The following centres organized various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are mentioned against their names.)
In India: Bhubaneswar: Personality development camp from 6 to 8 May in which 130 students took part; A two-day programme comprising discourses and devotional singing from 26 to 28 May which was attended by about 350 persons daily;
Chandigarh: Guided meditation, a lecture on Swamiji and free distribution of books to 100 teachers of four schools in Patiala on 29 May;
Cherrapunjee: Youth convention on 12 May which was attended by nearly 500 students; Sri Bindoo M Lanong, Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, attended the programme as the chief guest.
Delhi: A programme of devotional music was organized on 15 April.
On 6 May, Smt Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, handed over ‘Swami Vivekananda Award’, instituted by Delhi Ashrama, to four NGOs for their outstanding service to the poor and underprivileged.
Lucknow: A youth programme on 27 May in which nearly 400 youths from various educational institutions in and around Lucknow took part;
Ponnampet: A workshop for tribals on 22 May in which about 150 tribals from different villages of Virajpet Taluk participated.
Quilandy: Personality development camp from 4 to 6 May in which 35 students took part.
Rajkot: Thirteen spiritual retreats in different parts of Gujarat from 24 April to 8 May which were attended by nearly 2500 persons;
Ranchi Sanatorium: Youth convention on 29 April in which about 250 youths participated.
Outside India: Providence (USA): A three-day programme comprising a monastic conference, a symposium on “Facets of Swami Vivekananda’s Message”, lectures and musical performances from 20 to 22 April.