Navarathri inauguration 12.10.2015
The Bhavan organised Navaratri Music Festival between 12th October 2015 and 22nd October 2015.
The Inaugural function was held on 12th October 2015 at 6.00 pm at Bhavan’s Dr. Preetha Reddy Auditorium.
Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra inaugurated the festival. Sri M. Murali,
Managing Director of Sri Krishna Sweets was the Guest of Honour. This was followed by a thematic presentation
by Cuddalore S.J. Jananiy ( Lyrics by Dr. Bhavani Jayanthi ) on “NAVA DURGA”.
Musical Discourse 06.09.2015
As part of Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations Kalyanapuram U.V. Aravumudhachariar gave a Musical discourse on
Krishna Vaibhavam the 6th 7th and 8th Sep 2015.
Special discourse on Sundara Kandam 21.08.2015
Sengalipuram Brahma Sri N Rama Dikshithar gave a Special discourse on Sundara Kandam on 21 August 2015
Release of Independence Day Special Issue 17.08.2015
Bhavan's Annual Number- 2015, [15th August 2013] was released on 17th August 2015. Dr.V.Shantha Chairperson of
Adyar Cancer Research Institute received the First Copy from Sri.K.N.Ramaswamy , Director Bhavan's Chennai Kendra .
Paida Lai jin 08.03.2015
TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre-Fourth Annual Day Oration Bhavan, in association
with Voluntary Health Services, VHS Diabetes Department, TAG-VHS Diabetes Research
Centre conducted TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre-Fourth Annual Day Oration on
PAIDA AND LAJIN SELF HEALING by International Healer Master Hongchi Xiao (China)
on 8th March at 11.00 am. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra welcomed
the gathering. Dr. C.V. Krishnaswami, Chairman, TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre,
Emeritus, Chief of VHS Diabetes Department gave an introductory speech. Dr. D. Parthasarathy,
Sustaining Patron Donor and MD, Dollar Company, Chennai was the Guest of Honour.
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF, President, Volunatary Health Services gave
the key note address on Health, Energy and Well-being: Wisdom of the Human Body
by Prof. B.M. Hegde, Former, Vice-Chancellor, Manipal University, Co-Chairman,
TAG-VHS Diabetes Research Centre. Ms. Deepa Muthaiya, Chairman, Dean Foundation,
Hospice and Palliative Care Centre introduced Master Hongchi Xiao, Founder, E-Tao
Self Healing Methods. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavans Chennai Kendra delivered
the Vote of Thanks.
TM Krishna Concert 26.01.2015
A Special Carnatic Music Vocal Concert by Sri T.M. KRISHNA with Ms. Akkarai Subhalakshmi
(violin), Poongulam Sri Subramanian (Mridangam) and Papanasam Sri S. Sethuraman
(Kanjeera ) was organised on 26th Jan 2015
Thiagaraja Aradhana 10.01.2015
The 168th Saint Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival was organized on Saturday, 10th January,
2015.: Various artists of Ramjhis Isai Mazhalai Group rendered Saint Thiagarajas
Kritis and Pancharatna Kritis. This was followed by Drama Anubhava Aaradhanai
by Kalanilayam. : Story and Concept : Swaminatha Athreya, Dramatisation : K.S.N.
Sundar, Sikkil Gurucharan rendered Kritis. Prasad were distributed .
Shradhanjali to His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal ( Sage of
Kanchi ) in association with Veda Pata Nidhi Trust was paid on 8th January 2015.
Vedic Pundits chanted three vedas were honoured This was followed by a literary
discourse by Kalaimamani Sri Nagai Mukundan on Kanchi Mahanin Karunai. .Shri
L Sabaretnam Chairman Chennai Kendra graced the Occasion .
Inauguration of Bhavans Naatya Utsav 2014 -13.12.2014
As a part of the Kendras Cultural Festival, the Naatya Utsav 2014 was inaugurated
at Bhavans TAG Auditorium ( Bhavans Rajaji Vidayshram Complex), Kilpauk, on Saturday,
13th December 2014 by Mr. Phillip A Min, Consul General of the United States of
America and Honble Justice Dr. M. Chockalingam, Judicial Member, National Green
Tribunal, Southern Zone, Chennai was the Special Guest. Sri K. Parasaran, former
Attorney General of India, Member of Parliament and Vice-Chairman, Bhavans Chennai
Kendra welcomed the gathering.Kendra Chairman, Sri L. Sabaretnam presided over the
function. Padmabhushan Awardee Ms.Alarmel Valli received the Life Time Achievement
Award consisting of a cash award of Rs.1 lakh, a Memento, a Shawl and a Citation
on this occasion. The Bhavans Cultural Awards 2014 consisting of cash award of Rs.25000/-,
Memento, a Shawl and a Citation were presented to Ms. Saashwathi Prabhu (vocal),
Ms. Shubashree Ramachandran (vocal), Sri S. Venkatraman (Tambura), Kum. K. Mahathi
(Keyboard), Kum. S. Aswini (Mridangam) and Kum. S. Anjani ( Veena), Sri K. Venkatesh
and Sri K. Murugan ( Light and Sound Technicians) Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director,
Bhavans Chennai Kendra proposed the Vote of Thanks. The inaugural function was followed
by a Bharatanatyam recital by Ms. Alarmel Valli. The Dance Festival of two weeks
duration show cases 37 individual performances comprising of Bharatanatyam, Kutchipudi,
Mohiniattam, Kathak, Sastriya and Odissi. A huge gathering attended the Inaugural
Bhavans Naatya Utsav 2014 - Schedule
The Bhavans Cultural Festival 2014
The Bhavans Cultural Festival 2014 was inaugurated on 21st November 2014 by Honble
Shri Sanjay Kishe Kaul, Chief Justice Madras High Court Chennai. During the function,
Smt.Gayathri & Smt. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath 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 Bhavans Kalakendra Committee and
Shri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided over the function.
Dr.C.V.Krishnaswami, Chairman TAG VHS Diabetic research center was the Guest of
Honour. Shri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavans Chennai Kendra proposed the vote of
thanks. The inaugural function was followed by a carnatic vocal recital by Smt.
Bombay Jayashri Ramnath.
Bhavans Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology
The convocation of Bhavans Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information
Technology ( GICE & IT ) was organized on 15th September 2014 at the Bhavans Dr.
Preetha Reddy Auditorium. Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Kendra Director, welcomed the gathering
and honoured the Guests. Sri V. Vaidyanathan, Hon. Treasurer inaugurated and distributed
the certificates to the students and senior citizens. Sri S. Praveen Kumar, Educational
Associate gave details of the Courses conducted by the Gandhi Institute. Sri Srinath
Narayan Mani, Associate Vice-President, Affirmative Action & CSR (South), Tata Consultancy
Services briefed about the Free Employability Training Programme with job opportunities
conducted in association with the Bhavan for the Bhavans GICE & IT students.
Onam Festival Fest in association with Times of India
A Two day Trivonam Fest in association with Times of India to coincide with the
Onam Festival was conducted at the Bhavans Chennai Kendra at its Dr.Preetha Reddy
Auditorium on 7th& 8th of September 2014. The Festival was inaugurated by Padmasri
Smt. BharatiShivaji, a Mohiniattam exponent. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavans
Chennai Kendra presided.
Eminent Mohiniattam exponents, Smt. Vijayalakshmi and Smt. GopikaVarma performed
On Sunday the 7th Sept. 2014 and, Smt. Pallavi Krishnan and Dr. Neena Prasad performed
on Monday the 8th Sept. 2014
Nani A. Palkhivala Lecture on 7th September 2014
A Lecture in memory of Late Nani A. Palkhivala in association with Nani A. Palkhivala
Memorial Trust, Mumbai, Palkhivala Foundation, Chennai & Nani Palkhivala Arbitration
Centre Chennai was conducted at Bhavans Chennai Kendra on 7th September 2014. Dr.
ShashikalaGurpur, Director & Dean Symbiosis Law School, Pune gave a Lecture on INDIAN
CULTURAL HERITAGE IN NANI PALKHIVALAS VISION CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS . Sri L. Sabaretnam,
Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided and recalled Nani A. Palkhivalas contribution
to the Nation. Mrs. Swati G. Kapadia, Director, Nani A. Palkhivala Memorial Trust
introduced Dr. ShashikalaGurpur. Sri N.L. Raja, Director, Trustee, Palkhivala Foundation
delivered the Vote of Thanks. Earlier Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavans Chennai
Kendra welcomed the gathering and recalled Palkhivalas association with the Bhavan.
The lecture was followed by an interactive Question and Answer Session.
Adi Bakthi Vizha
Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan , East Mada Street, Mylapore in association with NAC Jewellers
presented Aadi Bhakthi Vizha 2014 from 30th July 2014 to 7th August 2014. Sri Ananthanarayanan,
Managing Director of NAC Jewellers was the Chief Guest. Sri V. Vaidyanathan, Hon.
Treasurer, Bhavans Chennai Kendra inaugurated the function. Musical discourses,
Literary Discourses and Villu Pattu were held during the period.
Award for Bhavans Auditorium
The Mylapore Academy, a 60 year old renowned Chennai based social organization in
its 45th Annual Award Function awarded S. Viswanathan Silver Rolling Trophy for
best A/C. Auditorium to the Kendras Dr. Preetha Reddy Auditorium. The panel of judges
consisted of many eminent personalities under the Chairmanship of Justice Sri N.V.
Balasubramaniam. The Award was presented on 20th July 2014 in a colourful function
at Narada Gana Sabha by Dr. T.S. Sridhar, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary and
Commissioner, Revenue Administration, Government of Tamilnadu.
Maha Periyava Jayanthi
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada Street, Mylapore in association with Veda Pata
Nidhi Trust under the auspicious of Neela Subramanian Endowment celebrated the 121st
Jayanthi of His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal, (Sage of Kanchi)
on 13th June 2014. Honouring the vedic pundits was a part of the celebration. This
was followed by a discourse by Sri P. Swaminathan on Maha Periyava Mahimai
Book Release Function held on 29th May 2014
In a function held on 30th May 2014, the following books published under Bhavans
Book University were released: 1. A Study of the Hindu Science of Architecture
by Dr. N.R. Dave 2. Srividyasara-Prasnottara-Malika by Dr. Goda Venkateswara
Sastri 3. Sree Krishnam Bhaja Maanasa by Smt. Parvathi Sankaran and Sri G
Sankaran 4. Guru of Gurus by Smt. Indira Ramanathan Sri N. Ravi, Editor-in-Chief,
The Hindu and Kendras Vice-Chairman released the books and Justice Sri S. Jagadeesan,
former, Judge, Madras High Court and Member Kendra Committee received the first
copies. Sri L Sabaretnam, Kendra Chairman presided over the function. All the above
books were printed at Chennai as per Bhavans norms and were given as a gift to the
Bhavan (cover price of Rs.9.30 lakhs). A large gathering of supporters of the Bhavan
and book lovers appreciated Bhavans efforts for bringing out books of everlasting
A Free Personality Development programme in association with M.T.S. Academy
A Free Personality Development programme in association with M.T.S. Academy was
conducted from 4th May 2014 to 17th May 2014. Many students who joined the class
gained knowledge and expressed their happiness.
Gandhi Institute Convocation
Inauguration of the Bhavans Dr.Preetha Reddy Auditorium
The renovated state of art auditorium of Bhavans Chennai Kendra at the Mylapore
premises was inaugurated on 26th February 2014 by Srimath Swami Gauthamanandaji,
President, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai. The Auditorium was named after Dr. Preetha
Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Group of Hospitals. who has come forward with a
munificent donation Shri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided
over the function. Shri N.Ravi, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu and Vice-Chairman, Bhavans
Chennai Kendra welcomed the gathering. Shri I.R. Khandwala, Trustee & Hon.Treasurer,
Bhavans Mumbai was the Guest of Honour. Dr. C.V. Krishnaswamy, Chairman, TAG-VHS
Research centre and Shri T.S.Saravanan, Chief Architect, AAD India Pvt Ltd offered
Swami Gauthamanandaji in his benediction said give culture to the people that will
help the individual and society to improve. He also said that it is in these auditoriums,
culture is given and received.
In his address, Shri N.Ravi said that the auditorium is a blessing for art and art
lovers. It will revive Mylapore as a centre of culture.
Shri L.Sabaretnam in his presidential address stated that this is the 3rd Auditorium
which is being renovated during the Bhavans Platinum Jubilee Year and the Kendra
has off late stepped up its cultural activities with great support received from
Corporates, Artistes & Art Lovers. He also highlighted that this State of Art Auditorium
conforming to international standards is perhaps the only one of its kind in Chennai.
Shri T.S.Saravanan, Chief Architect emphasized that they have tried to maintain
the cultural value and heritage of the Bhavan and at the same time bring vibrancy
through this renovation process.
Dr. C.V.Krishnaswamy said that this Kendra is a great contributor to the cultural
world. Dr.Preetha Reddy also participated in the inaugural function.
Shri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavans Chennai Kendra proposed a vote of thanks and
the inaugural function was preceded by Nadaswaram recital by Seshampatti Sivalingam
and followed by a carnatic vocal concert by Padma Vibhushan Awardee Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna.
Bhavans Naatya Utsav 2013
The Bhavans Naatya Utsav 2013 was inaugurated by Honble Justice Sri P. sathasivam,
Chief Justice of India on 14th December 2013 at Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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
The entire Naatya Utsav 2013 Festival consisted of 34 dance performances. Artists
from various parts of India and Abroad performed during the Function.
Bhavans Cultural Festival 2013
The Bhavans 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 Bhavans Kalakendra and Shri L.Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided
over the function. Shri P.N.Santhanagopal, Director, Bhavans Central Office felicitated
the event and Shri K.N.Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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, Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided and released the DVD. Sri
N. Sugalchand Jain, Vice Chairman, Bhavans 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, Bhavans 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 , Bhavans Chennai Kendra
. Sri M.Murali MD Sri Krishna Sweets, Committee Member, Bhavans 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,
Bhavans 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,
Bhavans 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 .
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,
Bhavans Chennai Kendra was the Chief Guest. Sri V. Vaidyanathan, Patron of the Trust
and Hon. Treasurer, Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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
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
Mrs Jaya Srinivasan conducted Sangeetha Upanyasam from 28/06/2013 to 06/07/2013
AT Kendra premises on
28 - 30 June 2013
01 - 03 July 2013
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
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.
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 Bhavans
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, Bhavans 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, Bhavans 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, Bhavans Chennai Kendra, Sri K. Parasaran, MP, and Vice-Chairman, Bhavans
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 - Bhavans Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Information Technology
Convocation of Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans Chennai Kendra and Directors. The Chairman presented
a bouquet of flowers to Dr. Kalamji on the stage and the first copy of Bhavans Journal
(15th Feb. 2013) covering Twin Celebrations? inauguration at Mumbai was handed over
by Sri K.N.Ramaswami, Director, Bhavans Chennai Kendra. Dr. Kalamji also received
a copy of Dr. Munshis 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 Bhavans Tag Auditorium at Kilpauk was held on 4th
Annual Music Festival
Bhavan Chennai Kendras 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 Founders 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 .Shekhers on the 9th November were
BHAVANS TAG AUDITORIUM INAUGURATION
A State of art Auditorium ?BHAVANS TAG AUDITORIUM? with a seating capacity of 1000
persons was inaugurated at the Bhavans 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, Bhavans Chennai Kendra offered felicitations on the Occasion,. Sri
Ajeeth Prasath Jain Senior Principal Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram briefed about the
School and Sri K.N.Ramaswamy Director Bhavans 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 Bhavans
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
The Kendra Committee meeting
The Kendra Committee Meeting was held on 30th September 2012 . Sri L.Sabaretnam,
Chairman, Bhavans Chennai Kendra, Presided over the Meeting . Sri Parasaran Vice
Chairman, Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans
Chennai Kendra. The Programme included a Musical Tribute by Dr. (Smt ) Nithyasree
Mahadevan & Party.
Sri L.Sabaretnam Chairman , Bhavans Chennai Kendra presided over the function of
Launching Tamil Version of Nation Best Seller ?Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master
Yogis 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, Bhavans 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 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.
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 Bhavans 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, Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans TAG Listening Archives
Sri V.Vaidyanathan Trreasurer Bhavans Chennai Kendra and Sri R.Krishnaswami President
City Sabhas visited Bhavans TAG Listening Archives
Inauguration of P.A.C.Ramasamy Raja Hall on the 29th August 2012 at the Bhavan
Bhavans PAC Ramasamy Raja Hall at the Bhavans 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, Bhavans, 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.
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.
Bhavans 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 Bhavans Chennai Kendra, received the First Copy from Sri. K.N.Ramaswamy
, Director Bhavans Chennai Kendra
BAIT 2012 - CHANGE MAKERS CONFERENCE
The Bait 2012 and Change Makers Conference was conducted by The Debate Club of Bhavans
Rajaji Vidyashram on the 23rd July 2012 at Sri Venkata Auditorium , Bhavans Mylapore
centre. Smt. D.Sabita, IAS, Principal Secretary School Education, Government of
Tamilnadu was the Chief Guest and Sri. L.Sabaretanam, Chairman, Bhavans 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 Governments 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 Bhavans 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, Bhavans
Chennai Kendra welcomed the gathering and paid rich tributes to Sage of Kanchi who
was the architect of Bhavans Chennai Kendra. Sri K. Parasaran, Vice-Chairman of
Bhavans 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
Bhavans 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.
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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,
Bhavans 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 Bhavans commitments towards upliftment
of economically weaker section of the society. Sri Nataraj congratulated Bhavans
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, Bhavans 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
The Convocation of the Bhavans 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, Bhavans 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 Bhavans 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 Bhavans
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
Bhavans new project at Tiruporur would materialize soon. Earlier Sri K.N. Ramaswamy,
Director, Bhavans 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
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 Bhavans Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
& 125th Birth Year of Bhavans 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.
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
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, Bhavans 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.