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ST.LOUIS, MO- The Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis joyously commemorated India’s 75th Republic Day on January 28, 2024, at the Hindu Temple Community Center located at 725 Weidman Road, St. Louis, Missouri. This marked the inauguration of Bal Vihar’s new facility. The event witnessed an enthusiastic gathering of over 500 participants and distinguished guests from various backgrounds, including members of the Bach Society of St. Louis, MO, the former principal of Lafayette High School, a Professor from Washington University, and prominent medical and legal professionals from the community, alongside a representative from the local news media.
Students aged 5 to 15 captivated the audience with presentations themed around “Festivals of India” and the “Evolution of Science & Technology in India.” The students showcased the beauty and significance of Indian festivals such as Diwali, Holi, and Navaratri, providing insights into their celebrations and historical backgrounds. Additionally, they delved into the advancements in science and technology in India. Through these activities, Bal Vihar aims to foster a deep connection with the rich Indian heritage among its students, sparking an interest in exploring these cultural facets firsthand.
Distinguished guests engaged with the students, appreciating the extensive research reflected in their presentations. Following a closed-door judging session by the dignitaries, students and guests explored each booth, gaining knowledge about India’s heritage, festivals, and technological progress. The traditionally decorated booths, adorned with colorful pictures and food samples, added to the excitement.
The ceremony included the hoisting of both the United States and India’s flags. The Bal Vihar orchestra ensemble, led by Tarini Karnati, Shreyas Iyer, and Aryan Singh, played the Indian national anthem and other patriotic tunes. Kindergarten and first-grade students, dressed as deities, graced the stage, introducing the characters they represented. The first graders also serenaded the audience with the Indian National Anthem. The event’s success was ensured by the dedicated efforts of Bal Vihar teachers and volunteers.
Dr. Sudhir Brahmbhatt, President of the cultural school, delivered a speech emphasizing the significance of India’s Republic Day. Bal Vihar students expressed gratitude to special guests, including Dr. Kirti Mehrotra, Vikram Mehrotra, Linda Lee, Carol Commerford, Dr. Vijaya Ramani, Dr. Chandrakant Tailor, Arun Tailor, Dr. Vijay Buddhiraju, Sharad Rao, and Paritosh Sheth.
ABOUT BAL VIHAR OF ST. LOUIS:-
Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, a non-profit organization, with current enrollment of 325 + students since its inception in 1992 has been serving the Metro St. Louis Indian community. The primary focus of this organization is to provide Indian cultural education to students age 5-18, its application and integration with the global multicultural and multifaceted society. They are also taught discipline, tolerance, and devotion in their daily routine. The ultimate goal is “to throw the light of cultural knowledge on every child, to make every child an outstanding citizen and to spread the song of peace and harmony around the world.”