Bhavan’s Bengaluru Kendra hosted the much awaited ‘Dasara Gombe Habba’— a spectacular exhibition that presented the divine saga of Lord Rama through an enchanting display of meticulously curated dolls. The event was held in KRG Hall from October 15–24, 2023, during Navratri. It was followed by the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami, marked by a cultural extravaganza that left an indelible impression on the attendees.
The inaugural ceremony on October 15, 2023, set the tone for the entire event. The distinguished Chief Guest was Shri Rithesh Kumar Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept of School Education and Literacy. Presiding over the ceremony was the esteemed former ambassador to UNESCO, Chiranjeev Singh. The Chairman of Bhavan’s Bengaluru Kendra Shri K.G. Raghavan, took the stage to present a discourse on the role of rishis in the epic Ramayana.
The Jyothi Smruthi Music Concert was held on June 25, 2022 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru. The programme featured a Carnatic classical concert by Vidwan Pavan Rangachar on vocals, Vidwan Aniruddha Bharadwaj on violin and Vidwan Anirudh S Bhat on the mridangam. The artists were felicitated by Shri H. N. Suresh, who applauded their performance and thanked Jyothi Charitable Trust for the deep bond that they share with Bhavan Bengaluru.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru and Jyothi Charitable Trust, Bengaluru jointly conferred the Vyasa Jyothi Award 2022
on eminent scholar Mahamahopadhyaya Vidwan G. Mahabaleshwar Bhatt on
July 17, 2022.
Born in 1948, Vidwan G. Mahabaleshwar Bhatt served as a Professor in Vyakarana Shastra for 34 years in Shri Chamarajendra Sanskrit College. He has been a recipient of several awards such as Shastra Nidhi from Avadhoota Dattapeetham, Vyakarana Vichakshana from Shri Swarnavalli Matha and the prestigious Rashtrapathi Puraskar and many others.
In his acceptance speech, Vidwan Shri Rajagopal Sharma expounded on the importance of the Gurukula system and the prominence it attached to a Guru. He appreciated the relentless efforts of Jyothi Charitable Trust in identifying scholars engaged in dispersing the knowledge of our ancient texts. He concluded his address with a 'Ghana', one of the most complex ways of reciting the Vedas.
The event concluded with a Shanti Mantra.
Thanks to collaboration between Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru and the Consulate General of Israel to South India, cinephiles of the city can look forward to an Israeli film fiesta.
On January 21, 2021 the Kendra received his Excellency, Consul General Jonathan Zadka, Consulate General of Israel to South India who graced Bhavan's Film Society with his august presence. Mr. Zadka was accompanied by Ms Aditi Joshi, Head of Press, Consulate General of Israel to South India. They were welcomed by Shri K. G. Raghavan, Chairman and Shri H. N. Suresh, Director, Bhavan, Bengaluru.
Mr. Zadka expressed his delight at the naissance of Bhavan's Film Society, and elucidated on the importance of films as not only a source of entertainment but also as a platform to educate ourselves in the art and science of film-making. Erasing borders to indulge in cine experience from across the globe will introduce film lovers to new cultures, ideas and outlooks. He has promised to share riveting Israeli films for the benefit of Bhavan's Film Society members.
Bhavan Bangalore Press School has been awarded the prestigious International Dimension School Award. The award was given by British Council for a period of
three years from 2020-2023. The prize distribution function was held on an online platform. The British Council provides a globalised platform for the students to learn. It adds an international dimension to their learning. The whole project provided an opportunity for students and teachers to explore and innovate. It was a learning experience for both the students and teachers. Seven projects were taken up: Women empowerment, Monuments, Indigenous sports, Festivals, Music-makes-you-go round-the-world; Language learning-is-fun, and Jungle book. Almost all the students of the school were involved in one or the other of the projects. Some of the projects were collaborative. The students got an opportunity to collaborate with students of Nepal, US, China etc.
With the Covid-19 virus present around us, none are sure when the schools will reopen. To prevent any learning gaps for students, teachers have become tech savvy. They have learnt to make power point presentations, videos, and to take online classes, incorporating the special features of AR (Augmented Reality app).
Competitions were conducted on Environment Day and Yoga Day. On Environment Day, the students were asked to make posters, paintings or plant plants. On Yoga Day, the students were asked to send videos of them doing yoga asanas with their families. There were prizes for the best entries.
Dr. V. Parameshvara passed away on May 1, 2020. He was 90 years old. Dr. V. Parameshvara's association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan dates back to sixty years.
He was the Vice Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bengaluru Kendra and the Founding Member of the Board of Trustees, Sanskrit Promotion Foundation, New Delhi. It is relevant to recall that he sponsored many programmes at Bhavan in connection with Bhagavad Gita.
Dr. V. Parameshvara was a gifted and renowned physician. Despite excelling in studies in the UK, he returned and began his own practice in Bengaluru. It was no
surprise that he became popular with the people at large, both as an erudite clinician as well as a humane individual caring for his patients.
Recognition came in the form of several Fellowships, including Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, Association of Physicians of India, Cardiological Society of India, etc. One of Dr. V. Parameshvara's major achievements was the publication of the Encyclopedia of Indian Medicine in six volumes, a pioneering endeavour to revive the ancient system of Indian Medicine for the current generation and for posterity.
Dr. V. Parameshvara won numerous awards and recognitions and was involved in a lot of philanthropic and charitable activities.
N. Ramanuja, Chairman, BVB -Bengaluru, while expressing his sorrow on the demise of Dr. Parameshvara, said, "His cherished memories of advice and kind words will continue to guide me. I cannot forget his love for humanity and dedication to service. He continued to see patients in his clinic every morning despite his failing health. His passing away is a personal loss for me. What makes me feel sad is that his demise has come at a time when we were not able to bid him a proper farewell."
The Kendra will definitely miss his guidance. May his soul rest in peace.
Shri H. N. Suresh, Director, Bengaluru Kendra has been conferred with the prestigious Chitra Kala Samman in recognition of his contribution to Visual Arts by Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath - a quasi govt. organisation - in memory of Late Shri H. K. Kejriwal, a renowned art promoter and philanthropist.
The Award Function held on January 4, 2020 was presided over by Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Dy. Chief Minister, Govt. of Karnataka who presented the Chitra Kala Samman to Shri H. N. Suresh which included a memento with citation and a purse of Rs. 50,000/-.
Dr. B. L. Shankar, President, Chitra Kala Parishath, was the Chief Guest and the function was well attended by art critics, art lovers, and general public.
Bhavan's Geetha Shishu Shikshana Sangha School, Kollegal, celebrated their annual day on December 7, 2019. Dr. M. R. Ravi, Principal, National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Dr. Ravi emphasised the students to work hard consistently to achieve their dreams.
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