Rashtrapati Bhawan to host Vivekananda birth anniversary

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 15:17 hrs

The inaugural function of the year-long commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda will be held on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhawan auditorium.

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the commemoration in the presence of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister A K Antony, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal, Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math General Secretary Swami Suhitananda, .

The programme will consist of addresses by dignitaries on the importance and relevance of this commemoration, a government media release said.

Children from the Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi will render a singing performance.

A set of commemorative coins and commemorative stamps on Swami Vivekananda will also be released on the occasion.

A National Committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had been constituted to consider policies and to lay down guidelines for the commemoration and to decide on the timeframe for the commemoration related activities.

A National Implementation Committee was also constituted in 2010 under the Chairmanship of the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to implement the decisions of the National Committee.

On Mukherjee's assuming the office of President of India, Defence Minister Antony has been appointed Chairman of the said National Implementation Committee.

More from Sify: