part of the BAPS Children’s Golden Anniversary Celebrations (1954-2004),
children of the BAPS Bal Mandal, Mumbai, presented a series of excellent
cultural programs at select locations in Mumbai, Gujarat and Kolkata
in November and December 2003.
The 2½-hour performance, inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, by
a troupe of 40 children aged between 5 and 15 featured two separate
presentations. The first was a dance-ballet called ‘Sanskrit Virasat’
and the second a drama called ‘Sanskar Jyot’.
‘Sanskrit Virasat’ portrayed the powerful and inspiring
stories of the child-devotees Shravan, Dhruv and Nachiketa. And ‘Sanskar
Jyot’ depicted the negative and harmful influence of bad company
on children and how good company can help to inspire a noble character
With the tremendous efforts of the children and other volunteers, under
the guidance of the sadhus, these message-oriented presentations were
greatly appreciated by all.
The opening performance was at the Bhaidas Auditorium in Mumbai in the
holy presence of Pujya Mahant Swami and Pujya Kothari Swami on 10 November
2003. Then, over a period of 48 days they gave another 14 performances.
The enthusiasm and dedication with which the children performed was
very impressive. In all, over 51,500 people saw and were inspired by
the messages of the presentations.