National Youth Day – 13th January 2018
Swami Vivekananda, a Cultural and Spiritual Ambassador of India, inspired youth all over the country to build a strong and healthy India. National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12th January every year coinciding with the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984, the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day.
Sri Sarada Math, Bengaluru, celebrated National Youth Day on 13th January 2018. About 500 Students from 19 schools and colleges took part in the celebration. The day began with registration of students followed by breakfast. After narrating the significance of this day, a procession started. The procession went around the Jayamahal area surrounding the Math along with a chariot of Swami Vivekananda. Students participated enthusiastically in the procession with some of the students preparing their own placards with Swamij’s sayings. Trophies were given to school children for the ‘Best Slogan’, ‘Orderliness’ and ‘Attire’. For College students, trophies were given for ‘Orderliness’ and ‘Best Slogan’. An overall prize was given for the School and College with the best performance in the procession.
Elocution competitions were held for school students on the topic ‘Which aspect of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings you like the most and why?’ and for College students on the topic ‘Power of Concentration as espoused by Swami Vivekananda’. 31 students participated in Elocution Competitions. Dr.V.Anuradha, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Maharani’s Arts College for Women, Bangalore inspired the students on their topic of Elocution through her speech. Prize winners were given a certificate and books on Swami Vivekananda. Each student and the Institution were given a ‘Participation Certificate’ and a complimentary Kannada book entitled ‘Vishwavarenya Vivekananda’.
In between the school and college competitions, the participants were entertained by small children of Nivedita Vidyapeetha with programmes such as a drama from Swami Vivekananda’s lecture on Karma Yoga depicting how each one is great in their ideal, a monk or householder in English. Kids of “Nretyalaya” of Sri Ram Sadan Apartment, Gokula, Mettikere, under the guidance of Smt. Kshama, performed a beautiful and touching skit on Sister Nivedita which was appreciated by all. Lastly, the children of Nivedita Vidyapeetha gave a good performance of “Yogasana”.
Lunch was served to all. Several alumni of Nivedita Vidyapeetha and Math volunteers helped in making the programme a grand success.
Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday – 8th January 2018
The birthday of Srimat Swami Vivekananda was celebrated at Sri Sarada Math, Bengaluru on Monday, 8th January 2018 with due solemnity. There were various programmes throughout the day such as Vedic Chanting, Special puja & homa, Kathopanishad chanting by the sannyasinis, bhajans by devotees and discourse on “Swamiji’s approach towards way of life by ” by Dr.Bhargavi, Director, P.G. Dept., of Commerce, Sheshadripuram College, Bangalore, teaching organizational behaviour & Human Resources Management & Business skills. After Bhogarati, Prasad distribution took place. During the whole day, about 200 people attended the programme.