As part of the worldwide Suvarna
Bal Mahotsav Celebrations, the balaks and balikas of
Sydney, Australia, participated in an exciting adhiveshan
on Saturday 17 January 2004. There were three main competition
categories: mukhpath (memorizing), talent and sports
- held separately for the balaks and balikas.
Despite their sparse knowledge of Gujarati, all
the children put in great efforts to memorize Swamini Vatu,
kirtans, shloks and sakhis.
In the talent category, competitions
included: speeches, solo singing, mono acting, etc. Here,
too, the children performed very well. In sports, there
was keen competition in all the events.
The children's efforts
were rewarded with prizes. The entire event was enjoyed
by all the participants and judges.
The performances by the children were highly commendable.
Their involvement in such competitions developed their self-confidence
and has inspired them to further develop their talents.