News – GBC plans for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary

Published on Feb 24, 2015

The fifth day of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission focused on celebrating the 50th anniversary of ISKCON’s incorporation in 2016.

Pancaratna Dasa, a member of the 50th Anniversary International Steering Committee, presented an elaborate report on the progress made so far along with the list of events being planned. As this year also marks the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s departure to the West, devotees in Kolkata and Mayapur have been working on organizing ‘Srila Prabhupada’s Legacy Night’ in a stadium in Kolkata along with a mega Padayatra from Mayapur to Kolkata.

Similar preparations have begun in Cochin, the South Indian city where Srila Prabhupada picked up the boxes containing Srimad Bhagavatam. The Zonal Secretary for the region, Bhakti Vinoda Swami, would be organizing a cultural festival involving the eminent personalities of Kerela who would participate in the launch of Malayalam translation of Srimad Bhagavatam. A few days later, an Ecological conference is being organized by ISKCON at the reputed Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The conference would see ISKCON devotees along with Ministers, Scientists and Businessmen address the concept of ‘Simple Living, High Thinking’.

Celebrations will continue to follow Prabhupada’s path when devotees in Boston – who have always commemorated the ISKCON Founder’s arrival at Commonwealth Pier – will organize their biggest event yet on September 17th, in honor of the day when he arrived at age 69 with just $7 and a box of books. A special VIP event will be held at historic Fanniel Hall, as well as a tour boat ride for several hundred in the Boston Harbor to commemorate Prabhupada’s arrival.

On the same day, Yadubara Dasa, one of ISKCON’s well-known film makers, would be releasing his new film – Acharya: One Who Teaches by Example. The much anticipated 90 minute HD quality film which is being produced using archival films, interviews, locations shoots and re-enactments, will depict the incredible story of Srila Prabhupada’s mission to re-spiritualize humanity. The film will be offered to major US networks Showtime, Discovery, the History Channel and PBS, as well as other networks worldwide.
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