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Cultural Programs by Mumbai Bal Mandal

Story of Shravan Story of Shravan Traditional dance
Story of Shravan
Traditional dance
Story of Dhruv Story of Dhruv 'Sanskar Jyot' drama
Story of Dhruv
'Sanskar Jyot' drama
Story of Nachiketa Story of Nachiketa
Story of Nachiketa

As 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 in children.

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.

© 2003, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith