16 May, 2008

Bal Vihar Annual Programme 2008

Bal Vihar classes are conducted all over Hongkong, in many different locations, through the week. And the number of children attending the Bal Vihar classes are nothing short of astounding.

Children learn cultural and mythological stories and imbibe a lot of knowledge about the rich Indian culture. This year, the Chinmaya Mission had also organised a Bhagavad Gita chanting competition. I guess, almost every child who attends the Bal Vihar is now familiar with Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita.

As is the case every year, in the month of May, the children present a variety of programmes at the Annual Bal Vihar Show, comemmorating the birthday of Swami Chinmayananda.

This year, the theme was Ramayana. Through the year too, the Bal Vihar classes have been all about the Ramayana and the lessons that can be learnt from the Ramayana.

The Senior Group from Laguna City, for example, presented a small skit, the underlying theme of which was "She crossed the line". They portrayed the scene wherein Sita crosses the line and is then taken away by Ravana. But to look at the same in the present context, the message sent out was loud and clear - do not cross lines. If you do, there could possibly be trouble waiting for you. A very pertinent message for the pre-teen/teen age groups.

Aparna also had a surprise waiting - in that she'd been named the recipient of the "Best Student Award" for the Laguna City Junior Group.

All in all, the show was enjoyable. Music, dance, skits - it was a wonderful medley. The costumes were vibrantly colorful and the kids and the Sevikas (teachers) had put in their hearts and souls into each and every programme that was presented that day. And it showed.

Swami Chinmayananda once said

"The highest form of grace is silence."

"Temper takes you to Trouble. Pride keeps you there."

"Faith is 'to believe what you do not see', the reward of which is 'you see what you believed'".

"The glory of life is not never falling. The true glory consists in rising each time we fall."

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9 voice(s) said so:

Altoid said...

:))) Congrats to Aparna, big hugs! I'm going to borrow some lines from this post, the message is very strong and pertinent.

Kodi's Mom said...

congrats to Aparna!

ddmom said...

Congrats Aparna.

Ardra said...

Hi Gauri, I was delighted to see your comment on my page. have sent a mail too...
shall catch up soon.

Itchingtowrite said...

congrats to all of u gauri

Sunita said...

I remember a friend holding her kid's junior kg report card telling me,"I wasn't this proud when I got my Enggineering degree".


Swati said...

Congrats to Aparna and Mommy!!

Gauri said...

Altoid, Kodi's Mom, DDMom, Itchy, Sunita, Swati : Thank you all so much :)

Ardra : Yep. Got it. :)

Ruchira Khanna said...

Gauri, I was enticed by your recent article on parentous and since they have disque on their form could not comment. However, clicked on your blog and came across Chinmaya mission article...first of all congrats on your pecan to get this award.

We have also been going to BV for the past 5 years now and I think this was the best step cause I am sure my kid would not have been aware of our culture/traditions that keep us grounded on a daily basis. The sunday school is a refresher class for my family and helps jumpstart the week without going on an exotic vacation :)

With respect to being exposed to indian culture...I kinda agree with your relatives in india...the kids growing up there are more westernized than children growing abroad..