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The 21st Bhavan’s Dance festival that was held for three days from October 14 to 16 2022, gave a much-needed boost to the classical dancers of the city, who could finally perform at a gathering, after a two-year hiatus. ‘Sriman Narayana’, a deity who is very close to the hearts of millions of Indians was the theme that was chosen for this Dance Festival.
An important feature of the Bhavan’s Dance Festival is the conferment of the ‘Nritya Ratna’ award on an experienced and talented dancer or dance teacher who has contributed richly to the field. This year’s recipient of the award was Vidushi Smt. Mrudula Rai, a well-known dancer from this very city of Coimbatore. She is the Founder-Director of Shree Natya Niketan.
A total of six Bharatanatyam dance troupes in the city were invited to perform on the theme, ‘Sriman Narayana’ and on the opening day, the students of Bhavan’s faculty of Fine Arts, led by Guru Smt. Karthyayini Srinath gave a crisp introductory presentation.
The Festival concluded with the recently-conferred Nritya Ratna Awardee, Smt. Mrudula Rai and her Shree Natya Niketan troupe’s performance.
The success of the Dance Festival was largely due to the fine interpretation and presentation of the theme by the various dance schools that participated this year.
The Annual Sports Day was held at Nehru Stadium on July 29, 2022. The students took part in shot put, long jump, 100 and 75 m dash, sack race, balloon bursting, needle and thread, stringing beads etc. The whole day was buzzing with events and the stadium was full of students in their colourful attire.
The event concluded with the prize distribution ceremony by the Chief Guest, Jt. Secretary Shri Suryanarayanan.
The Human Excellence session for the higher secondary students of both the schools was held at BVB RS Puram on June 25, 2022. The speaker of the day was Smt. Vishakha Hari (Hari Katha Exponent). The Registrar Shri. Prabhakar Rao V and the Joint Secretary, Shri. Suriyanarayanan graced the occasion.
The speaker underlined the various discoveries and innovations done by our nation since ancient times and highlighted how Indians have been the torch-bearers in all the fields. She kindled the feelings of gratitude and belonging among the children towards their own nation.
The Annual Awards Distribution function to honour the toppers of the Board Examinations was held on July 6, 2022 at BVB, RS Puram. The delegation included the Chairman, Shri. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, the Correspondent Shri. Alagirisamy M, the Joint Secretary Shri. Suriyanarayanan, the Registrar Shri. V. Prabhakar Rao and the Principal Shri. R.G Shankar.
The Management honoured the teachers with the certificates and a cash award for their hard work. Subsequently, the awards were presented to the top rank holders of Class 10 and 12 and the subject toppers.
During the last week of April, Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda delivered a series of lectures, over seven days, in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, on the subject of Uddhava Gita. It was actually a continuation of the lecture series begun a few years ago.
Uddhava Gita is the very final teaching of Lord Krishna before He gave up His worldly body and went back to His abode. It is a teaching conveyed to Uddhava, who was a close friend and a strong devotee of Lord Krishna. This Uddhava Gita shows many similarities to Bhagavad Gita which was a teaching from Lord Krishna to his good friend and cousin, Arjuna. Swamiji pointed out these key aspects of Uddhava Gita and then did a recap of the first few chapters of Uddhava Gita (already covered in the previous years before Covid). He then picked up the thread from the fifth chapter. Undoubtedly the attendees felt lifted up to a highly philosophical and serene plane throughout these lectures. Such was the power of the subject and the spiritual radiance of Swamiji.
The Annual Day Awards function of both the schools of Coimbatore Kendra was held on April 18, 2022 at BVB, R.S. Puram School. The delegates included the Chairman Shri. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, the Treasurer Shri. M. Alagiri Swamy, the Registrar Shri. V. Prabhakar Rao, the Joint Secretary Shri. C. R. Suriyanarayanan, and the Principals Shri. R. G. Shankar and Smt. D. Maheswari.
The programme commenced with a prayer by the school choir. The welcome address was delivered by the Principal of R.S. Puram School, Shri. R. G. Shankar. The students of Class XII shared their wonderful experience of studying in the school. They also emphasised the importance of character building.
Chairman Shri. B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar delivered the Presidential address. Then, the C Subramanian Award, Shri Pranlal Nanjee Devkaran Award, SPL, ASPL, JSPL, Sports Captain, All Rounder Award and Swami Vivekananda Award for Excellence were presented. The recipients were applauded by the audience for their leadership skills, dedication and diligence.
Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore, B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, (second right) presenting the 'Sangeeth Samrat' award to Thiruthani N. Swaminathan at the Bhavan's Pongal Music Festival held in the city. The Bhavan also presented 'Kovai Subri Muruga Gana Award' to K. S. Ragunath (right).
The Kendra paid homage to Shri K. V. Sonpalji, Registrar of the Kendra who passed away on June 12, 2020.
The Kendra offers tribute to the memory of Shri P. R. Krishnakumar Varierji who passed away on September 16, 2020. The Coimbatore Kendra had conferred on Padmashri P. R. Krishnakumar Varierji, the highest honour of the Kulapati Munshi Award on September 22, 2011 in recognition of his outstanding services in the fields of Ayurvedic Medicine and Bharatiya Culture. The Chief Guest of the function had been Shri Arun Shourie (Eminent Journalist, Author and Economist). May his soul rest in peace.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, celebrated the memorial centenary of the great Tamil Poet Subramania Bharathi, on December 11, 2021. The event also witnessed the launch of a book titled As a companion,
guide and a great teacher. This book portrays the people who stood by Subramania Bharathi at different stages of the legendary poet's life. It has been authored by Dr. K. Subramanian (IKS), a well-known Tamil scholar from Coimbatore.
Shri B. K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar launched the book with the first copy being presented to Dr. Sirpi Balasubramaniam. The chief guest of the event, Prof. (Smt.) Meenakshi Bharathi, former HOD of Tamil, Madurai Kamarajar University gave a scintillating speech illustrating the various dimensions of Bharathi.
During the event, 15 Tamil teachers of the two schools of the Kendra were honoured in recognition of their yeomen service to Tamil.
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