109th Birthday Celebrations of our Founder Amarar G.Venkatachalapathy and Ashram’s 78th Annualday
23.07.2018 to 30.07.2018
In connection with the 109th Birthday celebrations of the Founder Gandhiniketan Ashram, Amarar G.Venkatachalapathy ayya and 78th Annual Day Celebrations of Gandhiniketan Ashram many competitions were held.
First Day (23.07.2018)
In Tamil Literature, Elocution, Essay Writing, Lyrics, Thirukkural, Kondraivendan recitation and drawing competitions were conducted.
Second Day (24.07.2018) – Science Exhibition
More than hundred students prepared in organizing the science Exhibition. Sri.Velaiyan, Rtd.JE, ISRO and Organiser, Kumari Forum declared open the exhibition. Smt.V.Radha, Secretary, Gandhiniketan Ashram and P.Thilagavathi Governing Body Memeber, Gandhiniketan Ashram emphasised that students should have interest in doing researches in all subjects and the experts can create anything meaningful. Sri.Manivel old student of our school and Technical Assistant, ISRO, Mahendragiri told that we should create interest in science through inventions, displayed in the exhibitions like this.
Third Day (26.07.2018)- Village Heritage Sports
Village Heritage Sports were held on third day on 26.07.2018. In the presence of our Headmaster and teachers our Ashram Secretary Smt.V.Radha, Dr.Muraliraj, Primary Health Centre, T.Kallupatti declared open the competitions.
Thattangal, Kilithattu, Nondi, Music Chair, Pallanguli, Thayam, Paramapatham, Slow cycle race and Mini Marathan were the games played by the girls. Kabadi, Pambaram, Kitti, Aadu puli Attam, Sack Race, Slow Cycle Race, Koli Kundu, Vattathu Raja and Mini Marathan were played by the boys. The boys and girls took part with enthusiasm in the more or less forgotten competitions. An interesting feature of this year for the participation of teachers in sports events – man played Volleyball and women for Musical Chair.
Fourth Day (27.07.2018) – Cultural Day
As a part of our anniversary we celebrated the cultural festival on 27.07.18, Friday in our school Auditorium
The cultural programme started with the prayer. Our Chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya Inaugurated the programme through Skype. Our Ashram secretary Smt.V.Radha Akka, Our Head master, all the teachers, students and parents were also present.
The students of our primary school gave the following cultural items. Gopiar Nadanam, Group dance, Bharatham, Fancy dress, Tamil drama were performed. Primary school teachers Smt.Muthumari sang a song.
After the break the programmes of our higher secondary school started Bharatham, Kolattam, Kummi, Aerobics, Kavadiattam, Karaham, Mime Show, Tamil drama, English drama, Sivathandavam, Oyillatam and pyramid were performed.
A large number of parents and all the students appreciated and enjoyed the cultural programmes.
Fifth Day (29.7.18) – PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONEY
In connection with the Anniversary celebrations Prizes were distributed by our chairman Dr.Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya. In His presidential address he told that students should develop their individual talents. He also mentioned that we have planned to create art and literary club. It will help them to shine in future life. Ashram governing body members Smt.P.Thilagavathi and Sri.V.Ragupathi participated in the programme.
Prizes were distributed to academic Rank holders, winners in various competitions and mementoes to all the teachers and staff members of Gandhi Niketan Ashram.
SIXTH DAY (30.07.18) – Founder’s Day and Ashram Annual Day Celebrations.
The 109th Birthday celebrations of our Ashram Founder Amarar G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya and 78th Annual Day of Our Ashram were held on 30 july 2018.
A Special prayer was conducted at Gandhi Mandapam at 6.00A.M.In the Prayer meeting our chairman talked about our founders simplicity and life style. He quoted that when our founder was working in the secretariat he did not change his dress code of wearing dhoti. He reminded our Ashram prayer song “Kadhar Abiviruthi” composed by our founder. In that he narrated 18 vows which are based on the constructive programme has expounded by MK Gandhi. By following our founders ideas in our life is the best way of remembering him today.
Poetess Smt.Meenakshi, Auroville hoisted our Ashram flag in Dr.Rajendra Prasad square at 8.45 AM.
Nama sangeerthanam was sung by our Music teacher Kadambarasan and group in santhivanam at 9.00 AM. After that we paid a floral tribute at Founder’s samathi.
The public meeting started at Auditorium at 10.00 AM with the prayer. Our Chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya welcomed the gathering. Our Ashram Secretary smt.V.Radha Presented the Annual Report.
Smt.Meenakshi delivered her founders oration. She emphasized the importance of Gandhism and Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s principles. She explained about four types of meditation. They are 1. Loving kindness Meditation 2. Mindfulness Meditation 3. Energetic Meditation and 4. Transcending Meditation
She told that our institution always has the spiritual atmosphere because of Neem Trees. As our Institution is providing basic Education, we can call this place at Kalvipatti. She shared her memorable events with Former secretaries of our Ashram Sri.R.Gurusamy ayya and Muniyandi Ayya. She Sang a song which she learnt here that is “Love is God; knowledge is God; Happiness is God; Good quality is God and Work is God”.
Dr. M.Rajaram Rtd. I.A.S and President, Bharath Kala Sangam delivered presidential address. He told that our ashram is a holy place because many great leaders like Rajendra Prasath, V.V.Giri, J.C.Kumarappa, Abdul Kalam had come here. Everyone must experience this purity. Every Gandhiniketan students must have uniqueness in their activities. They must shine in their respective departments fields because of their uniqueness. That is the real tribute to Thondar Ko.ve. He appreciated the qualities of our chairman Prof.Dr.Venkataswami ayya. He insisted the students must adopt these qualities in their life.
Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing body member, Gandhiniketan Ashram thanked all. The meeting came to an end with this National Anthem.
Yoga Day – 22.06.2018
We celebrated yoga day in our Ashram on 21.06.18.All the teachers participated in the programme. Higher secondary school boys and Girls assembled in their respective areas in the ground.
The programme started with the Prayer Sri.V.Veera Raj Headmaster Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary school. Welcomed the gathering. Sri.MuthuRam, officer, Fire and Rescue Service, T.Kallupatti talked about the importance of yoga. Dr.Bama Natural Medical officer. Primary Health Centre. T.Kalluppatti told about the uses of the yoga. It will increase our concentration and memory power.
Special address by Dr.Bama, Natural Medical Officer, T.Kallupatti Primary Health Centre
Our president Prof.R.Venkatasami Ayya observed all the activities through Skype and asked the students to do yoga daily and try to practice through out our life.
After that students started doing the following Aasanas.
*Artha Chakra Aasana and
ASHRAM FOUNDER G.VENKATACHALAPATHY’S 49TH REMEMBRANCE DAY – 13.06.2018
Founder G. VENKATACHALAPATHY’S 49th Remembrance Day was observed in our Gandhi Niketan Ashram on 13.06.2018. A special prayer was conducted at 6.00 AM in our Manimandapam. After the prayer our president Prof. Dr. R.Venkatasami Ayya delivered Remembrance Day message. In his talk he told that today is our Founder’s 49th Remembrance Day .Our Founder’s started his life as a teacher. This institution was started only for the development of village industries. His good qualities like faith, love and affection towards all the people made him work with I.A.S and I.F.S officers in Chennai. We must also try to follow our founder and serve our village people. That is the real tribute to him.
Special address by Dr.V.Ragupathy Governing body member
After that Sri.V.Ragupathi Ayya governing body member delivered a talk about our founder .Our founder started the institution for the betterment of the villages. Villages develop the nature and social integration. If we give importance to the progress of villages it will help to develop our country .Our Ashram is a heritage center. So we should adhere the principles of our founder.
“Nama sangeerthanam” was organized by our ashram group at 9:00aAM in “shanthi vanam”. Then we all paid a floral tribute to our founder at his samathi.
The Remembrance Day meeting was started at 10:00AM in our auditorium under the presidentship of Smt.V.Radha Akka, secretary, Ganthi Niketan Ashram.Our Ashram governing body member Smt.P.Thilagavathi Akka welcomed the gathering.Sri.Raja Govindhasamy, Treasurer, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, and Madurai delivered special speech.
Welcome address by our Member Smt.P.Thilagavathi
In his address, he told our founder started the institution only to give practice to the freedom fighters in 1940.He was the true follower of Gandhiji. He wanted people also to follow the principles of Gandhiji.We have to fulfill our founder’s dream.We should work whole heartedly with dedication. We should adapt our founder’s noble qualities as simplicity, obedience and village service.
Sri.Raja Govindhasamy, Treasurer, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, and Madurai
Sri.V.Veera Raj, Headmaster Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary School thanked all. The Meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.
ALUMNI MEET – 05.05.2018
Our old students(2007-08 Batch) with our teachers
Ashram Foundation Day – 28.04.2018
Foundation Day was celebrated in our Gandhiniketan Ashram on 28.04.2018. The special prayer was conducted at 6.00 AM in Gandhimandabam. In the prayer our Ashram secretary Smt.V.Radha, Dr.V.Ragupathi Governing Body Member, all the teachers of both primary and Higher Secondary schools, Central office Staffs participated. After the prayer our ashram chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami delivered foundation day message through Skype.
In his talk he told that today is a thinking day. Everyone must think of our duties to our Ashram. We should do our duties with truth, faith and dedication. Then only we can produce good students/citizens with moral values like patriotism, self-respect discipline in the society.
He also told that teachers are like sculptors. Every teacher must mould the students. That is the real service. Then only our institution will develop to the high level. We should work sincerely by hard work for the progress of out Ashram and villages.
Dr.V.Ragupathi Governing Body Member told that this institution was started only for the purpose of spreading the principles of Gandhiji. This is such a holy place because of the visits of so many great leaders. Now our intuition is 78 years old. Everyone should think for the betterment of the institution.
After that we took part in the namasangeerthanam on Santhivanam . we paid a floral tribute to our Founder’s Samathi.
Gandhiji and J.C.Kumarappa’s Remembrance Day – 30.01.2018
We observed Gandhiji and J.C.Kumarappa’s remembrance day on 30.01.2018 today is M.K.Gandhiji’s 70th and J.C.Kumarappa’s 58th Remembrance day. A special prayer was conducted in our Gandhi Mandapam at 6.00 A.M today. In that prayer Smt.V.Radha Akka Secretary, all the teachers of both Higher secondary and Primary schools, staff – central office took part. Sri.N.Ramani Sekar and his group sang communal songs.
Ashram Chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya gave special message through skype. He told that Gandhiji was an ordinary boy. Gandhiji followed mother Puthilibai’s advices. It made Gandhiji as Mahatma. Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther king followed Gandhian principles and they became great leaders.
Another most important quality of Gandhiji is punctuality. He was known for his truthfulness, simplicity and boldness etc. Our Chairman told about the following thoughts,
Politics without Principles. Education without Character. Science with out Humanity
Gandhiji always told that he followed the principles that is said in Bhagavath Geetha and Mahabharatha. J.C.Kumarappa also died on that particular date. He was the true disciple of Gandhiji. When he heard the news of Gandhiji’s death he became blind in shock. Then he recovered after a long time. J.C.Kumarappa was invited by our founder G.Venkachalapathy to our Ashram. He registered our Ashram as society.
Chief Guest address by Dr.Chelladurai, Vice Chancellor, MK University
We are in a holy place. We should not forget these leaders and also their principles. That is the real tribute to them. We should go along with their path and develop our institution. After the prayer we went to Kumarappa’s Samathi for floral tribute.
We all gathered in our auditorium at 4.00 P.M Sri V.Ragupathi, Governing body member presided over the meeting and welcomed all. In his presidential address he talked about the noble qualities of Gandhiji and J.C.Kumarappa.
Prof. Dr. Chelladurai, Vice Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Chief guest delivered the special address. He told that we should lead life for the well being of others. We must follow the great leaders, M.K.Gandhiji and J.C.Kumarappa He appreciated the cleanliness of our surroundings. He stressed the importance of “ Switch Bharath”. Students must gain textual knowledge as well as General knowledge. Teachers should teach their subjects correlating with all information. Then only the students can achieve in the competitive Examinations.
He asked the students to draw the picture in their mind what they want to be. He remembered the thoughts of Vincent Churchill.
“Empires of future will be the empires of mind power”. He blessed all.
Vote of thanks by our HM
Sri.V.Veeraraj, Head master, Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher secondary school, delivered vote of thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.
Republic Day Celebration – 26.01.2018
We celebrated sixty ninth Republic Day in our Gandhi Niketan Ashram on 26.1.2018 Smt. V.Radha Akka Secretary, Gandhi Niketan Ashram hoisted our National Flag and talked about the patriotic leaders.
National Flag Hoisted by our Ashram Secretary
After that we went on a procession raising the slogans like “Vande Madaram”. The meeting started at 10.00A.M in our Auditorium. Ashram Secretary Smt.V.Radha Akka welcomed the gathering and talked about the importance of the republic.
Sri.V.Ragupathi Ayya Governing body member Gandhi Niketan Ashram presided over the meeting. He told about the democracy. Our Ashram is a holy place because of Gandhiji’s blessing.
Welcome and Presidential Address by Ashram Member Dr.V.Ragupathy
Old student of this school, Dr.Srinivasan, Asst. Professor, Sastha university Tanjore, delivered the special address. He shared his golden memories of his school days. He learnt that attitude of ‘Sarvodaya’ from this institution as a student. He is proud of his doctorate in “Gandhian Thought”.
Mother’s love is very precious for every child. Everyman should have patriotism in his mind. It will give all the good habits. That will make a man a good citizen.
Vote of thanks by our HM
Sri.V.Veeraraj, Head master, Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary School thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.
NETHAJI SUBASH CHANDRA BOSE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION- 23.01.2018
Students and teachers assembled at the school Auditorium to celebrate the birth anniversary of a legendary freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose on 23rd January. This auspicious day began with prayer. Mr.V.Veeraraj ,headmaster presided over the function by his enlightening speech. It was then continued with the speech delivered by Mr.M.Muthukumar, a computer teacher, “While delivering his speech, he highlighted the contribution of Nethaji in freedom struggle of India. He also talked about the life history of Subash Chandra Bose better known as Nethaji all over the world.
Special address by our Computer Instructor M.Muthukumar
Vote of Thanks by our Primary school HM
He urged the students to follow his footsteps and also requested them to take an oath to become leaders like him,” he added. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Mrs.Parimala, headmistress, Gandhi Nikethan G. Venkatachalapathy primary school.
MATTU PONGAL – 15.01.2018
We celebrated Mattu Pongal in our Ashram Dairy farm. Before celebrate our dairy farm building wall renovated, white washed and decorated for the festival. All the Cattle were washed well and decorated with flowers, sandal and kumkum. Pongal was prepared in the dairy farm after prayer pongal and sugarcane were distributed to the teachers students and cattle. Our school HM and staff members participated in this festival.
National Youth Day – 09.01.2018
National youth day(12.01.2018) was celebrated in our school auditorium on 09.01.2018 at 3.00 PM. All the teachers and students took part in it. The function started with the prayer Smt.V.Radha, Secretary welcomed the gathering and talked about the energetic thoughts of Vivekananda. Vivekanandar is a great role model. It is true for ever. She emphasized the students to follow the preachings of Vivekanandar as such, Obedience, truth, hardwork, love, self confidence and humanity.
Welcome address by our Secretary Mrs.V.Radha
Our Ashram Administrative Officer honoured the chief guest Swamiji Narayanantha Maharaj, Secretary, Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Madurai.The Chief guest was the old student of our school. He stressed the importance of youth day and Vivekanandar’s faith in youngsters. We should practice to live based on God. Then only we will enjoy the real beauty of life.
He told that religion makes human being virtual. He explained Vivekanandar’s golden words “Awake, Arise’, Until you reach the goal” Meditation helps the students increase their concentration power.
Obedience covers Truth, Honesty, Respect, Selfless Service and Politeness. He explained the Tamil Word “Thahuthi-Qualification”. Tha – Stands for Thannambikkai( Self Confidence), Ku – stands for Kurikol(aim), Thi– stands for – Thittamidal (Planning).
Vote of Thanks by our HM
He asked everyone to achieve their goal by working hard with their physical strength, mental strength and spiritual strength. Sri V.Veeraraj Headmaster gave Vote of thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem. Vivekanandar Valagam which is named after Vivekanandar in our Ashram by our Chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami ayya is a great monument to awake and arise our students.
dr.J.C.Kumarappa day – 04.01.2018
Dr.j.C.Kumarappa’s 126th Birth Anniversary was celebrated in our Ashram on 04.01.2018 there was a special prayer at 6.00 AM. In Gandhimandabam. Sri.V.Ragupathi Governing Body Member Gandhiniketan Ashram, all the teachers, hostel students and staff-central office took part in that prayer.
Prof.R.Venkataswami ayya president Gandhiniketan Ashram gave special message through skype. In his talk he told about Kumarappa’s life style. In our Gandhimandapam Kumarappa placed Gandhiji’s statue planning for roads and other places in our Ashram was designed by J.C.Kumarappa and our Founder G.Venkatachalapathy. In order to improve our country villages should be developed. Gandhiji’s true disciple was Kumarappa. We must read Kumarappa’s book.
After that Bhajan was conducted in Kumarappa Kudil. Then all paid floral tribute to Dr.J.C.Kumarappa in his Samathi.
The meeting was conducted in our Auditorium at 9.30 AM. In the meeting all the students, teachers of Hr.Secondary and Primary school, School office staff and Central office staff participated. Dr.V.Ragupathy ayya Governing body member honoured the chief guest Sri.M.P.Gurusamy, secretary, Gandhi Museum.
Our Secretary Smt.V.Radha welcomed the gathering and delivered the presidential address in her talk she talked about the relationship between Kumarappa and our Ashram. She also told about Kumarappa’s Economics. She discussed the following principles of J.C.Kumarappa.Give importance to Villages and Agriculture, Protect natural resources, Removal of poverty.
Dr.V.Ragupathy, Governing body member talked about the arrival of Dr.J.C.Kumarappa to our Ashram. He registered our institution. He learnt to lead a simple life from Gandhiji and Jesus. We should spread the principles of Kumarappa through our institution.
Sri.M.P.Gurusamy Secretary Gandhi museum in his presidential address mentioned about the qualities of J.C.Kumarappa that should be followed by students. Punctuality, Self confidence, Hard work, Dignity of Labor, Worship of God, Love they neighbor.
He described all the above qualities through J.C.Kumarappa’s life history. J.C.Kumarappa’s father was Duraisamy and his mother was Esther. He inherited and practiced these noble qualities from his parents.
Vote of Thanks by our HM
Our HM Sri.V.Veeraraj thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.
THIRUVATHIRAI FESTIVAL – 02.01.2018
Thiruvathirai was celebrated at Vinayagar temple in our Ashram. It is our traditional occasion to receive the blessings of “Lord Shiva” after our Margali Bajan our School Headmaster Sri.V.Veeraraj, our Ashram Administrative officer Sri.M.Nagarajan our staff members and Hostel students assembled at 7.30am.
The idols of Lord Natarajar and Sivakami ammal were ready for special pooja. Abisegams were performed. Our Ashram president Prof.R.Venkataswami ayya watched Thiruvathirai function through skype. The different types of dheebarathana were performed by Poojari along with our school teacher Sri.N.Ramanisekar. Finally prasadam was distributed to all.