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Bhavan’s Naatya Utsav 2013

The Bhavan’s Naatya Utsav 2013 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Sri P. sathasivam, Chief Justice of India on 14th December 2013 at Bhavan’s TAG Auditorium, Kilpauk Chennai-10. Sri N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu and Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra welcomed the gathering. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, presided over the function and delivered the Presidential Address. Sri K. Parasaran, former Attorney General of India and Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai Kendra offered felicitatations. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai Kendra proposed the Vote of Thanks. This was followed by a dance recital by Ms. Malavika Sarukkai.
The Utsav was organized by the Bhavan Chennai Kendra in association with Apollo Hospitals Enterprise. The Chief Justice India presented the P. Obul Reddy and P. Gnanambal Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement to Malavika Sarukkai, for her outstanding contribution to Bharatanatyam. The Award carried a purse of one lakh, a medallion and citation. He also presented the Bhavan’s Cultural Awards of Rs.25000/- each, a medallion and citation to Dr. M. Narmadha(violin), Smt. K. Gayatri (vocal), Sri S.R.G.S. Mohan Doass (Nadaswaram), B. Suchithra (Harikatha) and Master K. Sathyanarayanan (Keyboard).
The entire Naatya Utsav 2013 Festival consisted of 34 dance performances. Artists from various parts of India and Abroad performed during the Function.

Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2013

The Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2013 was inaugurated on 22nd November 2013 by Shri Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner. He was accompanied by his wife Smt.Bhakthi Joshi. During the function, Smt. Ranjani & Smt.Gayathri and Shri Thiruvaarur Bhakthavathsalam were presented the P.Obul Reddy and P.Gnanambal Memorial awards for their life time achievement in music. The gathering was welcomed by Shri S.S.Rajsekar, Chairman of Bhavan’s Kalakendra and Shri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra presided over the function. Shri P.N.Santhanagopal, Director, Bhavan’s Central Office felicitated the event and Shri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural function was followed by a carnatic vocal recital by Padmashree Awardee Smt Sudha Reghunathan.

Legend cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

The first copy of Bhavan’s Journal, 15th November, 2013 issue dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar was received from Sri K.N.Ramaswami Director Chennai Kendra by Sri Krishnamachari Srikkant under whose captaincy Sri. Sachin Tendulkar played his first Test Match. Krish Srikkanth complimented the Bhavan’s efforts in preserving Indian Culture and Traditions and he was very happy to see Bhavan has come out with a special issue on a legend cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

DVD Release Function on Yoga – Wellness Concept by Prof. B.M. Hegde

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada street, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004 released a DVD on 7th October, 2013 on Yoga – Wellness Concept authored by Prof. B.M. Hegde. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra presided and released the DVD. Sri N. Sugalchand Jain, Vice Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra and Managing Trustee, Voluntary Health Services received the first copy. Dr. C.V. Krishnaswamy, Chairman, TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre introduced Prof. B.M. Hedge to the audience. There was an eight minute DVD presentation. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra proposed the Vote of Thanks. This was followed by a Devotional Music Concert by Dayanandea Sisters (Ms. S. Darshana and Ms. T.S. Sowmya ).

Inauguration of Navarathiri Music Series

Navarathri Mantap, Music Series in association with M/s Sri Krishna Sweets was inaugurated by Mrs.Geetha Rajasekhar , a well Known Musician on 03.10.2013by lighting the lamp. The Fuction was presided over by Sri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman , Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra . Sri M.Murali MD Sri Krishna Sweets, Committee Member, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra was the Chief Guest. The Directors of the Chennai Kendra , Sri K,N,Ramaswamy and Sri R.Vaidhyanathan were also present.

The 123rd Jayanthi Mahothsavam of Brahmasri Papanasam Sivan

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada Street, Mylapore in association with Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Sangam celebrated the 123rd Jayanthi Mahothsavam of Brahmasri Papanasam Sivan on 26th September, 2013. Ninaivanjali – “Kapali Pancharatnams” were rendered by Sivanugraha Group and this was followed by Inauguration. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra who was the Chief Guest distributed the prizes. Padmabhushan Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan and Sri R. Krishnaswamy, President, Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Sangam were the Guest of Honour. This was followed by a vocal concert by Smt. S. Sowmya and Party.

Employability Training Programme

Under the auspices of Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology, spoken English classes, as a part of the curriculam, were conducted for the economically backward sections of the society by Smt. Jayantasri Chandramouliswar. It was a two months class and the objective was to enable the students to get into a suitable employment. On the concluding day (27th August, 2013), Sri L. Sabaretam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra presided over the function and distributed the certificates. Students in their feedback said they were benefitted from such a course which raised their self confidence.

Bhavans Annual Issue 2013

Bhavan's Annual Number- 2013, [15th August 2013] was released by on 14th August 2012. Sri M.S.Swaminathan,Chairman Emeritus and Chief Mentor . M.S.Swaminathan Reaserch Foundation received the First Copy from Sri. L.Sabaretnam Chairman, Bhavan's Chennai Kendra. Sri. K.N.Ramaswamy , Director Bhavan's Chennai Kendra was also present .

Thirukkural

Jayanthi Festival of Pujya Sri Narayanatirtha Swamigal

The 338th Jayanthi Festival of Pujya Sri Narayanatirtha Swamigal in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was celebrated on 19th July 2013 at its premises. The event started with Veda Parayanam by Sri S. Nagaraja Ganapadigal and Party. This was followed by a prayer Selvi N. Shruthi. The Ligiting of Kuthuvillakku was by Smt. Dr. Vidya Ram Pradeep and other dignitaries joined. Sri . L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra was the Chief Guest. Sri V. Vaidyanathan, Patron of the Trust and Hon. Treasurer, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra presided over the function. Prof. C.V. Chandrasekar, Guest of honour felicitated BharataNatyam exponent Smt. Leela Samson, former Director, kalakshetra and a former Committee Member of Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra. Sri N.V. Subramaniam, Trustee delivered the welcome address and Sri A. Ramjhi, Patron, delivered the Vote of Thanks. This was followed by a musical concert by Mambalam sisters and a Bharatanatyam by Smt. Leela Samson and Troupe. The festival was well attended.

Bhaktaswara Bhajan Mandali

Bhaktaswara Bhajan Mandali celebrated 27th Inter school Bhajan Competition in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Shri L Sabaretnam Chairman Chennai Kendra presided over the meeting and he was honoured by the Mandali. He spoke on the occasion . Shri K.N.Ramaswsami Director Chennai Kendra Spoke on the occasion and distributed prizes.

Sangeetha Upanyasam

Mrs Jaya Srinivasan conducted “ Sangeetha Upanyasam” from 28/06/2013 to 06/07/2013 AT Kendra premises on

PRAHALADA CHARITHRAM 28 – 30 June 2013
JADAYU CHARITHRAM 01 – 03 July 2013
KARNAN 04 – 06 July 2013

Launching of the Website of Ganasaraswathi D.K.Pattammal

The Family members of Sangita Kalanidhi D.K.Pattammalin association with Hamsadwani and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan had launchewd a website on D.K.Pattammal.The site was lauche3d by Sri N.Murali President Music Academy .Smt Nithyashree gave the introduction about the website. Vidwan Sriram Parasuram spoke on learning from Legend. Smt Vyjayanthimala Bali. Also spoke on the Occasion. Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi Chairman Kalashetra Foundatiuon and former Governor West Bengal, Sri K.N.Ramaswami Director Chennai Kendra, graced the occasion. The function started with excerpts from recordings of D.K.Pattammal followed by invocation by Lavanya Sundararaman. Shri I Lakshman Kumar proposed vote of Thanks.

T Nagar Sub center celebrated Annual Day

T Nagar Sub center celebrated Annual Day of the Bala Vikas . Shri M.Murali of Sri Krishna Sweets and Committee Member ,Chennai Kendra was the chief Guests and distributed the prizes for the children who participated in the Fancy Dress Competiotion. Mr Anantharaman Chief Security Ofiicer Souther Railway was Guest of Honour.

Theevaram classes

Free Thevaram Classes for a period of ten days from 18th May to 27th May 2013 by Thiruveezhimizhalai S.Kanaka a graduate in Music, D/O Dr.R.Subramaniam at the Bhavan?s Mylapore Centre. The response to this classes was overwhelming. The classes attracted youngsters and students besides senior citizens. The classes were concluded on good note by distributing participation certificates for all the participants. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra addressed the participants on the concluding day and distributed the certificates. He expressed his happiness that the classes had attracted youngsters and students. He appreciated Kum. Kanaka for her mastery and excellent handling of the class. He also assured that Bhavan shall associate with any programmes conducted to uphold the Indian Culture. Kum. Kanaka was felicitated on this occasion by Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra.

120th Jayanthi of His Holiness Maha periyaval, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal ( Sage of Kanchi )

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in association with Veda Pata Nidhi Trust under Neela Subramanian Endowment celebrated the 120th Jayanthi of His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal (Sage of Kanchi) on Sunday 26th May 2013 at our premises. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, Sri K. Parasaran, MP, and Vice-Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, Sri Sarbeswaran, Secretary, Veda Pata Nidhi Trust and Sri J. Jayaraman, Member, Veda Pata Nidhi Trust were present during this function. The function commenced with Kum. Thiruveezhimizhalai S.Kanaka rendering Mahaperiyaval Ashtothram and was followed by Vedic chanting by Vedic pundits. The vedic pundits were honoured during the function. A musical Tribute by Violin Duo Sri Ganesh and Sri Kumaresh was an added feature of the function.

Convocation - Bhavan?s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology

Convocation of Bhavan?s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology was held at Sri Venkata Auditorium on the 26th February 2012. Shri. L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra presided over the function and welcomed the gathering. Sri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra and Chief Zonal coordinator Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology introduced the Chief Guest honour Shri Anantharaman, Chief Safety Officer, Southern Railway. Shri.S. Praveen Kumar, Educational Associate, GICEIT Chennai & South Zone gave a brief introduction of Bhavan?s Gandhi Institute. Merit Certificates were distributed for the students including senior citizens who had successfully completed their computer training. A few students and senior citizen offered their felicitations. Offer letters of Employment from TCS for the meritorious students who underwent the Free Employability Training programme conducted by the TCS was also issued during this occasion. Shri. Srinath of TCS spoke about the Employability Training Programme offered by TCS as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. The convocation was followed by a comedy drama ?VINVELI KADHALI? by Rail Priya Group.

Visit of Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam to Bhavan Chennai Kendra

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalamji made a visit to the Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra in connection with a programme of an interactive session with children from various schools, wherein Bhavan was also partially associated. Dr. Kalamji was received at the venue by Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra and Directors. The Chairman presented a bouquet of flowers to Dr. Kalamji on the stage and the first copy of Bhavan?s Journal (15th Feb. 2013) covering Twin Celebrations? inauguration at Mumbai was handed over by Sri K.N.Ramaswami, Director, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra. Dr. Kalamji also received a copy of Dr. Munshi?s ?Pilgrimage to Freedom?on the stage.

Jugal Bandhi Concert

Jugal bandhi Concert by Padma Vibhushan Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna and Padma Vibhushan Dr.Zakir Hussasin was held at Bhavan?s Tag Auditorium at Kilpauk was held on 4th December 2012.

Annual Music Festival

Bhavan Chennai Kendra?s month long annual music Festival [from 21st Nov to 12th Dec of this year] was inaugurated by Ms Jennifer A Mcintyre , Consul General of United States of America. Sri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan Chennai Kendra, presided over the function, Sri S.S.Rajasekar, Chairman, Kala Kendra, Chennai welcomed the gathering . Dr. [Smt]. Preetha Reddy Jt. Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Limited was the Chief Guest. Sri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan Chennai Kendra proposed vote of thanks Sri Obul Reddy and Smt. P.Gnambal Memorial Awards were presented to PadmaShree Smt Aruna Sairam and violin duo Sri Ganesh & Sri Kumaresh .

This year Bhavan Chennai Kendra Cultural Awards were presented to Seshampatti Sri Sivalingam (Nadaswaram), Sri K Sethumadhavan (Make- up Artist), Sri R.Lakshminarayanan (Tambura), Master Sruthi Sagar (Flautist).

Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Bhavan Chennai Kendra inaugurated year long twin celebrations of the platinum Jubilee of the Bhavan and 125th Birth Anniversary of Sri Kulapati Dr.K .M. Munshi founder, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on the 7th November being the Founder?s Day. Sri. P.N. Santhanagopal Joint Director unveiled the twin celebrations logo and paid tribute to Sri Kulapati K. M. Munshi. Sri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman Bhavan Chennai Kendra presided over the function. Sri Krishnan G.M. Indian Overseas Bank was the Chief Guest. This was followed by Special Violin Jugalbandhi by Dr. M. Lalitha, M. Nandini & Troupe) With Partha Mukherji As a part of Celebrations a Carnatic Vocal by Abishek Raghuram & Party on 8th and a hilarious comedy ?ALWAAH? by S. Ve .Shekher?s on the 9th November were also held.


BHAVANS TAG AUDITORIUM INAUGURATION

A State of art Auditorium ?BHAVANS TAG AUDITORIUM? with a seating capacity of 1000 persons was inaugurated at the Bhavan?s Rajaji Vidyashram Kilpauk by Hon?ble Sri Gopalkrishna Gandhi , former Governor of West Bengal 0n 14th October 2012. Sri L.Sabaretnam Chairman Chennai Kendra presided over the function and welcomed the gathering. Sri. R.T.Chary, M.D, TAG Corporation, who was instrumental and benevolent contributor to the Auditorium, was the Guest of Honour Sri. Sugal Chand Jain Chairman Mahaveer Foundation and Vice Chairman Bhavan Chennai Kendra and Sri S,S. Rajasekar Chairman Kala Kendra, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra offered felicitations on the Occasion,. Sri Ajeeth Prasath Jain Senior Principal Bhavan?s Rajaji Vidyashram briefed about the School and Sri K.N.Ramaswamy Director Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra proposed vote of Thanks . This was followed by a Concert by doyen of Carnatic Music Padma Vibhushan Dr. Balamurali Krishna with Padma Vibhushan Sri. Umayalpuram Sivaraman on the Mridangam , Sri. Embar Kannan on Violin and Sri. Sunder Kumar on Kanjira

Chitra Narayanaswami Sathabhishegam Commemoration Lecture

Bhavan conducted Chitra Narayanaswami Sathabhishegam Commemoration Lecture on 9th October 2012 Dr Bobby Srinivasan (Distinguished Professor Institute of Financial Management) delivered the lecture on ? The State of Nation : The Current Indian Economic Scenario? . Our Chairman Sri.L Sabaretnam presided over the meeting. Eminent Chartered Accountant ,Sri G Narayanaswamy (President Rajaji Centre for public Affairs) a long time associate of Chitra Narayanaswamy gave an introduction of Dr.Chitra Narayanaswamy . Sri N.S.Kumar son of Chitra Narayanaswmy proposed the Vote of Thanks. The meeting ended with a Musical Tribute by Smt Sowmya Kumar Arjun, Granddaughter of Chitra Narayanaswamy.

Free Employability Training Programme with Tata Consultancy Services.

Free Employability Training Programme by TCS for the economically backward section of the society for those who underwent computer training course under Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology is conducted on a quarterly basis. Students who are found suitable offered employment with TCS. A programme was arranged on completion of such training on 19/10/2012 . Sri P.N.Sanathanagopal Joint Director Bhavan Mumbai ,presided over the function praised the efforts of Bhavan Chennai Kendra and thanked TCS for such an association. Mr Justice Jagadeesan, Member Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra Committee was the chief Guest and presented offer letter from TCS to the students who were suitable. Sri K.N.Ramaswamy Zonal Coordinator Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Technology and Director Bhavan Chennai Kendra briefed about the activities of the Institute.

Holiness SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR

His Holiness SRI SRI RAVISHANKAR visited the Bhavan Chennai Kendra on 30thSeptember 2012.

The Kendra Committee meeting

The Kendra Committee Meeting was held on 30th September 2012 . Sri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, Presided over the Meeting . Sri Parasaran Vice Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra was felicitated by Chairman Sri L Sabaretnam on his nomination as Member Parliament by President of India

Interactive Dance Festival

Bhavan in association with South Zone Culture Centre (a unit of Ministry of Culture, Government of India ) organized Nrithya Bhaaratham, an Interactive Dance Festival. of four days. The programme was inaugurated by Sri M.M. Rajendran, Former Governor of Orissa on 17th September, 2012. Various types of dances such as Mohiniattam, Kutchipudi, Fusion, etc., by eminent artists were performed during this festival. An interactive quiz programme was also held. The interactive session is being inaugurated by His Excellency, The Governor of Tamilnadu, Sri Rosaiah on 23rd Sept. 2012. Sri.L.Sabaretnam Chairman Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan felicitated His Excellency .

PAPANASAM SIVAN 122nd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Bhavan Chennai Kendra In association with Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Sangam celebrated 122nd Birth Anniversary of Padmabhushan Ganamani Papanasam Sivan 26th September, 2012 at Bhavan?s Venkata Auditorium at Mylapore . Sri R.Krishnaswami (President City Sabhas,) presided over function and Guruji Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan was the Chief Guest. The function was attended by Sri V.Vaidyanathan, Vice Chairman Papanasam Sivan Rasikar Sangam and Hony Treasurer and Sri K.N.Ramaswamy Director, of Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra. The Programme included a Musical Tribute by Dr. (Smt ) Nithyasree Mahadevan & Party.


Chairman Function



Sri L.Sabaretnam Chairman , Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra presided over the function of Launching Tamil Version of Nation Best Seller ?Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master Yogi?s Autobiography ? organised by The Sat sung Foundation ,Bangalore and Magentha Press , Kodagu, Karnataka . The Book was released by Sri S.Gurumurthy and Smt.Meena Muthiah, Kumararani of Chettinad received the first copy of the book. Sri Yogesh Chandra Pal, who translated the book to Tamil beside Sri ?M ? the author of the book were present


Sri L.Sabaretnam Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra honoured Padma Vibhushan Dr Balamurali Krishna during a concert at the Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple Mylapore Chen nai.


As a part of the Shashti Celebrations by Sri Krishna sweets in association Bhavans Chennai Kendra and Kamban Kazhagam, organised a religious Discourse by Master K.V Sai Darshan and Smt.K.V.Subha


Ganesh Darshan

Ganesh Darshan an exquisite display of over 3500 Vinayaga idols was organized in association with M/s.Krishna Sweets between 17th and 21st September 2012. These rare miniature are from the collection of Shri M.Murali Managing Director Sri Krishna Sweets spanning three decades.


Drama Festival

Bhavan celebrated Drama Festival between 10th Sept and 13th Sept 2012 at the Mylapore Premises, with Dramas by eminent Stage Artists like Sri YG Mahendra Sri Kathadi Ramamurthy, Sri Crazy Mohan & Madhu Balaji and TV Varadharajen.


The Festival was inaugurated by Kumari Sachu, Chairperson Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram , Sri LSabaretnam Chaiarman Bhavan Chennai Kendra presided over the function. Sri Nalli Kuppusamy Chettiar was the Guest of Honour.


TAG Digital Listening Archives

The Bhavan?s TAG Digital Listening Archives, an initiative in association with TAG Corporation was inaugurated on 12th September, 2012 at its Kendra premises, Mylapore by Sri N. Murali, President, Music Academy & Director, Kasturi & Sons, the publisher of ? The Hindu ?. Sri N. Murali expressing his happiness that sai he could see visible changes in the activities of Bhavan, within the short span of time and congratulated Sri Sabaretnam and his team Sri Chari while briefing about the TAG Digital Listening Archives said that at present the Archives has a collection of 1000 hours of music of eminent singers / composers and has plans to enhance it to 2000 hours. He expressed his happiness to have an archive installed at Mylapore, more so in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, which is the centre of attraction for all music lovers.


Sri Pappu Venugopal Rao Secretary Music Academy gave his expert comments Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra presided over the function. In his presidential address he recalled the ardent love and passion of Mr Chari for Carnatic Music and thanked him for choosing the Bhavan as an associate. He also informed that it is befitting that Sri Murali inaugurates as he is the pioneer with whom Mr Chari had initiated his first venture at Music Academy


Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, who was instrumental , delivered the Vote of Thanks and informed that Bhavan would look into the possibilities of installing an archive at Bhavan?s Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk. At present the Archives is open between 4.30pm to 7.30 pm on all days at an enrolment fee of Rs.200/- .



Guruji T.V.Gopalakrishnan visited Bhavan?s TAG Listening Archives

Sri V.Vaidyanathan Trreasurer Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra and Sri R.Krishnaswami President City Sabhas visited Bhavan?s TAG Listening Archives



Inauguration of P.A.C.Ramasamy Raja Hall on the 29th August 2012 at the Bhavan Premises Mylapore

Bhavan?s PAC Ramasamy Raja Hall at the Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra premises at Mylapore Chennai was inaugurated by Sri P.R. Ramasubrahmaneya Rajah, Chairman &M.D. Madras Cements Ltd, on the 29th August 2012. Sri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s, Chennai Kendra presided over the function. Dr. Balamurali Krishna and Dr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan offered their Felicitations which was followed by a Musical Tribute by Sri Balamurali Krishna and Dr T.V.Gopalakrishnan.


ONAM CELEBRATIONS

Bhavan Celebrated Onam Festival on the 27th and 30th of August at the Bhavans Venkata Auditorium. The Celebrations started on 27th with Chanda Melam by Kshetrakala Troupe followed by Thiruvathira by Thanal Group and Mohiniattam [solo] by Smt. Gopika Varma. The Concluding day witnessed Kathakali [Kuchela Vritam] by Uthareeyum and Mohiniattam Group performance by Dasayam Group.


ANNUAL ISSUE

Bhavan?s Annual Number- 2012, [15th August 2012] was released by on 14th August 2012. Sri. N.Ravi, Director, M/s Kasturi & Sons (Publishers of The Hindu) and the Vice Chairman Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, received the First Copy from Sri. K.N.Ramaswamy , Director Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra


BAIT 2012 - CHANGE MAKERS CONFERENCE

The Bait 2012 and Change Makers Conference was conducted by The Debate Club of Bhavan?s Rajaji Vidyashram on the 23rd July 2012 at Sri Venkata Auditorium , Bhavan?s Mylapore centre. Smt. D.Sabita, IAS, Principal Secretary School Education, Government of Tamilnadu was the Chief Guest and Sri. L.Sabaretanam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, Presided over the function.


Smt. D.Sabita in her address emphasised that her desire to participate in the function stemmed from her enthusiasm in throwing light on the Government?s participation, and contribution in grooming better citizens. While appreciating the efforts made by the Debate club, she also evinced her desire for the initiative to be extended to Government Schools.


Sri.Ajeeth Prasath Jain in his address informed that the Debate Club is the brain child of the BRV students and alumnus and is likely to spread its wings to Kolkata, Jaipur and Mumbai in the years to come.


Sri L.Sabaretnam in his address expressed his delight at the extensive preparations made by the participants and the Debate Club being excellent platform for thinkers who visualize the future.


Prizes were distributed by Smt.Sabita and Sri.L.Sabaretnam. Smt.Geetha Nandakumar, Vice Principal BRV and Sri.R.Vaidyanathan Bhavan?s Director were also present.




119th Jayanthi of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal ( Sage of Kanchi)

The 119th Jayanthi celebrations of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal ( Sage of Kanchi ) in association with Veda Pata Nidhi Trust was held on 4th June, 2012 under the auspices of Neela Subramanian Endowment. The programme started with Pooja and Veda Parayanam and was followed by honouring of Vedic Pundits. On this occasion tributes were paid to (late) Ra. Ganapathy, (the author of Hindu Dharma ) and (late) T.S. Santhanam of (TVS Group). Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra welcomed the gathering and paid rich tributes to Sage of Kanchi who was the architect of Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra. Sri K. Parasaran, Vice-Chairman of Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra and Chairman of Veda Pata Nidhi Trust paid tributes to (late) T.S. Santhanam, who was a pillar of the Veda Pata Nidhi Trust which operates from Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra. Ra. Ganapathy was an ardent devotee of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal and authored the famous book ? Deivathin Kural ? ( seven volumes ) in Tamil which was subsequently translated into English by RGK and published by the Bhavan as ? Hindu Dharma ?. Sri Charukesi Viswanathan, Dr. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal and Dr. Padma Subramanyam also paid tributes to Ra. Ganapathy. A message from Justice Sri K. Kannan, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court) was read during the occasion. The programme included a carnatic musical tribute to the Saint of Kanchi by Sri Sikkil Gurucharan and Troupe.


Free Employability Training Programme with Tata Consultancy Services.

Free Employability Training Programme by TCS for the economically backward section of the society for those who underwent computer training course under Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology was inaugurated on 4th June, 2012. 80 students enrolled for this training programme . Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra welcomed the students. Sri R. Nataraj, IPS (Retd), Director, Tamilnadu Public Service Commission, inaugurated the training programme. While welcoming the students, SriL. Sabaretnam emphasized the Bhavan?s commitments towards upliftment of economically weaker section of the society. Sri Nataraj congratulated Bhavan?s efforts and wanted all the students to come out of their shell and face the world boldly. Students who are found suitable will be offered employment with TCS. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra in his address said that the Kendra will soon upgrade the hardware and software and this training will be offered on a quarterly basis and extended to other South Indian centres very soon. TCS has also agreed to extend their support to Mumbai and Calcutta Kendra also.


ENTERPRENEUR COURSE :

The Kendra in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs ( TIE), Chennai organized a five day camp for school children at its premises. The focus was to develop entrepreneurial skill among the youth and 46 students participated in this programme . Under the guidance of very experienced faculty many innovative plans and proposals were submitted and discussed in detail by the students. All the students were awarded participation certificates at the end of the camp. In a valedictory function Sri Laxminarayanan, Vice-President, Cognizant Technologies Limited, Sri R. Balakrishnan I.A.S. Additional Chief Secretary and Special Officer, Enterpreneurship Development Institute, Ms. D. Sabitha, I.A.S. Secretary, School Education, Government of Tamilnadu, Sri L. Sabaretnam, Kendra Chairman were present and spoke well about the initiative taken by the Bhavan and TIE. Sri Sankaran P. Raghunathan, Dean, The National Management School who conducted training spoke about the course details and the benefits derived by the participants after completing the course.

Gandhi Institute Convocation and Free Employability Training Programme with Tata Consultancy Services.

The Convocation of the Bhavan?s Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology (Batch 60) and launching of Free Employability Training Programme in association with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was held on 22nd May, 2012. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra, presided over the function and Sri N. Ravi, Director, Kasturi & Sons ( The Hindu ) was the Chief Guest and he distributed the certificates to the students and senior citizens received certificates. During this function the Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra announced its association with Tata Consultancy Services for providing employability training with TCS. Sri Praveen Kumar, Educational Associate, gave a brief account of GICE & IT and its achievements and in particular that of the Southern Region. Sri L. Sabaretnam, in his speech assured upgrading of the systems and also look into the possibilities of giving more advanced courses. He complimented the faculty for their dedication in imparting training. A representative each of the students and senior citizens group spoke very high about the Bhavan?s services and the benefits they derived. Sri Srinath Narayan, Associate Vice President of TCS explained in detail about the opportunity TCS is offering to the youth among the economically backward section of the society through the Bhavan. About 80 students registered for the free training programme (4 hours per day for 20 days) and this training will be extended to all future batches also. Sri N. Ravi in his address complimented the Bhavan for their yeomen service not only in the educational and cultural field but also in the social upliftment. He expressed his hope that the Bhavan?s new project at Tiruporur would materialize soon. Earlier Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra introduced the dignitaries. The programme was coordinated by Sri C.V. Balasubramanian, Coordinator, GICE & IT. The programme was well attended and the large gathering was entertained by a violin concert by Dr. M. Narmadha and Group.

SUMMER CAMP


The Kendra conducted a summer camp of two weeks duration for children in the age group of 8-14 years during month of May, 2012 at its premises. Around 30 students enrolled for this camp. The focus of the camp was on value education, arts and crafts, Yoga etc., At the end of the camp all the students were awarded participation certificates by Sri L. Sabaretnam, Kendra Chairman.


NEW KENDRA COMMITTEE

The Chennai Kendra Committee was reconstituted w.e.f. 14th April, 2012. The newly Reconstituted Committee met on 22nd April, 2012 and Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Kendra Director informed the details of the Reconstituted Committee under the Chairmanship of Sri L. Sabaretnam, who was till recently its Vice-Chairman. Presiding over the function, Sri Sabaretnam expressed his sincere thanks to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Bhavan for having bestowed confidence by appointing him as the Chairman of the Kendra. He requested all the Members for their fullest cooperation. Sri Sabaretnam specifically emphasized the need to celebrate the Bhavan?s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations & 125th Birth Year of Bhavan?s Founder Kulapati K.M. Munshi in a grand manner. The Members introduced themselves and assured their cooperation to the Kendra Chairman in all his endeavors.


T.Nagar Sub-centre


Free Spoken Sanskti Courses :

?Spoken Sanskrit? classes at T.Nagar Centre was inaugurated by Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Chennai Kendra on 25th June, 2012. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, in his address said the promoting Sanskrit education is a prime objective of the Bhavan and all help will be extended towards this. 35 students are taking advantage by this Free Course.


Vishnu Sahasranamam and Veda Chanting

As a part of the promoting cultural activities a weekend discourses are planned on a regular basis at our T.Nagar Sub-centre. To begin with Vishnu Sahasranamam and Vedi Chanting will be delivered by a reputed scholar, Smt. Ambujam Anantharaman, on Saturdays and Sundays. The programme was inaugurated on 9th June, 2012. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan?s Chennai Kendra presided over the function and said that the Centre in the recent past has become more vibarant by conducting Yoga, Keyboard, B?Natyam etc., and more such activities are in the anvil.