A 3-D stereoscopic animated movie titled ‘9/11 – The Awakening’ on Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the Parliament of Religions, Chicago, on September 11, 1893 was launched recently at the Vivekanandar Illam by the Ramakrishna Math.

Speaking after launching the movie, IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy, said what the spiritual hero said is more relevant today than ever. “During the nine action-packed days that he spent in Chennai, he guided hundreds of youngsters through the five public speeches he gave. As Chennaiites we have to assimilate those ideas,” he said. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said: “If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.” The work of education in the sense that Swamiji described it as has barely begun, he added.

Gauthamananda, Adyaksha of the Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore, noted the fact that the Vivekanandar Illam was constructed in 1848 and stands strong even today. “When his friends asked the Swamiji to get a new coat, he wrote to them saying that his touch made things last long and his coat was as good as new,” he said.

The 15-minute 3D movie will be shown daily at the 3-D theatre at Vivekanandar Illam. There will be 14 shows every day and viewers would be provided with special 3-D glasses. No separate fee will be charged for the shows. According to C.S.S .Bharathy, CEO, Global Institute for Stereo Vision and Research, which has created the movie, for the first time a realistic 3-D model of Swami Vivekananda with has been created. To create smoother animation, motion capture has been performed with an actor playing his role.