 19 December which was attended by around 600 people.

Classical music concerts on 21 and 22 December. Altogether about 1000 people attended the programme.

Kanpur: A sports meet on 20 and 21 December in which 21 teams from different schools took part.

Limbdi: Cultural competitions from 16 to 19 December in which 129 students from 18 schools took part.

Lucknow: A regional youth convention from 6 to 8 December in which nearly 4000 delegates from 7 states in North India (Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand) participated. Sri B L Joshi, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, delivered the valedictory address.

Madurai: A value education programme for parents at two schools in Madurai and another at a school in a remote village of Thanjavur district on 21 & 23 November and 11 December. In all, 405 parents took part in the programmes.

Manasadwip: A teachers’ convention on 24 November in which 83 teachers from 49 schools participated.

A spiritual retreat on 15 December which was attended by about 250 devotees.

Ootacamund: An interfaith dialogue on 9 December in which 550 delegates took part. Several cultural programmes were also held on this occasion.

Port Blair: A state-level youth convention on 14 December in which 850 youths participated.

Puri Mission: A state-level youth convention on 22 December in which about 600 youths took part.

Rajahmundry: Sanatana Dharma Sadassu (a convention on Hinduism) from 14 to 16 December in which spiritual leaders of various Hindu denominations and groups participated. About 3600 people attended the convention.

A state-level youth convention from 18 to 20 December in which about 5500 youths took part.

Ranchi Morabadi: Puppet shows on Swami Vivekananda in 7 places in Ranchi and Bokaro districts. In all, about 9300 people watched the shows.

Salem: Value education programs for parents in Namakkal district and Salem on 7 and 10 December. In all, 112 parents attended the programmes.

Saradapitha, Belur: In collaboration with West Bengal Correctional Services, the center organized a drama on Swami Vivekananda enacted by 31 prisoners of Presidency and Alipore Central Correctional Homes on 4 December at an auditorium in Kolkata. About 800 people attended the programme.

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: On the center’s initiative, nine public meetings were held at different places in West Bengal from 22 November to 20 December. In all, about 3750 people attended the programmes.

A regional seminar on Swami Vivekananda’s Relevance to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century on 30 November which was attended by 750 people belonging to seven states.

Vadodara: A regional convention on tribal and folk culture on 1 and 2 December in which about 1100 tribal youths from six states and a large number of devotees participated.

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