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Celebration of 85th Foundation Day of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Lecture on 'Place of Vedanta Philosophy in Human Life'
by Ms. Sangeeta Rau

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's 85th Foundation Day was celebrated on Monday, 7-11-2022. On this occasion, the recitation of Lalita-sahasranama-stotra and other hymns was performed by Dr. Girish B. Jani, Director, Sanskrit Studies & Research, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Shri Krishna Kumar Jha, Asst. Exam. Officer, Bhavan's Sanskrit Exams. Dept. A lecture on 'Place of Vedanta Philosophy in Human Life' was delivered online by Ms. Sangeeta Rau, Sanskrit scholar, and former Faculty-member, Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai.
Dr. Shivgopal Mishra, Asst. Examination Secretary, Bhavan's Sanskrit Exams. Dept., rendered the Vedic prayer and delivered the welcome address. Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, Asst. Director, Bhavan's P.G. & Research Dept., introduced the speaker and compered the programme of the function.
In her interesting lecture, Ms. Rau briefly introduced the basic elements of Vedanta philosophy and elucidated its various facets related with day-to-day life of common man. Quoting profusely from the Vedas, Upanishads, epics and devotional hymns, she discussed the topics like role of noble virtues, causes of sorrow, means for understanding the real nature of worldly objects, and soul, importance of Sadhana (spiritual pursuit), art of meaningful living, characteristics of supreme reality--Brahman and path of self-realization.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Ganapati V. Hegde, In-Charge Principal, Bhavan's Mumbadevi Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya.

Kolkata Kendra

Durga Puja

Two students from Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Shree Chakraborty and Sukrit Nag of Class 10 were nominated for the ‘Choto Chokhe Boro Pujo’ event along with the shortlisted students of other schools. The young team visited pandals on Panchami and Shashti to decide on the Best Puja of Kolkata based on their originality and creativity. They visited the pandals of Dumdum Park and Kestopur area on Panchami.
On Shashti, the whole team, along with Venkatesh Iyer and Rinku Singh of KKR team accompanied by Tollywood actor Rwitobroto Mukherjee, visited the winning pandals for prize distribution.
The event ended with an amazing lunch and gift distribution for the students at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata.

Kolkata Kendra

Swachhata Pakhwada

Swachhata Pakhwada is one of the key programmes under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The initiative was started in April 2016 with the objective of highlighting the importance of cleanliness and sanitation among the students of the school.
This year the aim was to make sure that the schools continued to keep their campuses clean and green as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidymandir, Kolkata has played an instrumental role in engaging the students for the Swachhata Mission. Activities are conducted in the school that involve the students in cleaning the school campus diligently and maintaining personal hygiene at the same time.

Thrissur Kendra

Navaratri Celebration

Navaratri celebrations started with the arrangement of Bommai Kolu by the teachers on September 30, 2022. The beautiful display of dolls was arranged in the main auditorium. Cultural programmes were conducted every evening from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on puja days (September 30 to October 4). Students of the three schools participated in the programme. Teachers and office staff also took part in the cultural programme. Delicious sweets and savoury snacks were served as prasadam to all the students, parents, participants and guests every day. Pujas were performed every evening for the Bommai Kolu and books were placed for worship by the students.

Thrissur Kendra

Gita Recitation Competition

Annual Gita Recitation Competition is conducted by Thrissur Kendra on Ashtami Rohini day every year.  This year, the competition was held on August 18 at Bhavan’s Kendra office, Thrissur.   More than 200 students from 25 schools all over Kerala, participated in the competition.  Bhavan’s Vidyalaya, Eroor, Kochi won the overall Championship.
Sri. P. Chithran Namboodiripad, Sr. Vice Chairman, Thrissur Kendra inaugurated the contest and distributed prizes to the winners.

Kochi Kendra

Navaratri Celebration

Bhavan’s Kochi Kendra celebrated Navaratri festival from September 26, 2022 to October 5, 2022. The celebrations were inaugurated by Sri. E. Ramankutty, Director  Kochi Kendra at Bhavan’s  Sardar Patel Sabha Griha by lighting the traditional lamp. 
Bhavan’s Kalabharati students presented Mangala Vaadya Dhwani and Bhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, Thrikakkara, presented ‘Devageethanadanam’ (Sangeetha Nritha Archana) on September 26.
Bhavan’s Kalabharati violin students presented Violin Vaadhan and Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara presented RagaSudha (Carnatic Music) and Devi Navadurga (Dance Drama) on September 27.
Bhavan’s Royal Institute of Management presented Twaridha Rudrarchana (Nrithasangeethika) on September 28 and Bhavan’s Munshi Vidyashram, Thiruvamkulam presented Deva raga nadanam (Nritha Gana Manjari). 
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar Presented Devitri thatwam (Nritha Geetha Vaadhyam) on September 29.
On September 30, Bhavan’s College of Arts and Commerce, Kakkanad presented Andhar Jyothi (Samakaleena Nirtham) and Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir Eroor presented Varadha Mudra (Natya Nadopasana). The students of Bhavan’s Bala Mandir, Velloor presented, Devikhowthwam (Nritha Shilpam) and Bhavan’s Newsprint Vidyalaya, Velloor presented Varaveena (Sangeetha Sandhya) and Kaalidasanwekam (Nritha Shilpam) at Velloor school auditorium.
Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, presented Sapthara garasam (Sangeetharchana) Shivam Shivakaram Shantham on October 1. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Kalabharati Veena students presented Veenaravam on
October 2. Bhavan’s Mahila Vibhag, Gandhinagar  presented Durgasthavam (Nritha Nrithayagal), followed by Kalavaibhav (Sangeetha  Nirtha  Nrithyagal) by  Bhavan’s  Nursery Teachers Training College and Kannada Sangha presented variety entertainment programmes.
On October 3, the students of Bhavan’s Bala Mandir, Kochi presented Noopura Dwani (Nirthavirunnu). Bhavan’s Kala Bharati Students presented Sangeetha Nritha Samanuyayam on October 4.
Vidyarambham was held on October 5. Infants were initiated to the world of literacy by the Thantri after Puja and Prasadam was distributed to devotees. A large number of students, teachers and staff gathered for Vidyarambham.

Chandigarh Kendra

Diwali Carnival

For the first time after the pandemic, a gap of two years, the alumni association of Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh, brought back the most awaited event of the year- BOSS Fete 2022. 
The annual fete was launched on the campus on October 15, 2022 amidst much fanfare.
The Diwali Carnival had more than 30 stalls with games, entertainment, music and other entertainment for children and guests of all ages. The fete also had a kids’ zone to cater to very young children. 
Shri R.K. Saboo, Chairman of the Kendra inaugurated the vibrant event. 
The children and teachers received the guests in their stalls and left no stone unturned to give the visitors an enthralling experience. The students of the Special Cell of the school had organised a sale of handmade items such as gift envelopes, decorated diyas, etc. The event was open to the public and people attended in large numbers.

Chandigarh Kendra

Delegation from Knoxville, USA

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh received a delegation of 10 students and three educators from the Webb School, Knoxville, USA as part of the Students Exchange Programme organised in collaboration with Rotary International, Chandigarh. The American students spent three action-packed days living with host families of Bhavanites. They took part in numerous activities and absorbed the Indian culture and way of life. They had a truly immersive experience that they would probably cherish forever. It is notable that this is the school’s second visit to Bhavan’s Chandigarh. Students had earlier visited BVC during a cultural exchange programme organised in 2019.  
By the time the delegation left for home, they had forged bonds of a lifetime; it was an overwhelming and heartfelt farewell, and both the hosts and guests were left with a reservoir of priceless memories and experiences. Student exchange programmes such as these go a long way in bringing the two countries closer and broadening the horizons of students by exposing them to various cultures from different corners of the world. 

Amritsar Kendra

Drama Presentation

Bhavan’s Amritsar Kala Kendra staged ‘Sanjha Tubber’, a Punjabi drama on October 9, 2022 under the direction of Shri Avinash Mahendru and Director Principal Dr. Anita Bhalla. This play was written and directed by Mr. Sudesh Vinkal. It was presented in association with Alfaz Acting Academy.  The theme of the play was mutual love and cooperation as seen in a joint family.

Chandigarh Kendra

Asian Youth Fencing Championship

Two students of Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh, Ananya Sharma of Class 9 E and Anushka Sharma belonging to Batch of 2022, non-medical stream made the school proud as they made it to the National Fencing Team representing India in the Asian Youth Fencing Championship held in Kuwait. 
This immense international-level achievement of the sisters is a culmination of their arduous practice of Fencing over the last year. The duo had proved their mettle in the Panchkula District Fencing Championship held earlier by winning the top awards. Ananya Sharma also won the Bronze Medal in the recently held U–17 Fencing Foil Event in the District and State Championships.




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