Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary celebrated in Chicago

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Youth participants at the Jan. 12, 2023 celebration of National Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary at the Indian Consulate in Chicago. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate

The Consulate General of India in Chicago with the support of the Swami Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago celebrated National Youth Day marking the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda -India’s ‘youth icon for ages’ at its premises on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

More than a hundred people attended the event including university students, young professionals, and others, a press release from the Consulate said.

Consul General of India in Chicago Somnath Ghosh, addressing the attendees at the at the Jan. 12, 2023 celebration of National Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary held in the Indian Consulate in Chicago. Photo: courtesy Indian Consulate

The ‘solemn’ ceremony was addressed by India’s Consul General Somnath Ghosh who elaborated on the “colossal” impact of Swami Vivekananda on the youth of India in his time and then on successive generations.

Swami Ishatmananda, president, Vivekananda Vedanta Society, addressing the audience at the Jan. 12, 2023, in Chicago Consulate of India. Photo: Indian Consulate
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Swami Ishatmananda, president of the Swami Vivekananda Society, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about how youth in foreign countries can contribute to the progress and development of India.

The event featured an Indian classical violin recital by Shreya Sahai and a song recital by Sanya Bawa accompanied by Sonali Srivastava on tabla.

Sonali Srivastava & Group performing at the Jan. 12, 2023, Youth Day and Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary in Chicago. Photo: Indian Consulate

The students and professionals who shared their thoughts and experience on Swami Vivekananda’s teachings included Sahana Kumar, Sanchit Kumar, Hrishikesh Saigaonkar, Jordan Brinker, Abhay Agarwal, Daksh Vermareddy, Abhay Agrawal, and Samridhi Patra.

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