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Swami on strings

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This was the first time in India that the English version of the puppet show, on Swami Vivekananda, was shown. Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik inaugurated the show at Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium.

Commenting on the occasion, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik said, ‘Puppetry is a very ancient form of expression in India which has been in origin since around 3000 years.

Over the years, the art form has been re-inventing itself keeping in mind the prevailing contemporary issues from the society. Swami Vivekananda revitalised Hinduism within and outside India, and was the principal reason for the enthusiastic reception of yoga, transcendental meditation and other forms of Indian spiritual self-improvement in the West. I’m overwhelmed to see such eloquent expression of his life through puppetry today.’

Udaipur’s famed Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, designed and produced the show as a running story featuring episodes of Swami Vivekananda’s life.

The audio-visual effects and an engaging script of the show held the attention of the audience throughout the show. This English version of the show will be showcased in U.S.A and Canada in  coming days.

Earlier, on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, IGNCA in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi produced the puppet show in Hindi on the life of Swami Vivekananda.

The Hindi puppet show, has already travelled to around 200 centres in the North, North-East and Western India. However, this is the first time that the English version of the show has been organised.

Speaking about this show Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dipali Khanna, said, ‘Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th century managed to spread his thoughts on spiritualism globally which over the years has inspired the many generations. Hence, it is essential that his preaching continues to reach out to the new set of followers.

 IGNCA attempts to reach out to a wider set of audience to communicate his remarkable and stellar journey through this puppet show.’

Vivekananda believed that a country’s future depends on its people, and his teachings focused on human development.

He wanted to set in motion machinery which would bring noblest ideas to the doorstep of even the poorest and the meanest.

Vivekananda linked morality with control of the mind, seeing truth, purity and unselfishness as traits which strengthened it.

The show is a great chance for chidlren today to learn about Vivekananda in a more intertaining way instead of just reading about him from history books. 
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