Eknath Ramakrishna Ranade popularly referred to as Eknathji, was a social activist and leader, motivated by the twin spirits of nationalism and spiritualism and known for the great organizational abilities. Eknathji was greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. He played an instrumental role in the construction of the Vivekananda Rock memorial and the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari. He established various organisations for the benefits of the society. As a tribute to great soul his birthday is celebrated as “Sadhana Diwas”.
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya celebrated “Sadhana Diwas” in an enthusiastic manner. The programme started at 2.15 PM. It was presided by Mann. Hanumanta Raoji, Treasurer, VRM & VK. The programme was compered by J.Kushum Kumari, the student of IX standard. Shri.M.S.Suresh, B.E.(Hons) Chief Construction Engineer, Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project was the Chief Guest of the programme.
Sri.R.Murugan, the Principal of V.K.V.,Dollungmukh,Arunachal Pradesh and the ex-student of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya,Vivekanandapuram graced the function as a special guest.
Around 1200 students and 50 parents were present to witness the programme. “Prayer is our direct line with the goal”. The programme was initiated with invocation by VII standard students of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya. “Welcome is a greet in a polite or friendly way”. The welcome address was delivered by Kamali of IX standard. Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya conducted various competitions for the students due to the celebration of children’s day and Science day. Vishnu, the student of IV standard sang a beautiful Bharathiyar song which made him to win the prize in music contest and Rishikha Bharathi of XI standard also sang a prize winning song. Vinitha of IX standard delivered the speech of the importance on the day.
Sri. R.Murugan as the Special Guest of the function deliverd the speech about Eknathji. He pointed out that the spirit behind V.R.M. & V.K. was only by “Mann.Eknathji”. He said that Eknathji Ranade was deeply influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.
“Speech is human vocal communication using language”. G.S. Vaishnavi of XII standard who won the first prize in elocution competition delivered a speech on “The paper on Hinduism”. The students of VIII standard sang a wonderful Eknathji’s song.Sri.M.S. Suresh B.E.(Hons) Chief construction Engineer, as the Chief Guest of the function addressed the gathering. He remembered his childhood incident. He insisted that the students should understand the concept of the subject and develop their knowledge. He asked so many questions and made the students to say the answers. He illustrated the Chicago address as everyone’s inspiration.
He also suggested that all the teachers should be a role-model to their students. He appreciated and awarded the prize to the student of XII standard Jegadhish for his excellent performance in fancy dress competition in the title “Avoid Plastics”.Antrew Styno of VII standard was also awarded by the Chief Guest for her mathematical calculator model in science exhibition. The students were awarded prizes for their excellent models and experiments in the science exhibition.
And also prizes were awarded to the winners of Elocution, Drawing, Music and other competitions. Prizes were given away by the president and the Chief Guest of the function.
Mann. Hanumanta Raoji presented the memento to the Chief Guest of this function. “Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and return kindness”. Vote of thanks was proposed by Sivasakthi, IX standard student of V.K.V.
The programme ended at 4.15 PM with Kendra Prathana.