World Vedic Conference 2013
By now you may be aware that the next International Vedic Conference will be held in Durban, South Africa, over the period 28 November 2013 to 1 December 2013 at the prestigious Durban City Hall. Convenors for the various work streams have been appointed and work is progressing in earnest to make this year’s event a momentous and inspiring one for everybody attending. We also aim to raise the profile of the Arya Samaj movement worldwide.
As Convenor of the Brochure Committee, I advise that my Committee has already agreed upon a format of the publication to commemorate this event, as well as its content. We have set ourselves the ambitious target of producing a coffee table book instead of the usual brochure formats we are all familiar with. This will undoubtedly be more expensive but we believe this publication will be a ‘keepsake’ which will occupy pride of place in the collections of Arya Samajis everywhere and serve as an enduring historical record of our illustrious organisation through the ages. We aim to include material on the achievements of each Arya Samaj organisation around the world.
We shall be pleased if you will kindly submit material about your Samaj for publication in this coffee table book. The committee provides the following guidelines for submission of the material :
- The Coffee table book format presents a visually appealing blend of pictures and text. We require both text and photos from yourself and aim to produce a ‘sophisticated’ look and feel publication.
- The message we are trying to portray is of an organisation which has persevered throughout the ages, short on resources yet abundant in the spirit of human endeavour, leaving behind enduring legacies in the social, religious, political and cultural fields, wherever they have been established.
- Naturally, there are numerous personalities who have played pioneering roles in the seeding and growth of their Samajs in the various places around the world, but it will be impossible to acknowledge each and every such stalwart in the proposed publication due primarily to space constraints.
We humbly request you to be selective and only submit write-ups of those personalities who were singularly instrumental in setting up institutions such as Homes for the Aged; Orphanages etc; educational or cultural institutions; paatshalas, played key roles in politics that led to improved conditions for the ‘common man’, published books to keep our culture and mother tongue alive, or were responsible for any other notable legacy that is still in existence today or which was the precursor to an institution that still thrives today, etc.
The Coffee table book is more interested in documenting the legacy of the Samaj worldwide rather than presenting pen portraits of personalities who have made their contributions over the years to the cause of the Arya Samaj. They would feature naturally as part of the story to be told of the legacies left behind.
- We favour short write ups of around three hundred words per picture. Remember the dictum – a picture is worth a thousand words, so the selection of your pictures should be done in a discriminating way with a view to telling the story of the Samaj rather than the individual.
- The overall structure of the Coffee table book is to cover the early history of the Samaj, its establishment and growth over the years as well as give some pointers about the future, the challenges and the movement’s response to these. Is the Arya Samaj still relevant today? What message would you like to leave as a lasting impression for somebody who is not an Arya Samaji who read the Book?
- The total number of pages for the text and pictures to be submitted should not exceed between6 to 8 A4 size pages. You will appreciate it that the Committee will have the right to edit any material submitted.
The Committee appeals to you to kindly submit your material by 31st August 2013 at the latest. You will appreciate that this is a huge task which requires many hours to produce a quality publication. We regret to advise that late submissions will not be considered as the layout, number of pages etc. requires finalising shortly thereafter. In addition if there are gaps in the local material, the Committee will also need time to source them elsewhere, so time is of the essence.
Finally, we humbly appeal to you to contribute whatever amount you choose towards this publication which initial quotations show will be very expensive. Our financial resources are very limited, yet we strive to make a difference with whatever is at our disposal.
We look forward to receiving your material by the due date and would like to thank you in advance for your generous donation towards our coffee table publication, which we can all be proud of.
LOCATION: Durban, South Africa
VENUE: Durban City Hall
START DATE: November 28th, 2013
END DATE: December 01st, 2013