Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Swami Vivekananda 150 Birth Anniversary

A 15,000 sq feet rangoli, depicting Swami Vivekananda in the forefront, with his rock memorial in the background, will be made to mark Swami Vivekananda's 150th anniversary.

Artist Jagdish Chavan will lead a team of 80 chosen artists, 42 of whom are his students to create this giant rangoli. To be exhibited at the Brihan-Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) grounds, from November 18 to 20, the rangoli is expected to take around 48 hours to complete.

It would take approximately 800 kgs of colour powder and 600 kgs of white powder to create this rangoli. Given the size, a special ramp would be constructed in order to facilitate easy viewing for the visitors.

A short documentary, showing the making of the Vivekananda memorial at Kanyakumari would be screened at the exhibition.

The inaugural function will be attended by veteran artist Ravi Paranjpe, music composer and singer Salil Kulkarni, lyricist Sandeep Khare and actor Rahul Solapurkar.

During the inaugural ceremony, women kirtankars from the city will conduct kirtans on Swami Vivekanand's life. Apart from this, the Sandeep Khare-Salil Kulkarni duo will sing songs, composed on Swami Vivekanand's life and teachings.

The exhibition will be organised by Swami Vivekanand Sardha Shati Samaroh Samiti (150th birth anniversary celebration committee), along with BMCC and Sanskar Bharati, which is well known for its distinct style of rangoli.

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