Commemorations : 2018-19

125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses | 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita

Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses

India

The following special programmes were conducted in 2018-19:

Inaugural Programme: 125th Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses, 11 Sep 2018

President Maharaj formally inaugurated the year-long commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses at Belur Math. A public meeting, devotees’ convention, youths’ convention and cultural events were held as part of the inaugural programme.

An Interaction with Swami Vivekananda through Art– a 4 days Exhibition

Bengaluru centre held an art workshop on Swamiji’s participation in the Parliament of Religions and released a coffee-table book on the artworks produced by the participants.

Mumbai centre held a day-long programme which included talks, screening of a documentary, and cultural events.

Narainpur centre held a three-day national level tribal youths’ convention.

Yuganayaka Vivekananda

Pune centre hosted a mega musical play at Nagpur on the life and teachings of Swamiji.

Apart from the special celebrations mentioned above, the following programmes were conducted by different centres:

Programme No. of Programmes No. of Participants/ Audience
Cultural Competitions for students 504 1,14,252
Cultural Events 5 41,320
Conventions/Seminars for youths 60 19,675
Devotees’ Conventions 28 14,357
Lectures 56 13,409

Outside India

Interfaith meet – Unity in Diversity, Chicago, IL

Chicago (USA) centre conducted an interfaith meet and held a symposium on Vedanta at Vivekananda Retreat, Ganges.

Cultural competitions, Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo

Colombo (Sri Lanka) centre held public meetings in Batticaloa and cultural competitions in Maskeliya.

Durban (South Africa) centre held twenty special lectures in Durban and a public meeting at Pietermaritzburg sub-centre.

Gretz (France) centre conducted a programme consisting of meditation, talks and music on a big boat on the River Seine in Paris.

A programme of talks, recitations, music and video shows was held in Groningen and Eindhoven cities by the Netherlands centre.

New York Vedanta Society, USA, conducted an interfaith conference.

Phoenix (South Africa) centre held four public meetings in Phoenix and Johannesburg.

Sacramento (USA) centre conducted three special lectures and two musical concerts.

The following centres held public meetings: Chandpur, Faridpur, Mymensingh in Bangladesh; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Bourne End in the UK.

Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sister Nivedita

India

The following programmes were conducted in 2018-19 by different centres:

Programme No. of Programmes No. of Participants/ Audience
Cultural Competitions for students 2 3,596
Cultural Events 6 6,510
Conventions/Seminars for youths 15 4,248
Devotees’ Conventions 7 2,900
Lectures 22 8,780

Ouside India

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, Netherlands

The Nederlands centre held a programme of lectures and music and released a booklet on Sister Nivedita.

Ramakrishna Society, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg (Russia) centre conducted a public meeting at the Indian Consulate in St. Petersburg.

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