World Veg Day turns a venue for creativity
Merits of vegetarianism were highlighted, health benefits that one would get sticking to vegetarian diet were brought into limelight.
All this happened at World Vegetarian Day celebrations at Shri S S Shasun Jain College for Women at T Nagar in Chennai recently. The celebrations were organised by World Veg Council, an international organisation dedicated to propagation of vegetarianism as a healthy way of life.
MLA R Nataraj said intake of vegetarian food is an ideal way for keeping oneself healthy. Cereals, kambu, ragi are essential parts of traditional food which always keep our health profiles in good stead, he said.
Director of Kalakshetra Foundation Revathi Ramachandran said the founder of Kalakshetra Rukminidevi had a compassion for everyone. She delved deep into fine arts while showing her profound love for fellow humans and other forms of life. It was this kindness for all that motivated her to establish Indian Vegetarian Congress which later became World Vegetarian Council, she added.
School children had a wonderful time displaying their talent in various competitions held on the occasion. Students studying in classes from kindergarten to 12th standards participated in drawing, painting, creativity, poster designing and fancy dress.
The number of participants in the contests from younger age group of students was much more during the celebrations this time compared to the previous year.
The celebration also saw the ceremonial installations of new office bearers of World Veg Council. N. Tarachand Dugar, the outgoing international president of World Veg Council introduced its new office bearers namely Jayanthilal Challani (international president), D. Suresh Jain (international secretary), M. Mahaveer (international treasurer), C. Suresh Reddy (international joint secretary) and Shanti Sarvothaman (international joint treasurer), Abhay Kumar Jain.
They were ceremonially installed by the R Nataraj. U Mahaveer Jain gave away prizes to winners in the contests. Chairperson of World Vegetarian Day celebration committee Shanthi Sarvothaman proposed vote of thanks.