11.05.2017 ►JVB Orlando ►Special Announcement and JAINA Convention 2017 Highlights

Published: 12.05.2017
Updated: 12.05.2017

Jai Jinendra! 

In response to numerous requests from Jain Community, the JAINA Convention Board is offering, for a limited time only, a special ‘two-day’ convention registration. Until the May 31st, you can take advantage of the opportunity to register for either Saturday & Sunday (July 1 & 2) or Sunday & Monday(July 2 & 3) for only $199 (adults) and $149 (youths 6-17 years of age). The $299 regular rate for adults and $199 for youths for a full ‘five-day’ registration remains the best offer. 

To Register visit http://convention.jaina.org


Convener, JAINA Convention 2017

Below is the tentative program highlights for all five days of the convention: 

For details please visit http://convention.jaina.org

Program Highlights

The 19th Biennial JAINA Convention is going to be remembered as Treasure Trove of Excitement, Education and Entertainment. We plan to have lectures and sessions in the afternoon breakout sessions each day on the following six tracks to highlight Jain Philosophy & Social Services: Jainism and Science, Jain Education, Jain Diaspora, Quality of life, Community and Social Services and Professional, Entrepreneur and Ecology subjects.

The world-renowned researchers, scientists and mathematicians are planning to share their research data in the areas of Jainism and Science. Your presence at the convention will enrich our program. Below are the tentative highlights of just the main stage programs.

Friday, June 30

The first day of Convention, as you arrive and receive your convention badges and registration bag with souvenir and other goodies, you will be greeted by members of JAINA Executive Committee and many of the past presidents of JAINA. At 3:00 PMthere will be a “Grand Blessing Ceremony” by our Gurujis and Scholars. Temple opening will be at 4:00 PM. Dinner time and VIP & Donor Appreciation function for invited guests will be at 6:00 PM.

Everyone will change into his/her best Desi Garbs for the evening of RAS GARBA at 8:00 PM by Uday Mazumdar & Rekha Trivedi and with music provided by Samir Date/Deepali Somayia orchestra from Mumbai.

Saturday, July 1

At 8:30 AM we will start with a grand procession outside the convention hall that will have a Rath with Teerthankar Pratimaji, our reverend gurujis and scholars, and various sanghs displaying their banners. The procession will enter the main auditorium and after everyone takes their seats; our main program will start with a Manglik Vachana in a live broadcast from India. Next there will be keynote speakers, including Dr. Abhay Firodia (President of Veeraytan), honored guests, various JAINA announcements, a presentation of the JAINA Ratna award and various special messages given by key dignitaries from around the world.

The afternoon program will include a Veerayatan presentation by Acharya Shri Chandanaji and other sadhvijis. Following this program, Shree Kummar Chatterjee will perform Navkar Mantra Dhun and various stavans by Shri Anandghanji 

 The evening agenda will begin with a ‘welcome program’ performance by members of the Jain Center of New Jersey and Jain Center of America followed by a “Jains Got Talent” competition. The highlight of the evening will be a showing of the stirring Hindi play “JIYO JI BHARKE” based on the Jivdaya theme and what takes place inside an animal experimentation laboratory where most of the performers will play the roles of various animals.

Sunday July 2

Sadhvi Shri Sangh Mitra JI will start the day with the melodious singing of Bhajans, Stavans and prayers which will be followed by short speeches from Shri Lokesh Muni, Bhattarak Shri Charukeertiji and an inspirational speech delivered by Rahul Kapoor Jain. Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji will highlight Veeraytan’s rehabilitation work in Nepal after the 2015 devastating earthquake that ravaged much of the country. She will also demonstrate the amazing memory power of 8-year-old student Sabin Chepang from the Veerayatan’s school in Nepal. Sabin has worked hard under the spiritual guidance of Pujya Acharyashri Chandanaji to integrate his exceptional memory with legendary mnemonic skills. Sabin has memorized the complete TATVART SUTRA Jainism philosophy in 350 sutras over 10 chapters and can present them in any order or sequence, all from memory. This will be followed by a short skit by our Toronto Center members, who will deliver a comedic Gujju-English “KAR VICHAR TO PAAM” highlighting KARMA theory.

The afternoon session will begin with a 2 hour swadhyay by Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri. The Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) finals will follow his discourse where in JAINA will be highlighting the accomplishments of our pathshals in a game show format demonstrating the religious knowledge of various pathshala students. 

A cultural program by various Jain centers will begin the Sunday evening schedule, followed by the introduction of the newly elected EC team for 2017-2019. The evening program will be capped by the most anticipated single event of the convention and currently the most popular play in India, “YUGUPURUSH,” based on the intersection of the lives of Gandhiji and Shrimad Rajchandraji. This play has been performed in more than 160 Indian cities. It has garnered numerous awards including the 2017 Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award. 

Monday, July 3

The morning will start with Stavans by Uday Mazumdar and Rekha Trivedi, followed by Ashirvachan of Shri Namra Muniji (live broadcast from India) and a speech by Dr. Sudhir Shah of Ahmedabad on the science behind many Jain principles. To lighten the mood, a famous poet from Mumbai - Shobhit Desai will present some poems and Ghazals based on Jain ideas in Hindi and Gujarati. His appearance will be followed by lectures from Shri Manek Muni, Shri Shrutpragnyaji and Roopchandji Maharaj. 

The afternoon session will be highlighted by Shri Kummar Chatterji, who will present “Healing Powers of Mantra.” His rendering of Uvasagaharam and Namothunam in various classical ragas will demonstrate how Mantras can benefit our mental, physical and spiritual health. Next is a one-man play in Hindi called MOHAN KA MASALA, which will tell the previously untold story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s transformation into Mahatma.

The evening program will begin with finals of “Jains Got Talent.” This will be followed by a short solo dance performance of “JAI MAHAVIR,” in a Bharatnatyam style by young Ayushi Haria, who will bring everyone in the auditorium on their feet dancing and chanting. It will also be a fitting prelude to the next performance, the spectacular “Bollywood Night” musical by Samir Date and Deepali Somiya.

Tuesday, July 4

After a few Stavans to start the final day of the convention, Shobhit Desai will return with some more gems from his collection of hundreds of Shers and Ghazals written by famous Hindi and Gujarati poets. The closing session with our Gurujis and scholars will conclude the 19th Biennial JAINA Convention. Box lunches will be served while attendees say farewell with the promise to meet again at 2019 JAINA Convention. At noon, there will a lunch gathering for convention volunteers during which they will be congratulated for their tireless service.


JVB Orlando


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