Swami Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary programs are being successfully organized and getting quite a good response from many sections of the society in many countries. This mail is to give brief idea about the same and sent for your information.
1. A function was organized in Dubai by ‘Friends of India’ in association with Indian Consulate of Dubai on Jan 12. Dr. Bhagawatiprasad Sharma was main speaker and Chief Guest was Consul General Sanjay Varma.
2. Grand Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary commenced on 12th January 2013, under the auspices of ‘National SV150 Committee’ UK, in 8 Major Cities in UK namely Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff, London, and Reading. Swamis from Ramakrishna Mission, Sewashram and Memebrs of Parliament also took part. A function was organized in the Jubilee Room – UK Parliament at London on behalf of Metropolitan Hindu Police on Jan 24th. MP Barry Gardiner has moved an Early Day Motion in the parliament recognizing the contribution by Swami Vivekananda.
3. Brief summary of 12 Jan programs in USA is given below. Over 7500 people attended 108 programs of SV Jayanti. Some highlights are
11 shakhas did cultural-programs in addition to the basic launch program.
Participation from representatives of over 265 organizations.
9 programs were attended by Government Officials (Mayors, etc).
8 programs attended by respected Swami ji of Vedanta Society.
Programs were covered by several media outlets.
4. About 40 Hindu organizations took part in the 12 Jan prog attended by 800 at Nairobi – Kenya where Shri K S Mathew, Head Chancery of Indian High Commission was Chief Guest and Dr.Sadanand Sapre was main speaker.
5. In Colombo , a mammoth gathering of about 10000 Hindus is planned on Feb 10 as concluding function of yearlong SV 150 programs.