The Cultural Centre has been built in the premises of the Vivekananda House, where the reformist monk had stayed for nine days in 1897 after his tour of Western world. The 8,000 square feet centre was inaugurated by Jayalalithaa through video conferencing on Tuesday. The centre has been built with the assistance of the state government.

It has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore, with Rs 2 crore contributed by the state government, as part of Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary celebrations, a government press release said here on Wednesday.

Programmes on nurturing the growth of young people and their leadership skills were among the several other initiatives of the centre.

The state government has given the Vivekananda House on a lease of 99 years to the Sri Ramakrishna Mission.

(JPN/Agencies)

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