As part of Kochi International Book Festival 2016, the organising committee of Samarpanam, celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary celebration of Sister Nivedita on 5th December 2016. The programme started at 5 pm with a short prayer by Sushree Sutapa.
Dr Vinaya Ramamurthy, Executive Committee member, Samarpanam welcomed everyone to the event and introduced the Chief guest and the dignitaries on the dais.
Dr Lakshmi Shankar, General Convener, in her introductory speech, gave an indication of the fire power that was to follow.
Mananeeya Lakshmi Didi, Chairperson of Samarpanam gave the presidential address and cited upon the inspirations derived from the book The master as I saw him. Sri Eldhose Kunnappily MLA shared his thoughts on the plight of modern man and his un-ending desire of worldly possessions.
The event was inaugurated by the renowned journalist, Sri Rantidev Sengupta, from Kolkata, who was also instrumental in the visit of Selenda Girardin, grand niece of Sister Nivedita, on February 17th, 2015 to Kolkata. In his inaugural address, he showcased important aspects and events in the life of Bhagini Nivedita.
Srimad Swami Bhadreshanandaji Maharaj and Pravrajika Sumedha Prana Mataji of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Vytilla and Sri Sarada Math, Ernakulam respectively shared their thoughts on Sister Nivedita.
Smt. Meena Vishwanath, Academic Consultant, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, provided the felicitations to the guests and speakers. Srimad Swami Nandatmajanandaji Maharaj, Editor, Prabhuddha Keralam held the audience spellbound with Vanichithrapuja. The vote of thanks was accorded by Dr. Jyostna G Nair.