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Photography Club

A photography club was inaugurated on April 14, 2024 at the Bhavan’s Navi Mumbai Kendra.
A presentation on light and shade photography was given by Dr Nima John, officiating head of Amity Film School, Mumbai in the presence of club president K V Subramaniam, secretary Sagar Mhatre and treasurer V Krishnamurthy, Rajendra Waghmare, secretary, Photography Club of India and Bhattacharjee, a prominent photographer.

Microscopic Marvels

Microscopic Marvels was an interesting and fun filled activity conducted by Navi Mumbai Kendra’s Children’s Club on April 21, 2024 at the Kendra.
Thirty-seven children from different schools of Navi Mumbai, flocked the venue, armed with colouring material and plenty of enthusiasm.
Arti Kute held the audience spellbound with a story and an interactive question answer session, leading to the microscope and its qualities. Besides a real microscope, Arti had created a working microscope which the children lined up to gaze through the eyepiece.
This was followed by a colouring session where the children were given printouts of a telescope with its parts listed and made colourful pictures.



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Third Annual Day

The third annual day of the Bhavan’s Children’s club held on March 23, 2024, was a kaleidoscope of activities.
The exhibition put up by the children’s club members was inaugurated by Smt. Madhavi Mutatkar, Creative Head at Impact Vision and former President of ZEE Network, in the presence of Shri Satish Mutatkar, Director, Producer and Author. The variety entertainment consisted of dances, songs, poem recitation and speeches. Smt. Madhavi Mutatkar gave away the prizes won by the club members in various activities around the year, honoured the ones who were the judges, the workshop organisers and those who assisted in various activities during the year.
Shri Satish Mutatkar autographed his books on Sachin Tendulkar and Krishna.

Art Exhibitions, Ghazal, Geet and Bhajans

Bhavan’s Navi Mumbai Kendra has had a spate of exhibitions in the last three months. Photography and Painting exhibitions held in February by the Photographic Society of India and STOP Foundation of Indore in the Bhavan’s Navi Mumbai Kendra were inaugurated by Shri M N Ramchandra, Director of the Kendra. The Art Dhamma exhibition was held earlier. Kala Ranjani with the theme of ‘Ghazal, Geet and Bhajans’ by Vinod Trivedi and Bhavanaben Gada was held on March 25, 2024. The Garba dance performed received an enthusiastic response.


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Art Dhamma

Commodore Sunil Rajashekharan, Commanding officer, INS Tanaji inaugurated the art exhibition titled ‘Art Dhamma’, curated by Shri Vidhu Pillai and Shri Suresh Nair. The 8–day event showcasing eight artists was held by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Navi Mumbai Kendra from December 23–30, 2023.
The artists were mainly from Bengaluru, including Dr Shantala S, Nagaraj Hanehalli, Makarand Joshi, Nishad MP, Rupesh Bhandarkar, Shiva Hadimani, and Bhaskaran Achari. The exhibition was visited by many people who appreciated the beautiful works of the artists.

Sports Day

An exciting sports day was organised keeping Jai Shri Ram and Republic day in mind on January 21, 2024 at the Kendra premises. An archery contest saw Aavya Mahajan, Mukund Kamath and Vivaan Kapoor nearly hitting the target.
A 100 metre race was organised where the children held the national flag in their hands while running. In the boys group, Mihir Kukreja, Vivaan Kapoor and Arjun Adige won the first three prizes, while in the girls group it was Prisha Barai, Parisshi Kukreja and Aavya Mahajan who won the first, second and third prizes. In another race, the boys Mihir Kukreja, Yagya Kapoor and Vivaan Kapor won while Leysha Saxena, Sumedha Pai and Yessica Doshi won the first, second and third prizes in the girls category.

Sports Day

The 75th Republic Day was celebrated by the Navi Mumbai Kendra with the former Joint CP Sanjay Mohite as the Guest of Honour. The flag hoisting was followed by an interesting discussion about Bhavans and the Kendra by all the invitees and guests.
Navi Mumbai Kendra Office bearers and other distinguished guests were present.


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Jatra Procession

Celebrating the holy month of Margazhi, Navi Mumbai Kendra, in collaboration with Guru G V Ramani Natya Kala Foundation, led an overwhelmingly large number of enthusiastic dancers, singers, flute players and devotees to Laxmi Venkataramana Balaji Mandir, Vashi, on December 16, 2023, in a huge procession. The Sangeet Nritya Sankirtana procession consisted of more than 35 dancers dressed in colourful attire and teachers and devotees in silk robes.
Several cultural groups from all over Mumbai like Upasana, Kalasadan and others also participated. Margazhi procession is akin to Pandharpur Vari performed by varkaris in the month of ashadha and culminating in front of Vithala.
The dancers performed a group dance in front of the temple. A song and dance on Sant Eknath’s composition ‘Majhe Mahera Pandhari’ was performed.


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Diwali Celebrations by Bhavan’s Children’s Club

Bhavan’s Children’s Club organised a Diya Painting contest and a Lego Model making contest on the eve of Diwali on November 8, 2023. The children were given earthen diyas and asked to paint on them. The judge was Kiran Jadhav, an arts and crafts teacher and the prizewinners were Leysha Saxena, Mihir and Aavya Mahajan.
In the Lego model contest, Ramjanmabhoomi, aeroplane, garden, house, skee-ball game, and others were made. Prizes were won by Arham, Samar Jaggi, Sumdeha Pai and Arjun Adige.
This was followed by games and distribution of Diwali gifts.


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Art Exhibition

The members of Bhavan’s Children’s Club along with their parents participated enthusiastically in the art and craft exhibition held on October 29, 2023 at the Navi Mumbai Kendra.
Mandala art and craft, and photographs of rural folk, aeroplanes, animals and birds — were some of the superb creations on display.
Brainchild of Dr Sengupta, founder of My Retired Life (MRLF) and displayed by Rohit Viswanath, Rajendra Waghmare and Shailendra Waghmare, the exhibition featured the work of more than 30 artists. Jointly organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Navi Mumbi Kendra and My Retired Life Foundation, it was a treat for the eyes and mind. 


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Kala Bharati Inaugurated

Kala Bharati, Bhavan’s school for Indian classical performing arts at the Navi Mumbai Kendra, was launched on Vijayadasami, October 24, 2023. The chief guest at the programme was Shri Janak Sudhir Merchant, Chief Manager (Sourcing), Reliance Retail.
There were performances by the disciples of the teachers who will be steering the School: Smt. Gayatri Subramanian (Bharatanatyam), Pandit Sanjeev Chimmalgi (Hindustani Vocal) and Smt. Vishakha Gandre (Kathak).
The evening began with a dance by the students of Smt. Gayatri Subramanian. It was based on the composition of Saint Purandaradasa invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Chairman of the Kendra, Shri M.N. Ramachandra escorted the chief guest and the teachers for the lighting of the traditional lamp. The first presentation was a Hindustani vocal music recital by Shri Yash Warrier, a disciple of Pandit Sanjeev Chimmalgi.


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Independence Day Celebrations

On August 12, 2023, Bhavan’s Children’s Club organised Independence Day celebrations. Children participated in two contests in which they recited poems in English and Hindi and sang patriotic songs. Three prizes were awarded by Bhadrasheela Hegde, Director in Human Resources with Thermosonics Pvt Ltd for each contest. Anika Bhat, Arjun Adige and Vivaan Kapoor won prizes in the recitation contest while Sumedha Pai, Paarmi Shah and Mukund Kamath were the winners in the patriotic song contest.
An Independence Day quiz was also conducted. Each child brought a fistful of soil for a pot in which a tulsi sapling was planted.
Flag Hoisting Shri M N Ramchandra, Hon. Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Navi Mumbai Kendra, hoisted the tricolour on Independence Day amidst a galaxy of VIPs and well-wishers, committee members and staff.
Dr. Gosavi, Dy Chairperson of Navi Mumbai Co-operative Bank, Smt Sindhu Nair, founder director of Ghungroo and leading dance exponent, Shri Palashranjan Bhowmick, Photo Editor, Business India magazine, Dr. Rajesh Dashaputra, Shri Sujitkumar Poride, well-known singer (Junior Kishore), Dr. Somnath Gosavi, director Navi Mumbai bank, president HIMPAM, were among the attendees.
The dignitaries were felicitated by Shri M N Ramchandran and were presented mementos on the occasion. Shri Sujitkumar rendered a beautiful patriotic song, ‘Ai mere pyare watan’.
Second Photo ExhibitionThe Dilip Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA, presented ‘Mumbai Monsoon Beyond 24x7’ with beautiful photographs by 36 photojournalists in an exhibition held at Bhavan’s Art Gallery. It was open to the public till August 27, 2023. The photographs were curated by Mukesh Parpiani, head of the gallery.
The photos depicted Mumbai monsoon in all its glory, beauty and fury. Hundreds of people visited the exhibition.


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International Photo Exhibition

Ace photographer and Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the 21st International Salon 2023 exhibition at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Navi Mumbai Kendra (BVBNMK), on July 29, 2023. Organised by the Photographic Society of India, the exhibition had beautiful eye-catching exhibits chosen from entries of 43 countries.
Seated on the dais were the Chief Guest, the Guests of honour Subhash Desai, former Minister of Maharashtra; Sandeep Patil, Film director; M N Ramchandra, Hon Chairman BVBNMK and others.
The exhibition was visited by hundreds of people. A workshop on mobile photography and a slide show of Wildlife photography was also held.


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Science Experiments

Members of Bhavan's Children Club were treated to an interesting science experiments session on July 15, 2023. Thirty-seven children participated in the session conducted by members of the Indian Women Scientists Association (IWSA).
The two-hour session saw children moving from table to table to experiment with magnetism, gravity, and other science phenomena. They learned hands-on about interesting scientific principles.


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