During the last week of April, Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda delivered a series of lectures, over seven days, in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, on the subject of Uddhava Gita. It was actually a continuation of the lecture series begun a few years ago.
Uddhava Gita is the very final teaching of Lord Krishna before He gave up His worldly body and went back to His abode. It is a teaching conveyed to Uddhava, who was a close friend and a strong devotee of Lord Krishna. This Uddhava Gita shows many similarities to Bhagavad Gita which was a teaching from Lord Krishna to his good friend and cousin, Arjuna. Swamiji pointed out these key aspects of Uddhava Gita and then did a recap of the first few chapters of Uddhava Gita (already covered in the previous years before Covid). He then picked up the thread from the fifth chapter. Undoubtedly the attendees felt lifted up to a highly philosophical and serene plane throughout these lectures. Such was the power of the subject and the spiritual radiance of Swamiji.
The Annual Day Awards function of both the schools of Coimbatore Kendra was held on April 18, 2022 at BVB, R.S. Puram School. The delegates included the Chairman Shri. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, the Treasurer Shri. M. Alagiri Swamy, the Registrar Shri. V. Prabhakar Rao, the Joint Secretary Shri. C. R. Suriyanarayanan, and the Principals Shri. R. G. Shankar and Smt. D. Maheswari.
The programme commenced with a prayer by the school choir. The welcome address was delivered by the Principal of R.S. Puram School, Shri. R. G. Shankar. The students of Class XII shared their wonderful experience of studying in the school. They also emphasised the importance of character building.
Chairman Shri. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar delivered the Presidential address. Then, the C Subramanian Award, Shri Pranlal Nanjee Devkaran Award, SPL, ASPL, JSPL, Sports Captain, All Rounder Award and Swami Vivekananda Award for Excellence were presented. The recipients were applauded by the audience for their leadership skills, dedication and diligence.
Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, (second right) presenting the 'Sangeeth Samrat' award to Thiruthani N. Swaminathan at the Bhavan's Pongal Music Festival held in the city. The Bhavan also presented 'Kovai Subri Muruga Gana Award' to K. S. Ragunath (right).
The Kendra paid homage to Shri K. V. Sonpalji, Registrar of the Kendra who passed away on June 12, 2020.
The Kendra offers tribute to the memory of Shri P. R. Krishnakumar Varierji who passed away on September 16, 2020. The Coimbatore Kendra had conferred on Padmashri P. R. Krishnakumar Varierji, the highest honour of the Kulapati Munshi Award on September 22, 2011 in recognition of his outstanding services in the fields of Ayurvedic Medicine and Bharatiya Culture. The Chief Guest of the function had been Shri Arun Shourie (Eminent Journalist, Author and Economist). May his soul rest in peace.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, celebrated the memorial centenary of the great Tamil Poet Subramania Bharathi, on December 11, 2021. The event also witnessed the launch of a book titled As a companion,
guide and a great teacher. This book portrays the people who stood by Subramania Bharathi at different stages of the legendary poet's life. It has been authored by Dr. K. Subramanian (IKS), a well-known Tamil scholar from Coimbatore.
Shri B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar launched the book with the first copy being presented to Dr. Sirpi Balasubramaniam. The chief guest of the event, Prof. (Smt.) Meenakshi Bharathi, former HOD of Tamil, Madurai Kamarajar University gave a scintillating speech illustrating the various dimensions of Bharathi.
During the event, 15 Tamil teachers of the two schools of the Kendra were honoured in recognition of their yeomen service to Tamil.
National Science Day was celebrated with a science exhibition at BVB R.S Puram, Coimbatore. The chief guest was Dr. Nagarajan. Members of the school management and the Principal were present. The students presented many projects like Earthquake Alarm System, Water Filtration System, Electric lift and Ultrasound Sensing cars etc.
The C.V Raman award was presented to Vishal Seshadri of Class XI for his active participation in scientific pursuits. The chief guest was presented with a souvenir by the school management. The Registrar Shri Prabhakar Rao addressed the gathering and delivered a PowerPoint presentation on 'Advances in Medical Imaging and Ultrasound Technology'.
The Tamil Literary Club - "Kanavu Meipada Vendum" - of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, RS Puram was inaugurated on February 24, 2022. Shri I.K. Subramaniam, renowned Tamil scholar, inaugurated the Club and honoured the Tamil teachers of the school. In his address, he beautifully brought out the multifaceted literary work of Mahakavi Bharathiyar and requested the students to read the works of the great poet. The Chairman, Shri B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, in his introductory speech, emphasised the need for Tamil in everyone's life.
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