Saturday, 18 August 2012

Atheist Centre to Celebrate Birth Centenary of Saraswathi Gora

We reproduce a communication received from Atheist Centre, Vijayawada which is celebrating the Birth Centenary of Saraswathi Gora on September 28 - 29, 2012.

Saraswathi Gora Centenary International Conference

Atheist Centre is celebrating Saraswathi Gora’s Birth Centenary by organizing an international conference on the theme, ‘Be Bold Be Human: March towards Equality’, at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA on September 28-29 (Friday & Saturday), 2012.

Saraswathi Gora (1912-2006) was a freedom fighter, eminent Gandhian, social reformer, veteran atheist and co-founder of Atheist Centre. To mark her 100th Birth Anniversary, Atheist Centre is organizing an international conference on September 28-29, 2012.

Saraswathi Gora was born on September 28, 1912 at Vijayanagaram, Andhra Pradesh. She was married to Gora in 1922, as per the tradition of those days. She joined Gora in 1927 and since then they were inseparable couple, as exponents of atheism. She was active in the Nationalist Movement and participated in the Quit India Struggle and suffered imprisonment. She was an associate of Gandhi and visited Sevagram Ashram.

Saraswathi Gora and Gora, founded the world's first known Atheist Centre in 1940 and promoted atheism as a positive way of life and strove for a post-religious society.

Saraswathi Gora was honoured with Jamnalal Bajaj Award, Janakidevi Bajaj Award, G.D. Birla International Award for promotion of humanism and Karnataka Government's the very first Basava National Award for promotion of castelessness. In 2002, the Government of India released a commemorative postage stamp on Gora, who promoted atheism as a positive way of life. Most likely, Saraswathi Gora's postage stamp will also be released in 2012, as an atheist woman social reformer.

Ms. Sonja Eggerickx, President, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), will inaugurate the Conference. Dr. Volker Mueller, Chairman, German Freethinkers Association, Mr. Jim Herrick, British Humanist and former Editor of the Humanist, London, UK, Dr. K. Veeramani, President, Dravida Kazhagam, Mrs. Radha Bhatt, Chairperson, Gandhi Peace Foundation and many other atheists, humanists, rationalists, skeptics, freethinkers, social change workers, eminent Gandhians, former vice chancellors and like-minded people from India and abroad will participate and speak in this International Conference.

The Conference is a great opportunity to share notes on social justice, gender equality, human rights, women empowerment, upliftment of the marginalized communities, building a post-religious society, secularism, atheism & humanism as a life stance etc.

We are happy to share that we will be having representatives from the IHEU, German Freethinkers Association, British Humanist Association, Federation of Indian Atheist and Rationalist Associations (FIRA), Dravidar Kazhagam and many other organizations and individuals from across India and the world. We welcome you all to come and participate in this important event.

- Convenors of the Conference


Vijayawada is situated on the southern banks of River Krishna with Eastern Ghats (hills) on its northern bank, in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. The city has a population of 1,048,240 (2011 census).

Vijayawada is the commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city is politically active, sociologically dominant, agriculturally rich and industrial transportation hub. It is well connected by road, air and rail and has the second biggest railway junction in India.

The venue of the conference is: Siddhartha Auditorium. It is located less than 5 kilometer by auto rickshaw/taxi from Vijayawada Railway Station and 20 kilometers from the Vijayawada Airport. It is one kilometer from Atheist Centre. The venue is marked in blue and Atheist Centre in green, on the map below.

Venue Address

Siddhartha Auditorium
Siddhartha College of Arts & Science 
Siddhartha Nagar Vijayawada 520010
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA


The Conference registration fee is Rs. 400 for Indians and USD 150 for foreigners. The fee may be remitted through a Crossed Demand Draft. Address of contact is provided at the end of this invite. Cash payment on arrival, at the registration desk is also possible.

The fee would cover food and humble accommodation. However due to rush and limited accommodation, kindly send your request at the earliest.

Honorary Executive Director
Atheist Centre, Benz Circle
Vijayawada 520010, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA
Mob: +91 9848458220; Off: +91 866 2472330

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