Bal Sabha Kids Performances, Spring 2017

Bal Sabha kids performed at the 2017 Republic Day, Ugadi and Saraswati Puja programs by chanting, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments!

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2017 Adopt-a-Spot/Clean-up Columbia

Bal Sabha has historically adopted Ridgeway Elementary School site clean-up and we successfully teamed up for the clean-up again this year!

Slogan:
“Trash can’t hide –
Because we clean with pride!”
– by Laya Anand, 2017.

UPDATE: See the recognition of our Adopt-a-Spot program – Picture from our Cleanup Columbia 2017 participation appeared in City Source– the City of Columbia’s monthly newsletter.

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Recap of 2015/2016 Bal Sabha Sessions

2017 Happy New Year!

Thank you to all Bal Sabha parents and kids for their active participation, the kids have had a fantastic learning feast in the following list of Bal Sabha sessions over the last year+ period:

September 2015:

“Migration – the fascinating Indian Stories” – by Kavin Anand

“Bhagavad Gita: A Way of Life” – by Prasad Calyam

October 2015:

“People and Places Journey of India” – by Saathvik

“Hanuman: Adventures in Rama Missions” – by Prasad Calyam

Other Activity: Bal Sabha kids participated in National Anthems (India and USA) singing at the India Nite celebrations @ MU

November 2015:

“Famous Monuments of India” – by Tia and Charu

“Fall Festivals of India: Navaratri and Deepavali” – by Prasad Calyam

December 2015:

No Bal Sabha Session

January 2016:

No Bal Sabha Session

Other Activity: Bal Sabha kids participated in National Anthems (India and USA) singing and Group Singing (Vande Mataram and Sare Jahan Se Accha) at the Republic Day celebrations @ MU

February 2016:

“7 Wonders of the World” – by Hanu and Hasi

“Mahatma Gandhi: Father of the Indian Nation” – by Prasad Calyam

March 2016:

“Dashavatara: 10 forms of Vishnu” – by Pranav and Hasini Barla

“Vedic Period: History of India” – by Prasad Calyam

April 2016:

“Significance of Ugadi Festival” – by Bhavya Thulasi-Kumar

“Adi Shankara Acharya: The Philosopher Who Revived Hindu Vedic Literature” – by Prasad Calyam

Other Activity: Bal Sabha kids participated in 2016 Adopt-a-Spot/Clean-up Columbia

May 2016:

“Wit of Birbal and Akbar” – Vignesh and Akhil

“Sanskrit: Deva Vani (Language of the Gods)” – by Prasad Calyam

Other Activity: Bal Sabha kids participated in 2016 HTCC Youth Bike Ride to Rocheport followed by Picnic

June 2016:

“National Symbols of India and USA” – by Vani Kumar, Laya Anand and Hanshikaa Sivakumar

“Hindu Symbols: Om, Padma and more…” – by Prasad Calyam

July and August 2016:

Bal Sabha Summer Workshops

Bal Sabha Tech Workshop – Led to creation of this website!

Bal Sabha Logo Contest

September 2016:

“Politics, local campaigns, Missouri government and volunteering” – by Sheela Lal

October 2016:

“Flutes of the World” – by Geet and Aneesh

“History of Carnatic Music of South India” – by Prasad Calyam

Other Activity: Bal Sabha kids participated in National Anthems (India and USA) singing at the India Nite celebrations @ MU

November and December 2016:

No Bal Sabha Sessions

Bal Sabha is Fun!

– By Aneesh Calyam, 1st Grade Mill Creek Elementary School

February 2016

In Bal Sabha, all the kids assemble and start learning with “slokas” or prayers. We recite slokas on “Guru” (teacher) and start paying attention to hear all the good things being talked. The Guru asks for the names of the kids and we wish any kid with a birthday that month.
We learn about Hindu gods, India country’s fun facts and even world places. Any one can tell something they know about and teach it to the class. There were times when other kids made a powerpoint presentation, asked questions and gave candy to kids who had the right answers. Once, we also learnt about “Hanuman Adventures” and tried to jump as good as Hanuman in class. We learnt about Birbal/Akbar, Bal Ganesh and also about Krishna!!
My Guru teaches somethings that he thinks what kids need to know about people or moral stories or ‘subhashitas’ that are ‘wise sayings’.
At the end of the Bal Sabha class, I get to play with all my friends. We all eat a yummy and healthy snack meal because we feel hungry after the class and playing.
It was fun when we Bal Sabha kids got to learn India and US national anthems, “Vande Maataram” and “Saare Jahan se Accha” and sang them at the India Republic Day function at the University of Missouri.
I can’t wait to go to the next Bal Sabha where we will talk about Mahatma Gandhi!