Narration- Harshavardhan Neotia
Concept and Direction by- Sourendro- Soumyojit
When Swami Vivekananda spoke at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, his speech marked an epoch in the history of spiritual thoughts. He bridged the gap between Eastern and Western culture while introducing the Hindu philosophy of tolerance, inclusion and the need to end fanaticism. Amalgamating religious beliefs and crisp scientific logic, one of the greatest monks of India acquainted the world with Vedanta philosophy and preached the gospel of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The moment the ‘Orator by divine right’, as hailed by New York Critique on September 11, 1893, approached the stage and addressed the world with simple yet profound words, ‘Brother and Sisters of America’, they engraved an ineffaceable sense of universality deep in people’s mind and left them in silent awe. The world is yet to witness a contemporary monk like Swamiji who ‘came, saw and conquered’ the hearts of millions. However, before his unforgettable speech, Swami Vivekananda had to go through many difficulties as he neither had the necessary recommendation nor could he register within the time stipulated, but with his strong determination he managed to create history in a foreign country remembered all over the world. Swami Vivekananda presented the Vedanta Philosophy that evoked the ancient maxim “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” meaning “The whole world is one family”. On the occasion of his 156th birth anniversary Harshavardhan Neotia has humbly attempted to pay tribute to India’s most prominent ambassador who preached the message of compassion and inclusion.