The Diwali issue of Bhavan’s Journal dated November 1-15 was released on October 31, 2023, by the Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri R. N. Ravi at a function held in the Bhavan’s Auditorium, Chennai, on the occasion of the 148th Jayanti of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Swami Gautamanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Sri Ramakrishna Math & Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math and Hon’ble Mr Justice Sanjay Vijaykumar Gangpurwala, Chief Justice, Madras High Court received the Independence Issue of Bhavan’s Journal from Sri K. N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bhavan’s Chennai Kendra in a function held on August 13, 2023. Many dignitaries including High Court Judges received the copies. Mr. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty, Vice Chairman and Sri M. Murali, Secretary of the Kendra were also present on the occasion.
ASTRA 2023 took place on July 6–7, 2023, in the premises of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram. This year, the theme of the extravaganza event revolved around the retro spheres of ‘Red Carpet’.
Astra ’23 received registrations from over 40 schools and saw the participation of nearly 1,000 students. A total of 28 events took place over the span of two days, with the prize pool being over Rs.2.5 lakhs. The submission events including art, film parody and photography, captured the essence of the retro theme, Red Carpet. Futsal and OneMoreRep were a part of fitness events, dance, bands, adaptune, etc., which captured the audience with the creative skills showcased. These were followed by humorous and oratory events such as Channel surfing, adzap, green screen and many more.
The chief guest for the Inauguration Ceremony was Prof. Dr. Vijayshankar, a renowned ophthalmologist. The chief guest for the valedictory ceremony was Smt. Nikki Galrani, a renowned Indian actress who is famed for her commendable performances in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films.
Astra’s very own signature events included Sherlocked (murder mystery event), Stun News (journalism), and Stock Market (investment event). This year, a brand new signature event named ‘Six Flags’ was introduced. The food stalls, which were set up on both the days of the event, were restaurants such as Wraps and Rolls, Belgian Waffle, RedBox, Barrocco, Sandburg and Domino’s Pizza.
Sanjay Balaji of SBOA School and Junior College won the title of Mr. Astra for the year 2023-24 in the Final Showdown event. The runner-up was Yohan Tharakan of SBOA School and Junior College. SBOA School and Junior College subsequently won the overall winner’s award.
The 44th Annual Sports Day of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram was held on July 27, 2023, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The programme started with an impressive and synchronised march-past by the members of the Student Council, RSP, Scouts, Guides and Bulbuls, Class 5 students and students of the four houses.
The Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Sri. T. Senthil Kumar, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Chennai, declared the sports meet open and handed over the Olympic torch to the torch bearers who have excelled in various sports.
The Chief Guest’s motivational speech was peppered with interesting stories and anecdotes.
The rhythmic vibrancy of the aerobics, the harmonious fluidity of the yogasanas, the gravity-defying pyramid formation and the nimbleness and agility of the Tabata performers were mesmeric and captivating. The Chief Guests of the valedictory function, Dr. Smt. Aarathy Kasturiraj and Sri. Sandeep Warrier, distributed the prizes to the winners.
The Rajaji inter-school elocution and essay competitions were conducted by the Chennai Kendra at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram on June 30 and July 1, 2023.
These annual competitions quintessentially create an awakening in our youngsters of India’s rich cultural ethos and an awareness of the venerated ideologies of our glorious forefathers.
More than 150 students from 25 CBSE schools participated in the competitions held in Tamil, English, Hindi and Sanskrit, and were judged by a panel of people eminent in their respective fields.
CBSE, in association with the Chennai Sahodya Schools complex, conducted a G-20 state-level seminar on the topics of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, National Educational Policy (NEP) and G-20 on June 9, 2023, in the Tag Auditorium at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
As many as 737 participants, including Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers and students of 136 schools of Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram, attended the summit.
The chief guest of the programme was Shri Dinesh Ram, Regional Officer of CBSE Chennai, and the resource team comprised of Dr. K R Maalathy, Shri. Vasudevan and Smt. Maheshwari Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram had taken the initiative of conducting a state-level seminar on the significance of G-20. The students of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram introduced all the members and their representatives of G-20.
The stage was decorated with charts displaying India’s G-20 presidency theme — ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.
The speech by Dr. K R Maalathy on Foundation Literacy and Numeracy insisted on the importance of early childhood education.
Salient features of NEP and implementation of NEP were discussed in detail. During the Panel discussion, priority was given to answering general queries regarding the implementation of NEP. A talk on G-20 by Shri. Vasudevan was informative. The mock panel discussion by the students was very impressive.
Certificates were given to all the participants of the summit.
The G-20 summit was concluded with a song by the teachers and a dance by the students.
R. Subramanian, a leading Chartered Accountant and Treasurer of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, passed away on April 5, 2023. He was 79.
Described as a visionary by his peers, seniors and industry leaders, he was known for his brilliant intellect, deep wisdom, pleasing personality and unending compassion for anyone who sought his help.
RS, as he was fondly known in personal and professional circles, was a rare combination of a successful professional, educationist, a custodian of the rich Vedic heritage and a committed family man.
Born in the 13th generation in the direct lineage of the late Appaya Deekshitar in Mannargudi, Thanjavur district, into a family of Vedic scholars, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After his finance and accounting career in New Delhi, he established his CA firm in 1974, and over the last 50 years trained and mentored several accounting and finance professionals.
He founded Akshar Arbol International School, a K-12 international school that follows the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge curricula with the intent of offering a high-quality and affordable international education.
Steeped in Indian values, RS served on the boards of several large corporations, educational institutions, chambers of commerce, government and regulatory policy committees, and NGOs contributing to the growth of numerous companies and influencing economic, industrial and social policy decisions.
He also managed the Mayuram Sri Ramanatha Deekshitar Trust and the Srimad Appaya Deekshitar Trust and built a corpus to support Veda patashalas, sanyasis and to provide rural community services.
He established the Jeevatma Kainkaryam Trust, on the advice of Kanchi Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekaraendra Saraswati, to perform the last rites and provide an honourable cremation of unclaimed dead bodies.
RS is survived by his wife Malathi Subramanian, son Gokul Dixit, daughters Priya Dixit and Prabha Dixit, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi presented the Bhavan's Legendary Award to the renowned playback singer Vani Jairam. In response to the felicitation, Ms. Jairam said she was honoured to receive such an award from an illustrious institution that was spreading the values of our culture.
A portrait of Gnanamba and P. Obul Reddy was unveiled on the occasion.
Diwali Special Number of Bhavan's Journal issue dated October 15, 2022 was released by the Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu H.E. Sri R. N. Ravi on October 24, 2022.
The Governor was also invited for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 147th Jayanti celebrations held on October 31, 2022.
The First Copy of the BJ Annual Number was presented to Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan Governor of Telangana and Lt. General of Pondicherry in a function held at Chennai. She was extremely happy to see the cover page celebrating unsung women heroes. The Tamilnadu Governor, Shri R. N. Ravi was also presented a copy during a function held to commemorate the 150th Jayanti of Sri Aurobindo held at the Rajbhavan.
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