News from Branches and Centres
Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
28th August 2011: Seminar on ''Role of Women in changing time''
Sri Aurobindo Society centre Jabalpur organised a seminar on ''Women'' at Regional training centre Jabalpur.
Dr Ranjana Gupta presided over the function. Shri Manoj Sharma(Bhopal),Dr S.C.Sharma (Gwalior) and Dr Suman Kocher (Indore) were the guest speakers.They covered the Subject in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Programme began with Bhajans of Shri Jitendra Bajpai. Secretary of the centre Smt. Kalpna Arjaria welcomed the guests. Ms Ankita Shrivastava conducted the programme.
Audience at the Seminar ''Role of Women in changing time''
Hindi translation of the book ''Prenation Natal Education'' (Prasav Purva Shiksha) distributed to all participants.
Shri Vijay Poddar presiding over the State Committee meeting
In the afternoon State committee meeting of SAS Madhya Pradesh has taken place. Shri Vijay Poddar jee presided over the meeting.
Hanamkonda (Andhra Pradesh)
7th August 2011: Elocution and Essay writing competition on "India of My Dreams"
To celebrate Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary the Branch organized an Elocution and Essay writing completion among the school and college students at the premises of the Branch. The topic was "India of My Dreams". About 100 students participated from different schools and colleges.
On 15th August at 9.30 a.m. flag was hoisted and at 10 a.m. collective mediation was conducted. 35 people participated in the programme.
Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
15th August 2011: Seminar on 'Savitri'
The Sultanpur Branch celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary on 15th August with collective mediation in the hall of the Branch where Sri Aurobindo's Relics are installed.
In the evening the Branch organized a Seminar on 'Savitri' at Ram Raji Balika Inter College, Sultanpur. Dr. K.S. Verma, Director, K.N.I.T. was the Chief Guest. About 80 persons participated in the programme. The Branch also organized a questionnaire competition on "Sri Maa & Sri Aurobindo" at the college in two groups (Sr. Div & Jr. Div.)
Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
22nd August 2011: Shree Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations
On the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami, a talk on 'Shree Krishna' by Shri Viswa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) was organized in which about 15 devotees participated.
Gomti Nagar (Uttar Pradesh)
21st August 2011: Seminar on "Spirituality and Morality"
The Centre organized a Seminar at Vijayant Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow on "Spirituality and Morality". Chief Guest was Shri B.P. Singh, I.G., CBCID, Lucknow. About 100 persons participated in the programme. Booklets were distributed to the participants.
Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu)
15th August 2011: Cultural Programmes and Talks
The 139th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo was celebrated by Chengalpattu Branch. About 400 persons attended the function. Since this Branch is situated in a rural area, many enthusiasts from these areas attended the function. On this occasion cultural programmes were presented by the students. Kalaimani - Thiru Nagai Mugundan delivered talks on "The Life of Sri Aurobindo" and "Right Upbringing of Youth in the Present Days".
4th September 2011: Meeting of Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee
The meeting of Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee, Bihar was organized by Bhagalpur Centre. Dr. Durga Prasad Khaitan, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society Bihar State Committee chaired the meeting.
The Committee discussed as to how we could reach out to more and more people. 24 members from different Centres of Bihar in addition to the members from the local Centre attended the meeting.
15th August 2011: Centenary Celebrations, Talk on "Divinity of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother"
The Teliamura Centre celebrated the 139th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo on 15th August 2011, with the hoisting of the National flag and the Mother's flag.
In the evening the members of the Society and other devotees offered prayers to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother at the Society House. The chief guest, veteran educationist of Teliamura, Shri Kalisankar Ganguli delivered a speech on "Divinity of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother". The Chairman of the Society explained the importance of 15th August. The programme was attended by approximately 40 persons.
Hindi Zone Annual Conference at Varanasi
17th-18th September 2011: 11th Annual Conference of Hindi Zone
Annual conference of Hindi Zone
11th Annual conference of Hindi Zone was held at Banaras Hindu University campus Varanasi. The central theme of the conference was "Sri Aurobindo and Future of Humanity". The conference was well attended by members from all over the Hindi speaking states.
Dr B.D.Singh, Rector of B.H.U. inaugurated the conference. Shri Vijay Poddar, Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society Hindi Zone presided over the function. Prof.P.N.Jha ,Director Management Institute, Prof. Kamal Sheel Dean and Dr Shashi Kant Dixit were the special guests. Dr J.P.Singh briefed about the subject.
The subjects discussed were "Future of Education and Futuristic Education", "Towards Integral Health" and ''Future of Society and Futuristic Society''. The Speakers were Shri A.P. Khare from Panna, Shri D.N. Dani from Udaipur, Dr. J.P. Singh from Sultanpur, Dr. Archana Modi from Mahoba, Shri K. Pawan from Patiala and Shri Manoj Sharma from Bhopal.
Cultural Programme in progress
Dr Suresh Chandra Tyagi concluded the conference. On 17th evening a cultural programme also was arranged. Participants visited Sarnath after the conference.
Sri Aurobindo Complex, Sri Aurobindo Marg, J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru
9th August 2011: "Ankur Fest" Inter-school Competition
Mirambika School for New Age (MSFNA) organized "Ankur Fest" interschool competitions. Programme was inaugurated by Dr.C.R.Chandrashekar, Prof. of Psychiatry and Deputy Medical Superintendent, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Science. Shri Ajit Sabnis, Chairman, presided over the function. Children from 20 schools of different age groups participated in the various competitions viz., Dance, Music, Painting and Calligraphy. Senior Students of High School Section compered the program.
On 15th August 2011, MSFNA & SACT jointly celebrated the 65th Independence day and 139th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Shri Ravi Shankar hoisted the National flag followed by invocation. Students sung patriotic songs and spoke on the significance of Sri Aurobindo's birth day in relation to Indian Independence day. Thereafter, meditation was held at Meditation hall from 10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Message card along with prasad were distributed.
28th August 2011: A talk on "An Overview of Savitri"
Talk was delivered by Shri A.S.Rajanikath, Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Complex trust. About 50 Devotees attended the function.
25th September 2011: A talk on "All Life is Yoga in the Light of Science"
Shri Rajiv Nadig delivered a talk along with powerpoint presentation. About 50 devotees attended.
The centre regularly conducts programmes with the following themes-
a) Silent Reading
b) Morning walk and brunch
c) Meditation with Savitri
d) Readings from "Vignettes of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother" and "Om" Meditation
On 26th August 2011, Nairobi Centre presented 3000 booklets in ten titles to SOS children's Villages, Nairobi. The Village Director, Mr. Wabara received the booklets on behalf of the Villages. The booklets will be distributed in Mombasa centre of the Villages as well.
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