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Bal Vihar of St. Louis and St. Louis Arts Museum Celebrated I-Day

ST LOUIS, MO- St. Louis Arts Museum (SLAM) has been showcasing “Passport To India” for last 5 years and Bal Vihar of St. Louis has been an integral part of it. On August 18, 2019, both organizations came together again to celebrate India’s 73nd Independence Day and showcased highlights of Indian culture.

The event started off with flag hoisting and Bal Vihar Students recited national anthems of United States and India. This ceremony followed by the performance by one of the Bal Vihar students who played famous Indian patriotic song “Vande Mataram” on violin. SLAM was filled with more than 300 visitors young and adult alike curious to know and experience India’s culture and heritage. After flag hoisting, Bal Vihar President, Dr. Sudhir Brahmbhatt spoke regarding the Independence day of India and thanked the visitors for the opportunity to showcase India and its culture. He also shared the major advances in India in many areas and its influence across the world.

The event continued with Bal Vihar performers demonstrating their heritage in front of large audience. Younger students kicked off cultural performance with a dance, followed by Yoga showcase by Bal Vihar parents and students. Adults and children from the audience also joined the yoga session as they learned and exercised various postures. A performance of traditional Indian folk dance “Dandia Raas” from the Indian state of Gujarat by Bal Vihar parents was applauded by those present. Later adults in attendance joined the performers to experience the dance.

Bal Vihar volunteers also showcased traditional arts and culture of India. This included visitors having an opportunity to try Mehendi (Henna) art on their hands. Also, at display were various arts, crafts and other artifacts from various parts of India. Visitors could also learn how to write their name in ancient Indian script of Devanagari. There was a photo-op for visitors to try on Indian clothing and take some pictures. SLAM was filled with display of bright colored costumes and other artifacts. Young visitors were specially catered for through the coloring station and explanation of the heritage for the curious minds.

Thanks to St. Louis Arts Museum and its team for their continued partnership with Bal Vihar as part of their “Passport To India” event. It was yet another opportunity to showcase the history of India and the diversity in its culture and heritage. Bal Vihar has been inculcating cultural values in the leaders of next generation while helping them discover their identity.

Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, a non-profit organization, 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.” You may find more detail about our school at www.Balvihar-stlouis.com

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