Started in year 1875 by Justice Ranade as a platform to educate and inform citizens of Pune, this lecture series by experts and thought leaders has been going strong for the last 139 years. It is held every year in the month of April for a month, its present venue is Tilak Smarak Mandir. The series in these modern times covers topics such as Civic issues, Culture & Arts, Economics, Science, Health, Governance, History, etc. The talks are both in English and Marathi. Tickets are priced from Rs 5 for Single lecture ticket to Rs. 100 for the season ticket.