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Inauguration - 'SAMARPANAM' Sister Nivedita - 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations

October 28, 2016 by Admin

The Vivekananda Vedic Vision Foundation, Kondungallur and Vivekananda Darsanika Samajam, Palakkad, have joined together in the name of SAMARPANAM, for holding the 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita throughout the State.   The yearlong celebrations took off on 28th October 2016, the birth day of this ‘great disciple of the great Master, Swami Vivekananda’ at Thrissur, the cultural capital of the State, in a grand and impressive manner. The inaugural function, held under the auspices of SAMARPANAM in the evening, began with a soul stirring Bhajana rendered by the members of the Bhaktha Mahila Trust, Thrissur. The well attended meeting began with the prayer sung by Ms. Suthappa Das, followed by ‘Vande Matharam’, the nationalistic song most loved by Nivedita herself, rendered beautifully by the children of Hari Sree School, Thrissur. Dr. Lakshmi Sankar (General Convenor - Samarpanam) welcomed the gathering. Justice Smt. K.K.Usha (Retd. Chief Justice of Kerala High Court), who was the Chief Guest, lighted the lamp in front of the portrait of Sister Nivedita.  Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari, who is the Chairperson of SAMARPANAM, in her presidential address briefly recalled the life and mission of Nivedita and pointed out the urgent need to know, understand and imbibe her vision and mission to make ourselves good and the nation proud.  Justice Usha recalled how her own life was moulded by the ‘work culture’ propounded by Swamiji and Sister Nivedita from the very beginning and how it stood in good stead throughout her life and in dealings with people. Dr. J. Prameela Devi, Member of the State Women’s Commission, and the main Speaker in the meeting, enlightened the audience with the contributions of Sister Nivedita in every sphere of national life and her powerful influence on the national leaders of the time, the cumulative effects of which paved the way for the independence of the country. She specifically recalled her valiant efforts for the education and emancipation of women, which unfortunately still remain unfulfilled. The need of the time is to translate the vision of Nivedita into reality and this calls for the sacrifice and selfless service of every one. Srimad Swami Mokshavrathanandaji Maharaj President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Thiruvananthapuram in his benedictory address congratulated SAMARPANAM for bringing to light the not so known aspect of our history. He urged the young to study the manifold contributions of Sister Nivedita and be inspired by her life and work.   The Malayalam version of Saralabala Sarkar’s book ‘Nivedita as I saw her’ done by Smt.Vinila Vijay and published by Sri Ramakrishna Math was released on the occasion by Srimad Swami Sadbhavanandaji Maharaj, President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Thrissur  by presenting a copy to Adv. Therambil Ramakrishnan former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala. Another highlight of the function was the unique ‘Vanichithrapooja’ in which Swami Nandatmajananda, editor, Prabudha Keralam drew a life like portrait of Sister Nivedita while Shri Dileep Nayathil’s poem ‘Unaruka Nivedita’ was being sung by Master. Ananthanarayanan a student of Sri Ramakrishna Gurukulam. The meeting came to a successful and satisfying conclusion by the vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Beena Govind (Vice-Chairperson-Samarpanam) She reminded everyone that the meeting is but the beginning of a series of greater and varied programmes planned for a year ahead and sought the active participation of all.