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The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

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  • Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair curtain raiser event was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday
  • The event was completely voluntary and was a celebration of culture and revising the traditions
  • 25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the event

More than 11,000 female students came together to sing on the July 23, from 5 to 6 pm at the A.M. Jain College Grounds, Chennai for the second curtain raiser of the 8th Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair that will be celebrated from August 2-8, this year, in 2016.

The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The 6 themes included Sustainable Environment, Inculcate Family and Human Values, Preserve Ecology, Foster Women’s Honor, Instil Patriotism, and Conserve Forest and Protect wildlife. These themes are in tune with the core concepts of the Sanathana Dharma, and the event was aimed at audiences to create awareness, mentioned the hssf.in Website.

Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour
Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour

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25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The chariots went around to school children in Chennai, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur mentioned the hssf.in Website.

The ‘ganathon’ and the rath yatra (chariot-journey) were jointly initiated by Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and the Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF). The event was planned to encourage unity and peace.

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The event was completely voluntary and was mentioned by S Gurumurthy, a columnist, and commentator, as “a celebration of culture and revising the traditions”. “Hindu ethos and culture is a way of life in India and it is not the narrowing religion,” he added.

Rajalakshmi, Managing Trustee of the Moral and Cultural Training Foundation, said, “A month-long preparation was being made for the ganathon,” the songs were also recorded, and the CDs were distributed to schools and colleges. This was done about a month ago and was spread over institutions across the city, he said.

The event was a curtain raiser for the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair due to begin on the August 2. It was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday.

The fair has been planned to last 6 days and is meant to illustrate the Hindu lifestyle and divinity based on religious principles.

– prepared by Varsha Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: @VarshaGupta94

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Survey Shows That More Women Support Live-in Relationships in India

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

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For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey.

Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement.

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According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins.

More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages.

On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage.

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In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset.

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Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” (IANS)