To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses, Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari – Madurai Branch had organized several lecture programmes at Balaji Nagar and TVS Nagar Karyalayas, four colleges and one school. The objective of these programmes is to commemorate the message of Universal Brotherhood given by Swami Vivekananda to the Western audience in the Parliament of Religions at Chicago on 11 September, 1893. Total number of 380 students and 75 people enthusiastically participated in these college programmes and public programmes respectively.
The first public program was organized at Balaji Nagar Karyalaya on 8th September in which Shri.Somasundaram ji gave a speech on Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Addresses and the importance of Brotherhood in the modern society. On 10th September, lecure program was arranged at Jain Vidyalaya School. Adharneeya Priyamvada didi, jeevanvriti karyakartha gave a lecture on Swamiji’s message of brotherhood and its importance. On 11th and 12th September, two programs were organized at Thiagarajar College of Preceptors and Sourashtra Women’s College respectively. In both the programs, Smt.Geetha, Professor, Fathima College delivered a nice lecture on Universal Brotherhood Day. She explained how India introduced the concepts of tolerance and acceptance to the world. On 12th September, another program was organized at Thiagarajar College of Engineering. Adharneeya Priyamvada didi gave a lecture on the message of Universal Brotherhood given by Swami Vivekananda. On the same day, a program was arranged at TVS Nagar Karyalaya. Adharneeya Priyamvada didi shared some life incidents and messages of Swamiji. A small skit about Ganesh Chaturthi was also enacted by Sanskaravarga children. On 17th September a lecture program and interactive session was arranged at Saraswathi Narayanan College in which Adharneeya D.Natarajan, Karyalaya Pramukh gave a lecture on Swamiji’s Chicago addresses and interacted with students. He conveyed the youth how Swamiji stood on values and wished all to do so. Patriotic song was also a part in all the programs which inculcated patriotic spirit among the students.