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The opening ceremony of Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)'s Mumbai Culture Centre was held on March 17, amidst national celebrations of Holi, India's spring festival of colors. Local BSG representatives as well as SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Asia Women's Leader Yumiko Kasanuki gathered for the occasion. The new center has three floors including a main prayer room and library and will serve as the main meeting place for SGI members in Mumbai.
At the opening ceremony, youth representatives performed a traditional Marathi dance as well as an original song titled "I Arise," composed to celebrate the new center's opening.
In his congratulatory message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stated that the opening of the center symbolized the victories and growth achieved by each BSG member in Mumbai. He also shared his hopes for the center to be a space for open dialogue among local citizens, where people can gather to deepen friendship and solidarity.
On March 16, a day that holds great significance in the history of the Soka Gakkai, BSG held a nationwide leaders meeting and youth festival at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in the outskirts of New Delhi.
At the meeting, Mr. Vishesh Kumar Gupta was newly appointed as BSG Chairperson and Mr. Indranath Choudhry as Director-General.
The youth festival featured tunes by BSG's Indian classical musical ensemble Himalayan Echo as well as dances by members from Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. In total, some 500 members performed.
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by Gemma Novis, UK
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by Dinesh Chandren, Malaysia
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by Nobuyuki Asai, Japan