The following centres organized various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are given against their names.)
Belgaum: Screening of a film on Swami Vivekananda for one hour every evening from 16 to 27 October; about 700 persons watched the film.
Chandigarh: Talk on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda at a school in Patiala on 13 October, which was attended by about 300 persons.
Delhi: On 23 October, Sri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, released a five-episode animation film on the life of Swami Vivekananda. In the same meeting, Sri Maken also handed over Swami Vivekananda Award, instituted by Delhi Ashrama, to four NGOs for their service to the poor and downtrodden in India. The centre also conducted a classical music concert on 30 October.
Madurai: Installation of pictures of Swami Vivekananda and brass plaques (inscribing write-ups in English, Hindi and Tamil about Swamiji’s visits to Madurai) at Madurai railway station on 2 October.
Palai: Competitions in chanting, drawing, sports, etc in which 200 students from 5 schools and 2 colleges participated.
Salem: Competitions in recitation, oration, essay-writing, Gita chanting, devotional music, drawing and quiz from 14 and 24 October, in which 1390 students from 43 schools took part.
UNESCO Headquarters at Paris inaugurated an exhibition on Swami Vivekananda on 13 October at the Town Hall of Paris. The inauguration was followed by a seminar in which many dignitaries, including Swami Vitamohanandaji, Head of Gretz (France) centre, participated.