Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

Vivekananda Cultural Centre

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It is culture of the heart that we want…it is the culture of the heart, really, and not that of the intellect that will lessen the misery of the world…It is culture that withstands shocks, not a simple mass of knowledge. You can put a mass of knowledge into the world, but that will not do it much good. There must come culture into the blood,’ said Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Vivekananda pointed out that true national development is possible only when native culture is strong and vibrant. He declared: ‘A nation that has no history of its own has nothing in this world.

Swami Vivekananda wanted every Indian to be proud of his or her heritage and study and assimilate the values in Indian culture, be proud of the cultural legacy, and then strive for further enrichment. He was convinced that a dynamic future with all-round excellence, both at individual and collective levels, can be built only through assimilating and enhancing the core cultural values that India has been nourishing all through her history.

Vivekananda Cultural Centre is being established as a befitting tribute to Swami Vivekananda during his 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations – 2013-14. The Centre is coming up in the Vivekananda House (Vivekanandar Illam)  Campus on Marina Beach Road, Triplicane, Chennai.

The Centre shall promote study, research and practice of Indian cultural values in the light of Swami Vivekananda and provide training in achieving excellence in every sphere of Indian life.

The Centre shall also focus on socio-economic development of the economically weak and underprivileged sections of society.

The Centre shall function as an ‘Academy for Human Excellence to train the participants, through its multi­dimensional programmes, in achieving excellence through value assimilation and in adopting a healthy, holistic and culturally enriched lifestyle.

Vision: To transform individuals into enlightened citizens through inner enrichment and value enhancement.

Mission: To create healthy citizens for a healthy nation.

Motto: Achieving Excellence through Value Assimilation.

Proposed Activities

1. Personality Development

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Character Building
  • Positive Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Mind Management
  • Life Skills
  • Public Speaking

Multifarious short-term programmes for holistic personality development and improving one’s inherent talents and skills to achieve excellence in personal and social lives.

2. Youth Empowerment

  • Youth Conventions
  • Youth Forums
  • Career Counselling
  • Job Counselling
  • Self Employment
  • De-addiction Counselling

Varieties of programmes on regular and periodical basis to help youth gain values like self-confidence, self-development, positive thinking, creative working and responsible living. Guidance and counseling to the youth in building positive lifestyle for excelling in their studies/career.

3. Workshops

  • Yoga & Health
  • Enlightened Leadership
  • Rural Development
  • Effective Parentin
  • Creative Teaching
  • Value Education
  • Enlightened Citizenship
  • Work Culture
  • Eco-Conservation
  • Self-Culture
  • Professional Ethics

Periodic workshops for parents, teachers and professionals to help them achieve excellence in their respective roles.

4. Linguistic Studies

  • Tamil
  • English
  • Sanskrit
  • Hindi

Structured certificate courses on Functional English, Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit to train the learners to fluently speak, read and write the language they choose.

5. Cultural Studies
     Structured Certificate Courses on

  • Learning Vivekananda (to appreciate and assimilate the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda)
  • Experiencing India (to explore and understand the genius and excellence of Indian Culture)
  • Practicing Hinduism (to study and practice the principles and values of Hinduism)

6. Cultural Enrichment

  • Bhajans
  • Chanting
  • Painting
  • Sculpting

Cultural enrichment through training in Vedic chanting, bhajans (devotional singing),painting, sculpting etc. with periodic cultural competitions.

7. Socio-Economic Development

  • Computer Coaching
  • Academic Coaching

Free coaching of children in their school subjects and training of youth in job-oriented computer courses to the underprivileged sections of society.

8. Research

  • History
  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Society
  • Education
  • Values

Non-formal research on Swami Vivekananda, Indian History, Culture & Society. Publishing books, study materials, seminar proceedings and research findings pertaining to the above mentioned themes. Possible facilities and guidance pertaining to the above themes to scholars involved in formal or non-formal research elsewhere.

9. Seminars

  • Culture
  • Education
  • History
  • Economics
  • Social Work
  • Governance
  • Management
  • Rural Development
  • Youth Development
  • National Development
  • Linguistics
  • Literature

Periodic seminars for academicians and researchers to share and learn how to achieve and promote excellence in the fields of Culture, Education, History, Economics, Social Work, Governance, Management, Rural Development, Youth Development, National Development, Linguistics and Literature in the Indian context.

10. Digital Library

  • E-books
  • E-learning materials
  • E-Journal Consortia

Infrastructural facilities for accessing E-books, E-learning materials and E-Journal Consortia pertaining to Swami Vivekananda, Indian Culture etc.

11. 4D Theatre
      Animation Movies on

  • Swami Vivekananda
  • Indian Culture
  • Human Excellence
  • Patriotism

Animation movies with 3D / 4D effects at scheduled timings on themes like Swami Vivekananda, Indian Culture, Human Excellence and Patriotism.

12. Books Showroom

Display of books and study materials pertaining to the scope and activities of the Centre.

To many, Indian thought, Indian manners, Indian customs, Indian philosophy, Indian literature are repulsive at the first sight; but let them persevere, let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas, and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result.’ – Swami Vivekananda

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For further details contact:

Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Vivekanandar Illam Campus,

Kamarajar Road (Marina Beach Road), Triplicane, Chennai – 600 005, Tamil Nadu, India

Ph: +91-044-28446188

Comments (3)

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    Eagerly waiting for the inaugural function of this historic&holy place


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    pratima khapre


    I would love to visit this centre and also enrol myself for the various workshops/seminars and other activities that you will hold. Especially interested in taking up some research work at this centre.


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    Ashok Chakravarthy


    Looking forward to visit this holy place


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