The following centres held various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)
Centres in India:
Cherrapunji: A value education programme for parents at Shella sub‑centre on 1 March in which 400 people took part.
A regional youth convention at Imphal, Manipur, on 7 March in which about 700 delegates took part. Sri Vinod Kumar Duggal, Governor of Manipur, inaugurated the convention.
Concluding programme of the state-level youth conventions of Assam state was held at Gauhati University on 14 and 15 March. It was inaugurated by Sri Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Governor of Assam, and attended by about 1200 delegates.
Concluding programme of the northeast regional youth conventions was held at Gauhati University on 18 and 19 March. It was inaugurated by Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, and attended by about 1900 delegates.
A value education programme for professionals in healthcare and education fields was conducted on 21 March. About 350 delegates attended the programme.
Dehradun (Kishanpur): A music programme on 22 and 23 March which was attended by 400 people on each day.
Hyderabad: Youth conventions in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh from January to March in which 10,470 youths took part.
Institute of Culture, Kolkata: A music conference on 1 and 2 March in which leading vocalists and instrumentalists from different music traditions of India such as Hindustani, Carnatic, Folk and Popular took part. About 1000 people attended the programme on both the days.
A students’ convention and cultural competitions on 23 March in which 1100 students took part.
Jaipur: A classical music programme and a mono act performance from 18 to 20 March which were attended by about 3000 people.
Limbdi: Vivekananda Ratha launched by Rajkot centre visited Limbdi from 16 to 18 January. On this occasion our Limbdi centre arranged processions, cultural programmes and talks at different places in and around Limbdi.
Lucknow: A state-level seminar on Religious Harmony on 8 & 9 March in which 1100 delegates participated, and a classical music programme from 6 to 9 March which was attended by about 1000 people.
Muzaffarpur: An interfaith dialogue on 23 February in which about 200 delegates participated.
A youth convention on 24 February which was attended by 550 college students.
A music programme on 24 February which was attended by about 300 people.
Narendrapur: Five tribal conventions were held at four districts of West Bengal in November and December. Each convention comprised procession, cultural competitions, seminar, exhibition on tribal and folk art, and narayana seva (feeding poor people). In all, about 5000 tribal people took part in the conventions.
A series of programmes was conducted on the Ashrama premises from 11 to 16 February. The programmes consisted of a procession in which 3232 children from five districts of West Bengal took part, cultural events including tribal dance, exhibitions, seminars on Application of Agro Bio Technology and Preservation & Protection of Tribal & Folk Culture, a quiz competition, a mela (fair) and narayana seva. About 10,000 people visited the mela each day.
Pune: A classical music concert on 9 March which was attended by about 400 people.
Puri Mission: A state-level devotees’ convention on 8 and 9 March in which 182 devotees took part.
Rajahmundry: A music programme on 4 March in which many musicians of repute gave performances. About 650 people attended the daylong programme.
A state-level seminar on Religious Harmony on 5 March in which around 750 people participated.
Ranchi Morabadi: The Ashrama held the following programmes to mark the conclusion of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary:
Felicitation of a number of organizations and educational institutions on 25 February for their efforts in celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. Around 1200 people attended the programme.
A children’s rally on 25 February in which 300 children took part.
A district-level youth convention on 25 and 26 February which was attended by 722 youths.
A teachers’ conference on 26 February which was attended by 48 teachers.
Village fairs at three places from 27 February to 1 March; around 1000 people visited the fair in each place.
Cultural programmes from 26 February to 3 March which were attended by about 1000 people each day.
A laser show on Swami Vivekananda on 4 March which was watched by 700 people.
Salem: Valedictory function of the two-year-long personality development programme for college students on 1 March which was attended by 50 students.
Valedictory function of the three-year-long Vivekananda Swasthya Parisheva Prakalpa (VSPP) on 9 March which was attended by 110 students and 5 teachers.
Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata: Reenactment of the two lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in Kolkata, at Shovabazar Rajbari on 28 February 1897 and at Star Theatre on 4 March 1897. The reenactments were held respectively at Shovabazar Rajbari and the centre’s premises on 28 February 2014 and 14 March 2014 and were attended altogether by about 1500 people.
On the centre’s initiative, five public meetings were held at different places in and around Kolkata from 23 February to 19 March. In all, about 2650 people attended the programmes.
Vadodara: A drama on Swami Vivekananda on 5 March which was watched by about 1000 people.
Vivekananda Gujarat Ratha Yatra which was jointly launched by our Gujarat centres and Gujarat Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhav Prachar Parishad on 12 January 2014 covered 42 villages in south Gujarat until 12 March. More than 70,000 people attended the processions and about 43,000 people attended the public meetings. The entire programme was coordinated by our Vadodara centre.
Visakhapatnam: A youth convention on 28 February in which 1200 youth delegates took part.
Vrindaban: A seminar on Enhancement of Values in Medical Profession – In the Light of Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda was held for medical personnel on 23 March. Nearly 400 delegates comprising doctors, nurses and paramedical staff participated in the seminar.
Centres outside India:
Dinajpur (Bangladesh): A peace rally on 5 March in which nearly 4000 people joined.
An interfaith meet on 5 March which was attended by about 800 people.
A spiritual retreat on 6 March in which 350 devotees took part.
A seminar on value education for teachers on 7 March which was attended by 400 teachers.
Special programmes comprising worship, havan and speeches were organized at 13 places in 9 districts from 4 to 20 March. On an average 2000 devotees attended the programmes in each place.
Cultural competitions for students in which around 200 students participated.